March 9, 2021

The PharmDawg Script has a new look!

Did you have a chance to watch the State of the College Address, featuring Dean Kelly Smith, which was delivered to your inbox last Thursday?  In her brief message, which had as a theme, “Rising to the Challenge,” Dean Smith reflected on the past unique year for the college, including the launch of our new five-year strategic plan, now labeled “Our Prescription for the Future.” This plan will be our roadmap for the college moving forward. Starting with today’s issue of the PharmDawg Script, we will earmark stories with an icon of the five directions which outline the strategic plan: 

These marks will allow you to see that in everything we do, we are committed to “Our Prescription for the Future.” 

As always, if you have feedback regarding the PharmDawg Script, please share them with Mickey Montevideo or Lillian Ballance.  And, if you haven’t watched the State of the College Address, you need to check it out. Rise to the Challenge, PharmDawgs!


Roundtable Discussion: Women of Color in the Sciences

The College of Pharmacy invites you to a Women of Color in the Sciences roundtable conversation on the "Impact of Mentoring." The panel is comprised of faculty, industry leaders, and clinical practitioners who will share their experience and tips.   

This Women’s History Month and 60th Anniversary of Desegregation event will be held this Thursday, March 11 at 12:30pm and is open to the College of Pharmacy community. Join via Zoom here.

For more information about the College of Pharmacy’s 60 at 60 events, contact Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott.

2021 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

We are 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 March 26, 2021. For questions, contact Dr. Duc Do.

COLT - COVID-19 Updates

Update to the UGA Community on Vaccine Distribution from UGA’s Medical Oversight Task Force:

The UGA Medical Oversight Task Force anticipates that the state’s vaccination process will continue to move in phases. With the new approval of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, along with aggressive mobilization of vaccine production, they are cautiously optimistic that the vaccine supply for UGA will soon increase significantly. So far, UGA has received only small supplies of vaccine; prior to a delivery on March 4, they had not received any new shipments for the past two weeks. The task force understands that many of you are anxious to be immunized, but they cannot administer vaccines that they do not have—they also cannot move ahead of state authorization.

The task force continues to ask for your patience and understanding as they work to administer the vaccine in an orderly and efficient manner in adherence with the phased structure that is prescribed. The task force must abide by CDC and GDPH guidelines for administration until everyone who wants a vaccine gets a vaccine. You will be notified as additional information becomes available.  For more information, please read the full article distributed to all UGA faculty, staff and students on March 4.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Brad Phillips Awarded CTSA Award of Distinction for Team Science

Kudos to Dr. Brad Phillips, who along with UGA researchers Drs. Katie Ehrlich and Ted Ross, was honored with the Presidents’ Award of Distinction for Team Science from the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance at a virtual conference held March 5. Read more about this honor here.

Research News

Great news on the CoP’s research front. Several faculty members have published research papers and manuscripts recently, including:

Dr. Houjian Cai, along with Dr. Michael Bartlett, and several members of Dr. Cai’s laboratory published “Long china fatty acyl-CoA Synthetase 1 promotes prostate cancer by elevation of lipogenesis and fatty acid beta-oxidation” in Oncogene.

Dr. Brian Cummings, along with former graduate student Lishann Ingram and current graduate student Morgan Finnerty published “Identification of lipidomic profiles associated with drug resistant prostate cancer cells” in Lipids Health and Disease.

Residents Dr. Kelli KeatsDr. Tia Stitt '19, and P4 Bhaumik Jivan, along with faculty mentors Drs. Daniel Chastain and Amber Clemmons, published "Evaluating Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) treatment duration in hematology/ oncology patients receiving concurrent non-CDI antibiotics" in the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice.

Dr. Scott Pegan, along with recent graduates Jack R McGuire, Dr. Stephanie Bester, and several other current students, published “Structural and biochemical insights into inhibition of human acetylcholinesterase by G-series nerve agents and subsequent reactivation by HI-6” in Chemical Research in Toxicology.

National APPE Selections

Congratulations to the following P3 PharmDawgs who were selected for highly competitive application-based APPEs with national entities:

Aliya Abdullah - American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Chloe Baskowitz - FDA, Division of Gastoenterology
Vayou Chittavong - FDA, Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) in the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE)
Anna Lee - FDA, Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) in the Office of the Commissioner (OC)
Madeline Shepherd - American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Best of luck on these experiences during your APPE year, and thanks for representing the CoP well on the national stage!

Johns Hopkins Pharmacy Internship Program

Kudos to P2 PharmD students, Stanley Otiwu and Tierra Jackson, who have both earned prestigious summer internships with Johns Hopkins in the Pharmacy Internship Program. We are #PharmDawgProud!

Moaddey Alfarhan Receives ARVO Travel Grant

Congratulations to Moaddey Alfarhan, a 3rd year PhD student from Dr. Priya Narayanan's lab, for receiving the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Travel Grant. This virtual travel grant will cover the meeting registration to attend and present at the ARVO 2021 Annual Meeting, May 1 - May 7, 2021. Moaddey’s abstract is entitled: "Pharmacological inhibition of spermine oxidase ameliorates neuroinflammation in a model of retinal excitotoxicity." Best of luck, Moaddey!


Congratulations, Class of 2023 Representatives!

Class of 2023 officer elections were held this past week. Congratulations to the below elected individuals:

Sarah Adam, President
Parth Patel, Vice President
Kaitlin Blotske, Treasurer

Distant Campus Representatives:

Annie Bridges, Albany
Kaitlin Blotske, Augusta
Katie Schoen, Savannah

Student Organization Fundraisers

Don't miss out on all of the great fundraisers happening now! View the latest fundraisers in DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

Office of Marketing & Communications Ticketing System

The CoP Marketing and Communications Office will begin utilizing the KACE ticketing system for all requests, effective immediately. This includes requests for website edits/deletions/additions; printed materials; news/feature stories; social media; promotional needs; public relations/marketing work; etc. The purpose of implementing this new system is to streamline work requests we receive, which have increased greatly in the past couple of years, and better track the time needed to complete these tasks. 

To place a ticket, visit the Help Desk and select Public Relations Requests or Web Requests, depending on your need.

Virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Join the UGA Georgia Center for a virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference on April 23. Early bird pricing ends March 31. More information can be found here.


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

12-2pm | Weekly One-on-One Schedule Management (Appointment required - email Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)


12:30-1:30pm | Women of Color in the Sciences: The Impact of Mentoring | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)


2pm | Career Drop-In Hours | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


12-2pm | Weekly Academic Support Drop in for Stress, Anxiety, and Schedule Management | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)

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