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This Week@WesternU, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2010

by Rodney Tanaka

September 27, 2010

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World Rabies Day

WesternU will mark World Rabies Day, Sept. 28, 2010, with a series of events throughout the week.

Today, Sept. 27, noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 (Room 2001) HEC. Western U Faculty and Student Panel: Experiences with Rabies & Video of Rabies-Clinical Presentation in Humans and Animals. All are welcome and lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 (Room 2001) HEC. Rabies and Popular Culture: Watch an episode of the hit TV show “Scrubs” and its portrayal of rabies. Popcorn and drinks will be available.

For a complete listing of events, click here.

For more information, e-mail CVM Assistant Professor Helen Engelke at

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.

Click here to read more.

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.

L.A. County Fair

WesternU is co-sponsoring an exhibit on human anatomy at the Los Angeles County Fair, which runs through Oct. 3. Click here to read more and to view a slideshow.

Toastmasters International – Toast of the Towne

On Sept. 18, Toastmasters International held their annual fall humorous speech contest at WesternU. Louise Clark represented our WesternU club, “Toast of the Towne,” and won first place in our area. Louise will move on to the next round at the division level on Oct. 9, again held at WesternU. The Toast of the Towne chapter meets at the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library on the first and third Tuesdays every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you are interested in improving your public speaking skills, please visit “Toast of the Towne.” Contact Louise Clark for more information at

From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments

Brian Kraatz, Department of Anatomy, had an article published in PLoS One titled, “Evolutionary Patterns in the Dentition of Duplicidentata (Mammalia) and a Novel Trend in the Molarization of Premolars.” The article is Open-Access, and can be downloaded for free by clicking here.

From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Department of Physical Therapy Education News

Associate Professor and Chair, Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, has been invited to speak at the University Graduate Colloquium Series at Arcadia University in metropolitan Philadelphia on March 24, 2011. The Colloquium Series is held every year with the goal of sharing new or innovative approaches or content area that would be of interest to several departments. Dr. Schilling will be discussing the “Influences of University-wide Interprofessional Education on Clinical Education: Development & Implementation of an Interprofessional Practice Plan for Physical Therapy Education.” She will also be serving as a guest panelist with other Pediatric Experts for case presentations regarding atypical development in neuro rehab from a pediatric perspective.

From the College of Pharmacy;

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Drs. Ying Huang and Jeffrey Wang and MSPS alumni Sravan Penchala and Anh-Nhan Pham on their recent book chapter:

Sravan Penchala, Anh-Nhan Pham, Ying Huang and Jeffrey Wang. Lipid-based and Self-emulsifying Oral Drug Delivery Systems. In Oral Bioavailability: Basic Principles, Advanced Concepts, and Applications. Min Hu and Xiaoling Li (Editors). Wiley and Sons Inc. (US). 2010.

Congratulations to Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member Dr. Fadi Khasawneh and MSPS alumnus Harold Ting on their publication:

Ting HJ, Khasawneh FT. Glybenclamide: An antidiabetic with in vivo antithrombotic activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print]

For a link to the abstract, click here.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments

Veterinary internist and Assistant Professor Dr. Pedro Diniz has published a case report in collaboration with an international team of scientists. The paper is titled “Severe Hepatitis Associated with Acute Ehrlichia canis Infection in a Dog.” The collaborators include scientists from several laboratories at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.; the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; and the School of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, UK.

The complete citation is: M.E. Mylonakis, M. Kritsepi-Konstantinou, J.S. Dumler, P.P.V. P. Diniz, M.J. Day, V.I. Siarkou, E.B. Breitschwerdt, V. Psychas, T. Petanides, and A.F. Koutinas. “Severe Hepatitis Associated with Acute Ehrlichia canis Infection in a Dog.” J Vet Intern Med 2010;24:633–638. Click here to view the article.

Spay-ghetti Dinner

The Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians is hosting a Halloween themed “Spay-ghetti” dinner to raise money for the San Gabriel Humane Society and the Upland Animal Shelter to buy supplies (vaccines, snap tests, meds, etc.) and funds for spay/neutering programs. The dinner will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 in the HPC Student Commons. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door and will be on sale beginning Oct. 22. The club is asking for donations of food items, table decorations and silent auction items. For more information, including a list of donation requests, e-mail

From University Advancement:

College of Optometry Support

University Advancement, working with the College of Optometry, secured $14,500 in support for meals and activities for the CO Class of 2014 Welcome Week from friends of the College including: Wal-Mart, Pioneer Ophthalmic Instruments, Allergan USA, Vistakon, Medennium, Keeler Instruments, Coopervision, Optometric Extension Program, Alcon Labs, HOYA Vision Care, and CIBA Vision.

From CDHP:

Kudos on accomplishments

Congratulations to Deborah Pace, who won a first place blue ribbon for her oil painting titled “Blue Lagoon” at the 2010 L.A. County Fair.

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