March 22, 2022

News & Announcements

TOMORROW: 2022 Chu Lectureship

Join via Zoom.

Student Affairs Focuses on Undergraduate Success The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is pleased to announce some exciting changes that will enhance the undergraduate student experience in the College of Pharmacy.

Background for the restructuring:

  • This past academic year, CoP assumed responsibility for Pre-Doctor of Pharmacy advising from UGA’s Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, where these services had been provided since 2000.
  • Additionally, the College now advises all Pharmaceutical Sciences undergraduates, including first- and second-year students, a first for the CoP BSPS program.
  • In December 2021, UGA implemented consistent academic advising career ladder for all school and colleges serving undergraduate students.
With these new guidelines in place, a sub-unit within CoP’s Office of Student Affairs was created to focus on the advising ecosystem for undergraduates. While this structure is new, the faces leading this effort are familiar!
  • Dr. Shane Pruitt will lead the new sub-unit as the Director of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Advising. Joining the CoP in 2020, Shane will continue to coordinate student recruitment for all academic programs and will advise undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences and pre-pharmacy students. He will supervise:
  • Leslie Standridge, a CoP staff member since 2014. Leslie has transferred to Student Affairs and will continue to focus on advising for all undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences majors in the BS and BS/MS track, responsibilities she has managed for the last four years. Leslie’s location remains on the 4th floor of RC Wilson.
  • Erik Dennison, who began in Student Affairs in 2019. Erik will remain the PharmD Admissions Counselor and continue in his expanded role for advising pre-pharmacy students within the major. 

If you have questions regarding the enhancements to the College’s undergraduate advising approach, please contact Duc Do, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Best wishes to these colleagues as they work collaboratively with the Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Department to support our undergraduate PharmDawgs!

SOAP Pillympics TOMORROW! SOAP is hosting the 3rd annual Pillympics competition on March 23rd, 2022, raising money for Winship Cancer Institute at Emory in Atlanta! We are excited to bring it back this year after being cancelled the past two years due to COVID. This year, we are holding it in Pharmacy South from 5:00-6:30 pm

We have 5 teams of students & faculty participating - come encourage your friends and watch them battle for the title of Pillympics champions for $2. All participants & observers will be eligible for our door prize drawings! We will also have pizza, drinks, and other treats available for $4 per person. You are also welcome to donate more as all the money goes towards a great cause!  

Teams of students and faculty will compete in 4 events for points. Whichever team finishes with the most points at the end will win some pretty cool prizes. Our tentative line-up of events are below: 

  1. Pill Counting Competition – Each student team member will count 30 Vit D3 capsules, pour it into a vial, and pass it onto the next team member who will count the next 30 and so on until 90 capsules are counted. An event director will then “verify” the bottle and count all 90. The team with the fastest collective counting and accuracy wins the round.
  2. Perfect Pour – Each team will draw a number out of a hat and will then have to do a "perfect pour"of tablets onto the tray without counting. The closest team to the actual number will receive points. 
  3. Gown, garb, and shoot – Each team member will have to gown up correctly and shoot pills into a vial from a certain distance. First team with each member making a shot wins the round.
  4. Pharmacy Trivia – First team to buzz in and answer the question wins a point. There will be a total of 10 questions and a bonus question in the event of a tie. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Come out and watch these teams battle for the title of Pillympics Champions! 

PharmDawgs Take APhA-San Antonio By Storm
Henry Young Inducted as Fellow

CoP faculty and students showed up and showed out at the APhA 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Antonio this weekend. There were many PharmDawg notable moments, including the induction of Dr. Henry Young, CAP Department Head, as an APhA Fellow; PharmDawg students being recognized as one of the Top 5 outstanding chapters for women’s health initiatives; and several of our students displaying outstanding research posters.  The conference was a great time to network with colleagues from across the country, including our own PharmDawg alumni as well.  Kudos to all who participated in this national conference! 

PharmCast: Birth Control Options with Dr. Rebecca Stone

Did you know that more than 30% of all pregnancies are unintended? To address this concern and in recognition of Women’s History Month in March, Dr. Rebecca Stone, Clinical Associate Professor, joins PharmCast for the Community to discuss birth control options. Dr. Stone summarizes the choices of contraception on the market and where women can find various products. Listen as Dr. Stone educates us on the what, where, and when of birth control choices.

