Dr. Trisha Branan Receives UGA Creative Teaching Award

Dr. Trisha Branan with group

Congratulations to Dr. Trisha Branan, CAP assistant professor, who is the recipient of one of UGA’s Creative Teaching Awards. The Creative Teaching Awards recognize UGA faculty for excellence in developing and implementing creative teaching methods to improve student learning. Dr. Branan’s award was based on her transformation of the Critical Care Pharmacy course PHRM 5370. She worked with course co-coordinator Dr. Anthony Hawkins and instructional designer Russ Palmer to create a virtual intensive care unit patient room that allowed students to interact with various healthcare disciplines and patient families. She used pre-formed dialogue, replicated vital sign monitors and accessed laboratory data to mimic clinical practice. Her innovative efforts provided a set of immersive and interactive learning tools that allowed students to think critically and communicate effectively to make clinical decisions in scenarios that are reflective of real-world critical care pharmacy problems.

“In hospital acute care units, the healthcare team has to quickly interpret a great deal of patient data and communicate effectively, often to keep patients alive,” said Dr. Brad Phillips, head of the college’s CAP department and the Millikan-Reeve professor. “This course is vitally important as it develops the knowledge and critical skills our students will need to help optimize patient care and outcomes in this setting. I commend Dr. Branan on this well-deserved honor.”

A UGA College of Pharmacy alumna (’06), Dr. Branan’s research interests are in critical care pharmacy, innovative teaching methods and interprofessional education. "I am very humbled to receive this award,” she said. “I am fortunate to collaborate with others within the college, especially Dr. Anthony Hawkins and Russ Palmer, who share the same excitement and passion for innovative teaching. As a faculty member, there is little that is more rewarding than connecting with your students and partnering alongside their learning."

The UGA Creative Teaching Awards are presented annually on behalf of the Office of Instruction, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of the Provost to faculty who have demonstrated either the use of innovative technology or pedagogy that extends learning beyond the traditional classroom or creative implementation of subject matter that has significantly improved student learning outcomes.
[Above: Dr. Trisha Branan receives the Creative Teaching Award from (l-r) Dean Svein Øie; Branan; Dr. Rahul Shrivastav, UGA Vice President for Instruction; Dr. Brad Phillips; Russ Palmer; and Dr. Anthony Hawkins, who was skyped in for the presentation.]

Calling FORE All PharmDawgs!

Jowdy Golf

All Pharmdawgs are invited to join the college for the 25th annual Albert W. Jowdy Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, April 21. It will be a fun day to play 18 holes at the UGA Golf Course with College of Pharmacy alumni, students, friends, faculty, staff and retirees. All proceeds will benefit the Albert W. Jowdy Student Scholarships. Fees are $85 for pharmacy students, $130 for young alumni (under 30), and $135 for all others. Register online here. Questions? Contact: Kim Hamby, director of Alumni Affairs or call 706-542-4536.

Deadline for Employee of the Year This Friday

Nominations for the 2016 College of Pharmacy Employee of the Year are due this Friday, March 31 by 5 p.m. The award recognizes a staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college, and supported students, faculty and co-workers during the past year. The recipient will receive a $1,000 award, a personalized plaque and their name added to the permanent plaque. See the memo sent by Dean Svein Øie and the guidelines and nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 31 by 5 p.m. For questions, contact Toni Phelabaum.

Thank-A-Donor Day is Thursday, April 13

The sixth annual UGA Thank-A-Donor Day provides students with a great opportunity to thank generous donors who have provided funds for scholarships, facilities, programs and services at UGA. All students are asked to stop by the Tate Plaza from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. to participate in one of the many ways to thank a donor. See here for details.

Deadline for 40-Under-40 Nominations is
April 7

The deadline for nominations for the coveted UGA Alumni “40-Under-40” recognition is quickly approaching! The program acknowledges UGA alumni early in their careers and philanthropic efforts so that lifelong relationships between UGA and its graduates can be fostered. Nominations are due by Friday, April 7. Criteria and requirement information, along with the nomination form, are available here. Contact: Kim Hamby.

