2019 to 2000

Historical Highlights: 2019 to 2000

Beginning January 25, 2018, the College of Pharmacy honors its 125th anniversary, celebrating the institution’s beginnings in Galveston in 1893, to the hundreds of students who come to The University of Texas at Austin campus to learn at one of the premier institutions of pharmaceutical education and research in the United States.

Through the end of the year, the College of Pharmacy celebrates its legacy with themed events and campaigns. Honor the college with:

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  • Monthly emails highlighting historical highlights and current accomplishments.
  • The 125 Pharmacy Leadership Symposium, August 13-14, 2018.
  • A special 125 Giving Campaign. The first 1,000 people who give $125 in 2018 will receive a commemorative 125 anniversary lapel pin. Donate now to receive your pin while supplies last.
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A new class aimed at building a collaborative team approach to healthcare launches in September. The class, with students representing nursing, medicine, pharmacy and social work and team led by faculty from each of these disciplines seeks to help students understand the unique contributions of each discipline to successful healthcare. The college’s interprofessional education initiative is directed by Dr. Veronica Young with participation from several pharmacy faculty

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In the greater Austin area, three of four low income senior citizens faced a hard choice during the past year – pay for food or pay for medical care. Students and faculty from pharmacy, nursing, social work, communication, and dentistry had a chance to walk a mile in the shoes of some of their future patients and clients at the Poverty Simulation, an inter professional education event designed to teach participants about disparities in living conditions within a community. The event was hosted by the college.

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The college participated in the revolution of education by flipping Pharmaceutics I from a lecture-focused to an active learning experience. Drs. Bill Williams and Hugh Smyth led the teaching team for the program that was universally well received by students.

The college also joined the rest of the university community in anticipating the country’s first medical school to be established at a tier-one university in decades. The Dell Medical School was announced as anticipating its first class to begin in Fall 2016.

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The college delved into the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs) with the launch of Take Your Medicine. The 13-week course was offered through edX, a non-profit consortium representing the world’s top programs of higher education and was developed by Dr. Janet Walkow, executive director and chief technology officer of the college’s Drug Dynamics Institute. More than 23,000 students worldwide enrolled in the course.

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Julieta Scalo and Kelly Daniels become the first two students to enroll in the college’s new Ph.D. Program in Translational Sciences, a cooperative program involving UT Austin and three other University of Texas System institutions. The program trains scientists to move health and medical discoveries from the research laboratory to the patient at a faster pace. Dr. Chris Frei is one of the key faculty members leading the program.


The college partnered with the Austin Technology Incubator and the City of Austin to create the UTech Dorm Room, a venture that provides laboratory space for entrepreneurs to develop life-science technologies.

Patrick Davis and Arlyn Kloesel were among faculty members named to Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2010.


The Dell Pediatric Research Institute opened in April providing a college home to new faculty researchers including Dr. John diGiovanni, who specializes in the field of childhood cancers, and Dr. Rong Cui,who studies non invasive delivery of vaccines.

The college implemented changes to the Pharm.D. curriculum including a restructuring of classes and the addition of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

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Dr. William McIntyre joined the college as associate dean for clinical programs. Justin Tolman became the first graduate of the Pharm.D./Ph.D. sequence when he completed the program in May.

Graduate student Milli Reddy and Pharm.D. students Misbah Moten and Karla Cruz were selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University on campus in March.

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Dr. Carlton Erickson, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was named the first associate dean for research and graduate studies by Dean M. Lynn Crismon.

Dr. Patrick Davis was named senior associated dean for the college.

The Medicinal Chemistry Division began the Fall 2008 semester in new facilities located in the new Biomedical Engineering Building.

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M. Lynn Crismon is named dean of the college.

Research by Dr. Andrea Gore concerning the impact of pesticides and other chemicals on mating behaviors of rats is cited by Discover magazine as one of the top 100 science stories of 2007.

Student Brandon Patterson is installed as president of the Academy of Student Pharmacists of the American Pharmacists Association.


Dean Steven W. Leslie was named executive vice president and provost at UT Austin and Dr. M. Lynn Crismon was appointed dean ad interim.

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The college sponsored a second chance graduation, offering an opportunity for individuals who did not participate in graduation ceremonies when they earned their degree to return to the college for a special graduation event. Nine individuals participated in the program.


The Learning Resources Center was named in honor of Jaime N. Delgado.

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The first class of El Paso Pharmacy Scholars completed requirements for the Pharm.D. College students participated for the first time in Pharmobility, a cultural and academic exchange program involving colleges in the U.S. and Europe.


College faculty approved and implemented a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. program. This program combines the features of a professional Pharm.D. degree with the advanced training and research of a pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. degree. A new college wordmark was unveiled to use in all promotional materials.

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The college implemented a program combined residency/M.S. program. This program was designed as a combined educational and training program in clinical science and advanced practice for those with a Pharm.D. degree. The college and Walgreens opened the area’s first Patient Care Center. The college unveiled the newly-renovated Student Professional Development Center.

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The College enhanced its interdisciplinary approach to graduate training and research with the creation of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology. The CMCT focuses on pre- and post-doctoral training with an emphasis on the environmental health sciences. It draws training faculty from four UT Austin components, including the Colleges of Pharmacy, Natural Sciences, and Engineering, the Department of Psychology, as well as from the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park Research Division in Smithville. Carol Reagan became the first TxPHARM graduate.