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6 questions with the new College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences dean

Following an illustrious career in researching transcriptional regulation, cell signaling, and developmental biology, Washington state native and former Cougar alumnus, Dr. Mark Leid, will return to his alma mater to lead the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences starting July 1. CPPS sat down with Dr. Leid to learn more about his personal interests and perspectives.

What drew you to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences?
I trained as a pharmacist at WSU many years ago and that training changed my life in very fundamental ways. The skills that I learned in the basic and clinical sciences here—as well as soft skills—positioned me … » More …

WSU student group helps international students navigate life in Spokane

When Shamema Nasrin and her husband moved from Bangladesh to Spokane to attend the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, they didn’t know how to drive.

They didn’t know how to use a swipe card, pay taxes, or how to register for a Social Security number, which is required of international students.

“Everything was new,” Nasrin said recently of the couple’s experiences when they arrived in 2015. She and her husband both were pursuing doctoral degrees at WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

To help a growing number of international students attending the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nasrin … » More …

WSU student pharmacist serves as first-ever ACVP student board member

For the first time, the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) national board has added a student member who hails from the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

After receiving the Pharmacist Mutual/ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship last year, fourth year pharmacy student Joanna Gourley had the opportunity to attend the ACVP annual meeting and board meeting. While there she proposed the addition of a student to the national board. The ACVP was established to support independent pharmacists to develop and strengthen services they provide for animals and veterinarians.

“Student members are the future of every organization and I wanted to improve the connection … » More …

What role does sleep play in sun damage and skin repair?

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. » More ...

Inspiring change: Linda MacLean’s impact on my life in pharmacy

By Jennifer Robinson, Associate Dean for Professional Education and Clinical Associate Professor for Department of Pharmacotherapy

In late January, the American Pharmacists Association named WSU CPPS interim dean, Linda Garrelts MacLean, as one of their 2020 fellows. This honor is the most comprehensive recognition in pharmacy. To receive the award, members must demonstrate exemplary professional achievements and service to the pharmacy profession. Below is an article written by Jennifer Robinson, associate dean for professional education, about how Linda made an impact in her life.

APhA encourages pharmacists to practice at the top of their education to meet the needs of society. It creates a community … » More …

Filling gaps in primary care takes creativity

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

A need to fill gaps in primary care is driving new approaches to health care workforce development in Washington, including at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Panelists discussed their organizations’ strategies at Inland Northwest State of Reform, an annual health policy conference.

Julie Akers, clinical associate professor at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said the college is preparing students for a future that may look quite different from traditional pharmacy roles.

State law in Washington allows pharmacists to provide direct patient care for uncomplicated illnesses or conditions. Akers said pharmacists are already providing that … » More …

Johanna Pantig named WSU student regent

Johanna Pantig, a fourth-year pharmacy student at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane, has been named Washington State University Student Regent for the 2019-20 academic year.

At age 26, Pantig’s resume is already filled with leadership positions, honors, and volunteer experiences.

She served as president and vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences and chair of the WSU Student Government Council. She received the Chancellor’s Excellence Award last spring, and the student of the year award for third-year students in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s a … » More …

College of Pharmacy History – WSU Drug Garden

A project that Asa F. Maxwell began working on shortly after his arrival as Head of the pharmacy program was the development of a medicinal plant garden. The place of pharmacognosy in the education of pharmacy students was very strong at that time and it was common for colleges of pharmacy to maintain gardens as a source of plant materials so that students might become familiar with their identities and to instruct students in the collecting, drying and storing of them. » More ...
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