Ray Bradbury to Visit WesternU

Renowned author Ray Bradbury will make a special appearance at WesternU on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 as part of Pomona’s “Fahrenheit 451” Big Read.

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As part of the Big Read and Banned Books Week, which runs Sept. 25-Oct. 2, the Pumerantz Library will feature a special display of controversial medical books, including “Pernkopf Anatomy,” and some consumer health books that have been banned, as well as “Fahrenheit 451” and other fiction. The “Banned Books Display” will remind students and visitors not to take freedom for granted. The display runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 31, 2010.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physician Assistant Education News

Please join the PA Class of 2012 on the Esplanade as they celebrate PA Day on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at noon with lunch, fun and activities for all. Meet a PA and find out about the profession.

PA students have been participating in providing vision screenings to local elementary schools. Last week the students screened kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade students at Oakmont Elementary School. The PA students are having fun using their knowledge in a practical situation.

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

AB 2382 California State Universities Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Professional Degree was signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger on Sept. 28, and the bill will become law on Jan. 1, 2011. This bill creates an exception to the Master Plan for Higher Education to allow California State Universities (CSU) to confer the DPT professional degree. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education requires that all U.S. physical therapist education programs be approved to offer the DPT degree by December 2015. Currently CSU Long Beach, Northridge, Fresno and Sacramento offer the Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree.

From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Sheryl Chow presented an abstract with Dr. Arezoo Campbell of PharmSci:

Chow SL, Campbell A, Kovancz I, Wang JSC, Vernet D, Kopchock G, White RA, Gonzalez-Cadavid N. Inflammatory Biomarkers in Left Ventricular Remodeling under Stem Cell and Pharmacological Treatment in a Rat Model of Myocardial Infarction. Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), San Diego, CA. Sept. 14, 2010.

Dr. Chow is also beginning her one-year term as Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Cardiology Practice and Research Network (PRN). There are more than 800 members within this PRN making it one of the largest within ACCP.

Dr. Karl Hess published an article with colleagues from USC: Mirzaian E, Durham M, Hess K, Goad J. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses in Travelers: A Review of Risk and Prevention. Pharmacotherapy 2010; 30(10): 1031-1043.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary Assistant Professor and avian microbiologist Dr. Miguel Saggese serves on the Board of Directors of the Raptor Research Foundation (RRF). He served as moderator for the Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Disease session and gave three presentations at the recent RRF meeting held in Fort Collins, Colo. During this meeting Dr. Saggese was elected to a three-year term as “Director At Large.” He will this year conclude his term as Director for the Southern Hemisphere, within the RRF Board of Directors.

Dr. Saggese’s presentations were: Miguel D. Saggese and Agustin I. Quaglia. “Health Assessment of Birds of Prey (Aves, Falconiformes, Strigiformes) in Argentina: An Overview of Recent Advances and Future Challenges.”

David H. Ellis, Miguel D. Saggese, Isabel C. Caballero, R. Wayne Nelson, Ana Trejo, Susana Seijas, Facundo Barbar, and Agustin I. Guaglia. “The Pallid Color Morph of Falco peregrinus cassini: A History of Former Studies, a Summary of Recent Work, and Projections for Future Work.”

Adrian L. Diaz, Marta S. Contigiani, Agustin I. Quaglia, Hernan Argibay, and Miguel D. Saggese. “Prevalence of West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus antibodies in Argentine birds of prey.”

Dr. Saggese has published a case report with collaborators from Texas A&M University. The paper is the first published report of Mycobacterium infection in the parrot, and documents that in this case the organism has an affinity for neurologic tissue. The complete citation is: Granulomatous Encephalomyelitis and Intestinal Ganglionitis in a Spectacled Amazon Parrot (Amazona albifrons) Infected with Mycobacterium genavense. G. Gomez, M. D. Saggese, B. R. Weeks, S. M. Hoppes and B. F. Porter. J. Comp. Path. 2010, Vol. -, 1-4. Click here to view the report.

From the Pumerantz Library:

Snapshots: One Day in the Life of California Libraries

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is joining libraries across the state in participating in “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries” on Oct. 4, 2010 to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries and library systems are to the state of California. Snapshot Day has been developed by the California Library Association (CLA).

On Oct. 4, the Pumerantz Library will compile statistics, customer comments, photographs, and other data chronicling a typical library day. The results collected will be added to those of other libraries across California, by CLA, to show how libraries provide invaluable services to California citizens.

If you would like to participate in Snapshot Day please stop by the library and write your thoughts on our Snapshot Day easels on the first floor, or visit our virtual resources, the Pumerantz Library website, Facebook, Twitter, or the News and Events Blog.