Blood drive

A blood drive in honor of Dr. Maria Pia Phillips will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Aug. 22, 2011 in BVCC Commons. All participants will receive a coupon for a box of chocolate-covered fruit from Edible Arrangements, two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory and a voucher for two tickets for a Chivas soccer game ($10 processing fee) and will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gas card. Identification is required. Please visit BVCC Commons to check availability.

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Toastmasters Contest

Twenty-seven Inland Empire Toastmasters clubs will be competing at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at WesternU. The contest, which has the theme “Capture Your Opportunity,” will feature humorous speeches by experienced toastmasters. The $20 admission fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The event is open to the public and is being held in the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center, 611 E. Second St., Pomona. For further information contact Vicki Oberhofer, 909-263-1179.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP faculty Dr. K. Mitsouras and College of Veterinary Medicine faculty Dr. M.C. Barr, Dr. J.O. Joslin and Dr. K.J. Irizarry, along with the Chief Veterinarian at the L.A. Zoo, Dr. C. Eng, and two DVM 2013 students, E.A. Faulhaber, and G. Hui, published their research in BMC Veterinary Research 2011 7:38 “Development of a PCR Assay to detect Papillomavirus infection in the Snow Leopard.”

Dr. Lony Castro has been selected to become a member of the NBOME COMAT Ob/Gyn Subject Examination Committee. The committee’s charge is to revise and expand the Ob-gyn subject exam that will be administered to third-year medical students at the end of their Core Ob-Gyn rotation.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Vicky Graham, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, for having two abstracts accepted for poster presentations at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Optometry, which takes place Oct. 12-15 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Dr. Graham and College of Optometry Assistant Professor Kierstyn Napier, OD, FAAO authored the abstract “Screening for Mobility Problems: A Case Series.” In addition to Drs. Graham and Napier, Anne Song, OD ’13, co-authored the abstract “How Does Visual Impairment Impact an Individual’s Physical Activity?”

From the College of Pharmacy:

$20,000 donation

McKesson RxOwnership donated $20,000 to the College of Pharmacy in support of independent community pharmacies. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Fadi Khasawneh on his collaborative paper with colleagues from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gussin H.A, Khasawneh, F.T., Xie A, Feng, F., Memic, A., Qian H, Le Breton, G.C., and Pepperberg D.R., “Subunit-Specific Polyclonal Antibody Targeting Human r1 GABAC Receptor.” Experimental Eye Research 93 (2011) 59-64.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Professor of microbiology and immunology Dr. Peggy Barr led a WesternU CVM faculty team including Dr. Boynton, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Bossong, and Dr. Johnston to author a review article titled “Diagnosis of canine heartworm infection.” This article appeared in the inaugural issue of the Today’s Veterinary Practice journal, whose mission is to publish practical, peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities for veterinary practice—as well as all aspects of veterinary practice management and business development—in an inviting, accessible, easy-to-read magazine format. The complete citation is: Barr MC, Boynton EP, Schmidt PL, Bossong F, Johnston GR. Diagnosis of canine heartworm infection. Today’s Vet Practice 1(1):30-37 (2011).

Veterinary Assistant Professor Dr. Lyon Lee has published an article with colleagues from Seoul University. Dr. Lee is veterinary anesthesiologist at the college and collaborates regularly with researchers in South Korea. The complete citation is: Won-gyun Son, Junyoung Kim, Jong-pil Seo, Junghee Yoon, Mincheol Choi, Lyon Y Lee & Inhyung Lee. “Cranial epidural spread of contrast medium and new methylene blue dye in sternally recumbent anaesthetized dogs.” Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2011, 38, 510–515.

The Palio has been held for hundreds of years in the central piazza of Siena, Italy. For nearly 15 years, Veterinary Professor and equine internist Dr. Joe Bertone has served as one of the veterinarians supporting this tradition by caring for the horses that represent his Contrada. Dr. Bertone has written an article for a book series, The Stars of the Palio, that describes his experience. The English translation is helpful, but you will also enjoy the many photos and get a sense of the pageantry and glamour of this centuries-old tradition. The complete citation is: Joseph J Bertone. Americano con un cuore senese (An American with a Sienese heart; publisher entitled). In, Le Stelle del Palio, year II, No. 5, Page 22 and 23. August 2011.

From the College of Optometry:

National Children’s Vision & Learning Month

This August, as children head back to school, the arrival of National Children’s Vision & Learning Month ( seems timely, bringing with it renewed attention and emphasis on noticing vision problems that could lead to learning problems. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The August 2011 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. This edition features the latest news on the grand opening of COMP-Northwest, the welcoming of more than 1,100 new students, and college-specific information. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at