February 2013 Edition

The Record

 Touro University California - The Record 

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It’s that time of year again when we face off against Touro Nevada during our annual “Big Game.” This friendly campus rivalry is a tradition that brings both Universities head to head and we hope this year will be the year we “bring the hammer home!”

As a way to prepare for the game, our Touro California Bulls faced off against the Touro All Stars last Saturday evening in the Lander Hall Gym. The game brought back former Touro basketball players and as would be expected, was a festive and exciting event! (We’ve missed this year Don Haight’s vivid email descriptions of game play but we know that he is happily enjoying retirement with his grandchildren.) 

This Wednesday, our campus basketball team and dance team will meet in front of Lander Hall and begin their travel to Las Vegas for the Big Game. Student Services Dean Lisa Waits, Associate Dean Jim Binkerd and Student Activities Director Irene Favreau helped this high energy student group plan their trip and keep their spirits high. They will join other TUC employees and students at the game where we will cheer the team with lively noisemakers. I assure you that the TUN crowd will know we are there!

I hope you all had a good start to the spring semester and thank each of you for the work you do at TUC. We have a unique campus on Mare Island and what we do here is important and very special. Each of you is part of our story as we document the growth and accomplishments of our university in The Record. The campus updates which follow highlight some of our most recent activities and show what we do is having an impact on students and our larger community.

Marilyn Hopkins
Provost and Chief Operating Office

Campus Updates 

Professional Activities

Upcoming Events

Faculty/Staff Feature

Meet Robert Ignoffo

New Faces


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

After two years of planning and transformation, the building which houses our Library was remodeled to provide new space for a pharmacy practice center, two classrooms,  three student study rooms, and Touro’s IT department.  A large diesel generator was also installed to provide battery back-up power in the event of a campus emergency.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on January 31, 2013 to formally open the new rooms. A large audience of TUC faculty, staff and students witnessed the ceremony and became the first people on campus to formally tour the new spaces.  Read More.  

The GSOE, in partnership with the Vallejo Unified School District, sponsored a variety of campus presentations by education consultant Anthony Muhammad on February 7. His presentation in the Lander Hall Auditorium on developing a cohesive, positive culture in educational settings was well attended by community educators as well as campus faculty, staff and students. Read More.

The Primary Care Department Orientation Dinner for Adjunct Clinical Faculty was heldon February 13th at the Farragut Inn. The event was designed to orient and educate community physicians about our program in osteopathic medicine and provide them with information about how to participate as preceptors or instructors.

SOMA Event: On February 17th, COM students, in conjunction with AACOM, hosted a West Coast conference to educate students interested in medical careers about osteopathic medicine. More than 400 undergraduates and post-baccalaureate candidates registered for this full day event. Participants came from A.T. Still University, Midwestern University AZCOM, Campbell University SOM, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine on the Pacific, and Touro University Nevada. Drs. John Glover and Tami Hendrikz mesmerized the audience with presentations which captured the essence of osteopathic medicine. Student Doctors Courtney Stallings, OMS II; Andrea Seid, OMS II; Madeline Nguyen, OMS II; Sara Modlin, OMS I; Elaine Ho, OMS I; Eric Chen, OMS I; John Yang, OMS I, and Donovan Jeffcoat, OMS II, organized the event and demonstrated to a national audience the leadership potential and professional savvy of TUC osteopathic medical students. 

TUC's Public Health Club, California Public Health Association-North (CPHA-N), and Kaiser Permanente sponsored the HBO Documentary “Weight of the Nation, Part 3:  Children in Crisis,” on February 20. Moderated by CPHA-N Governing Council President, Dr. David Spath, the audience engaged in a dynamic and lively discussion with panelists Vallejo City Councilwoman Marti Brown, Dr. Annette Aalborg, Dr. H. Eduardo Velasco and MPH Candidates and student researchers, Rachael Galvin and Jessica Fisher.

TUC presented the screening of “The Waiting Room” on February 21 at the Empress Theatre in Downtown Vallejo to benefit our Student-Run Free Clinic. More than 300 people attended the featured documentary film, including Congressman Michael Thompson, Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis, Board of Supervisors Linda Seifert and John M. Vasquez and Director Peter Nicks. High level administrators, Board members, and medical staff from North Bay Health Care and Sutter Solano were also in attendance.  Read More.

COP held its first Open House on February 22, which was a landmark event for the college. The open house exceeded expectations in terms of the engagement of guests in the workshops ably led by Touro alumni, students, faculty and Admissions staff.  Credit is due to the COP Admissions Committee headed by Dr. Maggie Louie and Dr. Susan Heimer with much support from Ms. Alisa Danyeur, Dr. Terri Wong and students from the P1, P2 and P3 classes.

