WesternU at the LA County Fair
WesternU students and faculty will provide free health screenings at the LA County Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Buy discounted Fair tickets and come out to support our students. Link to Facebook post with flier:


WesternU is partnering with Inter Valley Health Plan, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, and Fairplex to once again bring “Our Body: The Universe Within” to the Los Angeles County Fair September 2-24, 2016.

“Our Body” is an educational exhibit consisting of actual human bodies, specimens and organs. Appropriate for all ages, the exhibit literally goes under the skin to reveal the mysteries of human anatomy. Visitors to the exhibition will journey through galleries relative to each system of the body in an effort to educate, enlighten, and spark interest and understanding of the complex universe within each of us. “Our Body” is composed of more than 200 specimens that have been preserved using a method known as polymer impregnation.

WesternU, IVHP and PVHMC, which previously partnered on “Our Body” in 2012, have added their own theme to the exhibit, focusing on the question “Our Body Does What?” Interesting factoids about human bodies and biological processes will be sprinkled throughout the exhibit, along with graphic elements and videos created by the partners.

A separate $5 fee (ages 5 and under are free) will be charged to enter the “Our Body” exhibit. Proceeds go toward Fairplex youth education programs.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

NIH symposium
College of Veterinary Medicine students attended a Merial NIH symposium held at Ohio State University recently. The symposium included four poster sessions with a total of 480 posters and almost 600 attendees. Dr. Dominique Griffon, CVM Associate Dean for Research, said, “I was very proud of our students, who were well prepared to present their posters and engage with attendees. I would like to thank our scholars, their mentors and our Research Associates for their hard work this summer. Our training program culminates each year in a symposium that has been growing over the years and attracts a friendly crowd of scientists from all schools in the U.S. Our presence was well noticed this year, with over 10 scholars from WesternU and two WesternU students coming from training programs at Cornell and Kansas State.” CVM students attending were: Ella Richardson, Shanes Abeywardena, Amanda Seelman, Karena Tang, Gerardo Mendoza, Ekaterina Perminov, Cherein Abdel Massih, Sean Pador, Brittany Voss, Dennis Chan, Oren Ofer, Steven Nguyen, Sohyun Kim, and Sara Mangosing.


From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Associate Professor Fanglong Dong, PhD, in collaboration with Pharmacist Jessica Chen and Dr. Claudia Landis (internal medicine at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center), had an oral presentation at the Western States Conference in San Diego in May. The main objective of the study was to identify three different equations to estimate Glomerular Filtration rate (GFR) for Vancomycin. They are in the process of finishing a manuscript based on their findings. Chen J, Landis C, Andrew L, Pop L, Dong F. Comparisons of the three different GFR estimating equations in dosing Vancomycin. 

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Professor Ivy Tuason (PI), had an oral presentation accepted at the APCoRE International Conference. Dr. Tuason I, Macabasco-O’Connell, A., & Dee, V, Dong F. Indicators and predictors of sexual behaviors of Filipinos ages 18-25 in the United States and the Philippines. Oral presentation at 2016 APCoRE International Conference; September 20-23, 2016, Pattaya, Thailand.

Dr. Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Jeffery Elo (Professor in the College of Dental Medicine) and other faculty members, had an ePoster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry. They are also actively seeking publication out of their findings. Elo JA, Sun HH, Dong F, Nguyen K, Zakhary K. Coronectomy with bone graft reduces periodontal pockets on adjacent mandibular second molars – a 5-9 year follow-up of 78 adult patients. ePoster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry. Boston, MA, July 14-17, 2016.

GCBS Professor and Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Programs Christina Goode, PhD, and Thomas Landefeld, California State University Dominguez Hills, gave an invited presentation at the NAAHP Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, June 2016, “The Three R’s of Effectively Addressing the Underrepresentation of Minorities.”

Dr. Goode and COMP Professor Colleen Talbot, PhD, had two poster presentations at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Meeting in April 2016: “Tracking the Performance of SMP Graduates in their Preclinical Education” and “Building on Resilience through an SMP.”


From the Pumerantz Library:

The Fall 2016 edition of Stacked!, the Pumerantz Library’s newsletter, is available online. Click here to visit the Pumerantz Library’s website and view current and past issues of Stacked!


From University Advancement:

Alumni Networking Mixer
On Aug. 11, 2016, WesternU alumni from the Irvine, California area came together to enjoy great food, drink and conversation at the latest Alumni Networking Mixer.   Alumni from different colleges were in attendance representing classes from 1984 through 2016.  Many ended up staying past the end of the official event connecting, sharing memories and exchanging business cards.  Visit https://westernu.smugmug.com/WesternU-Alumni/WesternU-Alumni-Mixer/ for pictures of the event.

The next alumni networking event will take place in Claremont on Wednesday, Sept. 28.  Visit westernu.edu/alumnimixers for details.