July 15, 2021

News & Announcements

Save the Date! PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash
Save the date for the inaugural PharmDawg Back-to-School Bash on Thursday, August 19 from 4:30-6:30pm on the Athens Campus! All students, faculty, and staff are invited. More details to come, including information about events on extended campuses.
Dr. Welch Receives Inaugural GPhA Faculty Member of the Year Award
Congratulations to Dr. Lindsey Welch on receiving the inaugural Georgia Pharmacy Association's Faculty Member of the Year Award, presented at the organization’s annual meeting held in June. View the full story here.
Dr. Chastain Voted 2021 Phoebe/UGA Preceptor of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Chastain, who was voted 2021 Preceptor of the Year by graduating PGY1 pharmacy residents affiliated with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the CoP. This is his second consecutive and third total selection, highlighting his continued investment in our residents and dedication to their growth, development, and success. 
Pharmacy Residency Programs Fully Accredited
All five of our Pharmacy Residency Programs have received a full 8-year accreditation from ASHP. Thank you to the continued hard work of all involved!

PGY1 Program - 8-year full accreditation received

PGY2 Oncology Program - 8-year full accreditation received

PGY2 Critical Care Program- 8-year full accreditation received

PGY2 Pediatrics Program - 8-year full accreditation received

PGY2 Ambulatory Care *new* - 8-year full accreditation received

And a big congratulations to our Pharmacy Residency Class of 2021!

Athens Nurses Clinic Tomatoes at Terrapin
Join the Athens Nurses Clinic for their annual Tomatoes at Terrapin event on July 17th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Terrapin Brewery! The CoP is proud to be a community partner with the Clinic, with Dr. Brian Seagraves serving as current Chair of their Board of Directors.
CAP Diaper Drive a Success
Kudos to the CAP Department for collecting 1,730 diapers and12 packages of baby wipes for the Athens Area Diaper Bank! Well done, PharmDawgs.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Resuming In-Person Classes and Other Events and Activities for UGA’s Fall Semester

The first day of class for Fall Semester—Wednesday, August 18—is rapidly approaching, and we are excited about being fully back on campus for an educational experience that is more normal than what we experienced in the previous academic year. The State of Georgia ended its public health emergency on July 1.  In addition, vaccines have dramatically reduced the risk of infection from COVID-19, and we are pleased to be able to safely resume in-person classes and other events and activities without requirements for masks or social distancing.

The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that vaccinated individuals are not at high risk of symptomatic or severe infection, nor are they likely to transmit the virus. We strongly encourage you to be vaccinated if you have not yet done so. The University Health Center (UHC) has plenty of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in stock, and you can click on UHC’s patient portal if you would like to schedule an appointment. We hope you will do so if you have not been vaccinated on campus or elsewhere.

This University memo details operational guidelines for Fall Semester, as well as many of the measures being taken to help our campus community remain healthy and safe. We urge you to read this memo in its entirety. 

Students, Vax UP!

Our campus community becomes safer and stronger with every person who is vaccinated against COVID-19. Thanks to a new statewide initiative, it is now easier than ever for current and incoming students to get their vaccines.

As a UGA student, you can now be vaccinated at any of 15 participating campuses in the University System of Georgia. Click here to locate the USG vaccination site nearest to you and to schedule an appointment.    

If you haven’t yet received your first dose, you can get your first and second doses over the summer at the campus closest to you.

Click here if you would like to schedule a vaccination appointment directly with the University Health Center. Currently we have Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available. If you have not created an account with the UHC Patient Portal – please click here.

While being vaccinated against COVID-19 is not required for attendance at UGA, it is strongly encouraged. The Bulldog community has remained Georgia Strong and Dawg Strong throughout the pandemic, and we look forward to welcoming you to Athens to Start Strong this fall.

Research, Accolades, & Media

PharmDawgs Serve the Greater UGA Community
Everyone’s proverbial plate is overflowing these days. Yet, many of our faculty and staff continue their work beyond the walls of the College of Pharmacy by serving on various UGA councils, committees, task forces, working groups, review boards, and more.  A recent survey of faculty and staff revealed these individuals and their service. See the list here. We appreciate everyone who responded to the survey!

