March 5: Hom(e)ophobia: Love, the home and HIV/AIDS prevention with Claudia Spears and Lenworth Poyser
March 12: The Red Cross: CDU’s namesake and history and the organization today. Darrin Greenlee, CEO Red Cross, and Daughter of Charles R. Drew--Sylvia Drew Ivie
March 24 through March 28: Student Spring Break (CDU open)
March 31: Cesar Chavez Day (CDU closed)
April 5: KJLH Women's Health Forum at the L.A. Convention Center
|Dr. Gus Gill to Speak about the History of Man for Black History Month|
As part of the Senior Speaker Series, Dr. Gus Gill delivered a Black History Month presentation on "The History of Man" February 26 at noon in Keck Lecture Hall. A four-person panel peppered him with questions to which he responded—often in humorous fashion. Panelists were: Edna Yohannes, Nate Clark, Clemente Aroh and V.P. Angela Minniefield.
A board certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Gill graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed his postgraduate training at the UM Medical Center. Dr. Gill moved to Los Angeles in 1976.
Dr. Gill is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at Charles R. Drew University. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Dr. Gill is past President of the Academic Senate and an officer of Drew CARES International. Dr. Gus Gill currently serves as Special Advisor to CDU President David Carlisle. Read more about Black notables in medical history here
|Bust Unveiling Ceremony Honors Dr. Mervyn Dymally|
On February 27, the bust unveiling ceremony honoring the late Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally was held in the Life Science, Research and Nursing Education Building Atrium where it will reside, because that is where the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing is housed. The event was attended by Alice Dymally, his widow, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. Kenneth Orduna, who served at Dr. Dymally’s Chief-of-Staff. There were many other dignitaries on hand. These photos tell the story!
|Remembering Dr. Mitchell Spellman, CDU Founding Dean|
On Feb 12 family, friends, and the CDU family came together to commemorate the life of Dr. Mitchell Spellman. Dr. Spellman served as the founding dean of CDU and passed away on November 11, 2013 at the age of 93.
Dr. Spellman was a pioneer among African-Americans in academic medicine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and valedictorian from Dillard University in New Orleans in 1940 before graduating from Howard University College of Medicine ranked 2nd in his class.
Influenced by his mentor, Dr. Charles R. Drew, he began 11 years of post-medical surgical training at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D in Surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1955.
For many years Dr. Spellman was a cornerstone of the CDU community: he was Founding Dean, Executive Dean and Professor of Surgery at CDU Postgraduate Medical School from 1969 to 1978. He was Assistant Dean and Professor of Surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at USC School of Medicine.
From 1978-2004, he served as Dean for Medical Services, Professor of Surgery, Director of International Medical Programs and Executive Vice President of the Harvard Medical Center. He was also Director of Academic Alliances and International Exchange Programs for Harvard Medical International.
His impact on the medical and local communities cannot be fully measured, and our hearts go out to Dr. Spellman's wife and family.
|Apply for Mission Maker Mini-Grant|
The Office of Strategic Advancement is now accepting applications for the CDU Annual Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program. Supported by the Annual Mission Maker Campaign, the Mini-Grant Program will support projects not traditionally funded through the normal budget cycle.
Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate direct support for students; the ability to support and enhance student success; and/or engage the community. To request or submit the Mini-Grant Application Form, email Jasmine Hill in the Office of Strategic Advancement at email@example.com. All applications are due Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by 5 pm.
Please keep those donations coming! And thanks to all who donated already!
|Dr. Keith L. Black, Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
On February 16, world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black, Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, presented a stimulating lecture on the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the African American community at Crenshaw Christian Center.
The presentation focused on tips for management and signs for detecting the disease early, which can allow for earlier use of available Alzheimer’s disease treatments. African Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, but less likely to have a diagnosis. Health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes are more prevalent in African Americans and are also risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Read Dr. Black's Brain Health Blog here and view more photos of the event here.
Purchase your tickets now for the Spring Gala! The Gala will be a great opportunity to catch up with classmates and reconnect with the CDU community while raising money for current students who need it.
All alumni of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, including our Post Graduate Medical School alums, can view community updates in our most recent quarterly newsletter.
Get more alumni updates and information at http://www.cdu-alumni.net/ and learn about the benefits of joining the alumni association.
|A High Honor for Dr. Vadgama|
Dr. Jay Vadgama, Interim Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs, has been selected to serve on the prestigous Wellcome Trust in London as a peer reviewer.
The letter from the Trust read in part: "These are prestigious awards and as such the Trust seeks to obtain the very best peer reviewers to aid the Interview Panel in its final choice of applicant for award. You have been identified as an expert in the field and we invite you to provide your views on this application." Congratulations, Dr. Vadgama!
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