August 18, 2022

Welcome Back, PharmDawgs!

We hope you had a restful summer. We are so happy to have you back on campus again!

If you're new around here, welcome! The PharmDawg Weekly is your guide to all the happenings at the College of Pharmacy. Each week, you'll read about all the good news and upcoming events here at the College, the University, and our local communities.

If you have news you would like to submit, email PharmDawg Weekly with a 2-3 sentence write-up, any photos or graphics, and a contact person.

Have a great semester, Pharm Fam!

News & Announcements

Research Day Showcases Student Excellence in PBS
For the first time since the pandemic, the faculty and staff of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences hosted the department’s annual Research Day in person. The event featured research talks by various faculty, poster presentations by students, opportunities to network, and a formal awards program.
Students were the highlight of the event with their research posters, presentations, and honors.  Award winners included:
Dr. James T. Stewart Graduate Student Endowmenthonors the late Jim Stewart, a former faculty member

  • Tyler Brown

Joseph P. LaRocca Graduate Research Fundhonors the late Dr. Joe LaRocca, a former faculty member

  • Gui Guimaraes – WINNER “Oligonucleotide Nonspecific Binding and Its Implications in Pharmaceutical Development”
  • Ian Durie – FINALIST “Broad spectrum therapeutic development towards high-risk pathogens”
  • Jiabao Song – FINALIST “"Chemoproteomic profiling of HAT substrates in the native cellular context"

Outstanding Poster Awards

  • Jeremy Burton – “The Spatiotemporal Mapping of Proinflammatory GPCR-induced MAPK p38 Signaling Reveals A Key Role for Receptor Internalization” 
  • Elizabeth Hughes – “Using Structure-based Activity Relationship Analysis (SAR) to Overcome Anthracycline Chemoresistance” 
  • Jiabao Song - "Chemoproteomic Profiling of Cellular Substrates of the Lysine Acetyltransferase HAT1 Using Cell Permeable Bioorthogonal Reporters"
  • Autumn Tobin - “Inhibition of Class I Fusion Proteins by Targeting the Intermediate State”  

PBS Junior Student of the Year

  • Matthew Whittaker 

The daughter of the Dr. Joe LaRocca, Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts, participated in the award presentations.
Earlier in the day, two PBS alumni provided keynote messages. Dr. Vishal Gupta addressed "From UGA to Chief Scientific Officer: Reflections on a 22-Year Career Journey.”  Later in the day, Dr. Tanzir Mortuza discussed “From Toxicology to Regulatory Affairs.”
Held at the college rather than the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the event shifted from spring to fall semester this academic year. According to Dr. Jason Zastre, PBS Interim Assistant Department Head for Graduate Education and the event coordinator, the format modifications allowed for more participation of students and faculty.  “We were pleased with the content of the program and the engagement of our faculty and students,” said Dr. Zastre.  “It was an outstanding Research Day.”

UGA College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony Ushers in Class of 2026
Members of the University of Georgia Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2026 received their white coats during an official ceremony held Saturday, August 13 at the Performing Arts Center on the UGA campus. The 132 first-year PharmD students heard keynote remarks from Dr. Lori Dukes, assistant dean of the College’s Office of Experience Programs; Dr. Lori McGinley, a 2002 alumna, the Vice President of Pharmacy Management at PharmD on Demand in Watkinsville, and the current president of the College of Pharmacy’s Alumni Board; and Noah Gurr, a third-year PharmD student from Cumming, who serves as chair of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, president of the National Community Pharmacists Association, president of the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, and parliamentarian of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. 

Congratulations, PharmDawgs! View the program and photos from the day.

PharmDawg Excellence at NPhA/SNPhA in Atlanta

The UGA CoP had a great showing at the recent NPhA/SNPhA Conference in Atlanta. The highlights are numerous, including:

  • Tierra Jackson officially assumed her role as National President of SNPhA and delivered an incredible presidential speech.
  • Elizabeth Echols was inducted as the National Remember the Ribbon Chair of SNPhA.
  • Parth Patel was inducted as the SNPhA Region 2 Facilitator.
  • Busola Fowowe '22 wrapped up as the outgoing National Recording Secretary of SNPhA.
  • Charles Ajala won the Dr. Kathy E. Monangai Book Award.
  • Kelly Bazel won first place in the National Kroger Clinical Skills Competition in Division 1.
  • Parth Patel and Stephen Wu won first place in the National Kroger Clinical Skills Competition in Division 2.
  • Drs. Deborah Elder and Vivia Hill-Silcott were awarded Regions 1 and 2 Advisor of the Year.
  • Dr. Brian Seagraves led a workshop on "The Care and Treatment of the Underserved Population Infected with Hepatitis C."
  • Drs. Sharmon Osae and Michelle McElhannon were among speakers for the NPhA Conference.
  • Dr. William Huang served as a judge for the clinical skills competition.

