From the College of Optometry and University Advancement:

Establishment of the John Sang Hak Lee Memorial Award at WesternU’s College of Optometry
The College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences has established the John Sang Hak Lee Memorial Award. Dr. Lee passed away after an illness last year at the age of just 37. Donations to fund the award, which will be presented to a third-year optometry student who best demonstrates a chair side manner of patient empathy and bond that enriches the optometric profession, can be made online at or by sending a check. Questions regarding donating can be addressed to Amanda Behnke at (909) 469-5525 or  

Dr. Lee was in the College of Optometry’s inaugural class of 2013. Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, college dean, described him as “a class act and truly one of a kind” that was even evident in his first year.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dennis Muscato, MS, Co-Director of the National Lifestyle Medical Education Consortium (LMEd), was co-author on “Advancing Lifestyle Medicine Education in Undergraduate Medical School Curricula Through the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd)” in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. WesternU COMP and COMP-Northwest are recognized leaders in lifestyle medicine medical education. 

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COMP Assistant Professor Thierra K. Nalley, PhD, was invited to participate in The Raymond M. Alf Museum’s Discovery Days Event: Women in Paleontology on Feb 11. She will be discussing her research on the evolution of bipedality in fossil human ancestors. Visit the website for more information: Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to CDM Assistant Professor Setareh Lavasani, DDS, MS, who contributed to the interactive digital textbook, “Oral Radiology Fundamentals,” which is now available through iTunes. The iBook focuses on key oral radiology concepts and fundamentals with more emphasis on radiology cases, animations, images, and videos to engage dental students and dental hygiene students. The book contains 15 chapters spanning about 400 pages and can be previewed and purchased here:


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
The second annual College of Podiatric Medicine Lawrence B. Harkless Dean’s Distinguished Lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I. The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, will give the keynote presentation, “Higher Education, Healthcare and The Future of America.” Click here to view a flier.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Anatomy Instructor Ken Noriega, BS, MS, was recently selected by the students to receive the 2016-17 Faculty of the Year Award. The students were asked to nominate and write about faculty and the students then voted. This year’s top nominees, in addition to the recipient, were Dr. Ana Alcaraz, Dr. Wael Khamas, Dr. Jose Peralta and Dr. Josep Rutllant. SCAVMA will be presenting the award to Ken at Vet Med’s Honors Day.

CVM Associate Professor Jennifer Buur was featured in the Jan. 15, 2017 issue of JAVMA as the main spokesperson for the Council of Biologic and Therapeutic agents. Dr. Buur was interviewed regarding animal dietary supplements and integrative medicine. As with human therapeutics, there are concerns with purity, safety and efficacy – some have quality control and some do not.


From Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD):

Wellbeing Initiative
On Monday, Jan. 30, LEAD hosted a lunchtime obstacle course race on the Esplanade in front of the HSC building. Roughly 30 students and faculty participated in the friendly competition as a way to incorporate exercise and fun into their day. The race is one of the ongoing LEAD Wellbeing Initiative activities aimed at increasing and practicing Mind, Body, Self, and Social awareness as part of a balanced lifestyle. In addition to running in the obstacle course, prizes were awarded to the male and female students with the fastest times. The winning students were Frank Lima, DPT ’18, and Danielle Fong, DPT ’18. LEAD Wellbeing Initiative events regularly occur throughout the semester to remind everyone that “A student who feels well, does well.”

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