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This Week@WesternU, June 25-29, 2012

by Rodney Tanaka

June 25, 2012

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A Fond Farewell

Western University of Health Sciences held back-to-back celebrations Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 and 21, to bid a fond farewell to Benjamin L. Cohen, DO, WesternU’s longtime provost and the architect of the University’s recent expansion and addition of four colleges.

Dr. Cohen – who stepped down as provost in February 2012 and had been serving as an adviser to the president the past several months – announced his retirement in May.

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Towne & Gown Golf Classic

Nearly 100 golfers participated in the second annual Western University of Health Sciences Towne & Gown Golf Classic, helping raise more than $28,000 to benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of sponsor T.F. Chen, DDS, who underwrote the entire golf fundraiser.

The scramble-format tournament was held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Glendora Country Club.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Brion Benninger, MD MSc, Professor, Vice-Chair Medical Anatomical Sciences and Family Practice, COMP-Northwest, had his research manuscript recently accepted regarding his work on the portal venous system, titled “Splenomesenteric Vein: formally recognizing a section of the portal venous drainage system.” He has named a vein that has clinical relevance regarding surgical procedures affecting the portal venous system. Formally, the vein is called the Splenomesenteric and informally referred to as Benninger’s vein. He is conducting further research regarding the portal venous system and hopes to submit further research in this area soon.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Assistant Professor Laurie Layton, PT, DPT, CSCS, recently participated in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships which were held in Salt Lake City. Dr. Layton competed in the “A” division team which finished ninth overall in the week-long competition. This event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the competition was open to both genders and athletes of all physical abilities. USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball and the United States Olympic Committee.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Quannetta Edwards recently had a book chapter titled “Genetic Considerations in Primary Care” published in: Buttaro, T.M., Trybulski, J., Bailey, P.B & Sandberg-Cook, J. Primary Care – A Collaborative Practice. 4th ed. St Louis: Elsevier.

Dr. Quannetta Edwards had three podium presentations at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Conference held in Orlando, Florida June 19-24: a three-hour workshop on breast cancer risk assessment, a three-hour workshop on colon cancer risk assessment emphasizing Lynch syndrome and other hereditary colon cancer syndromes, and a podium on risk assessment.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe is attending the American Optometric Association annual meeting in Chicago this week. While at the meeting, she will be receiving the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section Dr. Jerry P. Davidoff Vision Care Award. This national award is “presented to a member who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the visual welfare of the public, the field of vision rehabilitation services and/or the AOA.”

From University Advancement:

College of Optometry Corporate Sponsorship

Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., will provide the College of Optometry with $13,000 for Corporate Sponsorship of the 2012-13 academic year. Vistakon will be featured prominently in a number of College activities throughout the year, including Orientation Week, Founder’s Day, student banquets and the Inaugural Commencement Dinner.

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