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August 25, 2020

In this issue:
THIS WEEK IN STORIES

PBS Welcomes Graduate, B.S. Students to College 

In the previous issue of the PharmDawg Script, we highlighted the profile of the incoming students in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.  In this issue, we feature details about the graduate students from Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, along with the information about students in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the next issue, the graduate students from the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy program will be spotlighted.  
 
The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is pleased to welcome 31 new students into its program this semester. Boasting an average GPA of 3.52, the class is comprised of 22 females and nine males. With a 25 percent diversity rate, 26 of the students hail from Georgia, and five come from outside the state.  They join the Class of 2021, which has 22 members and an average GPA of 3.27. Twenty of these students are Georgia residents; one is a non-Georgia resident; and one is an international student. 
 
Graduate students in PBS total 57 this year. There are 27 doctoral students, 10 master’s students, and eight Double-Dawg students.  Females slightly out-number the males at 30 to 27. Twenty-eight or 49% of these PharmDawgs are international students.  Twenty or 35% hail from Georgia. 

STUDENT RESOURCES
CoP Helps Students Plan for the Future

Students are encouraged to take advantage of two opportunities to plan for a successful future!
 
Financial Planning – Do you have questions on how to best manage your money? Molly Frumka Sutz, AFC®, an Accredited Financial Counselor and a UGA graduate student, will provide one-on-one financial counseling for ALL students to discuss budgets, student loans, and other financial issues. Ms. Sutz, who is pursuing her graduate degree in Behavioral Financial Planning/Financial Therapy, has three years of professional experience within a financial planning firm and is passionate about guiding the next generation towards making sound financial decisions. To schedule a time for this free service, click on this link.
Career Counseling – The Office of Student Affairs is hosting WEEKLY Career Development Drop-In Hours for ALL students in the College of Pharmacy!  If you have questions about career exploration; need a quick review of a resume, CV, or cover letter; or need some insight into career planning, join Dr. Danielle Vitale on Zoom this semester, every Tuesday from 1:30PM to 3:00PM.  You can join the virtual drop-in hours here.  
Need a Place to Study or Take a Break?

UGA is an expansive campus with many beautiful, and sometimes hidden, outdoor and indoor spaces. Discover a new favorite place to study or take a break! 

A UGA online interactive map will help students and the entire campus community find places to study, connect to an online class, or sit for a while between on-campus classes. Faculty may find this map useful to discover outside venues to hold a class. Places include both interior and exterior locations. Interior spaces are provided as a list of study-specific and other open-seating areas within select buildings and include recommended Fall 2020 capacities and other descriptive features. The exterior spaces are searchable by filters, including features such as: area of campus, seating types, and distance from current location. Formatted for both desktop and mobile devices, the map default is set to geo-locate users with GPS enabled devices.
New Health and Wellness Services At UGA

UGA’s Health Promotion Department is committed to the well-being of students and other members of the campus community.  A new bi-weekly electronic newsletter lists the services being offered and how to access them. Click here to view a detailed breakdown of free programs and workshops that span the continuum of well-being!
Student Org Events and Fundraising Opportunities

Coming up at CoP, courtesy of the DSAC newsletter, “UGA College of Pharmacy Events Weekly!”  Lots of great opportunities to learn more about PharmDawg clubs and organizations; virtual games, trivia, and social events; a roundtable discussion with alumni residents; mock exams; and more.  Check it out! 
 
Be sure to see the companion publication, “UGA College of Pharmacy Fundraising Weekly,” which lists current opportunities to support our clubs.
RESEARCH

Recent Publications by Dr. Michael Bartlett

Dr. Michael Bartlett, Georgia Athletic Association Professor and Associate Dean for Science Education, Research, and Technology, and his team have recently published five articles:

Most notably, published in Mass Spectrometry Reviews was the invited review article, Bioanalysis and biotransformation of oligonucleotide therapeutics. This review covers advances in methods to measure oligonucleotide therapeutics to support their development. This is one of the newest classes of drugs, with a dozen now on the market and about 70-80 in clinical trials. These oligonucleotide therapeutics are used to prevent genes from producing proteins and have allowed for treatments of many diseases that we have not been able to develop traditional small molecule drugs to treat.

Dr. Bartlett's group specializes in methods that use liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry (LC-MS), which is the major technique used to support most drug development, but has not worked as well for oligonucleotides. Over the past 15 years, they have improved this technique about 100-fold and made it equal now to immunoassays.

PharmDawg News from Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics 

This week, we feature the accomplishments of faculty from the Clinicial and Experimental Therapeutics Department in Augusta. Today, we highlight Dr. Somanath Shenoy, and Dr. Priya Narayanan; on Friday, we will share updates about Dr. Susan Fagan, Dr. Andrea Newsome, and Dr. Dr. Duo Zhang.
 
Dr. Somanath Shenoy, Professor and Director of CET, and his team have published five research articles, two book chapters, and two review/perspective articles. In addition, Dr. Shenoy presented “The COVID-19 Conundrum: Pathophysiology and Evolving Therapeutic Strategies” webinar to 400+ audience of the Healthcare Division, ITC Industries Inc., headquartered in India with its SciTech units around the world. He also served as a scientific advisor to New Jersey-based Ayma Therapeutics Inc. with the clinical trial planning on COVID-19 patients with lung injury. Further, he served on the Peer Review Panel of the Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan arranged by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (OARU) and the INBRE Program of the University of Nebraska. His publications Include:

His book chapters include:

Dr. Priya Narayanan, Associate Professor, served on the NIH’s ZRG1 BDCN R (02) Special Emphasis Panels in March and July. She also served on the Grant Review Panel of The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Pilot Program. Her team published the following research articles:

Great work, CET! 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion (CDI): Best Practices for Accommodating Students & Employees with Disabilities 

Training & Development is offering this class discussing the University compliance obligations under Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as relates to UGA students, employees, and other University community members with disabilities. The class will explain the respective responsibilities of the person with a disability and the University in terms of making requests for accommodations and participating in the interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided. The class will also explain the respective roles of UGAs Disability Resource Center, Human Resources and the Equal Opportunity Office in responding to requests for accommodations and insuring legal compliance, and will discuss examples of reasonable accommodations. This class counts as an elective for the Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) program.  
 
This class is being held online via Zoom.  All registrants will receive the login link in a separate reminder email from Training & Development or the instructor one day before your scheduled class. If you do not receive the email reminder, please contact Training & Development

REGISTER HERE
 
Dates:
(The waitlist for both sessions are very short) 
 
Thu, Sep 10, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT 
Register by Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 9:00 AM EDT 
 
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT 
Register by Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 9:00 AM EDT 

CALENDAR
TUESDAY 8/25
AMCP Meet & Greet | 12:20-1:30pm, Zoom
APhA-ASP Membership Drive | 12:20-1:30pm, Zoom
Meet the SNPhAm | 5:30pm, Zoom
Phi Delta Chi Trivia Night | 6-8pm, Zoom
WEDNESDAY 8/26
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Bryan Roth, UNC School of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology | 9am-10am, Zoom (Contact Donella Moore for passcode)
THURSDAY 8/27
GSHP Membership Drive | 12:30-1:30pm, Register for Zoom
IPhO Membership Drive | 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
NCPA General Body Meeting | 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 8/29: Virtual Fall Open House | 9am-12pm
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