Georgia Script is Newsletter Name/Design Unveiled Next Issue

Congratulations to Stephanie Bayer, a 3rd year student from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., whose entry, Georgia Script, was selected as the name for the college’s newsletter. Stephanie, who is fundraising chair for CPNP and treasurer of SOAP, says she researched catchy names for bi-weekly pharmacy newsletters, which led her to Script, because it alludes to pharmacy prescriptions as well as a script for newsletter copy. She wanted to include Georgia to emphasis UGA. A design of the newsletter header is being developed and will be unveiled in the next Georgia Script!

Faculty Accolades

Dr. Christopher Bland, clinical associate professor at the satellite campus in Savannah, was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at the recent ACCP’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Fla. Fellowship recognizes excellence in the practice and science of clinical pharmacy and is awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to ACCP, while demonstrating exceptional performance in clinical pharmacy practice and/or research. [Dr. Bland is pictured above with his wife, Annette, at the presentation.]

Dr. Gurvinder Singh Rekhi, PBS academic professional associate and undergraduate coordinator, has been issued two patents:

  1. “Abuse Resistant Pharmaceutical Compositions”. US 9,452,163 B2 September 27, 2016. Inventors – Gurvinder Singh Rekhi and Richard Sidwell.

  2. “Controlled Release Combinations Comprising a Combination of Isosorbide Dinitrate and Hydralazine Hydrochloride”. US Patent 9,463,166 B2, October 11, 2016. Inventors – Gurvinder Singh Rekhi, Richard Sidwell and Sharon Hamm.

Dr. Anthony Hawkins, clinical assistant professor at the Southwest GA Clinical Campus in Albany, has been elected to the Georgia Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (GSHP) Board of Directors in a created New Practitioner seat. Thanks for representing us and the industry, Anthony!

Dr. Scott Pegan, associate professor in PBS, and some of his pharmacy students recently attended the 6th European Congress of Virology in Hamburg, Germany. During the program, Dr. Pegan and his students presented the following posters:

  • Deaton MK, Dzimianski JV, Daczkowski CM, Whitney GK, Mank NJ, Argabright C, Parham MM, Bergeron E, Pegan SD. “Biodiverisity impact of host interferon-stimulated-gene-product 15 on the function of nairoviral deISGylases.”
  • Chenge J, Bester SM, Ryll A, Faaberg K, Pegan SD., “Differing Substrate Specificity among PRRSV vOTUs.”
  • Daczkowski CM, Dzimianski J, Mank NJ, Das P, Faaberg K, Pegan SD., “Biodiversity impact of host interferon-stimulated-gene-product 15 on the coronavirus Papain-like protease deISGylase function.”
Later, Dr. Pegan, gave a presentation on Species-dependent ISG15 variation impacts viral protease function at the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. [Below: John Dziamianski (left) and Courtney Marie Daczkowski (right) stand near their posters at the Virology Conference]

Students: The Heart of CoP

Fourth-year PharmD students Mark Miller and Nathan Wayne were the winners of the 2016 ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists) Clinical Skills Competition for UGA. Currently, Miller and Wayne are completing their advanced pharmacy practice experiences in Southwest Georgia. They will receive complimentary registration for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, where they will represent UGA at the National Clinical Skills Competition. For more about the competition, see here. [ (l-r) Mark Miller and Nathan Wayne.]

Congrats to students Emily J. Murray, 4th year, and Justin Moore, 3rd year, who received American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) student travel awards and attended the annual conference in Hollywood, Fla. Emily’s delivered her presentation at the event, which was titled "Copper Deficiency Related Neuropathy in a Gastric Bypass Patient: A Case Report.” Specifically, Justin received the ACCP Ambulatory Care PRN Travel Award. Congratulations to these outstanding students who represented UGA! [Above: Emily Murray delivers her presentation at the ACCP conference.]

SNPhA is sponsoring a Pharmsgiving Health Fair, Thursday, Nov. 10, 4-8 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Lay Park Gymnasium. Open to the public, the event will provide free screenings and education for blood pressure, diabetes, women’s health and more; flu shots (covered by insurance or $29); food and prizes; and more. Participants are asked to bring canned food donations for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Contact: Marin Abousaud.

Kudos to Lamda Kappa Sigma for their efforts in fighting breast cancer! (l-r) Anna Parker Catherine Bourg, Alexis Giddens, Lindsey Womac and Dr. Alan Wolfgang represented LKS and the UGA College of Pharmacy at the In Their Shoes 13.1 mile walk to benefit the Loran Smith Cancer Center at Piedmont Athens Regional, while other LKS members provided an important pit stop at the event.

