March 16, 2022

News & Announcements

Today is Career & Match Day!

It's Match Day! We're live tweeting our P4 and graduate job and residency matches as we hear them throughout the day. Follow along via our Instagram stories (@ugapharmacy) and #UGAMatch2022 on Twitter. Contact Dr. Chris Bland with any great news to post!

SOAP Pillympics SOAP is hosting the 3rd annual Pillympics competition on March 23rd, 2022, raising money for Winship Cancer Institute at Emory in Atlanta! We are excited to bring it back this year after being cancelled the past two years due to COVID. Pillympics consists of student teams competing against faculty teams in super fun relay events/trivia. There will also be PRIZES for winning teams as well as door prizes for other participants. This year, we are holding it in Pharmacy South from 5:00-6:30 pm.It’s only $5 for the team to participate. It’s $2 to watch and $4 if you want food while at the event, but feel free to donate more as all the money goes towards a great cause. 

Teams of students and faculty will compete in 4 events for points. Whichever team finishes with the most points at the end will win some pretty cool prizes. Our tentative line-up of events are below: 

  1. Pill Counting Competition – Each student team member will count 30 Vit D3 capsules, pour it into a vial, and pass it onto the next team member who will count the next 30 and so on until 90 capsules are counted. An event director will then “verify” the bottle and count all 90. The team with the fastest collective counting and accuracy wins the round.
  2. Perfect Pour – Each team will draw a number out of a hat and will then have to do a "perfect pour"of tablets onto the tray without counting. The closest team to the actual number will receive points. 
  3. Gown, garb, and shoot – Each team member will have to gown up correctly and shoot pills into a vial from a certain distance. First team with each member making a shot wins the round.
  1. Pharmacy Trivia – First team to buzz in and answer the question wins a point. There will be a total of 10 questions and a bonus question in the event of a tie. The team with the most points at the end wins.

If you don’t want to compete, come out and watch these teams battle for the title of Pillympics Champions! We will have door prizes between the event rounds. The deadline to sign-up your team (you & 2 others) is March 18th at midnight.

Sign up HERE.

AU/UGA Critical Care Pharmacy Newsletter

The latest issue of the in-house AU/UGA newsletter is out now! This newsletter is the work of one of our Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member Christy Forehand, PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Resident Aaron Chase, and a UGA CoP graduate - now on the AU staff - Jessica Ringler. Note the student involvement.  We are PharmDawg Proud of the quality work these folks do for the AU Pharmacy! Read the newsletter here.

Sarah Jones Departs College of Pharmacy

After more than 20 years of service to the College of Pharmacy, Sarah Jones, Senior Manager for Client Support Services, has accepted a promotion with Enterprise Information Technology Services, the central IT unit for students, faculty and staff at the University of Georgia. According to her colleague, Chris Duran, “Sarah has been a valuable member of the College’s IIT team. She is known for her willingness to go above and beyond her duties, her adaptability and availability to all her colleagues, and her vast knowledge of our infrastructure. While we are extremely sad to see Sarah go, we are excited for her and her family for this new and exciting career opportunity.”

Among her many accomplishments, Sarah has been a staff “Employee of the Year” and a Computerworld Program Laureate.  She served on various committees on the University and College level throughout the years, including CoP’s Academic Operations Committee and the Computer and Instructional Technology Committee, as well as UGA’s EITS Zoom Sub-Committee, the EdTech Committee (founding member and vice chair), and the CTL Learning Technologies Grant Review.  Currently, she is a member of UGA’s Women’s Leadership Professional Development Circle.

A celebration to honor Sarah for her service to the College will be held Friday morning, from 9-10 am, in CoP’s Wilson lobby.  For further information, please contact Ed Stanley, IIT Senior Director. 

Good luck, Sarah, and best wishes in your new journey!  You will be missed!

Trial Gardens' Spring Plant Sale

The UGA Trial Gardens' 2022 Spring Plant Sale will be Saturday, April 9 from 8AM until 12PM. Free parking is available on weekends, and cash, check, and cards will be accepted. No appointments necessary!
This year will feature a huge selection of unique annuals, and perennials to provide you with a rainbow of color in your gardens all season long. All proceeds from our plant sale are crucial for the support of students, staff, and infrastructure needed to maintain the garden on a regular basis.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

USG Encourages Masks Based on Preference and Assessment of Personal Risk

The University System of Georgia (USG) continues to recognize COVID-19 vaccines and boosters offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to get vaccinated and/or boosted either on campus or with a local provider. As USG works closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to prioritize the health and safety of campus communities, the system encourages people to wear masks based on their preference and assessment of personal risk.

