FYI for COP: Nov. 9, 2011

Representative of the Skaggs building’s namesake pays a visit
Cutshall and UA reps

The college welcomed Ronny Cutshall, president of the ALSAM Foundation, for a “getting reacquainted” visit Oct. 18-19. ALSAM is the foundation for the Skaggs family, which is the namesake for the college’s Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, also known as “the Skaggs building.” The college had had little contact with representatives of the Skaggs family for 25 years, since Skaggs Companies-American Stores Companies helped fund the building here. Thank you to all who helped make Cutshall’s visit meaningful, including the gents pictured with him above.

Don’t forget! Friday is a holiday
Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. There will be no classes at the university and offices will be closed.

Celebration for new chair delayed
Festivities surrounding the establishment of the R. Ken Coit Endowed Chair, announced in the previous Bulletin, have been postponed from November 2011 until February 2012. A new event date will be announced soon. Also to be commemorated in February: the COP office space on the first floor of Drachman Hall will be designated as the R. Ken Coit Student Services Center.

Research achievement awards available
Nominations are due no later than 11:59 p.m. PST Dec. 1 for the 2012 Volwiler Research Achievement Award given by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. This is a $12,500 cash award that recognizes individuals within the ranks of pharmacy education for their research in the areas of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, pharmacy practice and the social and administrative sciences, and for outstanding contributions to the respective disciplines.

Nominations must be submitted online. For more information, contact Melinda Colón or visit the AACP website.

Biostatistics workshop set for Nov. 30
The workshop “Biostatistics in Translation: Enhancing Translational Research through Better Quantitative Methods” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Drachman B109. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), the BIO5 Institute and Southern Arizona Statistics Consulting Laboratory. Speakers and topics include:

  • Kevin Coombes, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Cell Lines, Chemotherapy Response, and the Need for Reproducible Research”
  • James Lu, Statistics Consulting Laboratory, BIO5 Institute, SWEHSC, UA: “Statistical Engagement in Environmental Health Research”
  • Anton Westveld, Statistics Consulting Laboratory, BIO5 Institute, UA: “Network Models and Bayesian Inference”
  • Dean Billheimer, Statistics Consulting Laboratory, BIO5 Institute, SWEHSC, CALS, UA: “A Dog’s Breakfast of Biostatistics: Methods for the Laboratory”

For more information, contact Susie Herndon, 520-626-5594.

AzAHEC grants available
The Arizona Area Health Education Centers Program(AzAHEC) is soliciting small research and project grant proposals from students, residents, faculty and regional centers. Proposals are due Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, go to the 2011 AHEC Small Research and Project Grant Program.