About CDU

August 2013

Message from the President

As the summer wraps up, I want to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students, faculty and staff.  New students: you are now part of an engaged community and we are here to help you excel throughout your CDU career and beyond.

This month we celebrated our 47th birthday and we look forward to celebrating the next year with all of you.   We have exciting academic, research, and service opportunities ahead of us. Our commitment to our community will deepen, our finances will strengthen and our academic programs will grow.   Most of all, this year is starting out "roaring" with our new mascot-- the Mighty Lion! 

I am energized with the start of the school year and I hope you share the same excitement. 


President Carlisle





Summer Student Research Orientation Day


On August 8th, faculty in the Department of Health and Life Sciences held a new event, Moncler OutletSummer Student Research Orientation Day, for incoming HLS students. The event was sponsored by the Mission Maker grant program. Scientific literacy and laboratory research are core competencies in the Department of Health and Life Sciences.The focus of the grant was to increase our student body proficiency in this area by introducing them early in their CDU career to laboratory science. During the event they were introduced to the fundamental concepts of the scientific method, hypothesis generation, experimental design, and analysis of results. Students actively participated in experiments in cell biology, molecular biology, organismal biology, and immunology. A follow up objective was to examine whether the event would have an impact on scientific method proficiency in General Biology laboratories and this assessment is ongoing. As expressed by our exit survey, the students enjoyed meeting with and interacting with their new professors and felt they gained knowledge from the workshop. We would like to acknowledge the successful training provided to the students by our faculty Dr. Silvana Constantinescu, PhD, Dr. Jorge Artaza. PhD, Dr. Monica Ferrini, PhD, and Dr. Thomas Magee, PhD.

CDU Celebrates 47 years!

On August 5th, CDU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the University’s 47th Birthday (CDU was incorporated August 3, 1966).   In remarks to guests, Dr. Carlisle commended the CDU community, past and present, for their dedication and commitment to the University.  He also  paid tribute to two of the University’s pioneers, “Were it not for the leadership and commitment of Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally and Mrs. Lillian Mobley, CDU would not be the institution it is today.”  Dr. Dymally was one of this institution’s greatest patrons.  It was 40 years ago that Senate Bill 1026 was enacted to allocate state support for CDU.  Then-Senator Dymally was the author of this Bill.  Mrs. Mobley’s commitment to health service, education access and economic opportunities for the residents of South Los Angeles paved the way for the University we know today.  Anthony Williams, CDU’s Interim Chief Technology Officer, reminded guests of the important role they play in the success and future of CDU.  “I know that change can be difficult.  But as people who care about CDU we must be adaptable and open minded.  The University has made significant changes since I started two years ago.  All of them for the good.  All of them to ensure that we are here for a long time.” Today, CDU stands as a beacon of hope, a symbol of possibilities, and a model of progress, locally, nationally and internationally.

Remembering Mitchell Spellman

 We are saddened to inform the CDU community of the passing of Mitchell Spellman, MD, PhD.  Dr. Spellman was the Founding Executive Dean at CDU.  He served at CDU from 1968 – 1976.  Photos of him can be found in the Cobb Building lobby as well as a painting in the Cobb Student Lounge.Moncler Outlet  Funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep the Spellman family in your thoughts and prayers.    

Upcoming Dates and CDU Events

9/7/2013: The Legacy Harmony Music Series Event on September 7th. Little Tokyo JACCC Plaza
9/13/2013: HIV Continuing Education Series for Nurses
9/25/2013: University Open Forum
9/28/2013: Unity Day 
10/07/13: State of the University Address
11/07/13: CDU and National Medical Fellowship Alumni & Friends Reception


Aztlan 5K Benefits CDU Scholarships

CDU students, faculty and staff were a proud sponsor, participant and volunteer at the Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk held on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at East Los Angeles College.

The event provided an opportunity for the CDU Team to work on improving their own health while implementing the University’s mission of community engagement and introducing families in East Los Angeles to CDU.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Congressman Edward R. Roybal Endowed Scholarship Fund. The event created a bit of a campus buzz and friendly competition. We look forward to participating next year!

Introducing... The CDU Mighty Lion!


Dr. Paul Torrens Lectured on the ACA

On October 14, 2013, Paul Torrens, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health presented "Understanding ObamaCare: What It Is and What It Isn’t." Dr. Torrens gave seminar attendees a brief history lesson stating that Health Care Reform dates back to 1916 when Theodore Roosevelt introduced it and labor leaders were against it.  And, from 1943-45 Earl Warren tried to get legislation passed fir universal coverage in California.

