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January 13, 2022

National Champs! Go Dawgs!

News & Announcements

Reception for Henry N. Young - Recipient of 2022 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award - Friday, 9-10am

The faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy are invited to a reception in honor of Dr. Henry N. Young, Head of the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Department, who recently received the prestigious UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award. Hosted by the College’s Office of the Dean, the drop-in reception will be held this Friday, January 14, from 9-10:00 am in the R.C. Wilson Lobby. Attendees are highly encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing at the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Young is the first individual from the College of Pharmacy to receive the prestigious President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award since it was established at UGA 19 years ago. The recognition honors individuals in the University and Athens-Clarke County communities who have worked to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality and justice a reality. Award winners demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement in addressing critical community issues; utilize King’s philosophy to reduce tensions, resolve conflict and foster goodwill; and apply King’s teachings to build bridges of understanding and unity.

Since arriving at the College in 2013, Dr. Young’s scholarship and career has been dedicated to assuring the provision of health care for all citizens, especially minorities, the underserved, and less privileged. Evidence of this commitment is his award of a USDA grant, totaling almost $1 million, to develop a Distant Learning and Telemedicine Program for underserved populations in rural Georgia. Among his numerous community and civic engagements, Dr. Young serves on the UGA Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community, and he is the Past-President of the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization. Currently, he serves as the Board Chair of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center. He is a co-author of a new book just released, Fast Facts: Medication Adherence – A practical approach to optimizing medication use.
Click here to read more about Dr. Young and this prestigious award.

William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award to be Presented February 10

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, which will be presented at the second annual William T. Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture on Thursday, February 10 at 12:30 pm in one of the College’s large auditoriums. 

Nominees will have led efforts and advanced conversations about making their communities more inclusive as it pertains to diversity and equity, and may be alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, and/or friends of the College. Nominations may be submitted at this link.  The deadline is January 25.

Read more.

January 19 Grand Rounds: Dr. Rusty May

Dr. Rusty May will present the next Grand Rounds this coming Wednesday, January 19, at 12pm. Join via Zoom here.

Title: New Drug Update 2022: A Formulary Approach

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast newly approved drugs with older agents regarding their pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, dosage and cost.
  • Outline the “formulary approach” to evaluating each new drug through application.
  • Identify other recently approved medications and discuss their indications and potential usefulness.
  • Discuss any pipeline drugs that may be significant releases in the next few years.

Thankful for our Custodial Staff

We are so grateful for our custodial staff! Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the custodial staff has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, taking extra measures to assure the health and safety of our buildings.

Last month, the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Student Organization (PBSO) collaborated with UGA Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students to raise funds for holiday gifts for our custodians. Pictured are gifts in Athens and Albany.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Updates

Surveillance (asymptomatic) testing remains an important step in our defense. These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups also are welcome. Testing will be expanded through pop-up locations at the Tate Student Center offered by the College of Public Health on January 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.     Any faculty, staff or students who tests positive for COVID is required to report that positive test through DawgCheck and to follow the advice provided. Typically, a positive test will require a period of isolation, depending on the test results. Quarantining also applies to unvaccinated individuals who are or have been in close contact with an infected individual.

The College of Pharmacy Decision Trees for Spring Semester 2022 have been updated in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.  View the updated information for Spring 2022 here.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Bernard Hsia '19 featured as ASHP Member Spotlight

Dr. Bernard M. Hsia '19, currently a PGY2 pharmacy informatics resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was spotlighted by ASHP. After earning his Pharm.D. from the CoP in 2019, he completed his PGY1 residency training at AU Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
Bland Records COVID-19 Webinar, Appointed to IDWeek Programming Committee

Dr. Christopher Bland
, Clinical Professor at the Savannah campus,  recently recorded an online webinar investigating current and emerging treatment options for COVID-19. This video series is available through Pharmacy Times CE here.

Dr. Bland was also recently appointed for a 3-year term to the IDWeek Programming Committee - one of 3 pharmacists named to the 44 member committee primarily composed of physicians. IDWeek is the joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

Kudos to you, Dr. Bland!

Recent Publications from Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics 

Almuntashiri, S., Han, Y., Zhu, Y., Dutta, S., Niazi, S., Wang, X., Siddiqui, B., Zhang, D. CC16 Regulates Inflammation, ROS Generation and Apoptosis in Bronchial Epithelial Cells during Klebsiella pneumoniae Infection. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 202122, 11459. Access the article here

Candadai, A.A., Liu, F., Verma, A., Adil, M.S., Alfarhan, M., Fagan, S.C., Somanath, P.R., Narayanan, S.P. Neuroprotective Effects of Fingolimod in a Cellular Model of Optic Neuritis. Cells 202110, 2938. Access the article here