CoP is One of Best Colleges for Outdoor Enthusiasts

With beautiful weather and surroundings such as those near our campus, it's easy to understand why UGA’s College of Pharmacy was rated as one of the best schools for outdoor enthusiasts by Pharmacy Times! Check it out. . .and then lace up your sneakers and get outside!

Faculty Accolades and Honors

Dr. Dexi Liu

Dr. Dexi Liu, department head of PBS, has been busy! The Panoz Professor of Pharmacy recently published two articles: 1) Yahya Alhamhoom, Guisheng Zhang, Mingming Gao, Houjian Cai, Dexi Liu (2017) “In vivo growth and responses to treatment of renal cell carcinoma in different environments.” Am J Cancer Res 7(2):301-311.
2) Sary Alsanea, Mingming Gao and Dexi Liu (2017) “Phloretin prevents high-fat diet-induced obesity and improves metabolic homeostasis.” AAPS J. DOI: 10.1208/s12248-017-0053-0. In addition, Dr. Liu served on the NIH Fellowship Review Panel for Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Bioengineering [F05], March 14-15, 2017. [Above: Dr. Dexi Liu]

Dr. Trisha Branan presented at the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists spring meeting in Savannah this past weekend. The title of her talk was “Surviving Sepsis 2016: Where Are We Now?”

Students: The Heart of CoP

Dean Svein Øie to Teach PHRM 5210 This Fall
“Challenging Therapeutic Treatments in Today’s Healthcare System” is a one credit hour course to be taught this fall by Dean Svein Øie. Students will learn to identify and examine new information, research and trends in therapeutic treatment protocols and determine if changes are warranted in patient care plans. Registration is just around the corner, and this unique class opportunity will be available to the first 12 student enrollees. For further information regarding Dean Øie’s class, see here.


Hats off to Marin Abousaud, P2, president of SNPhA, who has been selected to join the Blue Key Honor Society at UGA. Considered one of the highest honors of distinction on campus, the Blue Key Honor Society recognizes collegiate men and women of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction for scholarship and recognition for service and leadership. Marin was one of only 69 students selected from the UGA campus. Awesome, Marin!

Tanzir Mortuza

Congratulations to Tanzir Mortuza, a College of Pharmacy graduate student mentored by Dr. Catherine White and Dr. James Bruckner! Tanzir was the recipient of the SOT John Doull Risk Assessment Award at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting held in Baltimore recently. He was recognized for the most meritorious abstract by a post-doctoral scientist or a graduate student. The title of his abstract was “Age-Dependent Toxicokinectics of Trans-Permethrin in Adult and Juvenile Sprague-Dawley Rats.” [Above: Dr. George Woodall, vice president, SOT Risk Assessment Specialty Section; Tanzir Mortuza; Dr. Catherine White, PBS professor; and Dr. James Bruckner, PBS professor]

Correction: In last issue of Georgia Script, the offices held by Priyan Lad were incorrectly identified. Priyan is vice president of AMCP and president of Phi Delta Chi. We regret the error.



Thanks to Lambda Kappa Sigma, there are some girl scouts in Athens who have earned their first aid badge! The CoP group set up stations for various local troop members to make their own hand sanitizer and first aid kits. The girls also toured an ambulance, fire truck and police car, thanks to first responders in Athens. In addition, Generation RX was on hand to help the young participants understand about safe medication use. Way to support the community! Contact: Ally Holland [Above: Lamda Kappa Sigma members Sheldon Hiley (far left) and Paige Trammell (far right) help girl scouts make first aid kits. ]

CoP P1 students experience interprofessional team care during a simulated session this past weekend. The scenario: A contaminated water well was the identified source of a major giardia outbreak at Randy’s Mobile Home Park this past Saturday. Infected patients were treated at Mercy Health Center, which served as a makeshift ambulatory care clinic, and an interprofessional team of health care providers, including local pharmacists, provided treatment. While the scenario was not real, it did offer a simulated infectious disease outbreak that allowed first year pharmacy students to learn how to work on an interprofessional team, which included clinical nurse and nurse practitioner students. Using the existing Mercy Health Center patient care model, each student had the opportunity to provide interprofessional team care to one or more simulated patients and witness how a clinic may modify its system to effectively and efficiently respond to a local public health need. This was an IPPE for the P1 students. [Below: Photo on left: (l-r) Dr. Trina Von Waldner, director of Postgraduate Continuing Education and Outreach, and Dr. Kay Brooks, associate director of Community IPEE, work with a student. Photo on right: Students collaborate on a patient’s plan of care during the simulation.]

