August 31, 2022

News & Announcements

Dr. Sikora Receives $1.86 million R01 Grant from AHRQ

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Sikora, Clinical Associate Professor at the extended campus in Augusta, who has been awarded a $1.86 million R01 Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Award notification for the project, titled “Artificial intelligence-based health IT tools to optimize critical care pharmacist resources through adverse drug event prediction,” came late Monday. The award complements an earlier $296,000 R21 grant awarded to Dr. Sikora earlier this year by the AHRQ titled, “Machine learning validation of medication regimen complexity for critical care pharmacist resource prediction.” According to portions of the project narrative in Dr. Sikora’s grant application, the work will develop “…novel, artificial intelligence-based health information technology tools to guide critical care pharmacists in preventing medication errors and reducing adverse drug events. Critical care pharmacists improve medication safety and patient-centered outcomes in the critically ill, but are an underused resource.” CoP’s Dr. Susan Smith, Associate Professor on the Athens campus, is one of Dr. Sikora’s investigators on the project.

A more in-depth story on this grant award will be released soon.  Again, Dr. Sikora, kudos on this outstanding accomplishment!

Dr. Elder Chosen for Women's Leadership Fellows Program

Our own Dr. Deborah Elder has been chosen to participate in the Women's Leadership Fellows Program for the 2022-2023 school year. Fellows of this program meet with administrators throughout the year to discuss the organization, functions, and challenges of higher education, as well as work alongside the Associate Provost for Academic Programs. Congrats, Dr. Elder! 

PHSOP PhD Program Welcomes Two New Students at Orientation

The PHSOP PhD Program held its graduate student orientation on Friday, August 19. The program welcomed two new students India and Bangladesh – Akhila Yerubandi and Mahmud Bhuiya, respectively. Way to go, PharmDawgs! 

NHPA Provides Services at Peachtree Latino Festival

This Sunday, the UGA National Hispanic Pharmacists Association provided free blood pressure and blood sugar checks at the Peachtree Latino Festival in Atlanta's Piedmont Park. Special recognition goes to NHPA Southeast Regional Assistant Director Dayana Pimentel and Director Dr. Emily Medina for organizing. Thanks also to volunteers from UGA and Mercer SNPhA. Well done, all!

PharmDawgs to Compete in ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

A team of three PharmDawgs will represent UGA at the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge beginning September 8. The challenge is a "quiz bowl" style event for P3 and P4 students, where they will compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy. The first four rounds will be conducted online, with teams who advance to the quarterfinals having the opportunity to compete in San Francisco, California at the 2022 ACCP Annual Meeting in October. Winners will win a $1,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque. 

This year's team consists of Team Captain Logan Smith, Madeline Ganter, and Elly Sherman. Kaitlyn Orzechowski and Ciana Wallace will serve as team alternates. Good luck, PharmDawgs!

Statistics for P1 PharmDawgs

As we continue to welcome our Class of 2026 PharmDawgs to our campus, Dr. Danielle Vitale created infographics to highlight the accomplishments of this cohort. Read below to see more about why we are PharmDawg proud of this class!

Save the Date! Pharmtoberfest Returns October 20 

The UGA College of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) are working together again this year to host Pharmtoberfest, which celebrates American Pharmacists Month. This event is open to all members of the UGA and Athens community and will include health screenings, booths promoting health groups on campus, and a pumpkin painting contest! 

Save the date for Thursday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the D.W. Brooks Mall in front of the College. More information to come in the following weeks.

UGA Welcomes Largest Freshman Class

More than 6,200 new, first-year students started classes this month at UGA, being the largest and one of the most academically-qualified classes yet. The Class of 2026 broke the record for the highest number of applications, with over 40,000 applicants. Be sure to read the full story about Class of 2026 here!

UGA Ranked as Top 10 Public University by Niche

This week, Niche ranked UGA as the 10th top public university in the U.S. when compared to over 500 public colleges and state universities. Niche makes decisions about rankings based on academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn about this awesome achievement in this UGA Today story!

Accolades, Media, & Publications

Deborah Martinez Brings Awareness to Stroke Survivors

Deborah Martinez brought awareness to stroke survivors and told her own story in an interview on Atlanta's CW69 and an article on Get Ahead of Stroke. Be sure to watch the news clip and read the article! We are so proud of you, Dr. Martinez!

Dr. Tackett Speaks at Conferences Around the State

Dr. Randall Tackett gave two presentations in late July and early August around the state of Georgia.

The first presentation was at the Exceptional Children Summer Conference at the Fulton County Schools in Atlanta and was entitled "Pharmacology: Educational Impact on Student Performance."