For more, check out our Instagram profile (@ugapharmacy) for a highlight under "SNPhA" of the takeover from Tiffany Long!

Campus Health & Safety Message

The Office of Student Affairs released a Campus Health and Safety Message with important information as we begin the school year. Read the letter in its entirety here.

New Issue of UGA Script

The latest issue of the UGA Script - the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy's digital magazine - is here! In this Summer 2022 issue, you'll find highlights, features, updates, and all-around great news from the UGA College of Pharmacy. Read now!

Accolades, Media, & Publications

Dr. Sikora Publishes New Book

Dr. Andrea Sikora published a new book about mentorship in healthcare, titled Pay It Forward: A Map to Mentorship in Medicine. This book is "designed to be a warm welcome to the power of mentorship in a healthcare career. The goal is to provide a concise and informative overview of the best practices of mentorship and discusses everyday pearls and maxims. It features a novel adaptation of the five ethical principles of medicines and practical tips for integrating mentorship into the life of a healthcare professional. Ultimately, the hope of this book is to kindle the flame of what drives us as educators and healthcare professionals: paying it forward by helping our mentees and our patients."

View Dr. Sikora's full Twitter thread upon its release. We are #PharmDawgProud of you, Dr. Sikora!
Dr. Shane Pruitt Featured in UGA Columns

Shane Pruitt could be considered a modern-day Renaissance man. He knows how to fly a plane. He commands the stage with a song or a soliloquy. And, as the director of recruiting and undergraduate advising in the College of Pharmacy, he guides hundreds of students through their educational journey. Check out Dr. Pruitt's campus spotlight, featured in this week's edition of UGA Columns!
PharmDawgs Finish in Top 3 of NCPA Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to PharmDawgs Stephen Ansel, Noah GurrMohit Kumar, Brooks Patterson, and Drew Smith for placing in the top three nationally of the 2022 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition!  Ashley Hannings and Matt Lastinger (SBDC) served as advisors. The team will move on to compete for the top prize during the live competition at the NCPA Annual Convention in Kansas City in October. Good luck, PharmDawgs!
Recent Publications

Recent publications from PharmDawgs include:


Virtual Career Development Office Hours

Drop in for virtual career development office hours with Dr. Danielle Vitale, every Friday from 2-4PM on Zoom.  Click here to join!

PharmD Admissions Focus Group (P1s only)

The Office of Student Affairs invites P1 students to attend one of two focus groups regarding the interview and admissions process for the PharmD program.  Your input will help us continue to improve our process in the future.  Free pizza and refreshments for those who attend!  RSVP here.  

  • Friday, August 19 at 1:15 (PS 301)
  • Monday, August 22 at 2:15 (PS 301)

Career Development Tools and Resources for College of Pharmacy Students

Join the College of Pharmacy for an overview of all of the Career tools and resources you have available as a College of Pharmacy Student. 
Tuesday, August 23 at 5PM on Zoom.

APHA Pharmacy Section Student Webinar

Join the APHA Pharmacy Section for a free student webinar on Thursday, 08/25, at 8pm EST  for our topic on "Non-traditional pharmacy careers series (Part 1): Academia, leadership, and education." Dr. Joe Dikun from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will share his insights in academia and research. APHA membership not required to attend this free webinar. Register here.

Faculty & Staff

PharmDawg Spotting on the New Faculty Tour

Drs. Blake Johnson and Devin Lavender participated in UGA's New Faculty Tour this past week. Spy the two in the below featured photo in last Wednesday's UGA Today...

Fall '22 Engage and Learn Grants Applications 

The Fall 2022 Engage and Learn Grants application deadline is August 31. These grants can help cover costs for educational and developmental activities for staff not provided by the Professional Education Portal (PEP)LinkedIn Learning, or other resources that UGA provides. More information.

PharmDawgs at CBMI

Lynn Smith, Jessica Hart, and Kim McKenzie recently attended the College Business Management Institute (CBMI) at the University of Kentucky, where they participated in an intensive course of study in business and financial management in higher education.

Position Postings

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

Associate or Full Professor
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Student Assistant
Pharmacy-External Affairs
Development & Alumni Relations Office

Director of the Office of Instructional Innovation and Research
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office B

Office Lead
Pharmacy-Assoc Dean's Office B
IBRS located in Gwinnett

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Huet Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.

PharmD Admissions Focus Group (P1s only)
1:15pm | PS 301 | RSVP

Virtual Career Development Office Hours
PharmDawg Back to School Bash: Albany
5-7pm | Albany Campus

PharmD Admissions Focus Group (P1s only)
2:15pm | PS 301 | RSVP

PharmDawg Back to School Bash: Augusta
4-6pm | Augusta Campus
PharmDawg Back to School Bash: Savannah
5:30-8:30pm | Savannah Campus
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