CINCINNATIóThe University of Cincinnatiís James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy was the first in the United States to have a graduate program that emphasized cosmetic science. Itís also the only college in the U.S. to offer a PhD with an emphasis in the specialty, and in this millennium was the first to offer a distance-learning graduate degree program in cosmetic science.
These UC programs would not have been possible without the dedication of professor emeritus J. Leon Lichtin, who, now in his ninth decade, was recently honored by the Ohio Valley Society of Cosmetic Chemists (OVSCC) at a symposium held to support the Dr. J. Leon and Mrs. Beverly Lichtin Education Endowment in Cosmetic Science.
"His graduate program, both innovative and groundbreaking, was the template for others in the U.S. and elsewhere that have emulated UCís programs in the decades since,Ē Winkle alumnus Stanley Milstein, PhD, remarked at the OVSCC event, which drew a strong representation from the cosmetic science industryómany of whom are UC alumsóand raised nearly $10,000 toward the endowment.
It was in the 1950s, in collaboration with faculty from the UC College of Medicineís department of dermatology, that Lichtin and colleagues introduced college of medicine and pharmacy students to the study of lotions, ointments and emulsions. Lichtin even wrote his own textbook and built upon UCís co-op education concept by arranging cosmetic science student "internshipĒ placements in industry, contract testing labs, trade associations, and government laboratory positions throughout the United States.
In the early 1970s he established the cosmetic science graduate program, with the first student graduating in 1974. Over 100 students have obtained graduate degrees in the time sinceósome of whom obtained their degrees through distance learning, which was introduced in 2006 by professor emeritus Randall Wickett, PhD, who assumed responsibility for the program in 1991 upon Dr. Lichtinís retirement.
Cosmetic Science is the interdisciplinary science of developing, formulating and producing cosmetics and personal care products. The curriculum includes courses in surface science, emulsions and colloids, biochemistry, molecular biology, clinical assessment, pharmacology and pharmaceutical chemistry.
Cosmetic science graduates are prepared for careers as cosmetic chemists, clinicians, cosmetic marketing representatives and product developers in industry, research and the public sector, including large and small pharmaceutical companies, cosmetic companies and their suppliers, government laboratories and the chemical industry.
Today, the College of Pharmacy remains one of only a handful of graduate programs with special emphasis on cosmetic science in the U.S. and around the world. Current student research topics range from development of microstructural models for transport in skin and hair to drug delivery to the nails.
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacy colleges in the United States and is supported by an active research faculty. The college has a long legacy of innovation and will continue to be a pioneer in pharmaceutical and cosmetic science education.