News Archive (Before January 2016)

January 8, 2016 - Dr. Jasmine Gonzalvo, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Ambulatory Care, has been elected to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Board of Directors. She will serve a three year term. The AADE is dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional diabetes education, management, and support. read more

December 20, 2014 - Dr. Alan Zillich has been appointed the William S. Bucke Professor. He also serves as Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and holds appointments at the Regenstrief Institute and Roudebush VA Medical Center. The professorship is named in honor of William Bucke, founder of the local company Lafayette Pharmacal, Inc., who was a longtime friend of the College. read more

December 19, 2014 - Dr. Karen Hudmon, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, is leading a project that will create “virtual patients" and educational assessments to help medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learn how to counsel patients to quit smoking. The project received $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health, and the teaching and learning tools developed through the project will be available for free to health professional schools and the public. read more

December 10, 2014 - Dr. Jay Fajiculay, Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellow in Drug Information in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has teamed up with ITaP to provide pharmacy students with the opportunity to earn Passport digital badges in specific topics such as communicating drug information. Students must go above and beyond the required course assignments in order to earn a badge. Once a badge is earned, the students can then share the badges on LinkedIn and other social media sites to give potential employers a better understanding of their knowledge and skills.

October 1, 2014 - Dr. Noll Campbell, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recently selected to receive the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Hulman Awards are among Indiana’s most prestigious health awards. The award will be presented at the 30th Annual Indiana Public Health Celebration and Awards Banquet later this month.

September 22, 2014 - The Purdue Kenya Team has been awarded an Indiana Campus Compact Grant for Student Community Service entitled “Tumaini: Students Working with Kids for Kids” in the amount of $1,000. The team includes: Drs. Sonak Pastakia, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Ellen Schellhase, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Monica Miller, Clinical Associate Professor; Rakhi Karwa, Clinical Assistant Professor; and pharmacy student Clair McClain.

September 22, 2014 - Jane E. Krause, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was presented the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award at the annual meeting of the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance on September 18, 2014. This award recognizes her work in community drug abuse prevention programs.

September 2, 2014 - Dr. Karen Hudmon, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been appointed as a University Faculty Scholar. This program is designed to recognize outstanding faculty colleagues at the West Lafayette campus who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction, and nominees are reviewed by a panel of faculty and external reviewers. Eligible faculty must hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years. The appointment is for a period of five years.

August 29, 2014 - Dr. Alan Zillich has been appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice effective September 1, 2014.

May 20, 2014: Our Purdue Pharmacy Kenya Program team (Drs. Ellen Schellhase, Sonak Pastakia, Monica Miller and Rakhi Karwa) has been selected as a regional winner and finalist for the C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The final judging for the award will take place at the National Engagement Scholarship Conference in October in Edmonton, Alberta. They will be competing with finalists from three other regions.

April 17, 2014: Dr. Noll L. Campbell, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has received a new K23 Award from the National Institutes of Health to support his project entitled, “Evaluating the Adverse Cognitive Effects of Medications”. This award is for $728,493 from 4/1/14 to 3/31/19.

April 4, 2014: Dr. Jasmine D. Gonzalvo is the recipient of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, supplemental materials, for a resource library she created for Introduction to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience, Pharmacy 867. The new award category, supplemental materials, was created based on the work Dr. Gonzalvo has done with online resources for her students. She will be formally recognized at the Faculty Awards Convocation on April 24.

November 18, 2013 - Kyle Hultgren, managing director for the Center for Medication Safety Advancement, received the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance 2013 President's Award. The alliance is a professional association serving Indiana's pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. It accomplishes its mission of advancing the profession of pharmacy in Indiana through advocacy, education and leadership.

