November 16, 2023

College of Pharmacy’s First Black Female Graduate: Experiences “Just Made Me Stronger”

Benjamin Waldrum

Sharon Thomas in 1975

Sharon D. Thomas-Harris, P.D., COP ’76, initially wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a pharmacist, but once she made her decision, she followed through. The UAMS College of Pharmacy’s first Black female graduate persevered despite discrimination. Today, she’s still working and passing her knowledge down to the next generation. “I can’t believe I’ve been…


November 8, 2023

UAMS Receives $1 Million Department of Justice Grant to Help Reduce Violent Crime in Pine Bluff Schools

Benjamin Waldrum

Stanley Ellis, Ed.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help reduce violent crime in and around Pine Bluff schools. The project, School Telemedicine in Arkansas for Lessons in Trauma-informed Education (STARLITE), aims to…


October 26, 2023

UAMS Police Protect and Serve: ‘We Are Very Safe Here’

Benjamin Waldrum

Chief Robert Barrentine

Keeping the peace and ensuring safety is a full-time job for any police officer. For members of the UAMS Police Department, being the only police force in the state that serves both a university and a hospital often means having to do more with less.


October 20, 2023

‘Miracles Still Happen’: After Nearly Losing His Eye, Conway Man Sees Clearly Again

Benjamin Waldrum

Jeremy Richie JEI

Four years ago, Jeremy Richie’s life turned upside-down when an accident blinded him in his left eye. Now, after multiple surgeries, a special contact lens and a team effort from eye specialists at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, his sight has been restored to almost normal….


October 19, 2023

Lions Club Donates $10,000 to Jones Eye Institute for Cataract Surgeries

Benjamin Waldrum

JEI Lions Club Donation

Members of the Lions Eye Bank and Lab Board, composed of Lions from various clubs around Arkansas, recently made a $10,265 gift to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, in support of its ongoing work restoring sight to Pacific Islander patients across the state. Arkansas Lions Clubs…


October 18, 2023

New Pharmacy Scholarships for 2023 Highlight Perseverance, Service

Benjamin Waldrum

Masked COP Students

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy acknowledged graduating classes past and present this year with the creation of three new scholarships. They recognize the unique contributions of each class and will help support students in the future. Dean Cindy Stowe, Pharm.D., announced in April the creation of three new scholarships:…


October 13, 2023

Holly Maples, Pharm.D., Named Fellow of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Benjamin Waldrum

Holly Maples

Holly Maples, Pharm.D., a national expert on pediatric infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, was recently named a fellow of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). PIDS is the world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control and eradication of diseases affecting children. Fellows are those who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant…


October 5, 2023

College of Pharmacy Student Chapters Receive National Awards

Benjamin Waldrum

COP SNPhA Team 2023

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) College of Pharmacy recently received national awards for two of its student organizations — the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. “I am so proud of our students for this well-deserved recognition,” said Ashok Philip, Ph.D., associate dean for student services….


October 3, 2023

NIH Awards UAMS $606,274 to Research Cardiovascular Risks Associated with Kidney Disease

Benjamin Waldrum

Pathak, Jain and Ware

LITTLE ROCK — A team of three researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a recent $606,274 grant to investigate how the body’s natural defense mechanisms contribute to cardiovascular risks for patients with kidney disease. The one-year grant is an administrative supplement to the Arkansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research…


September 21, 2023

Sickle Cell Disease Symposium Looks Ahead to “New Era”

Benjamin Waldrum

Sunny Singh speaking on sickle cell panel

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted its annual Sickle Cell Symposium on Sept. 12, bringing together leading researchers, clinicians, patients and community advocates to share the latest advancements in sickle cell disease and treatment. The fall event, held in the 12th floor auditorium of the Jackson T. Stephens Neurosciences & Spine Institute…



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