February 23, 2021

In this issue:

This Thursday: The Inaugural William Robie III Lecture & Award

There’s still time to register for the inaugural William Robie III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture & Award this Thursday, February 25 at 6pm. Robie, a 1970 alumnus, was the first African-American graduate of the College and will share his experiences in his address: “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Forefront of the College of Pharmacy's Values and Mission: My Reflections.” Register here.

Learn more about the 60 at 60 here. 

And congratulations to last week's 60 at 60 trivia winner, Meagan Watkins! 

Virtual Day at the Dome Deemed a Success

An international pandemic will not stop PharmDawgs from learning about the state legislative process!  The College of Pharmacy’s annual “Day at the Dome” for P1 students was held virtually, and more than 150 UGA participants, including a few fellow P2-P4 PharmDawgs, along with students from PCOM, received a wealth of information. Presenters included Bob Coleman, CEO of the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA); Wes Chapman, President/Board Chair, GPhA; Liza Chapman, Chairman, Georgia Pharmacy Foundation; Greg Reybold, GPhA VP of Public Policy; and Dr. Kristen Linthicum, UGA Office of Government Relations. In addition, several legislators addressed the group, including Representatives Ron Stephens and David Knight.  Reybold and Chapman discussed details of Senate Bill 46, which expands pharmacists immunization protocols to include all ACIP approved vaccines. Special kudos to Dr. Lori Duke, Kay Brooks, and Dr. Lindsey Welch for coordinating today’s event for the P1 class.

UGA Miracle Check Presentation

UGA Miracle's Dance Marathon was held virtually on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21. The UGA CoP was proud to present a check for $3,500 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. UGA Miracle as a whole raised $1.42M, which is the largest amount raised in their history. Thank you to everyone who was involved in raising money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta through UGA Miracle!

GMP Registration Open, Special Rates for CoP Community

Registration is open for the 45th International Good Manufacturing Practices Conference, held virtually from March 8-11. CoP faculty and staff receive complimentary registration. Student registration is available for a special rate of $100

60th Anniversary of Desegregation Documentary

As part of the recognition of the 60th anniversary of desegregation at UGA, a team of Grady College faculty and students have put the finishing touches on a documentary looking back at the events of 1961, and looking forward at the progress made on our campus and at the work that remains to be done. The full-length feature is linked below.

Is Your Mailing Address Updated?

Due to a recent influx of returned mailpieces, UGA Mail & Receiving Services is urging all faculty, staff, and students to ensure that their mailing address is correct in Athena, Banner, and OneUSG Connect. 

Thank you for continuing efforts to keep the College of Pharmacy safe and healthy this semester.  Please continue practicing the basic steps that help us prevent the spread of illness (hand hygiene, social distancing, face coverings, etc.) and remember to mask up! 

Dr. Michael Bartlett
Associate Dean for Science Education, Research and Technology
Chair of COLT

Mask Guidelines

Remember, all faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Click here to learn more about proper masks and masking behaviors. 


Latest Research News

There is much to report on CoP’s research front! Several faculty members and students have published research papers and manuscripts recently, including:

  • Ibrahim M. Asiri, Pharm.D, Ph.D. Candidate in CAP, Dr. Henry Young and Dr. Ewan Cobran, Assistant Professor in CAP, recently got their research study entitled “Race and Prostate Specific Antigen Surveillance Testing and Monitoring 5-years After Definitive Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer” accepted for publication by Nature’s Journal of Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.
  • Dr. Ewan Cobran, Assistant Professor in CAP, research “Decreasing Cancer Disparities by Increasing Patient Understanding of Prognostic Genetics” has been profiled by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

  • Drs. Somanath Shenoy and Andrea Newsome published a study primarily performed by their MS student, Rana Kadry, and Ph.D. candidate Mir Adil. The study investigated the effect of cisatracurium (a nicotinic neuromuscular blocker, which is used in ARDS patients to decrease mechanical ventilator dyssynchrony, increase oxygenation, and improve mortality), on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced MMP3 expression in human microvascular endothelial cells. cisatracurium treatment significantly decreased LPS-induced MMP3 expression and increased expression of cell junction proteins such as vascular endothelial cadherin (VE-cadherin) and claudin-5, thus preserving the vascular integrity. "Cisatracurium attenuates LPS-induced modulation of MMP3 and junctional protein expression in human microvascular endothelial cells" was published in the journal Bioscience Trends.
  • Dr. Duo Zhang's group, with Drs. Susan Fagan and Priya Narayanan, published an invited article titled “Overview and Update on Methods for Cargo Loading into Extracellular Vesicles” in the special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717) "Function, Diffusion and Transport Processes of Extracellular Vesicles." Dr. Yohan Han is the first author of this published review article.

