State of the University

Western University of Health Sciences President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, will give his “State of the University” address at noon Wednesday, March 6 in Lecture Hall I, Health Education Center, Pomona. The address will be streamed to Lecture Hall I in Lebanon and will also be available online at



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

WesternU professor sparks children’s interest in science through an interactive comic book
Like any good superhero, Dr. Tracey McNamara has an alternate identity in comic book form.

By day, she is a Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine professor. In the interactive, web-based comic book Transmissions: Gone Viral, released March 4, 2019, she’s Dr. Terry Macavoy, animal pathologist at the Metro City Zoo. She helps a group of inquisitive children investigate a virus plaguing animals and humans in their neighborhood.

The comic book, which is available for free online at, is designed to appeal to middle school students and teach them about evolutionary principals of biology and homology (similar biological structures between different organisms), and that all animals, including humans, are related and can share diseases. The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) received grant funding from the Science Education Partnership Award, supported by the National Institutes of Health, for this project. 

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Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi presented two talks on the biomechanics and equine podiatry at the 10th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology held recently in Australia. The study was supported by an extramural grant. Co-authors included A. Nguyen and F. Hung (Dr. Faramarzi’s graduate students) and Dr. Dong, GCBS Associate Professor of Biostatistics. Abstracts have been published by Comparative Exercise Physiology Journal.



From The College of Podiatric Medicine:

Fourth Annual College of Podiatric Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in HEC Lecture Hall I. Franklin J. Medio, PhD, will present “The Recognition of Podiatric Medicine as a Medical-Surgical Specialty: Breaking Down Barriers through Education and Training.”

The lecture will be streamed via Zoom link to COMP-Northwest Lecture Hall 1. Live streaming of the event will be available via this link:

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From the College of Health Sciences:

Blood drive
Thank you to the 55 donors who braved the rain on Feb. 14 to support the WesternU campus blood drive, organized by College of Health Sciences MSPA students with the help of DPT students. Your donation is saving lives.



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU COMP-Northwest students Bobby Cannon, Jacob Nelson, and Anthony Sainz participated in a high school career fair at Linn-Benton Community College’s Health Occupations Center. More than 100 high school students from local and surrounding areas attended the fair. The program is designed as an interactive event showcasing health career opportunities with hands-on activities.

COMP alumna Jill Pitcher, DO ’88, was named the National Female Physician of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She will receive her award later this month in Chicago at ACOFP’s National Meeting and Scientific Seminar. Dr. Pitcher is an associate professor of family medicine at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado.



From University Advancement:

Alumni event
Calling all alumni! Join the Alumni Association on Saturday, March 16, 2019 for a day in Pasadena including a tour of the Art of France exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum and lunch at True Food Kitchen. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Tour and luncheon is $40 and tour only is $15. To make a reservation please visit:

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