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August 21, 2020
Dear PharmDawg Nation:
 
Welcome to the first edition of the PharmDawg Script! This new e-newsletter will replace the COVID-19 Update, or Brief, which was launched five months ago to provide late-breaking updates and changes in our new and evolving pandemic environment. We will continue to publish information about COVID-19 at UGA and the College of Pharmacy in the PharmDawg Script; however, we will focus more on student successes, faculty and staff highlights, upcoming events and activities, research accomplishments, and other news pertinent to our daily PharmDawg lives. You’ll notice that the newsletter is more streamlined, quick and easy to read, and offers a calendar of events and a section for “Photos of the Week” as well.  Similar to the Brief, the PharmDawg Script will e-publish twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.  If you have entries for the newsletter, please send them to Mickey Y. Montevideo by 10 am the day prior to publication. 
 
Communication has been a key factor in our ability to overcome the obstacles we have experienced in our COVID-19 environment during the past five month.  The PharmDawg Script will continue to amplify the important messages and successes of our College.  I ask you to commit to reading the PharmDawg Script, so that you can stay educated, updated and informed. 

I am proud and grateful for our faculty, staff and students for their resiliency, tenacity, and diligence during this unprecedented pandemic. Truly, the PharmDawg spirit has prevailed!
 
Stay safe and healthy,


Kelly M. Smith, Dean
UGA College of Pharmacy

In this issue:
THIS WEEK IN STORIES
PharmD Class is Largest in History!

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to welcome 146 new students into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, which brings the total PharmD enrollment to 555 students this semester. This year’s first-year PharmD class is the largest in the College’s history. The Class of 2024 has an average pre-requisite GPA of 3.48 and an average composite PCAT score of 70%. The first year pharmacy students come from 62 counties within the State of Georgia, as well as the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Additionally, the students represent 12 countries. The Class of 2024 is one of the most diverse ever enrolled, and they bring with them a wide range of experiences and knowledge that will serve them well as future pharmacists. See the infographic for more information. Welcome, Class of 2024!

Special acknowledgement to the Admissions Committee, chaired by Dr. Rebecca Stone, for their exemplary work with the admission process. For questions, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

*Detailed information about the other degree programs to come in Tuesday's Script.

COLT - RETURN TO CAMPUS INFO

COLT is a “one-stop-shop” for all things related to our COVID-19 and provides centralized oversight of all issues related to the pandemic environment.

Decision Trees ‘Bark’ Instructions on How To Handle COVID-19

A PharmDawg student has no COVID-19 symptoms, but recently was exposed to someone who tested positive. A CoP instructor witnesses a student experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A staff member receives notification that they are positive for the virus.  What should YOU do if you encounter one or more of these scenarios?  The College’s Academic Ops Committee has developed Decision Trees, which provide simple, easy to follow protocols for PharmDawg students, faculty, staff, and instructors in  the COVID-19 environment.  Whether you have tested positive or not, have been exposed to someone who is positive, are experiencing symptoms, or aware of someone who has….you’ll know exactly what to do, thanks to these Decision Trees.  Questions?  See contact information at the bottom of each Decision Tree document.

Decision Tree – COP Student
Decision Tree – COP Instructor
Decision Tree – COP Faculty, Staff and Supervisor

Cleaning Solutions/Products Help Assure Safety

In preparation for the safe return to campus, CoP Department and Unit Heads have been provided with hand sanitizer, sanitizing solution spray for hard surfaces, and wipes for this solution spray for faculty and staff to use in their individual offices.  See your Department Head to receive these materials.  Special thanks is extended to Dr. Deborah Elder, Dr. Wided Missaoui, and Dr. Catherine White from PBS for making the sanitizing solution spray and the PBS staff members who helped package the products for each faculty and staff member.  If you need a refill and replacement supplies, contact your department head, director, or admin manager. Please note: faculty and staff located on extended campuses will have their cleaning items delivered soon.

STUDENT RESOURCES
Welcome Back, Students!

PharmDawg students from all programs received a welcome letter Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of safety in the COVID-19 environment. A copy of the letter is available here.
Career Development Drop-In Hours

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting WEEKLY Career Development Drop-In Hours for ALL students in the College of Pharmacy!  If you have questions about career exploration; need a quick review of a resume, CV, or cover letter; or need some insight into career planning, join Dr. Danielle Vitale on Zoom this semester, every Tuesday from 1:30PM to 3:00PM.  You can join the virtual drop-in hours here.  
RESEARCH

Crich and Pegan Article Featured on Cover of ACS Infectious Disease

Drs. David Crich and Scott Pegan’s journal article, “Characterization and Noncovalent Inhibition of the Deubiquitinase and deISGylase Activity of SARS-CoV-2 Papain-Like Protease,” was featured as the cover of the August 2020 edition of ACS Infectious Diseases. This research by a team of CoP and UGA researchers led by Drs. Pegan and Crich has successfully demonstrated that a set of drug-like small molecules can block the activity of a key SARS-CoV-2 protein—providing a promising path for new COVID-19 therapeutics. The team was the first to evaluate the SARS-CoV-2 protein PLpro, known to be essential in other coronaviruses for both its replication and its ability to suppress host immune function. Featured on various UGA and media outlets, a story on the research can be read here. Kudos to Drs. Crich, Pegan, and team!

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS
We were excited to welcome the PharmD Class of 2024 to the Athens campus for orientation on Monday.
First day of class - students, faculty, and staff came to campus masked up and ready for a productive, safe fall semester at the CoP!
P3s, residents, faculty, and staff at Thursday's Albany P3 Orientation in Albany. We can see and feel those beautiful PharmDawg smiles with or without masks!
Koby Amoah just finished up a summer internship with Merck.
Dean Kelly Smith showed up at Wednesday's PSRG meeting decked out in her PharmDawg spikes.
CALENDAR

PBS Seminar Series Schedule Announced

The PBS Department has announced their fall lineup of seminar programs and speakers. The virtual programs will be held Wednesdays from 9-10 am.  A Zoom link will be provided each week.  See this semester’s schedule here.

Contact: Donella Moore

Next Week
MONDAY 8/24
LKS Q&A | 5:30pm, Zoom
TUESDAY 8/25
AMCP Meet & Greet | 12:20-1:30pm, Zoom
APhA-ASP Membership Drive | 12:20-1:30pm, Zoom
Meet the SNPhAm | 5:30pm, Zoom
Phi Delta Chi Trivia Night | 6-8pm, Zoom
WEDNESDAY 8/26
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Bryan Roth, UNC School of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology | 9am-10am
THURSDAY 8/27
GSHP Membership Drive | 12:30-1:30pm, Register for Zoom
IPhO Membership Drive | 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
NCPA General Body Meeting | 12:30-1:30pm, Zoom
FRIDAY 8/28
NEXT WEEKEND
Saturday 8/29: Virtual Fall Open House | 9am-12pm
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