Our top stories from 2021

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December 15, 2021

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Pharmacy Buckeyes carved a successful path in 2021, from advocating for pharmacy practice and patients to receiving national, state and local awards to working at the Vatican.

Here are our ten most-read stories this year.

Dr. Donneyong
Dr. Macarius Donneyong

MACARIUS DONNEYONG ELECTED TO AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EPIDEMIOLOGY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Macarius Donneyong, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of outcomes and translational sciences at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, has been elected to the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) board of directors.

In this role, Dr. Donneyong will represent ACE members to ensure that their voices and needs are heard. He will play a critical leadership role in advancing the mission and vision of ACE – educating and advocating for epidemiologists in their efforts to promote good science and public health.

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Dr. Adeboye Adejare
Dr. Adeboye Adejare

DRAWING THE BLUEPRINTS OF DRUG DISCOVERY WITH MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

In the late 1970s, a botanist from the University of Iowa (UI) was in South America trying to figure out why ants attacked the leaves of some species of trees while avoiding others. What was it about the trees not attacked that were repelling the ants? Was it the shape of their trunk; was it their geographical location?

The botanist brought some leaf samples back to a chemistry lab at UI to test a hypothesis, that the reason the ants were repelled was due to a toxic compound in the tree that posed a threat to them and their colonies. In the lab, a young graduate student worked on what would be his first publication – isolating chemical compounds from the leaves and confirming the botanist’s hypothesis by discovering the presence of caryophyllene epoxide.

In the process of discovering this naturally occurring chemical phenomenon, Adeboye Adejare, the young researcher, discovered his own interest in honing his chemistry education and pursuing the wonders of medicinal chemistry.

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Experiential
Experiential education team

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION TEAM RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES OF PHARMACY

As COVID-19 swept the nation and everyone scrambled to adjust to lockdown requirements in early 2020, experiential education teams across the country remained laser-focused on one thing – helping students complete their clinical rotations to meet graduation requirements.

Members of the experiential education team at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy worked tirelessly to provide additional assistance and peace of mind to professional students working through clinical rotations during a global pandemic. The creative innovations to sustain these important experiences ensured that all students met professional curriculum requirements prior to graduation.

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Vatican
Dr. Laura Lile

FROM THE OVAL TO THE VATICAN

Laura Lile’s education, jobs and most importantly, intuition have taken her to some interesting and unique places – arguably most unique, the Vatican.

“I grew up in Ada, Ohio, a town of about 5,000 people,” said Laura Lile, MD, RPh, BSPharm ’87. “I was supposed to be a trial lawyer – my dad, brother and sister are lawyers and my mom was the dean of a business school, but I walked into a chemistry lab in high school and fell in love with it. So I decided to announce to my family that I wanted to be a pharmacist because I would get to interface with patients and use my love for chemistry.”

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Katie Watkins
Katie Watkins

KATIE WATKINS RECEIVES OHIO STATE DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD

Katie Watkins, program director of undergraduate studies, received a Distinguished Staff Award, the university’s highest staff recognition, from the Ohio State Office of Human Resources.

“Our students often cite conversations with her as turning points in their careers, prospective families echo praises for her kindness and attention and as faculty, we rely on her guidance and opinion,” Drs. Coss and Woods wrote. “While far too often in higher education it is easy to split into a transactional or defined relationship, Katie has taken it upon herself to serve everyone with all of her heart, as the cliché goes, for the greater good.”

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Julia Miller
Julia Miller

PHARMD STUDENT 1 OF 4 NATIONWIDE APPOINTED TO APHA-ASP POLICY STANDING COMMITTEE

Julia Miller, a Class of 2023 Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, is one of four pharmacy students from across the country recently appointed to the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Policy Standing Committee.

Miller will hold the position for one year beginning at the APhA Annual Meeting in March 2021.  

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Dr. Faria Munir
Dr. Faria Munir

HOW OHIO STATE PREPARED A 2019 GRADUATE FOR PRACTICING PHARMACY IN A PANDEMIC

Faria Munir, PharmD ’19, BSPS ’15, continues to thrive in her residency program at the University of Kansas Health System despite the twists and turns of the pandemic – a situation she feels prepared for thanks to her time at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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Cheng and Evans
Jadelyn Cheng and Riley Evans

PHARMD STUDENTS TAKE ON DIABETES IN HEALTH CARE DESERTS – SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP

PharmD students Jadelyn Cheng and Riley Evans are friends with a passion to help their community by tackling social determinants of health. They are also one of the groups selected for this year’s Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program.

“I really enjoy the education and advocacy of patients in pharmacy and it’s really something that I want to pursue in the future,” Cheng said. “All health care professionals have a moral responsibility to advocate for patients. It’s pretty much a perfect opportunity for Riley and me.”

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Dr. Shaw Ojeda
Dr. Miriam Shaw Ojeda

NEW FACULTY MEMBER IN OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY AND PHARMACY ACCESS ACROSS STATE

Myriam Shaw Ojeda, PharmD, has been named assistant professor for The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy, Extension and Public Health Initiatives beginning Aug. 20. Through the position, Dr. Shaw Ojeda will navigate practice change and improvement of public health goals aligned with state priorities through collaboration with key external partners that include The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA).

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SHIVANI PATEL RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR ADDRESSING HEALTH INEQUALITIES 

Shivani Patel
Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel, BSPS ’18, a Class of 2022 PharmD student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, was named the recipient of the United States Public Health Service’s (USPHS) Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Award for her efforts in making health care more accessible to Columbus’s underserved populations.

College of Pharmacy Dean Henry Mann, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, FASHP, nominated Patel for the work she’s done at The Ohio State Worthington Family Practice and the Physician’s CareConnection Medical Free Clinic – service she’s completed outside of the College of Pharmacy’s curriculum.

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