The “Tiny Titan” dinosaur exhibit highlights local science at the Western Science Center

A new temporary exhibit has opened at the Western Science Center. Tiny Titan: A New Look at Haplocanthosaurus opened to the public on Nov. 16, 2019 and features the scientific research of local paleontologists from Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Mathew Wedel and Dr. Thierra Nalley from WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and Dr. Jessie Atterholt from WesternU’s Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences developed the Tiny Titan exhibit in conjunction with Western Science Center staff based on research they have conducted on Haplocanthosaurus, particularly on its air-filled vertebrae. The project started with Dr. Wedel’s collaboration with Dr. Jessie Atterholt, but now also includes WesternU Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology Dr. John Yasmer, and Gary Wisser of WesternU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The exhibit features fossils on loan from the Museums of Western Colorado that are part of this continued research.

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Click here to read more from Dr. Wedel on the Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week blog.



WesternU embraces One Health

Western University of Health Sciences held its second annual One Health Day activities Nov. 1-2, 2019, which included an interprofessional panel, student poster presentations and a symposium.

The official observance of One Health Day is Nov. 3. One Health Day raises awareness about the One Health approach to complex health problems involving people, animals and the environment. Click here to read more:

The One Health Day Panel featured presentations and discussions on a variety of topics from multiple disciplines, including veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, health sciences and optometry.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Mark Nguyen presented data from a study involving implementation of new vancomycin monitoring/dosing guidelines at the 2019 annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy meeting in New York. Dr. Kelli Shiroma is an alumnus of WesternU (Class of 2018), and a former resident of Dr. Nguyen.

Shiroma K, Nguyen HM, Kum A. Vancomycin AUC/MIC and Treatment Outcomes in MRSA Bacteremia. ACCP Annual 2019, New York.

Dr. Shawn Smith and his co-authors were recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for their research involving vancomycin. The authors received the 2019 McKeen Cattell Memorial Award for outstanding research paper published in Journal of Clinical Pharmacology from the previous year.

Truong J, Smith SR, Veillette JJ, Forland SC. Individualized Pharmacokinetic Dosing of Vancomycin Reduces Time to Therapeutic Trough Concentrations in Critically Ill Patients. J Clin Pharmacol 2018; 58:1123-1130.