Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, June 20, 2011 is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Thursday, June 9, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476,; or Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436,; or visit

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Rotations in Puerto Rico

Rafi Younoszai, PhD, Center for Global and Community Health (CGCH), and Stephanie White, DO, COMP Clinical Rotations, recently traveled to Puerto Rico to establish “permanent” Fourth Year Osteopathic Medical Student Elective Rotations in Tertiary and Primary Care hospitals affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Medical School. This connection was first initiated by a meeting with Rich Shinto, MD, and COMP Dean Clinton Adams, DO. After visiting two tertiary and two primary care sites, Drs. Younoszai and White exchanged formal agreement papers. The preparatory procedures and agreements for these primary care sites in Puerto Rico will be used as templates for establishing other permanent primary care sites that are in the planning stages.

Kudos on accomplishments

Marek Malecki, MD, PhD, COMP Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Therapy and GCBS Director of Biotechnology Program, and his collaborators will present their work on genetic engineering of the single chain variable fragment antibodies used for diagnosis and therapy (including cancer and induced, non-embryonic stem cells) at the 25th anniversary Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Symposium of the Protein Society July 23-27, 2011 in Boston.

Malecki et al. 2011. Biomolecular engineering of superparamagnetic, single chain variable fragments targeting stage specific antigen 3 (SSEA3) stem cell biomarkers for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Malecki et al. 2011. Biomolecular engineering of allogeneic, highly specific, single chain variable fragments (scFv) targeting TRA-1-60.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Natalie Forsberg, DPT Class of 2012, was quoted in the Spring 2011 issue of the San Gabriel Valley District Newsletter of the California Physical Therapy Association on her perspective of participating in Legislative Day. Natalie was one of three students sponsored by the district to attend the annual event in Sacramento, which is aimed at meeting with legislators and advocating for the profession of physical therapy. Click here to read the story (scroll down to page 2).

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Arbi Nazarian, MSPS student John Tenayuca and MSPS alumna Deepthi Are on their publication: Nazarian, A., Are, D., & Tenayuca, J.M. (2011). Acetaminophen modulation of hydrocodone reward in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 99, 307-310.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, FNPc, WHNPc, FAANP, recently published a book chapter and will be making several presentations at national and international meetings:

Book chapter published May 2011: Edwards, Q.T., Maradiegue, A., Seibert, D. & Havel, S. (2011). An overview of genetic assessment (Chapter 2). In Goolsby, M. J & Grubbs, L. Advanced Assessment- Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnoses. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.

Three-hour workshops at American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Las Vegas, June 22, 2011:

“Breast Cancer Risk Assessment” (with Saunders-Goldson S.) and “Hereditary Colon Cancer Update Assessing Risk for Lynch Syndrome” (with Maradiegue, A.).

Podium presentations at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics Conference, Montreal, Quebec, October 2011:

“5-Year Follow-up of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s Knowledge of Medical Genetics,” “Integrating Genetics into Nursing Curriculum” (with Maradiegue, A. and Seibert, D.), and “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program: Assessing Knowledge & Perceived Comfort Level of Medical Resident Students” (with Saunders-Goldson, S.).