From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Blood Drive

A University Blood Drive hosted by COMP will be held Feb. 16-17, 2010, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the first floor of the Health Professions Center (HPC). To schedule an appointment please log on to www.givelife.org and enter the sponsor code: westun

Identification is required. All donors will receive a coupon for a free appetizer from Mimi’s Café. The need for blood is constant and the gratification of giving is instant. Give blood!

Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Seminar Series

“Diabetes Control and Heart Disease,” presented by Fausan Tsai, MD, Cardiovascular Fellow, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, noon to 1 p.m. in HEC – 2nd floor, Lecture Hall 2. Lunch provided, please RSVP to mkotecha@westernu.edu.

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Mathew Wedel, who was named one of the top peer reviewers of 2009 by Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Nursing Conference

CGN held the 2010 DNP/PhD Nursing Conference Celebrating the Highest Level of Nursing Education on Feb. 5. Click here to view a story and slideshow about the conference.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Jamie Ky, PharmD ’11, who is one of eight pharmacy students nationwide to receive the APhA (American Pharmacists Association) Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship to be presented in Washington, D.C. in March.

Congratulations to MSPS student Harold Ting and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, Drs. Wally Murray and Fadi Khasawneh, on the acceptance of their manuscript, “Repurposing an old drug for a new use: glybenclamide exerts antiplatelet activity by interacting with the thromboxane A2 receptor,” in Acta Pharmacologica Sinica (2010) 31: 150–159. The published manuscript can be viewed on www.nature.com/aps.

From the College of Optometry:

Speed Dating & Networking Event

Interested in meeting students outside of your program? Come join the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences’ first Interprofessional Speed Dating and Networking Event held on Friday, March 12, 6-7:30 p.m. in AMP II. Register in front of HPC lobby every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. now until the day of the event. $10 registration to meet 10-15 colleagues in just over an hour. Seats are limited to the first 180 WesternU students so sign up early. Refreshments will be served.

From University Advancement:

College of Optometry Gifts

The College of Optometry received $10,000 from Richmond Products to endow the Richmond Products Scholarship.

Dr. Robert A. Reynolds provided Ophthalmic/Optical Equipment and instrumentation to the College of Optometry that is valued at $60,771.99.

Luxottica Group donated lenses and frames to the College of Optometry that are valued at $72,925.61.

Planned Giving

Tim Bamrick, MA, will serve as an additional resource on campus for planned giving, augmenting the work of Planned Giving Administrator Olive Stephens.

Bamrick, who will continue with his duties as Director of Development for the College of Optometry and the College of Podiatric Medicine, is a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving and completed the Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program at University of California at Los Angeles Extension.