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This Week@WesternU April 25-29, 2011

by Rodney Tanaka

April 25, 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

Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP and the College of Dental Medicine attended the 80th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. She gave two research posters, “”Detecting a historical epidemic using dental cementum increment analysis,”” and “”Determining Season at death among the Moche Giants of Peru.”” The giants were a group of five elite men who all died during the same season after having achieved statures unknown to their peers (6 feet 2 inches versus 5 feet 5 inches).

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Congratulations to the PA 2012 Class in their efforts to help victims of Japan’s recent earthquake. Jessica Parkyn, PA ’12, discovered that Students Rebuild, Do Something, and Architecture for Humanity foundations would donate $2 for every origami crane folded, up to 100,000 cranes. The PA Class folded 359 cranes and sent them to the sponsoring organizations. Some of the cranes may be put into an art installation in the future.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Victoria Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, was an invited speaker for the 20th Annual Multi-Disciplinary Conference of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, which was recently held in Atlanta. Dr. Graham addressed about 70 health care professionals who attended the two-day pre-conference “”Clinical Skills Level One Course”” in which she spoke on vestibular and gait assessment in the visually impaired population.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Ray Symposium

William E. Evans, PharmD, Director and Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, talked about pharmacogenomics at the fifth annual Ray Symposium on April 21, 2011.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary parasitologist and professor Dr. Malika Kachani has received an invitation to serve as international keynote speaker at the National University of Agriculture in Honduras. Her audience will be attending the Symposium titled “”One Health: An Integrated Vision of Human, Animal and the Environment.”” This event was organized as a joint effort of WesternU, Brock University of Ontario, Canada, the National University of Agriculture, Honduras and the National Autonomous University of Honduras.

Dr. Kachani intends to establish in Honduras a One Health rotation for senior WesternU students from CVM, COMP and other colleges if they are interested. She will be facilitating a Memorandum of Understanding between WesternU, the University in Honduras and Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Kachani was recently elected to chair a workgroup on “”Neglected Zoonotic Diseases”” within the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), for the World Health Organization (WHO). Her leadership role is to select key colleagues from all relevant sectors (Academia, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, etc

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