Michael Bartlett – Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Search Committee; Provost’s Task Force for Academic Excellence; Office of Research’s Core Facilities Advisory Team; University Review Committee for Promotion and Tenure
Trisha Branan – University Council; University Council Executive Committee
Kay Brooks – University Human Resources Committee
Ewan Cobran – University Council, Educational Affairs Petitions Subcommittee
David Crich – Vice President of Research’s Chemical Purchasing Work Group
Erik Dennison – New Student Orientation Sub-Committee
Andrew Darley – University Council
Duc Do – Task Force on the Future of Teaching and Learning at UGA 
Virginia Fleming – UGA Committee on Facilities
Mike Fulford – eLC Collaborative Admin Group; Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator Committee; Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Task Force; UGA Elements Administrative Liaison; Experts at UGA Advisory Group; University Program Review and Assessment Committee
Grace Gowda – Online Education Committee; UGA Gwinnett Campus Leadership Committee
Cicely Hemphill – Graduation Clearance Officer Committee; Registrar Advisory Council
Vivia Hill-Silcott – Council of Academic Diversity Leaders
Johnna Hodges – UGA Gwinnett Campus Leadership Committee; eLC Planning and Support Committee
Jayani Jayawardhana – University Council, Faculty Admissions Committee; Presidential Graduate Fellowship Competition Reviewer; Faculty Mentor, Georgia CTSA Translational Education and Mentoring in Science Program                                       
Sarah Jones – CTL’s Learning Technology Grants Committee; Information Technology Managers Forum) Zoom Committee Co-chair
Eileen Kennedy – International Campus-Wide Faculty Search Committee for President’s Cluster Hiring Initiative; International Research Collaborations Working Group; UGA innovation District Faculty Advisory Group
Michelle McElhannon – University Curriculum Committee: Physical Science and Mathematics
Subcommittee and Biologic Sciences Subcommittee
Wided Missaoui – Non-Tenure Track Faculty Learning Community; Women in Science Mentoring Program
Cory Momany – University Research Safety Committee
Russ Palmer – Research and Innovation in Learning (RAIL) Lab
Scott Pegan – President’s Faculty Advisory Committee; USG Well-Being Subcommittee
Brad Phillips – University Promotion and Tenure Appeals Committee
Shane Pruitt  – Academic Advising Coordinating Council
Singh Rekhi – Office of the Vice President for Instruction Faculty Advisory Board
Arthur Roberts – University Libraries Committee
Melody Sheffield – Public Service and Outreach: Southwest Georgia Regional Resource Team 
Somanath Shenoy – University Promotion & Tenure Review Committee
Kelly Smith – Chair, College of Family and Consumer Sciences Dean Search Committee; Associate Vice President for Academic Fiscal Affairs Search Committee
Rebecca Stone – University Council, Human Resources Committee
Randy Tackett – Institutional Review Board; Academic Honesty Multiple Violation Review Board
Danielle Vitale – Career CORE Committee
Misha Watts – Public Service and Outreach: Southeast Georgia Regional Resource Team 
Henry Young – Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community
George Zheng – University Council, Faculty Affairs Committee
Dr. Newsome Awarded ASHP Optimizing Technology Innovation Grant
The ASHP Foundation awarded an Optimizing Technology Innovation Grant to the UGA College of Pharmacy, under the direction of Dr. Andrea Newsome. The grant will be used to apply machine learning methodology to optimize the Medication Regimen Complexity (MRC)-ICU Scoring Tool. The MRC-ICU Scoring Tool uses predictive analytics that connects patient-level data to individualized pharmacist resource predictions to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs through optimization of the pharmacist-to-patient ratio.
Dr. Elder Sworn in as AACP Pharmaceutics Section Chair
Dr. Deborah Elder was sworn in as the 2021-22 chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmaceutics Section. The AACP Pharmaceutics Section "enhances the delivery of pharmaceutical care by providing a forum for exchange of information and expertise that supports the discovery and promotes understanding of the unique body of knowledge known as pharmaceutics.” Congratulations, Dr. Elder!
Johnna Hodges Receives 2021 DLA Best Paper Award
Johnna Hodges was selected to receive a Distance Learning Administration (DLA) 2021 Best Paper Award for her article, "Facilitating Active Engagement of Students in an Online Asynchronous Program in Biomedical Regulatory Sciences." In honor of her accomplishment, her paper was published in the June 2021 edition of the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration (OJDLA), and she will be acknowledged at the DLA 2021 conference, held July 25-28 on Jekyll Island. Congratulations, Johnna!
Dr. Huang Selected to 2021-22 UGA Teaching Academy Fellows Program
Dr. William Huang was selected as part of the 2021-2022 UGA Teaching Academy Fellows Program. Congratulations, Dr. Huang!
Dr. Lavender Awarded Rural Engagement Workshop Academic Faculty Seed Grant

