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This Week@WesternU, Oct. 26-30, 2015

by Rodney Tanaka

October 26, 2015

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Pumerantz Lecture to focus on virtual reality
W. Paul Brown, DDS, FICD, FACD, a pioneer in virtual reality, will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Western University of Health Sciences.

His topic will be “The Impact of Virtual Reality on Health Science Education.” The lectureship will begin at 7 p.m. in WesternU’s Health Education Center Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The lecture will be streamed live to COMP-Northwest’s Lecture Hall 1, Szeto Lecture Hall. Click here to read the full story.

A Tribute to Caring
WesternU will hold its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring” Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Molina Healthcare, Inc. will receive WesternU’s Access to Caring Award for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to underserved people. “A Tribute to Caring” raises money for student scholarships. Click here to visit the ATC website for more information.

WesternU faculty and students volunteer at Care Harbor LA
Western University of Health Sciences students and faculty volunteered at one of the largest free health clinics in California. Care Harbor Los Angeles provided free medical, dental and vision care to an estimated 4,000 uninsured, underinsured and underserved people at the Los Angeles Sports Arena Oct. 15-18, 2015. Click here to read the full story and to view a slideshow.


From the College of Pharmacy:

WesternU Pharmacy provides free medication disposal
The public is invited to bring unused or outdated medications to the Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences for proper disposal.

The Pharmacy, on the first floor of WesternU’s Patient Care Center (PCC), 795 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766, has a secure dropbox where visitors can place non-controlled medications. No illegal drugs and no liquid containers larger than 4 ounces will be accepted.

Click here to read the full story.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

AACOM releases new osteopathic medical college enrollment data, COMP remains steady
Enrollment figures for Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) remain steady, while the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) reports osteopathic medicine (DO) student enrollment climbs.

COMP and its sister campus COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon, have 346 students enrolled in the Class of 2019. The Class of 2018 has identical enrollment numbers, according to WesternU’s Office of the Registrar. Click here to read the full story.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Suzana Tkalcic was recently notified that a research manuscript that came out from a fish immunology study she was involved in during her sabbatical in 2014 has been accepted for publication in Fish and Shellfish Immunology. The citation is: Zupan I, Tkalcic S, Saric T, Coz-Rakovac R, Strunjak-Perovic I, Topic-Popovic N, Kardum M, Kanski D, Ljubic BB, Matijatko V, Poljicak-Milas N: “Supplementation with imuno-2865® in sea bream (Sparus aurata Linaeus, 1758). Effects on hematological and antioxidant parameters” Fish and Shellfish Immunology (2015), doi: 10.1016/j.fsi.015.09.049.

CVM Associate Professor Brian Oakley was invited to give a seminar, “How tools of microbial ecology can help manage animal microbiomes,” at the University of La Verne. Dr. Oakley’s talk was as part of an ongoing seminar series in the Biology Department intended to increase the exposure of undergraduates to current research topics and broaden participation in research.

CVM graduate Ainjil Bills, DVM ’15, presented a poster at the American Association of Zoon Veterinarians Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, in early October. The poster presented the work she did with CVM Associate Professor David Kersey on male giant panda thyroid hormones. Dr. Bills also received the Safe-Capture Award at the conference for the poster.

An article about giant panda pregnancy and birth by Dr. David Kersey and colleagues was recently published in the journal Theriogenology. The article details the multidisciplinary effort to ensure successful fertilization and parturition in the rare species. The complete citation is: Kersey, D.C., Aitken-Palmer, C., Rivera, S., Willis, E.L., Liang, L.Y., Snyder, R.J., in press. The birth of a giant panda: tracking the biological factors that successfully contribute to conception through to post-natal development. Theriogenology. doi:10.1026/j.theriogenology.2015.10.005

A blog written by CVM student Jessica (Jess) Fournier, DVM ’18, is posted on the research page of the CVM website ( The blog relays Fournier’s experiences with Dr. Kersey in setting up and updating hormone labs at giant panda breeding facilities in China during the summer of 2015.


From the College of Graduate Nursing:

CGN ranked among top 15 nursing schools in U.S.
The College of Graduate Nursing ranked as the 21st best nursing program in the nation, according to the Fall 2015 Rankings of Top Graduate Programs. The rankings are based on ratings and reviews from current or recent students’ rankings posted on

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2015, encompass reviews posted by more than 75,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

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From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Podiatric Medicine faculty and students, along with College of Graduate Nursing students and UCLA undergraduate and medical students, volunteered at the Happy Feet health screening for the homeless at the Women’s Shelter in downtown Los Angeles Oct. 17, 2015.


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On Monday, Oct. 19, the Alumni Office hosted a reception at the Cuba Libre restaurant in Orlando during the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED Convention. About 75 alumni, faculty, staff, and guests enjoyed a traditional Cuban dinner and a hosted bar. For pictures from the event, go to

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Alumni Office kicked off its fourth year of offering Sudden Snack to the students by passing out nearly 600 Klondike bars in Ethan Allen Park. The event, which is designed to introduce students to the Alumni Association as well as to give the students a much deserved break (and a treat!) was scheduled to last from 4 to 5 p.m., but the Klondike bars were all gone by 4:40 p.m. Two more Sudden Snacks will be held later this year.


From the Pumerantz Library:

National Medical Librarians Month
October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM). To celebrate NMLM the librarians of the Pumerantz Library want you to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. To help you get prepared we have the following displays and events planned:

Zombie Survival Prep improvised defense weapons display – all month long, Museum.

10 C’s of Survival display – all month long – second floor stairwell.

On campus interlibrary loan office delivery – all month long.

Screening of Zombieland, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the library’s fourth floor conference room. Please register.


Our perennial favorite events will make a comeback:

Halloween photo contest, take a picture in your Halloween costume with the library in the background and submit with the following #PumerantzHalloween on Oct. 30-31 @pumerantzlib or Facebook.

Halloween “trick or trick” at the library first and second floor desks – Oct. 30-31.

If you have any questions please contact 909-469-5323 ask for Reference or email for more information.

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