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Minnesota Pharmacist Journal - Winter 2018
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MPhA News & Notes

Professor Donald Uden to Receive Weaver Medal

MPhA member and University of Minnesota Professor Donald Uden, PharmD, has been selected as the 2017 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research and the community. A reception to honor Dr. Uden will be held this spring.

MPhA Members Fight Addiction through Education

Laura Palombi and Heather Blue, professors at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy and MPhA members, were featured in a report on Duluth’s KBJR-TV recently, showcasing the work Laura and Heather are doing to educate the community and pharmacists about substance abuse prevention. Read the full article.

Todd Sorensen Will Serve as AACP President-Elect

MPhA member Todd Sorensen, PharmD, of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has won election as president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Laura Palombi among Speakers for Academy on Opioid Addiction

The University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics will present a Mini Bioethics Academy in Spring 2018, with a series of three seminars focused on the complexities presented by the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH, MAT, assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy in Duluth, presented one of the seminars. “Opioid Addiction in America: Leveraging Community Expertise” was held on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Marsha Millonig Receives Distinguished Pharmacist Award

Marsha Millonig is the 53rd recipient of the Distinguished Pharmacist Award, which is selected by the Pharmacy Alumni Society Board of Directors based upon the voting of past award recipients. A current Century Mortar Club Board of Directors member and chair of the College’s Board of Advisors since 2003, Marsha has contributed to pharmacy in so many ways. Marsha is the current interim executive director of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association and she has been a leader since her days as a student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Marsha has been a College of Pharmacy leadership network partner, a member of the College’s Center for Leading Healthcare Change, and a supporter of the College’s Women Impacting Healthcare Change program. Marsha has also done much to effectively lead the Minnesota Pharmacists Association in recent years. She is a past recipient of both the CMC Friend of the College Award and the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Service Award.

UMN COP Student Published in APhA Student Magazine

Megan Olander, a second year student at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has written an article published in the Student Pharmacist publication of the American Pharmacists Association. She writes, “Pharmacists are in a unique position to implement pharmacogenomics into practice and MTM is an ideal setting for implementing it.” Read her full article.

COP Assistant Professor Named Women’s Health Scholar

University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Beshay Zordoky has been named a Masonic Cancer Center Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Zordoky’s research focuses on cardio-oncology, which has emerged as a novel scientific discipline that aims to mitigate the cardiovascular adverse effects of anti-cancer agents.

MPPS Welcomes New Members

The Minnesota Professional Pharmacists Society (MPPS) was organized in the 1990s as an organization for senior pharmacists to meet and maintain old friendships. The group meets monthly at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bloomington for lunch and a presentation eligible for state board CE credit. At the meeting held Dec. 19, U of MN COP Dean Emeritus Marilyn Speedie shared history of the College, “Wulling, Weaver and Beyond: 125 Years of the U of M College of Pharmacy”. Also at that meeting long-time President Richard Schugel and Treasurer Bob Warren both stepped down after serving 10 years and 20 years respectively. New officers now taking over are: Bob Nordin, President; Dick Mandt, Administrator; and Sandra Newhouse/Leslie Prahl sharing Treasurer duties. MPPS is actively seeking and welcoming new members including pharmacists, those from the pharmacy industry, and technicians. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month with members gathering at 11:30. It is suggested you confirm ahead before your first visit by sending an email to nordi004@yahoo.com. Coming meetings will be Feb. 20 and March 20, 2018.

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The Minnesota Pharmacists Association welcomes information on career milestones, awards, etc., for our News & Notes section of the Minnesota Pharmacist. We also welcome articles on clinical topics and other issues related to any pharmacy setting.

Contact Laurie Pumper at lauriep@mpha.org.

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