February 1, 2022

News & Announcements

Celebrating Lunar New Year, February 1st

Today, February 1st, 2022, marks the first day of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is an annual festival celebrated by many Asian countries. This festival is meant to symbolize a hopeful and prosperous transition from the bitter winter into a renewing and fruitful spring.

The Lunar New Year marks the transitions between the Chinese zodiac signs - this year is the Year of the Tiger.

Today, we take a moment to recognize our College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students who celebrate Lunar New Year!

Thank you to PharmD student Itunu Talabi for her contributions to this story. Itunu is a P1 from Suwanee.

Celebrating Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the CoP will celebrate faculty and staff who identify as African American, Black, and People of the African Diaspora. If this describes your culture, background, and ethnicity, and you would like to be included in this recognition, please provide:

  • A brief background of where your family originated
  • Something unique that you would like our community to know about you A photo from your childhood

Please send your reply to Vivia Hill-Silcott so that you may be added in our Black History Month feature in February.

William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture to be Held February 10

The Second Annual William T. Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture will be held Thursday, February 10 at 12:30 pm in one of the College’s large auditoriums. All are invited to attend this important event. More information can be found here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Other Ways to Get Vaccinated

Faculty and staff who would like to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment at the University Health Center may do so by calling 706-542-5575. Students may continue to schedule their COVID vaccine appointments online through the Patient Portal. While supplies last, you can also receive a $20 gift card following your vaccination. The UHC will only offer Pfizer vaccines for first, second and booster doses.

COVID-19 Testing

Surveillance testing for asymptomatic individuals remains an important step in our defense against infection.  These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Remember that any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for COVID is required to report that positive test through DawgCheck and to follow the advice provided.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Eileen Kennedy approved as the next Director of the UGA Cancer Center

The Cancer Center Executive Committee has approved Eileen Kennedy as the next Director of the UGA Cancer Center. On June 1st, Dr. Kennedy will become the sole director. Until then, Dr. Kennedy and current Director Michael Pierce will be Co-Directors.

Congratulations, Dr. Kennedy, on this new role!

CoP Students Represent UGA at National ACCP Clinical Research Challenge

Congratulations to Micah McKinnieCherith Blair, and Liana Ha, the winning team of UGA’s local round of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Research Challenge! Micah, Cherith, and Liana will go on to represent UGA in ACCP’s national competition. The Clinical Research Challenge is a national student competition for P1 and P2 students in which teams are assessed on their ability to evaluate and apply primary literature and develop sound research proposals and protocols. Critical evaluation and assessment of primary literature are essential skills for pharmacists to stay abreast of emerging data and provide excellent patient care. Great job, PharmDawgs!

Recent Publicaitons
E. Behren Ketchum, PGY2 Oncology resident, along with Dr. Andrea Clarke and Dr. Amber B. Clemmons recently published Belantamab Mafodotin-blmf: A Novel Antibody-Drug Conjugate for Treatment of Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma in JADPRO. Congratulations on this accomplishment! 
Aaron Chase, PGY1, was recently published in Epilepsy and Behavior for his project on Effects of Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) on seizure-related emergency department visits and hospital admissions: A retrospective cohort study. Congratulations on the amazing work, Aaron!

Dr. Grace Gowda highlighted in UGA Today

Dr. Grace Gowda was interviewed for an article on "Why do some vaccines last a lifetime while others do not?"

To read the entire article, click here


APhA-ASP Pfizer Vaccines Medical Director Tim Mullenix Will Visit as Guest Speaker

Tuesday, March 1st at 12:30pm, APhA-ASP will host Pfizer's Tim Mullenix PharmD, MS, who will elaborate on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine development process and trials, with a Q&A session. This event takes place via Zoom, with a group viewing option in Pharmacy South 101.

2022 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

The College is now accepting nominations for the PharmD Lead Dawg Awards. Lead Dawg Awards recognize PharmD students serving as leaders, in the broadest sense of the term. Many students are doing great things within the College of Pharmacy, our community, and/or our profession; these awards serve as one way to recognize their efforts. Nominations should be submitted HERE by February 28, 2022. For questions, contact Mr. David Evans or Dr. Duc Do.

Student Fundraising News

Don't miss out on the latest student fundraisers! Check out all the newest UGA Pharmacy merchandise for sale in this week's DSAC Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

CTL Upcoming Events

Please take a moment to check out the upcoming events calendar and registration at the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. Upcoming events include:
  • Monday February 14th- SoTL Colloquia: The Effectiveness of “Pencasts” for Teaching
  • Tuesday February 22nd- Workshop: (Actually) Evaluating Student Knowledge : Creating Asset-Based Assements”
Save the Dates: Pinning Ceremony & Commencement
An official invitation and RSVP information is forthcoming.  Please contact Gloria Strait ( if you have any questions or comments.

9-Month Faculty: 7/5th Benefit Deductions

This is a reminder for 9-month faculty members to expect a change in benefits deduction amounts for your spring semester paychecks.

  • During the fall semester, five months of premiums are deducted evenly from the five paychecks received from August through December.
  • During the spring semester, seven months of premiums (including June and July) are deducted in five equal portions from the five paychecks received from January through May.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact University Human Resources at or 706-542-2222.

Georgia Per Diem Rate Changes

Position Postings

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

Department Head of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

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

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

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
PBS Seminar Series: Joseph Whitley, Doctoral Candidate
9am | Join via Zoom | Contact: Jamie Hailey
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5-6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5-6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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