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April 7, 2022

News & Announcements

The PharmD Class of 2023 is Pinned

This past Friday evening, April 1, the UGA College of Pharmacy celebrated the PharmD Class of 2023’s Pinning Ceremony, marking their transition from classroom studies to professional training.

View a full album of photos from the evening here. We are PharmDawg Proud of the Class of 2023!

Parth Patel Receives Coveted I.Z. Harris Award

Parth Patel
, a P3 student from Cartersville, Ga., was presented the I.Z. Harris Award at the annual Pinning Ceremony this past Friday.  Established in 1957 by Alumnus Mr. I.Z. Harris, the award recognizes an outstanding third-year student who is selected by fellow P3 classmates. 

“Parth is what every student should strive to be…studious, sociable, and service-oriented….He demonstrates excellent leadership in every interaction I have seen, and he is the voice of our class,” read one of the nominations submitted on his behalf.  A consummate leader, Parth has served in various roles for several student organizations, including the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) in which he was President and Regional Conference Chair.  In addition, he has been a Class Representative and Vice President of the PharmD Class of 2023, and he chairs the Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC). Academically successful as demonstrated by his Dean’s List status since the beginning of pharmacy school, Parth is a member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. 

Parth reflected on his experiences at the College of Pharmacy in a brief Q & A interview.

Why did you come to pharmacy school?

I knew from a young age I wanted to be in healthcare. My grandparents were always sick when I was younger, and each time we would go to the hospital, I would see these people in lab coats and scrubs come in to their room and help. I knew that is what I wanted to do. I also had my fair share of health issues growing up, and the medical professionals helped put me at ease and bring me comfort. My uncle and aunt became pharmacists when I was in elementary school, and I was made aware of an entirely new side of medicine, which really opened my eyes. I saw how they could help people and the unique opportunities a pharmacist could experience. That is when I knew this was the profession for me. 

For the remainder of Parth’s interview, see here

PharmDawgs Present at CURO Symposium

Ten undergraduate PharmDawgs presented nine research posters at this year's CURO Symposium, held April 4-5 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. View a document that lists these students, their supporting faculty members, and the title of their poster here, and photos here.

The CURO Symposium is an annual event that highlights undergraduate research at UGA, and this year features 501 undergraduates sharing their work through 125 oral presentations and 317 poster presentations. They represent 82 majors and 13 schools and colleges. They are being mentored by 252 faculty in 75 departments across campus.

Public Health Giardia IPE Simulation on Saturday, March 26th

Interprofessional teams provide patient care for a mock local outbreak of giardiasis Over 250 students, including P1 UGA pharmacy, AU nursing (CNL), AU nurse practitioner (DNP), UGA field epidemiology, and UGA medical interpretation students, participated in an interprofessional training experience held Saturday, March 26th.

Students explored each profession’s training and education and identified their patient-care roles on the team Teams of nurse practitioners, nursing, pharmacy, and medical interpreting students provided patient-centered to standardized patients via telehealth in response to the mock local giardiasis outbreak.  

This was the first year, students taking a UGA medical interpretation course (SPAN 4004S) joined some teams as medical interpreters to enhance communication with Spanish-speaking patients. Students saw how their professional reporting assists public health officials conduct an epidemiology investigation to track the disease outbreak and develop interventions to minimize the spread of disease.
#SWGAdawgs Fundraising Event

The biannual #SWGAdawgs fundraising event was a HUGE SUCCESS! Over 35 people from out UGA Pharmacy community collected clothes, food, hygiene products, kitchenware, bedding, shoes, coloring books and more. We also raised over $300!  And of course we had some great food and lots of games! Much of the success goes to the organizers of this incredible event, which were P3 students Aubrey Baker and Annie Register!

All donations were provided to The Lily Pad Center in Albany, GA. This organization helps victims of child abuse and sexual assault by providing them the resources and support they need to recover. You can donate to this organization here
Grand Rounds: April 28th

Free Conference to focus on Teaching AI Across the Curriculum

Faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines are invited to register for an April 8th virtual SEC mini-conference on the teaching of artificial intelligence across the curriculum. The conference, hosted by the University of Florida, will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. via Zoom and is being offered free of charge.

Artificial Intelligence is a tool that is being deployed in every field of study and across nearly all sectors of business and industry. Many SEC institutions are now teaching AI outside of its traditional disciplines. The SEC Academic Consortium has decided on an initiative across all SEC institutions on AI. This conference is an opportunity to share ideas and network across institutions. 

There will be an introduction, a keynote address from Ned Finkle, Vice President of External Affairs for multinational technology company NVIDIA, three short talks from SEC faculty teaching AI, and breakout sessions by discipline where faculty can discuss trends within 13 broad disciplines ranging from the arts and humanities to business, engineering, agriculture, education, and law.

Here is the agenda for the conference. Click here to register for the conference, free of charge. 

Trial Gardens' Spring Plant Sale This Saturday

The UGA Trial Gardens' 2022 Spring Plant Sale will be this Saturday, April 9 from 8AM until 12PM. Free parking is available on weekends, and cash, check, and cards will be accepted. No appointments necessary!
This year will feature a huge selection of unique annuals, and perennials to provide you with a rainbow of color in your gardens all season long. All proceeds from our plant sale are crucial for the support of students, staff, and infrastructure needed to maintain the garden on a regular basis.

Research, Accolades, & Media

CoP Students Inducted into the Blue Key Honor Society

This past Sunday, April 3rd at the UGA Chapel, PBS undergraduate Elizabeth Burgess and PharmD student Diana Dang were inducted into the University of Georgia Chapter of Blue Key Honor Society.

