Four pharmacy graduates are featured in a new book commemorating the 100th anniversary of The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School.
The book, which was published in fall 2010 by UT Press, includes stories from some of the 125,000 individuals who have earned a master's or doctoral degree from UT Austin. Featured pharmacy graduates include Dr. Robert O'Leary (Ph.D. '69), Milli Reddy (M.S. '09), Justin Tolman (Pharm.D. '05 and Ph.D. '05) and Janet Walkow (Ph.D. '82).
Master's and doctoral degrees are offered through the Graduate School in more than 100 programs across campus. The new publication tells the school story, not through a collection of dates, numbers, or national rankings, but rather, through the stories of men and women who pursued their dreams through graduate study.
Dr. Victoria E. Rodriguez, vice provost and dean of graduate studies, writes in the book forward, '"Graduate School alumni have, in large and small ways, left their marks on the university and far beyond. This book tells the story of a just a few of these graduates, but they are representative of so many more alumni. They may have affected millions of lives or just a few, but the work they have done, and, in many cases, continue to do make our world a better place.'"
O'Leary writes that he came to UT Austin to study drug plastics research and toxicology. After earning his degree, O'Leary went on to earn 37 patents and formed his own company. He was presented the Thomas Edison Patent Award from the state of New Jersey in recognition of his work.
While a student in the M.S. program, Reddy was selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University where she presented her plans to establish a library and resource center for HIV/AIDS patients in her native South Africa. With grants from the CGI and the Pat Tillman Foundation, she opened Peo's Place in December 2009. She is currently a Ph.D. student in pharmacy.
Tolman is the first pharmacy student to earn the combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. At UT, he worked with his faculty mentors to research drug delivery to the lungs, specifically anti-fungal drugs. '"People who have severely compromised immune systems, like AIDS patients or people who have had organ transplants, are very prone to lung infections,'" he writes. '"Most patients die despite treatment, and pneumonia in particular is a gigantic problem both in the U.S. and around the world.'" He currently is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Creighton University.
Walkow's work in pharmacy has ranged from laboratory research to project management and strategic planning. In 2008, she joined the College of Pharmacy faculty as director of the Drug Dynamics Institute, a multidisciplinary research center where scientists, educators, industry and regulatory agencies collaborate to find solutions to a range of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and public health issues.
Kathleen Mabley, director of communications for the Graduate School, is editor of the book.
The College of Pharmacy's ability to remain preeminent among pharmacy education programs throughout the country is directly linked to the quality of our graduate program. The strength of our undergraduate program and its ranking, as well as our ability to attract the world's most outstanding pharmacy faculty, stem from our success in recruiting the most talented graduate students.
Graduate students and graduate programs play a vital role within the College of Pharmacy. They help advance new drug discoveries by working alongside faculty investigators in research laboratories. Graduate students assists faculty in both laboratories and classrooms as tutors, advisors and lab instructors. Upon completion of their studies, they often continue research investigations by working in distinguished labs, starting their own companies, or entering academia themselves. You can invest in the future by helping UT recruit and support the next generation of scientists.
Graduate education, however, is expensive. Highly sought students look not only for quality program, but also for financial assistance that will help them meet the monetary demands of their education. Join us in assuring that UT pharmacy remains among the top programs in the nation:
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Last Reviewed: November 29, 2010