Where are they now?
Congratulations!!! Alexandra has two announcements. The most important one is that she has welcomed a new addition to her family. Her son Nicolas Alexander Rivera was born on February 22, 2012. The second one is that she was recently granted a 5-year continuing contract (through 2018) in her current position as Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Xiaochen Lui, MS '11, works as a pricing analyst in the home infusion and specialty pharmacy division of Walgreens. Her responsibilities include analyzing contracts and utilization data and updating and negotiating pricing with PBM and health plans.
"I learned a lot in the real world. However, training from our department will never be replaceable."
Zhixiao Jason Wang, PHD '06, is now director of Health Economics & Outcomes Research at Eisai, Inc., in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. He resides in Danbury, Conn.
Possessing formal teaching experiences in both didactic and experiential arenas with student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Johnson has served in various capacities as a guest speaker, course instructor, and graduate teaching assistant lecturing on topics such as regulatory policy, patient safety, and the pharmacist’s role in community health.
Prior to joining Chicago State University, she was the Professional Affairs Manager at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She also has practice experience in community and health-systems pharmacy.
Johnson has served as a board member for both the National Pharmaceutical Association and Chicago Pharmacists Association. She is also a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She has received a number of awards and accolades, the most recent being the UIC COP Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award, UIC COP Urban Health Program Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Young Pharmacists Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association.
Robert Valuck, MS '92, PHD '94, is the recipient of this year's Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award in recognition of his commitment to students and dedication to the profession of pharmacy. A two-time graduate of the College of Pharmacy, Valuck is a professor in the department of clinical practice at the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy, where he began his career in academia following his graduation from UIC. Throughout his career, Valuck has demonstrated great success in the core missions of our University: Teaching, research and public service.
His commitment to teaching and nurturing the next wave of clinicians and scientists is evidenced by the number of hours spent in direct contact with students through instruction, and through the various roles he has served in their development and maturation. Be it as an advisor, guest lecturer or preceptor, Valuck has played an integral part in the skill development of his students.
Valuck's dedication to students is matched also with his commitment to service in the profession of pharmacy, both locally and nationally. He serves as an external reviewer for a number of professional and scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, and Clinical Therapeutics. In his own community, Valuck volunteers to assist the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force as well as the Colorado Pharmacy Coalition. Through these efforts, as well as his many scholarly articles and book chapters, he has achieved national recognition. Often he is a featured speaker at national and international professional organization meetings. Beyond all of the aforementioned accomplishments, Valuck has distinguished himself as a highly productive, creative, and innovative scientist. His most significant contributions are in the disciplines of Pharmacoepidemiology, health services research and the evaluation of drug-related policy. As a testament to the significance of his research, Valuck continues to receive extramural funding for his work and has been recognized with a number of research awards. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in a number of outstanding journals such as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and the Journal
of Clinical Epidemiology.
Hongjun Yin earned his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration from UIC in 2006. During his graduate study, he was a senior research specialist, the Center for Research on Health and Aging,the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy from 2006 to 2007. Currently, he is an assistant professor, the department of pharmaceutical sciences, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y.,Yin is the graduate program director of the pharmacy administration and drug regulatory affairs programs. His research focus is applying advanced statistical modeling to solve practical problems, e.g., analyzing health care costs and utilization databases to examine in-patient cost variations within a state such as New York. Yin's research interests include drug utilization, medication errors, health economics, health outcome measurement, health policy evaluation, drug regulatory issues, medical sociology, and gerontology pharmacy practice. He has published manuscripts on pharmaceutical marketing, pharmacoepidemiology and long-term care policy. In his time away from the College, Yin enjoys listening to music, playing sports, reading and spending time with his wife, Lori Wang, his two children (daughter Carly and son Stanley) and friends.
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