From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

In December, Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP/CDM gave invited talks to undergraduate and graduate San Francisco State University students. The talks were titled “What bodies and bones reveal” and “Case studies in forensic anthropology.” While there she was asked to comment on the human/non-human origin of several pieces of bone from local Native American sites.

This week, Dr. Wedel will be giving invited talks on “Slave burials as books: How to read them” and “How I use math to make science” to the fifth and sixth graders of Veritas Academy in Oklahoma.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

MSPS graduate student Sonali Shaligram was selected for a Society of Toxicology (SOT) Graduate Student Travel Award to the SOT 50th Annual Meeting.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Immunologist/Virologist Dr. Tom Phillips has received approval from ReadiSorb Products for a grant of $25,000 to support his team’s research on “Effects of Liposomal Glutathione on FIV Induced Oxidative Stress of the CNS.” The award is the result of effective prior studies involving Drs. Tom and Pia Phillips and their team.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

On Dec. 2, 2010, Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO, Assistant Professor, College of Optometry toured the Hogeschool Utrecht, School of Optometry in The Netherlands and met with faculty representatives as part of an effort to initiate cooperative exchange with Holland and expand our international collaborative efforts. Hogeschool is Dutch for “Vocational University” and is home to more than 30,000 students in numerous fields of study. European optometry is expanding its scope and unifying the ranges of practice among the countries of the EU with an eye to emulate the American model for vision care.

From University Advancement:

New Alumni Connection

The December 2010 edition of WesternU’s alumni e-newsletter, The Alumni Connection, is now available. The latest edition features the latest news on the University’s new Western Diabetes Institute, a campus statue honoring President Pumerantz, upcoming alumni spring events and more. News for future editions can be e-mailed to Russel Heskin, director of Alumni Relations, at