Dr. Brian Cummings is UGA's Focus on Faculty

Dr. Brian Cummings with student

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Cummings, an associate professor in PBS, who is this week's UGA Focus on Faculty! A CoP faculty member since 2003, Dr. Cummings also is the director of the university’s Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. In the feature, Dr. Cummings shares his background; teaching philosophies; research, especially in the area of drug delivery systems for prostate cancer; career highlights…and his favorite movies! He reflects on his cinematic selections. “’Platoon’ (to me, basically Moby Dick meets the Vietnam War), ‘The Big Lebowski’ (the dude abides) and ‘A Christmas Story’ (my wife won’t let me get the replica lamp).” For the complete story, see Brian Cummings. [Above: Dr. Brian Cummings with student]

Residents and Faculty Receive BPS Board Certifications

Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) certification recognizes excellence in knowledge and practice at the national level. CoP is pleased to announce three PGY-2 residents and two faculty members who have achieved new BPS board certifications. Drs. Kirby Welston (Am Care VAMC), Maggie Guinta (Critical Care SJC) and Rachel Webb (Emergency Medicine SJC) became board certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS). Dr. Sharmon Osae (Albany campus) and Dr. Beth Phillips (Athens campus) received their BPS specialty certification in ambulatory care (BCACP). Congratulations to Kirby, Maggie and Rachel, along with Drs. Osae and Phillips on becoming BPS board certified!

UGA Campaign for Charities NEEDS YOU!

Georgia Campaign for Charities

As of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 41 of our 158 employees (26%) had returned 2017 Campaign for Charities pledge cards, and $3,994 of our $18,701 goal (21%) had been raised. We need these numbers to greatly increase before the deadline of Dec. 16. Here’s how you can help!

  • Carefully consider the more than 400 causes represented in this year’s campaign (http://charities.uga.edu), mark your charity and contribution on your pledge card, return it to Mickey Montevideo or your unit contact--or make your pledge online.
  • If you choose not to give, your decision is respected. However, please return your pledge card marked “0” sealed in the provided envelope so that we have a record that you were contacted. All pledge cards and contributions will remain strictly confidential.
  • All returned pledge cards are entered into weekly drawings for prizes, which include: tickets to athletic events, parking passes, bookstore gift cards and more!
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mickey. Thanks for your support as we work together to help those in need!

Business Affairs Hosts Holiday Open House 12/12

The staff of the Business Affairs Office invites faculty and staff to come “Mingle And Jingle” at their holiday open house Mon., Dec. 12, starting at 10 am. Homemade goodies and festive treats will be served.

CoP in Augusta Holiday Potluck Luncheon 12/14

The annual CoP in Augusta Holiday Potluck Luncheon will be held Wed., Dec. 14, from 11:30 am–1:30 pm, and faculty and staff from all CoP locations are cordially invited! This will be the first holiday celebration in the new space at the Augusta campus. If you plan to attend, please contact Becky Glosson and let her know the potluck dish you will bring. Becky also will assist in securing parking. See you in Augusta to celebrate the holidays with these key CoP family members!

Faculty Accolades & Updates

The next CoP faculty meeting will be Thurs., Dec. 15, from 1-4 pm. Locations for this meeting/video conference are:

  • Albany–-Conference Room
  • Athens--Pharmacy South 201
  • Augusta--Room 150
  • Gwinnett--Room 228
  • Savannah--Savannah Conference Room
Dr. Amber Clemmons will forward an agenda, minutes of the last meeting and any additional information closer to the date.

Dr. Merrill Norton takes a selfie with his Emmy

Dr. Merrill Norton ‘walks the red carpet!’ Dr. Norton, a CAP associate professor, has received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Southeastern Chapter for his work on the Spanish language documentary Prescription Drugs, Legally Dangerous. The award was presented to a collaboration of experts in the field of addiction pharmacy and medicine for their participation and contributions to the production, which describes the dangers of prescription drug abuse in Latino populations. Winning in the Topical (Environmental) category, the documentary was produced by CETPA (Clinic for Education, Treatment and Prevention of Addiction), Georgia’s first and only Latino behavioral health agency providing counseling and prevention services, along with the Univision Network, the 5th largest television network in the U.S. Dr. Pierluigi Mancini, CETPA’s founder and executive producer of the documentary, expressed his gratitude to Dr. Norton for his contributions to the documentary. “Dr. Norton was able to clearly articulate the effects and dangers of prescription drugs regardless of whether the drug was administered for medical or nonmedical use. He did so in a way that our intended audience could understand. We could not have asked for a better expert." To view the English version of the documentary, see here. For the Spanish version, view here. [Above: Dr. Norton's selfie with Emmy]

