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This Week@WesternU July 20-24, 2015

by Rodney Tanaka

July 20, 2015

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WesternU named to "Great Colleges to Work For" Honor Roll
Western University of Health Sciences has been named a "Great College to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the fourth consecutive year, and also made the Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. WesternU was recognized in eight categories: Collaborative Governance, Compensation & Benefits, Confidence in Senior Leadership, Job Satisfaction, Professional/Career Development Programs, Respect and Appreciation, Teaching Environment, and Work/Life Balance. Click here to read the full story.

Faculty & Staff Luncheon and Silent Auction
The 8th Annual Faculty & Staff Luncheon and Silent Auction, "Wild, Wild WesternU," will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015 in Ethan Allen Park. $3 for lunch and games. Activities will include a cupcake contest, Dr. Ben Cohen Nok-Hockey Tournament, human foosball tournament and many other games. The silent auction will feature several exciting items to bid on, including a family four pack of Disneyland tickets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim excellent field level seats (game tickets are set for Monday, Aug. 3 at 7:05 p.m.), a Clippers hat autographed by Blake Griffin, and so much more. Please be prepared to pay for silent auction items the day of the event! There are only 12 spots left for the foosball tournament.
Click here to sign up now. All luncheon and silent auction proceeds benefit the University Scholarship Fund. Email for more information. Click here to view the flier.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

College of Graduate Nursing professor honored for advocacy
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Professor Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP, was honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for her advocacy work on behalf of the nursing profession. AANP bestowed Emanuele with the 2015 Advocate State Award for Excellence in California during the AANP’s 2015 National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This prestigious award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of the NP role. Click here to read the full story.

Kudos on accomplishments
Ivy Tuason, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Director of the MSN-Entry program, supervised the Global Health Club-South East Asia in WesternU’s first ever medical mission to rural Vietnam June 26 to July 5. The club, led by Duy-Hoa Huynh, DO ’18, was joined by COMP and College of Pharmacy students working in partnership with Aid to Children Without Parents (ACWP) and local health care providers. During five days of mobile clinic, the team provided medical and dental care to more than 2,000 patients from some of the most impoverished and underserved communities of south and central Vietnam. In between mobile clinics, the team visited local hospitals and schools.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to the following faculty and students on their recent publications: Eunah Cho, Holly Chan, Huan (Mark) Nguyen, Sepideh Shayani, Ryotaro Nakamura and Doreen Pon. "Management of Drug Interaction between Posaconazole and Sirolimus in Patients Who Undergo Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant." Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy. June 2015, Volume 35, Issue 6, pages 578-585.
Click here to read the article. Dr. Eunah Cho is a WesternU graduate who completed the data collection for this project as part of her advanced elective rotation. She is currently a PGY2 oncology resident at Kaiser Permanente, Diablo area.

Connie Chang, Christina Ho, Mandy Chan, Roger Klotz. "An Approach Towards Medication Therapy Management (MTM): A Patient Case." California Pharmacist. Spring 2015, pp 45-47. Click here to read the article. Drs. Connie Chang and Christina Ho are PharmD 2015 graduates from WesternU.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Assistant Professor Jijun Hao published a stem cell research paper with CVM associate professor Dr. Yiling Hong. The article, "Directed cardiomyogenesis of human pluripotent stem cells by modulating Wnt/β-catenin and BMP signaling with small molecules," was published in Biochemical Journal. The complete author list for this paper is: Jose S. Aguilar, Aynun N. Begum, Jonathan Alvarez, Xiao-bing Zhang, Yiling Hong and Jijun Hao. Dr. Hao published a research paper with College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Dr. Yun Luo, "Uncovering Molecular Bases Underlying Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Inhibitor Selectivity," in PLosOne. The complete author list for this paper is: Abdelaziz Alsamarah, Alecander E. LaCuran, Peter Oelschlaeger, Jijun Hao and Yun Luo. Dr. Hao was notified recently that his paper, "Development of Anticancer Agents Targeting the Wnt/β-catenin Signaling," was accepted by American Journal of Cancer Research. The co-author is Xiangqian Zhang. Dr. Hao was selected as a research mentor for the NIH "Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program" at Cal Poly Pomona.

CVM Associate Professor David Kersey provided the opening talk and participated in a panel discussion of medical and scientific professions for the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) at UCLA recently. The NYLF offers a 10-day course on medical and scientific professions for high school students throughout the country.

Dr. Kersey and his colleagues, Copper Aitken-Palmer and Li Desheng, received funding from the Hong Kong Ocean Park Conservation Fund to conduct a training course on blood and urine analysis for veterinarians at giant panda holding facilities in Asia. This workshop is part of an international collaborative effort to elevate the level of medical attention provided to all animals at facilities that house giant pandas.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Optometry student Lilia Babakhan, OD ’17, shared her perspective on Senate Bill 622 as a student of optometry with The Burbank Leader. "Ultimately, SB 622 isn’t just a preventive, or a means to stem the rising tide of patients. SB 622 is good for California, by creating a healthier healthcare market, with more providers, more competition. That doesn’t just translate to relief for healthcare providers, but also to better care for patients."
Click here to read Lilia Babakhan’s Op-Ed.

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