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Another WSU Student to Lead NCPA Council

Photo of Andrew HelmWSU pharmacy student Andrew Helm is the new president-elect of the National Community Pharmacists Association’s students’ council and will serve as president in 2010-11.

It will be the second time in three years a WSU student has served as president of the 16-member national student leadership council. WSU pharmacy student Jason Doss, who graduated in May, just finished his term as president for 2008-09.

Involvement by WSU students has been supported and encouraged by College alumni who also have been active at the national level of NCPA, including 1978 graduates Holly Whitcomb Henry … » More …

Pharmacy Students Get National Awards for Volunteerism

WSU students Jamie L. Robinson and Lindy Wood were both recognized with a Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy Award during the 2008-09 academic year for their volunteer work.

The RESPy Award for Respect, Excellence and Service in Pharmacy includes a $1,000 tuition scholarship, a handcrafted piece of commemorative art and a featured profile in Pharmacy Times magazine . The award is given out 10 times a year.

Robinson was profiled in the March 2009 issue of the magazine, and Lindy Wood was in the February issue.

Robinson, class of 2010, grew up with parents who believed in helping others and she started volunteering at the age of … » More …

Higgins Named 2009 Outstanding Alumnus

Photo of bob higginsRobert W. Higgins has received the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University.

Higgins is a 1957 WSU pharmacy graduate and son of 1926 pharmacy graduate Nels Higgins, who owned Higgins Drug Store in Pullman until 1955. During his 23-year Navy career, Higgins rose to the rank of admiral and retired in 1993 as deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Navy.

While serving as a physician in the Vietnam War, he became interested in world health care, and after retirement, he served a term as president of … » More …

WSU Takes APhA Regional Award for Operation Diabetes

WSU pharmacy students won the Northwest Region Operation Diabetes award for the third consecutive year in student competition at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in San Antonio in April 2009.

A WSU pharmacy student – Elizabeth Moe from the class of 2011 – also placed in the top 10 national patient counseling competition. It was the second consecutive year a WSU student placed in the top 10.

The Operation Diabetes team submitted a 10-page report detailing their campaign, in which 162 student pharmacists screened and/or educated 818 people, not including the countless viewers of a diabetes outreach the students did on a Spokane television … » More …

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 …