In short, health care reform is not a new phenomena. Dr. Torrens told seminar attendees that the Patient Affordable Care and Protection Act also known as "Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Health Care Reform," has four major themes: 1) Reduce the Uninsured--from approximately 50 million people to nearly half that are primarily disadvantaged; 2) Insurance Industry Reform--to regulate private insurance; 3) Control Rising Costs of Health Care--to contain health care costs; and 4) Changes to the Delivery System--revisit how care is organized and delivered to people. Dr. Torrens remarked that the U.S. has focused on how to pay for care versus how to deliver care and that the ACA has left the private/community hospital system in tact and is not designed to overthoru current delivery systems.

A CDU Reunion at the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Symposium

Over 100 alumni, faculty and friends visited CDU’s exhibit booth and attended an annual reception for alumni, faculty and friends at the 2013 National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention and Scientific Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  “It’s like a reunion,” stated Dr. Duane Washington, alumnus (’95 COM) of the reception.  “This is where I get to see everybody.”

Dr. Richard Allen Williams, Regional Chair for the NMA Region VI and former CDU Board member, was the reception guest speaker.  His presentation on, “The Black Physician: Emergence, Evolution, and Education”  – a historical perspective on the appearance of Black doctors on the American scene before, during, and after slavery, the careers of individual doctors and the development of the medical schools and the hospitals which trained them - was well received by guests. CDU board trustee Dr. Cornelius Hopper commented, “There were facets of medical history that were brand new to me, and I suspect this was true of a number of folks at the reception.”

During a separate award ceremony, Dr. Hopper was presented with the NMA’s Meritorious Achievement Award, given to an individual for noted national and international achievement.  The conference also included a meeting of the House of Delegates (the legislative body of the NMA) where Dr. Carlisle gave a report on the accomplishments of CDU.  The report served as a precursor to CDU’s State of the University Address scheduled for October 7, 2013.Referring to the reception, one guest was overheard saying, “This was the most informative reception I’ve attended at the NMA.”


Left to right, Dr. Richard Allen Williams (presenter), Alumni Drs. Desmond Carson, Lloyd Lee and Lawrence Robinson with Dr. Carlisle (center).


Dr Gill with Alumnus Dr Lloyd Lee in the exhibit hall. 

CDU Honors the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. It was here that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech would be his final public Address and is ranked the top speech of the 20th Century by a poll of academicians. CDU joins the nation in celebration of this historical event. Below is an excerpt of the speech. Click here to read the speech in its entirety.

“I Have a Dream. . .”
Speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the “March on Washington” (Excerpt)

I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream. . . I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today. . . I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from the Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi, from every mountain side. Let freedom ring. . .

When we allow freedom to ring - when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.”-- (Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr.)



CDU’s New Web Recruitment & Application Process Is Coming Your Way This Fall!

 CDU will introduce a new system this Fall that will simplify the employment recruitment process while enhancing customer service.  All CDU vacancies will be posted to a centralized web location and applicants will apply for job openings online. Job postings can be developed from online Position Descriptions (PD) (see below). Applicants will be able to search all CDU job postings based on location, job type or title, and check application status online. Applications and resumes will be maintained in a secured web environment, reducing data entry, photocopying and filing. Reporting will be simplified and additional reporting and information, not currently available, will be easy to produce. Preliminary screening, hiring committee review, approvals and applicant notification will be automated.

Congresswoman Laura Richardson Visits CDU


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science was pleased to welcome Former Congresswoman Laura Richardson.  Ms. Richardson represented the 37th district of California inclusive of Long Beach, Compton, Carson, Signal Hill and the Watts-Willowbrook area home to our esteemed institution during 2008-2012.  Ms. Richardson was welcomed to CDU by representatives of Senior Leadership with a light brunch and tour in her honor. 

President Carlisle presented Ms. Richardson with a resolution in recognition of her service to the community during her tenure. CDU is appreciative of her optimum support through the years.

CDU Reminds You to Have Your Children Immunized

August signals the end of summer and back-to-school for many students.  As such, it is important that your child visits his or her pediatrician to make sure that their immunizations are up-to-date.  “Disease prevention is the key to public health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated inpiduals. They also help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. Many of the infectious diseases that were once common in this country, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus,  Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza (type b ) are now controlled through immunizations” reports Dr. Lawrence Robinson, CDU alumnus (’75 Pediatrics), Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at CDU and UCLA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccines have eliminated or greatly reduced a number of life threatening diseases.  However, these diseases still exist and if we stop immunizing, they may become commonplace once again.  Therefore, vigilance is vital to ensure that children are protected—not just for this generation but for future generations as well.

