FYI for COP: Nov. 21, 2011

UA Cares logoIt’s not too late to care
You have until Wednesday, Nov. 23 to donate to UA Cares, the annual giving campaign that allows UA employees to donate to any UA program or non-profit, charitable organization. For more information, visit the UA Cares website. To give online, go to UAccess --> Self Service --> Payroll & Compensation --> UA Cares. To download a paper pledge form, go to the Ways to Give page on the UA Cares website. Completed paper forms may be turned in at Drachman B307JJ.

There’s a new way to pay
For those who drive to campus and do not have a garage or lot permit, there is a convenient new way to pay for metered parking. UA Parking and Transportation Services has joined a pay-by-phone plan. Starting this month, you can add more time to your parking meter by calling, texting or using the mobile web. You first must register and set up an account before you can use the service. After setting up your account, if you use an app on your smartphone, all you have to do is bring up the app, fill in your location, choose how long you wish to park and click confirm. You can access the receipt via email. There is also a feature to have text alerts to remind you that your parking is about to expire. To register and set up an account, go to pay-by-phone.

Training on new budget system available
Associate Dean A. Jay Gandolfi has scheduled two options for training on the university’s new Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) information system. RCM is for people who need access to UA Analytics for information about students, student statistics, course statistics and department performance.

It is from these numbers, according to Gandolfi, that the college budgets in the future will be determined. He recommends that personnel in the following offices/roles be trained: the dean’s office, the financial office, the graduate program director, the graduate program coordinator, department administrators and department heads.

The two options for training are:

  • Monday, Dec. 12, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

To sign up to attend one of the sessions, email Jamie McKay.

You’re invited to attend IdeaFunding 2011
The University of Arizona invites you to a networking, business integration and knowledge-sharing event on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Tucson Marriot University Park. IdeaFunding 2011 is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network within the business community and a chance to meet with panels of highly experienced investors from around the region. The cost, which is $85 for preregistration and $100 at the door, includes all-day activities, materials, breakfast, lunch and reception cocktails. For more information, go to the IdeaFunding website.

There are lotsa helping hands around
Starting this month, UA Life and Work Connections will offer a new resource for faculty and staff called Lotsa Helping Hands. If you are in a medical crisis and need help, if you are a family caregiver, or if you have a close family member or friend struggling through a crisis, you can use this web-based caregiving and volunteer coordination platform to create circles of communities to organize friends and family members. With the new service, you can coordinate “community members” via a group calendar and share information using announcements, message boards and photo galleries. For more information, go to UA Life and Work Connections or contact Jan Sturges, 520-626-4770.

Psychopharmacology review course coming up
The 20th Annual Psychopharmacology Review Course will be at the Westin La Paloma Feb. 20-24, 2012. Presented by the College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, this is an annual update of current clinical practices and research focusing on psychopharmacology topics. The course will feature host faculty and guest speakers, including Martha Fankhauser, clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. To view the schedule and speaker roster and to register, visit the Psychopharmacology Review Course website.

Cooley named experiential education director
Janet Cooley, PharmD 2006, has been selected to be the director of experiential education for the college. In her new role, Cooley will oversee, manage and coordinate nearly 700 preceptors at approximately 400 practice sites, supervise a staff dedicated to introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiential programs and participate directly in the programs as necessary. Cooley’s new appointment will begin Nov. 28.

Prior to coming to work for the college, Cooley was a staff pharmacist at the University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.

Call for nominations for teaching and mentoring awards
The Graduate College will honor faculty and professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their teaching and mentoring of graduate students. Award nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 9 and can be submitted electronically to Cynthia Ann Bjerk-Plocke. The two recipients of this award are each awarded $2,500, a medallion, and a plaque during a of reception in spring of 2012. More information about the awards and past recipients can be found at the teaching and mentoring awards website.

COP faculty to host 33rd National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium
The 33rd National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium will be held May 20-23, 2012, at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley, Ariz. Co-hosted by Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty Danzhou Yang, associate professor, and Chris Hulme, professor, the event will feature the following topics:

  • Enabling Technologies in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Targeting Neurodegeneration
  • Glycosyltransferases and their Inhibitors: Recent Advances in Anti-Infectives
  • NIH Road Map Network: Advances in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Product Based Drug Discovery and Design
  • Targeting Autoimmunity and Inflammation
  • Medicinal Chemistry Awards
  • Graduate Student Career Development Workshop
  • Chromatin Structure and Transcription

Registration costs $550 before Dec. 1 and $650 afterward. For more information or to register, visit the Medicinal Chemistry Symposium website.