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This Week@WesternU March 2-6, 2020

by Rodney Tanaka

March 2, 2020

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, emailed the WesternU community on Sunday about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of every student, clinician, faculty and staff member are of paramount concern to the University. WesternU is closely monitoring coronavirus developments locally, regionally, and nationwide, and is putting measures in place to address effects the virus might have at clinical sites of student rotations, as well as operations at our campuses, clinics, and other facilities.

If you didn’t receive the email, please login into the portal to read the full campus announcement.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Nobel Laureate presentation
Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, PhD, will present “The Road the Stockholm – A Nobel Mission” at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020 in HEC Classroom 1, Pomona, and streamed to Lecture Halls 1 and 2, Lebanon, and HEC Classroom 2, Pomona. Dr. Ignarro is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA School of Medicine.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing alum earns two Book of the Year awards
A textbook by Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing alumna Lisa Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, FAANP, earned two Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing.

The Maternal Health Crisis in America: Nursing Implications for Advocacy and Practice by Roberts and Barbara A. Anderson, CNM, DrPH, MPH, MS, RN, FACNM, FAAN, was published by Springer Publishing Company in 2019.

The textbook received American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year awards in two categories: second place in the Community/Public Health Category and first place in the Maternal-Child Health Category.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) was well represented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Conference Feb. 19-22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. About 2,000 podiatric surgeons gathered for state-of-the-art education and advanced training.

Among the CPM presenters were:

Dr. Jacqueline Truong, Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Curriculum and Faculty Affairs, who participated in a residency Directors Forum. She moderated a session “Mess with ‘Bull’ying and Get the Horns: Harassment.”

Dr. Aksone Nouvong presented “The Bucking Bronco: Dealing with the At-Risk, Challenging and Unknown Resident.” She also gave several talks during the main conference, including “Pre-Operative Adjuvants” in Contemporary Perioperative Pain Management, among others.

CPM students Ashley-May Masa, Rahim Khan and Adam Chan from the Class of 2022 presented a poster, “Opioid Prescribing Habits of Podiatric Physicians,” with Dr. Jonathan M. Labovitz, Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Graduate Placement.

CPM has a strong emphasis on student research, which has carried on to the residency/fellowship years. CPM alumni were well represented in the poster division:

Edward J. Chesnutis, III, DPM ’14, Alex Dawoodian, DPM ’15, Catlea M. Gorman, DPM ’16, Bryon J. McKenna, DPM ’16, Kevin K. Ragothaman, DPM ’16, Jordan Crafton, DPM ’17, Gina H. Nalbandian, DPM ’17, Andrew Yang, DPM ’17, Lauren A. Molchan, DPM ’18, Tera Santistevan, DPM ’18, Kevin N. Nguyen, DPM ’19, Jason Bahng, DPM ’19, and Frances M. Lagrone, DPM ’19.

Congratulations to Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, Medical Director of WesternU Health Pomona Foot and Ankle Center, who was introduced as the ACFAS mentor for fellows in the Pacific Region.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Teresa Y. Morishita, professor of poultry medicine and food safety, and co-editor Cheryl B. Greenacre from the University of Tennessee, were notified by Book Authority, an independent evaluator of global non-fiction textbooks, that their textbook, “Backyard Poultry Medicine; A Guide for Veterinary Practitioners” is ranked fifth for the “8 Best Veterinary Medicine Books for Beginners” category. Book Authority collects the most recommended books in business, technology, and science as featured on CNN, Forbes, and Inc. based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings, sentiment, popularity, and sales history.

CVM Associate Professor Miguel Saggese is the author of an article published in the 2019 issue of Aves Argentinas, the magazine published biannually by the oldest ornithological society in Latin America. The article, written in lay language, describes aspects of the biology and ecology of black chested buzzard eagles (Geranoaetus melanoleucus), a species subject to Dr Saggese’s research in the past. The particle is part of a special issue on raptors. It can be accessed at

For those interested, other issues of the magazine can be accessed at

CVM associate professors Jijun Hao and Gagandeep Kaur recently received a grant award from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. The goal of this funded study is to develop biomarkers for canine atopic dermatitis. Dr. Charlie Dong, a dermatologist from the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Pasadena, will collaborate on this project.



From the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning:

This week’s CETL Sessions
All faculty and staff are invited to come join a professional development opportunity!

Register online at: If you have trouble registering online please email


Monday, March 2 to Wednesday, March 4

TEDMED will be streaming LIVE in Bartlett Theater
The TEDMED Foundation (TEDMED) is the independent health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine. Best known for our annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community. The annual event brings the world together to focus on what’s new and important in health and medicine. We forge partnerships with industry leaders, medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations, to ensure that cutting-edge biomedical thinking, innovation in health care and large scale global public health opportunities are shared across disciplines and made accessible to the public at large.

TEDMED will be streaming LIVE in Bartlett Theater.  Please stop by for some inspiration and insight.


Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5

Lightning Decision Jam: A Workshop to improve student experience
As faculty do you think there are better ways to increase your students engagement and consequently increase their grades? As staff do you believe there are optimal ways to improve the student experience? Bring your dilemma and together by using the latest problem solving  processes such as Design Thinking, Gamestorming and User Experience design, we will challenge assumptions and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions.

Design Thinking is a systematic process of thinking which empowers even the most traditional thinker to develop new, innovative solutions to the problem at hand. Everybody can be creative by following this process – it’s human-centered creativity with purpose.

Gamestorming is a set of practices for facilitating innovation. A facilitator leads a group towards some goal by way of a game, a structured activity that provides scope for thinking freely, even playfully.

User Experience Design is the process of manipulating user behavior through usability, usefulness, and desirability provided in the interaction with a product.

Presented by Sunami Chun, Manager of 3D Technology, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning.

Lunch will be served.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance.

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