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Jill Turner, a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy assistant professor was recently awarded the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Neuropharmacology Early Career Award for 2021. This award recognizes early career stage investigators working in any area of neuropharmacology from all types of organizations, including academia, industry, private or government institutes.

“I appreciate the society's continued mission of accelerating therapeutics for human disease,” said Turner. “I am very honored to be named as the Neuropharmacology Divisions Early Career Awardee this year, and especially appreciative of my mentors in neuropharmacology, including doctors Ken Kellar and Linda Dwoskin, and their continued support of my career.”

Turner has a B.S. in Biology from West Virginia University and a PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. She has been a member of ASPET since her second year of graduate school at Georgetown University.

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.