April 2013 Edition

The Record

 Touro University California - The Record 

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Spring is such a busy time on campus and that is clearly evident by the Campus Update and Professional Activities sections below. We are on a fast track leading to end of year grades, graduation celebrations and Commencement. 

Our collective commitment to students, and willingness to serve community and profession, drive what we do in the world of work and determine how we are measured by others. These past few days, our campus has dealt with the tragic loss of one of our medical students and we are reminded of the gifts that life provides and the temporal nature of joy and success. Let’s honor Zach’s memory by taking time to identify the gifts that enrich our personal and professional lives and show our appreciation to coworkers, students, family and friends for joining us on this journey at Touro University California. 

I thank each of you for what you do to make this university a place of learning. We are creating a university legacy of caring and kindness as we educate the next generation of physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, teachers and public health professionals. 

Marilyn Hopkins, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Operating Officer

Campus Updates 

Professional Activities

Upcoming Events

Faculty/Staff Feature

Meet Keith Storey

New Faces

Have You Heard


Do you have campus updates, professional accomplishments or upcoming events you’d like to see featured?  If so, email tuc.externalrelations@tu.edu with details.

  Campus Updates

MPH Public Health Hero Awards

The Public Health Program hosted its annual “Public Health Hero Award” on April 4th, where faculty, students and community members were honored for demonstrating significant contributions and commitment to public health service and research. The 2013 recipients are: Dr. Annette Aalborg, Faculty Hero; Manu Multani, MPH, Alumni Hero; Armando Vallin, Student Hero; Holly Garcia, RD, MPH (Alameda County Medical Center) and Vilma Aquino (Global Center for Success and Community Garden Project), Community Heroes; and Mithu Bindal, Carol Quach, and Nishu Vora, Student Honorable Mentions. Congratulations to all! Read more.

For the fourth year in a row TUCOM-CA was noted for meeting one of its key missions - to provide quality primary care providers.  TUCOM-CA was once again ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report for having 55.2% of our graduates (from 2010-12) entering primary care residencies.  

The MSPAS/MPH Class of 2012 is the sixth consecutive TUC Joint Program group to beat the national average for first time PANCE pass rates with 97%! The national average rate for 2012 was 93%. The rate reflects the scores of 39 of the 40 graduating students. Congratulations! Read more.

The second Inter-professional campus wide event of the academic year occurred on April 3rd and focused on “getting beyond projects” to discover ways to integrate IPE into the educational process, linking IPE to the curriculum for all the TUC schools on both the California and Nevada campuses. This initiative embodies the inter-professional spirit of TUC and its commitment to the community as evidenced by its many community partners.

The TUCOM-CA Gold Humanism Honor Society announced its fourth cohort. Members are nominated by their peers then selected by the TUCOM-GHHS Selection Committee based on their embodiment of the ideals of humanism in medicine: compassion, professionalism, commitment to the highest standard of patient care, ethics, and volunteering in the community. The new members include: Kira Bendixen, Chau Bui, Kevin Ha, Vivian Levy, Thomas Liggett, Anne Lovell, Jennifer Mytar, TuAnh Nguyen, Maya Pandurangi, Nathan Rheault, Caroline Schepker, Jonathan Siu, Andrew Smythe, Courtenay Stewart, Alisa Takeda, Jennifer Tran, Patrick Wu, Kesha Zaveri.

2013 Research Day

Research Day, organized by Dr. Gugliucci and his team for the past nine years, celebrated its 12th year in April. The campus-wide event showed a 25% growth in the number of presentations with a total of 60 submissions on display. Many of our postdoctoral fellows shined in their oral presentations. Dr. Jones, who works in Dr. Schwarz's laboratory, presented her results on the impact of sugar and calorie restriction on fat accumulation in the liver, a factor contributing to insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes. Dr. Payal Maharaj, working in Dr. McCormick's laboratory, presented her results on progress in cancer vaccine generation using tobacco plants. Dr. Vladimir Sofiyev, working in Dr. Gochin's laboratory, presented a summary of new developments in HIV drug design. 

The campus event also featured guest speaker Gary Taubes, national award-winning health and science journalist and author of “Why We Get Fat and What to do About it.” His hour-long discussion focused on the reason people gain weight and the studies to support his theory.

A large audience at the extensive poster viewing session in the afternoon enjoyed wine and exquisite hors d'ouvres and could appreciate the breath of our multiple research projects conducted on campus  with collaborations of major Bay Area institutions (Buck, UC system), Japan, Israel, Spain, etc.

There was a great participation from students in both masters programs (COP and COM) which is appreciate. Work on multiple subjects such as outcomes research in pharmacy, community research, education, diabetes, immunology, neurosciences and several posters on cardiovascular risk and HDL metabolism from Dr Gugliucci' lab, illustrate the vibrancy of our research endeavors. Miss Mallory Davis, the event coordinator, should be commended for the success of the event.).

The Graduate School of Education announces their new dual-teacher credential program that allows students to simultaneously obtain a Special Education and Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential.  Each credential program is a total of 46 semester units and provides students with a broad range of professional options. Read more.

