Monday, November 13, 2017

Paul McCartney Performs Live Duet with Stevie Van Zandt

From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Erol Onel served as an assistant professor of urology at Tufts University/New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Now the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, he works with a team in an effort to get a long-acting non-opioid drug approved. In Dr. Erol Onel’s personal time, he is an avid fan of the Beatles. 

Former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney, 75, recently surprised attendees at a Stevie Van Zandt show by taking the stage to perform the Beatles hit “I Saw Her Standing There” alongside Van Zandt. Inviting McCartney on stage, Van Zandt told the sold-out crowd, “We are going to finish this song we had started.”

Stevie was referring to a show that took place five years before at London’s Hard Rock Calling Festival, held in Hyde Park, where a power outage interrupted the duo’s first attempt at performing the Beatles song together. This time the two did finish the song, at which time McCartney praised Van Zandt, saying “We love you, Stevie, we love your band.”

The show was part of Van Zandt’s first major United Kingdom tour in over 25 years. The former E Street Band member is now touring with his own band, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, to promote the group's latest album, Soulfire.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Types of Violin Strings

The former vice president of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Erol Onel leverages nearly two decades of medical and clinical research experience to lead Heron Therapeutics as vice president. Outside of work, Erol Onel maintains a passion for music and plays several instruments, including the violin.

Violin strings are divided into three general categories: steel core, gut, and synthetic core.

Gut strings, also known as gut core strings, are popular among violinists who enjoy playing baroque music. These strings, which create a warm sound with rich overtones, were the only type of violin string available until the 1800s. Unfortunately, gut strings are extremely temperamental and often change when exposed to humidity and different temperatures. Further, they are more expensive and less durable than other types.

Capable of producing a focused and bright tone, steel core strings were invented as an alternative to gut strings. As such, they improve upon many of the downfalls of gut strings, including sensitivity to temperature. Steel core strings are great for students because they are easy to work with in terms of tuning. Meanwhile, the brighter sound produced by steel core strings makes them a popular choice among violinists who play bluegrass, folk music, and jazz.

Synthetic core strings feature characteristics of both steel and gut core strings. Made from nylon and composite fibers, they feature the warm sound of gut strings and the durability and pitch stability of steel strings. This unique combination of attributes makes synthetic core strings a good choice for beginning and expert violinists playing a variety of musical genres.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Patriots' Julian Edelman to Miss Entire 2017 Season

A former assistant professor of urology at Tufts University and the New England Medical Center, Erol Onel is vice president of Heron Therapeutics, a California-based drug development company. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Erol Onel is an avid fan of the National Football League's (NFL) New England Patriots.

The Patriots are attempting to win their third Super Bowl in four seasons, but the team will have to do so without the services of Julian Edelman. A seventh-round selection of the Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft, Edelman has played his entire eight-year career with the Patriots and led the team in receiving yards in two of the past four seasons. However, the 31-year-old wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in a non-contact play during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions and the Patriots later confirmed he would be out for the entire 2017 season.

Edelman recorded a career-best 1,106 receiving yards in 2016 and signed a two-year, $11 million contract with New England in the offseason. Throughout 103 career games, the California native has 4,540 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Career of Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman

A former Albert Einstein College of Medicine Pfizer Scholar in Urology, Erol Onel has over two decades of experience in clinical research and education. When not providing scientific leadership as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Erol Onel enjoys following his favorite National Football League team, the New England Patriots.

Last year, the Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl since 2001, and for the second time in the past four years, their leading receiver was Julian Edelman. A native of Redwood City, California, Edelman recorded a career-high 1,106 receiving yards on 98 receptions last year. He scored three touchdowns and rushed for 57 yards on 12 attempts. Named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 17 after accumulating 151 receiving yards in a 35-14 win over the Miami Dolphins, he caught 21 passes for 342 yards in three playoff games.

Throughout his eight-year career, Edelman has accumulated 24 touchdowns and 4,540 receiving yards. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Kent State, where he played quarterback and threw for 30 touchdowns and 4,997 yards in three seasons. In his final season of college football, he displayed his versatility by rushing the ball for 1,370 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Donating to Goodwill

From 1999 to 2003, Erol Onel, MD, worked as an assistant professor of urology at Tufts University and New England Medical Center, where his work leading the urology resident training program saw him honored twice with Teacher of the Year awards. Aside from his career, Dr. Erol Onel has contributed to multiple charities, including Goodwill. 

Through the sale of donated goods, Goodwill strives to help people gain the education and skills they need to find work. In 2016, the organization helped over 313,000 people train for new careers in a wide array of industries. While shopping at Goodwill stores is one way to help the organization, another is to donate your own second-hand goods. 

Goodwill accepts most clothing and items in working condition, provided the items meet safety standards and have never been recalled. The organization’s website encourages potential donors to call their local Goodwill regarding any rules and restrictions when donating computers, mattresses, and vehicles. 

Once you have gathered the items you wish to donate, you can take them to a local Goodwill donation center or donation bin. Some branches offer a pickup service for people donating many items.

To learn more about Goodwill, what they do, how to donate, and how your donation helps, visit the organization online at The website also provides a place to find your nearest Goodwill store and donation center.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project - Connecting Veterans to Stable Employment

Since 2016, Dr. Erol Onel has served as vice president of the pharmaceutical research and development company Heron Therapeutics. Dr. Erol Onel also offers support to several charitable organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project, which offers programming for veterans who have sustained injuries and their families to help them lead meaningful, secure lives.

One of the organization’s key programs, Warriors to Work, provides career counseling and other support services to individuals who have sustained physical and/or mental wounds, as well as to their families and caregivers. Transitioning to a civilian workforce presents a number of challenges, and the initiative provides the tools necessary to find and maintain rewarding employment. 

Specialists work with clients to write a comprehensive resume, prepare for interviews, and set attainable goals. In addition, Wounded Warrior Project helps individuals network with nearby employers, many of whom rely on the organization to connect them to qualified, dedicated candidates. The organization also provides training on combat-related injuries and necessary accommodations to ensure a positive onboarding experience and a productive work environment.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sgt. Pepper 50 Years Later

In his role as a vice president at the biotechnology company Heron Therapeutics, pharmaceutical physician Dr. Erol Onel offers scientific leadership and exceptional clinical strategy experience. An avid music fan, Dr. Erol Onel plays several instruments, including the piano, violin, and guitar, and lists The Beatles among his favorite artists. 

June 1, 2017, marked the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which Rolling Stone selected as its greatest album of all time. Paul McCartney devised the concept of Sgt. Pepper, and wrote the title track. Beyond the music was the iconic cover showing The Beatles surrounded by historic figures, musicians, and celebrities. The album held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 16 million copies in the United States and the UK.

The album incorporates an array of studio techniques which are common today, but revolutionary then, and in addition to the title track, it includes some of the most enduring Beatles hits, including Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and When I'm Sixty-Four. An enormous hit, the album won four Grammys, including album of the year in 1968 – the first rock album to do so.