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This Week@WesternU, May 12-16, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

May 12, 2014

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Jewish Federation honors WesternU President

The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys will honor Western University of Health Sciences Founding President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, at its 2014 Honoring Community Leaders Brunch.

The brunch, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia, Calif., will also honor Union Station Homeless Services CEO Rabbi Marvin Gross. Dr. Pumerantz and Rabbi Gross were selected for their many contributions to the greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Click here to read the full story.

Health Career Ladder students utilize lifesaving skills during earthquake simulation

Pomona Health Career Ladder (PHCL) and American Indian Health Career Ladder (AIHCL) students were honored for attendance achievements during the final Saturday workshop of the academic year – then got a big surprise at 9:37 a.m., when air horns began blaring.

Middle and high school students received perfect or near-perfect attendance certificates and a T-shirt, then put lifesaving skills they learned to use by tending to a triage of “”casualties”” during a simulated earthquake on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.

From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

CPM student earns Student of the Month honor

Fourth-year College of Podiatric Medicine student Kathryn Bosia was named Student of the Month on her rotation at PIH Health Downey.

“”Kathryn’s performance during her month-long rotation was truly exceptional,”” said Lily Mulroy, DO, PGY-2, Chief Resident, Family Medicine Residency Program, PIH Health Downey. “”She was our Student of the Month, and served as a role model for her peers. Her energy and positive attitude were infectious, as she was well liked by her attendings, peers, nurses, and most important, her patients.””

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Arbi Nazarian, Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Janell Richardson and their collaborators at the University of Texas at El Paso, on their most recent publication:

Richardson JR, Pipkin JA, O’Dell LE, Nazarian A. Insulin resistant rats display enhanced rewarding effects of nicotine. Drug Alcohol Depend 2014 Apr 5. pii: S0376-8716 (14) 00818-7. Link to Article

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center (MAC), recently completed research projects using Google Glass with anatomy and ultrasound. These are cutting edge research projects, which were accepted at a national conference. He is conducting and mentoring WesternU medical students with several additional research projects integrating a novel SonicEye linear finger probe and Google Glass.

Dr. Benninger received an award, Silver Knights’ “”Scroll of Appreciation”” from the Army Seattle Medical Company, for his commitment, dedication and spirit of service exhibited towards supporting the U.S. Army. He is the adviser to the Military Club, which has hosted national speakers in trauma and integrated Army personal to support the teaching of our students and conduct research that advances military and civilian health care.

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments

On May 4 at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2nd Global Summit, Dawn Stone, PhD(c), RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, provided a podium presentation, “”Vulnerable Populations: Health and Safety Strategies for a Global Workforce,”” to nurses from around the world.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Vet Med professors awarded teacher, researcher of the year awards from Zoetis

WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Assistant Professor Frank Bossong, DVM, was awarded the 2014 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, and Assistant Professor David Kersey, PhD, was awarded the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence during the CVM Honors Day ceremony April 26, 2014. Click here to read the full story.

From University Advancement:

Towne & Gown Golf Classic

WesternU invites everyone to an exciting day of golf to benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship.

The Towne & Gown Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The Hole-in-One prize is a 2014 Chevrolet, sponsored by Mark Christopher Auto Center. Reception dinner and awards ceremony will follow the event.

Cost is $200 per golfer or $800 per foursome. Dinner for a non-golfing guest is available for a fee of $50. Proceeds will benefit the Towne & Gown Endowed Scholarship thanks to the generosity of T.F. Chen, DDS. Deadline to enter is June 9, 2014.

For more information or to sign up for the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, please contact Austin Braunwalder at (909) 469-8495 or

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Click here to view a brochure.

Helicopter Drop

Everyone is invited to join the Towne & Gown Golf Classic Helicopter Drop, whether you’re at the golf course or not. The helicopter team will dump numbered golf balls over a designated hole, and the owner of the ball that lands in the hole (or closest to the pin) will win the 50-50 cash prize. Contact Austin Braunwalder at (909) 469-8495 or for more information.

Click here to view the flier.

Alumni news

On May 3, COMP’s Annual CME Conference attracted a near-record 104 alumni (and 16 other DOs) to campus. In addition to earning as many as seven CME credits from the conference, the attendees were joined by current COMP students for some professional networking during lunch.

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