College of Pharmacy Faculty Produce Largest Number of Accepted Abstracts
for National Meeting on Teaching

July 9, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ATLANTA — Faculty from Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences had a record number of poster abstracts accepted for the upcoming American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting. Mercer faculty will present 19 posters, and the School’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning a 20th, the highest number accepted among all schools participating.

“We are extremely proud of our faculty, whose excellent scholarship, and teaching innovations have been recognized in this distinction,” said Dr. Candace Barnett, senior associate dean and professor at the College. “This achievement clearly reflects the College’s emphasis on the scholarship of teaching.”

The meeting will be held in Seattle July 10-14. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is a national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education and educators. It is composed of 120 accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy including more than 5,900 faculty, 54,700 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,400 individuals pursuing graduate study. Its annual meeting explores new developments in pharmacy education and practice and provides attendees with the tools, programs and services to prepare the next generation of pharmacists, educators and pharmaceutical scientists.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University
Founded in 1903, the independent Southern School of Pharmacy merged with Mercer University in 1959. It became the first school in the Southeast to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree in 1981. In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy, the college has one of the largest concentrations of Ph.D. students in pharmaceutics among colleges of pharmacy in the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s latest pharmacy program rankings placed Mercer’s program No. 3 in the nation among private pharmacy programs. The College now enrolls more than 700 students in its expanding set of degree programs. In 2008, the College introduced a Physician Assistant program and will offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree beginning in the fall 2010.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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