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October 9, 2020
In this issue:
Dr. Bland Provides Expert Commentary in the News This Morning

Dr. Chris Bland, Clinical Associate Professor at the extended campus in Savannah, provided expert commentary on a segment aired this morning on 11-Alive news, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta.  Reporter Jerry Carnes asked Dr. Bland to explain the use of experimental and “compassionate” use drugs in the treatment of COVID-19, a protocol recently prescribed to President Donald Trump. To hear his interview, see here

Home Game Building Security

The Dawgs play Tennessee tomorrow with kickoff scheduled at 3:30 pm. As usual on Saturdays, both buildings will be closed and locked all day. There will be no security or custodial personnel in the buildings. 

Please observe the following building security precautions

  • Please be certain that all doors for which you are responsible are locked before you leave this evening.
  • Unless you have an essential, work related need to be in our buildings prior to kickoff tomorrow evening, please do not enter the buildings.  Football fans may attempt to enter the building as you enter or exit. Some may be very aggressive in attempting to do so.
  • If you feel you must come in Saturday, it is your responsibility to see that the door is locked behind you and that unauthorized persons have not been given an opportunity to enter.  Likewise, when leaving, be certain that the door locks before you walk away.  If you observe unauthorized persons in either building, or find an exterior door that cannot be secured, please call the UGA Police non-emergency line: 706-542-2200.

Faculty, please discuss this information with any new students who work in your labs.

Cheer on the Dawgs, Safely!

Our #3 ranked Bulldogs take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday at 3 pm Between the Hedge in Sanford Stadium.  Wherever you cheer them on, whether in the stadium or in an armchair tuned in to CBS, stay diligent about being safe!  Wear your mask.  Avoid crowds. Stay socially distant. Stay home if you’re not feeling well.  And GO DAWGS!

Preventing Zoombombing

We want to make you aware of several steps that you can take to prevent Zoombombing and other cybersecurity risks as we continue to hold more virtual meetings in the future. These measures include not publicly posting meeting IDs, using a meeting password, and limiting screen sharing to the meeting host. A full list of tips can be found on the EITS website.

Alumni Newsletter

The latest edition of the CoP's Alumni Newsletter was released yesterday, featuring a letter from Dean Kelly Smith, highlights from the College, Alumni Spotlight on Amanda Gaddy '95, and more - click here to read.

Dr. Branan Awarded Teacher of the Year Apple

Dr. Trisha Branan '06, Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Department, was named the 2019-2020 UGA College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year in the spring -- but she just received her shiny apple award this week! Dr. Branan coordinates and teaches courses in the PharmD program, and she also currently serves as President of the Georgia Society for Health-System Pharmacists. She has a clinical practice site at Piedmont-Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Read more about Dr. Branan’s well-deserved award here. Congratulations, Dr. Branan!

Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop in Albany
Dr. Melody Sheffield, Campus Director for Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Interim Assistant Dean for Professional Affairs at the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, hosted Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) Scholars on the Phoebe Education Center Campus. Along with the Public Health Training, each AHEC Scholar Received an Emergency Preparedness Kit from SOWEGA-AHEC.  P3 student Whitney Worth is in the AHEC Scholars program. Recruitment for the next group of AHEC Scholars is ongoing among the P2 group who will be in SWGA next fall.

Breast Cancer Panel
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SOAP and APhA’s Women’s Health Operation hosted a Breast Cancer Survivors Panel yesterday during Org Hour. The panel featured Melissa Hunter, Senior Director of Finance and Administration; Dr. Michelle McElhannon, Public Service Assistant; and Mickey Montevideo, Senior Director of Public Relations, Communications and Marketing.

Inclusive Teaching Workshop
Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander, Associate Professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies, Dr. Tim Brown, Director of Interprofessional Education, and Dr. Mike Fulford, Director of Assessment and Interim Lead for Faculty Affairs, led an engaging and successful workshop on inclusive teaching yesterday, October 8.

Sign Up for Surveillance Testing

Visit the surveillance testing portal via the University Health Center’s website to schedule an appointment for asymptomatic testing at Legion Field. With new increased capacity, they are often able to accommodate same day appointments.

In cases where there is same-day availability, Legion Field staff will accept walk-up appointments. Individuals will need to register onsite, but the likelihood is that they will be accommodated.
In addition to Legion Field testing, pop-up surveillance testing is available across campus. Free, walk-in, asymptomatic-only testing is available for all UGA community members, brought to you in partnership with the College of Public Health and AU/UGA.

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Health Sciences Campus, George Hall
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Georgia Center, Mahler Hall at the #flUGA Mobile Clinic

Be sure to bring your UGA ID, and do not eat, drink, or smoke/chew tobacco 30 minutes before your test.

Dean Kelly Smith says testing is "quick, easy, and painless" - just do it!

What Kind of Face Covering Should I Wear?

With so many options out there, choosing the right type of face covering can be confusing. The below guide illustrates what to look for in a mask:
Don't Forget to Use DawgCheck!

Whether you plan to come to campus or not, don't forget to record your signs and symptoms each day using DawgCheck.
Promotion & Tenure Workshop

The College of Pharmacy is offering a Promotion & Tenure Workshop in conjunction with the University P&T workshop on October 20. Faculty attendance at one of both is encouraged. Register for the 9-11am University workshop via PEP and join the 11am-12pm College workshop via Zoom.

Call for Applications: Provost’s Affordable Course Materials Grant Program
The UGA Libraries and Center for Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third round of the Provost’s Affordable Course Materials Grant program. This grant is intended to provide one-time funding to support the adoption of open and/or affordable (less than $40) course materials. Awards will be made up to $5,000 each, with a total of $60,000 being awarded. These funds are eligible for use as salary and as operating expenses and must be expended by the end of FY21.
Criteria: Grant submissions will be evaluated for impact (dollars saved per student and size of student population impacted) and sustainability of project.
Eligibility: All full-time faculty (Academic Professionals, Instructors, Lecturers, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors, etc.) may apply for this grant. Applications from teams (e.g. groups of instructors teaching the same course) also will be accepted.
Grant proposal submissions should be submitted using the application form at this link and are due January 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by February 19, 2021. More information on the Affordable Course Materials Grant program is available here.

Employer Spotlight Series

The UGA College of Pharmacy is excited to announce a new career development opportunity for all PharmD students - the Employer Spotlight Series.

The Employer Spotlight Series is a collaboration with local and national pharmacy employer partners.  Each session will feature one organization, and representatives from each company will highlight information about the organization, special programming, and employment opportunities for current students and graduates.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with representatives during a live Q&A session, as well.  

The Employer Spotlight Series is open to all PharmD students in College of Pharmacy, but it is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for P4 students to connect with potential employers. 

Our first Employer Spotlight will feature CVS Health, and will be held virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30PM to 1:15PM.  To join us for the event live, visit us on Zoom.  

For questions about career development in the College of Pharmacy or the Employer Spotlight series, contact Dr. Danielle Vitale.  
Blood Drive Next Thursday

The UGA Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive next Thursday, October 15 from 11am-5pm in Memorial Hall. In order to properly maintain social distancing, appointments are required. To sign up, click here. (Sponsor code: UGA)
Next Week
For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
MONDAY 10/12
Meditation Mondays with Dr. Hill-Silcott | 2:30-3pm & 4:30-5pm, Zoom
Employer Spotlight Series: CVS | 12:30-1:15pm, Zoom
Career Development Drop-In Hours with Dr. Vitale | 1:30-3pm, Zoom
Grand Rounds | 2-4pm, 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