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Alumnus Mark Huffmyer passes away, leaves legacy of global learning

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) mourns the loss of esteemed alumnus, pharmacist, colleague, and community leader Mark Huffmyer, PharmD, who passed away on July 2, 2024, at the age of 34.

Bonds across borders: 35 years of partnership with Kitasato University

This year, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) marks a significant milestone: the 35th anniversary of its academic exchange program with Kitasato University School of Pharmacy in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception in 1989, this enduring partnership has facilitated a robust exchange of knowledge, cultural understanding, and innovative practices, profoundly impacting pharmacy education and training in both countries.

Love, Legacy, and Learning

This National Lover's Day, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) celebrates the recent union of two current students, Rachel Rister and Trey Carter, who were married on April 13, 2024, at The Club at UK's Spindletop Hall. Their wedding not only marked the beginning of their future together but also highlighted the significant influence of UKCOP's community and legacy.

College of Pharmacy Recognizes Outstanding Preceptors in Annual Celebration

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) is proud to announce the induction of five exceptional preceptors into the prestigious Hall of Distinguished Preceptors. This honor will be bestowed during the annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. EDT. The College will extend the celebration to a broader audience by streaming the event live on its YouTube channel.

Leading with Purpose: Celebrating Women's Pioneering Roles in Pharmacy

The pharmacy landscape in the United States has undergone a remarkable transformation, with women pharmacists now representing between 62% and 75% of the profession—a stark contrast to the 14% seen in the mid-1960s. As Women’s History Month draws to a close, Lu Shawna Lawson, PharmD, MPA, a trailblazer and senior pharmacist at Community Health Network Specialty Pharmacy, shared insights into her career, challenges, inspirations, and advice for future pharmacists.

Chemistry Beyond the Classroom

Their journey, destined to intertwine, began with a simple question from Abigail about William’s thoughts on the latest pharmacy exam. As luck would have it, they were headed in the same direction, allowing their initial conversation to blossom into the start of a beautiful journey together.

Our Top 23 of 2023

A recap of our top moments of 2023 (in no particular order).

Make It Make Sense! Everything is Science Festival Returns

Everything is Science, Lexington’s city-wide science festival, returns for its sixth year with an exciting new theme: Make It Make Sense!

Distinguished Pharmacy Educator, Leader Patrick J. McNamara Retires

After an exceptional 43-year career as a dedicated educator, esteemed researcher, and visionary administrator, the College announces McNamara’s retirement. He leaves invaluable contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences and a permanent mark on the academic community. 

College of Pharmacy Celebrates Faculty Promotions

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy announced the promotion of four exceptional junior faculty members: Eric Johnson, PharmD; Hannah Johnson, PharmD; Vincent Venditto, Ph.D.; and Craig Beavers, PharmD. These promotions, which took effect on July 1, 2023, have been approved by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees in recognition of their unwavering dedication, expertise, and outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

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.