WesternU’s “A Tribute to Caring” gala set for Nov. 3

Western University of Health Sciences will honor two extraordinary men at its annual “A Tribute to Caring” gala Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for incoming WesternU students. Click here to read more about the event and to buy tickets: https://www.westernu.edu/tribute/

WesternU will honor WesternU Board of Trustees Treasurer Ethan R. Allen, DO, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen is best known for his 60 years of caring, compassionate, front-line service as a primary care physician, mentor and educator. WesternU also will honor international entrepreneur and philanthropist Leo Chu with the Global Health Education Ambassador Award.

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One Health Day

Western University of Health Sciences will celebrate One Health Day by holding a One Health Day Panel at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in HEC Lecture Hall 1. Among the guest speakers will be Drs. Helen Engelke, Pedro Diniz, Tracey McNamara, Donna Shettko, Malika Kachani and Irina Vukmanovic Nosrat.

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.

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FACE-ing Autism with Integrated and Innovative Approaches

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 on the first floor of the Health Education Center.

Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) will hold a special holiday event featuring Special Santa, who is sensitive to children with special needs. This event will feature a renowned special education and integrative therapy expert, WesternU’s own Dr. Denise Schilling. Dr. Schilling is a highly skilled physical therapist with training in Sensory Integration, ABA, and Special Education. She creatively combines approaches to better meet the needs of individual patients. She will be joined by Dr. Yawen Peng, a special needs dental expert. They will describe fun games they are developing to encourage dental care. Resources will be shared, and WesternU dental students will provide oral hygiene instructions, dental desensitization, nutritional counseling, and free dental supplies. Additional information about FACE can be found at www.westernu.edu/face.

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From the College of Dental Medicine:

Renowned speaker shares personal, professional experiences transitioning gender
Anne L. Koch, DMD, presented a series of lectures and talks at Western University of Health Sciences on treating transgender patients, supporting LGBTQ professionals and encouraging women to become entrepreneurs. She offers a unique perspective on these topics having earned her DMD degree and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania, holding multiple patents and starting a successful technology and development company, and having transitioned gender at age 63. 

“I have had the ability to look at gender transition through two different prisms. One is that of a patient. The other is looking as a health care provider who has seen more than 32,000 patients in their career,” Koch said. “What I have seen at times have been exhilarating and at other times disturbing. This is so much an education issue and I feel I can offer a unique perspective.” 

WesternU’s College of Dental Medicine invited Koch to campus and organized two days of lectures and open forums with students and faculty across all disciplines. 

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View the lectures here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0aqwf9k7xVBxgsOMPz5c0KOHb6DhD1oQ


Kudos on accomplishments
Based on her area of expertise in oral microbiology/pharmacognosy, Dalia Seleem, DDS, PhD, has participated as a peer reviewer for a manuscript titled, “Resveratrol attenuates the pathogenic and inflammatory properties of Porphyromonas gingivalis” for Molecular Oral Microbiology journal.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Victoria L. Voith delivered a presentation titled “Children and Pets: Trouble in Paradise” at the 2018 Clinical Animal Behavior Conference October 5-7, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Zarah Hedge, CVM Assistant Professor, recently became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a specialty of Shelter Medicine. Dr. Hedge is also a WesternU CVM graduate from the class of 2009.

Dr. Tracey McNamara was interviewed for a story about “Disease X,” a hypothetical epidemic that could be caused by a pathogen that we don’t yet realize affects humans. Click here to read the story: https://www.livescience.com/63862-disease-x-animal-source.html



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
COMP-Northwest Director of Clinical Education Katie Fisher, DO ’83, was recently honored with the J. Scott Heatherington Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation’s annual awards dinner in September. This award is presented annually to an osteopathic physician from the Northwest who has made a lifetime of contributions to the profession, as well as the physician’s community. The award is presented in honor of Dr. Heatherington, the first physician from Oregon to become president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, Professor, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, co-chaired with colleague Associate Professor Ming Zang, University of Otago, the Symposium “New Challenges in Clinical Anatomy” for the Asian Association of Clinical Anatomists on Oct. 28. Topics investigated and discussed were New Progresses in Digital Human Anatomy, Contemporary Anatomy Research, Reappraisal of EMG Studies Using Cadavers, and Ultrasound & 3D imaging of Cadavers Teaching Non-Invasive Clinical Procedures to the Face and Neck. This symposium is conducted every 2 years and was hosted at the state of art conference center BEXCO in Busan, Korea.


From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Optometry Dean Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, represents the Association of Schools and College of Optometry on the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, which hosted a one-and-a-half-day public workshop to explore gaps within education and across the continuum of health professional education to practice. The discussions looked at current and future technologies that could bridge the identified gaps in order to optimize health and education system performance and access in high-, middle-, and low-income regions. These Proceedings of a Workshop summarize the presentations and discussions at the workshop.




From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Christina Goode was the invited speaker at a workshop during the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) mid-year conference in Anaheim. The topic of the workshop was “Recruiting for Excellence.​​”



From Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD):

LEAD Halloween Celebration
LEAD will host a Halloween Celebration on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center, Room 101 (LEAD lobby). We invite you to join a spooky, yet welcoming gathering for students. Please stop by for light refreshments, fun, and chance to catch up with members of the WesternU Family. Visit the LEAD Facebook page for more information.  



From the Pumerantz Library:

At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in World War I
The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is hosting the AMWA – American Medical Women’s Association – traveling exhibit “At Home and Over there: American Women Physicians in World War I” through December 10, 2018. This exhibit honors the American women physicians who served in Europe during World War I despite being turned down by the United Sates Army Medical Corps based on the fact “it hadn’t been done.” For further information call Mary Helen Ellis at Ext. 5321.



From Information Technology:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Miary Andriamiarisoa was a keynote speaker at the international gamification conference in Chicago, October 6-8, 2018. He shared innovative and trending technology components that can be used to positively impact various contexts, ranging from academic milieus to enterprise training initiatives. His presentation relied on using iBeacons to create a special type of gamification experience that fosters interactivity and engagement.



American Red Cross – Volunteers needed
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers – Donor Ambassadors, Transportation Specialists and Registered Nurses. Click here to view two fliers: