January 26, 2022

News & Announcements

Ken Duke Sails Into the PharmDawg Sunset

“Whenever alumni inquire about former professors and instructors, the name ‘Ken Duke’ almost always comes up,” said Lee Snelling, Director of the College’s Development and Alumni Relations Office. “It’s obvious that he is a beloved mentor and memory for many PharmDawgs.” 
Why the admiration for this CoP veteran, who will retire this Friday? Perhaps, Dr. Phillip Greenspan, a PBS Associate Professor and close friend of Duke’s, answered this question best. “Ken has been my colleague for more than 30 years. During this time, no one has demonstrated a greater interest in the professional success of our students.”
And one of the best examples of Duke’s passion for student success? Our own Dean Kelly Smith ’92, ’93, who reflected, “Ken Duke was the first person I met at the UGA College of Pharmacy. I was a high school student exploring careers at UGA, and within minutes of meeting him, I knew that Pharmacy was the career for me, and that University of Georgia was the best place for me to get that training. That key moment in my career journey is one I will never forget. Thank you, Ken, for showing me and all of us the power of making connections with people, the importance of passion and good humor, and the sense of pride in UGA that I hope we will all continue to feel throughout our careers.”
Ken Duke, Assistant Professor at the Southeast Clinical Campus in Savannah, is departing the College after almost 37 years of service. His affiliation with CoP goes back even farther, however. He is a proud alumnus, graduating in 1977 with a Registered Pharmacist Degree. Throughout his career, Duke, who specializes in nuclear medicine and regulatory issues in the field, served in numerous capacities at CoP.  Among them, he was a clinical instructor and a leader in the College’s recruitment and admission’s efforts on the Athens campus. Later, he was a founding faculty member for the extended campus in Savannah.  Before planning his retirement, he served a short time as Acting Assistant Dean in Savannah.

For more quotes from colleagues Dr. Chris Bland and Dr. Brian Seagraves, along with an in-depth Q&A from Dukes, see here. 

A retirement celebration will be held this Friday, January 28, starting at the Savannah Extended Campus at 4pm. More details available in the invitation below.

Preparing for Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, the CoP will celebrate faculty and staff who identify as African American, Black, and People of the African Diaspora. If this describes your culture, background, and ethnicity, and you would like to be included in this recognition, please provide:

  • A brief background of where your family originated
  • Something unique that you would like our community to know about you A photo from your childhood

Please send your reply to Vivia Hill-Silcott so that you may be added in our Black History Month feature in February.

William Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture to be Held February 10

The Second Annual William T. Robie III Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture will be held Thursday, February 10 at 12:30 pm in one of the College’s large auditoriums. All are invited to attend this important event. More information can be found here.

2022 State of the University Address Today at 3:30pm

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to watch the University of Georgia's 2022 State of the University Address today, January 26 at 3:30 p.m. The address can be viewed here

COLT - COVID-19 Information

An Athenian’s guide to finding the right mask amid omicron

Free at-Home Test Kits

Households in the U.S. can now order one set of 4 free at-home tests from the United States Postal Service (USPS). Orders will ship at no cost starting in late January.  You may order your kits on the USPS COVID-19 Home Kit website.

COVID-19 Testing

The University Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Labs are equipped to test up to 800 people per day for COVID variants. These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups are also welcome. On January 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you can be tested at the Tate Student Center’s pop-up location. Remember that any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for COVID is required to report that positive test through DawgCheck and to follow the advice provide.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Lavender's Team Awarded UGA Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant

Dr. Devin Lavender is part of a team of UGA faculty selected for a UGA Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant. Their project is focused on developing a UGA center focused on countering state-wide disparities in prevention and access to health care for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Read more here. Congratulations, Dr. Lavender!

Drs. Sikora and Smith Selected for UGA Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Program

Drs. Andrea Sikora and Susan Smith are part of a team selected for UGA’s 2022 Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Program. Andrea is co-lead on the project and Susan is a team member. Other team members are from the Department of Computer Science and College of Public Health. More information on their program - Artificial intelligence-based health IT tools to optimize critical care pharmacist resources - is on the UGA Research website here. Congratulations, Drs. Smith and Sikora!

Student Spotlight The following students are recognized for providing exemplary presentation in PHRM 5920 Clinical Seminar during Fall 2021 semester:

Athens campus students
Amelia Clary
Amelia Gay
Mary Katherine Giles
Nohemi Martinez
Madeline Marsh
Daniel Rogers
Logan Smith
Emily Schafhauser
Christina Sutton
Velichka Uzunova
Kaitlin Whitley
Savannah campus students
Caitlin Williams
Logan Brock
Stephen Ansel

Congratulations on the amazing work, PharmDawgs!


2022 PharmD Lead Dawg Awards

The College is now accepting nominations for the PharmD Lead Dawg Awards. Lead Dawg Awards recognize PharmD students serving as leaders, in the broadest sense of the term. Many students are doing great things within the College of Pharmacy, our community, and/or our profession; these awards serve as one way to recognize their efforts. Nominations should be submitted HERE by February 28, 2022. For questions, contact Mr. David Evans or Dr. Duc Do.

Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group

Grief is not linear, but one that can continue to cycle. Grief is one that can manifest itself in many ways. It can isolate you or make it harder for you to function. In the midst of all that is currently unfolding in the world, Grief is an aspect that is commonly overlooked because society prioritizes survival over quality of life. At The College of Pharmacy, we value our students’ mental wellness over productivity. Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott has organized a Bereavement Support Group that aims to serve as a nonjudgmental safe space for those to come and process their Grief at any level. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott or 706-542-6466.

Managing Anxiety and Stress Group

With the rigors of pharmacy school, it is normalized to experience burnout, loss of motivation and overwhelming stress. During these unprecedented times the pandemic has only worsened both the emotional and physical burden that we carry on a regular basis. The College of Pharmacy understands that in order to best take care of those around us, serve the community and ensure our academic success we must take care of ourselves first and foremost. Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott has organized a small group counseling program that is meant to help manage stress and anxiety for all pharmacy students at the college of pharmacy. Individual appointments are also available. Contact Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott to schedule an appointment!

SNPhA Regional Conference: Register by January 31

The 2022 SNPhA Regions I & II Conference will be held on February 25-27, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. The University of Georgia SNPhA Chapter is proud to Reignite the Flame and host this conference! Register by January 31.

For questions, reach out to the UGA Chapter President Parth Patel. Follow @SNPhAcon22 on Instagram to stay updated!

Career Development Office Hours

The Office of Student Affairs will host weekly Career Development Office Hours this Spring, Fridays from 2-4PM on Zoom. Pop on if you have quick questions about your resume, CV, cover letter, or other career-related concerns. Join the Zoom here! If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Danielle Vitale.

Student Fundraising News

Don't miss out on the latest student fundraisers! Check out all the newest UGA Pharmacy merchandise for sale in this week's DSAC Fundraising Weekly.

Faculty & Staff

Position Postings

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

Department Head of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5-6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Ken Duke's Retirement Celebration
4-7pm | Savannah Campus | Contact: Tricia Cordray
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5-6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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