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April 2020

A note from Linda Garrelts MacLean

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The last few weeks have come as a complete shock to many of us. Unprecedented is the one word that describes what is happening worldwide, in our nation, and the state of Washington. As destructive as this pandemic has been to so many families, students and businesses, I am in awe of the creativity, community, and resolve that it has brought out in our faculty, staff and students.

In so many ways, our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to help each other to design a plan so that our students can continue on successful learning paths. Looking forward to the next few weeks and months, I would like to share with you my communication to faculty and staff about facing fear and doing the right thing during uncertain times.

One of the main challenges we face during this pandemic is not only to get our students to successfully complete their degrees, but to ensure they graduate on time. Several students have been displaced from their rotations, but for the majority of our students, their final blocks have been their first real-world tests as health care providers and a once-in-a-lifetime experience in treating patients during a time of crisis.

With a heavy heart, we have also had to cancel commencement this year. Given the current situation in Washington state, we cannot safely hold this celebration in good conscience without impacting the efforts by public health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While this year’s challenges have been unprecedented, it should not diminish our students’ accomplishments in any way. Conversely, I hope it reinforces their roles as health care providers and their important responsibility to protect the health of the communities they serve.

On behalf of the leadership at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we hope that you and your families are doing well during these challenging times. Leading our students, colleges, businesses, families and communities requires courage, but I am certain that it will all make us stronger when we come out at the other side of this. Whether you are a partner in our school, alumni, or colleagues at other pharmacy schools, you are in our hearts and we will get through this together.

You can read all the latest announcements from our college to our students, faculty and staff on our COVID-19 webpage.

Creativeness, flexibility, visionary thinking and problem solving, willingness to work hard, and an unparalleled dedication to our program and each other is what I see day in and day out at our college. I have every confidence that we will work through these bumps without trepidation.

With best regards and much respect,

Linda Garrelts MacLean

Linda Garrelts MacLean, Interim Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Research News

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In 2010, the International Agency for Research on Cancer under the World Health Organization recognized night shift work that disrupts the circadian rhythm as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This official recognition of the link between cancer and sleep disruption was a defining moment for Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Yakima Highlight

Three Yakima student pharmacists visited Cape Town, South Africa with faculty member Rustin Crutchly as part of a new international APPE rotation in HIV/Precision Medicine

10,126 miles and worlds away: Yakima student pharmacists gain a global perspective in South Africa

Approximately 1 in 5 individuals in South Africa have HIV. The country is one of the largest epicenters of the HIV epidemic in the world with 7.7 million people living with the disease. That’s nearly the population of New York City. In the summer of 2019, WSU student pharmacists visited Cape Town, South Africa, to work with patients, doctors and pharmacists at health care institutions, allowing them to see the frontlines of HIV treatment and prevention, including application of precision medicine.

Our College

Thank you to our IT department!

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, we want to thank our awesome IT team. They have been working tirelessly to ensure faculty, students and staff are staying connected virtually in a time of social distancing.

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Alumni News


  • The Golden Grads reunion that was slated for the end of April for the Class of 1970 has been postponed indefinitely. Class Captain Wayne Clemens is encouraging everyone to plan to attend the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Homecoming Weekend and Crimson Gala in October in Spokane and Pullman.
  • Tribute to Excellence events in Yakima and Spokane that were scheduled for April have also been canceled. Honorees will be recognized during the VIP Reception at the Crimson Gala on October 2.

It is all of our hope that life will return to normal soon. Be safe and healthy everyone.

April 2020 Updates



Pharmaceutical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Peng Xia, Pharmaceutical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate Jingrui Chen, Pharmaceutical Sciences Assistant Professor Zhaokang Cheng and two co-authors published, “Doxorubicin induces cardiomyocyte apoptosis and atrophy through cyclin-dependent kinase 2-mediated activation of forkhead box O1,” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that is published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. View abstract

Pharmacotherapy Clinical Professor Terri Levien and J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor of Pharmacotherapy Danial Baker published, “Drug evaluation – asenapine transdermal system (Secuado),” in Wolters Kluwer Health’s The Formulary Monograph Service (FMS) in February 2020. Wolters Kluwer Health … » More …


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