Dr. Devin Lavender earned a $5,000 Rural Engagement Workshop Academic Faculty Seed Grant to pilot his Creating Healthiest Georgia project. Congratulations, Dr. Lavender!
Dr. Smith Appointed to GSHP Board, Receives ACCP Member Development Scholarship 

Dr. Susan Smith has been appointed to serve as the New Practitioner member of the GSHP Board of Directors through July 2022. She also recently received a $1,000 Member Development Scholarship from the ACCP Critical Care PRN that will be used to support professional development over the next year. Congratulations, Dr. Smith!

Exciting News from the Division of Experience Programs

The faculty and staff of the CoP's Division of Experience Programs were recently recognized as joint recipients of the 2021 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Award of Excellence in Experiential Education. Due to the unimaginable pandemic-related challenges, the Experiential Education Awards Committee, with support from AACP, honored all members of experiential education departments at each institution for their tremendous efforts at keeping program ongoing through the pandemic.

Dr. Welch Nominated as AACP Experiential Education Chair-Elect

Dr. Lindsey Welch has been slated to by the AACP Experiential Education Nominations Committee to run for the Section Chair-Elect position. The Experiential Education Section serves >1300 members. The election will take place in November 2021.
Recent Publications

Congratulations to the following faculty for their recent publications:
Kathi Hardwick Earns Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion

Kudos to Kathi Hardwick, Administrative Associate on the Augusta Campus, for earning her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).
CET Research Poster Award Winners

Yohan Han (Mentor: Duo Zhang) is the postdoctoral award winner for the best research poster at the VA Research day conducted last month. The title of his presentation was: “Long non-coding RNALincenc1promotes gram-negative bacteria-induced lung inflammation.” Yohan receives a certificate and a cash award.

Mir Adil (Mentor: Som Shenoy) won a research poster award at the European Chemical Biology Symposium 2021 (Virtual). The conference was attended by over 1000 scientists with more than 200 posters presented online. Fourteen best posters were chosen for award for research excellence. The title of his presentation was "Targeting ACE2 to restrict SARS-CoV2 using Triciribine." The winners receive a certificate and a cash award. The winners and their posters can be accessed here.


Student Fundraisers

Drug cards are available for incoming P1's and P2's in the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

UGA Mentor Program: Faculty & Staff Mentors Wanted!
UGA faculty and staff are invited to serve as mentors in the UGA Mentor Program. Hear why your peers find mentoring so rewarding and sign up to mentor today. Want to learn more? Register now to tune into the UGA Mentor 101 webinar on August 3!
2021 USG Well-being Rewards Program
The 2021 USG Well-being Rewards Program is offered to all benefits-eligible UGA faculty and staff. Those employees and their spouses who are enrolled in a USG health care plan can earn $100 in well-being credit by completing healthy activities by Sept. 30. Participants can complete a wide range of activities for credit such as getting a flu shot, volunteering within the community, tracking activity and more.
This program is voluntary and confidential. Strict precautions have been taken to ensure that participants’ health information will be kept completely confidential. For more information on the privacy policy of this program, visit

To get started, there are a few steps that must be followed:

Employees with UGA should follow these steps:
·         Log into OneUSG Connect
·         Click on “Manage My Benefits”
·         Click on the “USG Well-being” tile on the home page
Spouses of a UGA employee should follow these steps:
·         Register on
·         Enter your first name, last name and date of birth
·         Accept the terms and conditions
·         Follow the steps to obtain your login credentials
After creating an account, be sure to download the Virgin Pulse app for easier access to the program.


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
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