October 13, 2021

News & Announcements

Mark Your Calendars for Pharmtoberfest 2021!

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) will host the 19th annual Pharmtoberfest Health Fair on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

The event will take place from 11am to 2pm on the D.W. Brooks Mall, in front of the College of Pharmacy and adjacent to the Science Learning Center. Sponsored by Kroger, this event is open to all UGA faculty, staff, and students as well as the local community.

For a list of participating organization & event details, click here!

Commissioner Jasper Watkins to Speak TOMORROW!

On Thursday, October 14, at 6pm, Gwinnett County Commissioner Jasper Watkins will join the College of Pharmacy for a talk addressing "Health Disparities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pharmacy Care." Commissioner Watkins, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, is the principal/consultant for Watty Consulting, LLC, and senior account executive for the Group Purchasing Organization, Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy Infuse. He served 25 years as an Army pharmacist, five years as chief of the Bureau for Statewide Pharmaceutical Services for the Florida Department of Health and two years with the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center's pharmacy.

A nuclear pharmacist, Jasper received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Florida A&M University and a Master of Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University. While in the service, he assisted in the placement of wounded personnel from the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, and helped lead pharmaceutical support for civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and resupply operations immediately after Hurricane Andrew.

Click here to register for this webinar!

Salute to the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA) during Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, some members of our CoP family share what is special and notable about their native countries:

The College of Pharmacy is also proud to recognize our student chapter of the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA).

NHPA has as its mission to highlight pharmacists presence in Hispanic communities by improving cultural competence in the pharmacy arena that will foster better health outcomes for Hispanic patients. UGA’s CoP NHPA chapter members are passionate about bringing pharmacists closer to the Hispanic community and bridging the gap between cultures to better serve minority communities.

Last year was the inaugural year of NHPA at UGA. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was extremely difficult for members to be physically involved in the community. As part of an effort to serve in a safe way, students translated COVID and vaccine information into Spanish and complied information sheets to hand out to local Spanish-speaking communities.

To learn more about NHPA’s work in the community and support of important health issues, click here!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1st through October 31st is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The University of Georgia’s CoP wants to contribute to increasing awareness of breast cancer and the effects of it. 
Breast cancer is a disease where malignant tumors form in the tissue of the breast. Next to skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer. In 2021, an estimated 330,000 women and 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, an estimated 43,600 and 530 men will die from breast cancer this year alone.

October 20th — The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) UGA chapter is co-sponsoring a district meeting on October 20th at 6:30 pm where Dr. Mandi Murph, an Associate Professor at the CoP, will converse about breast cancer and PharmDawg breast cancer survivors will join to discuss their individual history and experience with breast cancer.

October 28th — The Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy (SOAP) and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) UGA chapters will host a breast cancer survivor's panel from 12:30pm to 1:20pm.

Nominations Open for The President's "Fulfilling the Dream" Award

Nominations are now open for the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, which recognizes individuals in the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County communities who are working to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality and justice a reality. 

Award winners demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement in addressing critical community issues; utilize King’s philosophy to reduce tensions, resolve conflict and foster goodwill; and apply King’s teachings to build bridges of understanding and unity. 

Click here to nominate someone! Nominations are due October 15.

Grand Rounds: Throw it in Reverse: Weight-based versus Fixed-dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for Reversal of Warfarin 

Hanna A. Azimi, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident at Augusta University Medical Center, will be presenting Grand Rounds on October 20th from 12:10-1:10pm. The presentation will:

  • review the process of hemostasis and define major bleeding.
  • describe the current standard of care for warfarin reversal and the rationale behind fixed-dosing of 4F-PCC.
  • evaluate the literature to recommend fixed-dosing strategies of 4F-PCC for reversal of warfarin.
Grand Rounds take place in the following rooms:
  • Albany — ES Conference room
  • Athens — RC 362
  • Augusta — 135
  • Savannah — HL2101

Or join virtually here! (Meeting ID: 953 4712 0449/ Passcode: 754824)

Trail Garden Plant Sale

The Trial Garden at UGA will be hosting a Fall Sale and Jack-O-Lantern light-up. For sale, there will be houseplants, including tropicals, succulents, cacti, and other rarities from the garden. Locally grown pumpkins will be sold while supplies last.

