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February 16, 2022

News & Announcements

Celebrating Black History Month
 

Black History Month honors the past and continued contributions that African-Americans have had in U.S History, including Rosa Parks in the Civil Rights Movement and Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall who challenged legislature to instill equality. As we continue through the month of February, UGA’s College of Pharmacy takes a moment to reflect on our own growth and history with William T. Robie III being our first black graduate at the College of Pharmacy. 

In recognition of Black History Month, the CoP will celebrate faculty and staff who identify as African American, Black, and People of the African Diaspora. If this describes your culture, background, and ethnicity, and you would like to be included in this recognition, please provide:

  • A brief background of where your family originated.
  • Something unique that you would like our community to know about you.
  • A photo from your childhood.

Please send your reply to Vivia Hill-Silcott and Itunuoluwa Talabi, P1 student from Suwanee, GA so that you may be added in our Black History Month feature in February.

Contributions made by Itunuoluwa Talabi, PharmD student from Suwanee, GA. Itunu is a P1 from Suwanee.

Lead @ 3

Africa Night 2022

Each year, the UGA African Student Union hosts Africa Night, bringing awareness to a social issue that is prevalent in today's society, both in America and Africa - this year's issue is domestic violence.

All faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to the "Africa Night 2022: For the Sake of Love" Production on Friday, February 25, 2022 and Saturday, February 26, 2022. It is open to the public so please bring any and/or all friends and family! Below, you can find the ticket link for both performance dates:

To purchase a UGA student ticket, enter ''AFRICA'' followed by your student number (ex: AFRICA:81123456) in the promo space provided.
 
Custodial Appreciation Dinner

CPFI is hosting an appreciation dinner for the College of Pharmacy’s custodial staff on Tuesday, March 1st at 6 pm in the Pharmacy South lobby. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy a meal with the custodians and express appreciation for their hard work. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here by Tuesday, February 22nd.  

CPFI is also welcoming donations to support this event. Donations can be made via PayPal, Venmo, cash, or check. 

  • PayPal: paypal.me/UGACOPCPFI 
  • Venmo: @UGA-CPFI 
  • Cash or check: enclosed in an envelope labeled “Custodial Dinner” and placed in locker #17 

Please reach out to Madeline Ganter (madeline.ganter@uga.edu) with any questions. 

Dr. Young’s Fufilling the Dream Message Is Live 

As PharmDawgs will recall, our own Dr. Henry Young was the recipient of one of UGA’s prestigious President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, presented virtually in January.  UGA produced profiles of each of the winners, and it is a pleasure to provide Dr. Young’s statement.  In addition, please enjoy the overall Freedom Breakfast event. 

EITS Network Maintenance

EITS will conduct a network maintenance that will result in complete outages of campus Internet access and campus information systems beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022 and continuing until noon on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Please note the March 5 maintenance will result in a complete outage of access to services. If you are aware of activities planned during this maintenance that you anticipate will be impacted and would like assistance with planning, please contact Chris Baines at cbaines@uga.edu.

EITS will also conduct the second planned maintenance of the calendar year on October 22, 2022. Additional details regarding the October 22 maintenance will be shared in late spring 2022.

Please share information about this maintenance with faculty, staff, and students in your units. Additional details and progress reports will be posted at status.uga.edu and on the EITS Twitter feed at @uga_eits.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Testing

Surveillance testing for asymptomatic individuals remains an important step in our defense against infection.  These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups are also welcome.  Remember that any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for COVID is required to report that positive test through DawgCheck and to follow the advice provided. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

SNPhA Clinical Skills Competition

On Wednesday, February 9th, SNPhA held the annual Local Clinical Skills Competition. The competition allows students to pair up to show off their pharmaceutical knowledge and counseling skills. Students were presented with a case, given five minutes to research any necessary information, and another five minutes to counsel. Judges Drs. Cathy White and William Huang, were thoroughly impressed with all participants, but there were three teams that stood out:

  • 1st Place: Angelle Newman and Jessie Edgar (left photo)
  • 2nd Place: Natalie Keohane and Bhavi Patel
  • 3rd Place: Kelly Nguyen and Sarah Rehman (right photo)

With first place, Angelle and Jessie will go on to compete in the Regional Clinical Skills Competition on February 25th, kicking off the Regions I&II Conference that the CoP SNPhA chapter is hosting in Atlanta, GA from February 25th - 27th

ACCP Clinical Research Challenge Competition

Cherith Blair
, Liana Ha, and Micah Mckinnie competed in the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge this past Monday. The team will find out this week if they advance to the research letter of intent round of the competition. Good luck, PharmDawgs!

Recent Publications
Dr. Daniel T. Anderson '18 recently published Efficacy of Noncarbapenem β-Lactams Compared to Carbapenems for Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing Enterobacterales Urinary Tract Infections in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Congratulations on the hard work! 

Students

UGA Miracle Results

From Marwah Alzer, P3, SSPA-RxPups UGA Miracle Liaison:

First, I just want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in this competition. Whether you donated, participated as an organization, or helped us advertise all of the great fundraisers happening over the past month, you've been an invaluable part of this fundraiser, and we are very grateful to you. This year, the College of Pharmacy raised a total of $5,160 over the past month!!! This is INCREDIBLE!!! All of this money will be included in UGA Miracle's total, which all goes to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Now, the moment the participating organizations have been waiting for: the winner!! Kappa Psi has defended their title as fundraising champions, raising a total of $1,750 over the past month! RxPups and CPNP followed close behind, coming in second and third, respectively. Congratulations, Kappa Psi! The prize for our winners this year is a tour of Sanford Stadium! Once again, thank you so much to all of the participating organizations for your hard work over the past month. We are so proud of each and every one of you!  

