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This Week@WesternU, April 18-22, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

April 18, 2011

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Preview Day

Registration is open for the fifth WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, May 7, 2011, highlighting health education opportunities offered at WesternU. Click here to read more.

Athletes for Autism

Anthesis Autism Services and the Pomona Valley Workshop (PVW) will have their 2nd annual Athletes for Autism event at WesternU’s Ethan Allen Park on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun and games for the participants with autism will be the main feature. Free dental, foot, eye and health screenings will also be given. The event is for individuals with autism of all ages and their parents/providers within the Inland Empire. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call PVW’s Anthesis Autism Services at 909-624-3108, ext. 22, or e-mail College of Podiatric Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Patris Toney at

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP Chief Technology Officer Scott Helf, DO, MSIT, has been named to a three-year term of the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, Innovations in Testing Advisory Committee.

Robert Goldman, PhD, OMS-I, recently had a paper accepted in the journal Evolution. The citation is: Robert P. Goldman and Michael Travisano, “Experimental Evolution of Ultraviolet Radiation Resistance in Escherichia coli.” Evolution (in press). Co-author Michael Travisano is a professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior and a co-appointment in the Biotechnology Institute.

COMP-Northwest Resolution

A resolution congratulating and welcoming COMP-Northwest will be heard by the Oregon State Senate today, April 18, 2011. You can view the live session, which begins at 11 a.m., at

Senate Resolution 2, sponsored by state Senators Alan Bates and Frank Morse, reads in part: “Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Oregon: That we, the members of the Senate of the Seventy-sixth Legislative Assembly, congratulate the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest, thank the founders for their commitment to the people of Oregon and wish the college success in the future.”

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The Department of Physician Assistant Education is very pleased to see that two first-year students were honored with a scholarship from the East West Scholarship Committee. Randi Holmes, PA ’12, and Dalan Garcia, PA ’12, were honored at a dinner for their service contributions in addition to being outstanding scholars. Randi and Dalan provide a tremendous amount of community service for the university and for themselves. They are role models for their classmates.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, for having an invited review published by the journal Physical Therapy Reviews. You can see Dr. Selkowitz’s journal article at: Selkowitz, DM: Electrical stimulation for enhancing strength and related characteristics of human denervated skeletal muscle. Phys Ther Rev. 2010;15:327-333.

From the College of Optometry:

VOSH Mission Trip

The College of Optometry’s inaugural student VOSH Mission Trip to San Carlos, Mexico during spring break was a huge success. VOSH, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, is an International Service Organization that provides vision screenings and glasses to needy individuals worldwide. Six WesternU optometry students – Marineh Baghoumian, Maria Choi, Ani Grigorian, Michael Lee, Mansi Shah and Elizabeth Suh – and faculty member Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, and Ron Waltman, DC, teamed up with eight Michigan College of Optometry students, Rotary International Club volunteers, and Brad Habermill, OD, to provide services in the Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico area. During the clinics, a total of 1,853 patients were seen and 4,000 pairs of glasses were dispensed to the needy. The people of Mexico were very appreciative and the optometry students worked hard and were fabulous representatives of WesternU.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The April 2011 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. The latest edition features information on the Austin Lecture, the Patient Care Center Open House, Commencement and more. News for future editions can be e-mailed to

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