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November 2008 Issue

Adel Sakr, PhD, allows a student to draw blood for a cholesterol screening during a skills laboratory.
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Professor Named Outstanding Industrial Pharmacy Educator

By Angela Koenig
Published November 2008

Adel Sakr, PhD, a professor of industrial pharmacy in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, has been named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS).

“A crowning achievement in any professor’s career is to be recognized by his peers and his students as a great teacher,” says Daniel Acosta, PhD, dean of pharmacy.

AAPS is a professional organization with more than 20,000 members. It bestows the award on those members who have made extensive contributions to teaching and research in pharmaceutical sciences.

“This is a great honor for me, for UC and for UC students,” says Sakr, 68, whose career in academia began 42 years ago.

Sakr, a native of Cairo, Egypt, earned his PhD at the age of 26 from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and went on to teach at universities across the globe, including the Universities of Ulm, Tuebingen and Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fudan University, China and the Universities of Alexandria and Assiut, Egypt, and the University of Puerto Rico.

In 1985, Sakr came to UC and established the industrial pharmacy program at the university while also forging relationships with industry giants such as Procter & Gamble (P&G) to create the college’s MS and PhD distance learning program.

However, his greatest sense of accomplishment, he says, is derived from the students he graduated: over 100 pharmaceutical sciences students (MS and PhD).

“Though I could have earned two or three times the money in industry, I opted to focus on my students. Instead, I gained love and respect,” he says.

That respect transcends the classroom, says former student Timothy Owens, PhD, section head in Fabric and Home Care Materials and Process Optimization with P&G.

“Given he spent his entire career as an educator of others it’s rewarding to see him recognized for that,” says Owens.

“Dr. Sakr calls his students, graduates and colleagues ‘the industrial pharmacy family’ to reflect his desire for an ongoing, close-knit community of scholarship and collaboration.”

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