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This Week@WesternU Sept. 11-15, 2017

by Jeff Malet

September 11, 2017

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WesternU launches Center for Innovation with symposium and expo

WesternU launched the Center for Innovation Wednesday, September 6 with a symposium and technology expo.

The symposium featured:

  “Vision” by WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

  “The Center and its Essence” by Nicholas Webb, Center for Innovation Director.

  “Engagement and Outcomes” by Miary Andriamiarisoa, Director of Education Technologies and Innovation at WesternU.

  “Health and Education” by Di Lacey, Assistant Vice President, Oregon Campus Operations

  “Faculty and Innovation” by Steven Friedrichsen, DDS, Dean, College of Dental Medicine.

  “College and Innovation” by Paula Crone, DO ’92, Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

  “Students and Innovators” by Edward Barnes, MD, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of LC3

  “The Center’s Journey” by Webb.

The technology exhibition showcased virtual reality education technology, high-speed 3-D printing and scanning exhibits, augmented reality stations, the Microsoft Mixed-Reality platform – Hololens, and a gamification booth showing how game-based learning transforms passive learning into dynamic and engaging experiences.

Check out WesternU’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for live posts from the event.

Click here to view a Facebook gallery.


Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship

The 9th annual Pumerantz Lecture was held Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Guest speaker Nicholas Webb, LHD, is a health care futurist, entrepreneur and inventor.

This lectureship, in honor of WesternU’s founder and president emeritus, is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Elaine Sarkaria and the late Dr. Daljit Sarkaria of Orange, California. 

Click here to view a gallery.


Sept. 11 Memorial

WesternU students, faculty and staff, as well as Pomona community members, are invited to honor the memory of those who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at a ceremony held on Monday, September 11, 2017, from noon-1 p.m. in Ethan Allen Park on WesternU’s Pomona campus. The 16th annual memorial event, hosted by the Military Medical Student Association, will feature remarks from WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval, Pomona Police Chief Paul Capraro, and LA County Fire representatives from Station 183.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine

Kudos on Accomplishments
Associate Professor Dr. David Kersey presented a poster titled “Factors Affecting Whole-Body Metabolism in the Male Giant Panda” at the 6th International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology in Orlando, Florida. This project is the culmination of five years of research on how metabolism is affected by age, environment and reproductive season in the male giant panda. Two CVM alums, Drs. Ainjil Bills, DVM ’15, and Allison Rowland, DVM ’14, were coauthors on the poster.

Dr. David Kersey also was interviewed by Sky News, a London-based agency, about the impending birth of a giant panda cub at the Edinburgh Zoo.



From the College of Dental Medicine

Kudos on Accomplishments
Setareh Lavasani, DDS, MS, a Board Certified Oral Radiologist and Assistant Professor, presented on “Applications of CBCT in implant planning and Surgical guides” to UCLA Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program residents on August 25, 2017 in Venice, California.
Click here to view a photo of an X-ray related to the presentation.



From the Pumerantz Library:

Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is hosting the National Medical Library traveling exhibit “Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture” from Aug. 28, 2017 to Oct. 7, 2017. This exhibit explores the response to the AIDS epidemic since its 1981 appearance in the United States.

The NAMES project AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived as a celebration of the lives of people lost to AIDS. The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library and Lorraine Halverson of the College of Allied Health Professions are providing the opportunity for you to create a block for a loved one to be displayed in the library and then added to the Quilt project after the National Library of Medicine exhibit leaves our library.

If you wish to create a block contact Lorraine Halverson for supplies and guidance. or 909-469-5390.

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