From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

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Dr. Joe Bertone, Professor of Equine Medicine, was an invited speaker for the 2014 Federazione Italiana Sport Equestrine Scientific program in Rome. The meeting was held in conjunction with the International Cavalli a Roma. His topics included: muscle disorders; equine metabolic disease; electrolytes and disturbances in performance; central and peripheral fatigue in athletes and conditioning; equine sleep deprivation; new options in equine medicine; drugs and performance. The last topic focused on management of osteoarthritis, the most common cause of chronic lameness in horses. In addition, he was asked to comment on eight clinical case presentations by other participants over a two-hour period.

Dr. David Kersey, Assistant Professor of Physiology, was recently notified that a review article he worked on in conjunction with a colleague, Dr. Martin Dehnhard of the Department of Reproduction Biology at Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, Germany, was published in the Journal of General and Comparative Endocrinology. The article is titled “”The use of noninvasive and minimally invasive methods in endocrinology for threatened mammalian species conservation.”” Drs. Kersey and Dehnhard were invited to write the review following their presentation of a similar topic at the 2013 meeting of the North American Society of Comparative Endocrinology.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Three COMP-Northwest students selected for Oregon loan forgiveness program

Three first-year College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest students received major state loan forgiveness awards for committing to practice in rural areas.

Kendall Shibuya will receive $66,000 over two years, and Sarah Crowe and Pam Anderson will each receive $105,000 over three years from the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s Primary Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program.

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Congratulations to Brion Benninger, MD, MS, Professor & Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, for getting his Femoral Artery terminology research published in Clinical Anatomy. Benninger, B. (2014), Novel femoral artery terminology: Integrating anatomy and clinical procedures leading to standardized intuitive nomenclature. Clin. Anat

Dr. Benninger is the first physician researcher worldwide to conduct research with a novel ultrasound finger probe (SonicEye transducer) using Google Glass producing real time ultrasound images during a patient examination. Dr. Benninger is currently conducting multiple ultrasound and Google Glass research projects with first- and second-year medical students from COMP-Northwest.–259309911.html

From the College of Graduate Nursing:

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Associate Professor Dawn Stone, PhD(c), RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, presented a poster, “”Health Effects of Van Pooling to Work,”” with colleagues during the UCLA School of Nursing Research Days May 7, 2014. The poster revealed qualitative findings from focus groups of van pool drivers and riders about perceptions of health effects from commuting environments.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

The Department of Physician Assistant Education wants to congratulate the PA 2014 Class as they completed the Commencement Exercises this past week. Joining the PA Profession has never been better for the new graduates. CNN Money and U.S. News released their Best Healthcare Jobs for 2014 and ranked PAs as the 8th highest healthcare profession (out of 38 professions reviewed). The same group, in their 100 Best Jobs list, ranked the PA Profession as the 13th best profession in terms of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security for 2014.

The 2012 median annual salary of PAs is $90,930. The top-earning 10 percent in the PA Profession was $124,770 while the lower end of the pay spectrum was $62,430. The Bureau of Labor statistics predict a 38.4 percent employment increase between 2014 and 2022. It is also predicted that 33,300 new PAs will be added to the current 87,000 workforce by the end of the decade. Reasons for the profession’s growth include the health care needs of the retiring “”Baby Boomer”” generation and a physician shortage that has exhibited itself in recent years. The Profession brags of a 1.2 percent unemployment rate, one of the lowest in the Best Jobs 2014 list. It appears that the outlook for the PA profession is strong.

From the College of Pharmacy:

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Dr. Jeffrey Wang is once again invited to be part of the NIH Review Session for the Development Therapeutics Study Section (DT) on June 19, 2014.

From University Advancement:

Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine available online

The new edition of Humanism in the Health Sciences magazine is now available. The theme of the 2013-14 edition is “”Pulse of Life.”” An electronic copy of the magazine is available online at

Humanism in the Health Sciences is written by students, alumni, faculty and staff, and edited by WesternU students. It is published annually and distributed free of charge.

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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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.

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Alumni news

On Tuesday, May 13, Jonathan Hall, OD ’14, received the Alumni Memorial Award during the College of Optometry’s Graduate Awards Ceremony at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center. The only University-wide graduate award, the Alumni Memorial Award is presented annually by the WesternU Alumni Association in memory of deceased alumni to the one graduate throughout the University who best exhibits the dedication and enthusiasm of a future alumnus or alumna. Dr. Hall was presented with a plaque and a check for $500 by Director of Alumni Relations Russel Heskin.

During each Commencement ceremony for the past several years, an alumni representative has welcomed the new graduates into the alumni family and presented each of them with an alumni pin as they exited the stage. This year’s representatives were Michael Lance, MSPA ’06 (CAHP/CPM ceremony); Giang Nguyen, PharmD ’01 (COP/CDM ceremony); Katherine Gillett, OD ’13 (CGN/CO ceremony); Colleen Tansey Baldwin, DVM ’08 (CVM ceremony); and Ray M. Yutani, DO ’97 (COMP/GCBS ceremony).

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, the WesternU Alumni Association hosted its first CDM Alumni Reception at the Hilton Anaheim. More than 70 people, including CDM faculty, staff, students, and more than a dozen alumni were on hand for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks immediately following the California Dental Association’s “”CDA Presents”” Conference, which was held in the adjacent Anaheim Convention Center.

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