Volume #1, Newsletter #2 10-04-2010
View from the Chair
We have an issue that must be addressed immediately. Last week, it came to my attention that our expenditures for the first two months of the year were almost $200,000 per month over our annual projections for a balanced budget. Obviously, fluctuations can occur on a month-to-month basis. It is not unusual to be either over- or under-budget at the beginning of the budget cycle. Nonetheless, this gap warrants careful attention. I have asked Vice-President for Finance, Ron Lau, to investigate the causative factors for this budget gap. The entire university community and stakeholders can expect to be kept informed as we acquire more in-depth data.
M. Roy Wilson
Board of Trustees

Medical School Announces Honor Students
Four students at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science were elected into the ranks of a national medical society, a distinction widely viewed for those studying the art of healing as the highest honor.
Those admitted into Alpha Omega Alpha from this year’s class of the Charles Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program were: Sabin Dang, Richard Feng, Chrystina Jeter and Andrew Scott. The latest inductions raise the total number accepted into the honor society from the medical school to a dozen students over the past three years. 

“Four exceptional students have been named to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society, which is a truly outstanding accomplishment,” said Daphne Calmes, M.D., who is the associate dean of Medical Student Affairs at the university. “This group of students exemplify the CDU mission.”

Research Grant Extended for $5 Million
Charles Drew University was awarded $5 million to fund a research endowment program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said. The grant, which is in the final year of a three-year award, helps build a restricted endowment to support research.
The interest generated from the endowment will be used, under federal guidelines, to fund health dispartity research. This latest award helps further enhance the university's research infrastructure, such as enhancing technology transfer and supporting new community-based participatory research programs.
The grant is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The university's Executive Vice-President for Research and Health Affairs, Keith C. Norris, M.D.,  is the grant's principal investigator. 
 Urban Health Institute Breaks New Ground
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science broke new ground last week by hosting its first academic conference on climate change.
The university’s Urban Health Institute brought in health experts, who described how dirty air affects the quality of life in California. Held in the Keck Lecture Hall on the Charles Drew University campus, those attending heard a thorough discussion on pollution and climate change.

“It was unprecedented, the first of its kind at the university,” said Mervyn M. Dymally, PhD., the longtime U.S. congressman and state legislator, who became California’s first black Lieutenant Governor, and now directs the institute.  “We had some of the top experts attend. The consensus was that this conference was a success.”

Researchers also showed how large numbers of minorities and the poor bear the heaviest health burden. Most often in California, they live near the sources of heavy air pollution – airports, seaports, freeways and refineries. Read More 
News in Brief

  School of Nursing

S. Pamela Shiao, Ph.D., the nursing school’s associate dean, was guest editor for the latest issue of Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research where she published a research paper. Titled “Personalized Genomics in the 21st Century: Implications for Nursing Research with Children and Families,” the article was composed jointly with an author from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


A $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help support the nursing school’s graduate programs. In the College of Science and Health, the grant will help fund the physician’s assistant program, and to create a field of study that crosses traditional boundaries, said Rep. Laura Richardson, D-CA, whose 37th district includes the university. 



The Kaiser-Permanente South Bay Medical Center Community Benefit Grants Program has given the Saturday Science Academy II a $5,000 gift to support its 2010-2011 academic year. This follows a recent $30,000 grant from Northrup Grumman Corp., said Lorraine Grey, who heads the program. The academy, which teaches math and science to ages four to 18 and seeks to help them visualize a dream of pursing a career in health care, begins its fall session on Saturday, Oct. 9.


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Charles Drew University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, Charles Drew University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians, according to the Greenlining Institute.