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This Week@WesternU, Aug. 20-24, 2018

by Rodney Tanaka

August 20, 2018

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WesternU welcomes 1,000 new students

Welcome Week and Convocation at Western University of Health Sciences is a time when lifelong friendships are forged, a path to becoming a healer is blazed and dreams are realized.

WesternU welcomed about 1,000 new students at Convocation and White Coat Ceremonies Aug. 11, 2018 in Pomona, California. Convocation serves as the traditional opening to WesternU’s academic year and is the culmination of Welcome Week, which introduces students to campus life. WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus welcomed 107 new osteopathic medical students on Aug. 3, 2018.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, MA, MS, PPS, was interviewed for a story on imposter syndrome in the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) The DO Magazine. Click here to view the story.

Dr. Singer-Chang was reappointed to the AOA’s Research Task Force on Osteopathic Philosophy.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM student Athena Kepler, DVM ’19, is the recipient of the American Quarter Horse Foundation Margaret A. Haines Scholarship. CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi, is her mentor and he is coaching her towards a residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehab.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley is an author of a research paper recently published in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters titled “Characterization of two glycosyl hydrolases, putative prophage endolysins that target Clostridium perfringens.” The research was partially supported by USDA NIFA funds to WesternU CVM for bacterial genome sequencing and conducted with collaborators from the USDA Agricultural Research Service. In the work, viral sequences encoding peptidoglycan hydrolases were found in whole-genome sequences of several C. perfringens strains. Cloning of these genes and expression of the recombinant proteins showed in vitro lytic activity against a panel of 76 C. perfringens strains. The therapeutic potential of this work has resulted in a patent application currently pending.



From the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy Director Brenda Premo, MBA, will be the keynote speaker at Fiesta Educativa’s Annual Statewide Conference Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at The California Endowment, Los Angeles, California. The theme of the conference is “You can’t change the past, but you can reshape the future.” The mission of Fiesta Educativa Inc. is to provide information and training to Latino families on how to obtain services for all persons with disabilities. In addition, training is provided to professionals who work with these families. For more information, call 323-221-6696 or visit



From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

The Fall 2018 issue of Stacked!, the Pumerantz Library newsletter, is now available.
Click here to view the issue.



From University Advancement:

Alumni reunion
WesternU will hold an Alumni Reunion Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 on WesternU’s Pomona campus. All alumni are invited to attend as we also honor the classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Registration will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A campus open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The program and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

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