TUC’s homepage links to a brand new alumni webpage created by Jennifer Whitty, Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations.  Check out the page and learn about the upcoming reunion for the COM Class of 2003.  Read more.

Touro University California’s College of Pharmacy is delighted to announce that Dr. Josh(ua) Speck, PharmD, is the first graduate of the College to establish an academic scholarship.  Dr. Speck was a member of the inaugural class of 64 students that began the Doctor of Pharmacy program in August 2005 and graduated in 2009.  He recently announced the availability of a $1,000 Leadership and Entrepreneur Scholarship through his Brookvale Medical Center Pharmacy in Richmond, CA.

Dr. Speck comes from 3 generations of pharmacists. He began learning about the business at the age of 6 when his family took him to work.  By the age of 15 he knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.  Upon graduating from high school, however, he bought a one-way ticket to Europe with no plans to return.  After working at a hostel for a few weeks, mopping floors and making beds, and a few months of traveling, he decided to come back home and focus on his long term goal of becoming a pharmacist.

Although Josh had no undergraduate degree, Touro gave him the chance that no other school would. Although the youngest member of his class, he distinguished himself as Class/University Treasurer, VP of Finance, and Class President.  He was given the honor of speaking in front of the first graduating class of Touro University’s College of Pharmacy.  He also created the NCPA program at Touro which still exists.

When people ask Dr. Speck about owning a pharmacy, he tells them to always have a plan!  Create short and long term goals for yourself, and always think about the next issue.  Now he wants to be able to provide jobs for others and to serve as a mentor for people wanting to become a pharmacist and/or start their own business. He wants to continue what his family did for him because without them he wouldn't be where he is today. 

Criteria for the scholarship are that the student must be a member of the Class of 2014, and have demonstrated leadership, management, and entrepreneurialism in their chosen professional field. The candidate’s primary goal should be how to make pharmacists recognized as providers. 

To apply, candidates must envision a setting where a pharmacist can focus on the integrative aspects of pharmacy.  They must describe where and how they plan to create that opportunity, and explain how they will market the service. They should show how they will partner with a physician to offer their services and provide a continuum of care.  The emphasis should be on creativity without regard for the potential cost of the program.  

One winner will be announced in August, 2013 based on the plan, their activities and achievements in pharmacy school, and their five-year career goals. Applications and supportive materials should be sent to layla.yousify@tu.edu by June 2, 2013.

In response to student requests, the Library has added a 2nd copier and color printer installed next to the existing one.  It can be used to print from Computer Lab workstations or via Web Print from laptops. If you need assistance with this new printer or any other campus technology, please contact the IT Department Service Desk at 707 638-5424 or at servicedesk@tu.edu.

On June 2nd, Facilities staff will begin removing furniture from the north side of the Library in preparation for the installation of new electrical outlets and carpeting.  Once the work is completed on the north side of the Library, the work will shift to remaining Library areas.  More information about this will be forthcoming from the Library. 

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  Upcoming Events

May 10: The College of Osteopathic Medicine will host their Pinning Ceremony on May 10th, 2013 in the Lander Hall Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Class of 2015. Please join in this annual celebration. 

May 10: Fifteen students from the COM Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences program will be honored at a graduation reception from 1-3 p.m. at the Farragut Ballroom. Congratulations! 

May 20:  The Joint MSPAS/MPH Program will host an “Evening Information” session for applicants and prospective applicants. The session starts at 6 p.m. in Lander Hall A and lasts about two hours. Family, friends, and partners of applicants are welcome to attend to have a better understanding of the PA program and the TUC experience. 

May 22: Human Resources will be hosting two open enrollment meetings at the Farragut Inn Ballroom. During this time, employees may change their benefit elections (medical, dental, and vision) should they choose. Insurance carrier reps and benefits brokers will be on hand to answer your questions. Note: All enrollment changes must be received by May 28th. Morning meeting: 9:30-11:30 a.m./Afternoon meeting: 1-4 p.m. Snacks will be provided at both meetings! Watch your email for more details. 

May 31: The Public Health Program will host an “MPH Graduation Luncheon” from 12-2 p.m. at the Farragut Inn Ballroom. Congratulations to the MPH Class of 2013! 

June 2: Touro University California will host its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013 at the Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California Street in San Francisco at 2 p.m. Congratulations to all our graduating students! Read more.

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  Professional Activities

Congratulations to Walter Hartwig PhD, who accepted the position of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Effective May 1, 2013, Dr. Hartwig replaced Dr. Gregg Lund, who assumed the position of Senior Associate Dean. 

Dr. Eiman Mahmoud recently participated in the Global Health Conference, located in Montreal, Canada. She has also become a member of the Advisory Committee (PAC) for the 2013 Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. 

Congratulations  to  James E. Foy, DO; Tami Hendriksz, DO; Philip Malouf, MD; and Allison Tobin, OMS III, for their research publication, “Acceptability of Fluzone Intradermal Vaccine to Patients and Vaccine Administrators,” which was posted in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Thanks to a collaborative research program, Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci was invited to speak at both Showa and Jichi Universities, located in Japan, where he presented the gamut of research conducted at TUC. During his visit, he found that faculty member and Harvard alumnus Dr. Peter Baginskyis well-known and recognized for introducing the concept of family medicine in Japan. Additionally, Showa University featured TUC’s Dr. Teresita Menini as a guest speaker, where she presented her article published this month on stroke biomarkers.

