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This Week@WesternU March 22-26, 2010

by Rodney Tanaka

March 22, 2010

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Board Member Signs Autographs for Scholarships

Vince Naimoli, founder and chairman emeritus of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, will sign copies of his autobiography, “Business, Baseball & Beyond,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 in the WesternU Bookstore.

Naimoli, who serves on WesternU’s Board of Trustees, will donate all proceeds to WesternU’s General Scholarship Fund. The book is on sale in the Bookstore for $19.99. Click here for more information.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

WesternU pioneer Ethan R. Allen, DO, FACOFP, received an award from the College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) at the 2010 ACOFP Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars in Las Vegas. ACOFP President Dr. Kenneth Heiles recognized Dr. Allen with the 2010 ACOFP Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Allen is a pioneer of osteopathic medicine in the West and a powerful force in the founding of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He was the founding chairman of COMP’s Board of Directors and currently serves as treasurer of WesternU’s Board of Trustees.

AAO Journal

The recent issue of AAO Journal includes an article, “Case Study: Exhalation Somatic Dysfunction after Multiple Rib Fractures and Pneumothorax,” by COMP alumna Jessica Calman, DO ’07, on pages 17-20. Click here to view the Journal.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Miguel Medina, PA-C, Instructor of Physician Assistant Education, provided a talk regarding patient literacy at the University of California at Davis, Physician Assistant Program. Patient literacy has always been his favorite topic even before his days as the President of the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Monica Adams, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Education, recently returned from a Women’s Health conference in which she was able to update her knowledge and skills in that area. Monica teaches Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Physician Assistant Education.

Paige McNamara, PA-C, Instructor of Physician Assistant Education, and Tim Wood, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Education, have been donating their time by having their voices recorded while reading medical books. They read common medical textbooks and the recordings are forwarded to health professional students who have certain disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia. Texts that they have read include the Harriet Lane manual as well as the Washington Manual. The two faculty members have been providing this service for a number of years at a recording studio located in Upland, Calif. Recently, Nancy Nielsen-Brown, PA-C, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Education, has joined them in the book recordings. What a nice service they perform.

Guest Lecture

The Department of Physical Therapy Education cordially invites you to attend “Physical Therapy for the Infant ‘at high risk’ for Developmental Delay – a Changing Perspective in California,” presented by Anjum H. Khan, PT, MS, PCS.

Today, March 22, 11–11:50 a.m. in the University Research Center, Cooper Hall. A feedback form will be provided upon your arrival and we appreciate your time completing the form.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences alumnus, Pankaj Bhumireddy, has published: Arias HR, Feuerbach D, Bhumireddy P, Ortells MO. Inhibitory mechanisms and binding site location for serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2010 May;42(5):712-724.

Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Atlanta: Jackevicius CA, Warner A. Clinical Outcomes of Heart Failure Patients with Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease Taking Erythropoietin. JACC 2010;55;10 (Suppl 1):A33. This work was based on a research grant funded by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and in collaboration with a cardiologist from the VA, Dr. Alberta Warner.

WesternU was well represented at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting, held March 12-16, 2010 in Washington, D.C. via scholarship, committee and delegate service and honors.

Dr. Janice Hoffman was officially installed as National President of Phi Lambda Sigma (Pharmacy Leadership Society) during the meeting. This is an honor for Dr. Hoffman and WesternU in an organization that promotes leadership in students and faculty; and whose membership is by peer selection. Dr. Hoffman serves as the faculty adviser to the WesternU Gamma Nu chapter.

Dr. Micah Hata was named to the 2010 Rho Chi (Pharmacy Honor Society) Alumni Honor Roll, via a nomination and voting process. Drs. Emmanuelle Schwartzman and Wallace Murray serve as co-advisers to the Gamma Sigma chapter at WesternU.

Three posters were presented at the meeting by our faculty and post-doctoral residents/fellows:

Christine Gabrielian, Community Practice Resident, Karl Hess, and the Community Research and Education (CORE) group. “Measuring the Impact of Student Pharmacists at Health Fair Events.” The CORE group consists of faculty within the College of Pharmacy with a community pharmacy practice focus and interest.

Amir H. Zargarzadeh, Outcomes Research Fellow and Anandi V. Law. “Multilingual prescription medication labels (ML) availability in California.”

Anandi V. Law and Amir H. Zargarzadeh. “Design and test of a new prescription medication label.”

Drs. Anandi V. Law and Eric Gupta visited with health legislative assistants of California senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer at their Capitol Hill offices and presented issues related to professional and academic pharmacy in relation to health care reform.

WesternU hosted a dinner led by Dean Daniel Robinson and attended by 24 students, faculty, preceptors and alumni on March 13, 2010 at the Acadiana Restaurant.

WesternU was also one of the host schools for the California Reception held at the Renaissance Hotel on March 14, 2010. The attendees were welcomed by Dr. Eric Gupta, President of CPhA.

COP News

Join the College of Pharmacy at the fourth annual Ray Symposium to be held in the new Health Education Center auditorium on April 15, featuring Dr. Michael Cohen speaking on medication safety. For more information please visit.

Please consider supporting this year’s eighth annual GNP/ICP Scholarship Golf Classic on June 9, 2010 at Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita. This prestigious tournament supports scholarship funds for those students who have an interest in pursuing an independent pharmacy career. For more information contact Paul A. Stover at

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Open House

CVM will hold an open house, “All Creatures Great & Small,” on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Activities include Student Club booths, tips on pet care, games and giveaways, campus tours, learn about becoming a veterinarian, Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, pet microchipping, L.A. County K-9 Unit demonstrations, shelter pet adoptions, rabies vaccinations for pets, In-N-Out Burger, snacks and drinks.

Click here for more information.

From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

Citrus Exhibit

The “Citrus and Health” exhibit hosted by The Pumerantz Library has been extended through April 30. The collection is being presented by Richard Barker, retired banker and founder and president of the Citrus Roots – Preserving Citrus Heritage Foundation. Among the items on display are citrus crate labels, photographs of the citrus industry, magazine advertisements, reamers, home remedies, and more. The collection is open to the public Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. Invite your family and friends. The exhibit, in the library’s lobby and museum room, is sponsored by Citrus Motors of Ontario. Please visit for more information.

Calling all Toastmasters

Do you worry for days about that important school/business presentation? Learn to overcome your fears and reduce stress by building confidence in your public speaking abilities. Toastmasters International provides a safe, friendly environment to hone your communication and leadership skills. The organization has been helping people learn how to communicate since 1924.

We have a club on campus, “Speech Therapy Toastmasters Club,” that meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room 4th Floor. New members are always welcome. We invite you to learn more about our club and the public speaking arena. We are also thinking of having a lunchtime meeting. If you are interested in either one please call 909-469-5588 or e-mail:

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