student stories

laura lutherLaura Luther
Student Body President

If you love math and science, and you want to serve the elderly and the poor, what do you do to earn a living?
     Laura C. Luther answered that question by deciding to become a pharmacist. “Pharmacy fits all the criteria for me,” Luther said. “It is a challenging career, and it is one that will allow me to serve a diverse population.”

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alumni stories
Football Tailgates
Lawn of Faser Hall, two hours before kickoff
Sept. 18 – UM vs. Vanderbilt (Sponsored by Accredo)
Sept. 25 – UM vs. Fresno State (Sponsored by Walgreens)
Oct. 2 – UM vs. Kentucky (Sponsored by TOP RX)
Oct. 30 – UM vs. Auburn (Sponsored by The Harvard Drug Group)

Continuing Education
Sept. 22 – MPhA Consultant Pharmacist Seminar, Hilton Hotel, Jackson. For more information or to register, visit

Save These Dates
Oct. 29 – Coy W. Waller Distinguished Lecture, by Marvin Shepherd (Centennial professor, University of Texas College of Pharmacy), 11 a.m., Ford Center.
Dec. 5-9 – ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Anaheim, Calif. Alumni reception
5:30 p.m on Dec. 6
March 25-26 – Pharmacy Alumni Weekend
faculty focus
Students Choose Five Outstanding Teachers

May graduates in the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program chose David J. McCaffrey and Christopher R. McCurdy to receive 2010 Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year awards.
    Doctor of Pharmacy students chose Justin J. Sherman as the 2010 Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year. Graduating Pharm.D. students also chose Brian L. Crabtree and Larry A. Krohn to receive 2010 Preceptor of the Year awards.

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Oil spill’s environmental consequences to outlast Katrina’s

The university’s graduate program in environmental toxicology began just four years ago, but the massive oil spill this summer in the Gulf of Mexico promises to provide research opportunities to keep faculty and students busy for decades.
    Several researchers are studying the region’s fish, shellfish and plant life. The work has serious implications for tourism, fishing and other activities across the Gulf Coast region, said Kristine Willett, associate professor of pharmacology and graduate program coordinator for the Environmental Toxicology Research Program.
    “I predict that the oil spill’s effects on the environment are going to be much longer-lasting than the environmental consequences of Katrina,” Willett said.

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ben banahanManagement system helps pharmacists get back to patient care

Tyson Pharmacy in Holly Springs is an old-fashioned drugstore with a modern twist. Tyson offers RxSync Service, a system developed by the UM School of Pharmacy to help patients better manage their medication therapies.
    Bob Lomenick, owner of Tyson Drug Co., has been using RxSync for more than two years and says the new system has “made a world of difference” to his business and his patients.
    “Running three pharmacies—two in Holly Springs and one in Potts Camps—is chaotic,” Lomenick said. “I spent most of my time reacting to my patients' needs.”
    Lomenick said he had for years been thinking of a better way to manage patients’ medications when he was introduced to RxSync.

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Larry WalkerResearchers travel to Geneva to discuss antimalarial
discovery plans

Malaria, one of the world’s most widespread infectious diseases, takes the lives of almost 1 million people a year. UM researchers have been working for more than 20 years on antimalarial drugs in hopes of developing one that will save some of those lives.
    This month they travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to present some of the research team’s work to the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee of the Medicines for Malaria Venture in hopes of winning continued funding for the project.

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Final push aimed at student support

Launched in 2008, the Promises to Keep Campaign has garnered nearly $10 million in named endowments for merit and need-based scholarships and fellowships, faculty support and funding for a new pharmacy building at the UM Medical Center in Jackson.
    In times of economic struggle and escalating tuition costs, the final push for the school of pharmacy campaign will raise financial support targeting scholarship opportunities to directly benefit deserving students.

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