WesternU to celebrate Commencement

Western University of Health Sciences will award more than 1,000 degrees in Pasadena, Calif. and Lebanon, Ore., marking the first Commencement ceremonies presided over by WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

WesternU’s Commencement ceremonies in Pasadena will take place May 17-19. COMP-Northwest will hold its Commencement ceremony Friday, June 2 in Lebanon.

We encourage all WesternU faculty, staff, students and family members attending Commencement to join us on social media by tagging and mentioning us on Twitter and Instagram, and find us on Facebook. Please use the hashtags #WesternU2017 and #COMPNW2017.

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Click here for more information about the Pasadena Commencement ceremonies: http://commencement.westernu.edu/pomona/

Click here for more information about the Lebanon Commencement ceremony: http://commencement.westernu.edu/lebanon/


From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Lawrence Harkless to retire 
Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine Founding Dean Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, FACFAS, MAPWCA, will retire on June 30, 2017.

“We have been fortunate to have Larry Harkless at our University as a leader, a mentor, a colleague, and most of all a teacher to the hundreds of students who became podiatrists on his watch,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “With unique energy and ambition, he set the College on a path to success by insisting podiatry play a key role in overall patient health as well as by constantly reminding students and staff of the core values of the college: compassion, humility, integrity, truth, quality and service. Larry has been an outstanding ambassador in and for WesternU who will be always welcome and sorely missed.”

CPM Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lester J. Jones, DPM, MS, will serve as Interim Dean while the University conducts a search for Harkless’ successor.

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From the College of Optometry and the College of Allied Health Professions:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Optometry faculty presented at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Conference in Jacksonville, Florida April 26-29.

Dr. Kristy Remick-Waltman presented “An Inter-Professional Investigation. Visual Tracing: Is There a Difference Between Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Typical Development?”

Dr. Kimberly Walker presented “Differences in Oculomotor Skills between Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Typical Development: A Multidisciplinary Study.”

The two projects were interprofessional collaborations between Drs. Remick-Waltman and Walker and Drs. Donna Redman-Bentley and Dayle Armstrong from the College of Allied Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy Education.


From the College of Pharmacy:

18th Annual Advanced Elective Poster Day
Thank you for your support and attendance today and our 18th Annual Advanced Elective Poster Day. This event started with our very first class (which graduated in 2000). It has evolved over time, and seems to get better each year.

Click here to read the full message, including a list of award winners.


Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Cynthia Jackevicius published an editorial in the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy providing an insightful view into why we don’t get our publications out and why we really should consider it – a very quick and interesting read, easy and enjoyable – don’t miss reading it, especially if you are struggling to get those abstracts converted into manuscripts. Jackevicius CA. Duty to publish. Can J Hosp Pharm 2017;70:95-6. Click here to read the editorial as a PDF: http://www.cjhp-online.ca/index.php/cjhp/article/view/1638/2516

Click here to read the HTML version: http://www.cjhp-online.ca/index.php/cjhp/article/view/1638/2533

Dr. Sheryl Chow was lead author on an American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement that took two years of work and is quite an effort in bringing together providers from pharmacy and the medical community into changing current ways of thinking. Article link: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/26/CIR.0000000000000490

AHA Press release http://news.heart.org/new-guidance-on-heart-failure-tests-can-improve-care/

Chow SL (Chair), Maisel A (Vice-Chair), Anand I, Bozkurt B, De Boer, R, Greenberg B, Felker M, Januzzi J, Kiernan M, Fonarow G, Liu P, Wang T, Yancy CW, Zile MR.  AHA Scientific Statement: The Role of Biomarkers for the Prevention, Assessment, and Management of Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association.  American Heart Association Clinical Pharmacology Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation; Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. [Epub ahead of print] Circulation. March 26, 2017.

Bradley Andresen, PhD, Ying Huang, PhD, MSPS Students Sherry Liang and Kristan Cleveland, MSPS Alumna Mandy Liu, MS and Research Assistant Steven Yeung presented their research poster at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Annual Meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 Conference.

Their research studied the use of the blood pressure medication Carvedilol as a protection against sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer. A video created by Dr. Andresen was part of the AAAS press release titled “Beta blocker shows cancer-fighting properties” which has been picked up by several news agencies.

You may access the video and read the article here.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Graduate Nursing MSNE students Nicky Su, Jennifer Morishita, Esteban Gomez accompanied CGN Dean Mary Lopez in a presentation at the Cultural Inclusion Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 26-27. The topic of the presentation was “Caring for California Communities: Encouraging Minority Nurses to Serve Vulnerable Populations.” The purpose was to spread the work of the CGN Song-Brown grant activity increasing the number of underrepresented nurses caring for vulnerable populations in community neighborhoods. The grant included a year of activities including speakers going to the classroom so students could learn the varying roles of nurses caring for the underserved. Next, students shadowed preceptors caring for the health needs of those living in underserved neighborhoods. Finally, students created a video to encourage other nurses to work in communities addressing social determinants of health and healthcare disparities. There were several groups of MSNE students participating in a contest for the best video. The winners (Nicky, Margaret, Jennifer, and Esteban) went to the Cultural Inclusion Conference to present the grant activity and show the winning video.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi has been informed that a manuscript has been reviewed and accepted for publication by the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. The article is titled “Histological and functional characterizations of the digital cushion in Quarter Horses.” The study for the first time showed details and variations in the architecture of the DC in horses. Two different abstracts were recently presented at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and American Association of Equine Practitioners. Co-authors include Ms. Lanz (Dr. Faramarzi’s former graduate student and presently a DO candidate), Dr. Lee (Dr. Faramarzi’s Post-Doctoral Fellow) and CVM Professor Dr. Wael Khamas.


From the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library:

Relieve Stress @ the Library
Finals (and/or life) stressing you out? From April 24-May 31, the library’s 2nd floor computer lab will transform into a stress reduction room! Come pop bubble wrap, color, knead play-dough, “operate” on Library Larry, or just take a breather. The room will be open every day during the library’s regular hours. For more information or questions please contact the Reference and Outreach office at 909-469-5323 or at reference@westernu.edu.