July 26, 2022

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We hope you're having a safe and restful summer, PharmDawgs!

News & Announcements

Chris Duran Promoted to IIT Manager

Congratulations to Chris Duran, an 11-year College of Pharmacy employee, who recently was promoted to Information and Instructional Technology Manager for Client Support Services, effective July 15.  

In his role, previously held by Sarah Jones, who transferred to UGA’s EITS Office earlier this year, Chris is responsible for leading and managing technical teams that provide support for the College’s distance education programs as well as end-user technical support for faculty, staff, and students located in Athens, Augusta, Gwinnett, Albany, and Savannah. In addition, Chris collaborates with the College’s Instructional Design team as well as faculty to assure classroom technical design, infrastructure, and support delivery aligns with the necessary curriculum. Members of the Client Support Services team, who Chris oversees, include Andrew Wilson, David Kwiatkowski, and Ronald Jones (based in Augusta).  

Ed Stanley, CoP Senior Director of Information and Instructional Technology, had words of praise for the new manager. “Chris has been the primary designer for the College’s new classroom technology. Along with being the ‘wizard behind the curtain,’ he provides direct, one-on-one support for faculty instructing classes.  And he does this with his own undeniable style. To use an IIT term, Chris is our 'classroom support ninja.' No issue is too big for him, and he takes every challenge with a smile on his face and his signature charming wit. He is a dedicated servant leader, and he is always willing to assist others. He will serve us well in his new role.” 

Among his many accolades and accomplishments, Chris was a College of Pharmacy 2021 Employee of the Year nominee, and he was featured as the subject of UGA’s news feature, “Campus Close-Up” in 2021, which was picked up in CoP’s Georgia Script Magazine. Read the story here.  

Dr. David Chu Featured in Documentary

Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus Dr. David Chu was featured in a Korean documentary, which can be watched here. Viewers can access English subtitles upon changing video settings. 

Dr. Chu, Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, has spent his entire career researching new drugs for the treatment of viral infections and cancer. Faculty, staff, and students were featured on camera to discuss Dr. Chu's impact on their academic and research paths. Along with his scientific achievements, Dr. Chu's charitable donations and benevolent gifts made to the College on behalf of he and his wife, Jane, were shared so that viewers will have the complete story of the man who has meant so much to the College.

UGA Presents New Safety App for Students, Faculty, & Visitors 

UGA recently launched UGA Safe, a new safety app for students, faculty, and visitors. The app includes tips on how to handle emergency situations, the ability to report crime tips, a "friend-walk," and access to talk/share location with the UGA police. For more information, check out their website.  

UGA Libraries Provides Open Access Benefits

UGA Libraries recently signed new “read and publish” agreements with journal publishers. The contracts with Wiley and Cambridge University Press cover article processing charges for UGA-affiliated researchers with papers accepted in more than 1,750 journals. In addition, a pilot program is available to provide open access funding to graduate students. Learn more about scholarly communications programs at UGA Libraries.

PharmDawg Sustainability

ArchNews encouraged those on campus to help conserve power this summer due to higher than average electricity prices. Tips in the email include turning off individual air conditioning units when not used and turning off lights if leaving a room for more than 15 minutes. 

In Memoriam

The College of Pharmacy is saddened to learn of the passing of Sheila Roberson, who served the College for more than 30 years as the Director of Alumni and Public Relations, and Dr. J. Michael West, College of Pharmacy lecturer and gastroenterologist.

Accolades, Media, & Publications

Dr. Elder Selected as UGA Women's Leadership Fellow

Congratulations to Deborah Elder for being selected to participate in the UGA Women's Leadership Fellows Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Learn more about this prestigious program.

Dr. Xiaoyun Wang Receives NIH Grant

Congratulations to Assistant Research Scientist Xiaoyun Wang for receiving a two-year grant from the NIH for her project on "Mechanic Insights of TIMP-1 in Influenza Virus Infection."

Dr. Shenoy Invited to Serve on AHA Panel

Congratulations to Somanath Shenoy for being invited to serve on the American Heart Association Transformational Project Award Cardiology Peer Review Panel. We are proud of you! 

Dr. Stone Quoted in NPR Stories About Emergency Contraception

Upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, Dr. Rebecca Stone was interviewed by NPR about accessibility to emergency contraception. Stone was quoted in two NPR national pieces, linked here and here

Dr. Aaron Chase Spotlighted by ACCP Critical Care PRN Quarterly

PharmDawg Aaron Chase was highlighted by the ACCP Critical Care PRN Quarterly. Read the write-up below!
Recent Publications

Recent publications from PharmDawgs include:
A Successful Thesis Defense by Abdulaziz Alanazi, Pharm.D.

Congratulations to MS Candidate Abdulaziz Alanazi, Pharm.D., for successfully defensing his thesis on June 14 entitled “A multi-arm, parallel, preclinical study investigating the potential benefits of acetazolamide, candesartan, and triciribine in the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis." We are PharmDawg Proud!


Caitlin Williams appointed to ASHP PSF Executive Forum 

Congratulations to Caitlin Williams for being appointed to the ASHP Executive Forum for 2022-2023! We are PharmDawg Proud.

Faculty & Staff

Happy Retirement, Melody!

From Anthony Hawkins: "We celebrated Melody's first day of retirement and shared stories over lunch. We talked about memories from the past and plans for the future. It was a great time of celebration."

USG Launches "Fetching" New Social Group

The USG announced a launch of a "fetching" group that allows for its members to share images of their pets. Until July 31, the system is running a competition to see which institution can post and comment on the most pet images. Learn more.

Position Postings

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

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Student Assistant
Pharmacy-External Affairs
Development & Alumni Relations Office

Director of the Office of Instructional Innovation and Research
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office B

Office Lead
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office B
IBRS located in Gwinnett

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Huet Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Strauch Lab


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
AUGUST 10 & 11
PharmD New Student Orientation
Athens Campus
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