May 21, 2012
CVM NewsCalendar is a biweekly newsletter for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Please submit news and calendar items to Sue Kirchoff, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- College awards degrees at annual commencement ceremony
- Workshop offers insight into philanthropy
- Raptor Release published
- Faculty and staff participate in blood drive
- Emergency alert system testing planned for this week
- Submit nominations for the 2012 Academies for Excellence
- May 30 is Education Day
- Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium is May 30
- June 7 forum will explore food safety
- Global One Health Fund seeks proposals
- Faculty and staff news
- Liz Pluhar presents keynote at Neuro-Oncology Symposium
- Wade Gingerich passes dentistry and oral surgery boards
- Welcome to the College
- Congratulations: recent promotions
- In the news
- Harmon, a bald eagle chick
- Clinical Investigation Center
- Need a home
- Beulah, a spayed female cat
- Micetro, a feline blood donor
College awards degrees at annual commencement ceremony
The College awarded 88 D.V.M degrees, seven Ph.D. degrees, and five M.S. degrees at the annual commencement ceremony at Ted Mann Concert Hall on May 12. Also awarded were 10 D.V.M./M.P.H. degrees and one D.V.M/Ph.D. degree. A welcome was presented by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, and the commencement speaker was Dr. Catherine Woteki, who is undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Research, Education, and Economics mission area and the department's chief scientist. Dean Trevor Ames made opening and closing remarks, and the response for the class of 2012 was presented by Carrie Dubinsky Rodman.
Dr. Robert Washabau, chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, introduced the D.V.M. candidates; Drs. Tina Clarkson, Erin Malone, and Peggy Root placed the D.V.M. hoods; and Dr. Laura Molgaard, associate dean for academic affairs, and Dean Ames presented the D.V.M. diplomas. Dr. Mark Rutherford, associate dean for graduate programs, introduced the M.S. and Ph.D. candidates; graduate student research advisors placed the M.S. and Ph.D. hoods; and Dr. Srirama Rao, associate dean for research, and Dean Ames presented the M.S. and Ph.D. diplomas. The D.V.M./M.P.H. candidates were introduced by Dr. John Finnegan, dean of the School of Public Health, who placed the M.P.H. hoods, and Dr. Larissa Minicucci, D.V.M./M.P.H. program director; Dean Ames and Dr. Molgaard presented the M.P.H. diplomas. The degrees were conferred by Dean Johnson of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents; Dr. Sharon Hurley, president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, administered the veterinarian's oath; and Dr. Jerry Torrison, president of the College's Alumni and Friends Society, presented a congratulatory message.
See photos from commencement
Workshop offers insight into philanthropy
About 50 CVM faculty and staff participated in "Insight into Philanthropy for Veterinary Medicine," a workshop presented by Advancement Resources on May 14. Hosted by Bill Venne, chief development officer, and Andrea Fahrenkrug, development officer, the interactive workshop explored the topics of who is responsible for development, process concepts in development, understanding donor motivation, making the professional referral, creating meaningful return on philanthropic investments, and more. The College and The Raptor Center combined received more than $4.3 million in philanthropic donations in fiscal year 2011, and one of the College's goals is to increase philanthropy. See photos from the workshop.
Raptor Release published
The Spring 2012 issue of The Raptor Center's magazine, Raptor Release, is now online. The current issue includes stories about how The Raptor Center's success depends on a multitude of helpers, a record number of bald eagle admissions, a snowy owl patient, the conservation of saker falcons in the Middle East, giving opportunities, fun ways to learn about raptors, book reviews, staff news, upcoming events, and more.
Faculty and staff participate in blood drive
Forty staff and faculty members—52 percent of whom were first-time donors—participated in the April 27 blood drive at the College. Because blood can be separated into three life-saving components (plasma, platelets, and red blood cells), the 40 whole blood and 12 double-red units collected can be used to save 132 lives, reports Bridget Monson, VMC director of customer service, who organized the effort.
Emergency alert system testing planned for this week
On Wednesday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., the University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Campus-Wide Emergency Alert System. The system includes outdoor speakers mounted on poles and rooftops in St. Paul and on the West Bank and East Bank. The system can convey both an alert tone and vocal instructions in the event of a campus emergency. On Wednesday, tests will be conducted at East and West Bank locations (Minneapolis), on Thursday, at St. Paul campus locations, and on Friday, at all locations. When sounded, the speakers will emit a short alert tone, followed by a voice message stating "Attention! This is a test of the University of Minnesota Campus-Wide Emergency Alert System. This is only a test." Each test should last only 30 seconds or so, but may last longer if necessary. If you have questions about the system or its testing, contact Gary Hendrickson, Department of Emergency Management, at 612-626-1388 or email@example.com.
