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November 17, 2020
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It's here: Virtual Homecoming & Class Reunion Celebration Week!

It's the CoP's first ever Virtual Homecoming & Class Reunion Celebration Week! Enjoy weeklong events and activities from all week, leading up to the Homecoming game against Mississippi State on November 21.

We are featuring your favorite College of Pharmacy photos each day throughout the week on social media. Daily themes include:

Got a picture you would like featured? Email your photos to Gordon Thomas!

Visit our Homecoming webpage and follow our social media channels all week! For more information, contact Kim Hamby, Director of Alumni Relations.

IPhO to Host Dr. Purnima Kassam, Principal Medical Science Liaison at Johnson & Johnson

As part of Homecoming Week, IPhO is excited to host Dr. Purnima Kassam, Principal Medical Science Liaison at Johnson & Johnson, for Org Hour this Thursday, November 19. Dr. Kassam received her PharmD degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Kassam is currently involved in the current clinical trials for the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, and will be presenting about the role that industry is playing and progress of vaccine development related to COVID-19. More details to come!

Trial Gardens Plant Sale

The UGA Trial Gardens is the beautiful next door neighbor of the CoP’s campus in Athens. The Trial Gardens is hosting a special plant sale TODAY from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  According to the Garden’s staff, “This is a great sale, and the prices are even better!  You won’t want to miss it!  Stop by!


COLT Launches New Faculty and Staff Wellness Resources Web Pages

The last 8+ months have been difficult, challenging, and stressful.  A recent poll, conducted in mid-July by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicated that 53% of American adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry over the coronavirus. Many adults also are reporting specific negative impacts on such behaviors as difficulty sleeping (36%), eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to stress over the coronavirus. As the pandemic wears on, the need for available resources increases.

CoP’s COVID-19 Operational Leadership Team (COLT) has created a wellness resources web page for both faculty and staff that offers mental health information and resources during times of crisis and need. These resource pages provide insight into managing stress, hotlines, support groups, mental health apps, and more.  The Student Wellness Resources page provides specific information for students in need.  This information also is linked to the Students page.   For Faculty and Staff, a resource page is available here and here on the website.  For further information, contact Dr. Michael Bartlett,COLT Chair.    

Many opportunities to get tested on campus before the holidays!

UGA is urging and encouraging UGA Campus Community to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested prior to heading home for the holidays. 

“Pop-up” Surveillance Testing will be available across campus with many daily options to choose from. Free, walk-up, asymptomatic-only testing is available for all UGA community members.  Bring your UGA ID. Do not eat, drink or smoke/chew tobacco 30 minutes before your test. Get tested now; check out the daily calendar.

If you would like to schedule an appointment; you may register for surveillance testing at Legion Field.  Appointments or walk ups available; Mon-Fri 9:30am-3:30pm. The Legion Field testing schedule will follow the University of Georgia calendar for closure.


Experience Programs Faculty Publish Paper

Kudos to Dr. Andrew Darley and Dr. Ashley Hannings, lead authors, and Dr. Linda Logan and Kay Brooks, who recently published “Precepting-Focused Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in Academia” in Innovations in Pharmacy.  The paper described the development and structure of a precepting-focused academic APPE, APPE student perceptions of the experience, and introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) student perceptions of being precepted by APPE students. Read the paper here.
Dr. Kennedy Receives U.S. Patent

Congratulations to Dr. Eileen Kennedy, the Dr. Samuel C. Benedict Professor and Interim Assistant Department Head in PBS, who has just received a U.S. patent for “Disruption of the WAVE3 protein complex for suppression of invasion and metastasis.” Dr. Kennedy worked with her colleague, Dr. John Cowell, associate cancer center director for basic research at Augusta University, on the patent, which can be viewed here.  What an awesome career accomplishment!

Phase III of Window Replacement Project Starts Next Week

Phase III of the window replacement project on the second and third floors of the Wilson Building get underway next Monday, November 23.  Windows on the northeast side of the building, near the CAP suite, will be the first ones replaced, and the project is expected to be completed sometime before the start of spring semester.  If your office windows are to be replaced, you will be contacted with specific instructions including the anticipated time it will take to complete the work and the number of days that you will be required to vacate your office.  For questions, contact Brad Brown, IIT Senior Manager.  

New Chemical Purchasing Process at UGA

A workgroup has been tasked to review and improve the chemical purchasing process. The workgroup submitted recommendations in early 2020 and has been hard at work implementing these. Starting in July, several units piloted a new process based on the workgroup’s recommendations, and results have been overwhelmingly positive. Therefore, we will be implementing this new process across the institution starting Monday, November 30. Here are the key changes: 

  • Single Ordering System: All chemical orders can now be placed in UGAmart; we will no longer use iLabs to purchase trackable chemicals. 

  • No More Trackable vs. Non-Trackable Review: Rather than asking you to make the determination on trackable vs. non-trackable chemicals, we will handle this behind the scenes. 

The process is outlined in more detail in this interactive guide. Our teams are here to support you. Please email or call 706-542-0202 with questions. 

Tools for Teaching Hybrid/Online Courses in Spring 2021

Katie Smith and Russ Palmer will be offering an informational/workshop session on Thursday, November 19th from 1:30-2:45 for faculty who are preparing to teach in the spring.  Based on the “Instructional Toolkit” document released by the IDT team this summer, Katie and Russ will discuss flexible instructional strategies and technologies that can support your course designs.  The session will also include time to plan for your courses and consider how to address potential challenges and opportunities you envision for Spring semester.


Publix Postpones Employer Spotlight Session

An official from the corporate headquarters of Publix Pharmacy was originally slated to be the featured speaker at the Student Affairs Employer Spotlight Zoom event today. However, this event has been postponed!  The event will be rescheduled, so stay tuned for details regarding a new date and time soon!  For more info, contact Dr. Danielle Vitale 

Libraries at a Distance Webinar 

Just in time for the transition to online classes after Thanksgiving, students can learn more about how to navigate library resources virtually in a free webinar, co-hosted by the UGA Libraries and the Office of Online Learning. During the session, slated for 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, librarians will discuss services for distance learners, how to navigate ebooks and other resources, including Google Scholar, and answer questions. Register here.

Student Fundraisers

Check out the newest lineup of PharmDawg swag in the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

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
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Karen Norris, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine | 9-10am, Zoom
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm