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This Week@WesternU, Nov. 10-14, 2014

by Rodney Tanaka

November 10, 2014

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From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Leadership Symposium

The Department of Health Sciences will present the fourth annual Leadership Symposium, titled “”Leading Change: Beyond All Limits,”” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Reception starts at 6 p.m. The symposium runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The keynote speaker is College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Dean Jan Boller, PhD, RN. Guest speakers are College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Marian Safaoui, MD, College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, Linda Jones-Edwards, director of the

Kennedy Austin Foundation, ( and Frances Chu, MLIS, MSN.

Please RSVP to by Nov. 13.

Click here to view a flier.

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

COMP alumnus Elliot Ho, DO ’14, returned to campus on Nov. 6 to speak with several dozen COMP students during the lunch hour to share his experiences and tips regarding boards, rotations and residencies. He is a first-year internal medicine resident at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Following the event, which was organized by the Asian-American Health Professions Student Association, Alumni Director Russel Heskin presented Dr. Ho with a small thank-you gift.

Assistant Professor Michelle Steinauer, PhD, contributed to the following publication: Lelo, A.E., D.N. Mburu, G.N. Magoma, B.N. Mungai, J.H. Kihara, I.N. Mwangi, G.M. Maina, J.M. Kinuthia, M.W Mutuku, E.S.Loker, G.M. Mkoji & M.L. Steinauer. 2014. No apparent reduction in schistosome burden or genetic diversity following four years of school-based mass drug administration in Mwea central Kenya a heavy transmission area. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003221.

Click here to read about COMP’s participation in the 2014 Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED).

Dr. Brion Benninger had his research manuscript, “”Using ATP-Driven Bioluminescence Assay to Monitor Microbial Safety in a Contemporary Human Cadaver Laboratory,”” published by the journal Clinical Anatomy online on Oct. 27 and listed in Pubmed.

COMP student raising awareness about Pulmonary Hypertension

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has designated November as Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month to help support research, fundraising, advocacy and awareness about PH.

COMP student Sean Wyman, who was diagnosed with PH at age 19, created an animated series about the potentially deadly disease, titled “”Lips Painted Blue.””

Click here to read the full story.

AOA president visits COMP-Northwest

American Osteopathic Association President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, visited COMP-Northwest Oct. 30-31.
Click here to read the full story and to view photos.

From Western Diabetes Institute:

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Come to the Western Diabetes Institute suite on the second floor of WesternU’s Patient Care Center, 795 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., to pick up your blue pin in support of diabetes awareness on Nov. 14 (while supplies last).

Center for Periodontal Health

WDI has launched the Center for Periodontal Health to raise awareness of the need to “”put the mouth back into the body”” for people living with diabetes and multimorbidity. This strategic initiative aligns with national and global efforts to develop collaborative partnerships between industries that serve the same customers.

Click here to visit the Center for Periodontal Health webpage.

From Facilities and Physical Plant:

No Excuse, No Quit

Journeyman painter Elliott Bruce is featured in a West Coast Magazine article chronicling his inspiring story battling cancer and losing more than 100 pounds through a careful approach to nutrition and daily exercise.

Click here to read the story.

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

Click here to view photos from the Oct. 29 alumni networking mixer at Casa 425 in Claremont. This spirited group of alumni rekindled their relationships while others met new friends from across colleges representing classes from 1999 through 2014. The next networking mixer will be held in spring 2015.

On Monday, Nov. 3, the WesternU Alumni Association hosted lunch in the BVCC Naimoli Commons for approximately 90 members of the DVM Class of 2015. The lunch was intended to provide visibility for the Alumni Association as well as to give the class some social time together after being apart for the past few months. Similar lunches will be held throughout the year for other classes returning to campus from rotations, including DVM 2016, DO 2016, PharmD 2015 and DPT 2015.

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