September 1, 2021

News & Announcements

New PharmCast: Flu Vaccines with Dr. Ashley Hannings

Flu season is fast approaching, but what does that mean for us as we continue to fight COVID-19? This episode of PharmCast for the Community, Dr. Ashley Hannings and Dr. Tim Brown discuss flu vaccines, how they work, and why it is more important than ever to get yours this year.

Watch below or tune in here.

8th Annual UGA Medical Device Regulations Conference

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual UGA Medical Device Regulations Conference, held virtually by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy on September 21-23, 2021.

Co-sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration and the University of Georgia’s International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences program, the conference will provide educational and networking opportunities to help shape and advance the future of medical device regulatory sciences.

More information and registration available here.

Blood Drive in Memorial Hall Tomorrow

The UGA Red Cross will host a blood drive tomorrow, Thursday, September 2nd in Memorial Hall from 11:30 - 4:30pm. Sign up here!

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Have You Answered the Call to Get Vaccinated? You Can Win $1,000!

Beginning September 1, UGA will once again up the ante on vaccine incentives. Anyone among UGA’s faculty, staff and students who has received a full series of the COVID-19 vaccine—whether at the University Health Center or elsewhere—can register to win one of 100 cash prizes of $1,000. The first 50 winners will be drawn on Sept. 15 with 25 additional winners being drawn on Sept. 30 and Oct. 15. Faculty and staff winners will be processed through UGA’s payroll and taxed accordingly, and those at senior leadership levels (University Cabinet members and deans) will not be eligible to participate. Students will be provided the aid through their student accounts.

Vax Up! Win Bucks!

Faculty, staff and students who get vaccinated at the University Health Center or Tate Center Mobile Clinic may choose to enter a drawing to win a Visa gift card worth $100. This incentive ends Sept. 3, with 10 individuals being randomly selected each week to receive a $100 gift card. In addition, everyone vaccinated will receive a $20 gift card as well as a specially designed UGA T-shirt. While supplies last, options include gift cards to the UGA Bookstore, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Fully Loaded and El Barrio. Getting your vaccine is fast, easy and at no cost to you. 

Vaccinations are available now at the UHC, and you can click here to make an appointment. The University Health Center is also partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Tate Center. Walk-ups are available TOMORROW, September 2 in room 137.  

Gift card and T-shirt incentives are for new vaccinations only. Share the word with friends and colleagues!

Face Coverings Strongly Encouraged Indoors!

Face Coverings Required on Buses

The University of Georgia Transportation & Parking Services team is making a concerted effort to ensure masks are worn on our University buses.  A few examples of the efforts that are being made include:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation signage is posted on all buses indicating masks are required.
  • Electronic bus signs include a notification that masks are required on UGA buses.
  • The automated annunciators on each bus regularly announce that masks are required on buses.
  • Disposable face masks are available for any riders who are not prepared with a mask.
  • Transportation ambassadors are posted at strategic stops where large numbers of patrons tend to wait for the bus and are handing out masks and explaining the requirement to passengers.
  • Also, please note the CDC order exempts several categories of persons from wearing a mask; such as a person with a disability.

Please know Transportation staff continuously remind patrons to follow public health guidelines.

COVID-19 Vaccine Leave

COVID-19 Vaccine Leave has been extended by Gov. Kemp through the end of September. This means employees may continue to use COVID-19 Vaccine Leave in order to be vaccinated and if they experience side effects from receiving the vaccine. We encourage employees who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to do so and to use this leave while it is available. An employee may take up to eight (8) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, an employee may also take up to sixteen (16) hours of Non-Closure Emergency Leave if he or she receives a COVID-19 vaccine and experiences severe negative side effects that prohibit the performance of their duties of employment.

COVID-19 Testing

Free testing will continue to be offered to our faculty, staff and students throughout the fall at the University Health Center. Appointments can be booked via the Vet View scheduling process.  UGA UHC Surveillance Testing criteria have been updated to include any ASYMPTOMATIC faculty, staff or student who wishes to get a test, regardless of vaccination status. UGA is encouraging anyone who wishes to be tested, to be tested. 

