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Last summer Dean Guy and I spent an intense, emotional week with other white men unpacking what it meant to be a privileged white man in this country. For more than four decades, I failed to recognize the systematic injustices of our society and how they placed my personal starting line miles ahead of people of color. At the end of the week, my emotional tank was empty. I didn’t know whether to be thankful for what I had learned or ashamed that I was just beginning to really understand my privilege.
These last few weeks, I have thought often of my Black and brown friends, knowing they must be exhausted. Most days, the color of my skin does not even enter my mind. That is a privilege unfairly bestowed upon me. For my friends of color, that luxury doesn’t exist.   
When I read Dr. Mitchell’s address to our College earlier this June, I was so thankful for her words. I have many days when I feel like I am back at the starting line, blindfolded, and without direction. Her words hit home for me. “If you are not certain where to start, the first step is simply acknowledging racism’s existence and its harmful impact on people of color.”
So, I acknowledge that fact. I vow to be better than yesterday. I promise to use my privilege to support people of color, to vote with my conscience. I promise to intentionally patronize businesses owned by people of color, to listen fiercely without defensiveness, to not stay silent in the face of injustice, to fight for those whose voice is silenced by centuries of systematic oppression, and to understand being an ally is a verb.
As Dr. Mitchell said, it starts by acknowledging that racism is real and harming the people within and outside our College. We are responsible for doing the work to make our community more inclusive and equitable. It is on us to educate ourselves and hold each other accountable. To those of you not sure where to start, I’ve been there. On some days, I’m still there. But I know this pharmacy family is up for the challenge.
Craig Martin, PharmD, MBA
Associate Dean & Chief Operating Officer
Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Science
UK College of Pharmacy


Looking to rep that UK blue? Look no further.

We'll be providing all alumni, faculty, staff, and students with free UKCOP cloth masks. Here's a sneak peek.

President Eli Capilouto seated outside with Dean Kip Guy. You'll notice Dean Guy is rockin' a blue and branded UKCOP mask (with matching shoelaces and tie).


  • We reached our $20M campaign goal for our philanthropy campaign, which includes raising over $1M for our College in the last year! Our students put together this great video to thank all of you who helped support their education.
  • UK HealthCare is the first site in the U.S. to recruit for a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of either camostat or ivermectin in patients with COVID-19.
  • Faculty member Jill Kolesar is featured in this ABC36 article about the UK clinical study focused on women with ovarian cancer.
  • Faculty Vince Venditto was awarded the 2020 AACP Biological Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for his work on Everything is Science. Everything is Science was also featured in AACP’s Academic Pharmacy Now (page 19).
  • Faculty member Laura Ebbitt (PharmD 2013) is helping lead a study that explores the use of antiseptic nasal spray and gargle to prevent COVID-19 infections.
  • Graduate program alum Kevin Harrod (PhD 1995) was featured in a piece about tackling his third pandemic.
  • Alumni Joel Thornbury (BS 1992) and Cindi Williams (BS 1993, PharmD 2005) are featured in this piece about the changing roles of pharmacists during COVID-19. Also featured is pharmacy student Taylor Williams (Class of 2023).
  • A survey by staff member Brianna Henson is helping us understand the real cost of emotional labor on people of color in the workplace. The survey is quick and open to anyone over 18 years of age who has been in the workforce.
  • new study with help from Trish Freeman (BS 1987, PhD 1991) revealed pharmacy-level barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder in Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Dean Kip Guy was awarded a $3M Global Health Innovative Technology grant.
  • Frank Romanelli, R242 and Kip Guy, along with the College of Medicine’s Robert DiPaola and Rebecca Dutch, published a perspective in SCIENCE that looks at the rapid repurposing of drugs for COVID-19. The paper was also featured in UKNOW.
  • A team of researchers from UKCOP and UK College of Medicine launched antibody testing that will help to understand what immunity to COVID-19 means.
  • Tammy Harper received a new award for her project “Guardianship unclaimed funds registry c1964,” sponsored by KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
  • Jill Kolesar featured on Lex18 and in UKNOW and other news outlets discussing how Artemisia annua could be a promising treatment for COVID-19.


  • Alum Wendy Ramey (BS 1990) was featured in a piece about offering patients OTC pointers.
  • Alum Lynn Harrelson (BS 1973) was featured in UKNOW about her work at COVID-19 testing centers.
  • Jill Rhodes, R312 (PharmD 2004) was a guest on the podcast Be the Boss. Her episode aired May 29.
  • Melody Ryan (BS 1992, PharmD 1993) was selected as a recipient of the 2020 UK Global Impact Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievements in Education. This is a well-deserved recognition of her work in advancing UK’s global engagement.
  • Brooke Barlow, R518 notes how pharmacy residents are contributing to COVID-19 efforts, even when working remotely.
  • Drs. Kolesar, Tsodikov, and Rohr’s “Novel Mith-platin conjugates for treatment of platinum-complex resistant ovarian cancers" were selected for funding of up to $200K for the Inter-Departmental Collaboration (IDC).
  • Ashley Martinez (PharmD 2017, PhD 2020) discusses her recent PhD dissertation over at
  • Peggy Piascik was selected as the 2020 recipient of the AACP Biological Science Section George R Spratto Biological Sciences Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes those whose vision and service has inspired a collective appreciation for contributions of the biological sciences and scientists to biomedicine and, particularly, to professional or graduate education within Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • Staff member Brianna Henson was published in Pharmacy Times, discussing how students cope with transitions in the wake of the pandemic.
  • Faculty Joe Fink was featured in a panel on College Sports and Campus Crises: A Legacy of Service and Adaptation.
  • Ashlee Klevens Hayes, R417 is giving away her interview/career prep course to 20 Black women to help them nail their interviews and get the jobs they deserve (a $5,000 value). All spots have been filled.


