August 2011

This is the first issue of a new e-newsletter to College of Pharmacy alumni.

We have gathered full-fledged stories about alumni from the college's website and included a page called Alumni Potpourri that features short updates from some of you. We intend to send Staying in Touch to you every four to six weeks. This publication will replace many other emails you receive from the college. We hope you will enjoy getting this newsletter! (If you really don't, use the Unsubscribe button below.)

In this issue:

  • Alumni Events
  • Dean takes on additonal UA role
  • Step up to serve on alumni council
  • Alumnus’s discovery may lead to new weapons against skin cancer
  • Prof. Winship inspired, guided alumnus
  • Preceptor juggles many duties, provides 'hardest rotation'
  • Alumni Potpourri - August  2011

Alumni & Friends Reception

All COP alumni who will be near Boulder, Colo., are invited to attend a reception with Dean J. Lyle Bootman Tuesday, Sept. 20. The gathering is at the St. Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St. Join us on the Upper Terrace at 6 p.m. for drinks and light refreshments. Let us know you plan to attend by sending your email reservation.

Homecoming Nov. 4-5

We're wrapping up the details on a Homecoming brochure that we'll mail to you very soon. Here's the short version: College of Pharmacy events are FREE this year. They include a Friday night reception at the college and a friendship tent on the UA Mall on Saturday before the football game (UA vs Utah). The theme for Homecoming is Red, Blue & Bold, and we're going to boldly have a great time. Watch for the brochure in your mail and continue to check our Homecoming webpage for more details as they come together.


J. Lyle Bootman, longtime College of Pharmacy dean, has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at UA, effective next month. He will continue to serve as dean here, too. We sent you a notice about this new role a few days ago. If you didn't have time to read the message then, here's the skinny.


Looking to help COP alumni and students stay connected? Join our alumni council—we have a core group and are always open to new members. Or you can just volunteer to help with a special project. Email us at



Joshua Williams completed his PhD degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2010 and along the way discovered a phenomenon that may lead to a weapon in the fight against skin cancer.

The research, which was published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B, Biology and Drug Week,showed that optimizing levels of the nutrient folate in human skin can help prevent and repair the carcinogenic effects of exposure to sunlight.

Williams did the research under the guidance of Myron Jacobson, PhD, College of Pharmacy research professor, at Jacobson’s lab at the Arizona Cancer Center.

Folate (or folic acid, the synthetic derivative of folate) is an essential nutrient for human beings. Folate nutrition is important to support dividing cells as they are replicating DNA. A high dietary folate intake is associated with a diminished risk of many types of cancer. Williams’ research set out to study the effects of folate and sunlight on the skin.

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When studman's head-black and white photo from 19970ent Bill Francis met UA professor Hank Winship in 1973, Winship was already wheelchair-bound and needed to put slings on his fingers so he was able to write.

Winship was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, which continued to slowly destroy his motor skills until he died in 1977. But despite all the obstacles, the professor was a hugely influential man. One of his many legacies was creating the Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar in 1968. The conference currently attracts about 200 pharmacists annually.

But his influence was felt much more keenly in Francis’s life. The director of pharmacy at University Physicians Healthcare credits Winship for his career success.

“I just saw him as a very forward-looking guy at that time,” Francis says. “Hank was a soft-spoken guy, but always lucid in what he was saying. He was very articulate. I think he was just able to see things that were going to happen in our profession, that we would expand our roles in health care. He made it exciting!”

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Kelly Boesen & students

As the clinical pharmacy coordinator at University Physicians Hospital in Tucson, Kelly Green Boesen has a drug problem.

Her job now includes finding ways to work around the ever-increasing obstacle of drug shortages.

“It's the worst it's been since I’ve been a pharmacist,” she says. “This past year it's been things that you use for every patient, standards of therapy.”

Boesen, College of Pharmacy Class of 2000, cites several reasons drug shortages may occur, none of which are under her control: a lack of raw materials, recalled products, drug companies deciding to discontinue a drug and not giving competitors enough time to ramp up their production. Boesen doesn't know why shortages are so prevalent right now. But quirks in the market won't get her down. She's always up for a challenge.

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This page is a miscellany of many kinds of information about people who are alumni of the UA College of Pharmacy.  We have news about babies, what alumni are doing at work, and PharmCats.

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Staying In Touch is an electronic newsletter developed to keep alumni of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy aware of people, programs and activities related to the college. Send your comments to the Alumni Affairs office.


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