January 2013 Edition

The Record

 Touro University California - The Record 

 In this issue…

It is the start of a New Year and we have a wonderful opportunity to enhance employee communications with the launch of this monthly newsletter, The Record. 

Andrea Garcia, our Director of External Relations, will serve as the Editor of this new publication. I know that her years of experience as a journalist will be put to good use with this new responsibility.

We will use The Record to spread the word about upcoming events, introduce new members of our campus community, and share the joy that comes with the professional accomplishments and accolades of our faculty and staff. 

With great pride, I invite you to read the first edition of The Record. Enjoy!

Marilyn Hopkins

Provost and Chief Operating Office

Campus Updates 

Professional Activities

Upcoming Events

Faculty/Staff Feature

Meet dede Weadock, Touro’s executive Chef.

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

This past summer, TUC hosted its first Interprofessional Educational (IPE) Symposium. More than 400 students and faculty members representing different health disciplines came together to study healthcare reform from an interdisciplinary perspective. The next IPE Symposium is scheduled for April 3, 2013.

In October, the College of Osteopathic Medicine received the 2012 HERO Award from the California Primary Care Association for producing the most primary care clinicians in California.

The TUC Library staff are looking forward to welcoming this month the IT department and College of Pharmacy into the newly renovated east side of the Library building.  The renovation work on the remaining half of the building is expected to extend into spring 2013 and will include the addition of in-ground electrical outlets and new carpeting.

The College of Pharmacy began their new Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences program this fall, a one-year, research intensive course with an emphasis in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSMHS-PS). This program prepares its graduates by enhancing their knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences and providing an opportunity for engagement in research.  Read more.

The American Osteopathic Association’s 117th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition was held this past October and the College of Osteopathic Medicine garnered myriad awards. Fifteen students and several COM faculty and staff presented research and took home three out of four prizes in the BIOMEA/SOMA Poster Competition. Read more.

TUC’s Public Health Program presented in October at the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco. Public Health faculty, students and alumni, as well as faculty and students from GSOE, COM, and COP, accounted for 30 of the scheduled presentations at this annual event. 

In October, the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) joined more than 900 teachers, administrators, school board members, educational professionals and parents at the Computer-Using Educators’ (CUE) Fall Conference at American Canyon High School. The event was co-sponsored by our GSOE and demonstrated their support for innovative learning and educational technology.  Read more.

Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis presented Touro University California with a “Vallejo Community Volunteer Certificate of Recognition” in November, and expressed his gratitude for the community involvement of our faculty, students and staff.

Touro University California, along with a host of local organizations, was honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors in December for helping the County receive the "100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States" award.  Read more.

The Joint MSPAS/MPH Program received a Physician Assistant Training Program Grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act grant will provide $125,060 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and $155,000 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Program also received a $100,000 Physician Assistant Training Programs, Mental Health Special Program grant for the 2012-2014 fiscal years.

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  Upcoming Events

The College of Education and Health Sciences GSOE, together with the Vallejo City Unified School District, will host on February 7 a special presentation by Dr. Anthony Muhammad entitled, “Transforming School Culture.” This free event starts at 4:30 pm in the Lander Auditorium and is open to the public. Read more.

The HBO documentary, “Weight of the Nation, Park 3: Children in Crisis” will be shown free in Lander Auditorium on February 10th at 3 p.m. Hosted by Touro University California’s Public Health Club, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion of TUC faculty, students, and Vallejo City Councilwoman Marti Brown. Read more.

The Student Osteopathic Medicine Association Chapter at Touro University California, COM is hosting a free Pre-Medical Conference on February 17th. The event offers pre-med students a chance to learn about osteopathic medicine and to meet with representatives from several associations and colleges of osteopathic medicine.Read more.

February 21 is the date for a special fundraising event to benefit the TUC Student-Run Free Clinic. The Office of University Advancement has organized a special viewing  at 7 p.m. of the award-winning documentary, “The Waiting Room,” at the historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo. The movie was filmed at Highland Hospital in Oakland and focuses on the needs of underserved patients in our community. Tickets for the event are $15 for the film and panel discussion which follows, or $50 which includes a VIP pre-film reception, as well as admission to the movie and panel discussion. Put this in your calendar now and come help support the wonderful community clinic staffed by our Touro students. Read more.

The Touro University California College of Pharmacy will host its annual open house onFebruary 22nd from 1-4 pm.  This free event is open to prospective students, faculty advisors, and those already accepted for entry into the upcoming entering class. Read more.

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  Professional Activities

Tracey Del Nero, PA-C (CEHS) Nominated for the 2012 Physician Assistant Education Association - Clinical Education Award

Dr. Tamira Elul (COM) submitted a grant to the Office of Digital Humanities (National Endowment for the Humanities) in collaboration with Dr. Peter Selz, Art History Department, UC Berkeley, "Bringing a Slide Rule to the Museum: From Bioinformatics to Art History."