Dr. Dexi Liu, PBS professor and department head, has returned from speaking engagements in Guangzhou, China. As an invited speaker at the Precision and Channel Retreat 2016, Dr. Liu addressed "Hepatic tumorigenesis by genomic editing using CRISPR/Cas9 and sleeping beauty transposon systems." Later, he was an invited presenter at the International Conference of Precision Medicine and Translational Medicine Frontiers and served as the session chair for Gene Therapy and Translational Medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University, where he discussed "Gene therapy for obesity and obesity-associated insulin resistance and fatty liver disease."

Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana

Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana has been busy! The CAP assistant professor recently made a poster presentation of a paper at a conference in Seattle, Wash. The team of researchers included: Jayawardhana, J.; Abraham, A.J.; Young, H.N.; and M. Perri. The paper, "Opioid Analgesics & GA Medicaid: Prevalence of Potential Misuse and Inappropriate Prescribing Practicesm" was presented at the Addiction Health Services Research Annual Meeting. In addition, Dr. Jayawardhana was a grant reviewer panel member for the National Institute of Health’s emphasis panel Health Care Delivery and Methodologies. Further, she was a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Industrial Organization.  [Above: Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana]

Dr. Eileen Kennedy, PBS assistant professor, spoke at a seminar Nov. 21 at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School’s Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology. The title of her presentation was "Targeting kinase regulation using constrained peptide scaffolds."

Dr. Majorie Shaw Phillips, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, a CAP professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Augusta campus, recently participated in an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists nationally broadcast webinar entitled “Preparing for Clinical Trial Audits: What Pharmacy Needs to Know.” This educational activity provided an overview of how to prepare research pharmacy materials for clinical trial audits by sponsors or governmental agencies.

Junior Faculty Career Development and Pre/Post Doc Programs Seek Applicants
The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars program supports career development for junior faculty from several prestigious programs across the state, including UGA’s College of Pharmacy. The program assists junior faculty in becoming independent, established and ethical clinical and/or translational research investigators. Trainees accepted into the program will receive salary support for clinical and/or translational research, research training and technical research-related expenses. The deadline for application is March 1, 2017. For more information on this career development opportunity, see ACTSI. In addition, ACTSI has a RFA for the TL1 pre-doctoral (Medical, PhD and PharmD students) and post-doctoral (Medical/Pharmacy residents and fellows, and post-PhD fellows) clinical/translational research training award. Applicants who meet the specific eligibility requirements of any NIH-NRSA training awards are eligible to apply. A TL1 application writing workshop will be held Dec. 2 from 1-3 pm with lunch provided. To register for this free workshop, e-mail Dr. Janet Gross and Cheryl Sroka. Additional details regarding the applicant and mentor eligibility, stipend as well as supplement for travel and research can be obtained here. The deadline for the TL1 pre-doctoral fellowship is Feb. 15, 2017, and the deadline for post-doctoral fellowship is March 15. Dr. Somanath Shenoy, CAP associate professor and co-director for the KL2/TL1 Programs of ACTSI, is the College of Pharmacy contact. He can be emailed at shenoys@uga.edu or sshenoy@augusta.edu.

Staff Stars

Robyn Malone with Michael Bartlett

Congratulations to Robyn Malone, administrative specialist II for the Pharmaceutical Sciences B.S. program! Robyn recently received a Certificate in Academic Advising from the UGA Office of the Vice President for Instruction. We are proud of you, Robyn! [Above: Robyn Malone receives her certificate from Dr. Michael Bartlett, interim assistant dean for Nontraditional Education and Outreach.]

Becky Glosson

The CoP Augusta campus has new and award winning staff members! The following is a brief introduction to these key staffers and an overview of the tasks for which they are responsible:

Becky Glosson is the administrative specialist I/office manager in Augusta. The most recent STAR recipient of the quarterly staff award in the College of Pharmacy, Becky handles human resources duties, serves as the security authority for the department, leads general office duties, and supports other key positions, especially when fellow staff members are absent. Becky has been with the College of Pharmacy for 26 years. [Above: Becky Glosson.]

Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones joined the Augusta campus this past August. Primarily, Ronald serves in an IT professional position; however, he also provides support for room-scheduling and audio-visual systems, including ELC, TurningPoint, Mediasite and Examsoft. He also serves as the building coordinator. [Right: Ronald Jones.]

Katherine Hardwick

Katherine (Kathi) Hardwick is the new administrative associate I, joining the Augusta office in September. Kathi primarily handles purchase orders and travel and assists with the IT department when needed. In addition, she supports Becky with general office duties. [Right: Katherine Hardwick.]

College of Pharmacy Christmas tree with decorations

Staff members recently “decked the halls” and decorated the college’s Christmas tree in the Wilson Building lobby. Along with traditional ornaments, staffers made some of their own holiday creations to adorn the tree. [Right: The finished product for all to enjoy this holiday season. Below: Janet Fowler, administrative associate II in Experience Programs displays her Minnie Mouse ornament.]

Janet Fowler with Mini Mouse ornament and ornaments and cookies

Students: The Heart of CoP

The inaugural Research Day will be held Wed., Jan. 5 from 12:20-1:30 pm in Pharmacy South, First Floor Lobby. Sponsored by the college and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), this is a great opportunity for pharmacy students (including 4th years), graduate students and faculty to present original research or case studies to highlight advances in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice via a poster presentation session. Contact: Justin Moore

Operation Immunization participants at Hodgson's

APhA-ASP’s Operation Heart and Operation Immunization recently held an outreach event for patrons and "ice cream” customers at Hodgson’s Pharmacy in Athens. Operation Immunization educated patients on the importance of the influenza vaccine and advocated for patients to receive this important immunization. Operation Heart provided blood pressure screenings and counseling as well as education on stress in relation to cardiovascular health. [(l-r) Lauren Floris, Cyndey Grimsley, Brooke Gallman.]

JDRF One Walk participants

Kudos to APhA-ASP’s Operation Diabetes for taking part in the JDRF One Walk to help turn Type 1 into Type None! The group raised $1,319 from a college-wide penny challenge, and outside donations also contributed to the cause. [(l-r) JDRF One Walk participants are Ali Komisar, Kaitlyn Ray, Alessia Jankowski..]

SOAP members display cards

SOAP displayed their creative talent and giving spirits when they recently made holiday cards for the patients at Winship Cancer Institute. In addition, the group is conducting a Holiday Gift Drive for young cancer patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that will continue through Dec. 8. New, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-young adults are encouraged; please be sure gifts do not have glitter, promote violence, have multiple small pieces or could potentially have jagged edges. The collection box is in the Pharmacy South First Floor Lobby. Contact: Alia Reid [Members of SOAP show off their creative holiday talents.]

Spotlight on PharmDawg Alums

Three CoP alumni are being honored as a part of the Bulldog 100 Class of 2017. The UGA Alumni Association will recognize the 100 fastest-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni during the eighth annual Bulldog 100 Celebration Feb. 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The 2017 CoP honorees and their businesses are:
Michael Azzolin '02, PharmD on Demand, Athens, Ga.
Hugh Chancy '88, Chancy Drugs, Hahira, Ga.
Carey ’05 & Christopher ’07 Vaughan, Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center, Greensboro, Ga.
A more in-depth story on these alumni will follow in the February newsletter.

In Passing

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Marilyn Folsom Entrekin who passed away Nov. 19. Marilyn was the wife of the former CoP Associate Dean Durward Entrekin. A memorial service will be held in late December. Her obituary can be read here.

Calendar of Events

holly with pinecone

12/6: Reading Day

12/7-13: Exams
Check schedule booklets for exact schedule, time and location of exams.

12/12: Business Affairs Open House--10 am-until, 1st floor, Wilson Building
Contact Jessica Hart

12/14: Augusta Holiday Potluck Luncheon--11:30 am-1:30 pm, Classroom HM135
All CoP faculty and staff invited.
Contact: Becky Glosson

12/15: Faculty Meeting--1-4 pm
Locations: Albany--Conference Room; Athens--Pharmacy South 201; Augusta--Room 150; Gwinnett--Room 228; Savannah--Conference Room
Contact: Amber Clemmons

12/15: Faculty and Staff Holiday Party--Thompson House and Gardens
Dean Svein Øie and Ms. Barbara Woodruff will host this annual event for the CoP family. Cocktails will be enjoyed starting at 5:30 pm, with dinner served at 6:15 pm.
Contact: Gloria Strait