January 20, 2021
In this issue:

Dr. Blake R. Johnson Joins CoP

Dr. Blake R. Johnson is a new Clinical Assistant Professor in CAP.  A native of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health from Samford University. Both his PGY1 and PGY2 residencies were at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, in Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care respectively. He will teach IPC, Essentials, and Pharmacotherapy this semester. Just moving to Normaltown in Athens, Dr. Johnson’s interest in DIY home projects will come in handy!  He is an avid Tennessee Volunteer football and basketball fan and enjoys hikes with his canine buddy, Duke.  He commented, “I care a lot about student success and will do my best to help our students achieve their professional goals!”  He can be reached at and 706-542-5317; his office is in Wilson 270D. To see is CV and research areas of interest, see his directory page

UGA College of Pharmacy 60 at 60 

In honor of the 60th anniversary of desegregation at the University of Georgia, the College of Pharmacy is spotlighting 60 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends who have advocated for a more equitable and inclusive society – the College of Pharmacy 60 at 60. So far, we have named 13 individuals to this prestigious list; 47 more individuals will be named over the next five weeks. Culminating 60 at 60 will be the inaugural William Robie III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture & Award on February 25 - registration details to come soon.

Learn more about 60 at 60 and view honorees named to date here. 
Submit a nomination for 60 at 60 here.

60th Anniversary of Desegregation Weekly Trivia

As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of desegregation, each week members of our community are invited to participate in our CoP Trivia. Congratulations to last week's winner, Chelsea James! You can find this week's trivia question here.

New Episode of PharmCast 

A new episode of PharmCast for the Phamacy Community is out now! This month's episode features Amanda Sweat, a P3 who serves as the smoking cessation ambassador for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Amanda talks about her experiences and provides useful advice and resources to help future pharmacists. Tune in here.

Annual Information Security Awareness Notice

The University of Georgia is committed to protecting the personally identifiable information of its students, faculty, and staff as its first and foremost business requirement for all IT systems. View the full ArchNews memo here.

Zoom Security Best Practices

As the spring semester begins, we want to remind you of measures you can take to ensure your Zoom meetings and events are secure. View the full ArchNews memo here.


Complete Vaccine Survey 

Please check your UGA email for the survey sent on Jan. 14 with the subject “COVID-19 Vaccine Survey – Action Requested” to access your survey link. It is important that paid faculty and staff and our current, registered Spring Semester students complete this survey and submit it by Thursday, Jan. 21. Your responses will be kept confidential and will help to inform our plan for broader vaccination of the campus community once regular shipments of the vaccine begin to arrive. We will continue to follow CDC and GDPH guidelines for administration until everyone who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine. You will be notified as additional information becomes available.


Logan Smith Begins FDA Research Fellowship

Logan Smith
, P2, began a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the FDA this past week. Logan completed an internship with the FDA last summer and impressed them so much, that he was offered this post-doc fellowship while still in school. They waived the requirement to work 40 hours per week so that he can participate remotely on his own schedule for flexibility with classes. Congrats, Logan!

Faculty Media Mentions

Kudos to the following faculty members on their recent media mentions:

Dr. Ashley Hannings appeared on 11Alive again to discuss when COVID-19 vaccines will be available to the general public.

Dr. Shelley Hooks was featured in the Red & Black with her thoughts on Wikipedia on the 20th birthday of the digital encyclopedia.


Pre-Pharmacy academic advising is moving back to the College of Pharmacy

After 20 years, the College will reabsorb Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy advising services from Franklin College. In addition, all Intended Pharmaceutical Sciences students will now be holistically advised in-house. Read more details here.

Health & Wellness Resources

The latest edition of UGA's Health Promotion Department & The Fontaine Center Newsletter features a number of upcoming events and resources for students. Check it out.


Faculty & Leadership Development Resources

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers resources and programs to support faculty across their careers. View their full list of resources and events here.

Gowda to Present at Saturday's Piedmont Primary Care Conference

Dr. Grace Gowda
will be presenting on COVID-19 vaccine development at the virtual Piedmont Primary Care Conference this Saturday, January 23. View agenda and registration information.


View this week's student events in the latest issue of DSAC's Events Weekly. For a full list of student events, visit the DSAC Calendar.


PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Campbell McInnes, University of South Carolina - 9am, Zoom (Passcode: PBSSEM2020)

Blood Drive - 11:30am - 4:30pm, Memorial Hall (Register for an appointment here with the passcode "UGA")

Pharmacy Staff Representative Group - 2pm, Zoom