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student stories

60 students share in ministry of medicine

Addy Dinkins

Pharmacy students are helping uninsured residents in Lafayette and Yalobusha counties get the health care they need by working at the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic, which provides free services to working adults with low incomes.

Working at the clinic was a valuable experience, said Melissa Webster of Madison, a fourth-year pharmacy student.



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alumni stories

Feb. 13 – MPhA Mid-winter Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Thad Cochran Research Center, Oxford.

Feb. 15 – Winfield and Rachel Cotton Lecture by Kenneth Kaitin (Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development), 1:30 p.m., 2066 Cochran Research Center.

March 4 – Hartman Lecture by APhA CEO Thomas E. Menighan. Details TBA.

March 25-26 – Pharmacy Alumni Weekend, various UM locations. Friday: Annual golf tournament and dean’s reception. Saturday: Annual alumni & friends breakfast, awards banquet & reunion dinner, and campus CE program.

April 11-15 – International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, Oxford Conference Center. For details, visit

April 12 – 2011 Preceptor Conference, UMMC Conference Center, Jackson Medical Mall.

April 15 – Annual School of Pharmacy Awards Day. Details TBA.

June 15-18 – MPhA Annual Meeting, Sandestin Hilton, Destin, Fla. School of Pharmacy event TBA.

July 28-30 – MSHP Annual Meeting, The Inn at Ole Miss, Oxford.

faculty focus

UM’s chief research officer receives top NIH honor

Alice Clark

The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has named Alice M. Clark the 2010 winner of its top honor for extraordinary commitment to peer review.

Clark, vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs and F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy, will receive the Marcy Speer Outstanding Reviewer Award, which highlights the vital contributions of CSR reviewers who evaluate NIH grant applications.

“With her wonderful enthusiasm and passion for rigor and fairness, Alice personifies all that’s great about our reviewers,” said CSR Director Toni Scarpa.


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Students, faculty look forward to Pharmacy Practice's new home

Architectural renderings show what the new pharmacy building at the university's Medical Center will look like.

For 38 years, pharmacy practice students and faculty have been learning and working at the UM Medical Center in Jackson without a building of their own. That will change this fall, when the two-story structure going up on University Drive is complete.

The 29,500-square-foot “L”-shaped building includes 17 small classrooms, a student lounge, offices for faculty, and laboratory and clinical research space. An attached 160-seat auditorium will be equipped for lectures, seminars and sharing live video with the Oxford campus.

“This state-of-the-art educational facility for students will place them in the heart of UMMC’s academic corridor daily and provide more interaction with students in other health-related professions,” said Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean for clinical affairs and chair of pharmacy practice.


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Pharmacy alumni gear up for spring 2011 golf tourney

2010 Pharm.D. graduates (from left) Travis King, Vishal Patel and Wes Pierce celebrate their performance in last year's Pharmacy Alumni Chapter golf tournament.

Last spring, more than 60 alumni, students, faculty and friends participated in the Pharmacy Alumni Chapter’s inaugural golf tournament. Between participants and some two dozen corporate sponsors, the tournament raised more than $20,000 for the chapter’s scholarship endowment.

Among the players was Mike Worsham, a pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn., returning to campus for his 30-year class reunion as part of 2010 Pharmacy Weekend activities. The tournament provided a great opportunity to visit with “old pharmacy professors and old friends,” Worsham said. “It was a good day. I really liked the course and that proceeds are going to scholarships. That’s a good use.”

The 2011 tournament will again be part of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend events, which are set for March 25-26.



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Scientists eye natural products for food safety, human health

Graduate student Demaris Meujo (right), Mark Hamann (left) and others developed a technique to make raw oysters safer to eat.

Pharmacy Professor Mark T. Hamann and his research team have spent more than two decades discovering new drug leads from marine organisms and plants with the goal of strengthening the world’s arsenal for fighting cancer, neurological disorders, drug-resistant staff infections and infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Recently, the team expanded its explorations to include identifying and characterizing leads for the food industry. Kraft Foods has provided support for the team’s work.

Working to identify compounds of benefit to the food industry isn’t a “significant stretch” from searching for drugs to treat infectious diseases, Hamann said.


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Longtime professor, wife create scholarship endowment

Professor Dewey Garner with his wife, Barbara, and Pharmacy Dean Barbara Wells

A UM professor who dedicated 38 years to helping pharmacy students become successful practitioners is building on that legacy by endowing a scholarship fund to assist future students.

Dewey D. Garner, professor emeritus of pharmacy administration and research professor emeritus in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and his wife, Barbara, have created a scholarship endowment in their names. The fund will provide academic scholarships to pharmacy students, with preference given to Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity members

“Barbara and Dewey Garner are the real deal,” said Dean Barbara G. Wells. “They are exactly what they appear to be–caring and committed people who make the world better and inspire others to do the same.”


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