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This Week@WesternU, Feb. 24-28, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

February 24, 2014

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WesternU receives state funding to assist underserved communities

Two Western University of Health Sciences programs received about $260,000 in state funding to increase the number of family practitioners in medically underserved areas.

WesternU’s College of Graduate Nursing received about $182,000 and the Department of Physician Assistant Education, part of the College of Allied Health Professions, received about $81,000 from the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act. Click here to read the full story.

WesternU to hold Trends in Autism Conference April 12, 2014

The 13th annual Trends in Autism Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The keynote speakers will be Chantal Sicile-Kira and Jeremy Sicile-Kira. Chantal Sicile-Kira is a leading author on autism and is the founder of She will sign books after the talk.

This event is open to health professionals, therapists, teachers, parents and adults with autism. Click here to view a flier. For more information, email Visit WesternU’s Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education (FACE) at

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Drs. Brian Kraatz, Amy Chew, and Mathew Wedel attended the Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists annual meeting at the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles. Dr. Chew gave a talk titled, “A matter of scale: mammalian faunal response to Eocene climate events.” Dr. Wedel was a junior author on Dr. Kraatz’s talk, “Skull evolution in leporids (rabbits and hares).”

Dr. Vicki Wedel, FAAFS, of COMP/CDM, and Creighton University School of Dentistry’s Dr. Ken Hermsen, FAAFS, have been awarded this year’s Creighton University Professor George F. Haddix President’s Research Award, which provides $15,000 in funding for inter-campus research collaborations. The money will be used to continue their ongoing research in using cross sections of tooth root to determine age and season at death in forensic skeletal remains.

Dr. Vicki Wedel was invested as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the highest accolade bestowed on forensic scientists who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community involvement in medicolegal investigations of death. Dr. Wedel joins 85 other forensic anthropologists across the country who have become Fellows of the Academy since 1918.

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, shared dynamic anatomy, novel future research projects and the delivery of ultrasound workshops at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon conference.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Suzanne Adolphson, Director of Patient Care Services for CDM, and Cassie Wright Jr., Director of Information Systems for CDM, recently presented “Using the EHR to Manage Off-Site Clinics: The Challenges and Benefits of Implementation” at the annual Axium Summit in Vancouver.

They shared their experiences with implementation of the EHR in our off-site clinics and how they use the EHR to manage the remote venues. They talked about issues that surround HIPAA, billing, training and calibration as well as technical challenges, basic hardware needs, and connectivity issues. The goal is to have clinic processes and procedures that are the same no matter where the clinic is located, on-campus or in an off-site venue.

Shirley Hsieh, MSMS ’10 and DMD ’15, accompanied Dr. Vicki Wedel to Seattle for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting, where she was the only student member of the Odontology Section present. As a participant in the Young Forensic Scientist Forum, Hsieh is preparing herself for advancement from student to associate member of the Academy.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor/Recruitment and Alumni Liaison Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, is an invited speaker for the Kinesiology and Health Professions Club meeting Feb. 25 at Cal Poly Pomona. Professor Vlad, a Cal Poly Pomona alumna, will be speaking on “Physical Therapy as a Career Choice” for this event.

From University Advancement:

Gold Award

RxBound, the magazine of the College of Pharmacy, won a 2014 Gold Award in the Special Constituency Magazines category, part of the CASE District VII 2014 Awards of Excellence. Silver went to Stanford Graduate School of Business and Bronze went to UC Davis School of Education.

RxBound is a joint effort of the College of Pharmacy and University Advancement, published biannually for alumni, faculty, students and friends of the College of Pharmacy. The magazine is edited by Dr. Sam Shimomura, Dr. Jesse Martinez, Renee Cook and Ligaya Chan from the College of Pharmacy and Bill Burrows from University Advancement. RxBound is designed by Debra Nelson in Publications. Thanks to Dean Daniel Robinson and all the writers and photographers for their contributions.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) supports alumni relations, communications, development, and marketing professionals at educational institutions worldwide. The association provides networking, recognition, and continuing education for more than 64,000 advancement professionals at more than 3,400 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in more than 70 countries. Learn more about CASE here.

Click here to access the RxBound archives.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Harry Potter’s World Exhibit

Beginning March 10 and running until April 19, the Pumerantz Library is showcasing Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine. Read the blog for more details.

Dr. Wedel talk and book signing

The Pumerantz library is sponsoring a talk and book signing of Dr. Vicki Wedel’s new book “Broken Bones: Anthropological analysis of blunt force trauma,” to be held 4-6 p.m. March 13 in HEC Classroom A. For details please read the blog.

From the Office of University Recruitment/Strategic Enrollment Management

Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, highlighting health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for Preview Day.

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