WesternU’s Austin Lecture focuses on breaking the cycle of childhood trauma and homelessness

More than 55,000 people are homeless in Southern California each year, including 32,000 children. The stress of unstable housing on these children may lead to lower life expectancy and greater instances of substance abuse, depression and learning and behavioral problems.

The nonprofit Illumination Foundation provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in order to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. Three representatives from the foundation served as keynote speakers at Western University of Health Sciences’ sixth Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Pomona, California.

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Youth & Family Club of Pomona fundraiser

WesternU is a main sponsor of the Youth & Family Club of Pomona (“The Club”) “Chili Cook Off” event from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Old Stump Brewery in Pomona. Proceeds from the competition benefit the Club in supporting activities for local youth. Plenty of chili, tacos, and beer will be on hand, and live and silent auctions will include tickets to the Stagecoach Festival, Cal Spa products, and “a week anywhere in the world.” Tickets are $50 each (include a taco plate, two pints of beer, and an event glass) and are available on a first-come basis from the Office of Community and Governmental Affairs, x5205. More information about the cook-off is available at www.THECLUBPOMONA.org. Old Stump Brewing is at 2896 Metropolitan Place, Pomona.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Screening of the documentary “Not Carol”
The Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing Maternal Mental Health Committee will hold a screening of the new documentary film, “Not Carol” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The film, from multi-Emmy winner Planet Grande Pictures, is a feature-length documentary following the case of Carol Coronado. “Not Carol” takes a deep dive into the taboo world of maternal mental health, blowing the lid off a national epidemic that is ravaging families at a shocking rate.

The screening will take place in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 2, 701 E. Second Street, Pomona, California.

The film will begin promptly at 5 p.m., followed by a Q&A Panel. For more information on the film call Dr. Gwen Orozco at 909-469-8438. Cost is free. Bring your family and friends.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact the Postpartum Support International Helpline: 800-944-4PPD (4773).

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From the College of Optometry:

Low Vision Awareness Month
The WesternU Eye Care Institute, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, California, will hold an open house for Low Vision Awareness month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. There will be interactive demonstration modules so attendees can experience life with simulated vision impairment and try out different high and low-tech assistive technologies available through ECI’s Vision Rehabilitation service. The ECI will also share basics on how to be a sighted guide and the “do’s and don’ts” when approaching a guide dog. Prizes and educational material will be given away. No appointment needed.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
On Saturday, January 25, 2020, Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) held its annual Sarah Ross Science Fair. The American Dental Education Association at WesternU collaborated with PUSD to provide a presentation focusing on the integration of oral health with overall health, as well as providing 23 out of 40 judges for the PUSD Student Science Fair projects. DMD 2022 students Vanessa Garcia and Jessica Leonard coordinated the events with PUSD and noted DMD 2023 standouts Ryan Rodef and Ambrose Minh Ha as judges, and Aaron Bacha as a presenter. All volunteers not only showed support and encouragement for the PUSD students, but also actively engaged in questions and quality feedback with PUSD students and parents.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Miguel Saggese was recently invited to join the International Union for Conservation of Nature-Vulture Specialist Group. The aim of this group is to advocate for the creation of greater awareness of the plight of these birds and help to coordinate effective conservation with activities to their benefit.

Congratulations to the Zoological Medicine Society (ZMS) for conducting a successful ZMS Symposium. For the second year in a row, the ZMS board was able to organize a full day’s activity consisting of interesting lectures by various internal and external speaker and three wetlabs covering avian clinical skills, turtle/tortoise shell repair and rabbie radiology. For their keynote speaker, Dr. Jeff Zuba of the San Diego Wild Animal Park presented on mega-vertebrate anesthesia and the role of the veterinarian with the veterinary team. He was truly inspiring for all these students, especially those interested in zoo medicine.

Dr. Tona Melgarejo was just informed by fourth-year CVM student Nairi Abedi, one of his mentees, that she just matched with VCA West LA, which was her first choice. Candace Tam was matched with her first choice, Texas A&M’s small-animal rotating internship program. Victoria Van matched with LSU’s small-animal rotating internship program. Congratulations to all!



From the Pumerantz Library:

The spring issue of Stacked! is here, full of lots of love and information, including: how to check out books and journals, updates on the library redesign, new staff introductions, how to write for publication, information on APA 7th edition, book reviews and more.

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