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September 29, 2020
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Dr. Strauch Receives FastGrant Funding for Research

Kudos to Dr. Eva Strauch, Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, who has received a FastGrant of $120,000 from Emergent Ventures for her team’s research on antiviral therapeutics, specifically as it relates to the COVID-19 virus.  Dr. Strauch provided an overview of COVID-19 and the research she is conducting.

“The current COVID-19 pandemic is a respiratory disease that, as of late this month, has led to more than 33 million confirmed cases and almost 1 million fatalities globally since its emergence in late 2019. SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) is the coronavirus that causes agent of COVID-19. Two other highly pathogenic human coronaviruses have emerged within the past two decades: SARS-CoV in 2002 and MERS-CoV in 2012, with fatality rates of about 10% and 36%, respectively. Infection with a highly pathogenic coronavirus can result in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which may lead to a long-term reduction in lung function and arrhythmia in the patient after recovery from the viral disease. Compared to these two highly pathogenic CoVs, CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, spreads more efficiently. It has been linked to fatality rates ranging from 1% to 10%

“Currently, countermeasures against CoV-2, including diagnostic reagents, therapeutics, and vaccines, are of absolute urgency, given its rapid spread and impact on public health, health resources, and the world economy. Considering the sequence similarity and recent frequency of zoonotic CoVs, we need broadly reactive reagents and rapidly adjustable platforms against beta-coronaviruses, as CoV-2 is only one occurrence of a sudden spill-over from an animal virus to humans, and we will likely see more in the future. The Strauch Lab is working on developing proteins that can address these shortcomings using a novel repertoire of cutting-edge technologies that combine computational protein design and high throughput experimental evaluation of candidates. The lab already has produced promising lead candidates for antiviral therapeutics that can block the interaction and fusion of virus cells with human hosts, and it has obtained some initial results for the development of a potential vaccine. This funding will accelerate our research.“

We Need Your Feedback on Mental Health Town Hall

Last Thursday evening, CoP’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted a Mental Health Town Hall with an array of panelists that included our own faculty, students, and alumni discussing various aspects of this important topic.  Almost 50 PharmDawgs attended, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  As we plan for more events like this in the future, it is important to obtain your feedback!  If you virtually attended the event, please click here and take the short survey.  If you did NOT attend, please click here and share with us your reasons for not attending. Your feedback will assure the future success of our programs. Questions? Contact: Lee Snelling, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Ashish Advani '07 Named to UGA 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Ashish Advani '07, CEO of InpharmD, on being named to the UGA 40 Under 40 Class of 2020! A virtual celebration was held Friday with Ashish, Dean Kelly Smith '92, '93, Alumni Board President William Huang '04, and Director of Alumni Relations Kim Hamby. The occasion was so special, Dean Smith even donned her PharmDawg Spikes! For more information about 40 Under 40 and to view the full list of honorees, click here.

COLT - COVID-19 Information
CoP Hunkers Down with DawgCheck!

PharmDawgs are showing out with DawgCheck!  Last week, we had our second highest utilization rate of this resource, which is an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool. Continue the momentum! Log into DawgCheck every day to record your signs and symptoms, whether you come to campus or not. And remember - report a positive case. These steps help us keep you and your fellow PharmDawgs and Bulldogs safe and healthy.

Surveillance Testing Is Easy to Do – Just Ask Gordon!

Have you participated in UGA’s COVID-19 surveillance testing?  Available free to UGA faculty, staff and students who are symptom free, the testing is conducted at Legion Field on Lumpkin Street, which is across from the Tate Student Center. See this video for more info!

The process is quick and easy; just ask Gordon Thomas, our Major Gifts Officer, who shares his testing story. “My two experiences with the surveillance testing on campus have been safe and efficient. Registration was a simple process of logging in with my UGA MyID, completing basic information, and choosing the time that was most convenient for me. Parking was plentiful at the Tate Center deck, which was a short walk to Legion Field. Be sure to have your UGA ID handy, as they will scan it upon entry. The line for testing was spaced out, and the staff are always friendly and helpful as you make your way to the actual testing site. The test itself was quick and amounted to no more than a quick tickle in each nostril.  The entire process took maybe 20 minutes, tops! (Mornings seem to be less busy.) The best news is that results came back much faster than I expected. Not to steal a slogan, but  -  PharmDawgs, Just Do It!"