Congratulations to the GSOE, which was selected for participation in “Powering Up the Promise of Digital Learning,” an American Association of College for Teacher Education grant funded by Intel. TUC is one of 10 universities in the nation to be offered this grant designed to create models of implementation for other teacher preparation programs in California and the nation. Drs. Pamela Redmond, Karen Yoder, and Justin Heard will travel to Orlando, Fl., to join the Intel® Teach Affiliates and collaborate in the newly formed learning community. 

The library now has an indoor book drop! The new book drop is located in front of the circulation desk.  Please feel free to return any checked out items to the indoor book drop. Items must now be returned on their due date to either the interior or exterior book drop. Additionally, the Library now has a link to the database of Touro-wide faculty publications, located on the Library’s site under Resources.

The Library’s new conference room (Room 209), which seats 8, will soon be available for reservation via the EMS system. When not reserved for meetings via EMS, this room can be used as a study room on a first come, first served basis. For now, the room is available for meetings or study on a first come, first served basis.

Job postings for open positions can be found on the Human Resources page of the TUC website. Also, many forms employees often use can be found on the Human Resources page of the TUC website.

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  Upcoming Events

March 7, 2013:  Touro University Nevada will host on campus a WASC planning meeting followed that evening by the Big Game at Findlay Prep, 1165 Sandy Ridge Avenue in Henderson, Nevada.

March 21, 2013: The MPH Program is hosting a Spring Information Night entitled, “Change Your Community… Change Your World” from 6-8 p.m. at the Farragut Inn Ballroom. Read More.

In observance of Passover, the campus will be closed on the following dates: Monday, March 25 close at noon; Tuesday, March 26 (closed); Wednesday, March 27 (closed); and Sunday, March 31 (close at 2:00)

April 3, 2013: As a continuation to the well-attended August event, a faculty-focused Interprofessional Education Symposium will be held the morning of April 3rd. Dr. Pamela Redmond will present the first of a series of talks on utilizing online technologies to support interprofessional learning.

April 15, 2013: Public Health Program’s “4th Annual Professional Development & Career Fair” at Farragut Inn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote address by Dr. Debra Behrens, PhD Career Counselor, University of California, Berkeley. Read More.

April 24, 2013: The University will hold its annual Research Day in the Farragut Inn. The featured guest speaker will be Gary Taubes, award-winning science and health journalist and contributing correspondent to the journal Science. Dr. Taubes is also the co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). His address will be based on his latest work, “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity.”  Read More.

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  Professional Activities

Public Health Program Assistant Professor Carinne Brody, along with two student research assistants, is working on a systematic review regarding women’s health and empowerment for the Campbell Collaboration. The work has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, held at Loyal University Chicago on May 21-23, 2013.

Congratulations to Carinne D. Brody, who was one of four authors to publish a research article entitled, “Redeeming Qualities: Exploring Factors that Affect Women’s Use of Reproductive Health Vouchers in Cambodia,” BMC International Health and Human Rights 2013, 13:13.

Greg Gayer Ph.D. has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences and will replace Dr. Ted Wong who is returning to the faculty.   Dr. Gayer will assume the Chair at the start of the next academic year, July 1, 2013. 

Dr. John Glover donated the use of his Counterstrain textbook to the Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) with proceeds of the sales going to help send TUC students to the AAO Convocation in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Alejandro Gugliucci and his team published an article in January: Gugliucci A, Caccavello R, et al, “Enzymatic assessment of paraoxonase 1 activity on HDL subclasses: a practical zymogram method to assess HDL function.” Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry. 2013;415:162-8. Epub 2012/11/06.

Dr. Justin Heard, Director of the GSOE, presented “Grit & Willpower + Success” at Jesse Bethel High School for the “College: Making it Happen” event.

Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost and Chief Operating Officer, was named the 2013 Honorary Chairwoman for National Women’s History Month. The recognition honors generations of women through American history who used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the fields of science, math and technology.

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Ignoffo, who received the 2013 Hematology Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA) Award of Excellence. This award is given to recognize a HOPA member who has made a significant, sustained contribution to, or provided excellent leadership in, improving or supporting hematology/oncology pharmacy.

Guidance by Elena Lingas and K. Chin helped Kristoffer Chin, an MPH student, garner an award for “Newspaper coverage of California's attempt to regulate health insurance rates” under the “Oral presentation” category at the American Public Health Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 2012.

MPH student Tom Le’s poster was selected for presentation during the Environmental Section Student Achievement Poster Session.  T. Le and Elena Lingas assisted with “Protecting the public from carcinogens: The defeat of Massachusetts House Bill no 5109.” Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 2012, as part of the Environment Section Student Poster Achievement Poster Session.

Caitlin Perry, MPH/DO student, had a poster selected for presentation as part of the ATOD Student Poster Showcase.  C. Perry and Elena Lingas. “Tobacco companies zero in on US Latinos: A group we cannot afford to ignore.” Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 2012, as part of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Student Poster Showcase.