Face Coverings on Buses
Face coverings remain required on Campus Transit buses in accordance with federal transportation rules. Departments that are interested in having masks on hand can order them at no cost through UGAmart. Students can pick up masks at information desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center, while supplies last.

Pop-up COVID-19 Testing after Spring Break

The UGA College of Public Health, in partnership with the University Health Center, is offering free, walk-in, asymptomatic-only COVID-19 testing at the Tate Student Center West Lawn March 15 and March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration is needed. Bring your UGA ID.

On-campus COVID-19 Testing

The University Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Labs continue to provide asymptomatic surveillance testing and 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.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference: March 3 - 4, 2022
Trainees and faculty from the CET program participated in the Southeast Regional Clinical and Translational Science Conference on March 3 - 4, 2022, organized by the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance. More than 300 participants from 12 universities from five states participated at the event. Below are the presentations by the CET trainees:
Poster Presentations
  • Cldn17 Loss Exhibits Systemic Inflammation in Mice
Parvathagiri V, Adil MS, Narayanan SP, Somanath PR
  • Distinct Mechanisms of Human Retinal Endothelial Barrier Modulation by Mediators of Diabetes and Uveitis
Rudraraju M, Narayanan SP, Somanath PR
  • Interdisciplinary Study Involving Retrospective Patient Data and Experimental Analyses Reveal Neurodegeneration in Multiple Sclerosis
Shenoy N, Parvathagiri V, Liu F, Somanath PR, Narayanan SP
  • Dysregulation of MicroRNA-103a Mediates Cigarette Smoke Induced Lipid Accumulation and Oxidative Stress in Alveolar Macrophages
Zhu Y, Han YH, Wang X, Zhang D
  • The Therapeutic Potential of Extracellular Vesicle-Containing Clara Cell Protein 16 (CC16) In Acute Lung Injury Via DNA Repair Pathway
Han YH, Zhu Y, Zhang D
  • TIMP-1: A Novel Host Protein Target to Improve Outcomes in Influenza Viral Infections
Wang X, Rojas-Quintero J, Owen CA, Zhang D

Platform Presentation
  • Pharmacological Inhibition of Polyamine Oxidase Ameliorates Neuroinflammation and Oxidative Damage in an Experimental Model of Retinal Excitotoxicity
Alfarhan M, Liu F, Shan S, Pichavaram P, Somanath PR, Narayanan SP.

Poster Award
  • Nidhi Shenoy, a High School Junior (Lakeside High) research trainee in Dr. Narayanan lab received the 1st Prize for her poster presentation in Public Health Category entitled “Interdisciplinary Study Involving Retrospective Patient Data and Experimental Analyses Reveal Neurodegeneration in Multiple Sclerosis."
Dr. Narayanan and Team Publishes
Alfarhan M, Liu F, Shan S, Pichavaram P, Somanath PR, Narayanan SP. Pharmacological Inhibition of Spermine Oxidase Suppresses Excitotoxicity Induced Neuroinflammation in Mouse Retina. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Feb 15;23(4):2133. doi: 10.3390/ijms23042133. PMID: 35216248. Access the full article here.  
Dr. Kennedy Recent Publications

Dr. Eileen Kennedy recently published two papers related to the LRRK2 project for Parkinson’s (funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation), one of which made the cover of Peptide Science:
  • Singh RK, Soliman A, Guaitoli G, Störmer E, von Zweydorf F, Dal Maso T, Oun A, Van Rillaer L, Schmidt SH, Chatterjee D, David JA, Pardon E, Schwartz TU, Knapp S, Kennedy EJ, Steyaert J, Herberg FW, Kortholt A, Gloeckner CJ, Versées W. Nanobodies as allosteric modulators of Parkinson's disease-associated LRRK2. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Mar 1;119(9):e2112712119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2112712119. PMID: 35217606; PMCID: PMC8892280. Access the full article here.
  • Helton, L. G., Rideout, H. J., Herberg, F. W., Kennedy, E. J., Pept. Sci. 2022, 114( 1), e24251. Access the full article here


Senior Legacy Launch Event

To celebrate rising Senior and P4 students, the College of Pharmacy is hosting a Senior Legacy Launch event on Saturday, April 2. We will provide lunch, games and other activities to celebrate the start of your last year at the College! 