ETIS Network and System Maintenance

Save the Date — Saturday, November 6th!
Join us for fun, food and family-friendly games as we celebrate the inaugural 2021 Dean's Tailgate & Class Reunions at the UGA College of Pharmacy. Reunions for class years ending in 1 & 6 will be celebrated! The event begins 3 hours prior to kickoff for the UGA vs Missouri game.

COLT - COVID-19 Information

Non-Closure Emergency Leave

The Non-Closure Emergency Leave available to faculty and staff, which was tentatively scheduled to expire on September 28, has now been extended through October 28, 2021. Non-Closure Emergency Leave provides faculty and staff up to 8 hours of paid time to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and allows for up to 16 hours of time away from work for vaccine side effects. FAQs on the Non-Closure Emergency can be found herePlease note that this leave type is different than the Vaccine Administrative Day Leave.

University Health Center to Provide COVID-19 Booster Shot

On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to include a single booster dose at least six months after completion of the full vaccine series.  Boosters are recommended to prolong protective immunity against the COVID-19 virus because experts are beginning to see in certain individuals, reduced protection against mild and moderate COVID-19 disease.

Beginning Monday, September 27, 2021, UGA faculty, staff, students, retirees, and dependents (18 and over) who have received the Pfizer vaccine series (2 doses completed more than six months ago) and who meet eligibility requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, may schedule appointments to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot.

Appointments may be scheduled at Individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the appointment. Those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are not eligible to receive a Pfizer booster dose at this time, per CDC guidance. Vaccination status will be verified on-site.

Based on the FDA’s authorization and CDC recommendations, the following groups are eligible to schedule appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since the completion of the primary Pfizer series:

  • People 65 years and older;
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions;
  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks; and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Is There A Dr. Palmer in the House?

There is now!  Congratulations to our own Dr. Russ Palmer, Instructional Designer in the IIT Department, who successfully defended his dissertation last week to earn a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology in the UGA College of Education. 

As a  native of Jasper, Georgia, Dr. Palmer joined the IIT Department in 2005. The title of his dissertation is “Constructing Problems in Context: Examining How Pharmacy Students Frame Clinical Problems.” 

When asked his future plans using his new degree, title, and knowledge, Dr. Palmer remarked, “Among many things, I’m interested in continuing to develop collaborative educational research that is intended to have a transformative impact on learning, instructional design, and instructional technology for students who are working towards careers as healthcare professionals.” 

Way to go, Russ….errr….Dr. Palmer!

Dr. Y. George Zheng's Article Published in National Journal

This month, Dr. Y. George Zheng had his article, The Macromolecular Complexes of Histones Affect Protein Arginine Methyltransferase Activities, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. 

Read the article here. Congratulations Dr. Zheng!
Dr. Neil Grimsey's Recent Publications
  • Co-authored a stem cell Retinal paper that deciphers a unique mechanism behind the blinding disease achromatopsia. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — read it here
  • Co-authored an article addressed how heat shock protein 27 activity is linked to endothelial barrier recovery after proinflammatory GPCR-induced disruption. Published in Science Signal — read it here!
Dr. Grimsey also recently won a pilot study award to test the UGA Visium Lab spatial gene expression. He received a grant in collaboration with Illumina to investigate the spatial regulation of Inflammatory signing in acute lung injury.

Good work Dr. Grimsey! You make us PharmDawg Proud!


Join the PharmCast Team!

Our PharmCast podcasts and videos feature interviews with students, UGA faculty, and pharmaceutical experts in our community. We discuss a wide variety of current events, including medication management, vaccine discoveries, drug regulations, breakthroughs in our field, and much more.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with faculty and peers, network, and it is also an amazing CV opportunity. We have THREE open positions to become a vital part of UGA COP's first and only podcast. Apply here!

Have any questions? Email us: Lillian Zulu, Bhavi Patel, Antoinette MorkehEresi Ojebe!

Applications are due at 11:59pm on October 31st.

American Public Health Association Monthly Student Webinars

The American Public Health Association is hosting several webinars where amazing guest speakers share their insight and experiences.

