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Brent Albertson Named Preceptor of the Year

Brent A. Albertson, the manager of advanced pharmacy practice at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital in Spokane, was named the 2009 Roche Preceptor of the Year by the College of Pharmacy in recognition of his outstanding work with WSU pharmacy students during their final year of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Albertson has been affiliated with the College since 2003, when he joined the faculty while maintaining a part-time practice in hospital pharmacy. In 2007, he became a full-time employee of the medical center and moved adjunct faculty status in the College, a position he still holds. Albertson received his Pharm.D. … » More …

MacLean, Kennedy Get WSU Spokane Excellence Awards

Linda Garrelts MacLean, chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, received the annual WSU Spokane Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching at commencement ceremonies on May 8, 2009.

Another faculty member in the College, Jae Kennedy, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, was recognized by his peers with the annual WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching, research, and community service.

MacLean joined the College faculty full-time in 2006 after a career as a pharmacy business owner who received national attention for her contributions to the profession. She is a 1978 alumnus of the College and … » More …

Quock, Garrison Named Teachers of the Year

College of Pharmacy faculty members Raymond M. Quock and Mark Garrison were selected by pharmacy students as the 2008-09 Teachers of the Year.

Quock, who is chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, lectures in neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology and drug abuse to second-year pharmacy students. He has been at the College since January 1999 and has a long list of teaching awards from his faculty career at other institutions, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine where he received the Golden Apple teaching award seven of the nine years he was there. Quock has won the Teacher of the Year award from WSU students two … » More …

James to be Speaker at Health Physics Society

RICHLAND, Wash. – The director of a Washington State University repository and research program in radiation health effects will be one of the leading speakers at the 54th annual meeting of the Health Physics Society in Minneapolis in July 2009.

Anthony C. James, director since 2005 of the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries at WSU Tri-Cities, will be the Landauer Memorial Lecturer and opening speaker on the second day of the five-day conference.

James has been a researcher in radiation biology and health physics for almost 40 years. He has a doctorate degree in radiation biology and a bachelor’s degree in physics, both from the … » More …

Visit to Legislature Attracts 78 Students

Pharmacy Day at the Washington Legislature on Feb. 20, 2009, included 78 student pharmacists from Washington State University who met with legislators throughout the day to talk about issues important to students as well as professionals.

Organized by the Washington State Pharmacy Association, students from the University of Washington also were there and provided health screenings for the legislators while WSU students were meeting with individual legislators. Specific issues which were discussed with the legislators included the following:

Tuition Caps for college students
Financial Aid for college students
Cutting Pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement rates to pharmacies
Medicaid Audit Reform Bill
Tamper … » More …

Pharmacy Profs Help with Research to Enhance Elementary School Science Lessons

SPOKANE – Ants may be plentiful in California in February, but in Spokane, Lisa Woodard had to order some from a pet store.

She needed them for an elementary school science lesson that was developed in California and is being evaluated with the help of student pharmacists and faculty at Washington State University.

“Last week I had mealworms in my office. The week before it was crickets,” said Woodard, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at WSU.

The live insects are being used to teach basic scientific principles to selected classes of second graders in two Spokane area public school districts – Central Valley and Spokane … » More …

Beary to Lead Washington Dietetics Assn.

Janet Beary, a clinical assistant professor in the Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the College of Pharmacy at WSU Spokane, will be installed as president-elect of the Washington State Dietetic Association at its annual convention in April 2009 in Vancouver, Wash.

Her one-year term as president is set to begin with the spring meeting in 2010, and will be followed in 2011 with a one-year term in office as past president.

Beary has been a professor at WSU since January 2000. She has a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in public health. She is a registered dietitian and a certified health education specialist. … » More …

Student Honored for Volunteer Work

A WSU pharmacy student has earned national recognition for her volunteer work with people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in Spokane.

Lindy Wood, who will graduate from the WSU College of Pharmacy in May, is one of a handful of pharmacy students from across the nation selected for a Wal-Mart/Pharmacy Times award for service in pharmacy, which includes a $1,000 scholarship and her profile published in the February 2009 issue of the national magazine Pharmacy Times.

While in school last year, Wood spent four to five hours per week working with the College of Pharmacy’s Geriatrics Team and volunteering for a movement disorder neurologist in … » More …

Campbell, White Release New Diabetes Medications Book

College of Pharmacy Professors R. Keith Campbell and John R. White are co-authors of a new book for the American Diabetes Association titled, “Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes.”

The ADA calls the 548-page book “The Most Authoritative Guide to Diabetes Therapeutics Available.” It was printed by the publishers of the Physicians’ Desk Reference – Thomson Reuters of Montvale, New Jersey.

It is an updated edition of a book Campbell and White wrote that was released in 2000 and is part of the ADA’s Medical Management Series for health care professionals.

Eight other WSU pharmacy faculty contributed to this edition, along with a faculty member … » More …

Meadows Receives NIH Senior Scientist Award

Gary Meadows, a College of Pharmacy professor at WSU since 1976, has received a Senior Scientist Research and Mentorship Award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The five-year, $1 million grant is to provide him with more time for research and to mentor three to five junior faculty at WSU.

Between two and five such awards are granted annually by the NIAAA. Records dating back to 1972 indicate this is the first Senior Scientist award received at WSU.

Meadows’ research into the connection between nutrition and cancer and between alcohol and cancer has been continuously funded by the NIH … » More …