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UK College of Pharmacy Celebrates Lyman T. Johnson Award Winner William Ifeachor (’12)

The Lyman T. Johnson African American Group, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity, hosted the 30th Annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer and Torch of Excellence Awards on Feb. 1 virtually. Each college was asked to nominate alumni who embody the characteristics of determination and hard work and have affected the lives of people on campus, the community, the state, or our nation. The UK College of Pharmacy selected alumna William Ifeachor as the recipient of the 2021 Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award.

College of Pharmacy Celebrates Lyman T. Johnson Award Winner Anisa Moore

The UK College of Pharmacy's very own Anisa Moore was awarded the 30th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award. The Lyman T. Johnson award is presented by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group and the University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity.

Vertner Taylor ('60) says family taught him 'some of my most valuable lessons'

While Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to attend an all-white school, Vertner Taylor graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, making him the college’s first African American graduate. Taylor’s completion of his Bachelor of Science degree predates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making his achievements that much more significant.

A Duty to our Community: How Can Pharmacy Students Help?

The University of Kentucky is one of many vaccination centers that have begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public--but, with the added bonus of incorporating future healthcare leaders. UK College of Pharmacy students have been given the opportunity to administer vaccines alongside other medical professionals at the clinic since its opening in January.

The Power of a Kentucky Degree

During his tenure at Kroger, Hudspeth impacted countless lives, and he continues to be an example and mentor for other Black students hoping to pursue a healthcare career. Most recently, Hudspeth joined UK HealthCare to manage its retail location within Chandler Hospital. In addition to traditional community pharmacy duties, he reviews patient charts, consults on medication, and assists in discharging patients.

Fighting for Care in the Commonwealth

Alum Chris Harlow knows too well how access to high-quality healthcare can save lives. Harlow is the co-founder of St. Matthews Community & Specialty Pharmacy in Louisville, Ky, and a tireless advocate for patients struggling with substance use disorders. When Harlow was in his last year of pharmacy school, he learned of his mother's accidental overdose and passing. “If my dad had access to Narcan, he could have saved my mom’s life.”

What You've Wanted to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines

We spoke with University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy professors Brooke Hudspeth, PharmD., and Vince Venditto, Ph.D., to get answers to some of your common COVID-19 vaccine questions. Hudspeth is a pharmacist and associate dean at the college and is part of the task force overseeing the rollout out of the COVID-19 vaccine at UK and UK HealthCare. Venditto is an assistant professor with training in vaccine development and is working with Hudspeth and others on a clinical trial to understand the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Kentucky.

KET Forum shares new info about COVID-19 from leading experts, including UK faculty

COVID Update: A KET Forum presents new information from trusted experts about COVID-19 and answers viewers’ questions. Topics include vaccine phases, where and how to register for the vaccine, mask recommendations, virus mutations, and more. The panel includes Vincent J. Venditto, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Kentucky Pharmacists Association Announces Ben Mudd as New Executive Director

The Kentucky Pharmacists Association KPhA Board of Directors has selected University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy 2012 alum and pharmacist, Dr. Benjamin Mudd, as their next Executive Director/CEO. 

Prisinzano Named New Director of UK’s Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation

Thomas Prisinzano, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been named director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation (CPRI). Prisinzano replaces former Director Jon Thorson, who was recently promoted to associate dean of research in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

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.