COVID-19 Updates 8.4.20
August 4, 2020
Lead Stories

Dr. Brad Phillips Transitions to OVPR to Lead UGA’s Translational Sciences

In a memo to CoP faculty and staff delivered Monday, August 3, Dean Kelly Smith announced that Dr. Brad G. Phillips, the Milliken-Reeve Professor and Department Head of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy since 2007, will transition his leadership role from the College of Pharmacy to the University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Research, effective September 1. In this new capacity, Dr. Phillips will be responsible for fostering and expanding translational sciences and related graduate education programs across the UGA campus as well as throughout the State of Georgia.  As the UGA Principal Investigator, he also will assure continued National Institute of Health funding for the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance.

Dr. Phillips remarked, “I am immensely proud of what the CAP faculty and staff have accomplished together since I joined the College. Working cooperatively, we have reached major goals and milestones in our efforts to create outstanding educational and research programs. I am grateful to Dr. David Lee (UGA Vice President of Research), and Dean Kelly Smith, for their commitment to allow translational sciences to prosper at UGA to benefit the citizens of Georgia.”  To read the memo in its entirety, see here

Your Opinion Matters: Strategic Planning 2025

We need your feedback on our recent Strategic Plan!  Under the direction of Dr. Michael Bartlett, Associate Dean for Science Education, Research and Technology, a draft of the plan was recently completed, and now we need your input on our progress.  The COP Strategic Plan 2025 survey is designed to obtain valuable feedback from faculty and staff concerning the tactics and action items of this critical document.  In addition, input will be critical in our efforts to arrive at a finalized strategy for a vote in the near future.  In addition, the College will receive comments from the Provost’s Office on our strategic directions, goals and KPIs soon.  A summary of the results of this survey, along with any feedback we may receive from the Provost’s Office, will be shared at the August 14 faculty meeting (with staff invited to the first portion), along with a timeline for how we will finalize the COP Strategic Plan.  Please complete this survey by this Friday, August 7! 

Questions?  Attend a Drop-In Q&A Zoom session, this Wednesday, August 5, hosted by Dr. Bartlett.  The zoom link is If you can’t attend, contact Dr. Bartlett directly. 

Work Plan to Supervisors This Wednesday

Dean Kelly M. Smith delivered an college-wide memo on Friday, July 31 outlining the need for individual work plans for every employee in the college.  Each employee must develop a proposed work plan that may include flexible work arrangements and telework. The plan must meet the objectives of quality health and optimum productivity for UGA and the College of Pharmacy. Please click here for a template of the plan, which should be completed and delivered to supervisors by August 5 If you have questions or concerns that your supervisor cannot address, please contact Melissa Hunter, via phone, at 706-542-3673.

Campus-Wide COVID-19 Planning Webinar TODAY from 2-3 pm

A webinar open to faculty, staff, and students to discuss campus COVID-19 planning efforts will be held today, Tuesday, August 4 from 2–3:00 p.m. The live session will be open to as many as 5,000 viewers, and it can be accessed by logging on Zoom with your MyID and password. The Zoom link is here and the passcode is 072459. The webinar will be archived later that same day on UGA’s coronavirus website.  A host of top UGA leaders will participate in the Zoom meeting, including President Jere Morehead, Provost Jack Hu, Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson, University Health Center Executive Director Garth Russo, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus Dean Shelley Nuss, and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lisa Nolan. Libby Morris, Director of the Institute of Higher Education and Zell B. Miller Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, will moderate the discussion.

Return to Campus
Don’t Forget!  Online Training for Safe RTC

Many of us will Return to Campus, Monday, July 20.  Prior to your return, all UGA employees MUST complete the online training module, “Protect UGA: COVID-19 Required Training for Faculty and Staff.”   In order to access this training, navigate to UGA’s Professional Education Portal (PEP), and log-in.  You should be able to navigate to the training module easily.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor or Melissa Hunter, CoP Senior Director of Finance and Administration.

Faculty Focus

Dr. Rebecca Stone Named ACCP Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Stone, Clinical Associate Professor, who has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Fellowship in the College recognizes and rewards the highest levels of excellence in the practice and science of Clinical Pharmacy and is the highest honor the College can bestow on its members. Dr. Stone will use “FCCP” as a part of her title. What a prestigious accomplishment, Dr. Stone!

Dr. Chu, Dr. Singh Publish Articles

Kudos to Dr. David Chu, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, and Dr. Uma Singh, Research Assistant Professor in the Drug Discovery Group, who recently published two articles in distinguished journals. These include: “Synthesis of 2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro-2'-C-methyl spiro cyclopentyl carbocyclic uridine analog as potential inhibitors of HCV NS5B polymerase”.  and “β-L-1-[5-(E-2-Bromovinyl)-2-(Hydroxymethyl)-1,3 Dioxolan-4-yl)] Uracil (L-BHDU) Inhibits Varicella Zoster Virus Replication by Depleting the Cellular dTTP Pool”.

Dr. Momany Publishes in Metabolic Engineering

Dr. Cory Momany, Associate Professor in PBS, recently published an article in ScienceDirect’s Metabolic Engineering.  Titled “Engineered citrate synthase alters Acetate Accumulation in Escherichia coli,” the article highlights the following:  acetyl-CoA is a key metabolite and precursor to many biochemical products; citrate synthase controls flux of acetyl-CoA into the citric acid cycle; citrate synthase mutations reduce the growth rate of Escherichia coli; citrate synthase mutations increase the formation of acetate from acetyl-CoA.  Read his article here.  Great job, Dr. Momany!

