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December 2016

Welcome to the year-end issue of eInteractions!  The holiday season is always filled with celebrations and faculty, staff, students and alumni gave us plenty of reason to celebrate in 2016. College faculty had their best year ever in research funding.  Staff received some of our university's highest awards.  Graduates from our PhD and PharmD programs found great jobs and residencies (highest national rate), while alumni and friends supported new professorships, fellowships, scholarships and research endowments.  The year was marked with some sad news as well as the College mourned the loss of Professor and Dean Emeritus Jim Richards and alumnus Charles 'Cork' Walgreen. Please enjoy this issue's stories on student experiences in China, recent grant successes, alumni efforts towards education of nontraditional career paths, and more. The holiday season is also a time for giving.  Please consider joining the many alumni and friends who have already made contributions to support our students and College in 2016.  Enjoy the holidays, stay warm, and Go Blue!

Dean Jim Dalton

Top Stories
Dr. Vicki L. Ellingrod Named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Vicki L. Ellingrod, PharmD, FCCP, has been named associate dean for research and graduate education at the U-M College of Pharmacy.
Remembering Professor Emeritus James Richards
James W. Richards, BSPharm’55, passed away September 1, 2016, after an extended illness.
Dr. Kathleen Stringer Receives Two Federal Grants Totaling $3.3M to Support Her Research Program
Kathleen A. Stringer, PharmD’85, has been awarded two federal grants totaling nearly $3.3 million.
Dr. James Moon’s Laboratory Receives $6 Million in NIH Awards
The laboratory of James Moon, PhD, has been awarded three National Institute of Health R01 awards.
Student News
"Life-Changing Experience" - Pharmacy Students on Rotation in China
“TCM is one reason I became interested in studying pharmacy, and this rotation allowed me to explore this major part of medical history and current Chinese medical practice at its origin,” notes Lisa.
Phi Delta Chi Student Chapter Places Second Nationally in Emory W. Thurston Grand President's Cup Competition
Sixteen Brothers of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Chi (PDC), including the Chapter advisor, Dr. Peggy Carver, recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri to attend PDC’s Leader-Development Seminar (LDS).
Students Reflect on First Year in Innovative Global Engagement Program
The U-M College of Pharmacy created formal ties with China Pharmaceutical University, Fudan University, Peking University, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, and Sichuan University in a collaborative agreement in 2014.
PharmD Student Named PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholar
Jenish Patel, a 4th year PharmD student, has been selected as a 2016 PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholar.
Faculty News
Dr. Steven Schwendeman Awarded FDA Grant to Investigate Peptide-Polymer Interactions in PLGA Microspheres
Steven Schwendeman, PhD’92, Chair and Ara G. Paul Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been awarded $500,000 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the investigation of peptide-polymer interactions in PLGA microspheres.
Journey to Nepal: a Story of Science and Family
David Sherman does much of his field work underwater, diving as deep as 130 feet to collect microbial samples that can become the basis for new drugs to treat infectious diseases and cancers.
Alumni News
Pharmacy Alumni Showcase Nontraditional Career Paths
Nick Kirkpatrick, Lynn Switaj, and Matt Paterini wanted more exposure and knowledge about nontraditional roles in pharmacy and to pass that knowledge along to their peers.
College Mourns Passing of Charles 'Cork' Walgreen
Charles R. Walgreen III led the drugstore chain that bears his family's name through a period of significant change, shedding many ancillary businesses and focusing on store growth and a top-of-the-line pharmacy operation.
More News
2017 Bicentennial Celebration Merchandise
15% of the retailprice will support need-based financial aid coordinated through the Bicentennial Office.
College Hosts Fall Safe Medication Disposal Event
The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy hosted its sixth Safe Medication Disposal Event on Tuesday, October 4. Students operated two collection locations simultaneously, one on Ingalls Mall and a second at the North Campus Research Complex.
U-M Health System Announces Partnership with Meijer Pharmacies
New partnership will provide hypertension management services to UMHS patients at participating Meijer pharmacy locations.
ASHP Midyear Meeting Alumni & Friends Reception
December 3, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Hilton Anaheim


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