October 14, 2013 - The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance selected Gloria Sachdev as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Innovation Award for outstanding advancement of pharmacy practice. read more

April 5, 2013: The Board of Trustees promoted Sonak D. Pastakia to Associate Professor. They also promoted Jasmine D. Gonzalvo and Kara D. Weatherman to Cinical Associate Professor. read more

March 28, 2013: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Sonak Pastakia, and Clinical Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice Ellen Schellhase, Monica Miller and Rakhi Karwa were awarded Purdue's first Corps of Engagement Award, given to a team for outstanding partnership and achievement in engagement. read more

March 20, 2013: Genevieve Ness was awarded the Best Resident/Fellow Poster at the Drug Information Association (DIA) Scientific and Medical Communications Annual Forum on March 20th, 2013. read more

October 26, 2012: The American Pharmacists Association selected Ashley S. Crumby, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, as its Distinguished New Practitioner for 2013. The award recognizes a practitioner within his or her first five years of practice who has demonstrated distinctive achievements in mentorship, service, and commitment to the profession of pharmacy. Crumby will receive the award at the association's annual meeting in March.

October 22, 2012: Two Pharmacy Practice faculty members will receive awards at the annual awards banquet of the Indiana Public Health Foundation on Nov. 3. Sonak Pastakia, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, will receive the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The award was established in cooperation with The Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc., by Mary F. Hulman and recognizes Indiana citizens and organizations whose efforts have resulted in a significant improvement to the human race. Brian Overholser, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, will receive the Excellence in Health Science Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in health sciences research.

April 23, 2012 Carol A. Ott, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was interviewed on TV 18 this morning. The subject was treatment of mental illness.

February 17, 2012 Noll L. Campbell, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has been selected to receive the Merck/American Geriatric Society 2012 New Investigator Award. He will receive the award at the annual meeting of the society in May. Campbell's research interests include management issues of cognitive impairment and the burden of anticholinergic medications in cognitively impaired elders. read more

February 9, 2012 A quick, interactive survey taken on an iPad could help pharmacists and patients better use their brief time together to catch and eliminate harmful drug side effects. Matthew Murawski, associate professor of pharmacy administration, created a new tool that presents patients with a five-question checklist that catches up to 60 percent of all known medication side effects. read more

January 30, 2012
College announces change in leadership for the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

After 16 years of service, Dr. Steven Abel is stepping down as Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice to assume a new position as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. He will continue his appointment and duties as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs in the College. Dean Svensson has announced a transitional leadership team for the Department, to be effective February 1, 2012. This leadership team distributes the current responsibilities of Department Head across several individuals to enable leadership for the Department without unduly disrupting ongoing activities of these individuals. The leadership team announced is:

Dr. James Tisdale, Interim Head
Dr. Kevin Sowinski, Associate Head for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Karen Hudmon, Associate Head for Operations
Dr. Steven Scott, Associate Head for Education

Dean Svensson expressed thanks on behalf of the College to Dr. Abel for his passionate leadership of the department over the past sixteen years and his gratitude to the individuals who have agreed to assume these interim leadership roles.

January 11, 2012 Dr. Kyle Hultgren, the managing director for the Center for Medication Safety Advancement, was profiled in Purdue Today. read more

September 22, 1011 Through Purdue University's new global health residency program, pharmacy graduates are improving health care in Kenya, a country faced with scarce medical resources and a surplus of need from widespread disease including AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and diabetes.

August 17, 2010: Dr. Steven R. Abel has been appointed as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs. In addition, Dr. Abel will provide oversight for the recently formed Center for Medication Safety Advancement. You can read the announcement online.

July 9, 2010: The Board of Trustees designated Michael Murray as a Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy Practice. read more

April 29, 2010: Dr. Steven R. Abel, of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was selected as a Provost Fellow.

April 28, 2010: Dr. Joseph Thomas III, Department of Pharmacy Practice, won the Provost's Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentors. read more

October 18, 2009: James E. Tisdale, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was inducted as President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at their 2009 Annual Meeting, held in Anaheim, California.