Watch here or tune in here.
Dr. Fulford Steals the Show at Dancing with the Athens Stars

This past Saturday, the CoP's Dr. Michael Fulford once again performed at Dancing with the Athens Stars. Total, the event raised nearly $170,000 for Project Safe was a wonderful cap to an amazing event.

Watch the entire performance here! Dr. Fulford and his partner, Jennifer Smith Varnadoe (both pictured below) dance at the 1 hour and 22 minute mark. Overall, they placed 1st-runner up and were voted the Crowd Favorite. 

Great performance, Dr. Fulford!

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.

Grand Rounds

COLT - COVID-19 Information

USG Encourages Masks Based on Preference and Assessment of Personal Risk

The University System of Georgia (USG) continues to recognize COVID-19 vaccines and boosters offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to get vaccinated and/or boosted either on campus or with a local provider. As USG works closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to prioritize the health and safety of campus communities, the system encourages people to wear masks based on their preference and assessment of personal risk.

Face Coverings on Buses

Face coverings remain required on Campus Transit buses in accordance with federal transportation rules. Departments that are interested in having masks on hand can order them at no cost through UGAmart. Students can pick up masks at information desks in the Tate Student Center and the Miller Learning Center, while supplies last.

On-campus COVID-19 Testing

The University Health Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Labs continue to provide asymptomatic surveillance testing and are equipped to test up to 800 people per day for COVID variants. These tests are free to faculty, staff and students. Click here to schedule an appointment. Walk-ups are also welcome.

Research, Accolades, & Media

Three PharmD Students Recognized as "Lead Dawgs"
Lead Dawg Awards recognize PharmD students serving as leaders, in the broadest sense of the term. Recipients are awarded travel funds to attend a professional meeting in the upcoming school year. Congratulations to the below three students who have been nominated by their peers as Lead Dawgs!

Diana Dang, P3
Hometown: Norcross, GA
President - Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP)
Vice-President - Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)
Secretary - Rho Chi Honor Society

Mark Molinaro, P3
Hometown: Gainesville, GA
Organization: APhA-ASP

Samantha Sharpe, P2
Hometown: Dublin, GA
Organization: President-Elect, APhA-ASP 
CoP Student Appointed to National Executive Board
Caitlin Williams '23 has been appointed by the ASHP President-elect Paul C. Walker to the national Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee 2022-2023. 
The ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee is comprised of only five students nationwide, each directly appointed by the incoming ASHP President. This Executive Committee is responsible for advising the ASHP Board of Directors and staff on the overall direction of the Forum, including member benefits and services.
The Executive Committee also assists in building relationships between ASHP and all of the U.S. colleges of pharmacy by serving as liaisons, providing information to student society leaders, and helping to strengthen the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) activities and programs on each campus.
Congratulations, Caitlin, on this amazing accomplishment!
GSHP-UGA Recognized with ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Award

GSHP-UGA has been selected as one of the 25 chapters nationwide to receive the ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Award for 2021-2022.

This award recognizes exceptional professional development projects that SSHPs conduct as a part of the ASHP-SSHP recognition program.  The content, creativity, impact, and overall impression of the school’s project are all elements that were evaluated when reviewing submissions for the award.  All submissions were reviewed and voted upon by members of the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory groups.
CoP Awarded PLC Grant

This year, the UGA Parents Leadership Council (PLC) received 98 grant applications with requests totaling over $902,000. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Career Development Program at the College of Pharmacy has been awarded $14,800 by the PLC. This grant will greatly enhance and expand the CoP's pharmaceutical sciences internship program.

The Parents Leadership Council is a group of highly engaged parents who are eager to be involved on campus and make a direct impact on undergraduate student life. Learn more by visiting the Parents Leadership Council's website


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

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

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


Position Postings

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

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Strauch Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

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

Business Manager II
Pharmacy-Finance & Admin
Business Affairs Office

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

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

Standardized Patient
Pharmacy-Experiential Programs


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
The 2022 Chu Lectureship
9am | Via Zoom | Presented by Dr. Paul Erhardt
Managing Anxiety and Stress Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 230 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
SOAP Pillympics
5pm to 6:30pm | Pharmacy South
Career Development Office Hours 
2pm to 4pm | Join via Zoom | Contact: Dr. Danielle Vitale
Processing of Grief: A Holistic Adult Bereavement Support Group
5pm to 6pm | PS 210 | Contact: Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott
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