Elena Lingas produced “Promoting health: media advocacy opportunities in English- and Spanish-language masthead editorials.” Am J Health Promot. 2013 Jan;27(3):200-4. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.100513-ARB-154.  PMID:23286597  [PubMed - in process].

“Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey” was published by ML Goniewicz, Elena Lingas, and P. Hajek.  Drug Alcohol Rev. 2012 Sep 20. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00512.x. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:22994631 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher].

Dr. Athena Lin has been appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Cellular Senescence and Therapy.

Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz was guest speaker this month at Arizona State University. He joined a panel of distinguished scientists and delegates from the corn refiner industry.

Dr. Teresita Menini and her team have a paper in press, "Circulating Soluble RAGE Increase after a Cerebrovascular Event," by Teresita Menini, S Kimura et al, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 2013, Epub ahead of print, April 2013.

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Perry who received the 2013 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and demonstrates a continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy.

Keith Storey and M. Post 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. (2012).

Board certification came to fruition for three faculty members in COM: Stella Sarmiento, D.O. passed the 2012 General Pediatrics Certifying Examination, given on October 16-18, 2012. Teri Bilhartz, D.O. December 3, 2012: Certified as a specialist in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Inc. Yasmin Nibbe, M.D.: November 2, 2012: Certified as a specialist in Integrative and Holistic Medicine by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. 

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  New Faces

  • Joey Ajero, Maintenance, Facilities Management
  • Mark Blackburn, Database Developer and Administrator, Information Technology
  • Shmuel Brod, Lead Mashgiach, Food Services
  • Gregory Cunningham, Landscaper, Facilities Management
  • Joy Dugan, MSPAS/MPH/PA-C, COM, Instructor, TUC – Solano County Affiliated Clinics, TUC Alumni
  • Matthew Kinney, Exchange and Server Administrator, Information Technology
  • Angela Madigan, Custodian, Facilities Management
  • Dianna Roberts, Administrative Coordinator, COM, Academic Affairs
  • Petesa Schwalger, Administrative Coordinator, COM, Senior Assoc. Dean’s Office
  • Jalynne Sousa, MSN, NP, Director of Student Health Services
  • Yehudah Welton, Mashgiach, Food Services
  • Jennifer Whitty, Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations
  • Marcos Villa, Assistant Director of Admissions

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  Meet Robert Ignoffo

Robert IgnoffoDr. Robert Ignoffo, Professor in the College of Pharmacy, is deservedly thrilled when discussing his most recent and prestigious award – the 2013 Hematology Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA) Award of Excellence.

The part time professor, who used to sing in a band called the Phoggy Mountain Pharmacists while at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been practicing oncology pharmacy for more than 35 years. His accolades range from being one of the early clinical pharmacists who cared for cancer patients both in the hospital setting as well as in the out-patient oncology clinic to being a connoisseur lecturer on the topic of Oncology.

When asked why he may have been selected for this award, he gives a quick chuckle before responding.

“We’ve had eight prior awardees recognized and I guess it was my turn,” he said, who’s also one of the founding members of HOPA.

Dr. Ignoffo’s resume includes performing research in clinical oncology, resulting in a plethora of published articles, reviews and books. He taught Clinical Oncology to students, physicians, oncology residents and fellows at UCSF for 34 years before retiring in 2006.

His retirement, however, was short-lived. At the request of Dr. Katherine Knapp, Dean at the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Ignoffo returned to teaching when he accepted the position of professor at Touro University California in 2006.  And his passion for the subject is clearly evident.

“This field is so dynamic and you’re learning all the time,” he said. “Not only do you have to learn the cancer as a medical condition but also any new therapies. We not only learn about drugs but about the diseases and the role pharmacists can play.

“You have to know the patient’s history and know how to consider all the factors that might play into how you treat the patient,” he added. “We call it Pharmaceutical Care.”

Pharmaceutical Care, Dr. Ignoffo explains, is a holistic approach in which the pharmacist evaluates a patient’s response to drug therapy, manages and minimizes side effects, and basically establishes how the pharmacist can be involved in improving the patient’s outcome.

“It’s predicted that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 12,000-15,000 medical oncologist because of the new health care initiative. Who will pick up the gap? Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Pharmacists,” Dr. Ignoffo said.

As for the future of pharmacists, Dr. Ignoffo has no doubt the profession will continue to grow.

“What will we do with the baby boomers? The number of people with cancer is going up, which is turning into a chronic disease. How will they be managed? Through medication,” he said. “There are about 1,500 board certified oncology pharmacy specialists in the U.S., not nearly enough to meet the demand.”

The HOPA award, given to recognize a HOPA member who has made a significant, sustained contribution to, or has provided excellent leadership in improving or supporting hematology/oncology pharmacy, will be presented to Dr. Ignoffo on March 20, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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