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January 12, 2021
In this issue:
ANNOUNCEMENTS

UGA College of Pharmacy 60 at 60 

In honor of the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the University of Georgia, the College of Pharmacy will spotlight 60 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who have advocated for a more equitable and inclusive society. Over the next six weeks, the 60 at 60 will honor CoP community members who have committed their personal and professional endeavors to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. Culminating 60 at 60 will be the inaugural William Robie III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture & Award on February 25 - time and connection information coming soon.

Click here to submit a nomination for the 60 at 60.

60th Anniversary of Desegregation Weekly Trivia

In honor of the 60th anniversary of desegregation, the College of Pharmacy and the greater university will host several events throughout the spring semester. For a full list of events, visit the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation at the University of Georgia Calendar

In addition, each week, the College of Pharmacy will host weekly trivia to test our CoP knowledge. Please see here for this week's trivia question and rules.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Breakfast

The University of Georgia invites you to join in celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we recognize dedicated individuals in our community who are working to make his dream a reality. To watch the video premiere of this event, visit UGA’s Facebook page on Friday, January 15 at 9am.

COLT - COVID-19 INFORMATION

Spring 2021 Instructional Plans – this memo summarizes some of the key components of UGA’s instructional plans for the Spring.
 

Student Information:

1. Student COVID-19 Training Module for Spring – you must complete your required Spring COVID-19 Training before returning to campus!  

2. Spring 2021 News for Students
Please read the Student Digest Spring 2021 News for Students for more information on these important topics. 

·         Update on Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine at UGA

·         Surveillance Testing Changes Planned for Spring Semester

·         Revised Guideline for COVID-19 Quarantine Period

·         Free Access to Daily Mental Wellness Support


3. Students are expected to follow all COVID-19 related policies, procedures and guidelines stated in the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy COVID-19 Addendum

4. Symptoms, Contact with Someone with Positive Test, and Quarantine

Please see the applicable “Guidance on COVID-19” Decision Tree for the College of Pharmacy for additional information on what to do if you 1) experience symptoms or 2) have direct contact, close contact, or non-close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19.

Decision Tree – COP Student

Decision Tree – APPE Student

5. Student Face Coverings

Face coverings will continue to be required while inside University facilities/buildings.  The University has purchased one additional face covering for UGA students and distributions sites have been established around the Athens campus.  Students at our Extended Campuses will receive their face coverings from the Campus Assistant Dean. Please read more here. 

 

Faculty and Staff Information:  

1. Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Training Modules for Spring  - Complete by January 31

UGA has updated the faculty and staff COVID-19 training modules for the Spring Semester. The module, “COVID-19 Refresher Training for UGA Faculty and Staff,” is required for all faculty and staff and should be completed prior to January 31. An additional module, “COVID-19 Onboarding Training for New Faculty and Staff,” is available for completion for faculty and staff who join the University during the Spring Semester.

2. Faculty/Staff Spring 2021 News

Please ready the Faculty/Staff Digest for more information on these important topics.

·         Update on Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine at UGA

·         Surveillance Testing Changes Planned for Spring Semester

·         Revised Guideline for COVID-19 Quarantine Period

3. Symptoms, Contact with Someone with Positive Test, and Quarantine

Please see the applicable “Guidance on COVID-19” Decision Tree for the College of Pharmacy for additional information on what to do if you 1) experience symptoms or 2) have direct contact, close contact, or non-close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19.

Decision Tree – COP Instructor

Decision Tree – COP Faculty, Staff and Supervisor

4. Reporting Non-Compliance of COVID-19 Guidelines

To report non-compliance concerns for students, please contact Dr. Duc Do, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at duc.do@uga.edu.

RESEARCH,  ACCOLADES, & MEDIA

Research News

Great news on CoP’s research front!  Several faculty members have published research papers and manuscripts recently... check these out!   

Dr. David Crich, Georgia Research Alliance Professor,  was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society with an article titled, En Route to the Transformation of Glycoscience: A Chemist’s Perspective on Internal and External Crossroads in Glycochemistry.

Dr. May Xiong, PBS Associate Professor, just published Reactive Oxygen Species-Triggered Dissociation of a Polyrotaxane-Based Nanochelator for Enhanced Clearance of Systemic and Hepatic Iron in ACS Nano, a publication of the American Chemical Society. 

