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November 3, 2020
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Dr. Strauch Published in Science

Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch, Assistant Professor in PBS, whose work on generation new protein building blocks never-seen-in-nature resulted in the development of picomolar SARS CoV-2 inhibitors neutralizing the virus, was published in the highly prestigious journal Science: “De novo design of picomolar SARS-CoV-2 miniprotein inhibitors.” Her lab is currently working on targeting the virus from multiple angles, including the development of additional antivirals targeting the virus through various mechanisms for inhibition and structure-based vaccine design. Congratulations, Dr. Strauch!

Dr. Stone Elected as ACCP Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Stone, Clinical Associate Professor, who was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Fellowship in the College recognizes and rewards the highest levels of excellence in the practice and science of Clinical Pharmacy. The awarding of Fellow status is the highest honor ACCP can bestow on its members. We are #PharmDawgProud!

ACCP Annual Meeting

UGA had a strong presence at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting, held virtually this year due to COVID-19, with several of our PharmDawgs earning national awards.

Class of 2021 students Lily Zheng and Morgan Easterling were named Best Student Poster Finalists within the original research competition for their project with Dr. Chris Bland, Clinical Associate Professor, entitled “From start to finish: examining factors associated with higher likelihood of publication among abstracts presented at infectious diseases scientific meetings.” This was a collaboration with the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and marks the second year in a row that UGA has had students earn Best Student Poster Finalist at the ACCP Annual Meeting, with Kelly Gamble '20 winning the competition last year.

Dr. Trisha Branan '06, Clinical Associate Professor, earned the ACCP Critical Care Practice Research Network Educator Award. This award is given to one member annually who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom or clinical training site, conducted innovative research in clinical pharmacy education, demonstrated exceptional dedication to clinical pharmacist continuing professional development, and/or shown leadership in the development of clinical pharmacy education programs.

Dr. Andrea Sikora Newsome '13, Clinical Associate Professor, earned the ACCP Critical Care Practice Research Network Junior Investigator of the Year. The award is given to the member that has made an outstanding contribution of scientific expertise in the area of critical care research. The award is given annually to nominees who have less than five years research experience from their most advanced post-graduate training.

Congratulations to all!

ASHP Clinical Skills Competition

The college-level ASHP Clinical Skills Competition was recently held at UGA, with 16 CoP teams competing. Emerging as winners were Zayd Ahmad (P4, Augusta) and Steven Slack (P4, Atlanta); second place winners were Hanna Azimi (P4, Augusta) and Taylor Ellison (P4, Augusta). Zayd and Steven went on to compete in the third annual statewide GSHP Clinical Skills Competition against students from other pharmacy schools in Georgia -- and the PharmDawg pair took first place honors! Zayd and Steven will progress to the national competition at the ASHP Midyear this December. Special thanks to our judges for the UGA Competition: Dr. Trisha Branan, Dr. Christy Forehand, Professor Marjorie Shaw Phillips, and Dr. Susan Smith. The UGA competition and statewide GSHP competition were coordinated by Dr. Andrew Darley.

PharmDawgs VOTE!

Today is Election Day! Have you voted yet, PharmDawgs? If not, head to the polls and make sure your voice is heard! 

Revised CDC Definition of Close Contact – Cumulative Exposure Less Than 6 Feet Matters

Brief but frequent breaches in maintaining 6 feet of separation can add up. Evidence has emerged that COVID-19 transmission can occur when the sum reaches 15 minutes or more within a day (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
This cumulative effect has caused the CDC to refine its definition of a “close contact” accordingly. While this can happen to anyone, it is particularly applicable to those who have friend, work or study groups that spend a significant amount of their day together. Quantifying time spent within 6 feet of others will likely be very challenging for those who contract COVID-19, and, by extension, to contact tracers.
UGA’s Medical Oversight Task Force encourages all of us to be proactive and be particularly mindful of the truly protective benefit gained through consistent adherence to physical distancing guidelines. To read the full CDC guidance on the revised definition of close contact, click here.


