March 30, 2021

News & Announcements

CoP Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

The College of Pharmacy is pleased to recognize the following faculty members for Excellence in Teaching during the 2020-21 academic year: 

2020-21 College of Pharmacy Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Dr. Brian Seagraves, Academic Professional Associate, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

Dr. Susan Smith, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

Drs. Seagraves and Smith will receive an engraved memento, their name included on the Outstanding Teaching Award Plaque in the lobby of the Robert C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, and a cash award of $1,000.

2020-21 Reward for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Sharmon Osae, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

Dr. Scott Pegan, Professor, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

They will receive an engraved memento and a cash award of $500.

A committee of previous award winners, students from all levels of academic programming in the College, and one staff member who directly works to support teaching and learning in the College reviewed the dossiers of 11 nominated faculty members.  Based on the submitted documentation, along with recommendation letters, and other data on instruction, these individuals were selected. Award winners will be formally recognized at the College’s final Faculty Meeting in May and during the University’s Virtual Celebration of Academic Excellence that will premiere on the University’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 21, at 2 pm. 

Pharm.D. Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

The UGA College of Pharmacy’s PharmD Class of 2024 was officially coated on Saturday in a White Coat Ceremony held like no other! Typically celebrated in the fall, Saturday's ceremony was held with students and only essential faculty and staff in attendance, in a combination of three classrooms, complete with social distancing, video recordings, and livestream. We are grateful for a vaccine that allowed PharmDawgs to gather!

View photos here, the full recording of the event here, and Dean Smith's reflections from the day here.

Dr. May Appointed Assistant Dean for Extended Campuses

J. Russell May, Pharm.D., FASHP has been appointed as the College of Pharmacy’s Assistant Dean for Extended Campuses effective April 1, 2021. View the full memo here.

Jason Jones is New HR Manager for College of Pharmacy

The Business Affairs Office is pleased to welcome Jason Jones as the new Human Resources Manager for the College of Pharmacy, effective April 1. In his role, Jason will oversee the administration of the College of Pharmacy’s human resources needs and provide a wide range of human resources support. He will report to Jessica Hart, who serves as the College’s Business Affairs Manager.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma , Jason received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Georgia Southern University. For more than 15 years, he has worked in the human resources field, most recently as HR Director at the TKO Group in Brunswick, Ga. In previous capacities, he served as HR Manager for GATX in Waycross, Georgia; HR Generalist for Express Scripts in St. Marys, Georgia; and HR Generalist II for Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and he has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certificate. A fitness enthusiast, Jason enjoys running, lifting weights, yoga, and basketball. In his spare time, he reads, cooks, and takes weekend trips to the mountains to hike and see nature. He remarked, “I like speaking with people about their experiences and career goals.”

Jason will be located in the Business Affairs Office suite in RC Wilson, Room 142B. He can be contacted at or 706-542-5877. Stop by April 1 and say hello to Jason!

Health System Partners Residency Match Results

The UGA College of Pharmacy wishes to congratulate our health system partners and share our excitement for the PGY1 and PGY2 Residency Match. The 25 new residents will begin their residencies on July 1, 2021. Click here to view the full list. Congratulations to all!

March 20th IPE Event

On Saturday, March 20th, the College of Pharmacy hosted an interprofessional education (IPE) event with almost 150 UGA pharmacy (P1), UGA epidemiology, AU nurse practitioner, and AU nursing students responding to a mock local outbreak of giardiasis.   Health care teams consisting of a nurse practitioner, nursing, and pharmacy students worked together to provide patient-centered care to a live and telehealth patient.  In addition, team members learned about professional reporting responsibilities in a public health outbreak to assist public health officials in tracking the disease outbreak and its potential origin and mounting an appropriate intervention to minimize spreading of disease.

New Episodes of PharmCast

New episodes of PharmCast are out now!

On the latest episode of the student-produced PharmCast for the Pharmacy Community, Dr. Linda Logan discusses mental health issues affecting us and how pharmacists can combat the stigma surrounding mental health. Listen here.

The March edition of PharmCast for the Community features Dr. Sharmon P. Osae, who talks with Dr. Tim Brown about updates in the medications used to manage diabetes. The two walk you through the newest oral medicines and how they not only lower blood sugar, but they also offer protection from heart attacks, strokes, and kidney damage. Dr. Osae also discusses some of the recent technology updates that can be used to monitor blood sugars and how they are changing the way diabetes is being managed. Watch the video below or listen here.

2021 Chu Lectureship

The 2021 Chu Lectureship will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 14 at 11 am.  A part of the prestigious UGA Signature Lectures series at the University of Georgia, the Chu Lectureship will feature Dr. Emma Parmee, Global Head of Discovery Sciences at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. Register for the lecture here.

Welcome, Philipp Elliot!

Welcome to our newest PharmDawg! Frrom Dr. Eva Strauch: "We are happy to announce the birth of our son Philipp Elliot! He came to us this Monday after a bumpy birth. After a short stop at the NICU, we are all now happy back together at home. His brother Leonard is very excited to have another member in the family." Congratulations, Dr. Strauch and family!

