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Arizonans of both the canine and human variety may have cause to celebrate depending on the results of David Nix’s work related to the unique desert disease, valley fever.

Where can you find John Murphy every summer? Fly fishing in Alaska, of course. Much of the rest of the time he's at the College of  Pharmacy, hard at work in his roles of professor and associate dean.

Kristina De Los Santos wasn’t content just being the first college graduate in her family. She also had to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 1999.

Marty Baker is the face of COP to most prospective PharmD students. At events across the state and nation, she enjoys recruiting the best and the brightest to our highly ranked pharmacy school in the desert.

Robert Pittman graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1984 and became the U.S. Public Health Service’s chief pharmacy officer and principal pharmacy consultant for the Indian Health Service.

Students learn many skills from Rick Herrier, including techniques for speaking with physicians and patients. Even the angry ones.

Monica Yellowhair's experience grewing up on a Navajo reservation hearing stories about uranium miners and the effects of uranium mining on their health led her to a life in research.

Maya Thompson, assistant director of pharmacy at the Indian Health Service hospital, supervises fourth-year pharmacy students on their clinical rotations working with Sells’ Native American population.

Soledad Granillo may have graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982, but that didn’t stop her alma mater from calling her back onstage at the 2007 College of Pharmacy Convocation--to present her the Preceptor of the Year award.

When Jennifer Esch walked down the stage to receive her diploma, she had much more than a high GPA. Esch graduated in May 2010 with more work experience than some people get their entire lives.

Most students begin to feel like pharmacists after completing rotations out in the field. However, Marjan Sepassi, a 2010 PharmD graduate, felt more like Sherlock Holmes during one of her experiences.

This 1977 COP graduate is a clinical instructor who teaches first-year pharmacy students. Along with teaching them pharmacy law and the top 200 drugs prescribed in the U.S. in his two-semester pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacy practice lab and lecture course, he says, “I share with them day-to-day experiences.” 

Jack Cole, former dean of the UA College of Pharmacy, says the biggest reward of being dean was the satisfaction of being able to provide students with a quality pharmacy education.

Ann Kerschen job-shadowed doctors and nutritionists. She thought about many other healthcare jobs. She considered majoring in math, physics, psychology and biochemistry. She played with the idea of being an ophthalmologist. Then she shadowed her step-cousin, a hospital pharmacist in Reno, Nev., and that cemented her decision.

Sandra Leal, PharmD, CDE, clinical pharmacist at El Rio Community Health Center, is a preceptor for the college’s experiential education program and the first pharmacist in the history of Arizona to achieve a collaborative practice permit from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

Paul Nolan, professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, assisted with the first implantation of a total artificial heart in a human in Russia March 2010.

“I was a scholarship student,” says Metta Lou Henderson, “and I always planned to make it possible for other students to attend and receive a pharmacy education.” That's why Henderson, PhD, HonD, has become the first COP alumna to set up a large gift to benefit future generations of students through her estate. Henderson is leaving half of her estate to the UA College of Pharmacy to establish an endowed scholarship in her name.

A chance encounter at a clinical meeting eventually led to a partnership between the College of Pharmacy and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to train 24 graduates from KAU’s college of pharmacy here in Tucson.

Professors at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University have been awarded a $333,000 grant from the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to study of the effects of flying and other high altitude activities on people who have type 1 diabetes.

Laura Adams was not your typical pharmacy student. The 2008 recipient of the Dr. Carolyn Keaton McKenzie Memorial Scholarship traveled a circuitous route to pharmacy school. “Don’t tell anybody,” she says with a wink, “but I graduated from high school in 1987."