October 21st — LBGTQ + Health and Education, featuring Brayden Misiolek. Register here!

November 18th — Oncology Care November, featuring Ramya Antony and LCDR Chan Mitchell. Register here!

December 2nd — Diabetes Care and Education, featuring LCDR Tabitha Dillinger and CAPT James Chapple. Register here!

The UGA Office of Sustainability is now accepting proposals for the 2021-22 Campus Sustainability Grants Program.

Funded by the student Green Fee, this competitive program provides up to $5,000 for student-proposed projects designed to advance sustainability through education, research, service, and campus operations.

Successful projects will address UGA's strategic priorities and integrate social, environmental, and economic solutions to help ensure that all people can thrive, both now and in the future.  Proposals are selected based on merit, positive impact, implementation feasibility, and available funding.

Campus Sustainability Grant Deadlines:

  • Proposals Due – November 15, 2021
  • Notification of Award – December 8, 2021
  • Project Completion – All project funds must be expended before June 1, 2022.

To learn more, visit the Campus Sustainability Grants Program website or email

The Office of Global Engagement Passport Initiative

Financial Planning Appointments Available!

Questions or concerns about financial planning? Schedule a consultation with our Financial Literacy Graduate Assistant to discuss your financial health, including developing financial goals, managing your personal budget, paying off debt and student loans, and building credit. Sign up for an appointment here!

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

Quarterly Federal Lobbying Report

If you participated in federal lobbying activities from July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, complete the survey below. ONLY complete the survey if you participated in these activities during this time period. 

Click here to access the survey. If you had multiple lobbying contacts, please complete a separate survey for each contact you made.

Please submit your response by Thursday, October 14 at 12:00pm.

Dr. Young presenting in a breakout session at the 2021 State of the Public’s Health (SOPH) Conference.

The SOPH Conference at the University of Georgia is an annual gathering focused on fostering meaningful, constructive dialogue and practical solutions for Georgia’s public health challenges. This event is organized and hosted by the UGA College of Public Health’s Office of Outreach, Engagement, and Equity.

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on COVID-19 and Getting Vaccinated: Results from a National Survey — presented by Juliet Choi, Executive Director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

Facing Three Salient Challenges in Rural Georgia: Aging, Mental Health, and Management of Chronic Conditions — presented by Lisa Renzi-Hammond, Associate Professor at the UGA College of Public Health, Andrea Scarrow, Southwest District Directo & Henry Young, Associate Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy.

Public Health Law — presented by Fazal Khan, UGA School of Law.

This year, the conference is on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9am to 12pm. It is free and being held virtually. Register here!

Resources for Teaching and Learning eLC Course

Katie Smith and Russ Palmer from CoP’s IIT Department are developing an eLC course to provide quick access to resources and support documents related to instructional design and SoTL as well as the main teaching and learning tools used by faculty at the College. This course will be developed into a rich repository of relevant resources to provide faculty with an additional layer of assistance and support. All current faculty have been enrolled in the course – click here to access it (and consider bookmarking it for convenience). Please contact Katie or Russ with any questions.

Upcoming events include:

October 14th — Virtual Workshop: Embracing Diversity to Increase Inclusive Teaching Practices.

October 18th — GradTeach Workshop (open to all graduate students): How Learning Works: Engaging Students with Active Learning.

October 25th — SoTL Colloquium: Knowledge of Learning Makes A Difference
The University’s Signature Lectures Series Continues

The University’s Signature Lectures Series continues this fall with talks from renowned scholars and leaders in the arts, agriculture, business, civil rights, government, the sciences and several other fields. Information on the Fall 2021 Signature Lectures can be found here.

Up Next: "Vaccine Biotech: A Journey from South Georgia to Virology to Silicon Valley" with Martin Moore, CEO of Meissa Vaccines

USG Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The University System of Georgia requires all of its employees to complete cybersecurity awareness training twice annually, in April and October.

To complete the mandatory October training, log on to the KnowBe4 Portal at  with your UGA MyID and password.

