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week of july 20, 2020
<<First Name>>,
 
As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, you’ll begin to notice our communications to you increasing. In that regard, you will begin receiving more emails from my office and main campus. As we plan for August, it may often feel overwhelming when there is still so much unknown and yet so much information to digest. We will stay focused on helping our College navigate through these difficult times.
 
Know that you’re not alone in this. As I said when the pandemic first hit, we are getting through this together. We are a community that cares deeply for one another and supports each other. Whether it is bottling hand sanitizer, working at testing sites, reconciling budgets, submitting grants, receiving packages, conducting research, or having necessary conversations about equity and justice, I believe this community to be one of the most attuned to the needs of others. We have proven that time and again in the last six months.
 
This is what I want us to take into the next year:  the confidence that we can adapt, the knowledge that we can be better, and the faith that we can thrive because we have already done so. <<First Name>>, when I wrote this group back in March, I reminded us all to take a moment to appreciate how wonderful a community we have; that in these trying times we are turning to one another not only for support but also to help. Let us not lose that sense of wonder in ourselves. But, let us also hold each other accountable for the work that still needs to be done.
 
Fall 2020 is going to be distinct from other years. It will feel different and look different. Just like the spring, most of the steps we take will be new to us. We will certainly have hiccups along the way and need to make adjustments. We are going to have to recreate, rethink, and rework our status quo. This is expected. We’ll face all the change together, always remembering that this College is what it is because of the people—not the place. Our people, this pharmacy family, have a rich legacy of rising to every challenge and exceeding expectations. In that, this year will be no different.
 
Please ask for what you need. Please give what you are able. Keep checking in with one another. Know that you are empowered to make decisions about your health and safety and will be supported in that process. My door is always open, even if it’s a virtual one. I may not be walking through the halls or saying hello by the coffee counter in suite 214, but if you need me, I’m here. And, I am confident that you are each here for one another.
 
I think it’s important that we see each other before the school year begins and remind ourselves of the vibrant community we have built. I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting via Zoom on August 10 from noon to 1 p.m. We’ll discuss the upcoming year, what to expect, and how we stay true to our values during times of so much uncertainty. You will find the Zoom link in the “Save the Date” section below.
 
This pandemic continues to remind us how the actions of one individual can have a tremendous impact on others. Let’s continue to keep each other in mind as we move forward.
 
Kip

R. Kip Guy
Dean & Professor
UK College of Pharmacy
 
P.S. Please consider getting your flu vaccine sooner rather than later. Many symptoms of the flu overlap with COVID-19, and your immunization will help keep our people safe.

PREPARING FOR THE FALL

  • Watch how to wear your face mask properly.
  • The University will require all individuals to download an app that helps with screening for COVID-19 symptoms. You will be receiving more information from main campus detailing the app and instructions associated with it.
  • Please note that an exposure to COVID-19 is defined as being within six feet of someone who is positive for at least 15 cumulative minutes.
  • Masks will be mandatory throughout the building unless you are alone behind a closed door or eating by yourself, maintaining proper social distancing.
  • Employees should review the Fall 2020 Employee COVID Plan (you will need access to the UKCOP Intranet).
  • Please review the Fall 2020 Academic COVID Plan to ensure you are aware of how our academic schedule will look.
  • Single-Day Parking Permits are available for faculty, staff, and students. More information can be found online.
 

SAVE THE DATE


Staff Town Hall. All COP staff (including postdocs) are invited to join us on July 27, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. for a panel discussion with UKCOP administration and staff. The event will not be recorded. A calendar invite with the Zoom link has been sent.

All-College Town Hall. Join us on August 10, 2020, at noon for an update on the College and a discussion about the upcoming academic year. Here is the link to join: https://uky.zoom.us/j/92518206056  The event will be recorded, and the link distributed via the subsequent This Week email.

Virtual White Coat Ceremony. Our annual ceremony for coating incoming pharmacy and graduate students will take place on August 21 at 3 p.m. We will live-stream the event on YouTube and student participates will receive a separate Zoom link to attend. More details to follow.