Exam Proctoring with LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor 

LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor are tools available for use with eLC and ALEKS to help prevent cheating during online exams. Join a free, 30-minute webinar to learn how to use these applications to proctor exams. Discussion will include security, scalability, and pricing options. There will be time available at the end for Q&A. Thursday, Aug 6, at 1:00 PM – register here.

Student Care & Outreach Launches Community of Care Program 
Student Care & Outreach has worked with partners in the University Health Center (Counseling and Psychiatric Services and Health Promotion) to launch the university’s Community of Care. This program is designed to increase awareness of mental health issues facing students (undergraduate and graduate/professional students); increase awareness of UGA resources available for students; offer strategies for basic intervention techniques for faculty (i.e. how do/should faculty respond to individual students); and offer strategies for creating a culture of care/awareness on campus. 
Staff from these units will deliver the content of the program in an interactive session.  Faculty members who participate in this two-hour training will become part of the university’s Community of Care, with a designation much like faculty/staff/students who engage in the Student Veterans Resource Center’s Got Your Six program and the LGBT Resource Center’s Safe Space program.  Given the anticipated challenges that students, faculty, and staff will face in the coming weeks and months, sessions will be offered virtually via Zoom.  Participation in each session is limited to 30 faculty members and sign-up is required: register here.  
For questions about the Community of Care, contact Dr. Beau Seagraves, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Care & Outreach. 

DEI Dialogue
Webinar Focuses on Graduate Students at Predominantly White Institutions

“Reversing Disconnectedness Among African American Graduate Students at Predominantly White Institutions” is the topic of a webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5 from 7-8:00 pm.  Participants will take a deep dive into the lived experiences of African American graduate students enrolled at a predominantly white institution. Dr. Frederick Engram, Jr., an expert of graduate enrollment and diversity, equity, and inclusion, will explore the experiences of graduate students lacking connection to their institution and how institutional and systemic racism affects the ability for African American graduate students to create space to persist. Persistence allows these students to complete their degrees and feel a sense of connectedness to the institution. To register, see here.

Student Superlatives
Sean VanDuyse Receives Hamilton Lokey Scholarship  
Congratulations to MS student Sean VanDuyse for being selected for the Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year! The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize outstanding University of Georgia undergraduate students who wish to continue their educational studies by enrolling in a graduate program at UGA. Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Spring of 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science and a minor in Biology from UGA, and is in his second year of the MS/BS Pharmaceutical Sciences program at the College of Pharmacy.  
Sean has performed research under Dr. Bartlett since the Spring of 2019, with projects including the revision of Standards of Procedures so that they were compliant with current EU medical device regulations, the analysis of FDA warning letters and 483s issued by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and his current project, researching the impact of the Q10 Pharmaceutical Quality Systems guidance using data collected and provided by the University of St. Gallen OPEX data benchmarking initiative. Over the summer of 2020 he completed two online classes while also interning with Merck & Co. in the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls Regulatory department. After graduation he would like to obtain a full-time job in the regulatory department of a pharmaceutical company or an inspection position with the FDA. 

PharmDawg Birthdays
It’s been a long few months…and we need reason to celebrate!  Let’s wish these August Birthday PharmDawgs happiness on their special day!
August 4 - Duc Do
August 9 - Daniel Chastain
August 10 - Deborah Martinez
August 17 - Pattie Holly
August 18 - Kathi Hardwick
August 19 - Misha Watts
August 22 - Mandi Murph
August 26 - Johnna Hodges
                  Jason Zastre
                  Tim McMillan

August 27 - Gordon Thomas
August 29 - Gin Fleming
August 31 - Chris Bland

Resource Library

Student Resources

UGA Resources:
UGA Student Care and Outreach
UGA Resources (including food pantry, housing, health & wellness, etc.)
Food and Necessities
University Health Center Services

College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs:
Career Counseling – Dr. Danielle Vitale, 706-542-5150
PharmD Advising & Registration – Mr. David Evans, 706-542-0804
Student Counseling –Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott, PhD, LPC, NCC,  607-275-6361

Emergency Funds:
College of Pharmacy (for all pharmacy students) - contact Dr. Duc Do for details
Student Care & Outreach (for undergraduate and PharmD students)
Graduate School Financial Hardship (for graduate students)

Disaster Distress Hotline:
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

AFSP Mental Health:
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has compiled tools to help spread positive messages of hope, compassion, mental health care and suicide prevention
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

Student IT Support:
Continue to access the EITS Student Helpdesk

College of Pharmacy COVID-19 Resources

College of Pharmacy COVID 19 Resources and Information
COVID-19 FAQs for Pharmacists and Healthcare Professionals

UGA Resources

UGA COVID-19 Resources and Information
Critical UGA IT Services for Business Continuity
Continuity in Teaching and Student Support
Library Hours/Faculty and Student Resources
The Division of Academic Enhancement’s Distance Support Resources
UGA Research-Coronavirus
Staff and Faculty Wellness

Teaching Resources
Teaching and Learning Continuity at UGA
EITS status page (check status of IT Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning)
Contingency IT Resources at UGA
PharmDawg Guide to Zoom

COP Virtual IT Helpdesk (for emergency IT needs):
Join via Zoom -
Direct call in – 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592, meeting ID 333 252 017
(For non-emergency needs, please continue to submit tickets here.)

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