Recent UGA Focus on Faculty is Lilian Sattler

Lilian Sattler

Dr. Lilian Sattler was UGA’s Focus on Faculty the first week of this semester. Dr. Sattler is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in the College of Pharmacy’s CAP Department and the Department of Foods and Nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She says of her chosen field, “I love the idea of bringing nutrition and pharmacy professionals closer together to provide more interdisciplinary patient-centered care.” Be sure to read her complete story here. [Above: Lilian Sattler with students]

Augusta to Host Open House of New Facility

Open house festivities for the UGA College of Pharmacy in Augusta’s newly renovated space will be held Thursday, Jan. 26 from 3-5 pm. Hosted by Dr. Susan C. Fagan, the Albert W. Jowdy Distinguished Research Professor and the assistant dean in Augusta, along with her staff, the event will feature tours and refreshments. The new facility is located at 913 New Bailie Street in the HM Building on the Augusta University campus. Contact: Becky Glosson for parking.

PBS Announces Research Seminar Series

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences will host a series of research seminars each Wednesday during spring semester. Renown experts in pharmaceuticals and related fields from universities across the country will address various topics at these programs, which take place at 11 am in Pharmacy South 201. For a list of speakers and topics, see here.

Alumnus Bent Gay to Address CoP Jan. 17

Bent Gay

J. Bent Gay, Jr., a 1988 College of Pharmacy alumnus, will share his experience as a PharmDawg, pharmacist and entrepreneur on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 12:30-1:20 pm in Pharmacy South 101. All students, faculty and staff are invited. A native of Dublin, Ga., Gay is the president of Gayco Healthcare, which he founded in 1993. A pharmaceutical company specializing in long-term care, Gayco has multiplied more than 10-fold under Gay’s leadership, and the company was recognized in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016 by UGA’s “Bulldog 100” as being one of the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by a UGA alumnus. In 2012, Gay was named Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year. The event is being sponsored by APhA-ASP and supported by the Office of External Affairs. Contacts: Ashley Taylor and Lee Snelling. [Above: Alumnus Bent Gay]

UGA Campaign for Charities Final Report

The tallies are in for the 2017 Campaign for Charities fund drive. The College of Pharmacy had 82 of our 158 employees (51%) return pledge cards, with $8,284.08 of our $18,701 goal (44%) collected. We appreciate those who participated and supported this important campaign.

In the News

Kudos to students Yelena Lugin, (’18), Leah Pendleton, (’18), and Nicole Spivey, (’18); Dr. Valana Vannoy; a recent graduate; and Dr. Anthony Hawkins, assistant professor in Albany, on their work “The Role of Zinc in the Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy,” which was published in the December newsletter of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacist. Read their published findings here; click on “December.”

Magazine Says Pharmacists Know Way More Than You Think:
Redbook, a leading women’s magazine, recently published an article titled, "Health tips from pharmacists for patients." It’s an interesting read about our industry!

Faculty Honors & Accolades

Dr. Susan Fagan

Dr. Fagan Named Interim Director for IPE
Dr. Susan Fagan has assumed the role of Interim Director for Interprofessional Education at the College of Pharmacy. The Albert W. Jowdy Distinguished Research Professor and an assistant dean in Augusta, Dr. Fagan will serve as chair of the IPE Oversight Committee to support the college’s IPE activities and serve as a liaison for CoP IPE initiatives with various entities, including UGA, the CoP Curriculum Committee and external partners. Best wishes, Susan in your new endeavors! [Above: Dr. Susan Fagan]

Funds Available for College Research Projects:
The College of Pharmacy has $55,000 in available funds to be used as seed money for research projects that likely will generate extramural funding. Faculty members interested in this opportunity are urged to submit a brief proposal to Dean Svein Øie by Monday, Jan. 16 at 5 pm. Read a memorandum released December 12, 2016 for complete details and funding opportunities.

Kudos to Dr. Somanath Shenoy, who has good news to report. He received an “Award of Excellence in Article Reviews” by Spandidos Publications, Greece, for his voluntary service since 2011 for editorial duties and article reviews for the journals Oncology Reports and Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. In addition, Dr. Shenoy served as a peer reviewer for the American Legion (Augusta VAMC) 2017 grant proposal committee. He also worked on the Infection, Immunity and Lung Diseases review panel of the Italian Ministry of Health for research funding.

