March 2, 2021

In this issue:

Spring Events at the CoP

Ceremony and commencement season is just around the corner! We are pleased to share details of these important milestones:

For PharmD students:

  • White Coat Ceremony (Saturday, March 27, 1 pm, CoP Auditoriums) and Pinning Ceremony (Thursday, April 15, Time TBD, Campus Classrooms): In-person events with pre-recorded video production. Events will be livestreamed. More details to follow.
  • Class of 2021 Commencement (Saturday, May 1, Time TBD, Stegeman Coliseum): This year’s Commencement will be in-person with a modified program in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. More details to follow. Contact for all PharmD ceremonies:  Gloria Strait

CAP and PBS graduate students can participate in the UGA Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, which will be held Friday, May 14, at 10 am in Sanford Stadium. Details are available here. The UGA Commencement Ceremony for the BSPS undergraduate program is Friday, May 14, at 7:30 pm in Sanford Stadium. For more details, see here. Contact program advisors for more details. For complete information about the UGA ceremonies, see here.  

As always, plans are tentative and subject to change.  Stay tuned for more details!

GMP Registration Open, Special Rates for CoP Community

Registration is open for the 45th International Good Manufacturing Practices Conference, held virtually from March 8-11. CoP faculty and staff receive complimentary registration. Student registration is available for a special rate of $100

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 on 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.

William T. Robie Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Lecture & Award

Last week, the College hosted the inaugural William T. Robie III Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lecture & Award, with over 300 individuals in attendance. This was the culminating event of our 60 at 60 celebration, which commemorated the University of Georgia’s 60th Anniversary of Desegregation. In case you missed it or would like to re-watch the program, the full recording is available to watch here.

Second Annual Value and Ethics Interprofessional Education Event

On Wednesday, February 24, five Georgia healthcare campuses gathered virtually to participate in the 2nd annual Value and Ethics Interprofessional Educational Event. This included third-year Pharmacy students from Augusta, Albany, and Savannah who worked with second year medical students from Augusta University, and P3s in Athens interacting with M2s from the Medical Partnership. All of these teams came together to discuss how to tackle difficult situations when patients are not treated with respect or receiving optimal care. The students addressed biases, discrimination, failure of the healthcare system in patient care, as well as, discussing current social topics and their impact on how healthcare professionals provide care. Overall, 358 students participated in the experience. Planning committee and faculty were involved from all campuses to make this event one of the most integrated between the medical and pharmacy colleges to date.

Listening Sessions for Chancellor Search

The Regents Search Advisory Group has scheduled listening sessions to receive input from students, faculty, staff and the public on its search for the next chancellor of the USG, open to campus communities and the general public.

March 6 Network Maintenance

On Saturday, March 6, EITS will be conducting maintenance of the University network. As a result, there will be periodic, intermittent outages of campus Internet access and campus information systems. Because these outages will be unpredictable, the community should assume that network services will be unavailable from 6:00 a.m. until midnight on March 6. Details and progress reports will be posted at and on the EITS Twitter feed at @uga_eits.


COVID-19 Vaccination Process

The University of Georgia’s Health Center is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to faculty, staff and students who are healthcare workers or are over the age of 65. When the Georgia Department of Public Health authorizes UGA to begin vaccinating more widely—and when we receive enough vaccine to do so—we will be ready.  Check out this video on what you can expect at UGA.


Dr. Xiong Edits Molecular Pharmaceutics

Kudos to Dr. May Xiong, PBS Associate Professor, who edited the most recent issue of Molecular Pharmaceutics. This special edition, titled “Nanomedicine Beyond Cancer,” consists of 19 submissions, nine invited review articles, and a broad collection of diverse research focused on the application of nanomedicines for the treatment of noncancer diseases, including chronic kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease. You can read the issue here. Great job, Dr. Xiong!

Drs. Shenoy and Narayanan Find Potential Benefits of Tricibine in restricting SARS-CoV2 infection

Drs. Somanath Shenoy, Professor and CAP Interim Assistant Department Head for Research, and Priya Narayanan, Associate Professor, and their research team has demonstrated that a novel drug, TRICIRIBINE, reduces the expression of a receptor protein on lung cells where the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV2 virus clings on to enter the cells for infection. The team first showed that inflammation and high glucose increase the expression of this receptor called ACE2 in lung epithelial cells, which was blunted by co-treatment with Triciribine, which, in turn, potentially suppressing SARS-CoV2 infection. This finding, combined with their previous reports on the efficacy of Triciribine to treat various lung diseases, provides compelling evidence that Triciribine is a potential drug to treat advanced-stage COVID-19 patients to reduce mortality. The study can be accessed here

Dr. Shenoy was also invited to review grant applications for funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. Congratulations, Dr. Shenoy!

Student Organization Fundraisers

Don't miss out on all of the great fundraisers happening now! Jackets, cups, t-shirts, and more... View the latest fundraisers here.

Free Virtual Event for Future Compounding Pharmacists

Medisca, LP3 Network, and Medisca Network invite students to a free virtual event on March 19 from 3–6pm: Hidden Heroes be the Change – A Virtual Event for our Future Compounding Pharmacists. More information can be found here.


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.

March Faculty Professional Development

Check out the following newsletters for some great professional development opportunities this month:
Center for Teaching and Learning
Office of Faculty Affairs

March Birthdays

We wish the following PharmDawg faculty & staff a very happy birthday!

March 2Al Jacks
March 6Anna Cash
March 7 - Jennifer Caplinger
March 13 Lee Snelling
March 17 Rebecca Stone
March 19 Susan Smith
March 23Sarah Jones
March 27Eva-Marie Strauch
March 28 Grace Gowda
March 28 Dianne May


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


9am | PBS Seminar Series: Dr. JianMin Gao — Boston College

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


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


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