This Week@WesternU 
Feb. 22-26, 2021
WesternU CFO Announces Retirement

Western University of Health Sciences Senior Vice President for Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Kevin D. Shaw will retire on April 2, 2021 after more than 30 years of service to the University.

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WesternU professor among top neuroscientists in the world

WesternU GCBS Professor Michel Baudry, PhD, was recently inducted as an AAAS Fellow. This prestigious honor recognizes 40 years of achievement in neuroscience and comes at a momentous time in the development of his life’s work.

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From the College of Pharmacy:
Kabir Lutfy, PhD, received a $50,000 contract with Astraea Therapeutics, LLC for the project titled “Characterization of Nociceptin Ligands in Mouse Models of Reward." The goal is to study the effects of a series of novel NOP/MOP bifunctional ligands and their effects on oxycodone reward.

Dr. Lutfy received a $139,000 subcontract with Astraea Therapeutics, LLC for the project titled “Validating the Nociceptin Receptor for Treating Craving and Withdrawal-associated Affect in Cocaine Addiction Pharmacotherapy." The goal of this project is to study the effect of NOP ligands on cocaine sensitization as well as on anxiety associated with cocaine withdrawal. This project is a part of an NIH/NIDA U18 Grant Award (U18 DA052559) funded to Dr. Zaveri (Astraea Therapeutics, LLC’s; PI) and Dr. Lutfy (WesternU; Project PI).
The WesternU Alumni Association is featuring Alumni Couples in celebration of Valentine’s Day. To read full stories, visit Instagram @WesternU_Alumni
From Payroll:
WesternU is excited to announce that after applying significant planning and development efforts, Payroll is nearing the final phase of a software transition from Banner to ADP Workforce Now (WFN). The target date for utilization is scheduled for Spring 2021.

What does this mean for you? Through an enhanced electronic process, nonexempt (hourly) employees will utilize an online time clock that will automatically populate your timecard, in real time. The entire University will begin to use a unified electronic method to request vacation time approval and to record sick days. There are numerous process efficiencies and improvements, all of which will be easier to access and manage on your phone via the WFN app, or on a tablet or computer via the WFN online portal.
We will provide multiple training and information sessions and town halls in the coming months to teach you how to utilize this new system and address any questions you may have. In the meantime, please visit the WesternU website. As we approach the launch you will be able to download the app, review key dates including town halls, information sessions, go-live dates and read FAQs. Look for the next email update on Tuesday, March 2.
Please welcome the following recent hires to WesternU:

COMP: Eric Dickerson, Rotations Coordinator I, Clinical Education
CDHP: Nahid Howard, Auxiliary Assistant
Abrianna Beever, Auxiliary Assistant
CVM: Analisa Edell, Adjunct Instructor
ECI: Rubi Lopez, Optician
CGN: Raymond Nguyen, Clinical Instructor
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