East West Scholarship Dinner

WesternU’s 13th annual East West Scholarship Dinner was held April 13 at the Hilton San Gabriel. Proceeds from the dinner provide scholarships for WesternU students in all academic programs. WesternU has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to 620 students, including 39 recipients at this year’s event.

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Professor Alan Cundari, DO ’85, MSHPE ’92, received the Distinguished Service Award for his impact on the community, WesternU, and the countless students he has mentored. He is the true embodiment of the humanism that defines both WesternU and the osteopathic profession.

Click here to view photos on COMP’s Facebook page.

Click here to view a video tribute to Dr. Cundari.


Closing the Healthcare Gap in American Indian Communities

3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Presented by College of Dental Medicine Associate Dean for Research and Biomedical Sciences Bradley Henson, DDS, PhD. To RSVP, contact Maria Moreno at morenom@westernu.edu. Light refreshments will be provided to individuals who RSVP by April 15. Sponsored by Strategic Alliances, a division of the Provost’s Office.

Dr. Henson is exploring the potential of an old Ojibwe remedy, called Chaga Mushroom, as a novel therapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. This presentation weaves together his research interests, his respect and regard for traditional indigenous healing practices, and his own family heritage as a mixed Native American man. Dr. Henson is Kaskaskia through his paternal grandfather and Ojibwe through his maternal grandmother, and members of his family have been using the Chaga Mushroom with much success to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

Click here to view a flier.

The lecture will be available online via this ZOOM link: https://westernu.zoom.us/j/148700351.   



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP Northwest Lifestyle Medicine Track students Leah Nelson and Avery Briggs published an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The article is a policy paper that discusses the importance of Lifestyle Medicine and showcases efforts of certain medical schools that currently teach it (including our school). This is excellent exposure for our institution and Lifestyle Medicine! Please feel free to review the publication at:
Lifestyle Medicine in Medical Education.

A WesternU COMP-Northwest student research team took first place for best student research paper at the 2019 AACOM Educating Leaders conference in Washington, D.C. The team, consisting of second-year students Cameron Hadley, Matthew LaPlante, Matthew Zeller, Jordan Johnstone MS, and Kali Chiriboga MBA, and COMP Clinical Sciences Chair Chaya Prasad, MD, MBA, was also invited to present their findings at the AACOM Ethics and Professionalism subcommittee meeting. Their research addressed the topic of sexual violence in medicine by creating the first ever multi-institutional survey measuring the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment within osteopathic medical schools. The team would like to thank Dr. Paula Crone for her advocacy, support, and guidance on this project both at home in Pomona and Lebanon, as well as nationally, to help continue the conversation around changing health care culture for the better.

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, presented invited lectures on Clinical Upper and Lower Limb Anatomy- Controversies for Training Surgeons & Radiologists from New Zealand and Australia at Otago University Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand April 3-11. He is also collaborating with a colleague from New Zealand on developing an Avatar limb.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Beth Boynton presented “Communicating to Improve Commitment by Clients and Staff” to 150 participants at the March 31, 2019 Continuing Education meeting of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association in Long Beach, Calif. The feedback was that information and presentation styles engaged the audience.

CVM Professor Teresa Morishita has been appointed by United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to serve on his advisory committee, the Secretary Advisory Committee on Animal Health (SACAH). SACAH advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on matters of animal health and broader issues of public concern, including considerations and recommendations on collateral issues involving public health, conservation of natural resources, and the stability of livestock economies.



From the Pumerantz Library:

Message from the Provost
It is my pleasure to announce that Karoline Almanzar has been appointed as the Director of the Pumerantz Library and Learning Resources Center. She has served as interim director since the retirement of Pat Vader, and now takes up the challenge to build upon Pat’s legacy of support of our academic mission. Please join me in congratulating Karol on her appointment. I wish her and the staff of the library the best of success.


Preservation Week
The American Library Association completed a comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections in 2005. The urgent needs revealed in the survey inspired them to provide extensive and accurate information on how to care and protect your special treasures. The Pumerantz Library is delighted to share this information with you. An exhibit on how to salvage your photos or books from water damage is on display in the lobby for Preservation Week – April 21-27, 2019.  Detailed information on many areas of preservation is available on the ALA web site http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek Library contacts: Mary Helen Ellis (909) 469-5321 and Miles Scott (909) 469-8489.


Call for Posters – 6th Annual Research Mixer
Want to share your research with the rest of WesternU? Submit a poster for the 6th Annual Research Mixer, which will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. We welcome contributions from faculty, students, and staff on both campuses. Posters that have been or will be presented at other conferences or meetings are allowed.

For more information, contact Kelli Hines at 909-469-5323 or by email at reference@westernu.edu.