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BlouInsight, November 2011


November 2011
Vol. 4, No. 8

This will be my last newsletter of 2011 so I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and hope that you are all able to spend time with those you love and reflect on those things in life that are most important.

This past year has certainly not been without its challenges, but 2011 has also brought more than its share of great achievements. Most of them have been chronicled in this newsletter, and I would like to highlight one more before the year ends.

This past summer, we hired Chris Davidson as director of educational technology research and development. His position was to be the nucleus of an instructional innovation team that would grow over time. However, as the semester got underway, we were presented with an unique opportunity: The University announced the dissolution of ITS Teaching and Learning due to this year’s severe budget cuts, which suddenly made an incredible pool of talent available to us—but we had to act quickly.

Charlie Green
Charles Green, PhD, former vice chancellor of teaching and learning for the University, agreed to join us as a research associate professor and special adviser to the dean on instructional innovation along with Catherine MacAllister and Jason Whitley, two new instructional designers. We are actively recruiting a computer programmer to round out the team.

Initiative one of the School’s strategic plan is the educational renaissance, our plan to transform the education of our students by creatively and thoughtfully changing the way we teach. The creation of new instructional technologies is an important aspect of that initiative. This will not happen without a careful allocation of resources in order to ensure long-term benefits for the School, our faculty, and our students. I am confident that the significant investment we have made in instructional innovation will pay the dividends that we seek.

Green will lead our educational renaissance initiative along with vice dean Russ Mumper, PhD, and will work closely with faculty to create, develop, and integrate new educational offerings into the curriculum. We have an ambitious agenda that will break new ground in pharmacy education.

And much like our research program, we have a policy in place to encourage School employees to develop innovative instructional materials and to allow the School to commercialize and distribute those materials to the mutual benefit of the School and the creator. Faculty and staff with an idea they would like to develop can find the Instructional Innovation Participation Agreement outlining the terms of the program on our website.

The School has received its first grant in support of instructional innovation. Echo360 is providing $10,000 to examine the effectiveness of the company’s capture technology in facilitating successful lecture replacement and helping the School achieve the type of advanced teaching and learning experiences.


The Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics has made some recent enhancements to its administrative structure. Herb Patterson, PharmD, has been named the division’s first executive vice chair. He will be responsible for overseeing budgetary and personnel matters. Angela Kashuba, PharmD, has assumed the post of vice chair for research and graduate education. The division has also appointed Tim Wiltshire, PhD, to succeed Roy Hawke, PhD, as the division’s director of graduate studies. Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, fills the new post of associate director of clinical fellowship programs.



Amanda Corbett, PharmD, has been elected as our 2012 AACP Alternate Delegate. Corbett is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.





Preceptors Sara Dawson, PharmD, and Dana Petri, PharmD, have each been elected to a three-year term as a member-at-large for the NCAP Community Care Practice Forum executive committee.


Tasha Michaels, PharmD, is the new chair-elect of the NCAP Community Care Practice Forum executive committee. Michaels is a preceptor with our PGY1 and PGY2 community pharmacy residency program and an adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education.


Abby Caplan Reynolds, PharmD, has been elected to a two-year term as a member-at-large for the NCAP Community Care Practice Forum executive committee. Reynolds is a PGY2 community pharmacy residency preceptor at Kerr Drug and an adjunct assistant professor in PPEE.


Jennifer Robertson, PharmD, has been certified as a clinical pharmacist practitioner by the NC Board of Pharmacy and NC Board of Medicine. She is a clinical assistant professor in PPEE and pharmaceutical care lab coordinator at the School’s Elizabeth City site.


Michelle Wannemuehler, PharmD, has joined the School as an adjunct assistant professor in PPEE. She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and practices at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. She will precept students on her inpatient medicine service and mentor students during the seminar course offered in the Eastern AHEC. Wannemuehler received her PharmD from the University of Iowa and completed a PGY1 residency in family medicine at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. She comes to us from Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, where she was a clinical oncology pharmacist.

Pharmacy Dept 2
Congratulations to our faculty in the Department of Pharmacy at UNC Hospitals. Rowell Daniels, PharmD; Stephen Eckel, PharmD; Brett Crisp, PharmD; and Robert Granko, PharmD, are all part of the group recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists with a National Best Practices Award. Read the full story here.



eker_andriaPGY1 resident Andria Eker, PharmD, won the Know Pain, Know Gain patient-counseling competition during the NCAP Annual Convention in Greensboro on October 25.

Liz Pempe and Weichen Xu, graduate students in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, will receive Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award this spring. This competition recognizes outstanding graduate student research of particular benefit to North Carolina. They will be honored at The Graduate School’s Annual Student Recognition Celebration on April 4 in the Carolina Club of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. They and the other awardees will showcase their research to the campus community, state legislators, and others who will be attending.