Student Doctor Ben Minh Khuc, mentored by Dr. Garcia-Russell (COM), took 2nd place in a research poster presentation at the AOA’s 117th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition  for his study, Expression of prophage genes in Salmonella Typhimurium under environmental stressors.

Dr. Assefaw Ghebrekidan (CEHS), Director of the Public Health program,  was named one of the  100 Awesome Deans & Directors of Public Health 2012 by Advocates for Public Health Student Education.

COM recipients of intramural research awards were Alan Miller PhD for his study Restitution of the pore of HERG in lipid system and Miriam Gochin PhD for her research  Lassavirus signal peptide expression and reconstitution.

Drs. Velasco and Gugliucci (COM) initiated a new collaboration on the epidemiology of metabolic biomarkers as Predictors of Overall, Cancer and CVD Mortality.

Dr. Gugliucci (COM) initiated a new international collaboration on HDL function with Dr. Jordi Camps at Reus Hospital Research Center in Catalunya, Spain. His ongoing collaboration with Prof J. Kark, Chief of Epidemiology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focuses on HDL function and cardiovascular biomarkers.

Audra Lehman MD (COM) and Cee Harrelson(COM), Director of the Clinical Skills Lab, presented the Primary Care Department’s innovative curriculum at the Association of Standardized Patient Educators national conference. Their poster, Longitudinal Use of Super Patient (SP) Clinical Encounters for Introducing Osteopathic Medical Students to Clinical Competencies in the Pre-Clinical Years, won the First Place Poster Presentation award.

Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilitiespublished a book review of The PRT Pocket Guide: Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders" authored by Linda Haymes (CEHS GSOE).

The article Stalking Behaviors by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Employment Settings: Understanding Stalking Behavior and Developing Appropriate Supports co-authored by Drs. Michal Post, Linda Haymes, and Tamara Loughrey (CEHS GSOE) was accepted for publication in the journal Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Paul Perry (COP) 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.

Dr. Robert Ignoffo (COP) received the 2013 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.

Grace P. Landel, PA-C, Med (CEHS MSPAS/MPH) received the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Allied Health Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association in Houston TX. Grace P. Landel, PA-C, Med also received the 2012 PA Student Mentor Award from the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Eric Lau, Jim Yu, Christabel Moy, Jian Ming Chen, MD, Shoei Loong Lin, MD, and Athena Lin, PhD (COM) received Second Place for their research abstract, A Study of Characteristics and Management of Breast Cancer in Taiwan, at the BIOMEA/SOMA Poster Competition.

Dr. Athena Lin (COM), in collaboration with Dr. Evan Keppler (COP) and UCSF colleagues, are working together on a translational study of CST1 in thyroid cancer.

Co-investigators Alexandra Rhee, Jonathan Sukumar, John Michael Kwak, Yasmin Nibbe MD (COM), and Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (COM) received First Place for their abstract The Effect of Clinical Screening, Treatment, and Health Education on Schistosomiasis Prevalence in Tanzania: A Longitudinal Study at the BIOMEA/SOMA Poster Competition.

Aaron Heffner, Guy Bennallack, Yasmin Nibbe, MD (COM), and Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (COM) received Second Place for the abstract A Unique Collaborative Approach to Treating Schistosomiasis in Northwestern Tanzania in the Outreach Category of the BIOMEA/SOMA Poster Competition.

Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz (COM) was invited by the National Institutes of Health to an international workshop on the future of fructose metabolic studies. The workshop will showcase studies of the effects of fructose on human whole-body metabolism, energy balance, and obesity as well as on the liver, kidney, and adipose tissue.

Dr. Shin Murakami (COM) is collaborating with Martin Brand, Ph.D. Director of the Cell Imaging Core Facility at the Buck Institute in Novato, CA., on imaging analysis. Dr. Murakami also collaborates with Chris Link, Ph.D. from the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the  University of Colorado-Boulder on C. Elegans Alzheimer’s disease, and Rex Kirr, Ph.D. from the HHMI Janeila Farm Research Campus in Virginia on real time imaging analysis for age-related memory impairment.

Michal Post (CEHS GSOE), an adjunct faculty member, published Positive behavior supports in classrooms and schools: Effective and practical strategies for teachers and other service providers.

Dr. Keith Storey (CEHS), Program Chair for Special Education, and Michal Post co-authored Positive Behavior Supports in Classrooms and Schools: Effective and Practical Strategies for Teachers and Other Service Providers.

