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May 2016

Letter from the Dean 

Dear Friends,

We just celebrated the commencement of 76 new PharmD, 18 new PhD, and 3 new BS degree graduates in what was the 148th class to graduate from Michigan's Pharmacy program. Additionally, 18 residents completed their training at the College and the University's Health System.

Honors were also extended to Dr. David Frame, 2016 Teaching Excellence Award, and Dr. Robert Lipper, 2016 Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. 

These achievements by the College's faculty, administration, alumni, and students are among the many reasons the U-M College of Pharmacy remains a top name in graduate education nationally.  

Have a great summer and go Blue! 

Top Stories
U-M College of Pharmacy Once Again Among Nation’s Best
The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy has once again been named a top pharmacy school by U.S. News & World Report
Dr. David Frame Named 2016 Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
David Frame, PharmD, has received the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes exceptional teaching in the University of Michigan PharmD and PhD programs.
Dr. Robert Lipper Earns 2016 Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Lipper, PhD‘78, has been named the 2016 Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This award honors alumni who have made significant lifetime contributions in their profession or to society through practice, research, education, or public service.
Dr. Steven Erickson Recognized by U-M Council for Disability Concerns
"I would like to see increased awareness by clinicians and educators of clinicians of the unique health-related needs of the people with disabilities and the people who assist them," explains Dr. Erickson.
Student News
Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Candidate Wins Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Lukasz Ochyl has been awarded the 2016 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Mr. Ochyl is pursuing his PhD in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the U-M College of Pharmacy.
Medicinal Chemistry PhD Candidate Wins Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
The Fellowship acknowledges students who have taken a risk and are working on particularly creative or ambitious dissertations.
Students Partner with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for “Healing Through Hands-On Science”
The event, a collaboration between the Hands-On Museum and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, helped families learn more about health science, explore different medical procedures, and increase exposure to health professionals through a variety of activities including an interactive teddy bear clinic.
Students Take Medical Service Trip to Honduras
The College of Pharmacy’s Student Committee for International Opportunities recently sent six pharmacy students on a medical service trip during the University’s spring break.
Faculty News
New Anti-Biofilm Compounds Show Promise against Drug-Resistant Bacteria Linked to Hospital Infections
“Something like this has simply never been found before. We’re excited about the idea that we can develop this as a clinical agent [and can] prevent the formation of these biofilms,” says David Sherman, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy.
Professor Mustapha Beleh Awarded Teaching Prize
Mustapha Beleh, PhD, Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry, has been awarded $10,000 by the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching.
Alumni News
High Honors for U-M Pharmacy Alumni at APhA Annual Meeting
Three College of Pharmacy alumni, Leslie Benet, BSPharm’60, MS’62, DSc (hc)’11, Lisa Kroon, PharmD’94, and Larry Wagenknecht, PharmD’79, all received top honors at the 2016 American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, held March 4-7, Baltimore, MD.
Michigan Pharmacy Alumnus Honored at USciences’ 195th Founders’ Day Ceremony
Dinesh C. Patel,PhD'79, received an honorary doctor of science degree.
More News
College Hosts Spring Safe Medication Disposal Event
The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy hosted its fifth Safe Medication Disposal Event on Tuesday, April 5. This was the first event with two collection locations operating simultaneously, one on Ingalls Mall and a second at the North Campus Research Complex.
2016 Preceptor of the Year Award-Winner: Joseph Davis
Joseph Davis, PharmD’03, was named the 2016 Preceptor of the Year Award winner at the 13th Annual Preceptor Symposium, May 5, 2016.
Preceptor Profile: Dr. Shea Van Vuuren
“The preceptors I had during my time at U-M played such a pivotal role in my education, I wanted to give that experience to the next generation of pharmacists,” says Dr. Van Vuuren.
Alumni Board of Governors Meeting
June 13, 2016
College of Pharmacy


The 17th Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference
August 9, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Palmer Commons


Homecoming Weekend 2024
September 13, 2024
College of Pharmacy


Leaders and Legacy
November 1, 2024
Weber's Boutique Hotel


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