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Newsmaker: Janet K. Astle

| Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Age: 51

Residence: McCandless

Family: Husband, DuWayne; daughter, Melinda

Occupation: Pharmacy professor and interim director of the Office of Experiential Education in the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University.

Education: Bachelor's degree in pharmacy studies from Duquesne

Background: Mentored more than 2,000 Duquesne students in her role with experiential education; serves as adviser to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association's Allegheny County Pharmacists Association student chapter at Duquesne. The group has won national and state awards under Astle's guidance. She is an instructor in Mylan's division of clinical, social and administrative science.

Noteworthy: Named 2008 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

Quote: "I'm very honored in light of all the people who would be eligible for this award. It's very humbling to be chosen. I was very surprised. It's one of the few times that I was speechless."

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