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This Week@WesternU 
June 14-18, 2021
WesternU Provost elected APA caucus chair

Western University of Health Sciences Senior Vice President and Provost David Baron, DO, MSEd, was recently elected chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Global Mental Health and Psychiatry.

Dr. Baron on the radio

Dr. Baron recently spoke about mental health in sports on the show “Wine Country Live” on radio station KVON, 1440 AM and 96.9 FM. Click here to listen to the interview.
Documentary featuring WesternU leaders set to premiere

WesternU faculty and administrators are featured in the documentary "The Healthcare Cure." The film is set to premiere at the Sedona International Film Festival, which begins today, June 14. The first screening of the film, on June 17, is sold out.

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A New Digital Footprint - New home page goes live on July 1! Home page navigation will be replaced with new cleaner, contemporary navigation. College of Pharmacy will go live on July 1. Other College websites will be converted in Phase II, and Units/Departments will be converted in Phase III. Phase II and III dates TBD.
Learn more about the Website Redesign project and provide feedback to Public Affairs & Marketing on this SharePoint site.
Juneteenth Celebration
WesternU and Brown Memorial Temple have organized a Juneteenth Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19 in Pomona, featuring free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, food, giveaways and live entertainment.
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From the College of Graduate Nursing:
WesternU DNP scholar Nancy Turrubiates presented June 9 at the Annual Meeting of Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE) addressing "Protect the Herd: Help Maintain a Healthy Campus Public Health Clinical in a Pandemic." Her presentation was selected among a group of distinguished national speakers to contribute to the pre-conference agenda "Responding to Dual Public Health Emergencies - Advocation for Tomorrow's Community Public Health Nurse Leaders." 
Turrubiates, a major in the U.S. Army, will be working with the Kenyan military to bring a public health mission to their county in 2022. Africa and the U.S. militaries are collaborating via web-based trainings. This project will be ongoing monthly until mission objectives are completed. In addition, beginning in October 2021, Maj. Turrubiates will be assigned as commander of the 7410th TMC in Fargo, N.D. This unit is a medical unit that serves under the 7455th Battalion. 
Dr. Sonia Valdez, DNP alumna of WesternU, is President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Los Angeles County Chapter and in 2021 elected as President-Elect of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (national level). In additional to her many scholarly accomplishments Dr. Valdez is also the President-Elect for the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Southern California Chapter and is a board member of the national CMSA association.
From the Department of Translational Research and CETL:
A WesternU team recently published "3D bioprinting of cardiac tissue: current challenges and perspectives" in the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. Authors are Gary A. Wisser and Dr. Tim Wood from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), COMP student Brian Kato, and Drs. Devendra K. Agrawal and Finosh G. Thankam from the WesternU Department of Translational Research.
Click to view additional publications from the Department of Translational Research.
Virtual magic show

Mind blowing sleight of hand and audience participation featuring Dennis Watkins. 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Deadline to register is June 15, registration fee of $10 non-refundable.

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From the College of Pharmacy:
Dr. Rachel Ryu and colleagues published a manuscript in Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis titled “Critical Analysis of Apixaban Dose Adjustment Criteria.” The authors examined each dosage adjustment criteria for the use of apixaban, and the associated clinical outcomes for the treatment of venous thromboembolism.
Vu A, Qu TT, Ryu R, et al. Critical Analysis of Apixaban Dose Adjustment Criteria. Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis. 2021;27:16.
Dr. Ryu also submitted a letter to the editor in response to the article “Thromboembolic events in atrial fibrillation: Different level of risk and pattern between peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease,” published in Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases. In her response, Dr. Ryu discussed the concern with censoring patients who were prescribed anticoagulants, and the need to provide such data to reduce bias in future studies.
Ryu R. Letter to the editor: Response to "Thromboembolic events in atrial fibrillation: Different level of risk and pattern between peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease,” by Yu-Sheng Lin, et al., 2021. Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases. 2021;114:176-186. 
Dr. Ryu provided an ACPE-accredited CE for CSHP on May 18, 2021 titled “2021 Updates to Heart Failure Management: Where do the New Drugs Get SQUEEZED In?” The program was very well-received with a high turnout rate. Dr. Ryu received a request to provide a similar talk through an educational event for a CSHP affiliate chapter in Northern California this fall.
MSPS alumna (2016), Megan S. Molina, successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Impact of Conditioning Regimen Choice: The Role of Dendritic Cells in Graft-Versus-Host Disease" in the University of Arizona's  Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine - Immunobiology. She was conducting thesis work under the supervision of Dr. O’Barr when she was in our MSPS program.
Dr. Molina will start her postdoctoral training with Dr. Andrew Oberst in the Department of Immunology at the University of Washington this summer on a collaborative project with Dr. David Rawlings, Chief, Division of Immunology, at the Seattle Children's Hospital.
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