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March 30, 2022

News & Announcements

CoP Teachers of the Year

This year, the College of Pharmacy is excited to recognize three outstanding professors as the 2021-2022 Teachers of the Year: Dr. Neil Grimsey, Dr. Wided Najahi Missaoui, and Dr. Andrea Nicole Sikora. Thank you for all that you do for the College and congratulations on this well deserved recognition!

Be on the lookout for a feature on these three in the Special Edition of the UGA Script in May!
Dr. Wided Missaoui Transitions to Assistant Clinical Professor in PBS

After serving as a lecturer in the PBS undergraduate program for the past three years, Dr. Wided Najahi Missaoui recently transitioned to a new role as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department.

Read the full story here.

College of Pharmacy Adds Second Double Dawgs Engineering Degree Pathway

Students interested in a career in drug development and the regulatory aspects of the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, can now register for one of the University of Georgia’s newest Double Dawgs programs, which combines a Biological Engineering undergraduate degree with a Master’s of Science in Pharmacy degree. This program will allow students to complete the new Double Dawgs degree in five years.

Read the complete article here

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Phi Delta Chi recently hosted this annual event to show their ongoing appreciation to the College's faculty and staff. 

PharmCast: Residency Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Bruning

Interested in a residency or fellowship? We have exciting news! UGA PharmCast is bringing you a residency and fellowship series - your one stop shop for application procedure, poster presentations, and interview questions. As promised, here is the second episode for the residency series featuring UGA CoP’s very own Dr. Rebecca Bruning ’21.

Free Conference to focus on Teaching AI Across the Curriculum

Faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines are invited to register for an April 8th virtual SEC mini-conference on the teaching of artificial intelligence across the curriculum. The conference, hosted by the University of Florida, will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. via Zoom and is being offered free of charge.

Artificial Intelligence is a tool that is being deployed in every field of study and across nearly all sectors of business and industry. Many SEC institutions are now teaching AI outside of its traditional disciplines. The SEC Academic Consortium has decided on an initiative across all SEC institutions on AI. This conference is an opportunity to share ideas and network across institutions. 

There will be an introduction, a keynote address from Ned Finkle, Vice President of External Affairs for multinational technology company NVIDIA, three short talks from SEC faculty teaching AI, and breakout sessions by discipline where faculty can discuss trends within 13 broad disciplines ranging from the arts and humanities to business, engineering, agriculture, education, and law.

Here is the agenda for the conference. Click here to register for the conference, free of charge. 

Grand Rounds: April 28th
Congratulations, Dr. Hawkins!

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Hawkins, Clinical Associate Professor at the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus in Albany, who recently became engaged to Dr. Mary Hannah Walters.  Also a pharmacist but practicing predominately in the neonatal ICU, Mary Hannah met Anthony through mutual work friends.  The couple plan to marry in Spring of 2023!

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

Research, Accolades, & Media

PharmD Student Wins GSHP Award

At the GSHP Spring Meeting this weekend in Savannah, Aliya Abdulla (pictured below) won "Best Student Poster" for her presentation on "Association of pharmacy-driven fluid stewardship recommendation acceptance rate on outcomes in critically ill adults." Contributors include Susan Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP; Kosha Patel, Pharm.D. Candidate 2022; W. Anthony Hawkins, PharmD, BCCCP, FCCM.

Other students who presented from UGA include Haley Peters, Yasmin Causby, Kristina Ortiz, Essilvo Sulejmani, Ally Eubanks/Rosy Sijapati, and Kosha Patel.

Students Win a Pizza Party

Eresi Ojebe, Lillian Zulu, Ana McClean and Laura Ramirez participated in an online compounding event at the Pharmacy Student Virtual Event. They received the "School Spirit" award and as their reward, they won a $500 pizza party. 

Also at the event, they were able to hear from practicing compounding pharmacists on what it is like to be a Compounding Pharmacist & Business Owner and learn about support options and resources after Pharmacy School.

Thanks, PharmDawgs, for representing our College so well!

