Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship

The 2nd Annual 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.

Click here to read more.

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites the public to an exciting day of golf to benefit student scholarships. WesternU’s “Towne & Gown Golf Classic” on Monday, March 21, is a scramble-format tournament with on-course contests to make for an enjoyable day on the links, regardless of your skill as a golfer. One par-3 hole will include a $25,000 Hole in One competition.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Glendora Country Club, 310 Amelia Ave., Glendora, Calif., followed by a noon shotgun start. Reception will follow.

Cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Proceeds will benefit the University Scholarship Fund thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11, 2011.

“We hope to raise money for student scholarships,” Dr. Chen said. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’m pleased to give back by helping WesternU students.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Terrazas, 909-706-3476, sterrazas@westernu.edu;

or Alessa Galvan, 909-469-5436, agalvan@westernu.edu; or visit http://webassets.westernu.edu/westernu-news/golf/index.html.

WesternU Day at the Races

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 by March 11, go to http://www.westernu.edu/alumni-races.

Grand Round Series

“Pathogenesis and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease,” Presented by Edward Barnes MD, FACP, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Western Diabetes Institute. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, noon-1:00 p.m., HEC #1207B. Lunch provided with RSVP to ayochum@westernu.edu, 909-469-3541.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Karl Hess, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration, recently received the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award from the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). Click here to read more.

Dr. Kabir Lutfy, on his publication titled “Tissue-specific dysregulation of hexose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and glucose-6-phosphate transporter production in db/db mice as a model of type 2 diabetes”, which appeared in Diabetologia 2011 54 (2): 440-50 and authored by: Wang Y, Nakagawa Y, Liu L, Wang W, Ren X, Anghel A, Lutfy K, Friedman TC, Liu Y

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

COMP Seminar Series

COMP will be holding a seminar at noon Friday, March 18, 2011 in Compatriots Hall, HSC Building. Christina Wang, MD, Program Director, General Clinical Research Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Torrance, CA, will be presenting “Diagnosis and Treatment of Androgen Deficiency in Men: New Paradigms.” The COMP Seminar Series, which is open to everyone on campus, runs from September to May. Limited seating is available; please RSVP to kking@westernu.edu by noon Wednesday, March 16.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific/College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Katherine Mitsouras, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, COMP, presented a poster about developing a genetic test for papillomavirus in snow leopards at the Plant and Animal Genome 2011 International Meeting in January in San Diego. The collaborative project involved faculty from COMP and CVM faculty Kristopher Irizarry, PhD, Peggy Barr, DVM, PhD and Janis Joslin, DVM, as well as two summer student researchers, Erica Faulhaber, DVM ‘12 and Gordon Hui, DVM ’12, and was made possible with the help of several North American zoos.

To view a blog that includes a link to the poster, click here.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education

Kudos on accomplishments

Associate Professor Casey Chaney, PT, PhD, CSCS, OCS, Assistant Professor Christine Eddow, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CHT, and Professor David Selkowitz, PT, PhD, OCS, DAAPM, were recognized at the Ceremony for Recognition of Clinical Specialties as part of the opening ceremonies of the Annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Drs. Chaney, Eddow, and Selkowitz each met the requirements of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and have attained recertification as Orthopedic Clinical Specialists.