Autism Awareness Day April 2

Join Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) from noon to 1 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, on the Pomona campus and Lecture Hall 1 on the Lebanon campus to view the most recent episode of "Autism Intersection" streaming on The Autism Channel. Bring your brown bag lunch, too. Click here to view the flier.

Vet Med Open House is April 11

The College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 10th annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 along the campus Esplanade. Click here to read the full story. Click here to view the flier.

14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference set for April 18

At the 14th Annual Trends in Autism Conference at Western University of Health Sciences, parents and adults with autism, health professionals, therapists and teachers will come together with the common goal of "Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together." The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at WesternU, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The keynote speaker will be Patricia S. Lemer, MEd, NCC, MSBus, author of "Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention." Her topic will be "Thinking Beyond Labels: Why So Many Developmental Problems, and What We Can Do About It?" Click here to read the full story.

WesternU’s Austin Lecture focuses on ‘The Vulnerable Child’

The fourth annual Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature a groundbreaking leader in developing critically needed medical, legal and social services for families affected by violence. The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. "The Vulnerable Child: A Challenge to Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Care" will be presented by keynote speaker Astrid Heppenstall Heger, MD, Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Project at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

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WesternU to hold annual Ray Symposium April 30

The Ninth Annual Ray Symposium at Western University of Health Sciences will focus on the importance of numbers in health care. The symposium will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Lecture Hall I of WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766. The topic, presented by keynote speaker Ellen Peters, PhD, will be "Numeracy and Health: A Tyranny of Numbers." Click here to read the full story

From the College of Podiatric Medicine

Kudos on accomplishments

The College of Podiatric Medicine is celebrating a 100 percent residency placement rate for the members of the Class of 2015. The match was completed this week. Thirty students have placed in three-year, hospital-based comprehensive podiatric medicine and surgery residency programs around the country. This class has distinguished itself with a 100 percent pass rate on the Boards Part II, a written examination, and on the Clinical Skills Practical Exam. Known as the CSPE, this examination requires each student to gather a history, perform a focused physical exam, and write a note in an electronic medical record system for 12 consecutive standardized patients during one day of testing. Podiatric residency programs are in short supply, and at least 55 graduates from the U.S.’s nine colleges of podiatric medicine will be without a program this year. Dr. Lawrence Harkless, Dean of WesternU CPM, credits the college’s innovative curriculum and interprofessional rotations for the success of the students.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Beth Boynton presented Careers in Veterinary Medicine to four groups of students at the AAUW Math/Science Conference for eighth-grade girls held at Whittier College recently. "The great thing about the Math/Science Conference is that it starts young students thinking about what they want to do professionally, and many start exploring new possibilities," Boynton said. Boynton also presented Careers in Veterinary Medicine to four groups of students at the STEM event held last month at Citrus College. Hosted by the East San Gabriel Valley Branch of AAUW, eighth-grade girls with interest and aptitude in science and math were bused to Citrus from 12 middle schools for the presentations.

Drs. Bertone, Irizarry, Kaur, Kersey, Schmidt and Voith all presented papers at the recent Interdisciplinary Forum of Applied Animal Behavior in Fort Worth, Texas.

    • Dr. Voith presented the panel "Parallel Terminology" (chair).

    • Dr. Voith and Dr. Irizarry presented "Comparison of Visual Identification of Dog Breeds Before and During Access

      to Dog Breed Identification Resources."

    • Drs. Bertone and Kersey presented "Evaluation of Wellbeing Parameters in New York City Carriage Horses."

    • Dr. Bertone presented "Sleep Deprivation Behavior Syndrome: Case Survey and Classification."

    • Drs. Kaur and Schmidt presented "Prescribing Fluoxetine in Small Animal Practice."

Dr. David Kersey, Dr. J. Holland (Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) and Dr. C. Eng (CVM and Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) had an article published in Zoo Biology titled "Reproductive activity in the peninsular pronghorn determined from excreted gonadal steroid metabolites." Jonathan Ho, DVM ’16, assisted them.

From the College of Pharmacy

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Jaejin An presented a poster at the HMO Research Network 21st Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, March 11-13, 2015: "Dilated Eye Exam Compliance for Persons With Diabetes Mellitus in a Managed Care Setting," by An J, Cheetham TC, Niu F, Rajput Y, Turpcu A.

Dr. Sheryl Chow presented a paper at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting held in San Diego, California: Chow SL; Krum H; O’Barr SA; Zile M; Carson P; Komajda M; McMurray J; Anand I. Markers of extracellular matrix turnover and risk of death in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: results from I-Preserve. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65(10_S):. doi:10.1016/S0735-1097(15)60969-X. Dr. Steve O’Barr was also a co-author on this paper.

Dr. Chow also served as an expert faculty panelist at the UCSD Biomarker pre-meeting symposium discussing the role of biomarkers in acute heart failure. She also served as vice-chair of the AHA Clinical Pharmacology Committee semi-annual meeting at ACC. She recently was appointed as an AHA grant reviewer for the Spring 2015 Cardiac Biology Regulation Clinical Study Section (national submissions).

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

NYT best-selling authors to speak at WesternU

Best-selling authors Daniel G. Amen, MD, and his wife, Tana Amen, BSN, RN, will speak on the importance of brain health from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766. The Amens’ speech, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," is open to the public and is being hosted by Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Click here to read more.

From the College of Allied Health Professions

Kudos on accomplishments

Dean Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, announced that the National Certifying Examination passing rate for the Department of Physician Assistant Education Class of 2014 was 97 percent for first-time takers, which is 2 percent higher than the national average. The rate for all takers is 99 percent. "We are very proud of our academic team, which consists of the students and faculty working together to produce and become the best PA possible," she said.

From the University Archives

Celebrating Library Preservation Week

The University Archives will celebrate Library Preservation Week April 27 to May 1 with a series of three noontime workshops on "Preserving Your Family Memories":

    • April 27, Workshop I, "Preserving Family Papers."

    • April 28, Workshop II, "Preserving Family Photographs."

    • May 1, Workshop III, "Preserving Home Movies."

The workshops will discuss causes of deterioration and proper care and handling of materials, and will provide storage guidelines and other helpful tips. All workshops will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Library Conference Room. Seating is limited to 20 people. Click here to go to the library workshops calendar. From there, click forward to the month of April or May and click on the respective workshop to register.

From University Advancement

Advancement News

On the morning of Sunday, March 29, 165 WesternU alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests filled up two boats for a private whale-watching cruise out of Newport Beach. While no whales made an appearance, attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather out on the Pacific, and saw hundreds of common dolphins and several sea lions, as well as countless pelicans and other sea birds. Click here to view a photo slideshow.

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