CoP Faculty & Staff Urged to Vote on Strategic Plan

During the past year, the College has worked diligently on the 2025 Strategic Plan, which is our roadmap for the next five years. This document is due to the University on October 15.  Input from faculty and staff has been vitally important, and it is now ready for adoption.  On September 22, faculty and staff received the final version of the plan, along with a survey for adoption from Dr. Michael Bartlett, who has led our strategic planning efforts.  Please review the planning worksheet, and cast your vote. This link will be active until Friday, October 2. Thank you for supporting our mission, vision, and 2025 Strategic Plan.
IIT Virtual Helpdesk to Shut Down After Friday

Now that the Office of Information and Instructional Technology is back on campus full time, the IIT Virtual Helpdesk will shut down after Friday, October 2. If you need technology assistance after Friday, please submit a ticket in KACE or - for emergencies only - call 706-542-0143. For classroom support, call 706-742-1396.
Cybersecurity Training Module

All University System of Georgia (USG) employees are required to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October. To complete the October training, log on to the Professional Education Portal (PEP) with your UGA MyID and password. Once on the PEP homepage, scroll down to the section “Training Due” and select USG Cybersecurity Awareness Training Fall 2020.
Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the Human Resources Service Desk at 542-2222 or e-mail at The deadline for all faculty, staff, and student employees to complete the training module is October 30, 2020.
Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities
Please see the below upcoming faculty development opportunities. Register via PEP.     
Faculty Search Committee Training: This workshop is geared to those who are hiring authorities, chairs, or faculty search committee members. Staff who support search committee work are also welcome. Facilitator: Mary Carney, Director of Programming for Faculty Affairs.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2:15 – 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, October 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Additional sessions will be added as requested
Constructive Conflict Engagement in Higher Education: Do you sometimes experience conflict with others? This webinar will help you apply principles from the literature in organizational psychology and conflict management to make our conflict engagements more constructive. This interactive session will provide an introduction to some of those principles, an opportunity to apply them to a case, and a review for application in our own contexts. Facilitator: Dr. Esther Jordan, Associate Director for Faculty Support and Associate Professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State. Dr. Jordan is a certified mediator and has presented this work nationally. 
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Inclusive Teaching Workshop
Open to all faculty, staff, and students, a workshop will be held October 8 to explore the principles of inclusive teaching, helping to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and have equal access to learn. This workshop will feature presenters who have utilized inclusive teaching principles in the classroom. Participants will learn about specific examples of inclusive teaching, ask questions and discuss the nuances of inclusive teaching, and spend time working with facilitators on their own class materials and teaching strategies. 

Join via Zoom here. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Fulford.

P4 Resume Review Week

Attention P4 students: From Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting Resume Review Week. This is your opportunity to sign up for a 15 minutes appointment with to receive feedback about your resume, CV, or cover letter. These appointments will be virtual on Zoom and will take place each day between 5PM and 8PM to best accommodate your APPE rotation schedules. Sign up for your appointment now!  Just a note that if you are on rotation during those times, any time needed to attend a session should be cleared by your preceptor and would need to be made up if time is missed during your rotation.  
For all other CoP students: Don’t forget to about our Career Development Drop-In Hours, every Tuesday from 1:30PM to 3:00PM, or you can contact Dr. Danielle Vitale for an appointment. 

New P1 & P2 Tutoring Program

The Office of Student Affairs is happy to announce the start of a new free Tutoring Program available to P1 and P2 students. Tutoring will be conducted by P3 students and is available in the evenings Monday thru Thursday via Zoom. Please direct any questions to David Evans, Sr. Academic Advisor. View the times and availability of tutors here.

Student Scam Reported in USG System

A recent scam targeted at students has impacted at least one USG institution.  Students are receiving text messages saying they are about to be dropped from all of their courses for non-payment and given a (non-USG) phone number to contact to prevent this. If you receive such a text, please check your account through the online portal or contact the appropriate UGA office for assistance.  Do NOT call the number on the message! Please report this immediately to UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Service

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Next Week
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
PBS Seminar Series: Dr. Eric Bergeron, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | 9-10am, Zoom
Grand Rounds: PGY2 Pediatrics - Mimi Zhang | 12:10-1:10pm, Zoom
Schedule Management Drop-In Hours with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2-4pm, Zoom
Bereavement Support Group with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 5pm, Zoom
Managing Stress & Anxiety with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 7pm, Zoom