SMU eNews

Letter from the Editor

Samuel Merritt University students and faculty members continue to make valuable contributions to people's lives by bringing the lessons they learn in the classroom and through ambitious research projects to patients ranging from autistic children to adults who lack access to healthcare.

The stories in this newsletter illustrate the well-rounded education that our students receive at SMU. By working to improve the health of patients through practical research with their professors and clinical practice out in the community, our students are learning to be effective healthcare providers.  Learning at Samuel Merritt has never been more relevant.

Take for example the work of Associate Professor Rolando Lazaro and some of his 3rd-year DPT students. Using technology developed by NASA, they are conducting research that aims to improve the mobility of older adults suffering from conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Living out the University's commitment to reducing healthcare disparities, two of our ABSN students recently provided health screenings to a diverse group of men at a Sacramento barbershop, and plan to do it again in early 2013. In addition, the learning experience of our ABSN students has been greatly enhanced by the renovation of our San Mateo Center, now called the San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center.

Professor Guy L. McCormack, recently honored for his work in promoting the OT profession, is studying how neurofeedback can help children with autism improve their attention and social interaction with the help of his students as research assistants.

Striving to expand our reach as a premier health sciences institution, SMU welcomed a delegation from Japan's Seirei Christopher University. The visitors expressed gratitude for what they learned during the time they spent at SMU.

Looking forward, the 2013 Picchi Memorial Lecture on February 21 will feature author Victoria Sweet, MD, discussing her new book, "God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine."  We are honored to host Dr. Sweet, a prize-winning medical historian with a PhD in history and social medicine.

These are just some of the stories you will find in this issue of eNEWS. As always you can help shape the next issue by sending your ideas or suggestions to the eNEWS editor at We are especially interested in learning of stories about faculty research, student learning, community involvement and accomplishments to share with the SMU community.

Thank you.

Judi Baker
Associate Director of Web Commnications & Social Media
Debra Holtz
Media Relations