RECENT WINS

  • 120 care packages went out to independent pharmacists across Kentucky this week thanks to the hard work of Rosa Mejia and Blanca Orozco. Thank you to Matt Southers and Clark Kebodeaux for ensuring packages included sanitizer bottled by our students.
  • Robert Yokel was mentioned in USA Today on if exposure to aluminum through food causes health issues.
  • Vince Venditto spoke at UNC’s recent Rising Stars in Drug Delivery seminar.
  • Craig Martin, R284 (PharmD 1999) shares his experience in dealing with COVID-denying friends and family.
  • Whitney Russell (Class of 2021) co-wrote a piece in Pharmacy Times on best practices for contraceptive care during COVID-19.
  • Thank you to the following students who most recently helped with bottling another batch of hand sanitizer: Ali Khalaf, Rhiannon Montgomery, Jacob Barnett, Emily Wilkerson, Emma Payne, Erick Pelaez, Vattey Duong, Johann Mani, Henry Phan, Abby Kosharek, Megan Davies, Emalee Haynes.
  • Kris Preston (BSPharm 1995, PharmD 2004) was featured on the Holler Back! podcast.
  • See how alum Kevin Harrod (PhD 1995) takes on his third pandemic in the fight against COVID-19 in this WBRC piece.
  • Jonathan Grider (PharmD 2010) talks about leveraging telehealth in the time of COVID-19
  • Kim Novak, R303 was featured on the ASHP podcast discussing the vaping epidemic and the role of the pharmacist.
  • Professor Tyler Stevens has taken a new position as Director of Experiential Education at University of Maryland (Eastern Shore). His last day at the college was June 30, 2020, and we wish him the best.
RESEARCH WINS
  • The College was awarded a $1.4M NIH S10 grant to purchase a Bruker 600 MHz. This equipment will significantly advance our scientific capabilities. Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work in putting the grant application together:  PharmNMR Director Vivek Subramanian, Assistant Dean for Research Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Administrative Operations Facilitator Tonya Vance, and our Director of Research Operations Alla Arnold.
  • Alex Flannery was selected for the ASN Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program, which provides funding to early career-stage PhD students to conduct original research.
NEWLY APPOINTED ENDOWED PROFESSORS
  • Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova:  Patrick P DeLuca Pharmaceutical Technology Professorship
  • Trish Freeman:  Platt Slone Endowed Professorship in Pharmacy Practice and Science
  • Daniela Moga:  The Larry Spears Endowed Chair in Pharmacology
  • Steven Van Lanen:  Harry B Kostenbauder Fund for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Science and Graduate Education 

QUICK UPDATES
 

Start of Classes. Our academic calendar has been approved and our plan is to begin pharmacy classes a week later than main campus on August 24. Graduate students will follow UK’s posted academic calendar
 
Student Org Events. If you are looking to begin planning any outside events, you will need to petition for approval. Please submit event information to Nicole Keenan for final review by Dr. Frank Romanelli.
 
Holiday Calendar. The 2020-2021 holiday calendar has posted. If you have any additional questions about how the holiday schedule may affect you, contact Angela Keene.

TESTING FOR STUDENTS

  • All students who are, or will be, returning to campus in August must have been screened for COVID-19 at baseline. Detail about how, when, and where to test will be forthcoming from main campus in the next few weeks.
  • Students who may currently be working on campus will still need to test in August.
  • Students may submit their own PCR or molecular COVID test results as long as the testing was performed within 7 days of their arrival on campus. Results will be uploaded on the COVID app and reported to University Health Services. At this time, neither antibody nor antigen tests are acceptable.
  • Testing will be available at multiple campus locations from Aug. 3 to Aug. 22. Any currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is eligible for a free test. Appointments will be available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
  • For more information and questions visit go.uky.edu/protectrespect or email coronavirus@uky.edu.
YOUR COVID-19 RESOURCES
Teach Anywhere UKY
Learn Anywhere UKY
Work Anywhere UKY
UKCOP COVID-19 Microsite
University COVID-19 Messages
Kentucky COVID-19 Website
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