Dr. Meiling Tang, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, presented a one-week workshop at the China Association of Institutional Research. Through the workshop, both countries exchanged ideas regarding higher education developments and explored opportunities for future collaborations.

Dr. Jim O’Connor, CEHS Dean, and Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost/COO, presented at the International Alliance for Invitational Education 30th Annual World Conference in Hong Kong on One University’s Journey Toward Invitational Learning.

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  New Faces

  • Jonalee Adriano, Director Fiscal Affairs and Accounting
  • Marlin Alcala, Administrative Assistant, Financial Aid
  • Teri Bilhartz, DO/MPH, COM, Primary Care, TUC Alumni
  • Tena Casey, Bursar
  • Lee Ann Cuny, DO, COM, OMM, Midwestern University, Chicago
  • Grace Jones, Post-doctoral Fellow, COM, Research Department
  • Michele Leary, DO, COM, Primary Care, TUC Alumni
  • Victor Nuño, DO, COM, OMM, TUC Alumni
  • Pawan Sahota, Human Resources Generalist
  • Stella Sarmiento, DO, COM, Primary Care, Western University Alumni
  • Ewan Sinclair, Senior Research Associate, COM, Research Department
  • Ari Simon, Research Assistant/Former MSMHS student, COM, Research Department
  • Lisa Waits, Ph.D., Dean of Student Services

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  Meet dede Weadock

The cafeteria scene at Touro University California on Mare Island is busy with graduate students and staff, most looking to order the day’s special or perhaps, a soup-du-jour. A lively buzz spills from the spacious lounge area, once home to the Navy’s Officer’s Club, as students engage in conversation.

According to executive chef dede Weadock, Touro’s all-kosher cuisine offers a menu influenced by her past. That is, a dash of vegetarian, a scoop of nutrition, and a sprinkle of Rock ‘n Roll.

For the past 12 years, before arriving at Touro, this Texas native was chef for some of the most popular Rock singers of our time – Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Rush, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. She toured with them for months during their road shows.

The cinematic soundstage was also on her plate. dede had a one-month stint as chef during the filming of “Titanic,” located on Rosarita Beach in Mexico, where she cooked Tuna Tapenade for Director James Cameron and pot stickers for Leonardo DiCaprio.

But the splendor of cooking for famous artists put a toll on dede and her family. And after more than a decade, she knew it was time for a change.

“It’s very hard work and long hours,” she says of her overall experience. Then added, “I would say working on the ‘Titanic’ set was the hardest job I’ve ever had. I had to stand and cook for 16 hours a day, six days a week.”

Yet after all these years, its evident that dede is still passionate about food. A self-taught chef, dede began working in the restaurant business at the age of 13. By her mid 20s, she moved up the culinary ladder at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas. “That’s when I started cooking professionally for $3.58 an hour. I’ll never forget that!” she recalls.

Her rise at Whole Foods eventually brought her out to California in the 1990s, where she opened a kitchen for the company in Southern California. Within time, and simultaneously working for an array of musicians, she moved over to Kehillah High School in Palo Alto. In early 2012, she made the switch from working at a high school to graduate education at Touro University California, where she has helped to expand the kosher menu along with enlivening quite a few taste buds. 

“Most people won’t try something unless you really communicate with them; you need to show them an excitement about the food,” she says. “You need to talk about the nutrition, and I think that gets people in a different mode.” 

It’s no secret that some believe kosher meals are healthier than non-kosher foods. In fact, data collected from Mintel’s Global New Products Database found that in 2011, 62 percent of U.S. consumers are purchasing kosher for its quality. And the reason is simple. 

The strict rules under which kosher food is produced and certified require closer inspection and monitoring. Additionally, dietary laws – and there are many - forbid mixing meat and dairy foods and require that kosher dairy products and meats be processed and served separately. 

“I think the combination of not having dairy with meat is really great,” adds dede. “It’s great nutritionally. You don’t want to eat bread, meats and potatoes in one meal. You want to limit yourself with heavy food intake.” 

As for fish, it cannot be served with meat and must be prepared on equipment that has never been in contact with non-kosher foods. 

“Our students are getting a nutritious meal that they would not be getting elsewhere because we try to make all our meals with fresh vegetables, herbs, lemon juice and very little salt,” says dede. 

The executive chef, who only uses olive oil in her Touro kitchen, adds that the American diet has a high salt content and for this reason, uses limited salt for a healthier meal. 

The bottom line is that dede’s philosophy is to serve balanced and healthy meals, such as Olive Oil Crumbled Rock Cod, Pesto Mushroom Orzo, Broccolini Tofu Cashew Salad, Heirloom Tomato Tabouleh, and Roasted Smoked Paprika Vegetables, to name just a few. And kosher food is the perfect fit.

“I think my kosher food is very healthy and the benefits go a long way,” she says.

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