Animals on the airwaves

AThe University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the UF Health Communications office have received the highest honor in the Association of American Medical College’s 2014 Group on Institutional Advancement awards competition — the Awards for Excellence. The award recognized the Animal Airwaves radio program, which features one-minute segments relating to animal health and an hourlong live Saturday call-in show. It was presented March 27 during the association’s annual conference in Salt Lake City. Pictured (from left) are Melanie Ross, Nancy Hamilton, April Frawley, Dana Zimmel, Sarah Carey and Garrett Hall.


Translating hope for hepatitis

Top 10: David NelsonDavid R. Nelson, M.D., director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, accepted an award April 10 from the Clinical Research Forum for research named as one of the forum’s Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements of 2013. Nelson served as senior author on a May 2013 New England Journal of Medicine article reporting the results of two randomized phase 3 trials of a new antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, a virus that causes chronic liver disease. The research contributed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval in December 2013 of using sofosbuvir with ribavirin as the first interferon-free therapy for hepatitis C.


College of Pharmacy

Joe Haley, a third-year student, received the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Charles C. Thomas Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who invest their time in their school’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists’ chapter to help shape the future of the profession while managing the demands of a full-time pharmacy curriculum.

Amy Kiskaddon, a third-year student and past president of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists’ Gainesville Chapter, has received the 2014 Leadership Award for outstanding academic achievement and leadership ability in APhA-ASP at the local, regional and national levels.

Caitlin Knox, a doctoral student in the department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, has been selected to receive a Student Travel Scholarship by the Society of Epidemiologic Research’s Student and Postdoc Committee. Knox will be recognized in June at the society’s 47th annual meeting in Seattle.

Haesuk Park, Ph.D., an associate professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, received the Economic, Social & Administrative Sciences Postgraduate Best Poster Award in March at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in Orlando. The award recognizes the author of the best contributed paper, podium or poster session presented at the meeting by a postgraduate. Park also won this award in 2011.

Kristin Weitzel, Pharm.D., a clinical associate professor, received the 2014 American Pharmacist Association, Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Service in recognition of her impact on preceptor development with the association, the Pharmacist’s Letter and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. In addition, Weitzel has been named to the inaugural class of the Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Program through the UF Warrington College of Business Administration.

Second-year Pharm.D. students Amy Shook of the Gainesville campus and Leonard Deleon of the Jacksonville campus have each received an invitation from The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pharmacy Department to participate in a 12-week summer internship. Only 24 students nationwide received this prestigious invitation this year.


College of Public Health and Health Professions

Rogelio Coronado, a doctoral student in rehabilitation science, is co-author of a paper on spinal joint mobilization techniques that won the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy’s John Medeiros Distinguished Author Award for 2013. The award recognizes the paper with the most impact, that will most influence clinical practice and that has the greatest opportunity for citations.

Claudia Senesac, Ph.D., P.T., a clinical associate professor in the department of physical therapy, received the American Physical Therapy Association 2014 Outstanding Pediatric Clinician Award at the Combined Sections Meeting in February. The award honors a physical therapist whose clinical practice exemplifies the work and dedication of pediatric physical therapy practice with children and families.