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2006


Former ASU Foundation Director of Communications latest addition to growing university

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 13, 2006) – At a time when A.T. Still University is opening Arizona’s third medical school and undergoing large-scale expansion and development projects in the East Valley, the University made another strategic acquisition to support its growing presence and impact in the state. Barbara Wood has been appointed as assistant vice president of communications and marketing. She will direct the strategic communications and marketing for ATSU’s Mesa campus. Wood, former director of communications at the Arizona State University (ASU) Foundation, brings 20 years of communications and marketing expertise in higher education, the nonprofit sector, publishing, and the financial industry to ATSU’s growing Communications & Marketing division.

A.T. Still University’s presence in the East Valley has grown rapidly since it opened the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1995. ATSU completed construction on its Mesa campus, located at the intersections of Baseline & Recker Roads, in 2001.

In 2003, the University opened Arizona’s only dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and unveiled plans for the 152-acre Arizona Health & Technology Park, which includes an Intergenerational Village and a YMCA facility.

Wood will be instrumental in leading the communications effort for the launch of ATSU’s new School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), Arizona’s third medical school, and expanding ATSU’s dental presence in the state. SOMA’s first class of 100 students will begin in July 2007.

Wood earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and pursued graduate studies at the University of Kansas School of Business. She joined the ASU Foundation in 2002, leading the development communications effort and helping to secure more than $260 million of funding for ASU.

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ASHS faculty contribute to first pharmacology text for professional audiologists

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 8, 2006 ) – Three faculty members from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences have co-authored a chapter in a soon-to-be-published audiology text, “Pharmacology and Ototoxicity for Audiologists.” The chapter deals with the use of drugs in the treatment of disease and individual variations in patient-drug responsiveness.

Tabitha Parent-Buck, Au.D., chair of audiology; Henry Trahan, Au.D., assistant professor of audiology; and O.T. Wendel, Ph.D., associate provost of the ATSU-Mesa campus, covered patient age, diet, compliance with prescribed regimen, and genetics and the significant differences in how individuals respond to drugs.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2006 ) – ATSU’s development department recently announced the hiring of Mark Burger. Burger has been an active member of the Kirksville community for more than 20 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and spent 27 years as a financial/business manager.

As associate director of development, Burger’s focus will be on planned giving. Bob Basham, ATSU’s Vice President for Advancement, said adding Burger to an already talented staff brings both experience and potential for future success and growth.

“Mark brings a wealth of skill and experience to ATSU,” Basham said. “We look forward to having him join our group to help us support ATSU’s mission of advancing whole person healthcare.”

Burger and his wife, Diane, have three children.

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MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2006 ) – During the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists Annual Convention this past week, Tabitha Parent-Buck, Au.D., the chair of the audiology department at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, was selected as this year’s recipient of the Joel Wernick Award.

The Joel Wernick Award is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding educational contribution within the fields of audiology or hearing science.  First presented in 1989, the Wernick Award is the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists most prestigious professional recognition.

Joel Wernick, Ph.D. ,was an active supporter of the Academy from its inception in 1977 until his death in 1988. His life is a shining example of audiology excellence combined with a rich personal and professional life, peppered with good humor.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 7, 2006 ) – ATSU President James McGovern, Ph.D., recently announced the promotion of three faculty members at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

George Carlson, Ph.D., was promoted from associate professor to professor of physiology. Dr. Carlson, who helped develop the neuroscience program at ATSU-KCOM, earned his Ph.D. in physiology from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. His current research involves investigating treatments for muscular dystrophy.

Rene McGovern, Ph.D., was promoted from associate professor to professor of neurobehavioral sciences. Dr. McGovern, currently a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is project director for ElderLynk, a federally funded grant project designed to integrate mental healthcare for the elderly in primary care. Her current research focuses on the doctor-patient relationship and findings from the ElderLynk project.

Diana Rhodes, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy at ATSU-KCOM, received tenure. Dr. Rhodes earned both of her doctoral degrees from Purdue University, and her current research focuses on the cell biology and immunology of the kidney. Rhodes teaches human gross anatomy at ATSU-KCOM.

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