AIHP Issues Three Certificates of Commendation

AIHP is pleased to announce that it has awarded Certificates of Commendation to two individuals and one organization for their notable contributions to the history of pharmacy.

The Institute’s Certificate of Commendation program recognizes projects and contributions that have either advanced knowledge or understanding of the history of pharmacy or that have used the history of pharmacy to educate, inform, entertain, or to address or advance understanding of contemporary issues.

The 2022 Certificate of Commendation honorees are:

  • Carl K. Buckner, PhD,
  • Stephen M. Hall, MA, and
  • The Pharmaceutical Heritage Centre, in Punjab, India

Carl Buckner is being recognized for his extensive collection of published writings on the history of pharmacy in Oklahoma. Dr. Buckner is the former Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, where he also was a Professor of Pharmacology before his retirement in 2012.

Between 2003 and 2012, Dr. Buckner published a series of 40-plus articles in the Oklahoma Pharmacist and the OKPharmacy E-Newsletter that provides a detailed and deep recounting of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceutical care in Oklahoma, from frontier times, through the territorial era, and into statehood. Articles covered such topics as the antecedents of pharmacy in Oklahoma; the first pharmacy law in the Oklahoma Territory; the Indian Territory Board of Pharmacy; the development of commercial pharmacy; early drug store owners; itinerant medical vendors; and the state’s major pharmaceutical companies. AIHP’s citation states that “these articles cover a truly amazing array of topics and reflect extensive research compiled from a variety of original sources.” Many of Dr. Buckner’s articles are available online at this link.

Dr. Buckner is also being recognized for his book, Profiles of Oklahoma Pharmacy, a two-volume compilation of the histories of Oklahoma’s leading pharmacists.

Stephen Hall is being recognized for his work at the Coit Museum of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, where he served as Curator and Director until recently.

When the museum received a generous gift, Mr. Hall used the opportunity to develop several innovative exhibits that use technology to present the history of pharmacy in new and fresh ways. One exhibit, for example, uses parallax animation to generate videos that tell the story behind each of the 40 paintings in the famous Parke Davis “Great Moments in Pharmacy” collection. Another exhibit allows visitors to explore the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals on a multi-layered thematic timeline. Yet another exhibit invites young visitors to use touchscreen technology to create their own “snake oil” medicine.

AIHP’s citation states that Mr. Hall’s work reflects “an important reimagining of how the history of pharmacy can be presented in ways that attract and engage a broad audience.”

The Pharmaceutical Heritage Centre, in Punjab, India, is receiving a Certificate of Commendation for its work to preserve and showcase the history of pharmaceuticals and medicines in India. Since its founding in 2015, PHC, the only pharmacy museum in India, has worked to educate the public about the history and development of India’s healthcare system and its medico-pharmaceutical profession. Exhibits at the museum trace the origins of traditional health and pharmaceutical care in Indian through prehistoric, medieval, colonial, and modern eras. PHC’s work also includes collecting and preserving artifacts and archival materials as well as offering educational programming.

Congratulations to the 2022 honorees!

Posted: August 22, 2022

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