Our Stories

Our stories highlight the School of Health and Natural Sciences students, alumni and faculty. These stories, news articles and events shed light on our ambitious students, dedicated faculty and staff, and passionate alumni.


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Nursing professor's research focuses on patient safety

Research by DUC nursing professor Patricia Harris examines the accuracy of physiological monitor alarms in the intensive care unit. ICU monitors measure multiple physiological factors and trigger alarms when changes are detected in cardiac rhythm, respiratory rate, blood pressure, or other parameters. The long-term goal of Harris’ work is to increase patient safety.

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Scientists identify plants that combat MRSA infections

With antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a continued threat to global public health, a recent study by our researchers has identified two plants commonly used in Native American remedies as having potential to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

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Father inspired to follow daughter's Dominican path

When Jennifer Mac-Romero' 15 walks at Commencement on May 16, her father will be the audience with more than a proud look. He plans to follow her footsteps.

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Bio Science graduate chooses UC Davis medical school

When Connor Haysbert received acceptance to the College of Medicine at the UC Davis, he immediately contacted his former mentor, Dr. Maggie Louie, to share the wonderful news.

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OT Professor Inspires Dominican Students

As an associate professor of Occupational Therapy at Dominican, Julia Wilbarger has become a worldwide ambassador for the University.

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Researcher, students study malaria drug resistance

Makerere University in Uganda, and Dominican University of California biologist Dr. Roland Cooper, which examines the sensitivity of malaria parasites to anti-malarial treatment, has been accepted for publication in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 

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Nursing student aspires to follow alumna's path

World traveling clinical nurse Ashley Ramirez ’06 met sophomore Megan Krage ’17 when Megan was 15 years and attending Camp Taylor, a summer camp supporting young people with congenital heart disease (CHD).”

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Tropical Disease Research Leads Microbiologist To Peru

When Circe McDonald, '13 reflects on her time at Dominican, she credits the University’s service-learning program for making her “a more well-rounded and caring person.”

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Chemistry Major Begins Fellowship to Nicaragua

Dominican junior chemistry major Jessica Hernandez, awarded a National Institutes of Health -- Minority Health International Research Trainee (MHIRT) fellowship through UC Berkeley’s Global Public Program, has arrived in Nicaragua.

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Bio Science Major Headed to Dental School in Boston

Daniel Mabaet is wearing a big smile on the Dominican campus these days and there is a simple explanation for it.

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OT Students Partner With First Responders For Research

A master’s thesis research study by three Dominican occupational therapy students in partnership with first responders could potentially reduce falls and fall risks in older adults and has led to development of a community program with the Novato Fire Department to enhance fall prevention services for older adults living in the community.

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Alternative Spring Break Service Trips Inspire Students

Like hundreds of Dominican students, Rebecca Morgenstern was super excited about spring break, yet she did not seek sunshine, a sandy beach, and hours of leisure time. She chose to take an alternative spring break.

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Dominican Partners With Biotech Firm for Project

Dominican University of California has partnered with DesignMedix, a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, for a three-year research project aimed at advancing a new type of anti-malarial drug.

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Alissa and Briana Gumbs

Graduated seniors Alissa and Briana Gumbs are identical twins from San Diego who came to Dominican and immediately identified with its four ideals: Study, Reflection, Community and Service.

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Dominican Pre-dental Society is collecting donations—supplies or money—on behalf of the Diocese of Fall River in June. Senior Rejine Romingquet (President of DUC Pre-dental Society) will be attending the mission trip.

Last year, the mission saw approximately 600 patients, of those 200 children. 
Boxes are located at the Science Center and Bertrand Hall.

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Celebrating Women: The Photographs of Paola Gianturco

From May 25–June 30, School of Health and Natural Sciences with the support of the Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Council presents Celebrating Women and the celebrated photographer Paola Gianturco.

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12th Issue of the Student-Produced The Pulse

The Pulse is a student-produced newsletter created by the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. This 12th issue was co-edited by  Kassandra (Tasha) Kahn and Tracy Krinard.

Download and read the 12th issue.