Dr. Michael Clearfield became a member of the steering committee for the NIH funded “Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT),” which has recruited more than 400 sites nationally and in Canada. Of these sites, more than 20 will be Osteopathic sites, investigating the ability of low dose methotrexate to reduce recurrent cardiovascular events. 

Congratulations to Phyllis Tappe and Jody Siker whose article, “Improved Lesson Planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)” has been published in the journal of Teacher Education and Special Education.

A big “thumbs-up“ to Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci, who published a Letter to the Editor in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in the April edition. The letter can be found here

Dr. Evan Hermel was invited to the “Immunology 2013” meeting in Honolulu, HI this month, where he will speak before the attendees as well as present two research posters. Congratulations!

Great job to Dr. Keith Storey and Michal Post, who recently published, “Positive Behavior Supports in Classrooms and Schools: Effective and Practical Strategies for Teachers and Other Service Providers.” Springfield, IL:Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Inc.

Congratulations to Dr. Assefaw Tekeste Ghebrekidan, Public Health Program Director and Professor, who has been awarded a six-month sabbatical beginning May 1st.  Dr. Assefaw, founding Director of the MPH program, richly deserves this honor. While on sabbatical, he will be working on a writing project as well as developing relationships and global health site placements with universities in South Africa.

  New Faces

  • Raymond Nottie – Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager, Food Services
  • Carmina Regner, Senior Accountant, Fiscal Affairs & Accounting
  • Mon Saepharn, 3rd Year Coordinator, COM, Clinical Education
  • Alesia Wagner, Assistant Professor, COM, Primary Care Department
  • Rachel Ybanez, Medical Assistant, Student Health Services
  • Guadalupe Marez, IT, Temporary employee replacing Melvin Melo for six weeks.

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  Meet Keith Storey

Jean-Marc Schwarz

Dr. Keith Storey, Professor of Education and Special Education Program Chair at TUC’s Graduate School of Education, believes passionately in his students. In fact, he sees a positive future for them when others might think otherwise.

Take for instance a student with whom Storey is currently consulting – a 19-year-old young man who is deaf, blind and intellectually disabled. But his future is bright, Storey said immediately, and he has a lot to offer.

“I have given ideas to his parents and teachers about what to do. Most people say he can’t do anything. I say he has a lot of skills that he can put to use,” Storey said. “We have to be good in coordinating efforts and giving instructions on how it will happen.”

Each day, teachers across the world are dealing with students who exhibit behavioral problems. If truth be told, it happens many times a day with students of all ages in most classrooms.

This is the rich and hopeful experience that Storey shares in his most recent book, “Positive Behaviors Supports in Classroom and Schools.”

“It’s a classroom management manual on how to develop positive skills for students around behavioral issues,” he explained about the project he started working on last spring with co-author and TUC adjunct professor Michal Post.

The project’s genesis was a class he was presenting in positive behavior supports.  When Storey couldn’t find a text book that would fit the needs of his students he did what seemed to be the logical – he and Michal Post wrote a text book themselves.

“Positive behavior support is based on the principle by B.F. Skinner, which is focused on behavior students engage in and hence, building on positive skills rather than just decreasing undesirable discipline behaviors,” he said.

There are two key issues to understand about the function of behavior, Storey said. The first is to understand the reasons a student is exhibiting undesirable behaviors and the second is to build positive skills around this behavior that serve the same function.

“If a student mouths off to a teacher, it is key to understand why – and the chances are it’s to get attention,” he explained. “Once you understand this, you need to build positive skills. The teachers would have to teach that student a more positive way of getting attention from them.”

And if there are questions on how to determine what the reasons would be for disruptive behavior, Storey has the answer as well.

The professor, who is an autism specialist and occasionally is asked to be an expert witness or consultant, has recently completed the third edition of another book entitled, “Functional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behavior.”

“In this third edition, there are strategies for determining why students are behaving the way they do,” he said. Sometimes it’s more subtle as to why they’re engaging in particular behaviors. The basic analysis is either to get something or avoid something.”

Working with students who pose behavior challenges is nothing new to Storey. He was a junior in high school when he knew this would be his calling.  He worked with students with a variety of disability-labels for six years, later receiving this doctorate from the University of Oregon.

He is a recipient of the 1988 Alice H. Hayden Award from The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps; the 1996 Hau-Cheng Wang Fellowship from Chapman University, which is presented for exceptional merit in scholarship; and the 2001 Robert Gaylord-Ross Memorial Scholar Award from the California Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities.

Storey is a member of the Illinois State University College of Education Alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the editorial boards of Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Education and Treatment of Children, Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

As to why Storey pursues his passion with disabled people, he eloquently recites his mantra.

“People with disabilities not only need to be given lives, they need to be given lives worth living,” he said, which is a quote by Helen Keller. “That’s what we’re all about, giving people with disabilities lives worth living.”

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  Have You Heard?

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