  • Connect on Twitter. We’re collecting twitter handles of the pharm fam to help promote you and your research on social media. If you have a professional account you would like us to share, you can submit it here.
  • Class Notes. Help us keep track of your wins by submitting updates online. You may even see yourself in a newsletter.
  • Nominate a UKCOP Leader. Take the time to nominate an alum for our Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • White Coat Fund for Class of 2024. If you would still like to purchase a coat for an incoming student, the best way to give is still online. In the spot for Additional Instructions About My Donation, write White Coat Challenge, and your funds will be designated accordingly. Our philanthropy team will also reach out in the event you would also like to write a note for an incoming student.
  • Coffee Conversations: Our graduate students coordinated a virtual coffee Q&A with UKCOP alumni. If interested in watching past Coffee Convos, you can view them online. If you would like to participate in a coffee chat with students, contact Rosa Mejia.
  • Virtual Yearbooks: Reunions are taking a virtual twist this year, and we’ve set up online yearbooks so we can help everyone celebrate regardless of what happens this fall.


  • UK’s Restart Plan is now available to view online. You will hear more from us on specifics in the next few weeks.
  • Congrats to Linda Dwoskin on being awarded patent #10,668,030 for the “vesicular monoamine transporter-2 ligands and their use in the treatment of psychostimulant abuse.”
  • Congratulations to our 2020 staff members of the year as voted on by the College. The Administrative Staff Award goes to Catina Rossoll, and the Laboratory Staff Award goes to Keith Green.
  • Congratulations to our employees Johnna Wilford and Melissa Barger, who are now the newest members of the Kentucky Staff Senate! We also want to recognize Heather McCoy (UKHC), who was also elected.
  • A variety of pharmacy students are participating in the new interprofessional class offering, Contemporary Topics in Global Health:  A Comparison of Country Responses to COVID-19. The class is a collaborative effort, involving UKCOP’s Melody Ryan.
  • Community Residents Dustin Miracle and Kyle Bryan (PharmD 2019, Community Residency 2020)) submitted their poster presentations to the APhA Virtual Poster Gallery, which are now available to view. You can also view the poster created by pharmacy students Hayley Mullins and Aaron Adkisson.
  • 2020 AACP Walmart Scholars were announced, and Ashley Martinez (PharmD 2017, PhD 2020) and Spencer Tungate (PharmD 2020) are among those recognized. Congratulations to them and all winners!
  • Our Town Hall with Vince Venditto on what the College and the University are doing with antibody testing in regards to COVID-19 is now available to view, and we had over 100 attendees. You’ll want to start the video at minute 11 to skip tech issues.
  • Our students are at it again, bottling more hand sanitizer over in UK’s ASTeCC building. Here’s a short behind-the-scenes clip of how everything comes together. Thank you to Clark Kebodeaux, Katelyn Brubaker, Nicole Frost, Billie Mitchell, Mandy Chen, Kristen Wilhite, Hannah Corbin, Lauren Smith, Carrie Baldwin, Lauren Stigers, Taylor Gabbard, Jana Branham, Melissa Jackson, Amanda Zhan, Jordan Harra, Chelsey Kilpatrick, Kennedy Powers, Brian Williams, and Farah Al Obaidi
  • Jeff Talbert was selected as Director of Biomedical Informatics, starting July 1, 2020.
  • An updated UKCOP website will be launching this summer. If you need to request changes to content, please email or for assistance.
We are expecting final approval for the following promotions by the UK Board of Trustees on July 1, 2020.
  • Melanie Dicks – Associate Professor
  • Trenika Mitchell – Associate Professor
  • Mark Leggas – Professor
  • Oleg Tsodikov – Professor
  • Abby Baily – Associate Professor
  • Regan Baum – Associate Professor
  • Amber Lawson – Associate Professor
  • Barbara Woodward – Professor
  • George Davis – Professor
  • Jeff Cain – tenure as Associate Professor
  • Peggy Piascik has given her last lecture to students at UKCOP and is retiring this month. We are grateful for all of the hard work, dedication, and joy she has brought to our pharmacy family. Join us in wishing her the best as she enters retirement. Information for a (virtual) gathering will be shared at a later time.


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