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June 2016

Coming to America

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Quoc Ho came to America when he was eight years old. The Vietnamese native arrived in California with his parents and two older sisters in 1996. As a third grader, the only language he knew was Vietnamese. “It was sink or swim, so I learned English quickly,” recalls Ho. And that’s been his modus operandi ever since — learn the lay of the land quickly, and use the knowledge to propel forward. Read More

Don’t Be a Writer; Be Writing.

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I admit I am a big fan of the pathos of writing—while I do ultimately strive to balance the logos of my arguments as well, I do think the rhetoric of writing—that is, making the narrative come to life—is an important and neglected part of the scientific writing community. George Orwell wrote six basic rules of writing in “Politics and the English Language”:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

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Seeing Double

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Taylor Alford always knew she had a doppelganger. But few people at the Anschutz Medical Campus knew.

Her identical twin, Naomi Willden, was enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine Doctor of Dental Surgery program while Taylor studied pharmacy. During their three years on campus together, fellow students and faculty would often ask Taylor, “Where’s your scrubs? Why did you change your clothes? Why are you wearing a lab coat?” Read More

Law Expands Opportunities for Pharmacists

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On June 6, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-135 into law while sponsors of the bill (Representative Joann Ginal), and representatives from the Colorado Pharmacists Society, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Regis University School of Pharmacy watched. The bill amends both the Pharmacy Practice Act and the Colorado Insurance Code to expand practice opportunities for pharmacists, and provides a pathway for reimbursement of pharmacy services. Read More

Doors and Windows

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When life closes a door, you sometimes need to smash open a window. I’ve learned this the hard way, but you cannot simply expect the window to open itself for you. You must be the one to instigate that change—force it open, throw a brick through it—whatever it takes, you are the one that drives that miraculous window to open, even if you have to crawl over broken glass to do so. Read More