Celebration of Life for Dr. Pumerantz

A Celebration of Life for Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Those unable to attend will be able to video stream it live at: https://youtu.be/uyCTLQmB2Y4

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From the College of Optometry:

WesternU Eye Care Institute – Los Angeles to hold grand opening Jan. 31
Western University of Health Sciences will hold a grand opening for its Eye Care Institute – Los Angeles from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2080 Century Park East Suite 800, Los Angeles, California, 90067.

The ECI-LA office is unique in that is was designed to fill the unmet need left by the closure of the Center for the Partially Sighted in 2017, said WesternU College of Optometry Chief of Vision Rehabilitation Services Linda Pang, OD, FAAO.

“Our new office aims to be a comprehensive rehabilitation center for those with visual impairments,” she said. “The services include low-vision evaluations, adaptation to vision or field losses post traumatic brain injury and stroke, training in daily living skills, evaluation of assistive electronic devices, orientation and mobility training, occupational therapy and counseling for patients and their families.”

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Allied Health Professions Associate Dean Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Physical Therapy. A Distinguished Practitioner, Scholar or Policy Fellow within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges the recipient’s outstanding achievements. Click here to read more.

College of Allied Health Professions Associate Dean for Research Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD, was named an Elite Reviewer for 2017 for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Elite status designation reflects the number, timeliness and quality of the recipient’s reviews for the archives in 2017 as judged by the editors. Dr. Redman-Bentley has been named an Elite Reviewer two years in a row.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, will present “Sisyphus and the Sailboat – The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.”

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
John T. Pham, DO, has been named Vice Dean of COMP-Northwest. Dr. Pham was a founding member of the COMP-Northwest faculty, serving as an integral part of the start-up team. Dr. Pham assumed the role of Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine in 2015 and has served as Chair of the COMP-Northwest Admissions Committee for the past four years. 

He succeeds Paul Evans, DO, who has recently retired.

His Oregon roots in medical education were planted when he began his residency training at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland. Dr. Pham was the Family Medicine Chief Resident, and later started his family medicine practice in Portland. He has earned many recognitions and accolades throughout the years, including national recognition as the 2007 American Osteopathic Association Mentor of the Year. He currently serves as the pre-medical advisor for the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon. He has held numerous leadership roles including President of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation.

Dr. Pham is an active participant in multiple local organizations including the Optimist Club, the Strawberrians, and six years as a Lebanon Ambassador of Goodwill. His community service and volunteer heart is well known throughout the state of Oregon.

Jeremiah Scott, PhD, of COMP Medical Anatomical Sciences, gave an invited lecture on January 18 to vertebrate anatomy students at the W.M. Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. The talk was titled “The Anatomy of Bipedalism.”



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Professor Q. Quinn Li, PhD, with his associate scientists, recently published a research paper in Scientific Reports (impact factor 4.2; 2018; 8:770) titled “Transcriptome profiling during mangrove viviparity in response to abscisic acid.” In this article, the hormonal responses in development of a special group of plants were portraited in terms of their transcriptome dynamics.  The hormone was implicated to play a role, but this is the first direct evidence at the molecular level.

On another publication, Dr. Li and his collaborators developed a bioinformatics pipeline to extract poly(A) information from massive free RNA-seq datasets. The protocol will enable interested researchers to gain additional information about transcriptome diversity and RNA processing information on their own datasets, or any RNA-seq from a depository.  This work, “APAtrap: identification and quantification of alternative polyadenylation sites from RNA-seq data” was published in Bioinformatics (impact factor 7.3; in press; DOI:10.1093/bioinformatics/bty029).