The second presentation was entitled "New Drugs for Non-Drug Court Judges" and was given to the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE) at the 2022 Superior Court Judges Summer Conference and Educational Conference in Jekyll Island. Way to go, Dr. Tackett!

Picture of Dr. Mike Fulford Featured on USG Website 

Dr. Mike Fulford was featured as the main photo in a story on the USG website titled "UGA's Relentless Welcome." Check out the story and photo here

Dr. Brian Seagraves Presents to Members of AAIP

On Thursday, August 18, Dr. Brian Seagraves delivered a continuing education presentation entitled Health Disparities in the Chronically Infected HCV Population to the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy (AAIP) members in Atlanta. The presentation included information about current HCV treatments as well as common challenges among patients receiving and/or completing treatment. 

**In our previous issue, we mistakenly identified AAIP as Association of American Indian Physicians. We regret and apologize for this error. 


Virtual Career Development Office Hours

Drop in for virtual career development office hours with Dr. Danielle Vitale, every Friday from 2-4PM on Zoom.  Click here to join!

Upcoming PharmD Mentor and Mentee Training

Upcoming Weekly Groups: Processing Grief and Managing Stress

Faculty & Staff

UGA Pharmacy Welcomes New Employees
Barbara Derricotte, Laurie Wallace, Xiaoyun Wang

Barbara Derricotte and Laurie Wallace have joined the staff of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, and Xiaoyun Wang is a new employee at the extended campus in Augusta. 

An Administrative Specialist II for PBS’s Graduate Program, Barbara is responsible for working with Dr. Jason Zastre, Graduate Coordinator, along with faculty and staff who interface with graduate students. Residing in Winterville, Barbara enjoys reading and spending time with family. Her contact information is and 706-542-5403, and her office is located in PS 438.

A life-time Dawg fan, Laurie is a new Administrative Specialist I in PBS. Employed in the administrative field for more than 28 years, Laurie served at the College of Veterinary Medicine in the Poultry Diagnostics and Research Center and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the Plant Pathology Department before joining PBS. Her new duties include assisting the Department Head, placing lab orders, maintaining lab equipment services, and assisting other colleagues in the department. She received her Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology from Central Georgia Technical College this past May. Currently living in Eatonton, she rides a Harley Davidson Softail CVO and attends benefit rides each weekend to help families in need. She is mother to Whitney and Collin, mother-in-law to Ariel, and a proud grandmother to Brielle.  She is a member of Relevent Church in Locust Grove. Her contact information is and 706-542-5397, and she is located in PS 440.

A native of China, Xiaoyun, who is a Research Assistant with Dr. Priya Narayanan, says that the excellent research environment brought her to UGA.  She received her Ph.D. in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and did her postdoctoral training at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  In her position she will work on an NIH-funded project and provide CET graduate students with support and guidance in their research.  Currently, she is a member of the American Thoracic Society. Her contact information is 706-721-6491, and she is located in Augusta’s HM Building, Room 111.

Up to $12,000 Available to Fund Mental Health Initiatives in CoP

Up to $12,000 is available to be awarded in the College of Pharmacy to support mental health initiatives. The money comes from the 2020 Pharmacy Giving Day Campaign, which was hosted by our Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Any faculty or staff member is able to spearhead a proposal. 

A consolidated PDF of the proposal should be sent to Toni Phelabaum by October 21, 2022. Reach out to Dean Kelly Smith with any questions. 

Experience Programs Faculty and Staff Office Relocation

The Experience Programs Faculty and Staff have relocated their offices. Their new locations are listed below. 

  • RC Wilson – 146: Andrew Darley
  • RC Wilson – 148: Ashley Hannings
  • RC Wilson – 149 Suite:
    • Monica Williams (149A)
    • Michelle McElhannon (149B)**
    • Kay Brooks (149C)
    • Pattie Holly (149G)
  • RC Wilson – 150/152 Suite:
    • Lindsey Welch (150)
    • Lori Duke (150A)
    • Anna Cash (152A)
    • Linda Logan (152B)
**Michelle McElhannon will relocate to 149B in the 149 suite in late September/early October. Until then, her office will still be in 270F of the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Office Suite. 

Fall '22 Engage and Learn Grants Applications 

The Fall 2022 Engage and Learn Grants application deadline is TODAY, August 31. These grants can help cover costs for educational and developmental activities for staff not provided by the Professional Education Portal (PEP)LinkedIn Learning, or other resources that UGA provides. More information.

Fall '22 Professional Development Programs for Faculty

The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering multiple professional development programs to enhance faculty success for the fall semester. Faculty can register for sessions through the Professional Education Portal (PEP)

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information. 

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Associate or Full Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Director of the Office of Instructional Innovation and Research
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office B

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Huet Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab


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