WesternU lecture by Sen. Hernandez to focus on health care changes

State Sen. Ed Hernandez, OD, will present “The Changing Face of Health Care in California” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Health Education Center. Click here to read the full story.

East West Scholarship Dinner

WesternU’s seventh annual East West Scholarship dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hilton San Gabriel, 225 West Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, Calif. in San Gabriel Ballroom C.

This year, WesternU will honor Victor Law, RPh, BPharm, and WesternU scholarship recipients, while raising scholarship money for students. Click here to visit the East West Scholarship Dinner website.

Saturday campus abuzz

WesternU was a bustling campus on Saturday, April 6, when thousands of people attended three functions: the eighth annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, the Pomona Health Career Ladder, and the 11th annual Trends in Autism Conference. Faculty members Dee Schilling, PT, PhD and Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD, participated as speakers at the autism conference.

From the College of Optometry:

NORA News

The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Club will have a special guest on campus TODAY, Monday, April 8, 2013 for two separate lectures. Special guest Leonid Skorin Jr., DO, OD, is senior staff ophthalmologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He also is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the Albert Lea facility.

From noon to 1 p.m. in HEC Classroom E, Dr. Skorin will speak on “Eye Disease by the Numbers.” Skorin will provide current information on the prevalence and treatment strategies of various ocular diseases. Those considering a future in Ophthalmology and Optometry are encouraged to attend.

From 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in HEC Lecture Hall 1, Dr. Skorin will speak on “Interprofessionalism in a healthcare setting.” Skorin will share his unique perspective on the importance of interprofessionalism in health care. Both events are open to everyone.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Ray Symposium to address obesity

The nation’s worsening obesity epidemic will be the topic of Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Ray Symposium, to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1. Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Crawford, RD, director of the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley, and a Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist, will present “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention.”

Click here to read the full story. Click here to reserve your seat.

Scholarship Golf Classic

The College of Pharmacy will hold its inaugural Scholarship Golf Classic on May 23, 2013 at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and time of play will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shotgun-play format will include contests for low score, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one. Click here to read the full story.

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to China

Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Dean Michel Baudry, PhD, is one of approximately 75 people throughout California selected to participate as a delegate in a trade and investment mission to China with Governor Jerry Brown and senior members of his administration April 10 – 16, 2013.

The mission will help increase direct investment in California, build sales by California businesses, and strengthen ties between the world’s second- and ninth-largest economies, according to the Office of the Governor. Click here to read the full story.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Faculty Candidate Seminar Series

COMP will hold its faculty candidate research seminar for 2013 from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Compatriots Hall, HSC. This seminar will be streamed to Eastmoreland, COMP-Northwest. Abbas K. Samadi, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Departments of Surgery & Biochemistry, University of Kansas Medical Center, will present “Heat shock proteins as target for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.” The COMP Candidate Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, will run from March through May.

COMP will hold its faculty candidate teaching seminar for 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, Classroom A, HEC. This seminar will be streamed to Eastmoreland, COMP- Northwest. Abbas K. Samadi, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Departments of Surgery & Biochemistry, University of Kansas Medical Center, will present “Carbohydrate Metabolism – Glycolysis.” The COMP Candidate Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, will run from March through May.

College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education news

Chair and Associate Professor Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, was a speaker at the 11th annual Trends in Autism Conference sponsored by Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, which was held April 6 at WesternU. Dr. Schilling addressed the audience on “An Inter-professional Approach to Autism: Oh the Possibilities,” and participated in a panel presentation of autism specialists. The one-day conference is given each year as an introduction for parents, educators and those involved in autism treatment so that participants can learn about the latest research, most effective treatment approaches, how to access services, and what the opportunities are for those on the autism spectrum.

From the Pumerantz Library:

“Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War”

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterward are less well known. “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library will host the “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” traveling exhibition, created by the National Library of Medicine, from April 15 to May 18, 2013. Please join the library for the opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 15. Light refreshments will be served. Contact the library at 909-469-5323 for more information.

Click here to view the announcement.

From the Toastmasters Club:

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library, Fourth Floor Conference Room, the Toast of the Towne Toastmasters Club will play videos from the recent World Championship of Public Speaking. The club will discuss various qualities that the speakers have, which make them exceptional and distinguish them from the rest of us.

With practice and dedication, you can also learn to improve your presentation skills, perform in meetings, and perhaps one day be on stage with the best speakers in the world. Come and find out how. Email Louise Clark at clarkl@westernu.edu for details.

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