Once on the training homepage, you should see the UGA logo near the upper left portion of the training window, and a course named Security Awareness Fundamentals will be available to you. Click the red “Start” button to begin. To advance through the training, click the “Next” button at the conclusion of each slide. At the end of the training, you will be prompted to take a short quiz. Once your training is complete, you can download a certificate of achievement if desired.

The Security Awareness Fundamentals course should require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for all faculty, staff, and student employees to complete the training module is October 29, 2021.

Faculty, staff, and student employees who have questions about the training should contact the EITS Help Desk at 542-3106 or e-mail

UGA Employees Required to Complete Updated Motor Vehicle Training by end of 2021.

In an effort to promote a safe work environment, reduce the number of on-the-job motor vehicle accidents, and ensure compliance with Board of Regents and State of Georgia policies, the University of Georgia updated its Motor Vehicle Policy that provides:
  1. driving qualification standards for UGA drivers.
  2. a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check for anyone who operates a vehicle as part of their official duties.
  3. required training and appropriate action for anyone who falls outside those standards.

The UGA Motor Vehicle Use Policy became effective on July 1, 2020 and applies to all UGA faculty, staff, volunteers, and independent contractors. Whether you are driving a personal vehicle, government issued (state or federal), or rental vehicle while conducting university business, you are required to:

  1. participate in annual training.
  2. complete a Driver Acknowledgement Form.
  3. complete an annual Motor Vehicle Record history check (if the employee or volunteer’s driving frequency is three or more days per week).

The policy in its entirety may be viewed here.  The training and associated forms are included in the Professional Education Portal system through UGA Human Resources.

All employees are required to complete the training by the end of December 2021.

Contact the UGA Insurance and Claims Office or call 706-425-3083 with any questions.

HR Information & Reminders

Year-End Leave Balances Reminders

  • Don't forget that faculty and staff who accrue vacation leave, the 360- hour calendar year cap for your vacation balance is in effect.
  • Any vacation hours in excess of 360 hours will be removed if not used by December 31, 2021.

Benefits Open Enrollment — Open Enrollment Period: October 25- November 5.

  • Virtual Benefits Fair: October 25 – October 29.
  • Virtual Office Hours:
    • October 27 – 3:00-5:00pm.
    • November 2 – 9:00-11:00am.
    • November 4 – 3:00-5:00.

Benefits – Spending Account Updates

  • Effective January 1, 2022, HSA Bank will replace OptumBank as the spending account provider for HSA, FSA, DCFSA, and LPFSA.
  • Employees with an HSA balance as of Dec. 31, 2021, will need to approve the transfer of funds to HSA Bank.
  • Contributions beginning Jan. 1 will be remitted to HSA Bank.
    • These are individual accounts and employees must approve liquidation of investments and transfer of funds.
    • Employees will receive a $50 credit once they approve the transfer, and the funds are moved to HSA Bank.

Position Postings

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

Client Support Services Professional II 
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Public Service Assistant
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
Dr. Young presenting at 2021 SOPH Conference
9am-12pm | Register here!
CTL Virtual Workshop: Embracing Diversity to Increase Inclusive Teaching Practives
9:30am-11:00am | Via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott

Health Disparities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pharmacy Care: Jasper Watkins
6pm | Register in advance for this webinar here. | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott

Managing Stress and Anxiety
7pm | By Appointment | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
Grand Rounds: Throw it in Reverse: Weight-based versus Fixed-dose 4-Factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate for Reversal of Warfarin
12:10pm-1:10pm | Presenter: Hanna A. Azimi | Augusta 135, Savannah HL2101, Albany ES Conference Room, Athens RC 362 | Zoom Link
SNPhA District Meeting: Presentation about Breast Cancer and Discussion with PharmDawg Breast Cancer Survivors
6:30pm | Presenter: Dr. Mandi Murph
Pharmtober Fest
11am-2pm | D.W. Brooks Mall | Contact: Maddie Marsh
APHA Student Webinar: LGBTQ+ Health and Education
Featuring Brayden Misiolek
FRIDAY 10/22
Trail Garden Plant Sale
10am-6pm | 1030 W. Green St, Athens, GA 30602
Vaccine Biotech: A Journey from South Georgia to Virology to Silicon Valley
11am | Innovation Hub, Room 100 | Presenter: Martin Moore
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