Founded in 1926, the University of Georgia chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society is the third oldest chapter of the national organization and is governed by its constitution. UGA Blue Key recognizes second, third and fourth-year undergraduate students, as well as graduate and professional students of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction in three key areas: scholarship, leadership, and service. Members join a roster of elite UGA alumni who have been inducted into the society over the last nine decades.

Leslie Standridge Passes ASL, Level I

Congratulations to Leslie Standridge, Academic Advisor I for the BSPS program, who recently completed Level I of the American Sign Language course taught at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. 

In Level I, Leslie learned basic ASL vocabulary, some finger spelling, and ASL grammar to construct simple sentences.  She also participated in visual and receptive skill building and became familiar with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture.  “This is a skill I always wanted to develop,” said Leslie, who plans to continue her studies in Level II.  She is pictured  signing the children’s book, “Maybe a Bear Ate It” for her final project. 

Recent Publications

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent publications:

Dr. Dianne May published "Guidelines for therapeutic interchange—2022" in the Journal of American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch recently collaborated to published "Design of protein binding proteins from target structure alone" in Nature.

Students

Elected DSAC Officers 2022-2023

Elections have concluded DSAC officers  for the academic year 2022-2023. Noah Gurr will serve as Chair, Gabrielle McCammack will serve as Vice-Chair, and Jody Dinh will serve as the Secretary & Treasurer. 

Parth Patel (outgoing chair), Emily Park (outgoing vice chair) and Omar Mouna (outgoing secretary/treasurer) have done an amazing this year, despite challenges student organizations face with COVID-19.

The DSAC roster for 2022-2023 is available here!

Fall 2022 PharmD Schedule Books

Fall 2022 schedule books are now available online. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Duc Do or Ms. Cicely Hemphill.

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

April is Stress Awareness Month

It’s time to take a break from stress. Stress is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you should walk around with the weight of the world on your shoulders. Managing daily stress can lead to healthy and positive changes and USG Well-being can help. Register or sign in to your well-being account today and earn well-being credit for participating.

Here are a few tools to help you combat stress:
  • USG Well-being Live Events: Find a variety of live events throughout the year surrounding mental health and emotional well-being. This week, check out Effective Stress Management @ 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.
  • Phone Coaching: Talk to an experienced professional one on one to learn to manage your emotional health. Find Coaching under the Health tab in your well-being account. Complete 4 or more coaching appointments and earn a $25 USG Well-being credit.
  • Journeys (digital coaching): Try these daily, self-guided courses to help you build healthy habits. Courses include a variety of topics on reducing stress, including: Find Your Focus Choose a New Mindset Make Time for Play Three Ways to Lower Stress Find Journeys under the Health tab in your well-being account. Complete a Journey and earn a $10 USG Well-being credit.
  • Kepro Employee Assistance Program: Get confidential support 24/7/365 for you and your household members. Visit usg.mylifeexpert.com/login (Company Code: USGCares) or call 844-243-4440. The Kepro website features a variety of resources and articles, including this article: Coping with Change.
Research Live Event This Friday

The Office of Research, in collaboration with other units, offers a series of live Zoom presentations around timely topics for UGA researchers. Research Live builds off our monthly newsletter, Research Insights, which is dedicated to funding opportunities and other research announcements. Below is the next upcoming event:
  • Friday, April 8th at 11 a.m: The Latest in Research Commercialization @ UGA
For more information or to register, please visit the Research Live website.

CTL Fellow Programs Accepting Applications 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is currently accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 Senior Teaching Fellows program. 

CTL Senior Teaching Fellows Program:
Up to eight faculty members at the rank of associate or full professor who have been at the University of Georgia for at least five years are selected each spring semester to begin participation in the year-long program the following fall. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching is a key factor in selection. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022. Information and nomination procedures can be found here.

AACP Webinar featuring Dr. Lindsey Welch: Building Scholarship Through State Partnerships and EE Consortia

Hosted by the AACP Experiential Education Section, this webinar will be the final webinar in a series focusing on experiential education team operations, professional development, assessment and continuous quality improvement, and scholarly activity. As many Offices of Experiential Education at most Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy belong to either an experiential education consortia or a state partnership, this webinar will focus on discussing the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of these types of models with an emphasis on collaborative scholarship.

When:  Apr 19, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)
Objectives: Describe successful collaborative scholarship models established through state partnerships and experiential education consortia. 
  1. Compare and contrast planning collaborative scholarship projects versus identifying projects based on current experiential education needs.
  2. Discuss the process, challenges, and opportunities of successful scholarly endeavors.
Moderator:
Stacy L. Miller, Pharm.D. MBA, BCACP Assistant Dean for Clinical Education University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Presenters: 
Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D., BCPS Director, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Division of Experience Programs
Ryan S. Ades, Pharm.D., BCPS Director of Experiential Education Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Manchester University Pharmacy Programs

Register here.
USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training Due April 29th

The University System of Georgia requires all its employees, including student workers, to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October.


This professionally developed training is conducted online through KnowBe4 and provides a comprehensive education on good cybersecurity practices. To complete the mandatory training, log in to the KnowBe4 Portal with your UGA MyID and password. The Security Awareness Fundamentals course should require approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106 or e-mail helpdesk@uga.edu.

Position Postings

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

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA
Staff

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

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
G/R12664P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Research Assistant
S07883P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA – Narayanan Lab
Staff

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab
Staff

Research Technician
S07957P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab
Staff

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8th
The Latest in Research Commercialization @ UGA
11am | Register here.
Teaching AI Across the Curriculum
1pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Register here.
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
SATURDAY, APRIL 9th
Trial Gardens' Spring Plant Sale
8am to 12pm | Trial Garden
MONDAY, APRIL 11th
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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