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On October 15, 2019, Dr. Aaron Cook, R275 (PharmD '00) was named Fellow of Neurocritical Care (FNCS) recipient at the Neurocritical Care Society meeting in Vancouver. This is a well-deserved honor and the culmination of years of advanced practice, research, and service to the society. The Fellow of Neurocritical Care Society qualifications are based on contributions to the field of neurocritical care in the areas of professionalism and collaborative multi-professional practice, program development, scholarly activity, and leadership.

In addition, Cook will be acknowledged as a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Citation, which is based on nomination by the committee chairs and senior leadership of the NCS. Cook’s continued leadership in the field of neurocritical care and within our own institution continues to impact the exceptional patient care the University of Kentucky is able to provide.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.