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Meet the 2020 AACP Award Recipients Showcasing the Academy's excellence in education, research, scholarship of learning and community service, as told by their colleagues and nominators.

The contributions of outstanding faculty at colleges and schools of pharmacy are annually recognized with a series of AACP awards, recognizing excellence in education, research, scholarly publication and more. Each is to be presented at the upcoming Pharmacy Education 2020, July 18-22, in Long Beach, Calif.

Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Pharmacy

Marshall University

"One overarching theme that permeates every element of [her career] is Dr. Brazeau’s deep and abiding commitment to the well-being of the Academy and the seemingly inexhaustible energy she brings to everything she does. She is internally driven to assure that:

  1. Students learn at a level befitting their doctoral credentials,
  2. Faculty colleagues commit to uncompromising quality when educating students or conducting scholarship, and
  3. Administrative leaders ensure that resources needed to accomplish these noble aims are made available, including professional development and mentoring-related resources as well as fiscal support."

"When we think of Bob Chalmers and the type of individual who should be honored with an award bearing the name of this cherished icon of academic pharmacy, we think of someone who sets a standard for excellence that is matched by few. We think of a colleague whose energetic commitment to advancing academic pharmacy has stood the test of time; who is a role model of innovation, intellectual curiosity and advocacy; who demonstrates servant leadership that inspires and empowers; who evokes a sense of pride in, and gratitude for, their contributions; who has not only a keen and inquiring mind, but also a good and giving heart. We think of Gayle Brazeau."

- Victoria F. Roche, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy sciences, Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Health Professions; and

Peggy Piascik, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy practice & science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Paul R. Dawson Award for Excellence in Patient Care Research

Betty Chewning, Ph.D.

Professor, Social and Administrative Sciences

University of WisconsinMadison

Dr. Chewning is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher with more than $5.4 million in research funding as principal investigator and collaborated on other studies awarded more than $4.5 million as a co-investigator. She is a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA-APRS) and the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH).

Dr. Chewning is a recipient of APhA’s Wiederholt Prize for the best published paper in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) that describes original investigation in economic, social, or administrative sciences related to pharmacy. She also has received the Best Paper Award among articles published in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP).

“Dr. Chewning’s commitment to patient care and improved outcomes is evident in her impressive research achievements and innovative initiatives. She was a founding member of the NIH-funded ICTR Community Academic Partnership steering committee. As director of the School’s Sonderegger Research Center, she established the Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link (PearlRx), an ongoing collaborative partnership with pharmacists across Wisconsin. She’s an outstanding example of the Wisconsin Idea of making positive impact.”

- Steven Swanson, Ph.D., dean, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy

Volwiler Research Achievement Award

Kim L.R. Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A pharmacist by training, Professor Brouwer is best known for her distinguished contributions to the area of hepatobiliary drug disposition and especially for elucidating the role of protein-mediated flux in drug uptake and elimination from the liver."

"Her record includes over 210 research papers and greater than 240 published abstracts, 10 book chapters, and over 20 reviews and commentaries. Professor Brouwer’s peers have noted the impact of this work through numerous awards, including naming her the 2019 UNC Inventor of the Year."

"Professor Brouwer is also a leader in pharmacy education, through local efforts as the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Associate Dean of Graduate Education. In this role, she has spearheaded a bold move to renovate the way we think about graduate education in pharmacy, a passion that also informs her work on the Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network."

- Jeffrey Aubé, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, and professor, Department of Chemistry

Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award

Among the school’s exemplary programs is the required Population Health Program in the P3 year, which provides the opportunity for students to work with community partners on longitudinal projects that are created from the needs of the community and the community partners. In the first year, there were 22 longitudinal projects with unique outcomes that have more than 556,000 direct beneficiaries and over 30 million indirect beneficiaries.

Other UT Austin programs have received local and national recognition, including Operation Naloxone, a campus-wide educational outreach program with free overdose response trainings, and Stop The Bleed, an initiative where student pharmacists trained more than 600 public school teachers and staff in Laredo, Texas, to be able to respond to major bleeding events.

“The impact of the UT Austin programs and initiatives involving patient care services, current epidemics, social determinants of health, and global health has been long-standing and tremendous on patients and communities within and beyond the Texas boarders.”

- Lynette R. Bradley-Baker, Ph.D., CAE, R.Ph., senior vice president of public affairs and engagement, AACP

Rufus A. Lyman Award

Claire Kolar, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Kristin K. Janke, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

“Aiding Transformation from Student to Practitioner by Defining Threshold Concepts for the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process”

The paper, “Aiding Transformation from Student to Practitioner by Defining Threshold Concepts for the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process,” sought to describe the critical milestones in the transition of a student to practitioner by identifying critical threshold concepts involved in the learning of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP).

“This manuscript makes a significant contribution to pharmacy education because of its timeliness, originality and significant impact to the education of our students and the practice of pharmacy as colleges/schools work in the transition of our students to become practitioners through the use of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP). I congratulate Dr. Kolar and Dr. Janke on their excellent paper.”

- Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D., editor of AJPE

All awards will be presented at Pharmacy Education 2020,

July 18-22, in Long Beach, Calif.