Statue Dedication

More than 100 people gathered by the fountain on WesternU’s Esplanade Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, to witness the unveiling of a statue honoring Dr. Philip Pumerantz, the University’s founding president. The bronze statue, commissioned by WesternU’s Board of Trustees and created by artist Raymond Persinger, shows the president with his arms open, welcoming all to campus.

The statue’s plaque reads: “I am here for you, you can be sure — In 1977, Dr. Pumerantz envisioned a university, which began as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, restoring the dream of many supporters. Never wavering from his vision, he forged a path to greatness for the health sciences and led the University to renowned prominence in scientific excellence and humanistic philosophy. His tenacity created a perpetual legacy for all who study, teach, and work within the University.”

Dr. Pumerantz said he was grateful for the honor, thanked his wife, Harriet, and their family for their support over the years, and said that WesternU’s success is not his alone, but rather is the result of many dedicated people working together to make the world a better place.

The unveiling was emceed by Dr. Richard Bond, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and WesternU’s very first graduate, and included remarks by board Chairman Warren Lawless and Trustees Dr. Ethan Allen and Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor Dayle Armstrong, PT, MS, DPT and Professor/Associate Dean of Research Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, recently contributed to Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the section on pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. Their “Clinical Bottom Line” was a commentary on the article "Reliability of Still Photography Measuring Habitual Head Deviation From Midline in Infants With Congenital Muscular Torticollis" and appears in the Winter 2010 edition, volume 22, number 4, page 407.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The PA students have completed the vision screenings for the Claremont Unified School District. Since August, the PA students have screened nearly 1,000 elementary school students. The PA students enjoyed the experience working with the kindergarteners, first, fifth, and eighth graders. Each student population presents with their own characteristics. The school district nurses have thanked the PA students for their excellence and for their time.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess and PharmD 2011 candidate Johnny Thai have an online publication based on their work together during an APPE rotation. Hess K, Thai J. Revaccination with 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine. Posted to APhA’s Ask the Experts section on vaccines.

The Ask the Experts section can also be accessed at

Dr. David Min published an article with his previous Fellow, Dr. Jae Yang, who is also an alumnus of WesternU and currently Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas:

Jae Wook Yang, Ian V. Hutchinson, Tariq Shah, Jianwen Fang, David I. Min.

Gene polymorphism of vascular endothelial growth factor 21154 G>A is associated with hypertensive nephropathy in a Hispanic population. Molecular Biology Reports 2010;Nov:376-8.

Dr. David Pham was nominated as one of three finalists for “Volunteer of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association Orange County in their Annual Awards Dinner.

Dr. Sunil Prabhu and MSPS alumna Chan Ma published the following article: “Characterization of a novel lyophilized chitosan hydrogel complex for the controlled release of a highly water soluble drug, niacinamide.” International Journal of Drug Delivery. 2011;3(1):55-63. DOI: 10.5138/ijdd.2010.0975.0215.03054

Also, Dr. Prabhu was recently invited to serve as an executive editor and board member for the Journal of Chromatography and Separation Techniques. He joins Dr. Jeff Wang who also serves as an editorial board member on that journal.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Feature story

CDM is featured in a story in the California Dental Association Foundation publication Changing Lives. Click here to view the article.