Dr. Brian Cummings, PBS Department Head, and Dr. Wided Missaoui, PBS Lecturer, published two manuscripts.  The first one, Liposomes Targeting P21 Activated Kinase-1 (PAK-1) and Selective for Secretory Phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) Decrease Cell Viability and Induce Apoptosis in Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells, was published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Safe Nanoparticles: Are We There Yet? also was published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
 
Dr. George Zheng, PBS Professor, published two research papers. The first one, Effects of substrate modifications on the arginine dimethylation activities of PRMT1 and PRMT5was published in Taylor Francis Online. Tran Dang and Tyler Brown, current students, and Dr. Melody Fulton, former student, contributed to the article. Dr. Zheng’s second paper, titled Identification of lysine isobutyrylation as a new histone modification mark, was published in Nucleic Acids Research.  The co-first authors were Zhesi Zhu, current student, and Dr. Zhen Han, former student. Other contributors included Dr. Liza Ngo, former student; Dr. Maomao He, former post doc; and Jiabao Song, current student, along with Dr. Michael Bartlett, Associate Dean for SERT, and Dr. Xiangkun Yang, his former student.
 
Dr. Bartlett also published a manuscript in the Wiley Online Library, one of the largest research libraries in the world, titled Evaluation of alkylamines and stationary phases to improve LC–MS of oligonucleotides. 

Dr. Hannings Named to GPhA Academy of Employee Pharmacists Board of Directors; More Media Appearances

Dr. Ashley Hannings was selected for the GPhA Academy of Employee Pharmacists Board of Directors. Of note, Dr. William Huang is the current secretary for the Board of Directors.

Dr. Hannings has also become one of UGA’s leading media expert when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine! She has been a frequent spokesperson of several news programs in Atlanta. View her latest commentary on 11Alive: Why should you continue wearing a mask even after you've been vaccinated? 

FACULTY & STAFF INFORMATION

2020-21 College of Pharmacy Outstanding Teaching Award

The 2020-21 Outstanding Teaching Award will be given to up to three teachers in the College of Pharmacy who have demonstrated excellence in instruction. To make a nomination, email copfacultyaffairs@uga.edu by January 15. For questions, contact Mike Fulford.

AACP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute

Dr. Michael Fulford is an invited speaker and part of the presenter team for AACP's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute January 20-22. If you have any questions concerning the Institute, please contact Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott

Important Information About Material Transfer Agreements and NDA/Confidentiality Agreements

Attention researchers! Please be aware that all Nondisclosure Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Material Transfer agreements related to research at UGA must be reviewed and signed by someone in Innovation Gateway (the technology commercialization unit in the Office of Research).  Faculty should not independently sign these documents on behalf of the University, as these agreements contain terms that affect the University’s interests. Instead, they should be submitted/requested through Innovation Gateway’s online submission tool, which can be accessed here: 

Material Transfer Requests / Confidential Disclosure Requests

If you have questions or concerns about this process, please contact Jennifer Caplinger, Grants Coordinator (706-542-5291), or contact Innovation Gateway directly.

State Business Transaction Disclosure Report

Pursuant to the Georgia conflicts of interest law, all UGA employees must disclose prior to January 31 of each year all business transactions during the preceding calendar year between the State of Georgia and the public employee, spouse/dependent of the public employee, or any business in which such employee or spouse/dependent has a substantial interest. An overview of the State Business Transaction Disclosure Report and filing instructions can be found at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) website.

State Business Transaction Disclosure Report

Pursuant to the Georgia conflicts of interest law, all UGA employees must disclose prior to January 31 of each year all business transactions during the preceding calendar year between the State of Georgia and the public employee, spouse/dependent of the public employee, or any business in which such employee or spouse/dependent has a substantial interest. An overview of the State Business Transaction Disclosure Report and filing instructions can be found at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) website.

Change in State Mileage Reimbursement Rate

The University has been informed by the State Accounting Office and the University System of Georgia that the mileage reimbursement rate for travel by state-owned or personal vehicles has been updated. The following reimbursement rates are effective for travel on or after January 1, 2021:

  • When it is determined that a personal vehicle is the most advantageous form of travel, the employee will be reimbursed for business miles traveled at $0.56 per mile (previously $0.575 per mile).
  • If a personal motor vehicle is not determined to be the most advantageous form of travel, but it is used, the employee will be reimbursed for business miles traveled at $0.16 per mile (previously $0.17 per mile).

The UGA travel policy has been updated and can be viewed here.

CALENDAR

For a full list of student events, visit the DSAC Calendar.

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