June 3, 2013
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 email@example.com by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- College awards DVM, PhD, MPH, and MS degrees at commencement
- Donors recognized at annual Dean's Spring Reception
- TRC hosts Spring Raptor Release
- In memory: Ashley Robinson
- CVM volunteer event planned for June 8
- Staff Appreciation Day set for June 27
- In the news
- Canine cancer
- Nathan Kjelland, class of 2002
- Faculty and staff news
- Welcome to the college
- Jaime Modiano featured in Legacy
- Student news
- Chris Thomson receives Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach
- Clinical Investigation Center
College awards DVM, PhD, MPH, and MS degrees at commencement
The college's annual commencement ceremony was held May 11 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, where DVM, PhD, MPH, and MS degrees were awarded. The commencement speaker was Clint Lewis, executive vice president and president of U.S. operations at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), a global animal health company. Dean Trevor Ames and Dr. Tucker LeBien, the Academic Health Center's associate vice president for research, gave opening remarks, and Jason Robinson presented the response for the Class of 2013. See photos from commencement.
Donors recognized at annual Dean's Spring Reception
Dean Trevor Ames and the college's development staff hosted major donors at the annual Dean's Spring Reception at TCF Bank Stadium on May 22. The reception offered donors the opportunity to meet and hear from endowed chairs Dr. Carol Cardona, Pomeroy Chair in Avian Health; Dr. Michael Conzemius, Tata Group Chair in Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery; Dr. Will Hueston, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership Endowed Chair; Dr. Jaime Modiano, Perlman Chair in Animal Oncology; and Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity. New Dean's Circle members were also recognized at the event. The Dean's Circle includes donors whose cumulative lifetime cash gifts to any area of the College total $5,000 or more.
TRC hosts Spring Raptor Release
The Raptor Center hosted its annual Spring Raptor Release at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington on May 4, releasing three rehabilitated birds of prey and providing educational exhibits with eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. See photos from the Spring Raptor Release.
In memory: Ashley Robinson
Dr. Robert Ashley Robinson, one of the college's pioneers in One Health, died at home in New Zealand on May 20. Dr. Robinson retired from a 20-year faculty career in veterinary epidemiology and public health at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. For the next 18 months, he worked for Tufts University and lived in Jordan as a liaison for the USAID Middle East Regional Cooperation Project. The project was part of the peace process, and involved veterinarians from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian authority working together on regional animal disease problems.
"While humans understand lines in the sand, unfortunately animals don't recognize those international barriers," he said.
In 1999, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) as associate dean for preclinical affairs. At WesternU, he developed a framework for the college's problem-based learning curriculum, which emphasized student-centered learning, interpersonal communications skills, and teamwork. WesternU's College of Veterinary Medicine was the first veterinary school in Southern California, and the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in more than 20 years.
A native of New Zealand, Ashley earned his bachelor's degree in veterinary science from the University of Sydney in Australia, and his master's in public health and doctorate in veterinary microbiology from the University of Minnesota. He was very active in graduate education and influenced the lives of many graduate students, including current faculty members Dr. Jeff Bender, Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan, and Dr. Scott Wells. He lectured at universities, symposiums, and conferences in Thailand, Morocco, Italy, Vietnam, Kenya, and Trinidad. He was also involved in Habitat For Humanity and Heifer International, an organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty by providing food- and income-providing animals to families. He is survived by his wife, Stella, and two children.
CVM volunteer event planned for June 8
The summer CVM Volunteers event will be on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Nature Center. CVM volunteers will be planting a new rain garden as part of the Living Streets program, which promotes narrower streets with sidewalks that address runoff management needs. Everyone is welcome—students, grad students, faculty, staff, VDL, VMC, CVM. Bring your family and friends to help, and plan to explore the trails while you're there! The organizers would love a headcount (even if it is tentative) and ages of any kids. Please send maybes, yeses, and questions to Erin Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center, visit www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=342.
Staff Appreciation Day set for June 27
The College's annual Staff Appreciation Day event is planned for Thursday, June 27. The awards program will be held at 11:30 a.m. in 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center, followed by lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine building. RSVP by Friday, June 14, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013RSVPSTAFFDAY.