UGA Relay for Life

The Student Oncological Advocates in Pharmacy (SOAP) and the Student Society of Pediatric Advocates (SSPA) have joined forces in the fight against cancer! The two groups are sponsoring a team in the UGA Relay for Life event, scheduled for the evening of Friday, April 7 at the Intramural Field. Here’s how EVERYONE--faculty, staff and students--can help! 1) Join their team! See their Facebook Page on how to register! Just $10, with incentives galore! 2) Make a contribution to the team! They are halfway to reaching their $1,000 team goal, and they need your support! Contact SOAP-SSPA Team Captain Alia Reid on how to contribute.

The UGA College of Pharmacy was well represented by students, faculty, staff and our own Dean Svein Øie at the 2017 APhA convention held in San Francisco, CA this past week. With the theme “Making an Impact in Patient Care,” the event featured several concurrent workshops, forums, trade show exhibits and networking opportunities for pharmacists and future pharmacists. [Below: 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, residents, faculty and GPhA members attending the GPhA Georgia reception hosted by the colleges of pharmacy.]


Kudos to members of SNPhA, who have been invited to present their Poison Prevention program at the Experience UGA Fundraiser at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in April. Each fall, the group provides a similar presentation to Athens-Clarke County 1st graders during Experience UGA field trips to the College of Pharmacy. Area youngsters learn about medication, plant, forest and animal safety from SNPhA members, which is critical information: accidental poisonings are the leading cause of deaths in this age group. Congrats on being experts!

HELP WANTED! The Multicultural Health Fair is this Saturday, April 1. American Pharmacy Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists needs an additional four P2/P3 educators as well as one P2/P3 screener for the 1-3:00 p.m. shift. Contact Cassidy Sims if you can help! Speaking of the Multicultural Health Fair: Please pick up your APhA-ASP Multicultural Health Fair T-shirts Thursday during Org Hour. APhA-ASP will distribute event t-shirts to those who purchased them from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the Pharmacy South Lobby. Contact: Rami Zaabab

Kristen Smith checks patient's blood pressure

National Community Pharmacists Association hosted a mini health fair at Jennings Mill Drug Company last week. Members performed free blood pressure and glucose screenings for Jennings Mill’s patients. Kudos on performing this community service. [Right: Kristen Smith (P2) checks a patient’s blood pressure.]

The College of Pharmacy was well represented at the SNPhA Regions I & II Conference recently held in Birmingham, AL. One of the four UGA teams entered in the Kroger Clinical Skills Competition captured first place! Jameisha Shavers, P2, and Rosalyn Reese, P3, took top honors, and each will receive $500, a $50 Kroger gift card, a one-year Lexicomp subscription, Dipiro/Wells 9th Edition Handbook and registration to the SNPhA National Convention. Taking an admirable honorable mention award was the team of Marin Abousaud, P3, and Janee Jones, P3. Another highlight of the conference: UGA’s chapter was the only one to offer two resolutions that will move to the SNPhA National Convention for consideration. Proud of SNPhA!

SNPhA and CPNP currently are sponsoring Project Period, a feminine hygiene product drive through March 31. A collection box is in the PS Lobby. More products are needed, including sanitary napkins (pads), panty liners, tampons, individually wrapped feminine wipes, mini hand sanitizers, razors, tissues, soap and deodorant. Items will be donated to area homeless shelters. Contact: Marin Abousaud

Fundraising Sales

Picture Frames: GSHP is selling College of Pharmacy picture frames! These classy, wooden frames will capture your favorite collegiate memory. Frames are just $10 for one or $9 apiece for two or more (venmo @GSHP-UGA, check or cash in locker #38), and the sale will end this Thursday, March 30. Sign up for your frame(s) here. Contact: Brooke Gallman

Padfolios: APhA-ASP is selling leather, zipped, professional padfolios with the new UGA College of Pharmacy logo debossed on the front. The padfolio features an exterior pocket, several interior pockets and compartments, and a writing pad. The padfolios are $28 and can be ordered here. The deadline is Thursday, March 30, and payment must be made by this time (venmo @UGAAPHAASP, check or cash in locker #61). Contact: Kristen Greene and Lindsey Womac.

