DiscoveRx Magazine – Fall 2020

Masthead for the Fall 2020 issue of DiscoveRx

Alumni Honors

Citations of Merit Celebrate Four Influential Careers 

The School of Pharmacy’s 2020 Citation of Merit honorees — Susan Sutter (BS ’78), Bruno Hancock, Nivedita Pandit (MS ’78, PhD ’80), and Greg Higby (MS ’80, PhD ’84) — are luminaries in their fields who have made tremendous contributions to research, practice, and education. 

Updates From the Dean



The School of Pharmacy is looking and operating differently at the start of this academic year, as we welcome our PharmD Class of 2024. Dean Steve Swanson introduces the incoming class, discusses how the School is adapting to keep our community healthy, and describes a new initiative to connect alumni.


Leading Research

Opioid Antibodies

Some people's immune systems create antibodies to opioid medications, finds a new study by Assistant Professor Cody Wenthur. That could explain some of the drugs' long-term effects.

Bacterial Synthesis

Bacteria use more than 600 different sugar building blocks. And unlike common human sugars, most bacterial sugars must be synthesized from scratch. Professor Weiping Tang is working to make this process easier.

Weiping Tang

Destroying Disease-Causing Proteins

The body has a natural mechanism for destroying unwanted proteins. Professor Weiping Tang's lab is working to co-opt this function to trigger selective degradation of disease-causing proteins.

An illustration showing how protein degraders work

Improving Telehealth in Nursing Homes

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a quick surge in the adoption of telehealth technology. Assistant Professor Jay Ford is collaborating with the Department of Medicine to use this "natural experiment" to improve telehealth implementation.

Jay Ford, Chris Crnich

Pharmacy Legend

Dan Rich with Jeanette Roberts, Roger Tung, Amy Ripka, and Francesco Salituro
A Rich History

The legacy of Professor Emeritus Dan Rich lives on at the School and in the prolific careers of his former students, who have gone on to launch pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and even invent therapeutics for AIDS. Learn about the professor behind their success.

Research Talks

Health Policy Impact

Assistant Professor Kevin Look (PharmD ’09, PhD ’13),
Social and Administrative Sciences Division

Antifungal Beetles

Associate Professor Jason Kwan,
Pharmaceutical Sciences Division

Strengthening Our Community

Gender-Inclusive Restroom

Rennebohm Hall is the first on campus to designate a multi-stall all-gender bathroom. “As a School preparing future healthcare providers, we want to model an inclusive environment,” says Dean Steve Swanson.

All-gender bathroom sign

Connections Amid COVID-19

A new Pharmacy Family program at the School of Pharmacy connects faculty with PharmD students to keep the School's sense of community strong, even during distanced learning.

Marina Maes

Alumni Reflection


Josie Kristiansen (PharmD ’10), a clinical pharmacist at Froedtert, explains what she loves about being a pharmacist: helping patients, in real time, when they need it most. 


Time Capsule

An old scan of a Whitall Tatum publication featuring corks

Historical Pharmacy Publications Go Digital

The School of Pharmacy’s collection of historical pharmacy trade publications, stretching back to the 1800s, will soon be accessible online. These old publications offer a look at what pharmacies used to stock, from drugs and “medicines,” like whiskey and cocaine, to tools of the trade.

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Thank You

Class of '67 Gives Back

To commemorate the substantial careers they've built in the 50 years since graduation, members of the School's Class of 1967 created one of the first class scholarships, which was recently awarded for the first time.

Class of 1967

New Distinguished Chair Supports Drug Delivery

Milton Henrichs hitchhiked his way to the School of Pharmacy, where he made a lasting impression, from helping to get Rennebohm Hall built to supporting Pharmaceutical Sciences research.

Drawing of Milton Henrichs.

Badgers Supporting Student Success banner

Class Notes

Collage of alumni in the Fall 2020 Class Notes

Fall 2020 Class Notes

Badger pharmacists are excelling in their careers, being recognized for their contributions, celebrating milestones, and retiring from fruitful careers. Keep in touch with your Badger Pharmacy peers through class notes.

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Mark Your Calendar

Alumni & Friends Trivia Fundraiser
November 17

Come test your Badgers, Pharmacy, and general trivia knowledge in a fundraiser for student scholarships, hosted virtually by the School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Alumni Association. Each team will compete to win fun prizes, including Pharmacy alumni apparel and School of Pharmacy swag.

Registration is available to individuals – we’ll place you with a team – or to groups of up to 6 who wish to register as a team. 

An invitation will be sent to all School of Pharmacy alumni. Please contact Alissa Karnaky,, with any questions.

Professional Development

Drug Product Development Certificate Program

This program is for scientists and technical managers working at the drug discovery interface, responsible for lead optimization and candidate selection.

Learn more >

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Editor-in-Chief Katie Gerhards
  |  Sally Griffith-Oh
Contributing Writers  |  Katie Ginder-Vogel, Jill Sakai, Tristan Dooley
Editorial Interns | Mary Magnuson, Arushi Gupta, Iseult Gillespie 
Editorial Advisors  |  Alyson Kim, David Mott

DiscoveRx magazine is a quarterly digital publication by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.


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