Vaccines contain weakened or attenuated forms of specific diseases.  When introduced into the body, natural antibodies are formed that protect against viral or bacterial illness.  If exposed to the disease at some point in the future, the person will have the necessary antibodies to ward off the infection.

 In most cases, the immunizations and boosters are enough to provide the necessary protection. Where they are not, children remain at risk for diseases. That’s why it’s particularly important that all children be immunized – the more who are, the less chance there is that a particular disease will be around to be contracted. 

Additionally, Dr. Robinson says that Hib and Prevnar vaccines, which protect against Haemophilus influenza and Streptococcus pneumoniae respectively, have also significantly reduced the incidence of bacterial meningitis in children, which can be a life threatening disease that affects the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.  “Adolescents 10 years of age and young adults are now being given the meningococcal vaccine which will have the same effect in reducing bacterial meningitis.  We are seeing less cases of this disease as a result.” 

Finally, in the State of California, Dr. Robinson notes that pediatricians that receive federal funding from sources such as Medi-Cal are now required to input all immunizations into a centralized electronic health record.  “This is of particular benefit to youth who are part of the foster care system as providers can easily obtain access to the patient’s health record to ensure that immunizations are current.”

CDU encourages parents and caregivers to have your children immunized to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.  The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has a list of Immunization Clinics that offer free to low cost immunizations for those who qualify.  For more information, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip/IZclinics/clinics.htm.


Department of Human Resources Announces New Employee Health and Welfare Benefits

CDU is always seeking to enhance the employee Health and Welfare Benefit Program and to make it easier for employees to access information on their benefits.  The University has implemented a new Health and Welfare Benefits Portal and Call Center for employees effective September 1, 2013. The new Portal and Call Center will provide information on employee Health & Welfare Benefits (e.g., medical, dental, vision, life, flexible spending accounts, etc.). The new Portal and Call Center will be administered by:

Benefits Coordinators Corporation (BCC)
1-855-230-0745 ext. 6412

Please note that employees will continue to access the ProView Portal and Call Center until September 1st, 2013. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Human Resources at 323-563-5827 or hrdept@cdrew.edu.


Legacy Harmony Music Series Zoku

CDU Hosts 2nd Annual STEP-UP and Project STRIDE Research Programs

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, twenty-two local high school students participated in the Second Annual High School Summer Research Symposium, "STEP-UP" and "Project STRIDE Program",  at CDU.   Students gave oral and poster presentations on the research they performed with their mentors. Posters displaying their research projects lined the walls in the lobby of the Cobb Medical Education Building.   Following the presentations, students were available to answer questions on their projects.  The symposium was well attended by parents, mentors, friends, and members of the CDU community.   The STEP-UP Program is a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDDK) funded program under the direction of Dr. David Martins, Interim Principal Investigator. The Project STRIDE Program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust.   Dr. Jay Vadgama serves as the Interim Principal Investigator for this program.  Both programs are coordinated and managed by Mrs. Dolores Caffey-Fleming and Ms. Caroline Farodolu.

"Operation: Giving" Reaches Moore Oklahoma

In the wake of tragedies in Oklahoma, CDU launched “Operation: Giving”, this past June. “Operation: Giving” was inspired by Laurell Black, a staff member in the College of Science Health, who suggested that the University extend its mission of community engagement beyond the local community. The CDU family responded with monetary contributions totaling just over $1,100 and donated $1,021.50 to the American Red Cross for tornado recovery. The University also inventoried CDU garments from prior events and past years leading to over 250 shirts being donated to the American Red Cross in a range of sizes. “I would like to thank all of those within the CDU community who donated their time, energy and money to this effort.  It is personally rewarding to be a conduit of hope and help to those in need,” stated Laurell Black.

2ND Screen Global Con Honors Ms. Lorraine Gray and the Charles R. Drew Saturday Science Academy II

2ND Screen Global Con – Educational – Entertainment, Media Organization honored Ms. Lorraine Gray (Director) and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Saturday Science Academy with the prestigious – iCON “Science Innovator” of the Year Award on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the iCON “Innovation” Awards Scholarship Luncheon held at the Warner Center, in Woodland Hills.

2ND Screen Global Con is a nonprofit educational, entertainment media organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for CGI (Computer Generated Illustration), web-digital, science, and other pop-culture art-forms and technologies. Congratulations Ms. Lorraine and Saturday Science Academy II staff, participants and parent volunteers!

This page has been visited: 4249