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This Week@WesternU, April 25-29, 2016

by Rodney Tanaka

April 25, 2016

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Maureen Duffy-Lewis, JD, retires from Board of Trustees
Maureen Duffy-Lewis, JD, whose family’s association with Western University of Health Sciences dates to the University’s earliest days as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, has retired from the WesternU Board of Trustees.

Duffy-Lewis, who serves as a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles, was appointed to the Board in March 2004. She announced her board retirement last month, after 12 years of service to the WesternU community.

Board Chairman Richard Bond, DO, DrPH, praised Duffy-Lewis for her tireless work on behalf of WesternU, and for always promoting the University as a special place with a special mission. “The University has had no greater cheerleader than Maureen Duffy,” Bond said. “Her energy and enthusiasm reflected the attitude of our students and staff, and served as a model of board leadership.”

“Maureen Duffy’s family has been part of the larger COMP and WesternU family for many years, and Mo in particular has been a key piece in the fabric of what our University has become,” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD, WesternU’s founding president and now its president emeritus. “I am grateful for her advocacy and support over these many years. Her contributions and her presence will not be forgotten.”


2016 Legislative Luncheon
WesternU was the presenting sponsor during the sold-out 2016 Legislative Luncheon presented by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Friday, April 22, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in Pomona. The panel discussion included Rep. Norma Torres, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Controller Betty Yee, State Sen. Connie Leyva  and State Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez.

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From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Optometry Chief of Vision Rehabilitation Services Linda Pang, OD, received the Eye Care Clinic Volunteer of the Year 2015 award from Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND), a nonprofit that provides emergency food, medical, vision and dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance, English as a Second Language classes and youth activities. Dr. Pang was honored for providing more than 708 volunteer hours and more than $70,000 in services to the MEND Eye Care Clinic in Pacoima, California in 2015.


From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences student Kristan Cleveland, who recently won Second Place Best Presentation Award in the Division of Cancer Pharmacology at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Annual Meeting in association with Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego, Calif. The title of her presentation was “β-Adrenergic receptor biased β-blockers for skin cancer prevention.”

Dr. Patrick Chan published the following: A review chapter with Dr. Kabir Lutfy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Chan P, Lutfy K. Molecular Changes in Opioid Addiction: The Role of Adenylyl Cyclase and cAMP/PKA System. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2016;137:203-27.

A publication with Jennifer Turcios and Katie Yomen both from PharmD Class of 2014 from their Advanced Elective project at Olive View-UCLA. Chan P, Yomen K, Turcios J, Richman M. Prescription for antidepressant in reducing future alcohol-related readmission in patients suffering from depression and alcohol use disorder: a retrospective medical record review. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2015 Dec 21;10(1):48.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit
The Seventh Annual Regional Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit was held Wednesday, April 20 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Nieman, professor in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is also adjunct faculty for COMP and COMP-Northwest’s Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track Curriculum. The conference was titled, “Untangling the Web of Childhood Obesity.”

Congratulations to COMP-Northwest Lifestyle Medicine Longitudinal Track students OMS I Patrick Conway and Morgan Ricci, who presented on their experiences teaching cooking classes at the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam. The pair described the impact of their cooking classes, findings, and recommendations for future classes. The focus of the Club cooking classes was to impact knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of fourth-grade students regarding food choices. The students focused on preparing and tasting healthy foods and then documenting the impact the experience of cooking and tasking healthy food has on their food choices. The students sampled and cooked with fruits, vegetables, whole foods and grains. The recipes the kids at the club made included: garbanzo/black bean hummus with carrots and broccoli, sunflower seed butter with apples, snack ball (comparable to a chewy bar), green smoothie (with fruits and spinach), and kale chips.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
WesternU hosted an Alumni Networking Mixer in Pasadena on Thursday, April 21. Our energetic alumni enjoyed great food and drinks as they rekindled their relationships while others met new friends from across colleges representing classes from 2002 through 2015. The next alumni networking event will take place in June.
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