Research, Accolades, & Media

ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

Congratulations to these P3 and P4 students who will be representing the UGA College of Pharmacy in the 2021 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge!

Chloe Baskowitz
Ryan Bok
Logan Smith

Vayou Chittavong
Madeline Ganter

This is a national competition in which teams from each registering school demonstrate their clinical knowledge and applicability to patient care. The top 16 teams represent their school at the ACCP Annual Meeting held in November each year. The competition this year will be held completely virtually, as is the Annual Meeting. The competition starts on September 9th.

More details about the competition can be found here.

Dr. Newsome Collaborates With Colleagues at Augusta University, Highlighted by ASHP

Highlighted by ASHP in their newsletterDr. Andrea Newsome collaborated with researchers from Augusta University to conduct a retrospective review of an electrolyte replacement protocol in continuous renal replacement therapy patients. One of the study objectives was to compare the ratio of enteral electrolyte replacement to the duration of critically low laboratory electrolyte values. The authors concluded that enteral electrolyte replacement was associated with decreased occurrence of low electrolyte laboratory values. Read the paper here.


P1 Class Representatives

The PharmD Class of 2025 recently held elections to select their two class representatives. Congratulations to Christopher Cassara and Mary Grace Johnson!

Career Development Office Hours

Have a quick question or need some career advice?  Need a quick look over your resume, CV, or cover letter?  Drop into virtual Career Development Office Hours every Friday from 2pm to 4pm with Dr. Vitale, our Director of Admissions and Career Development.  This is open to all COP students, and is a great option for students on extended campuses.  Click here to join!

CV Critique Week

The Office of Student Affairs is hosting CV Critique Week September 13 to 17, from 5pm to 8pm each day.  Schedule your 15-minute appointment during CV Critique Week so you can get ready to apply for fellowships, jobs, or other opportunities.  Make sure your resume, CV, and cover letter are ready to go.  Click here to schedule your appointment today!

Student Fundraising News

Check out the latest edition of DSAC's Fundraising Weekly for the latest fundraisers supporting our student organizations!

Faculty & Staff

Early Payroll Deadline This Week

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the 19B1 Biweekly Payroll (8/22-9/4) will have early cutoffs:

  • The Time & Absence Approval deadline will be Friday, 9/3/2021 at 10am.
  • All absences must be entered and approved by this time. The central offices will batch approve any unapproved time and absences.

UGA’s Writing Winning NIH Grant and K-Award Proposals Workshop

The Office of Research has invited Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops “back to campus” to deliver two NIH grantsmanship seminars - “Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals” and “Write Winning K-Award Proposals” - on September 22 and 23. The seminars are open to faculty and postdocs. Due to rising COVID cases, and to accommodate those who may have health or family issues that would prevent them from attending in person, these seminars will be offered in an entirely virtual format. Specific information will be provided via email after the registration deadline of this Friday, September 3rd.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

The Office of Research is paying for the seminars; the College of Pharmacy will cover the cost of the required workbook, a complete guide to NIH proposals that is updated annually and is considered the gold standard in the Research Development community (and is well worth having regardless).

Position Postings

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

Grants Coordinator II
Posting #: S06691P
Department: Pharmacy-Finance & Admin
Position Type: Staff
Job Close Date: 09/06/2021

Public Service Assistant
Posting #: F0963P
Department: Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Position Type: Faculty

Coordinator of Annual Giving & Stewardship
Posting #: S06811P
Department: Pharmacy-External Affairs
Position Type: Staff
Job Close Date: 09/12/2021

Standardized Patient
Posting #: G/R14499P
Department: Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Position Type: Grad/Research/Student/Temp
Job Close Date: 04/01/2022

Student Worker
Posting #: G/R14594P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Research Technician
Posting #: S05461P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Position Type: Staff

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Posting #: G/R12664P
Department: Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Position Type: Grad/Research/Student/Temp


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Career Development Office Hours
2-4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
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