Submit nominations for the 2012 Academies for Excellence
Nominations are still being accepted for the Academic Health Center's 2012 Academies for Excellence for both the Health Research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning academies. Up to four faculty members are inducted into each academy each year. Recipients receive a recurring annual augmentation of $10,000 for five consecutive years. The deadline to submit nominations is May 25. Learn more.
May 30 is Education Day
The third annual College of Veterinary Medicine Education Day is scheduled for May 30 at the Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. This year’s event will feature plenary speaker Nathan Kuncel, Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, and include educational workshops, a poster/demonstration session, and the presentation of faculty teaching awards, including the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, the Mark of Excellence Award, the Excellence in Course Coordination Award, the departmental teaching awards, and other related honors.
Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium is May 30
The Masonic Cancer Center's third annual Research Symposium will be held in the Great Hall at Coffman Union on May 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Brian Druker, M.D., director of the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, and B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology, who will discuss Imatinib as a paradigm of molecularly targeted cancer therapies. Dr. Druker was instrumental in the development of Gleevec (Imatinib), which became the first FDA-approved targeted cancer therapy and has revolutionized the way patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia are treated. Dr. Fekadu Kassie is one of the featured speakers, and members of CVM faculty labs will be presenting at the poster session. Everyone is welcome to attend.
June 7 forum will explore food safety
"Ensuring Food Safety: Whose Responsibility?" a forum to be held at the Cargill Building on June 7, will explore the challenges, complexities, and responsibilities of safe food from multiple perspectives. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is part of the Finding Common Ground Forum Series hosted by the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership and Center for Integrative Leadership. Learn more and register at www.leadership.umn.edu/FoodSafety.html.
Global One Health Fund seeks proposals
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety's Global One Health Fund provides start-up money for new public-private-academic partnerships involving University Of Minnesota faculty. Two to five awards of up to $10,000 will be given in these areas:
- Ecosystem health challenges at the intersection of human and animal health and the environment
- Emerging issues involving potential zoonoses, occupational health, and environmental health
- Global food system challenges that result in intentional or catastrophic contamination of food or system disruption.
- Plant health
- Projects that address global food security through collaborations that involve the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
New graduate student opportunity
This year, one award of $2,500 will be provided to support collaborative and innovative One Health approaches to swine production—topics specifically related to producer/worker health and safety.
The deadline for proposals is June 11 at 8 a.m. To learn more, go to www.cahfs.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/@cahfs/documents/article/cvm_article_387931.pdf.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Liz Pluhar presents keynote at Neuro-Oncology Symposium
"Canines Curing Cancer: Transforming Brain Tumor Therapy," presented by Dr. Liz Pluhar, associate professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, was the keynote at the Neuro-Oncology Symposium, "Basic Discovery Accelerating Groundbreaking Brain Tumor Therapy," held at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel May 17-19. Presented by The Brain Tumor Program at the University of Minnesota and Masonic Cancer Center, the symposium was designed to highlight recent advances in understanding the pathogenesis and novel treatments of brain tumors. Its target audience included neurologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists, researchers, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, radiologists, and other providers involved with the treatment of brain tumors.
Wade Gingerich passes dentistry and oral surgery boards
The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service is happy to announce that Dr. Wade Gingerich has successfully passed his dentistry and oral surgery boards and is now a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.
Welcome to the College
Welcome to the following employees who joined the College of Veterinary Medicine or transferred to another area in April:
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department
Rachel M. Nygaard, post-doctoral associate
Liqian Zhu, post-doctoral associate
Veterinary Medical Center
Kevin E. Bergstrom, veterinary technician
Kimberly S. Kosin, veterinary technician
Brenda M. Mielke, clinical informatics specialist
Janet L. Nelson, veterinary technician supervisor
Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Erin T. Roach, junior scientist
Harsha Verma, post-doctoral associate
Congratulations to these staff members on their recent promotions:
- Ronda K. Aho, promoted to scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (pathology)
- Amber Burnette, promoted to program associate, The Raptor Center
- Mark Diehl, promoted to scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (necropsy)
- Kathryn Fryxell, promoted to teaching specialist, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department
- Katrina Laube, promoted to quality coordinator, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (administration)
In the news (top)
Harmon, a bald eagle chick
The story of a 3-week-old Minnesota bald eagle chick that was removed from its nest, examined and treated at The Raptor Center, and returned to the nest was avidly followed by the media. In addition to a segment on "Good Morning America" on May 7, the coverage included—
Combined with The Raptor Center's own communications via e-mail, blog, and Facebook, the story resulted in more than 100 gifts totaling over $4,500 over a few days. See the bald eagle chick and its parents in the nest in a live, streaming video on the Minnesota Bound website at http://www.mnbound.com/live-eagle-cam/.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center
CVM Research Seminar: Wednesdays, 3 p.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 8 a.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Comparative Oncology Seminar: Every two months on the second Thursday of the month, noon, 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Large Animal Grand Rounds: Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center
Seminars on Teaching and Conversations on Teaching: Fridays, noon-12:50 p.m., 213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Monday, May 21
Public Health Institute
Starts today and runs through June 8
For more information, visit www.sph.umn.edu/ce/institute/.