Misty Pierce Earns Project Management Certificate

After participating in an “intense” 36-hour course, Misty Pierce, Administrative Associate II in Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, has earned a certificate in Project Management from UGA. Scoring a perfect 100 in the class and on the final exam, Misty has acquired new and enhanced leadership and management skills that will assist her in her role as administrative support for Department Director Dr. Henry Young.  In addition, she will coordinate research and grant projects within CAP, including “Fishers of Men,” a partnership forged from a USDA grant that helps church leaders in Pulaski and surrounding rural communities teach men how to take ownership of their health and wellness.

“It was very rewarding to earn the Project Management Certificate,” said Misty, an eight-year employee of the College of Pharmacy. “With these newly acquired skills, I will be able to contribute more to the CAP Department and the College. While I highly recommend this course, it is not to be taken lightly by the ‘faint at heart.’ It is intense and requires a focus and a real commitment.”

Congratulations, Misty, on this outstanding accomplishment.  We are PharmDawg Proud!

Dr. Bartlett Featured in Podcast

Podcaster Brain Rivera, a scientist at Agilent, discusses Ion Pair Reversed-Phase LC in his podcast, highlighting some of the work that Dr. Michael Bartlett and his group have completed. Listen to the podcast here

Recent Publications

Dr. Somanath Shenoy and team based on a graduate student thesis research recently published Regulation of Let-7a-5p and miR-199a-5p Expression by Akt1 Modulates Prostate Cancer Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition via the Transforming Growth Factor-β Pathway.

The article can be downloaded here.

Dr. Fulford Elected as Chair Elect of AACP

Dr. Michael Fulford was elected as the chair-elect of the AACP SIG Cabinet. The SIG Cabinet is composed of the administrative officers (chair-elect, chair, immediate past chair, and secretary of knowledge management) for each of the 21 SIGs and the Administrative Board that represents the collective interests of the SIGs.  The mission of the SIG Cabinet is to ensure that the unique planning, learning, and networking needs of AACP members are effectively met through SIG programs, projects, and leadership development opportunities. The SIG Cabinet Administrative Board represents and advocates for the collective interests of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Association. The Administrative Board provides leadership through efforts to facilitate SIG activities that align with the mission and the strategic plan of AACP. Dr. Fulford will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Students

Class of 2024 Officers

Class Officer elections have concluded for the current P2 class and the results are in! Ali Fakih will serve as Class President, Cherith Blair will serve as Vice President, and Emily Davis will serve as the Class Secretary & Treasurer.

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.

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

Pay Increases for Full-time Faculty and Staff 

Have questions about the recently announced one-time pay increases for full time faculty and staff? Visit the UGA Human Resources webpage for more information and FAQs.

CTL Fellow Programs Accepting Applications 

The Center for Teaching and Learning is currently accepting applications for the 2022 – 2024 Lilly Teaching Fellows program and 2022 – 2023 Senior Teaching Fellows program. 

CTL Lilly Teaching Fellows Program:
Up to ten faculty members in their first, second, or third year of a tenure-track position at UGA are selected each spring semester to begin participation in the two-year program the following fall. Demonstrated passion for and commitment to excellence in teaching is a key factor in selection. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022. Information and application materials can be found here

CTL Senior Teaching Fellows Program:
Up to eight faculty members at the rank of associate or full professor who have been at the University of Georgia for at least five years are selected each spring semester to begin participation in the year-long program the following fall. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching is a key factor in selection. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022. Information and nomination procedures can be found here.

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.
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.
Moderator:
Stacy L. Miller, Pharm.D. MBA, BCACP Assistant Dean for Clinical Education University of Florida College of Pharmacy

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

Register here.

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
G/R16708P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Crich Lab
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Post-Doctoral Associate
G/R15123P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Huet Lab
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Postdoctoral Research Associate
G/R12664P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Research Technician
S05461P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab
Staff

Research Technician
S07957P
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab
Staff

Research Assistant
S07883P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA – Narayanan Lab
Staff

Business Manager II
S07948P
Pharmacy-Finance & Admin
Business Affairs Office
Staff

Administrative Associate II
S07896P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Savanah, GA
Staff

Data Management Specialist II
S07069P
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA
Staff

Standardized Patient
G/R14499P
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs
Grad/Research/Student/Temp

Calendar

For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30th
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
FRIDAY, APRIL 1st
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd
Senior Legacy Launch Event
11:30am to 1:30pm | Rite Aid Courtyard | Contact: Emily Clary
MONDAY, APRIL 4th
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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