April 10, 2009: Purdue University's Board of Trustees approved the following faculty promotions, effective with the 2009-10 academic year: Kevin M. Sowinski, Professor of Pharmacy Practice; David R. Foster, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Kimberly S. Plake, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice; and Alan J. Zillich, Aassociate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

October 28, 2008: Pharmacists, who are federally required to provide educational services to some Medicare patients, are facing a number of obstacles that keep them from helping chronically ill patients, according to a new Purdue University study. Since 2003 pharmacists have been required to provide medication therapy management services for millions of Medicare patients. These patients, who qualify Medicare's Part D: Prescription Drug Plan, have multiple chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease; have been prescribed several medications; and are paying at least $4,000 in out-of-pocket medication expenses per year, says Christy Nash, an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice and associate director of experiential learning. read more

August 18, 2008: Karen S. Hudmon, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been selected to receive the Indiana Public Health Foundation's Excellence in Health Sciences Research Award. She will receive the award on Oct. 2 at the foundation's annual Hulman Awards Dinner in Indianapolis. The Indiana Public Health Foundation Inc. is an independent, public not-for-profit health institute dedicated to promote and protect the health of the individual through education, research and resource management, to achieve a higher quality of life, a healthy environment, and to foster greater knowledge of public health.

July 17, 2008: James E. Tisdale, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was chosen ACCP (American College of Clinical Pharmacy) President-Elect in annual elections held this spring. read more

June 27, 2008: Carol E. Birk, the Director of the Pharmacy Technical Assistance Program (PharmaTAP) was named as the new Executive Director of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety. read more

April 23, 2008: Judy T. Chen, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was named as a 2008 Purdue Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. read more

April 13, 2008: Kimberly S. Plake, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was was awarded the Dr. Aziz Outstanding Teaching Award during the University's annual Honors COnvocation. read more

October 26, 2006: The new CVS Pharmacy Practice Laboratory was dedicated today. You can read the University News Service article about the dedication.

August 2, 2006: One of our 4th professional year students, Christie Rogers, and Pharmacy Practice faculty member, Dr. Christy Nash, are one of the recipients of the 2006-2007 Novo Nordisk Pharmacy Practice Diabetes Awards. Congratulations to both individuals on this special recognition. read more

May 22, 2006: Completing a residency during the last year of Purdue University's doctor of pharmacy program is a requirement, but instead of serving in a local pharmacy or hospital, many students are choosing to fulfill their obligation in Africa. For the past two years, the Purdue School of Pharmacy has partnered with Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya, to ...read more

April 7, 2006: The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, April 7) approved the appointment of three designated professors at the West Lafayette campus and one at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Steven R. Abel was named the Bucke Professor of Pharmacy Practice. ...read more

November 21, 2005: The Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences began a new program earlier this year with the hopes of reducing medicine errors and increasing the interactions pharmacists have with patients. The medication intervention tracking program, which started in July, encourages final-year pharmacy students to document each contact or consultation with a patient. ...read more

October 15, 2005: The CVS corporation announced a $300,000 gift to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to renovate what will be renamed the CVS Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. ...read more

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Sharon M. Erdman

September 27, 2005: Sharon M. Erdman, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago has been nominated by the Class of 2007 for this year's St. Luke's Day Teacher of the Year award. The class identified that Dr. Erdman deserves recognition because of her commitment to medical student education and consistently outstanding style of teaching.

June, 2005: Congratulations to Christy Nash, PharmD, CDE, Associate Director, Experiential Learning, on becoming a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE).

June, 2005: Professor of Pharmacy Practice Bruce C. Carlstedt, PhD, FASHP, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (FASHP) during the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Society in Boston.

April 17, 2005: Two members of the Pharmacy Practice Department were honored during the university's annual Honors Convocation at the Elliott Hall of Music. Michael B. Kays, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice was awarded the Professor Henry W. Heine Award for Excellence in Teaching. Robert W. Bennett, MSc, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy was recognized with an Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Best Noncredit Program. Bob was recognized for his distance-learning course "Internet-Based Diabetes Self Management Certificate Program."

April 8, 2005: The Board of Trustees of Purdue University approved faculty promotions for Robert W. Bennett and James E. Tisdale to the rank of Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Congratulations! The promotions are effective with the 2005-06 academic year.

April, 2005: Congratulations to James E. Tisdale, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, on the publication of his new book "Drug Induced Diseases: Prevention, Detection and Management". You can order this book here.


Photo of Joseph Thomas IIIApril, 2005: Joseph Thomas III, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (FAPhA) during the Second General Session on Sunday, April 3, 2005 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the American Pharmacists Association's Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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