Dr. Dexi Liu, the Panoz Professor of Pharmacy and PBS department head, was recently published in Gene Therapy. Details include: Mohammad Alsaggar, Michael Mills and Dexi Liu (2016) Interferon Beta Overexpression Attenuates Adipose Tissue Inflammation and High Fat Diet-induced Obesity and Maintains Glucose Homeostasis. Gene Therapy. doi:10.1038/gt.2016.76.

Students: The Heart of CoP

Congratulations to students recently inducted into Rho Chi Society Jan. 6. The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes intellectual achievement, stimulates critical inquiry to advance pharmacy, contributes to the development of intellectual leaders, promotes highest ethical standards, and fosters collaboration. Great job everyone! [Below: Rho Chi Society]

Nominations for 2017 Lead Dawg Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Lead Dawg Awards, which recognize students who are leaders within the College of Pharmacy, the community and the profession. The award consists of travel funds to assist recipients in attending a professional meeting in the 2017-2018 academic year, along with a certificate; it is anticipated that four students will be recognized as Lead Dawgs this year. Students, faculty and staff may nominate any 1st, 2nd or 3rd year Pharm.D. student (except for previous Lead Dawg Award recipients Seth Garner and Justin Moore). Please submit a brief statement describing the student’s leadership efforts, whether it be in a specific role, at one event or because of performance over a period of time. A student may receive nominations from several individuals, and an individual may nominate more than one student for the award. Nominations should be sent to Dr. Alan Wolfgang (if sent via e-mail, please put “Lead Dawg nomination” in the subject line). The final deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017.

Israel Tordoya Henckell

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in study abroad opportunities are urged to attend the UGA Office of International Education’s Spring Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 12-5 pm in the Tate Center, 3rd Floor Corridor. Meanwhile, CoP has its first undergraduate student studying abroad this semester! Israel Tordoya Henckell, a 3rd-year student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, will take pharmacy courses this spring at the University of Sydney in Australia. Congratulations, Israel, and good luck! [Above: Israel Tordoya Henckell]

The American Association of College of Pharmacy Walmart Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to student/faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend Pharmacy Education 2017 in Nashville, July 15-19. The meeting offers recipients an opportunity to explore career options with the goal of enhancing their careers in academic pharmacy. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 13 at 5 pm. Contact:

The Student Society of Pediatric Advocates is a UGA College of Pharmacy student organization that provides awareness of the proper use of medication therapy in pediatric populations through various service and education based initiatives. The group publishes a periodic newsletter titled PediaNews. Take a look at the most recent issue!

Calendar of Events

Marsha in the snow

While this past weekend's projected winter wonderland turned out to be a mere dusting of snow, College of Pharmacy student Anjali Jarrett still enjoyed the elements with her beloved four-legged friend, Marsha. Here's hoping that Marsha has another chance to play in the snow this winter! [Above: Anjali with Marsha in the snow]

1/16: Martin Luther King Holiday Observance
Check out how you can serve UGA and the community in a Day of Service! For UGA opportunities, see here. In the Athens area, see here. For information on the local MLK parade and festival, see here.

1/17: Bent Gay ('88)--12:30-1:20 pm, Pharmacy 101
All students, faculty and staff are invited to hear this PharmDawg alum tell his story.
Contacts: Ashley Taylor and Lee Snelling

1/18: PBS Research Seminar--11 am, Pharmacy South 201
Dr. David Colby, associate professor, University of Mississippi

1/25: PBS Research Seminar--11 am, Pharmacy South 201
Dr. Sam Lai, associate professor, UNC-Chapel Hill

1/25: State of the University Address--3:30 pm, University Chapel
UGA President Jere Morehead will review the major institutional achievements from the past year and outline a vision to move the university forward. Streaming of the event will be available here.

1/31: UGA Pharmacy Day at the Dome--Georgia State Capitol
Annual advocacy event for Georgia pharmacy students. Required for P1 students; P2 and P3 students invited.
Contact: GPhA

Looking Ahead....

2/2: World Cancer Day Event--12:30-1:20, PS Lobby
Hosted by SOAP (Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy), an info table with interactive cancer information and opportunities to show your support will be available.
Contact: Alia Reid

2/7-8: Mental Health Conference--Holiday Inn Express, Athens
Contact: Trina J von Waldner

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