Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 21, 2008 ) – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., noted scientist, author, and stroke survivor, joined A.T. Still University (ATSU) to keynote a luncheon celebrating the launch of ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program Nov. 18 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. Dr. Taylor, who was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, shared her personal story of survival, recovery, and discovery during her presentation entitled “How to Get Your Brain to Do What You Want it to Do.”

Dr. Taylor, a Harvard-educated neuroanatomist, had a rare form of stroke 12 years ago which caused a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain following the stroke, and she shares her story in her book “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.”

Dr. Taylor’s message of compassion during the healing process resonated deeply with an audience of ATSU friends, faculty, and staff who support a university mission that focuses on compassion, integrity, and ability. “Dr. Taylor inspired our students and faculty to look beyond a patient’s illness or injury and connect with their humanity through compassion and understanding,” said ATSU Provost Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM. “She was inspired to see development of compassion in our students, faculty and staff as a major component of ATSU’s mission statement.”

ATSU Associate Provost Ted Wendel, Ph.D. was in agreement. “Dr. Taylor’sexperienceand knowledge brought reality to the words of the ATSU mission,” he said.

Close to 150 were in attendance at the luncheon that was also the launch of ATSU’s new Women’s Wellness Program. The program was founded to provide educational opportunities to the public as well as develop a collective of women focused on improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them.

According to Dr. Phelps, the Women’s Wellness Program is an important component in the university’s overall community outreach efforts. “As a leading edge university with a school of osteopathic medicine, it is imperative that we be involved in community wellness,” he said.

“For many years, women went unrecognized as important decision-makers in how families accessed healthcare,” he continued. “[This program] will provide information to key household stakeholders who often make healthcare decisions for immediate family, extended family, and sometimes the entire community.”

For more information about ATSU’s Women’s Wellness Program, please contact Gretchen Buhlig at 480.219.6105 or gbuhlig@astu.edu.


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Core Imaging Facility Open House

Core Imaging Facility Open House

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 2, 2008 ) – New resources for Kirksville’s expanding scientific community now includes a confocal fluorescent microscope in the newly constructed core imaging facility located in the Timken-Burnett Research Building at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Faculty and student researchers from ATSU-KCOM and Truman State University are already taking advantage of the state-of-the-art microscope, which allows for two-dimensional views of a cell and cellular function and can reconstruct layers to create a three-dimensional image.

 High-resolution imaging allows researchers to look at movements of proteins and vesicles in cells which will lead to a better understanding of the regulation of cellular processes and signaling pathways. “This is the key advantage of confocal microscopy,” says facility committee chair Robert Theobald, Ph.D. “An image of a narrow slice can be captured, eliminating background fluorescence from above and below the slice. Images of a series of a slice can then be reconstructed to create a three-dimensional image.”

In celebration of the community’s expanding scientific resources, ATSU-KCOM is hosting an open house at the core imaging facility on Friday, November 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ATSU President Jack Magruder and KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., will address the audience. Light refreshments will be served, and members of the local scientific community are invited to attend. Anyone associated with ATSU-KCOM or Truman State University may schedule to use the confocal microscope by emailing ATSU’s Core Imaging Technician David Ewing, at dewing@atsu.edu, or the Core Imaging Director David Middlemas, Ph.D., at dmiddkemas@atsu.edu.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 1, 2008 ) A.T. Still University and Northeast Regional Medical Center have partnered with the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease as co-presenting sponsors of the 2008 Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala to be held November 8 at ATSU’s Connell Information Technologies Center, Blumenthal Clinical Osteopathic Skills Lab.

A red tie affair, the gala will bring together members of the community, local businesses, and heart survivors in support of the American Heart Association, with all proceeds benefitting the AHA. “This event is a great way to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said American Heart Association Representative Rebecca Collier. “Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the number-one cause of death in America.”

