From the College of Allied Health Professions:

WesternU to host softball games against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

The Physical Therapy Department at Western University of Health Sciences will host a double-header softball game against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) on Oct. 4, 2014.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Games will be at 4 and 7 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium, 280 South E. St., San Bernardino, California – home of the Inland Empire 66ers minor league baseball team.

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Peter Oelschlaeger, PhD, and his collaborators on their most recent publication. First author Kevin Pegg is a former master’s student in the MSBS program at Cal Poly Pomona.

Pegg KM, Liu EM, George AC, LaCuran AE, Bethel CR, Bonomo RA, Oelschlaeger P. Understanding the determinants of substrate specificity in IMP family metallo-B-lactamases: The importance of residue 262. Protein Science. 2014;23(10):1451-60. doi: 10.1002/pro.2530.

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

CVM Associate Professor Diane McClure is one of seven veterinarians invited to speak at the House Rabbit Society’s first ever Educator Conference

( She will be presenting “”Trap-Neuter-Release – Not Just for Cats Any More”” with Debbie Widoff from Best Friends. The conference, Taking Rabbit Knowledge to a Higher Level, will be held Sept. 27-28, 2014 (to coincide with

International Rabbit Day) at the

Humane Society of Missouri. The conference is hosted by St. Louis House Rabbit Society.

The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), American Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Amphibian and Reptile Veterinarians (ARAV) will be meeting jointly Oct. 18-24, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. Dr. McClure will be chairing an AEMV/ARAV Joint Session during the conference.

Associate Professor Lyon Lee recently presented one of his anesthetic research studies at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in Indianapolis. The co-authors of this study include Drs. Williamson and Heil (DVM 2014), and Drs. Voith, Kersey, and Levi from the WesternU faculty. The talk was titled “”Comparison of analgesic efficacy of intraperitoneally administered ropivacaine in dogs following laparoscopic ovariectomy surgery.”” Dr. Lee, as a member of the Education Committee of the ACVAA, also served as a judge during this conference for the best resident abstract presentation where three recipients were selected.

From the College of Optometry:

Kudos on accomplishments

Dr. Efrain Castellanos presented a lecture “”Are you neglecting Visual Neglect?”” at the International Congress of Behavioral Optometry in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

On Sept. 13, Joanna Miranda (Class of 2017), Thu Hua and Josephine Lin (Class of 2016), participated in the 7th Annual Walk for Brain Injury in Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif., hosted by the Brain Injury Association of California to benefit persons living with brain injury. These members of WesternU’s Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Student Chapter joined our interprofessional partners at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation to complete the walk in 112-degree heat. All were well hydrated and the College of Optometry was pleased that its students are active and engaged in events benefiting the patient community at large.

From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Joel M. Laudenbach, DMD, CDM Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine & Geriatric Dentistry, Ramon Frediani, PhD, Professor of Economic Theory, University of Cordoba, Argentina, and Conrado E. Barzaga, MD, Executive Director, Center for Oral Health, authored a legislative brief titled “”Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for the Prevention of Oropharyngeal Cancer in the United States: A Cost/Benefit Analysis.”” The legislative brief was supported by the Center for Oral Health, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and The California Wellness Foundation. It is published at:

From Academic Affairs:

Health Career Ladder

The Pomona and Lebanon Health Career Ladder Team is happy to announce the following dates for the Health Career Ladder programs. We extend a special invitation to the children and other family members of WesternU staff and faculty in sixth grade through high school, regardless of home school district, to attend and start on the pathway to a health career.

Posters with details on programs can be obtained in Pomona from Dr. Elizabeth Rega in the Administration Building, room 124 or from Jaime Servin at COMP-Northwest. You can start the registration process by going to:

Pomona: Completed forms can be mailed to and or brought to the Administration Building, room 124.

Lebanon: Completed forms can be mailed to or dropped at Jaime Servin’s desk.

Pomona – Saturdays (Click here to view a flier)

8:45 a.m. to noon + lunch

Sept. 27, 2014: Healthy Lifestyles

Oct. 25: Forensics

Nov. 15: Cardiovascular/Diabetes

Dec. 13: Disability

Jan. 31, 2015: Disaster Preparedness

March 7: Emergency Drill

April 25: 6 p.m. End of year awards ceremony and celebration

Lebanon – Saturdays (Click here to view a flier)

8:45 a.m. to noon + lunch

Nov. 1, 2014

Dec. 13

Feb. 28, 2015

March 14

April 25

May 16

From University Advancement:

Alumni news

The Alumni Office hosted a reception-style dinner at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in the Palazzo Las Vegas during the Vision Expo West Conference on Sept. 20. More than 75 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests attended.

The Alumni Office is hosting a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at COMP-Northwest following the Oregon-ACOFP Primary Care Seminar that day. WesternU alumni living in Oregon will be joined by COMP-Northwest students, faculty and staff. Attendees can register for the reception at or (909) 469-ALUM.

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