Clinical Pearls: NCPA is taking preorders for the 2017 edition of Clinical Pearls. This 5x7 booklet is a quick reference resource created by fellow classmates and professors that combines guidelines and drug therapy recommendations on major disease states. For just $22, you can reserve your copy here. The deadline for order and payment is Monday, April 3. The books are $22 each (venmo @NCPA UGA, check or cash in locker #55). Contact: Sheldon Hiley

Our Stellar Staff

Recruitment Booth

Student Affairs is on the move recruiting! Dr. Danielle Vitale and Susan Herda have been traveling, sharing the good news about our college and a career in pharmacy with prospective students. The pair recently participated at a recruitment fair at Georgia State, where 600 students were on hand, and later, they took part in a similar event at UGA. What a dynamic duo for us! [Right: CoP’s booth used at recruitment fairs.]

Biggest Loser Update! What do a Labrador Retriever, a dishwasher, a bag of concrete and the College of Pharmacy all have in common? About 85 pounds! To date, the Biggest Losers have lost 85.7. Renee Dobbs in Student Affairs was last week’s Biggest Loser (second time during the contest!) with a 3.4-pound loss, while Jennifer Caplinger in Business Affairs was this week’s Biggest Loser with a 4.2-pound loss. The contest is being sponsored by the Pharmacy Staff Resource Group and ends April 17.

Calendar of Events

4/4: "The Future of Pharmacy. . .And More!" Panel--12:30-1:20 p.m., PS101
SNPhA and APHA will sponsor an elite panel of experts, including Dr. Alan Wolfgang, associate dean of Student Affairs; Dr. Michael Azzolin ‘02, co-founder of PharmD on Demand; and Jeff Lurey, director of AIP and GPhA V.P. of Independent Pharmacy, who will discuss various topic related to changes and the future of the pharmaceutical industry. Publix sandwiches will be served. If you would like the panel to address a particular topic, contact Shannon Alexander or Tosin Adelakun.

4/5: PBS Research Seminar--11 a.m., PS 101*
Dr. Steve Stice, professor and vice chair, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine Contact Megan Morgan

4/: Pinning Ceremony--6:30-8:30 p.m., Classic Center (invitation required)
Contact Renee Dobbs

4/12: PBS Research Seminar--11 a.m., PS 101*
Dr. Minkui Luo, associate professor, chemical biology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Center
“Developing Chemical Tools to Interrogate Protein Methyltransferases”
Contact Megan Morgan

Looking Ahead--Save the date and mark your calendars!

4/13: Thank-A-Donor Day--9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tate Plaza
See here for details.

4/21: 5th Annual Jowdy Golf Tournament, UGA Golf Course
Contact Kim Hamby, director of Alumni Affairs, (706) 542-4536, or follow the Facebook page.

4/27-28: Southeastern Residency Conference--Classic Center
Pharmacy residents and graduate students make formal presentations on projects or research; exchange information and ideas with colleagues; discuss issues confronting institutional practice; and develop intra-professional relationships. See SERC for details.
Contact: Elise Martin

4/27: PBS Research Day--11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Georgia Center, K/L
Dr. G. Venketeshwaran, ’97, executive director of Biologics for Merck and Dr. Stacy Brown, ’02, associate professor, East Tennessee State University College of Pharmacy, will be the keynote speakers. Awards will be presented.
Contact: Michael Bartlett

4/28: Senior Banquet--6:30-8:30 p.m., Classic Center (invitation required)
Contact: Renee Dobbs

4/29: College of Pharmacy Commencement--2-4:00 p.m., UGA Performing Arts Center Limited seating/invitation required
Contact: Renee Dobbs

5/5: BSPS Graduation Ceremony--2-4:00 p.m., Pharmacy South, Room 201
Contact: Robyn Malone

*For a list of all PBS Seminars this semester, see here.

Check out UGA events at http://calendar.uga.edu