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September 30, 2018

October 2018 news from faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy Duluth.

Kerry Fierke, associate professor, is featured in the fall 2018 LDPEcast (Leadership Development in Pharmacy Education podcast) Episode 6, "AACP Leadership Development Virtual Symposium."

Keri Hager, associate professor, presented a poster at All Together Better Health IX, September 3-6, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand: Hager, J. Merighi, C. O’Donnell, and S. Remke. Integrated Behavioral Health Collaboration in a Family Medicine Clinic: Insights from Residents, Physicians, and Pharmacists.

Hager, M. J. Ekstrand, D. L. Pestka, and T. D. Sorensen had their article, "Lyceum as a strategy to instill practitioner resilience in a pharmacist community of practice," published in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. 2018:1-5.

Hager, Heather L. Blue, assistant professor, Zhang L, and Laura C. Palombi, assistant professor, had their article, "OPIOIDS: Cultivating interprofessional collaboration to find solutions to public health problems," published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2018 Sep 5:1-5. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1516634. [Epub ahead of print]

Amanda Klein, assistant professor, presented "Potassium Channels as Downstream Targets of Opioid Signaling: Involvement in Opiate Efficacy, Tolerance and Withdrawal” to the University of Arizona Department of Pharmacology on September 19, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz.

Klein presented a poster at the International Association for the Study of Pain 17th World Congress on Pain, September 12-16, 2018, in Boston, Mass.: C. Fisher, J. Janecek, M. Graham, and Klein. KATP channel function in the peripheral and central nervous systems in a mouse model of diabetic neuropathy.

Meg Little, assistant professor, was featured in the September 2018 WTIP Northshore Community Radio series, "Conversations on Health and Well-Being" where she spoke on the topic of "International Perspectives on Rural Health."

Palombi received the 2018 Duluth News Tribune's 20 Under 40 award, which recognizes high achievers younger than 40 from the greater Duluth community who are successful in their chosen fields, role models in their careers or leaders in their business or community.

Palombi was a guest speaker at the "Community Solutions to the Opioid Crisis" panel held September 4, 2018, at the Duluth Public Library.

Palombi and Blue, along with toxicologist Elizabeth Bilden, created a naloxone protocol for the UMD Police Department and on September 11, 2018, trained them in its proper use. UMD Police officers will now carry naloxone on and off campus to reverse opioid overdose.

Palombi and colleague Elizabeth Bowen presented "Recovery Capital: Generating Resources to Support Recovery for People Affected by Homelessness and Addiction" at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference held September 13-14, 2018, in Duluth.

Palombi and PD4 Kelsey Melgaard (PharmD/MPH) presented "The Opioid Crisis in Rural Minnesota" to University of Minnesota Regents on September 13, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, and Kylee Funk presented a September 2018 webinar titled "Update on 2018 American Diabetes Association Guidelines" for CEImpact, a national organization who provides continuing education for pharmacists worldwide.

Scholarly work by Stephanie Swanson and Schweiss entitled "A Focus on Resilience in Residency Training" was featured in an August 24, 2018, post on MinneSOTL, a blog dedicated to sharing advancements in pharmacy education at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Mike Swanoski, associate professor and senior associate dean, is quoted in the September 11, 2018, Duluth News Tribune article, "Independent pharmacies a vanishing breed in the Northland."

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