August 7, 2017

Welcome to UAMS: Welcome to Change

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Welcome to UAMS, and specifically welcome to the College of Pharmacy. Soon enough you will learn the shortcut abbreviations: COP, PDA, Pharm for Pharmacology. You’ll know Rahn and I Dodd Wilson and Shorey as the names of buildings. You will be able to decipher office numbers like 3/118 in the library (my number; drop by…


July 3, 2017

Resilience Study

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

More years ago than I care to remember, in high school, I ran the 880 yard dash and one mile relay leg. Meets opened with those nutty guys running the 2 mile. Only in that race did everyone run together: the varsity and the freshman/sophomore teams. At one race, when I was a senior, a…


May 15, 2017

Congratulations and Graduation

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Congratulations! You made it to one degree or another.  You made it, and now it’s time to move on.  Go with our blessing.  Live well, be good, work hard, take care. To those of you graduating this semester, congratulations on this important achievement.  To those who have courses yet to come and hurdles yet to…


March 20, 2017

Fun with Words: An Invitation to Enjoy Learning

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Words are Fun Academe is a proper noun referring to “An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.” Academy is a noun derived from Academe and referring to “A modern school where football is taught.” Some years ago I ran across the Devil’s Dictionary in which these and other delightful definitions are found. I…


March 13, 2017

Thoughts on Procrastination

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Note: the first or second week in March is national procrastination week (depending on when you get to the celebration, and someone pointed out that this celebration seems to be observed later every year). On the one hand procrastination is bad.  We who have this malady (and I am one) should not keep putting off…


January 23, 2017

Mastery: Telling the Story

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Part of mastery is telling the story. The author of this quote worked for many years in the neonatal unit of a major hospital in the Chicago area.  As she observed, many families lovingly recite the details of the births of their children.  There almost gets to be a ritualized procedure in the retelling of…


November 21, 2016

Notes on Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

It’s that time again.  Lest we forget the holidays, TV reminds us.  Already round-the-clock Christmas movies are broadcast.  So it was that I recently honored Halloween by seeing “Addams Family Values.”  There is a delightful send up of all the awful, unhistorical, overly sentimental, school productions of “the first thanksgiving.”  Never mind that it wasn’t…



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