In the news (top)
"Rilley the Miracle Dog," a story in The Star, told the story of Rilley, a beagle with life-threatening meningioma who took part in the experimental brain tumor treatment pioneered by Dr. Liz Pluhar and the late Dr. John Ohlfest at the University of Minnesota. Three years later, Rilley is healthy and cancer-free. "Animal Attraction: Finding Answers to Canine Cancer," a story on KHOU.com, mentioned research by Dr. Jaime Modiano and his colleagues at North Carolina State University and The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Nathan Kjelland, class of 2002
Dr. Nathan Kjelland, class of 2002, was the subject of a May 27 feature story, "Veterinarian Works Dream Job in Rural ND," in the Grand Forks Herald.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Staff members promoted
Congratulations to these staff members on their recent promotions:
- Jeein Chung, promoted to analyst
- Jessica L. Petersen, promoted to research associate
- Kevin D. Williams, promoted to junior scientist
Welcome to the college
Welcome to the following employees who joined the college in May:
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
Caitlin M. Feiock, assistant scientist
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Katherine M. Gundry, junior scientist, viral serology
Hallie C. Richards, junior scientist, bacteriology/mastitis
Veterinary Medical Center
Danielle R. McCarthy, veterinary technician
Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Thomas Bakken, scientist
Ventkatramana Divana Krishna Bhat, post-doctoral associate
Alice Nomura, graduate school trainee
Jaime Modiano featured in Legacy
"Up Close with Jaime Modiano," a story in the spring issue of Legacy, the University of Minnesota Foundation magazine, featured an interview with Dr. Jaime Modiano, Perlman Chair in Animal Oncology and director of the Animal Cancer Care and Research program. Jaime discussed the similarities of cancers in dogs and people, the advantages of studying cancer in dogs and applying those findings to people, what makes the U stand out, and more.
"We study cancer in dogs because we're veterinarians," Jaime says. "That being said, we need to look at how anything we do has the potential to improve human health."
Student news (top)
Chris Thomson receives Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach
Chris Thomson, a second-year veterinary student, is the first University of Minnesota student to be awarded the Americans for Medical Progress Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach. His program will focus on student-to-student outreach at veterinary schools and conferences across America. Through campus presentations, workshops, and media initiatives, he will build and maintain informed understanding and acceptance of the importance of animals to biomedical research. The project, “The Veterinary Impact,” will also feature a website and series of posters.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center
CVM Research Seminars: Will resume in September
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 8 a.m., 135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Comparative Oncology Seminar: Every second Thursday of the month, noon, 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Large Animal Grand Rounds: Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center
Seminars on Teaching/Conversations on Teaching: Fridays, noon-12:50 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Thursday, June 6
Tell Me Where it Hurts: Pain Assessment and Treatment for the Non-verbal Patient
Presented by Drs. Angie Jimenez and Kerry J. Woodhouse
7 p.m. (complimentary light dinner at 6:30 p.m.)
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
For details and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/.
Friday, June 7
Provost's Scholarship Open
Benefits students of the University of Minnesota by raising funds to endow student scholarships
University of Minnesota Golf Course
Conversations on Teaching
Course Coordinator Meeting
Presented by course coordinators/chairs
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Saturday, June 8
CVM Volunteer Event
CVM volunteers will be planting a new rain garden as part of the Living Streets program, which promotes narrower streets with sidewalks that address runoff management needs. Everyone is welcome—students, grad students, faculty, staff, VDL, VMC, CVM. Bring your family and friends to help, and plan to explore the trails while you're there!
Maplewood Nature Center
The organizers would love a headcount (even if it is tentative) and ages of any kids. Please send maybes, yeses, and questions to Erin Malone at email@example.com.
For more information about Maplewood Nature Center, visit www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=342.
Wednesday, June 12-Saturday, June 15
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum
Learn more and register
Friday, June 14
Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building Grand Opening
Noon-2 p.m., program at 12:30 p.m.
Corner of Sixth Street SE and 23rd Avenues SE behind TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis East Bank Campus
RSVP by Friday, June 7, to z.umn.edu/ccrbopening or 612 624-5100.
Thursday, June 27
Staff Appreciation Day
- 11:30 a.m. Awards program, 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
- Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Lobby
RSVP by Friday, June 14, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013RSVPSTAFFDAY.
Dogs are needed for a variety of studies in anesthesia, cancer, dentistry, emergency/critical care, internal medicine, neurology, and orthopedics/surgery, some of which help cover the cost of care. For information about current studies, visit the Clinical Investigation Center website at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
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