WesternU Day at the Races FINAL day to register is Monday, March 21.

The WesternU Alumni Association invites all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and their guests to a Day at the Races on Saturday, April 2, at Santa Anita Park. For just $20 per person (less for kids), you’ll get valet parking, racetrack and clubhouse admission, a trackside lunch buffet, and a racing program. For more information or to register, please go to http://www.westernu.edu/alumni-races.

An evening with WiRED International

You are invited to an evening with Dr. Gary Selnow, director of WiRED International, on Monday, April 4. Learn about bringing vital medical information to remote regions of the world by linking grassroots communities to essential health information, discuss the application of distance learning technology in U.S. inner cities and forgotten rural communities, discover opportunities to contribute to education materials that target specific needs in all regions and share ideas with the global health community at WesternU.

A buffet dinner will be held in the Compatriots Hall in the Health Sciences Center (HSC) at 5 p.m., followed by Selnow’s presentation and discussion in Lecture Hall East in HSC from 6 to 8 p.m.

The public is invited but should RSVP to jmosco@westernu.edu or (909) 469-5397.

Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship

The 2nd Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature pediatric and autism specialist Dr. Robert W. Sears. The public is invited to attend this free event on campus beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. Sears will be speaking on “”Autism: Early Detection, Effective Multidisciplinary Treatment, and Possible Preventative Measures.””

A reception will follow the lecture. RSVP by March 29 to Olive Stephens at ostephen@westernu.edu or (909) 469-5211.

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Sixth Annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House

The College of Veterinary Medicine will once again throw open its doors to the community during its sixth annual Open House, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, on the campus’ Esplanade between Palomares Street and HEC. For more information, including scout registration and directions, please click here.

Athletes for Autism

Anthesis Autism Services and the Pomona Valley Workshop (PVW) will have their 2nd annual Athletes for Autism event at WesternU’s Ethan Allen Park on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun and games for the participants with autism will be the main feature. Free dental, foot, eye and health screenings will also be given. The event is for individuals with autism of all ages and their parents/providers within the Inland Empire. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call PVW’s Anthesis Autism Services at 909-624-3108, ext. 22, or e-mail College of Podiatric Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Patris Toney at ptoney@westernu.edu.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Li Zhong published an article: Jing-Hua Zhou, Bin Zhang, Kemp H. Kernstine, Li Zhong, “”Autoantibodies against MMP-7 as a novel diagnostic biomarker in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma”” in World Journal of Gastroenterology, March 14, 2011; 17 (10).

Dr. Cyrus Parsa, chair of Pathology, COMP, has recently been appointed as a member of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Level 1 Preliminary Exam Review Committee.

Dr. Gail Singer-Chang, assistant dean, Interdisciplinary Professional Education Director, IME as well as chair and assistant professor, Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership, COMP, has been asked to be the “”invited guest speaker”” at the 2011 Convention of the California Association of School Psychologists entitled “”Excelling Together: Linking Home, Schools, and the Community.”” She will be speaking on “”The Meaning of a Collaborative Partnership Between the Parent and the School Team.””

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Bennett McAllister, OD, FAAO, recently lectured at the annual convention of the California Transcribers and Educators of the Blind and Visually Impaired (CTEBVI) on the topic, “”All About Acuity.”” Most visually impaired students have significant struggles in acquiring information from standard size printed materials. The course gave the classroom resource teacher tools to help their students gain the information they need to succeed. The lecture opportunity also demonstrated the importance of interprofessional education between optometry and educators.

A contingent of 13 College of Optometry students and Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman, assistant professor of Optometry and director of Community Outreach helped administer more than 400 vision screenings during the Corona-Norco Free Medical, Dental, and Vision Screening Camp at Corona High School Saturday, March 12. Vision screenings included a case history, pupil evaluation and cover test, an auto-refractor reading and direct ophthalmoscopy for eye health. All diabetic and glaucoma suspects received dilated fundus evaluations, plus there was a chair and stand with a phoropter for refining difficult spectacle refractions. About
385 patients received eyeglasses on-site from a Lions Club International databank of recycled eyeglasses. The Sathya Sai Baba Foundation sponsored the event.

From the College of Optometry and Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Neuroscience Research Seminar Series

Jonathan Matsui, PhD, assistant professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Pomona College in Claremont will talk about “”A Peek into the House of Usher: How Zebrafish are Used to Study Blindness and Deafness and Other Short Stories,”” Tuesday, March 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Education Center (HEC), Classroom A. Dr. Joshua Cameron, College of Optometry and Dr. Douglas Ethell, Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, host the seminar. Feel free to bring your lunch.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishment

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, associate professor in the College of Podiatric Medicine was invited to present a lecture at The Midwest Podiatry Conference earlier this month in Chicago. She presented as part of a dermatology panel, lecturing on “”Porokeratosis: Is There a 21st Century Solution for This 20th Century Problem?”” The meeting, which has been popular for more 50 years, draws more than 1,300 podiatrists and their office staff members.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

DPT students are sponsoring the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 26, at Red Hill Park in Rancho Cucamonga, to raise money for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. Each year for the past 22 years, students at PT and PTA schools nationwide have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Challenge. To date, students have raised more than $1.8 million to support the Foundation’s doctoral and research grants, and more than 80 schools across the country have pledged to participate in this year’s Challenge. Registration is $15. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at 7484 Vineyard Ave. While same-day registration is available starting at 8 a.m., please register early by contacting Tiffany Witherspoon at twitherspoon@westernu.edu, 909-469-5545. More information: Natalie Forsberg, DPT ’12, nforsberg@westernu.edu.

Associate Professor Georgeanne Vlad, PT, MA, taught a two-day Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program from the American Physical Therapy Association. The course was held earlier this month at Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center in Pomona with Dorcas Tominaga, PT, DPT ’06, serving as the course co-instructor. Included in the 35 participants were WesternU alumni Laura Batres, MPT ’03, Rachel Giannini, DPT ’08, Adrienne Ihara, DPT ’09, and Antonette Ty, DPT ’09.

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

WesternU hosted the California Academy of Physician Assistants this past weekend that provided a Controlled Substances Education Course, which is essential to those California licensed Physician Assistants who either write or will write medical orders for controlled substances. The Physician Assistant Committee who regulates licensure for California PAs approved this course. About 150 PAs attended the conference on campus. Dr. Andrew Lowe, adjunct professor in pharmacology and therapeutics for the Department of Physician Assistant Education, provided the main lecture. It was nice being host to southern California Physician Assistants.

From the Pumerantz Library

“”Opening Doors”” Exhibit closing event

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library would like to invite you to join us for the closing event of the traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine: Opening Doors – Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons, on Thursday, March 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are invited to this event to see the exhibit before it ends on March 26. Light refreshments will be served.