Towne & Gown Golf Classic raises more than $30,000, scholarship tops $100,000 in total funding

Western University of Health Sciences’ Towne & Gown Golf Classic has reached a milestone. By raising more than $30,000 at the fifth annual event, the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship topped $100,000 in total funding. T.F. Chen, DDS, underwrote green fees, carts, lunch and dinner for the 104 golfers who participated in the scramble-format tournament on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Southern California Medical Museum opens at WesternU

The Southern California Medical Museum (SCMM) is officially open at Western University of Health Sciences to educate the public about the history of health care. SCMM held a special preview on June 25, 2015, with a steady stream of guests arriving in the evening at its new location at WesternU’s Nursing Science Center, 350 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, California. SCMM had previously been housed in the San Bernardino County Medical Society building in Riverside.

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From the College of Optometry:

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College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Board of Directors. Click here to read more on the ASCO website: http://www.opted.org/david-a-heath-od-edm-elected-president-of-asco/
From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

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Jesus Sanchez Jr., DO, MA, MSHPE, was the keynote speaker and helped with the white coat ceremony at the Palomares Academy of Health Sciences Promotion and Induction Ceremony on May 29.

Dr. Sanchez delivered a presentation titled “Osteopathic Manipulation as the First Step in Plantar Fasciitis” at the 2015 Western Foot and Ankle Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California on June 27.

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), spoke at the recent American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) on innovative technologies, including Google Glass, PercuVision urinary catheterization, Sonivate finger ultrasound probes, Transcavity and 4-D ultrasound probes, 7D interactive ultrasound software and Sectra visualization tables. Dr. Benninger has presented worldwide on the Millennial Anatomy Lab he developed at the Lebanon campus and is now presenting the innovative technology he is integrating into the McDaniel Surgery, Radiology & Education Research Anatomy Lab. He has medical, masters and baccalaureate students involved on 10 to 30 projects at any given time. He has received several invitations by institutions from around the world to speak on his innovative teaching methods and technologies.
From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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Associate Professor Miguel D. Saggese attended the Pacific Veterinary Conference (PacVet) held in Long Beach, Calif. June 18-21, 2015. Dr. Saggese gave three presentations for attending veterinarians and veterinary students: “Backyard and Pet Chickens: Practical Information for Veterinarians,” “Backyard and Pet Chickens: Infectious and Parasitic Diseases,” and “Clinical Aspects of Backyard and Pet Chickens Medicine.”

Assistant Professor Spring Halland served as the moderator for the “mixed animal” track at PacVet on June 19. Dr. Halland also gave three talks titled: “Veterinary Care for the Companion Small Ruminant,” “Veterinary Care for the Companion Pot Bellied Pig,” and “Toxic Ingestions by Companion ‘Farm’ Animals.”

Professor Wael Khamas recently returned from a trip to Kazakhstan where he gave an oral presentation, “Camels Monensin Toxicity in Southern Australia.” The talk at Al-Farabi University in Almaty, in Kazakhstan, was at the International Society of Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) meeting. Almaty is on the ancient Silk Road. The researchers on the project were Rafat Al Jassim (University of Queensland), Arash Shahsavari (QLD Australia) and Dr. Khamas. Dr. Khamas was also elected to the executive committee of ISOCARD for three years and will also be in charge of the Journal of Camelid Science as an editor-in-chief.