Last thing from me: UGA Miracle's Dance Marathon will be held  on February 19th-20th. Our check reveal will be at 11:50 am on Sunday morning and members of The CoP are invited to join us on stage for the reveal. Please let me know if you plan on attending. 

Thank you all for a great month of fundraising; we couldn't have done it without all of you!! As always, if you have any questions about UGA Miracle or the fundraising we've been doing, feel free to reach out.  

UGA Diversity & Inclusion Career Conference

The UGA Career Center will be hosting our annual Diversity & Inclusion Career Conference on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 4-8 pm in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall, 5th Floor. 

This event connects student attendees with employers committed to diversity and inclusion over a networking dinner and networking hour. Additionally, attendees will hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Todd “Bowtie” Jenkins

Event Benefits:

  • FREE event open to all UGA students and alumni
  • Listen to employer representatives discuss their company's commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Learn about internship and job opportunities during a networking dinner and post-dinner networking hour with employers
  • Jumpstart your personal and professional inclusion goals through inspiration from our keynote speaker
  • Receive a FREE UGA leather padfolio and FREE resume prints from Print & Copy Services

Student Agenda:
  • 3:30PM – 4:00PM - Check-In, Tate Center 5th Floor Grand Hall
  • 4:00PM – 4:15PM - Event Kickoff
  • 4:15PM – 5:20PM - Career Conversations with Employers & Alumni Panel
  • 5:30PM – 6:15PM - Networking Dinner & Employer Sponsor Spotlight
  • 6:15PM – 7:00PM - Keynote: Dr. Todd "Bowtie" Jenkins
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM - Networking Hour
Click here for additional information and registration. 

APhA-ASP Pfizer Vaccines Medical Director Tim Mullenix Will Visit as Guest Speaker

Tuesday, March 1st at 12:30pm, APhA-ASP will host Pfizer's Tim Mullenix PharmD, MS, who will elaborate on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine development process and trials, with a Q&A session. This event takes place via Zoom, with a group viewing option in Pharmacy South 101.

2022 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

The College is 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 February 28, 2022. For questions, contact Mr. David Evans or Dr. Duc Do.

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

College Welcomes New PharmDawg
 

David Kwiatkowski is the new Client Support Services Professional II in Information and Instructional Technology. He will report to Sarah Jones. Living in the Athens area for more than 10 years, David considers Athens his home. He received multiple Computer Science degrees from Athens Area Technical College. Prior to joining CoP, he was employed by UGA’s EITS program for four years, where he managed all aspects of information technology for eight departments on campus.  David said that he joined the College because he was “…ready to find a department to call home, so that I can settle in and make a name for myself.” He added, “I will be your IT guy, along with the rest of the team, so feel free to bring us any issues, no matter how large or small.” 

An outdoor enthusiast, David is located in PS 120, and he can be reached at 706-542-1396 or david.kwiatkowski@uga.edu.

Torrie Miller is the new Administrative Associate II in PBS. Reporting to Lynn Smith, Torrie is responsible for placing orders, packages deliveries, financial transactions, and other tasks as needed. A native of Madison County, Torrie was employed with the Madison County School System as a paraprofessional for five years before joining the College. Prior to her classroom position, she worked in the UGA Accounts Payable Department on the OneSource Conversion Team. 

Torrie recently married her high school sweetheart after an eight year courtship. Located in PS 434, Torrie can be contacted at torrie.bray@uga.edu or 706-542-2252.  

Dr. Amruta Narayanappa is a research professional in PBS, working closely with Dr. Eva Strauch. Originally from India, Amruta relocated to the United States for her husband’s employment; her family most recently lived in New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Seed Science at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, India. 

In her previous work and research, she developed and evaluated the In vivo and In vitro pharmacological efficacy of the small molecule integrin inhibitor for stroke, neuroinflammation, and COVID-19 pathogenesis. She says that her previous work in the SARS-CoV-2 infection in the novel mouse model is a good transition towards working on research that is focused on antivirals and vaccine development. In her new role at the College, Amruta’s research will be focused on developing recombinant protein technology, antiviral therapies, and vaccine development against Influenza, RSV, and Covid-19 using novel assay methodologies.  

She and her family live in Oconee County, and she enjoys cooking and reading.  Her office is located in PS 345, and her email is amruta.n@uga.edu

Stop by their offices and introduce yourself to these new PharmDawg colleagues!

CTL Upcoming Events

Please take a moment to check out the upcoming events calendar and registration at the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. Upcoming events include:
  • Tuesday February 22nd — Workshop: (Actually) Evaluating Student Knowledge : Creating Asset-Based Assessments”
  • Friday March 4th — Book Club: What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles & Practices for Excellence in College Teaching”

Position Postings

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

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

Assistant Professor
F1068P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Faculty

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

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

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

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

Research Assistant
S07883P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Staff

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Staff

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

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Lead @ 3! with Yvette Daniels, President of UGA Alumni Association
3pm | Tate Student Center, Room 473 | Register Here
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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