Academic Integrity Survey for CoP Faculty

The PharmD Academic and Professionalism Committee is interested in collecting data regarding academic integrity and its related culture in the College of Pharmacy. To achieve this goal, would you please take 5-10 minutes to complete a Qualtrics survey with questions about academic integrity? Take the survey here. Responses will be anonymous. The committee thanks you for participating!

Benefits Open Enrollment Happening Now

This year’s benefits open enrollment is happening now through Friday, November 6. You can find open enrollment details on the USG Human Resources-Benefits website.

Heightened Measures to Prevent Zoombombing

Timothy M. Chester, Vice President for Information Technology, released a memo last week to set some expectations for the administrative management of high-profile, virtual University events to reduce the risk of Zoombombing incidents in the future. All are asked to ensure that these best practices are adopted. View the full memo here.

Trainings & Development Opportunities

The USG Ethics & Compliance Best Practices in Higher Ed Panel via Zoom on Friday, November 13, 10-11am. Register here.

The UGA Ethics and Awareness Roundtable Series featuring:

  • Dan Silk, Chief of Police, on November 9 at 10am
  • Chris King, Associate Vice President for Research, Office of Research Integrity & Safety, on November 10 at 10am
  • Dan Runge, Senior Compliance Officer, Office of Research Integrity & Safety and Export Compliance Officer, Office of Export Control, on November 10 at 11am
  • Ben Myers, Chief Information Security Officer, on November 12 at 10am
  • Ron Walcott, Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Dean of the Graduate School, on November 12 at 2pm

Register here. 

Public Service & Outreach Orientation on Thursday, November 5, 9-11 am: UGA claims distinction as the birthplace of public higher education as the first U.S. public university, chartered in 1785.  We continue to advance that original mission with one of the largest, most comprehensive university-based outreach programs in the world. In this session, you will gain an appreciation for the connection between UGA’s academic excellence and its historic land-grant and sea-grant service mission. All faculty are invited. For more details, visit the PSO Orientation webpage.

Introduction to Sponsored Projects Training: Ever wonder why you can buy something on one sponsored project, but not on another? Have you questioned why you can buy something using departmental funds, but Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) doesn’t allow you to use sponsored projects?  Do you wonder how proposal budgets are developed and why we sometimes amend budgets? Introduction to Sponsored Projects provides insight into all of these questions and more by explaining the underlying theories, federal rules and regulations which govern sponsored projects. November 17 - 20 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm daily. Register via PEP.


First-Generation College Student Week

This week we are celebrating our first-generation college students and all of you who are trailblazers! Whether you are the first in your family to obtain an undergraduate degree or an advanced degree, we celebrate YOU!

Check out the full lineup of events this week here.

International Education Month

UGA International Student Life coordinates International Education Month (IEM), a celebration of the various international programs and opportunities available through UGA. This month-long initiative seeks to highlight programs and services that prepare UGA students for a global society and that introduce important international education and intercultural learning opportunities on campus. Further, the IEM schedule includes opportunities to celebrate the diversity and contributions of our international campus community. Check out the full Fall 2020 IEM Calendar of Events, with highlights including keynote speaker Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, One UGA Day, and the Indian Student Association Cooking Competition.

Office of Global Engagement Study Away Photo and Video Contest

The annual OGE Study Away Photo and Video Contest is back! The Photo Contest is open to all UGA students having recently studied, traveled, or worked abroad or domestically on a UGA approved program. Photo submissions must have been taken during abroad or domestic programs during one of the following academic terms: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Maymester 2020, Summer 2020 (including break programs such as Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break). Students may submit up to 10 photos total and one video. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, November 6. To learn more and apply, click here.

Student Fundraisers

Check out the latest and greatest line-up of College of Pharmacy apparel and gifts, in the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly!


Best wishes to all our PharmDawg faculty and staff celebrating a birthday this month!

November 3 - Cicely Hemphill
November 5 - Duo Zhang
November 13 - Svein Øie
November 11 - Erik Dennison
November 24 - Melba Shelton
November 27 - Meagan Watkins
November 30 - Danielle Vitale

This Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Election Day - GO VOTE!
PBS Seminar Series: PBS Virtual Seminar - Faris Abdullah Almutairi | 9-10am, Zoom
Grand Rounds: PGY1 Aubrey Slaughter | 12:10-1:10pm
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