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Dr. June Johnson named 2011 ACCP Fellow  (11/9/2010)

Before Dr. June Johnson, chair of the clinical sciences department in the Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, was recently inducted as a 2011 Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Candidates for ACCP Fellow undergo a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation by the Credentials: Fellowship Committee of their practice and research accomplishments. Among the criteria evaluated by the committee are examples of patient care service or educational programs developed by the nominee; certifications or other credentials earned; drug therapy management responsibilities; educational presentations; consultantships; service to publications; original research presentations, projects, funding, and publications; and other professional activities and awards.

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Health professional profile: Dr. Steven Faux (11/8/2011)

Dr. Steven Faux says a neuroscience degree is an interdisciplinary one with applications to many areas, including biology, psychology, pharmacy, philosophy and linguistics.

Faux, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Drake University, helped revamp the neuroscience program at the university.

The degree has attracted about two dozen students since launching this semester.

Q.What’s your teaching focus?

My specialty is cognitive neuroscience, the study of brain behavioral interactions and how the brain produces complex behaviors, like language, memory and attention. I teach courses in cognitive psychology, sensation and perception, and human evolutionary psychology. They all have a role in the psychology and neuroscience majors.

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Dr. Thomas Rosburg presented with Sierra Club Iowa Chapter 2011 Environmental Educator Award (10/26/2011)

Dr. Thomas Rosburg, professor of biology, was recently presented with the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club's 2011 Environmental Educator Award for his outstanding work in Drake University's biology department. He was one of four award recipients at the Sierra Club's annual dinner.

Dr. Rosburg has taught 12 courses since coming to Drake in 1996, including field ornithology, ecology, Iowa natural history, limnology, identification of wetland plants, and ecosystem ecology at Drake since 1996. In that time, he has also mentored more than 50 students in research and independent studies that have covered topics in ecology, botany and environmental science. He also shares his summers with students, teaching plant ecology, natural history photography, and ecology at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory field station on West Okoboji Lake. Dr. Rosburg served as director of environmental science and policy at Drake from 2004-2010.

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Professor Kim Huey awarded more than $400,000 to study muscle growth (8/24/2011)

Kim Huey, associate professor of health sciences, was recently awarded a multiyear a grant totaling $414,990 to study factors involved in muscle growth. This research could ultimately have a positive impact on maintaining and improving muscle function in individuals with muscle weakness, thereby improving quality of life and reducing long-term medical costs.

The project was awarded with support from The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Huey worked with Drake’s Sponsored Programs Administration to secure the grant.

Dr. Huey’s studies will examine the importance of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) during muscle growth. VEGF is well known to stimulate capillary growth in several tissues including skeletal muscle, but its specific role during muscle hypertrophy (increase in muscle size) is less clear.

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Drake students spend summer immersed in science (8/19/2010)

Before the semester even begins, seven Drake undergraduates are working on cutting edge research projects at scientific laboratories across the country. The students involved and their research sites are:

  • Rachel Barkley, a chemistry and biochemistry, cell and molecular biology double major from Blair, Neb., and the recipient of a 2010-11 Goldwater Scholarship; the University of Iowa
  • Kyle Denton, a junior chemistry and biochemistry, cell and molecular biology double major from Shawnee, Kan.; the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City
  • Ryan Johnson, a senior chemistry major from Des Moines; the University of Minnesota
  • Ethan Kerzner, a senior mathematics and computer science double major from Edina, Minn.; the University of Iowa U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  • Ethan Secor, a junior chemistry and physics double major from Stillwater, Minn.; the University of New Mexico
  • Stephen Slade, a sophomore biology m ajor with a neuroscience minor from Leon, Iowa; Des Moines University
  • Nathan Verlinden of Manitowoc, Wisc., who is in his second year of the Professional Pharmacy Program; the University of Kansas Medical Center

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