Rho Chi Research Day Recognizes Discovery, Innovation

April 19, 2015

The UK College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Rho Chi Research Day on Friday, April 17. Research and scholarly activity was on display from PharmD students, graduate students and UK HealthCare and UK College of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residents.

The following individuals are the 2015 Rho Chi Research Day award recipients:


In the Residency category:

1st place – Maryjoy Lepak

2nd place – Jessica Cox

3rd place – Zachary Noel


In the PharmD student category:

1st place – Savannah Gulley

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UK Global Health Team Claims Second Place at Nationals

April 14, 2015

A multidisciplinary team of five UK students – including UK College of Pharmacy first-year PharmD student Kevin Chen – took second place during the 5th annual Emory Global Health Case Competition held March 27-28 at Emory University.

The international competition brought together teams from 24 universities across the U.S., as well as Australia and Denmark, to develop reorganizational strategies for the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that it meets the emerging health challenges of the 21st century.

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Monthly Publication Highlights Association Between Atypical Antipsychotic Use and Type II Diabetes in Children

April 09, 2015

An eye-opening analysis by the College’s Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy into the association between atypical antipsychotic usage and type II diabetes is the UK College of Pharmacy Research Publication Highlight for March 2015.

The piece was published in the Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety and is entitled, “Atypical antipsychotic initiation and the risk of type II diabetes in children and adolescents.”

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UK Pharmacy Students Spend Spring Break Serving Kentuckians

April 08, 2015

While some college students spent Spring Break on the beach, members of the UK College of Pharmacy’s Operation Heart team spent time in Winchester, Kentucky, working to improve cardiovascular health.

UK pharmacy students offered free screenings for high blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol at two Clark County sites - Graham’s Boots, Work, and Western Wear and the Clark County Public Library on March 16 and 17.

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Ekinci, Sinclair Win SNPhA Clinical Skills Competition

March 30, 2015

Two third-year UK College of Pharmacy PharmD students took first place at the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) Clinical Skills Competition during SNPhA’s Regions III, IV and V Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in mid-March.

Ekim Ekinci of Antalya, Turkey and Caitlin Sinclair of Versailles, Kentucky received top honors in the competition. The pair will next have an opportunity to compete at the SNPhA national meeting in Orlando, Florida from July 24-27.

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Hickson Only Student in Nation to Receive PLS Graduate Fellowship

March 25, 2015

Ryan Hickson, a fourth-year PharmD/Master of Public Health candidate from Jeffersonville, Indiana, has been named the 2015 recipient of the AFPE-Phi Lambda Sigma First Year Graduate Fellowship. Hickson is the only student in the nation to receive this award.

He will be recognized with the honor at the Phi Lambda Sigma Awards Banquet on March 28 in San Diego, California. Drs. Peggy Piascik and Frank Romanelli, both faculty members at the UK College of Pharmacy, will pick up the award in his honor.

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College Inducts First Class in Hall of Distinguished Alumni

March 17, 2015

Four dynamic UK College of Pharmacy alumni are 2015 inductees to the College’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Bob Blouin, Mary H. H. Ensom, Bob Rapp and Salomon Stavchansky will be recognized for their lifetime professional contributions on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20.

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College to Celebrate Residency Match Day

March 15, 2015

Pharmacy students across the nation will find out if they landed a coveted residency on Friday, March 20, and the UK College of Pharmacy will capture Pharmacy Residency Match Day excitement across a number of media platforms.

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High School Researcher Making a Scientific Name for Himself

March 11, 2015

Adil Yusuf, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School who conducts research at the UK College of Pharmacy, has burst onto the local and national scientific research scene this spring. Yusuf, who participates in Dunbar’s acclaimed Math, Science and Technology (MSTC) program, received the 2015 Yale Science and Engineering Association Science Fair Award and first place in chemistry at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

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Kelly Smith Named Interim Dean

March 08, 2015

Kelly M. Smith, a faculty member in the College’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, has been named Interim Dean of the UK College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Smith takes over for former Dean Timothy S. Tracy, who was recently named Provost at the University of Kentucky. She is the first woman to hold the top leadership position in the 145-year history of the UK College of Pharmacy.

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