This Week@WesternU 
Jan. 19-22, 2021
Creating Hope: WesternU SHPEP's Virtual Learning Experience

WesternU will host the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) for the fifth year in a row in summer 2021. SHPEP's goal is to improve access and resources to financially disadvantaged families and underrepresented students.

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From the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Biotechnology and COMP:
Four COMP students were first authors on articles that were recently accepted for publication. Bisma Khwaja, Rohit Mohindra, Roland Truong and Henry Chang Ting Chen were jointly advised by Dr. Devendra Agrawal and Dr. Finosh Thankam.
Khwaja B, Thankam FG, Agrawal DK: Mitochondrial DAMPs and altered mitochondrial dynamics in oxLDL-burden in atherosclerosis. Mol Cell Biochem. – Accepted for publication – 10th January 2021.
Mohindra R, Agrawal DK, Thankam FG: Altered vascular extracellular matrix in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. J Cardiovasc Translational Research. (2021).
Truong R, Thankam FG, Agrawal DK: Immunological mechanisms underlying sterile inflammation in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis: potential sites for intervention. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2020 December;; PMID: 33280442
Chen HC, Agrawal DK, Thankam FG: Biomaterials-driven sterile inflammation. Tissue Eng Part B 2020 Nov 19. Doi: 10.1089/ten.TEB.2020.0253; PMID: 33213285
MSHS Reunion, Jan. 22

Join the College of Health Sciences for an evening of activities and fun! Mingle with old friends, reunite and share memories with each other.

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Alumni Mentor Program

Applications are now open to participate in the WesternU Alumni Mentor Program. Through this program, alumni will be able to provide guidance to current students by sharing their career and WesternU experiences.

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Sorry Works! Join Doug Wojcieszak for a special presentation on disclosure and apologies for medical errors.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Please click the link below to join the live event:
Webinar ID: 971 4127 5925
Password: 361869

From the College of Graduate Nursing:
Six CGN faculty members collectively produced 13 book chapters in: Hollier, A. (2021). Clinical guidelines in primary care, 4th Ed. APEA: Lafayette, LA.
Christine Dang, DNP, RN, FNP, CCRN, "Angina, Stable."
Khoa (Joey) Dang, DNP, RN, FNP-C, "Fifth Disease" and "Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease."
Rodney Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, "Dental Avulsion," "Hypophosphatasia," "Preparticipation Physical," "Adult Annual Physical," "Older Adult Annual Physical," and "Welcome to Medicare Physical."
Patti McCluskey-Andre, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN-K, FAANP, "Deep Vein Thrombosis."
Ruth Trudgeon, DNP, RN, "Jaundice in Breastfed Infants."
Ivy Tuason, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, "Breast Cancer" and "Physical Examination of the Patient with a History of Cancer."
From the College of Pharmacy:
Dr. Amanda Mercadante, Dr. Law’s Fellow, and Dr. Anandi Law recently published a paper in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Their aims were to identify the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on influenza vaccination, patient perceptions and behaviors, and assess intention to vaccinate using the Health Belief Model. In their study, they identified age and household income as barriers to vaccination acceptance. Additionally, the intention to vaccinate was dependent on individual perceptions on risks and benefits, rather than the population as a whole. The findings of this study are timely and paramount to the efforts of the current vaccination campaign and has implications for public health communications. 
The Rho Chi Gamma Sigma Chapter at WesternU has been selected as a 2019-2020 finalist for the Chapter Achievement Award. The winner will be determined on March 6, 2021. This is the second time that the WesternU chapter has won this distinction. Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman for her mentorship and the following 2019-20 chapter officers for their hard work: 
President: Derick Galan
VP: Kenneth Cruz
Secretary: Jerald Varona
Treasurer: Ryan Lam
Liaison: Alexander Ou
Historian: Tina Vu
This week’s CETL Staff & Faculty development opportunities:
WesternU in the news

Where Is Dr. Jeff LaPoint Now? TheCinemaholic, Jan. 14

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