Tuesday, May 22
Minnesota Dairy Health Conference
Starts today and continues through Thursday, May 24
Minneapolis Airport Marriott
Learn more and register at www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/MinnesotaDairyHealth/dairy/home.html.
Signature Program Annual Research Retreat
Keynote speakers will include Dr. David Haworth, president and chief executive officer of Morris Animal Foundation. The event will have a panel discussion on the CVM’s global land grant research mission, developing a successful “one health” research program, and five parallel breakout sessions:
- The CVM’s international research programs
- How to build and strengthen internal and external partnerships
- Bridging "bench to bedside"
- Fundraising efforts to build a sustainable research future: envisioning a new financial model
- Research infrastructure (core resources; building successful research programs for new investigators, pre/postdoctoral fellows, and residents)
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
105 Cargill Building
Community-University Networking Gathering
Participants will discuss potential research projects and partnerships of mutual interest and learn more about what each of the parties can offer.
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Institute for Advanced Study
University Hotel Minneapolis Faculty Room and Patio, 615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis
Contact: Jawad Towns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-6425
Wednesday, May 23
CVM Research Seminar
Genome Projects Developing Mini Promoters for the Brain, Spinal Cord, and Eye: Toward Gene Therapy
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Simpson, University of British Colombia
Hosted by Dr. Jane Armstrong
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Jaclyn Barnes at email@example.com or 612-624-2700.
Friday, May 25
Last day of spring classes and final exams
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day holiday; University closed
Wednesday, May 30
CVM Education Day
This year’s event will feature plenary speaker Nathan Kuncel, Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, and include educational workshops and a poster/demonstration session. The event also includes the presentation of faculty awards related to teaching, including the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, the Mark of Excellence Award, the Excellence in Course Coordination Award, the departmental teaching awards, and other honors.
Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Masonic Cancer Center Third Annual Research Symposium
Keynote speaker: Brian Druker, M.D., director, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science
University, and B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology, who will discuss Imatinib as a paradigm of molecularly targeted cancer therapies. Dr. Druker was instrumental in the development of Gleevec (Imatinib), which became the first FDA-approved targeted cancer therapy, and has revolutionized the way we care for patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Dr. Fekadu Kassie is one of the featured speakers, and members of CVM faculty labs will be presenting at the poster session.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Great Hall, Coffman Union
Everyone is welcome to attend.
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum
Starts today; continues through June 2
New Orleans, Louisiana
For more information and to register, go to www.acvim.org/websites/forum2011/index.php?p=460.
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Reception
Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
Register for the reception
Friday, June 1
Provost's Scholarship Golf Open
University of Minnesota Golf Course
Hosted by the Department of Recreational Sports and the University Golf Course, this event benefits students by raising funds to endow student scholarships.
The registration deadline is May 25. Learn more and download a registration form at http://recsports.umn.edu/emails/provost_2012.html.
Seminar on Teaching
Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Wednesday, June 6
Recognition Event for Employees with Milestone Work Anniversaries
Seven College of Veterinary Medicine employees will be honored.
Thursday, June 7
Ensuring Food Safety: Whose Responsibility?
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cargill Building, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
The challenges, complexities, and responsibilities of safe food will be looked at from multiple perspectives in this full-day forum. This event is part of the Finding Common Ground Forum Series, hosted by the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership and Center for Integrative Leadership.
Learn more and register at www.leadership.umn.edu/FoodSafety.html.
Feline Surface Ocular Disease
Presented by Dr. Christine Lim
7:00-8:30 p.m. (complimentary light dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.)
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
For more information and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/home.html.
Friday, June 8
Conversations on Teaching
Curriculum Review/Revision Update
Presented by Curriculum Review Board
213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Wednesday, June 13
Workshop: Dealing with Outrage
Presented by Will Hueston, Ph.D., executive director, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership
Hosted by the Academic and Student Affairs Office
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
The workshop will include sharing of past challenges with "outrage," a risk communication model and common pitfalls, opportunities to practice skills, strategies for response to outrage, and more. RSVP to Amanda Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 30
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Admission is free and pets are welcome. Learn more at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/pet-a-palooza/.
You can help important research efforts. For information about clinical studies currently enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center, visit the Clinical Investigation Center Web site at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
Need a home (top)
Beulah, a spayed female cat
Beulah, a spayed female domestic shorthair cat, is black and completely declawed. A former blood donor, she would do best as a single, indoor cat. Contact Beth Olmstead at email@example.com.
Micetro, a feline blood donor
Micetro, a 4-year-old neutered male feline blood donor, needs a foster home. An orange and white domestic shorthair, Micetro is friendly, outgoing, and has been around other cats. Contact Beth Olmstead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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