June 8, 2021

News & Announcements

Dr. Fulford Appointed Assistant Dean

Dr. Michael Fulford has been appointed Assistant Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives at the College of Pharmacy, effective June 1.

In his newly expanded role, Dr. Fulford will be responsible for assuring the ongoing effectiveness of the College in all of its missions through data stewardship and evaluation, accreditation, strategic planning, and assessment. In addition, he will support and advance teaching and assessment of student learning. Further, he will collaborate and interact with a variety of administrators within the College and on the UGA campus, and he will serve on various committees.

Read more here.

CoP Employee of the Year: Brad Brown

After an exceptionally challenging year, the College of Pharmacy is delighted to celebrate a major achievement in the life of a beloved PharmDawg! Brad Brown, who has worked at the College since 1996, recently was named CoP Employee of the Year for 2020, the second time in his CoP career that he has received the honor. 

Read the full story here.

CoP Staff Service Awards

Congratulations to the below staff who were recently recognized at the CoP's Staff Appreciation Program for their years of service to the UGA College of Pharmacy.

Five Years:
Tricia Cordray
Toni Phelabaum
Ashley Townsend

Ten Years:
Arvinder Makkar

Fifteen Years:
Russ Palmer

Twenty-Five Years:
John Anderson

Dean Feldman Summer Science Institute

22 rising high school juniors and seniors participated in the 10th annual Dean Stuart Feldman Summer Science Institute this past week. Our first virtual summer program had participants from GA, NJ, NC, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Many thanks to institute director Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott for a job well done, and to CoP faculty members, alumni, and friends who shared their expertise with these young PharmDawgs!
Pictured are students enjoying a virtual lunch with Dr. Stuart Feldman.

Dean Feldman Summer Science Symposium

The first Dean Stuart Feldman Summer Science Symposium was held Monday, June 7, with the purpose of connecting with underserved, rural, and low socioeconomic status high school students in the Albany, Augusta, and Savannah areas. Seven students attended our first virtual half day event, with one student dialing in from the Philippines. 
Students received an overview of the pharmacy program from Drs. Deborah Elder, Wided Missaoui, and Misha Watts, enjoyed lunch with current students, and virtually toured the CoP.

Dr. Missoui gives a mock lecture at the Summer Science Symposium.

Webinar Opportunity: A Sense of Belonging

June 16, 10am | “A Sense of Belonging” - A Talk by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is the Associate Provost for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education and Director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs at Virginia Union University. He is a Professor of Urban Education in the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education and has authored over 10 books, including College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success. Dr. Strayhorn will share his thoughts on creating a sense of belonging for students at UGA. This is event is hosted by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Mary Frances Early College of Education and sponsored by the New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion grant program. This event is open to all UGA students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Register here.

Pharmaceutical Sciences BS & Pre-Pharm New Student Orientation

We are welcoming over 100 new Pharmaceutical Science majors (both BS/Pre-Pharm) to the College of Pharmacy over the summer during New Student Orientation. Shane Pruitt, Recruitment Specialist, is making an effort to meet each one face-to-face through daily Resource Fairs in Tate Student Center. These first-time students are very excited to join the PharmDawg Phamily!

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Research, Accolades, & Media

Dr. Rice Awarded Grant for Research on Naegleria fowleri

Dr. Christopher Rice, Assistant Research Scientist, has received a foundation grant to continue his research on Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled living organism that causes the brain eating disease Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). Read more here.

Dr. Tackett Appointed Chairperson of CDC Special Emphasis Panel

Dr. Randall Tackett has been appointed by the CDC Director as Chair Person of the Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) RFA-CE-21-002, Research Grants to Develop or Identify Effective Strategies to Prevent Overdose involving Illicit Stimulants and Polysubstance Use Involving Stimulants. This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, June 15 & 16, 2021 via Zoom. Congratulations, Dr. Tackett!

CAP Faculty and PharmD Grads Publish

Several CAP faculty and 2020 PharmD graduates co-authored an article recently published in Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Drs. Amber Clemmons, Henry Young, Chris Bland, Brittany Jackson, Miki Hayashi, Chelsie Folsom, and Daniel Chastain published, "Incidence and utility of follow-up blood cultures in cancer patients with gram-negative bacteremia."

Dr. Liu Publishes Review

Dr. Dexi Liu recently published the review, "Therapeutic Genome Editing and In Vivo Delivery."

Faculty & Staff

FY21 Year End Payroll Accruals

Bi-Weekly Payroll for June 27 – July 10 will include 4 days of FY21 salary/benefits activity. This FY21 activity must be included in FY21 expenditures on the general ledger. Accounting is preparing a yearend journal entry to book this activity based on approved work time and current FY21 position funding as reported in the OneUSG Connect system as of July 8, 2021. Departments need to ensure that ALL Bi-Weekly work time for periods through June 30, 2021 are entered and approved by end of the day, July 7, 2021.​ Please start notifying employees NOW of any new processes that you will be implementing to ensure that this happens.​ Any time NOT entered and approved by July 7, 2021 will be taken against the Department’s FY22 budget.

State Vehicle Policy

As more and more people begin returning to campus, the BAO wants to remind everyone of a few housekeeping items pertaining to the use of state vehicles:

  1. Based on UGA policy, we are still following essential-only travel procedures, anyone who chooses to take a personal vehicle rather than a state one will be reimbursed at the lower mileage rate
  2. Vehicle reservations need to be made ahead of time via the Booked site Booked Scheduler - Log In (
  3. Please remember to return vehicles with no less than ¼ tank of gas-see CoP website for instructions Business Affairs - College of Pharmacy UGA
  4. Anyone who drives a state vehicle (regardless of frequency) needs to complete the UGA Motor Vehicle Use Policy Training and Driver Acknowledgement Form on an annual basis (Training: UGA PEP-Search “Motor Vehicle Training” - UGA_risk_management_volunteer_agreement.indd)
  5. Anyone who drives a state vehicle three or more times a week needs to complete the Motor Vehicle Record Request Form (MVR_request.pdf (


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