The gala promises to be a fun and exciting celebration of life, with the evening’s events to include a silent and live auction, dinner, dancing, live music, and a tribute to local heart survivors. Lisa Archer, RN, BSN, quality improvement coordinator at NRMC and chair of the Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala executive committee, has been planning the inaugural event for more than a year. “It has been a labor of love,” Archer said, “and we are excited to present this event in honor of the survivors and to contribute what we can to the cause.”


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MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 14, 2008 ) – A.T. Still University supporters, dentists, and brothers Drs. Paul, Christopher, and Ruskin Lines were recognized Nov. 12 at the 24th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.

The event, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Greater Arizona Chapter, was created in 1991 to provide charitable organizations the opportunity to recognize someone associated with their organization who truly exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy. The Lines brothers were three of 42 philanthropic leaders honored.

The Lines brothers became involved with ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) in 2003, and have since supported the school through generous donations of both time and money. All three currently practice in Tempe, Ariz.

“Our father was our role model,” said Paul Lines, D.D.S., whose support of ATSU includes service on ATSU’s Board of Trustees. “He lived his life doing service for others. It was very easy for all of us to feel we needed to serve our communities.” The brothers’ financial contributions led to the naming of the Judge Ruskin Lines Dental Techniques Laboratory at ASDOH, in honor of their father.

Along with their financial contributions, all three brothers make significant contributions of time and expertise to ASDOH. Dr. Paul Lines is surgical director for the post-graduate orthodontics program, and lectures twice a week. Christopher Lines, D.D.S., M.S., is a member of the adjunct orthodontic faculty. Ruskin Lines, D.D.S., M.S., assists and substitutes for Dr. Paul Lines regularly in the orthodontic clinic. All three regularly invite students to their offices to observe procedures.

“They share a commitment to improving dental education and giving back to the community,” said ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H. “They feel drawn to ASDOH’s community service component and commitment to clinical excellence.”

“(We) are grateful and honored to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” said Dr. Christopher Lines. “We have been most pleased with our affiliation with ASDOH, and have been happy to contribute to the school as part of the orthodontic faculty as well as financially to the pre-clinical technique lab.”

Held each year in celebration of National Philanthropy Day, this special event recognizes and reflects on the profound importance of philanthropy in our society by honoring the individuals, corporations and foundations that, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy and volunteerism in Arizona.

About National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the 15th of November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those active in the not-for-profit community. First held in 1986, National Philanthropy Day celebrates the endless contributions individuals and organizations make to countless causes each year.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is a professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable organizations. AFP represents 27,000 members in 179 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and China, including the Greater Arizona Chapter, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, and education. To learn more, visit www.afpaz.org.


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Robert Kromer

Robert Kromer, D.O.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 14, 2008 ) – Long before his nomination as the 2008 Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Alumnus of the Year, Robert J. Kromer, D.O., FACOFP, ’52, was just a college student hitching a ride to Sandusky, Ohio, with a stranger. That ride, recalls Dr. Kromer, was a journey that changed the course of his life, because that stranger was a Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) alumnus who enthusiastically shared the osteopathic profession and principles with the young student.

Inspired by his new friend, the student rededicated himself to his dream of becoming a physician and eventually graduated from KCOM in 1952. After 41 years in general practice, Dr. Kromer is now retired and living in Longboat Key, Fla.

A phenomenal lifetime advocate of KCOM, Dr. Kromer is supportive not only with his financial gifts, but also his time and talents. He served on A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Board of Trustees and on several occasions assisted in the identification and cultivation of significant donors for the University. In 2005, Dr. Kromer completed a major gift to ATSU’s Connell Information Technologies Center, naming the Connell Center’s Mylander-Kromer Courtyard Garden. Dr. Kromer’s gifts have supported the KOAA Educational Program Fund, Alumnus of the Year, and the Museum Endowment. He has also supported the National Center for Osteopathic Research and the Mylander Student Loan Fund.

Dr. Kromer will be recognized for his record of service to the osteopathic profession and alma mater at KOAA’s annual Luncheon and Assembly Meeting held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in Las Vegas on October 27.


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