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October 6, 2020
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Dr. Cobran Receives National Cancer Institute K01 Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ewan Cobran, Assistant Clinical Professor in CAP, who has received a five-year National Cancer Institute K01 Early Career Development Award for $862,985 for his research project, “Genetic Literacy and Patient-Caregiver Communication of Prognostic Genetic Technology for Localized Prostate Cancer.”  According to Dr. Cobran, his study will explore how men with localized prostate cancer and their caregivers comprehend prognostic genetic technology and will examine how an educational video about genetics will impact patient-caregiver communication of prognostic genetic technology. Dr. Cobran’s rationale is that without direct attention to genomic comprehension, the enthusiasm that exists in the rapidly increasing field of prostate cancer genomic medicine may not translate into health benefits for men with localized prostate cancer.  “Men and caregivers with lower levels of education have a severe lack of genomic comprehension of tissue-based genetic tests for localized prostate cancer,” he explained.  “So, tailored prostate cancer education, communication coaching, and a genomic literacy educational video will significantly improve patient-caregiver communication in a low literacy population. With this greater certainty regarding prognosis, men with localized prostate cancer will be equipped to make better treatment planning decisions.” To read the abstract of his application, see here.  Kudos on this outstanding accomplishment!

Cummings Lab Publishes Article in Toxicological Sciences 

Kudos to Dr. Brian Cummings, Department Head of PBS, and his team who recently co-authored an article in Toxicological Sciences and published by Oxford University Press.  The article, titled “Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) alter the blood lipidome and the hepatic proteome in a murine model of diet-induced obesity,” supports the hypothesis that PFOS and PFHxS increase the risk of metabolic and inflammatory disease induced by diet, possibly by inducing dysregulated lipid metabolism and oxidative stress. The article, which can be read here, was a collaboration with Dr. Cummings’ lab and the University of Rhode Island.  Congratulations, Team Cummings!  

Dr. Rusty May Serves on FDA Panel

Dr. Rusty May
, Clinical Professor, served as a panelist with three other drug information specialists from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Florida, and Intermountain Healthcare for the FDA’s Office of Clinical Pharmacology webinar on “Evaluating Literature Information for Clinical Pharmacology Decision-Making.” Panelists presented their views on types of studies providing the best evidence for making product labeling and patient care decisions. How evidence is used to make formulary and prescription drug plan decisions was also discussed. 

Welcome, Samantha Jewel Wilson!

Congratulations to Andrew Wilson and his wife Heather Elo on the birth of their daughter, Samantha Jewel Wilson. Samantha was born 10/4/2020 at 10:25 pm, at 7lbs 13oz, 20 inches. Both mom and baby are doing well!


Cleaning & Disinfecting Classrooms

For routine cleaning: Building Services staff use regular PPE (face covering, gloves, botanical CDC-approved disinfectant and microfiber cloths) to clean and disinfect more than 650 classrooms and learning spaces each day and evening shift. Additional daily disinfection by our custodial teams is focused in facility common areas, restrooms, lobbies and common touch points such as elevator buttons, bottle fillers and handrails.

For areas of confirmed/highly suspected COVID-19 exposure: Cleaning practice is more intensive. In these instances, FMD employees don full PPE gear and then use an electrostatic spray machine to thoroughly clean the space. Electrostatic spray machines use a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. The spray contains positively charged particles that can thoroughly adhere to surfaces and objects, clinging to and coating any surface at which they’re aimed. This technique allows sanitizers, mold preventatives and disinfectants to evenly coat all types of surfaces, including desks, electronics, vents and small, difficult-to-reach spaces. Here is a short video of how our staff cleans and disinfects infected COVID-19 learning spaces.

For Research Labs: Each research lab must have an approved research resumption plan (RRP) that includes a protocol for sanitizing equipment and space with particular emphasis on frequently touched items and surfaces and any transitions from one shift of researchers to another.

Social Distancing Reminder

Social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household at all times in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

While Outdoors: Remember to stay 6 feet apart outdoors, whether you have your face covering on or not (but always put on your face covering if you're near other people).

It takes each one of us to individually make the right decisions to protect each other and our community - Georgia Strong, Dawg Strong, PharmDawg Strong!


Voting on Strategic Plan - Extended to 10/7

During the past year, the College has worked diligently on the 2025 Strategic Plan, which is our roadmap for the next five years. This document is due to the University on October 15.  Input from faculty and staff has been vitally important, and the plan is now ready for adoption. On September 22, faculty and staff received the final version of the plan, along with a survey for adoption, from Dr. Michael Bartlett, who has led our strategic planning efforts. Please review the planning worksheet and cast your vote. This link will reamain active until Wednesday, October 7. Thank you for supporting our mission, vision, and 2025 Strategic Plan.

Unused Technology Wanted

The Department of Information and Instructional Technology wants your old, unused computer equipment. If you have unused computers or other technology, please submit a KACE ticket with the details and someone will come pick it up. Contact: Ed Stanley, Senior Director of Information and Instructional Technology

Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities
Please see the upcoming faculty development opportunities below. Register via PEP.     
Faculty Search Committee Training: This workshop is geared to those who are hiring authorities, chairs, or faculty search committee members. Staff who support search committee work also are welcome. Facilitator: Mary Carney, Director of Programming for Faculty Affairs.

  • Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, October 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Constructive Conflict Engagement in Higher Education: Do you sometimes experience conflict with others? This webinar will help you apply principles from the literature in organizational psychology and conflict management to make our conflict engagements more constructive. This interactive session will provide an introduction to some of those principles, an opportunity to apply them to a case, and a review for application in our own contexts. Facilitator: Dr. Esther Jordan, Associate Director for Faculty Support and Associate Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State. Dr. Jordan is a certified mediator and has presented this work nationally. 
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Research Matters Live: Copyright Compliance

What types of content are classroom instructors allowed to pull from the internet and use in their classroom materials? Marshall Chalmers from UGA Legal will present and answer questions at the next Research Matters Live this Friday, October 8 at 11am:

“Copyright Compliance: Understanding the Doctrine of Fair Use”The discovery and dissemination of knowledge lies at the heart of our educational mission. The use of online tools increases our ability to create and share new information, as well as our ability to use resources developed by others for the benefit of our students. While we must always be cognizant of intellectual property concerns, the shift to online learning places greater emphasis on copyright compliance.  There are a number of ways to ensure we have the right permissions to use copyrighted materials in our teaching; one method is through the application of the doctrine of fair use. In this Research Matters Live event, we will explore the doctrine of fair use as set out in the Copyright Act of 1976, discussing its purpose, origins and current application, including a close look at the University System of Georgia’s fair use compliance toolkit. It is recommended that participants take a look at the USG Fair Use Checklist prior to the session and consider how copyright and fair use might impact their own course design.
Register for this session (limit 100 attendees) 
For a schedule of future Research Matters Live sessions, visit the Office of Research website

Employer Spotlight Series

The UGA College of Pharmacy is excited to announce a new career development opportunity for all PharmD students - the Employer Spotlight Series.

The Employer Spotlight Series is a collaboration with local and national pharmacy employer partners.  Each session will feature one organization, and representatives from each company will highlight information about the organization, special programming, and employment opportunities for current students and graduates.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives during a live Q&A session, as well.  

The Employer Spotlight Series is open to all PharmD students in College of Pharmacy, but it is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for P4 students to connect with potential employers. 

Our first Employer Spotlight will feature CVS Health, and will be held virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30PM to 1:15PM.  To join us for the event live, visit us on Zoom.  

For questions about career development in the College of Pharmacy or the Employer Spotlight series, contact Dr. Danielle Vitale.  

Molly and Max Blank Scholarship Open for Submissions

The Molly and Max Blank Scholarship is now open for submissions in FluidReview.

Eligibility and Instructions:

  • This scholarship will serve to help alleviate the financial burdens that may impede students from entering or completing their studies at the UGA College of Pharmacy.
  • All UGA College of Pharmacy students (undergraduate, graduate and PharmD) with financial need are eligible to apply.
  • Incoming PharmD students (entering in fall 2021) who have submitted their seat deposits are also eligible to apply.
  • The College of Pharmacy intends to award approximately twelve (12) scholarships (amount ranging from $2,000-$5,000), totaling $30,000.

SNPhA Org Hour Speaker - Thursday 10/8

Join SNPhA for a special Org Hour (12:30-1:15) on Thursday, October 8, featuring speaker Chad Mandala of the LGBT Resource Center.

Chad R. Mandala (he/him) serves as the Director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to becoming a Dawg, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech and the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University before transitioning into his current role at UGA. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and in ACPA – College Student Educators International.

Join via Zoom here.

Ongoing Financial Planning Counseling

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 in 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.

New P1 & P2 Tutoring Program

The Office of Student Affairs is happy to announce the start of a new free Tutoring Program available to P1 and P2 students. Tutoring will be conducted by P3 students and is available in the evenings Monday-Thursday via Zoom. Please direct any questions to David Evans, Senior Academic Advisor. View the times and availability of tutors here.

Student Group Fundraisers

You won't want to miss some of these great fundraisers happening right now, including SNPhA Stethoscopes, LKS Philanthrophy Alumni Cookie Dough, LKS name tags, PDC pullovers, SOAP fleeces, Rho Chi mugs, APhA-ASP hats, NCPA shirts, SDC tumblers, and SNPhA sherpa pullovers. For details, check out the latest issue of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.


Get Your Flu Shot This Wednesday!

Get your flu shot! The College of Pharmacy has partnered with the UGA Health Center to provide flu shots around the Athens campus this fall via the #FlUGA Mobile Clinic. The next clinic will be an all-day #FlUGAFest held this Wednesday, October 7 from 9am-5pm on the Tate Student Center West Lawn. For more details, visit the UHC website.

Inclusive Teaching Workshop - Thursday 10/8
Open to all faculty, staff, and students, a Inclusive Teaching Workshop will be held this Thursday, October 8 from 12:30-2pm. This workshop will explore the principles of inclusive teaching, helping to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and have equal access to learn. This workshop will feature presenters who have utilized inclusive teaching principles in the classroom. Participants will learn about specific examples of inclusive teaching, ask questions and discuss the nuances of inclusive teaching, and spend time working with facilitators on their own class materials and teaching strategies. 

Join via Zoom here. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Fulford.
This Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
#FlUGAFest - Flu Shot Clinic | 9am-5pm, Tate Student Center West Lawn
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Haojie Huang, Mayo Clinic | 9-10am, Zoom
Grand Rounds | 12:10-1:10pm, Zoom
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm, Zoom
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm, Zoom