NPhA is selling UGA CoP sweatpants for $28. The sweatpants come in sizes S-5XL, and colors include black, dark grey and light grey. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 7. To view styles and complete the order form click here. Contact: yoos@rx.uga.edu

In the News

Dr. Shelley B. Hooks, CoP associate professor, was featured in the latest issue of Columns, the UGA newsletter for faculty and staff. Dr. Hooks is one of nine campus faculty members selected for the second class of the university Women’s Leadership Fellows Program. Currently serving as the interim director of UGA’s Center for Drug Discovery, Dr. Hooks is the graduate coordinator for PBS. Read the complete article here.

The deadline for the open enrollment period for benefits-eligible UGA employees is Nov. 11. Employees are encouraged to study the various options, as there are several new additions. Details are available at the UGA open enrollment website. In addition, a comprehensive comparison guide, outlining the various plans, can be studied here, with a brief summary of the options available here. If you need assistance in making the best choices for you and your family or have any questions about open enrollment, please contact UGA’s Human Resource Office at benefits@uga.edu or 706-542-2222.

Coming Up!

The UGA Campaign for Charities 2017 will support more than 400 organizations that serve hundreds of thousands of individuals and causes across the spectrum of need and throughout the state. In the next week, you will receive your request to carefully consider a direct donation or donation through payroll deduction in support of one of more of these worthy organizations. This year’s campaign captain is Mickey Montevideo, director of public relations, communications and marketing. Please contact Mickey if you have questions or concerns.

Kudos!

The first CoP pumpkin carving contest was a huge success! While the creative skills were apparent in all entries, the winners were: 1st place: Dean's Office Staff ($25 gift card to Papa John's); 2nd place: Monica Williams, Experience Learning ($15 gift card to Target); 3rd place: Sonja Halder, Business Affairs ($10 gift card to Kroger). Other carvers participating were: Misty Pierce, Annelie Klein, Mickey Montevideo, Jessica Hart, Janet Fowler and the Office of Student Affairs. Many thanks to Donella Moore, associate accountant in Business Affairs and president of PSRG, who organized the event. [Photo above: Dr. Hal O. Ween, College of Pharmacy professor, was the first place winning entry, designed by the Dean’s Office staff.]

Spotlight on PharmDawg Alums

Dr. James Atkins (’91, ’92) is the new COO of Piedmont Henry Hospital. Atkins brings more than 25 years of clinical and operational healthcare experience to Piedmont. Prior to returning to Georgia for his new position, Dr. Atkins served as CEO of Rutherford Regional System in North Carolina. Earlier in his career, he held multiple leadership roles at Rockdale Medical Center, including COO, assistant administrator, senior director of pharmacy, physician relations and director of pharmacy. For more details of Dr. Atkins’ appointment and career path, read here.

Condolences are extended to the family of Col. Ted Dewayne Cash, M.D., a CoP alumnus (’61) from Chickamauga, who died Oct. 24. His obituary may be read in its entirety here.

Calendar of Events

11/now-4: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Site Visit
Contact: Ashley Townsend and Mike Fulford

11/3: PBS Research Special Seminar--11 am, 238 Wilson Pharmacy
Dr. Manabu Kurokawa, assistant professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Regulation of Cell Death and Drug Resistance in Cancer
Contact: Joy Wilson

11/4: ACPE Post Site Visit Appreciation Event--3-5 pm, Georgia Center
A thank you to faculty and staff to recognize the completion of the ACPE site visit, which was two-years in the making.
Contact: Gloria Strait

11/9: PBS Research Seminar Series--11 am, 201 Pharmacy South
Dr. Dan Nomura, Associate Professor, U.C. Berkeley
Mapping Metabolic Drivers of Disease Using Chemoproteomic and Metabolomic Platforms
Contact: Joy Wilson

11/10: SNPhA Pharmsgiving Health Fair, 4-8 pm, A-CC Lay Park Gym
See story above.

11/16: PBS Research Seminar Series--11 am, 201 Pharmacy South
Dr. Dr. Rebecca DuBois, assistant professor, biomolecular engineering, U.C.-Santa Cruz
Structure-based Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics Targeting Childhood Viruses
Contact: Joy Wilson

11/21-25: UGA Student Thanksgiving Holiday

11/21: PSRG Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon--12-2 pm, Lobby of Wilson Building
A sign-up sheet for requested food items will be distributed soon. All staff members are encouraged to share this Thanksgiving meal with their Pharmacy family.
Contact: Donella Moore

11/24-25: UGA Faculty and Staff Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28: College of Pharmacy Tree Trimming
Details to come.