Fouda AY, Eldahshan W, Xu Z, Lemtalsi T, Shosha E, Zaidi SA, Abdelrahman AA, Cheng PN, Narayanan SP, Caldwell RW, Caldwell RB. Preclinical investigation of Pegylated arginase 1 as a treatment for retina and brain injury. Exp Neurol. 2022 Feb;348:113923. Access the article here

Adil MS, Khulood D, Narayanan SP, Somanath PR. Bioinformatics analyses reveal cell-barrier junction modulations in lung epithelial cells on SARS-CoV-2 infection. Tissue Barriers. 2021 Nov 5:2000300.  Access the article here

Rudraraju, M., Narayanan, S.P., Somanath, P.R. Distinct Mechanisms of Human Retinal Endothelial Barrier Modulation In Vitro by Mediators of Diabetes and Uveitis. Life 2022, 12, 33. Access the article here

Students

Career Development Office Hours

The Office of Student Affairs will host weekly Career Development Office Hours this Spring, Fridays from 2-4PM on Zoom. Pop on if you have quick questions about your resume, CV, cover letter, or other career-related concerns. Join the Zoom here! If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Danielle Vitale.

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

Dr. Joshua Caballero Joins CAP

Dr. Joshua Caballero
, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP, has been named an Associate Professor (Limited Term) for Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Caballero has committed his scholarship and research to chronic diseases and the impact of medication adherence and cognition in underserved populations. In his role at CoP, he will provide classroom instruction on social administrative sciences and psychiatric diseases.  “I am thrilled to be in an institution such as the University of Georgia, where I can return to my roots in research and student instruction and involvement,” said Dr. Caballero.
 
A native of Miami, FL, Dr. Caballero said his passion for his field came as a result of volunteer experiences at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, along with psychology classes in college. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and his PharmD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. During his postdoctoral training, he completed a PGY2 in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at The Ohio State University. 

Keep these academic institutions in mind, as their significance will become clear at the end of this story! To read this story in its entirety, including the aforementioned schools and how they relates to recent National Championship, click here! 

Jennifer Ivey Is New Grants Coordinator

Jennifer Ivey has joined the Business Affairs Office as the new Grants Coordinator II for the College. In this newly created role, Ivey will work with faculty in the submission of research funding grants and provide research support to faculty, staff and students.

Prior to her arrival at CoP, Ivey worked for the Madison County Library for 16 years – 10 as a Children’s Specialist and six as the library’s Branch Manager. During her service at the library, she researched and prepared numerous grants and funding opportunities for this community resource site, which is a part of the Athens Regional Library System. 

A native of Ringgold, GA, Ivey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UGA. She and her family, including her husband, Jon, and two sons, live in Danielsville with two dogs, one cat, and three chickens.  She describes herself as a “Marching Band Mom,” and she is a member of the Friends of the Madison County Library.  During the pandemic, she renewed her interest in sewing and became a quilter, which garnered her a first place ribbon in a local quilting competition! 

UGA Staff Mentor Program

Register for the UGA Staff Mentor Program here.

Opportunities and Resources from the CTL

From the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning:
  1. We are accepting applications for the 2022 Active Learning Summer Institute through January 31. Active learning has been selected as the focus of the quality enhancement plan that is currently in development as part of UGA’s reaffirmation of accreditation. Click here for the full call for applications for the 2022 Active Learning Summer Institute.
  2. We are very excited about this semester’s CTL National Invited Speaker. Peter Felten (Assistant Provost, Elon) will provide a virtual keynote on Relationship Rich Education to UGA on February 1st from 9:30-10:45am. The quality of student-faculty, student-staff, and student-student interactions are a powerful means to inspire all students to learn, and have direct bearing on our own engagement and motivation. Click here to register for the keynote, and hear more about the “secret sauce” of these relationships.
  3. The CTL is offering Mid-Semester Formative Evaluations once again this semester. These are a great way to find out about your students’ experience in your course while you still have time to make adjustments. They are best conducted before the midpoint of the semester. Follow this link to request a Mid-Semester Formative Evaluation.
  4. eLC is updated on the fourth Thursday of every month. These changes can range from small fixes to major feature changes. We have created webpage to summarize recent and upcoming changes to eLC, along with links to help materials for new features. Click here to visit the eLC Update Information webpage.

Spring 2022 Professional Development Programs for Leaders

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers professional development opportunities for academic leaders. This email provides a chronological listing of offerings this spring. Note that New Department Head Training sessions are open to all academic leaders. For more information and registration links, please click on program titles below.

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

Administrative Associate II
S07640P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
F1044P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Faculty

Assistant Professor
F1068P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Faculty

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
F1071P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Faculty

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Post-Doctoral Associate
G/R15123P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Standardized Patient
G/R14499P
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Postdoctoral Research Associate
G/R12664P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Reception for Dr. Henry Young
9-10am | R.C. Wilson Lobby | More Information
Career Development Office Hours 
2-4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale.
MONDAY, JANUARY 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - UGA Holiday
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
Grand Rounds: Dr. Rusty May
12pm | Join via Zoom
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