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February 2016


CDU News February 2016

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CDU Admissions Attends Leuzinger High School Career Day
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CDU's Office of Admissions participated in the 2016 Student Success Conference at Leuzinger High School. "What was accomplished was nothing short of amazing! Our partner contributions are what made it a winner! We had over 100 extra adults on our campus! This would not have been possible without your vision and support,"said Damion Nunley, M.Ed., M.A., Politics, Economics and Business Humanities, Life Skills, Business Technology Educator, Leuzinger High School

"We had over 2000 students and parents in attendance from 5 different high schools and 2 middle schools! Over 40 universities and colleges from all over the country participated, including most University of California (UCs) and California State University (CSUs) schools were present! Close to 5000 applications were filled out (college, jobs, internships, etc., 53 students were accepted into 4-year universities on the spot and 40 scholarships were offered!
We had over 50 community volunteers and corporate partners come to speak with students about vocational and career opportunities. I just wanted to say thank you again for giving our students the gift of hope!

2016 STUDENT SUCCESS CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS
The 2016 Student Success Conference at Leuzinger HS was a huge success and
Community Corporations:
- Skin Essence Skin Care
- Our People Barbershop
- Simply Wholesome
- Chambers Shoe Repair
- Watts Health Care Corporation
- Dead Crow Tattoo
Large Corporations:
- Raytheon Company
- The Coca-Cola Company
- Kaiser Permanente
- Alta Med Health Services
- 7-Eleven
- Cisco Systems
- National Football League
- Major League Baseball
Military & Law Enforcement:
- United States Army
- United States Marines
- United States Coast Guard
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Alcohol Tabaco and Firearms (ATF)
- California Highway Patrol (CHP)
- California Department of Corrections
Facts:
bull; We had over 2000 students and parents in attendance from 5different high schools and 2 middle schools!
40+ universities and colleges from all over the country participated.
Most University of California (UC’s) and California State
University schools were present!
There were close to 5000 applications filled out (college, jobs,
internships, etc.) 53 students were accepted into 4-year universities on the spot and
40 scholarships were offered!
We had over 50 community volunteers and corporate partners
come to speak with students about vocational and career
opportunities.
I just wanted to say thank you again for giving our students the gift of
hope!
Damion Nunley, M.Ed., M.A., Politics, Economics, Business Humanities--‐
Life Skills--‐ Business Technology Educator Leuzinger High School

Financial Institutions:
--‐Goldman Sachs Bank
--‐One United Bank
--‐California Credit Union
--‐Bank of America
--‐State Farm Insurance
Professional Organizations:
--‐National Association of Black Accountants
--‐National Association of Black Women Physicians
--‐The Association of Black Psychologists
--‐National Association of Black MBA’s
--‐National Society of Black Engineers
--‐Langston Bar Association
--‐American Bar Association
--‐ACLU of Southern California
--‐100 Black Men of Los Angeles

Top Tier Universities:
--‐Stanford University
--‐Florida A & M
--‐Dartmouth College
--‐Howard University
--‐Cornell University
--‐Spellman College
--‐Universal Technical Institute
--‐Dillard University
--‐Yale University
--‐Xavier University
--‐Harvey--‐Mudd College
--‐University of the West
--‐Los Angeles College of Music
--‐Charles Drew University
--‐Miles College
--‐University of Southern California
--‐Fashion Institute of Design
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--‐Bowie State University
--‐Southwestern Law School
--‐Alabama A&M
--‐Fort Valley State University
--‐Morehouse College

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Black History Month Activities Still to Come

The International Journal of Oncology has named a publication from CDU's Division of Cancer Research as one of the Top 10% of articles published in 2014.
Dr. Yanyuan Wu

The International Journal of Oncology has named a publication from the Division of Cancer Research, Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities, as one of the Top 10% of articles published in 2014. The ranking is based on the number of citations of the study in other peer review journals which indicates its impact and relevance in the scientific community. The study is titled "STAT3 activation in HER2-overexpressing breast cancer promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition and cancer stem cell traits" by Seyung Chung, Nolan Giehl, Yanyuan Wu, and senior author Jaydutt Vadgama.

According to the first author Dr. Seyung Steve Chung: “We studied one type of aggressive human breast cancer (HER2 positive) and found a specific protein called STAT3 was activated in this type of breast cancer. Furthermore, this protein (STAT3) promoted stem-cell like traits in the breast cancer which are linked with drug resistance to traditional cancer therapy. Patient tissue studies confirmed the HER2 and STAT3 connection. The combined treatments of the inhibitors against HER2 (Herceptin) and STAT3 (stattic) showed synergistic anti-cancer effects, suggesting new promising targeted-therapy for breast cancer”.

Dr. Seyung “Steve” Chung is Assistant Professor in the Division of Cancer Research, Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities at CDU. Dr. Chung joined the Division in 2010 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Yanyuan Wu and Dr. Jay Vadgama in HER2 mediated breast cancer. During the study, Dr. Chung mentored one of the CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership Summer Program undergraduate trainees, Nolan Giehl, who is named co-author on the paper. Nolan is currently a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine.

The senior author of the study, Dr. Jay Vadgama notes “We are extremely proud of the research conducted by our early stage investigators and student trainees that make an impact in cancer health disparities research. This study is an important next step to identifying the key molecular players in aggressive breast cancer subtypes that affect our communities.”

The study was funded by the CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership (NIH/NCI# U54 CA143931) with additional support from AXIS (NIH/NIMHD #U54 MD007598). The article is available as an open access manuscript at Pubmed Central: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24297508 .

Students interested in participating in the CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership should apply at the following link: http://www.cdrewu-dcrt.org/education_training.aspx?page=undergrad_apply or contact Marianna Sarkissyan (323-563-5937 or mariannasarkissyan@cdrewu.edu) for more information. The extended deadline for applications is March 1st, 2016.

Note: The CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities is funded by the National Cancer Institute – Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number: U54CA143931. Accelerating Excellence in Translational Sciences (AXIS) is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institute of Health under award number: U54MD007598. The content in this release is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

 


                          
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