Students and their families are welcome. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 30th. If you have any questions, reach out to Emily Clary.

MEDISCA Free Student Event: March 18

See details for this free Pharmacy Student Virtual Event from MEDISCA below. Contact Dr. Deborah Elder with any questions. 

What: Life After Pharmacy School – What a Career in Compounding Can Look Like for You
When: Friday, March 18, 2022 | 3:00-6:00 pm EDT
Where: Zoom
Prizes: Over $17,000 value in prizes, including best school spirit before and at the event, school of pharmacy with the most registrants, winners of the online quiz

  • Hear from practicing compounding pharmacists on what it is like to be a Compounding Pharmacist & Business Owner
  • Enter the Virtual Lab for a Compounding Cook Offs where you will be exposed in innovative technology
  • Learn about support options and resources after Pharmacy School
  • Put your knowledge to the test – Compete in an online trivia about compounding
  • Bring your best school spirit and come with the most registrants from your school and WIN BIG


Now Hiring for Summer: Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is now hiring for approximately 120 summer positions.  Applications are currently being accepted for camp counselors (weekdays), Grand Slam (Friday nights only), and lifeguards.  Pay is $15 an hour with mid summer bonus. Applicants may apply online at For more information, please call 706-613-3090.

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

Your Input Requested: CoP Staff Awards Survey

The Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognitions Committee is charged with developing and maintaining a system for appropriate, worthy, and deserving recognition of College of Pharmacy personnel. A subcommittee has been appointed to to specifically study staff awards and make subsequent suggestions for improving and enhancing staff recognition. The subcommittee kindly requests your participation in this very brief survey by Friday, March 18 at 5 pm. Your feedback will allow the subcommittee to recommend an enhanced staff recognition program.

Take the survey.

AACP Webinar featuring Dr. Lindsey Welch: Building Scholarship Through State Partnerships and EE Consortia

Hosted by the AACP Experiential Education Section, this webinar will be the final webinar in a series focusing on experiential education team operations, professional development, assessment and continuous quality improvement, and scholarly activity. As many Offices of Experiential Education at most Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy belong to either an experiential education consortia or a state partnership, this webinar will focus on discussing the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of these types of models with an emphasis on collaborative scholarship.

When:  Apr 19, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (ET)
Objectives: Describe successful collaborative scholarship models established through state partnerships and experiential education consortia. 
  1. Compare and contrast planning collaborative scholarship projects versus identifying projects based on current experiential education needs.
  2. Discuss the process, challenges, and opportunities of successful scholarly endeavors.
Stacy L. Miller, Pharm.D. MBA, BCACP Assistant Dean for Clinical Education University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D., BCPS Director, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Division of Experience Programs
Ryan S. Ades, PharmD, BCPS Director of Experiential Education Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Manchester University Pharmacy Programs

Spring 2022 Research Live Events

The Office of Research, in collaboration with other units, offers a series of live Zoom presentations around timely topics for UGA researchers. Research Live builds off our monthly newsletter, Research Insights, which is dedicated to funding opportunities and other research announcements. Below is the next upcoming event:
  • Friday, April 8th at 11 a.m: The Latest in Research Commercialization @ UGA
For more information or to register for these events, please visit the Research Live website.

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information. Administrative Associate II S07896P Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy Staff Assistant/Associate/Full Professor F1071P Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy Faculty Assistant Professor F1068P Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci Faculty

Business Manager II S07948P Pharmacy-Finance & Admin Staff Clinical Assistant/Associate/Full Professor F1044P Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy Faculty Data Management Specialist II S07069P Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy Staff Postdoctoral Associate G/R15123P Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci Grad/Research/Student/Temp Postdoctoral Research Associate G/R12664P Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci Grad/Research/Student/Temp Research Assistant S07883P Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy Staff Research Technician S05461P Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci Staff

Research Technician S07957P Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci Staff Standardized Patient G/R14499P Pharmacy-Experiential Programs Grad/Research/Student/Temp



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