Preview Day

Registration is open for WesternU Preview Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., which highlights health education opportunities offered at Western University of Health Sciences.

Preview Day, held in and around WesternU’s Health Education Center (HEC), 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will provide potential students the opportunity to get more information about a health profession program of interest, hear about the admissions process, learn about financial aid, see curriculum firsthand, discover how to become a competitive applicant, and meet current students and faculty.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in learning more about any of our degree programs offered, please feel free to encourage them to visit our prospective student website for more information or to register for our Preview Day.

Faculty and Staff Summer Scholarship Fair

WesternU staff and faculty on the Pomona campus helped raise more than $4,200 benefiting the University Scholarship Fund during the fifth annual Faculty and Staff Summer Scholarship Fair Friday, July 20, 2012.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP alumnus on ABC

COMP alumnus Charles Guidry, DO ’03, was featured on the third episode of the ABC-TV eight-part series “NY Med.”

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Kudos on accomplishments

Norman E. Vinn, DO, was recently selected as the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) president-elect.

Vinn serves on the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s Advisory Board and is a Western University of Health Sciences clinical professor of family medicine and geriatrics. He also served as COMP’s White Coat ceremony speaker in 2011. He was selected as president-elect at the AOA House of Delegates meeting on July 22, 2012.

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Dr. Gerald Thrush of COMP, Matt Curran of IT and Dr. Scott Helf of the Department of Academic Informatics and COMP presented “Leaving the LMS: Checking out of the Hotel California” on July 17, 2012 at 2012 Campus Technology, 19th annual Education Technology Conference in Boston. Click here to view the conference program.

Congratulations to COMP-Northwest Clinical Anatomy Researcher Nik Matsler for being the recipient of the annual Ralph Ger Education Research Award, presented at an international meeting based on his research project, “21st Century anatomy dissection lab: Classic versus Millennial” from Dr. Brion Benninger’s Surgical-Radiological-Medical Research Dissection Lab.

Congratulations to COMP OMS-4 Justin Diegel for completing a novel radiology research project in Dr. Benninger’s Surgical-Radiological-Medical Research Dissection Lab. Justin is the first WesternU student to successfully conduct a clinical radiology project associated with an anatomy lab. His project is on creating and building a novel radiology image library of 3-D images from full body CT Scans taken of embalmed cadavers applying the cognitive load theory to labeling for radiology education as a pilot study.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Omid Kajbaf, DPT ’13, and Anne Ellis, DPT ’14, attended the 9th Annual Magic of Mobility fundraiser last week as Ambassadors for Mobility with the Free Wheelchair Mission. More than 450 persons attended the program, which included a reception and silent auction, and featured a man from Colombia who was the recipient of a wheelchair. More than $1 million was raised from the event, which will fund almost 16,000 wheelchairs. Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine and dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. The founder of the organization visited WesternU last year to address the DPT students who have been involved with this organization over the last two years.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Arbi Nazarian for receiving a grant from the American Diabetes Association. The three-year award will fund the project titled, “Diabetes Enhances Susceptibility to the Rewarding Effects of Nicotine” and is in collaboration with Laura E O’Dell, PhD (PI), at The University of Texas at El Paso. The total award amount is $345,000, with $133,663 going to Dr. Nazarian’s lab.

Dr. Nazarian is a previous recipient of an NIH-R03 grant, and this current award demonstrates his continued excellence in research.

Click here to read a full report about College of Pharmacy activities at the annual American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy meeting in Orlando, Fla. July 14-18, 2012.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

DNP Perspectives

Click here to view the Summer Issue of DNP Perspectives.

From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments

Doug Ethell, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Head, Molecular Neurobiology, co-chaired a session on Novel Biomarkers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver on July 16, 2012.

Dr. Ethell also gave a platform presentation, “Abeta-specific CD4+ T cell Responses Change with Age and Alzheimer’s Disease,” at the same session.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Kudos on accomplishments

Ruth Harris, Frances Chu, Rudy Barreras & Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe had their poster, “Librarians collaborating with faculty to develop and deliver an Evidence-Based Eye Care Course,” recently accepted for presentation.

Pat Vader and Frances Chu also had their poster, “Diabetes information outreach to the Latino/Hispanic population of Pomona, CA,” recently accepted for presentation.

Both posters were accepted for presentation at the One HEALTH 2013 International Federated Conference, One HEALTH: Information in an Interdependent World, a federated international meeting incorporating the 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Medical Library Association (MLA ’13), the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), the 7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), and the 6th International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC). This conference will provide a unique opportunity to explore the global interdependency of health information at a meeting being held in Boston in May 2013.

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