COLT - COVID-19 Updates

Update: Expansion of Eligibility and Vaccine Distribution at UGA

Beginning Thursday, March 25, 2021, all adults over the age of 16 in Georgia will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The University Health Center (UHC) will be issuing invitations for appointments to the remainder of our faculty, staff and students over age 16. Read more about the order that Invitations will be extended to the UGA community.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Kennedy Publishes in Molecular Cancer Research, Gives Seminars

Congratulations to Dr. Eileen Kennedy on her recent publication in Molecular Cancer Research, "Kinetic Characterization of ASXL1/2-Mediated Allosteric Regulation of the BAP1 Deubiquitinase."

Dr. Kennedy also recently gave the monthly e-Seminar for the American Peptide Society (APS) for their February seminar, as well as a seminar for the LRRK2 Consortium for the Michael J. Fox Foundation on March 24, 2021. The title of her talk was “Allosteric targeting of the Parkinson’s related LRRK2 kinase.”

Augusta University Research Day

Graduate students on the Augusta Campus participated and virtually presented their research at the Augusta University Graduate Research Day this past Friday, March 26. The following presentations were made by the MS and Ph.D. students at the event: 

  • Sultan Almuntashiri, MS Student (Mentor: Dr. Zhang) - The Regulation of CC16 in Lung Epithelial Cells in Response to Klebsiella Pneumoniae 
  • Yin Zhu, Ph.D. Student (Mentor: Dr. Zhang) - Downregulation of miR-103a Mediates the Lipid Metabolism of Alveolar Macrophages in COPD 
  • Eissa Jafari, MS Student (Mentor: Dr. Narayanan) - The role of neuronal spermine oxidase on vascular damage in a model of ischemic retinopathy. 
  • Moaddey Alfarhan, Ph.D. Student (Mentor: Dr. Narayanan) - Investigating the Impact of Polyamine Oxidase Inhibition in Retinal Neuroinflammation 
  • Abdulkarim Alshammari, Ph.D. Student (Mentor: Dr. Fagan) - Aged Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat: A Model of Vascular Cognitive Impairment 
  • Mir Adil, Ph.D. Candidate (Mentor: Dr. Shenoy) - Claudin-17 (CLDN17) gene knockout mice exhibit delayed growth, leaky blood vessels, and edema in organs. 
  • Madhuri Rudraraju, Ph.D. Student (Mentor: Dr. Shenoy) - Akt-independent effects of triciribine on ACE2 expression in human lung epithelial cells: Potential benefits in restricting SARS-CoV2 infection 

Join Upcoming Research Matters Live Events 

Don’t miss the upcoming edition of Research Matters Live on “Matchmaking and Community Needs,” to be held Tuesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. UGA experts will provide examples of how UGA researchers can recognize, address and meet the research community’s needs in their work. 

To see the full schedule of upcoming events or register to attend via Zoom, visit the Research Matters Live website.


PharmD Scholarship Applications Now Open

The PharmD scholarship application (SurveyMonkey Apply) is available to apply online here. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59PM. Please contact Gloria Strait if you have any questions or issues.   

Financial Planning 101

It's never too early to talk about financial planning! Wondering how to pay off student loans, or the best way to save for the future (buying a house, starting a family, retirement)? Next Tuesday, April 6 at 12:30pm, join Financial Planning graduate assistant, Molly Frumka-Sutz, in a talk about fianncial planning basics. Join via Zoom here. (Passcode: 405160)

Student Organization Fundraisers

Don't miss out on all of the great fundraisers happening now! View the latest fundraisers in DSAC's Fundraising Weekly.

Senior Signature Deadline Wednesday

Attention seniors! The deadline to give to Senior Signature is Wednesday, March 31st! Leave your legacy at UGA with a $30 gift to one of over 1,000 available funds and scholarships. Donors are recognized with their names on the class plaques at Tate Plaza.

Faculty & Staff

PBS Seminar: Dr. Manoj Puthenveedu

Tomorrow's PBS Seminar Series features Dr. Manoj Puthenveedu from the Medical School of Michigan's Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Puthenveedu be presenting his latest discoveries, with poster to follow. View the flyer here. Join via Zoom here.

If you have time and would like to talk to him afterwards, there are several timeslots available until 12:30pm. If interested, please contact Dr. Neil Grimsey.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia (USG) requires all employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October. The next module is due April 30, 2021. To complete the April training, log on to the Professional Education Portal (PEP).

2020 Employee of the Year Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for 2020 Employee of the Year! Please see this memo from Dean Smith regarding nominations. Guidelines and nomination form can be found here. The deadline for submitting nominations is no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference

Join the UGA Georgia Center for a virtual Administrative Professionals Day Conference on April 23. Early bird pricing ends March 31. More information can be found here.

FACT Workshop Series: Is it Time for Gamification to Level Up?

Can games make learning more fun and engaging? Dr. Nicholas Holt explores that question by examining gamification from its roots to its modern incarnations and makes connections to some of the seminal scholarship on games, learning, and psychology. Holt presents his thoughts and experiences on the benefits, limitations, and spin-offs from the development and implementation of gamified learning in higher education contexts.

Thursday, April 15 at 12pm. Zoom link will be sent to registrants. Register here.


View this week's student events in the latest issue of DSAC's Events Weekly. For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.

9am | PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Manoj Putheneevdu | Zoom (Passcode: PBSSEM2021)

12-2pm | Weekly One-on-One Schedule Management (Appointment required - email Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)


2pm | Career Drop-In Hours | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale)


12-2pm | Weekly Academic Support Drop in for Stress, Anxiety, and Schedule Management | Zoom (Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott)

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