SCCM Annual Conference

Dr. Susan Smith presented a research project at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress titled “Relationship between critical care clinical pharmacist activities and burnout syndrome.” The research received two awards: SCCM Star Research Achievement Award and Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section Travel Award. The research was also published recently in JACCP. UGA Collaborators on the Research: Dr. Andrea Newsome, Aubrey Slaughter (current AU PGY-1 resident and class of 2020), Sydney Butler (current P4 student)

Several UGA folks also presented research at the SCCM conference, including:

Ashley Taylor (AU PGY2 Critical Care Resident): Vasopressor Discontinuation Order in Septic Shock with Reduced LV Function
Collaborators: Christy Forehand, Tim Jones, Hannah Dykes, Andrea Newsome, Susan Smith

Aaron Chase (AU PGY1 Resident): Medication Regimen Complexity Score (MRC-ICU) Predicts Fluid Overload in the Critically Ill
Collaborators: Bill Olney, Andrea Newsome, Sarah Adams, Susan Smith

Christy ForehandCharacterizing Documentation of Pharmacist Productivity in the Intensive Care Unit
Collaborators: Katie Fitton, Andrea Newsome, Ah Hyun Jun, Sarah Maddox, Susan Smith

Dr. Cobran Inducted into Sigma Xi

Dr. Ewan Cobran, Assistant Professor in CAP was recently inducted in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the international honor society of science and engineering. One of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, Sigma Xi has a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than one hundred and twenty-five years. Scientists and engineers, whose research spans the disciplines of science and technology, comprise the membership of the Society.

Dr. Cobran also recently served (February 18-19) as a grant reviewer for the National Cancer Institute, Lifestyle Change and Behavioral Health, Study Section.

Dang, Patimavirujh, and Park Advance to Round 2 of ACCP Clinical Research Challenge

Congratulations to Diana Dang, Natt Patimavirujh, and Seongeun (Emily) Park for advancing to Round 2 of the ACCP Clinical Research Challenge! The trio won the local competition and had the opportunity to represent the CoP at the national competition on February 15th. This year 82 teams competed for a spot in Round 2 - the top 40 teams advanced to the next level. Best of luck to these PharmDawgs! More details can be found here.


Mindfulness Series for Students: Take Your Time

What: A deep dive into mindfulness, appropriate for newbies, old pros, and everyone in between. Over the course of four weeks, participants will learn and practice nine different tools for cultivating mindfulness.

When: Tuesdays from 2-3:15pm on Zoom - 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, and 3/9

How: To register, RSVP for the first session of the series on the Involvement Network. Space is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Free Virtual Event for Future Compounding Pharmacists

Medisca, LP3 Network, and Medisca Network invite students to a free virtual event on March 19 from 3–6pm: Hidden Heroes be the Change – A Virtual Event for our Future Compounding Pharmacists. More information can be found here.

Student Organization Fundraisers

Don't miss out on all of the great fundraisers happening now! T-shirts, candles, and more... View the latest fundraisers here.


Time & Absence Changes

The process to submit time, approve time, and request absences will be changing soon as USG transitions to the new “Fluid” interface in OneUSG Connect with version 6.22 release on March 14. All job aids and interactive training guides will be updated in the Training Library before March 14. View a preview of the changes here.

UGA Mentor Program: Mentor Skills Workshop

The UGA Mentor Program is holding a workshop February 24 at 3:30pm: "UGA Mentor Skills: Talking Across Differences." More information and registration here.

Save the Date: Augmented Reality Workshop

Katie Smith and Russ Palmer will host a new series of sessions available for faculty interested in learning about the application of new technologies and practices in education. Each semester, they will host an informal discussion of a new technology selected from the annual Educause Horizon Report. This semester, on Thursday April 27th at 1:00pm, Katie and Russ will discuss “augmented reality." Zoom information and more details to come.

Is that Email Legitimate?

Curious whether an email is legitimate and sponsored by UGA or the USG? Below is a list of USG-sponsored vendors that you may receive e-mail communications and/or marketing materials from regarding their services.


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


6pm | Make the Most of Your Job Search… (Zoom)


6pm | William Robie III Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture & Award


2pm | Career Drop-In Hours (Zoom)