Pempe Xu


The latest issue of CAPSule, the newsletter of the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students, is available online. This issue features the PY2's video created for the APhA-ASP Pharmflix contest, Cameron Jordan's rotation experience at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and student activities here at the School.



Hyosung Lee, PhD, is a new postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Hal Kohn, PhD, in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. Lee received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky and comes to UNC after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.


Catherine MacAllister, MEd, has joined the School’s instructional innovation team as an instructional designer. MacAllister has been with the University for eight years as an instructional designer, first for the Institute for Science Learning and then for ITS Teaching and Learning. She also served a stint as Science 360 coordinator for the Morehead Planetarium. She received her master’s degree in educational media and instructional design, as well as her bachelor’s degree, from UNC-Chapel Hill and has more than ten years’ experience in the instructional design field.


Geri Middleton

Geri Middleton was honored at a banquet on October 14 as a nominee for the UNC Human Resources Facilitator of the Year.


Randall Roberts is the new director of communications for the Office of Advancement, where she is responsible for Carolina Pharmacy, PharmacE-news, the School’s annual report, and other alumni and advancement publications. She comes to us from Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked as editor and graphic designer at the Lexicon Group after graduating from Drake University.



Craig Sykes, MS, has joined the Clinical Pharmacology/Analytical Chemistry Core of the UNC Center for AIDS Research as a bioanalytical assay development scientist. Sykes has worked as a scientist at a number of RTP companies over nearly ten years, including Triangle Laboratories, Enthalpy Analytical, and Tandem Labs. He received his master’s degree in analytical chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and his BS from UNC-Wilmington.


Brian Teng, PhD, is a new postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. Teng received his PhD in pharmacology from Duke University and did his undergraduate work at the University of Arizona.


Jason Whitley is another new member of the School’s instructional innovation group. Whitley spent nearly ten years creating infographics and illustrations for newspapers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Charlotte before coming to the University in 2008. He has worked for the past three years for ITS Teaching and Learning, first as an animator and multimedia specialist and then as creative lead. He holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Georgia.

Staff Profile: Dave Maldonado

maldonado_daveDave Maldonado, the School’s director of information technology, first arrived at the School as a temporary employee in January 1998 and moved into a full-time position in September 1999. He was put in charge of IT in January 2004 as the School was in the early stages of implementing the UNC/ECSU Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program.

Maldonado earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., and after a stint in the Air Force and an honorable discharge, he went to work for Rite-Aid in 1989. For the next ten years, he got an up-close look at pharmacy operations as a district manager tasked with implementing new data systems. His career path eventually led him to Sanford, North Carolina. He was there when he met his wife, a UNC grad and Campbell Law School student at the time. That meeting led him to drop anchor in Chapel Hill and think about a career change that focused more on computers and IT, which led him to the School.

When he arrived, Maldonado was part of an operation that only had to cover Beard Hall and manage a wired network. Now he is responsible for Beard, Kerr Hall, and the Genetic Medicine building, and he points to the installation of the School’s wireless network as the most significant technological advance of his tenure, especially considering that there are many buildings on campus that still do not have wireless access.

Maldonado brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his job as he has seen firsthand the importance of what we do here from his time at Rite-Aid. Not to mention his legendary love of the Tar Heels.

Faculty Spotlight: Herb Patterson, PharmD


There hasn’t been a class of drugs developed to fight heart failure in the past thirty years that doesn’t bear the imprint of J. Herbert Patterson, PharmD, professor, new executive vice chair of DPET, and research professor of medicine.

Patterson’s contributions have taken many forms from ground-breaking research and clinical care to teaching and inspiring the next generation of pharmacy leaders. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties with the School, he currently serves as cochair of the University’s Biomedical Institutional Review Board. Since joining the faculty in 1981, Patterson has coauthored more than 120 publications and has served as an investigator on more than eighty heart-related clinical trials.

Patterson entered East Tennessee State University in 1971 with his sights set on engineering but soon changed his major to prepharmacy and began working part-time at a local community pharmacy. He received his BS in pharmacy in 1977 and his PharmD in 1979, both from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. Throughout his academic career, he worked part-time in community pharmacies. His intention was to return to his hometown as a community pharmacist following graduation. However, during his clinical rotation, Patterson discovered the attraction of what he calls the front end of pharmacy care: working directly with doctors to jointly determine what was best for their patients.

After completing a residency, Patterson practiced for a year in the City of Memphis Hospital as a clinical specialist before joining the School as an assistant professor of pharmacy.

Since 1984 Patterson has collaborated with Kirk Adams, MD, a cardiologist at the UNC School of Medicine, and their current research interests are directed at individualizing drug therapy for heart failure patients.  He has also been active in the Heart Failure Society of America since its formation in 1994, serving on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee from 1998 to 2006.

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