Charlie Burnett will be the first to tell you he’s been lucky. Burnett, who graduated from UA with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1959, is senior vice president of pharmacy at Costco. He works at corporate headquarters in Issaquah, Wash., just outside of Seattle.

Pharmacy didn’t fit Ken Coit's personality. Making the College of Pharmacy stronger definitely does.

“The first few calls, I was terrified,” says Nissi Simmons, a junior at San Miguel High School. But she and her fellow San-Miguelers are finding a comfort level. Read on to learn how this partnership is benefiting the students, the MMC and patients.

Check out stories about the College of Pharmacy that have appeared in media outlets across the country.

Faculty, students and staff have been busy over the summer earning accolades for themselves and the college. One of our stars, Liwen Lai (left), research professor, earned a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a drug to treat a deadly kidney condition.

The Arizona Consortium for Innovative Health Professional Education has received $300,000 from the Josiah Macy, Jr. [whose image appears at left] Foundation of New York to develop over the next two years an integrated core curriculum for health professionals.

In today's edition, you'll learn about the college's upcoming re-accreditation audit by ACPE, new tenants in the COP office suite in Phoenix, a health fair in Barrio Centro and our co-hosting the APhA-ASP regional midyear meeting.

Alpha Nu, the COP chapter of the professional pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi, was honored by Tucson Clean and Beautiful for its participation in the city's Adopt-a-Park program.

A number of new employees, including Barbara Collins (left), are walking the halls of the Pharmacy and Drachman buildings these days. Meet them here.

The academic year opened with a bang on the second day of classes: a full-blown, Tucson-style monsoon hammered the city the afternoon of Aug. 24. Welcome to Fall Semester 2010. Here's who's new.

Dean J. Lyle Bootman has been elected 2011-2012 president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As a new member of the organization’s Board of Directors, he will be installed in his position at the AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio July 13.

Experts at the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline, a non-profit based at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy that aims to educate women about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, report some 160,000 babies are still being affected by birth defects each year in the U.S.

Long-time COP faculty member Brian Erstad is one of the most active teachers on campus, having been involved with numerous international healthcare organizations and organizations run right here at UA.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant to Serrine Lau, PhD, professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, to study how all-Trans Retinoic Acid (ATRA), a metabolite of vitamin A, reduces organ damage caused by the sudden re-introduction of oxygen to cells and organs.

Serrine LauLau, who is director of the college’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, led a team that discovered that ATRA protects against cell damage caused by oxidative stress, a shortage of the blood supply to an organ.

Oxidative stress occurs after ischemia, a condition in which blood supply to an organ has been reduced or cut off. If blood is suddenly re-introduced to an ischemic organ, the abrupt increase in oxygen can kill cells and, subsequently, the organ. This damage is known as ischemic-reperfusion injury.

“When blood supply to an organ is reduced or cut off, such as during a transplant operation,” says Lau, “the organ adjusts to less oxygen. This also happens naturally as people age, as their arteries become more occluded – narrower – and less oxygen flows through them. The organs being fed by those arteries adjust to having less oxygen.

More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs to treat illness, for both acute and chronic conditions, but few of these consumers involve a pharmacist directly in their medical care (other than dispensing medications). And that’s probably keeping them from getting the most benefit from their medication therapy.

Read stories about the College of Pharmacy that have appeared in media outlets across the country.

Notables who are making a name for themselves and the college include Serrine Lau (pictured at left), Bill Jones, Sarah Lamore, Marti Lindsey, Al Scorsatto, Nicole Villaneuve and members of a new student organization, the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance-Student Pharmacist Academy.

The college and the UA Alumni Association will bestow a number of awards on deserving colleagues such as Dick Wiedhopf (left) at the Homecoming dinner Oct. 22.

Good news! Business at the Medication Management Center (where Gwen De La Houssaye, left, works), is going so well, the group needs more secure physical facilities. The not-so-great news? MMC's move is going to upset the apple cart.

Does this kid look familiar? He's the grandson of one of our staff members. He and others in his age group are the prime targets of two health fairs held by APhA-ASP in October. Read on to learn about those as well as about longer retention period requirements for some university records, flu clinics, new Medication Management Center employees, and how to nominate faculty for outstanding achievement in teaching awards.