June 17, 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.
Editor's note: CVM NewsCalendar will be taking a brief hiatus while the editor is on vacation.
The next issue is planned for July 15.
In this issue
- College news
- Teaching awards presented at Education Day
- TRC hosts VetLEAD student
- Staff Appreciation Day is June 27
- Explore the food system from farm to table in Chile this October
- Veterinary Medical Library news: open access initiative
- CVM Web traffic report: May
- In the news
- Canine cancer study
- Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- Outstanding Service Award recipient John King
- Injured bald eagle; owl rescue
- Peregrine falcons
- Faculty and staff news
- Jeff Bender appointed chair of AVMA committee
- Gene Hugoson serves on National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Cardiologists publish scientific report in JAVMA
- Clinical Investigation Center
Teaching awards presented at Education Day
The College's fourth annual Education Day, held on May 31, included a poster session, sequential seminars, a plenary session, and the presentation of awards to faculty and staff who exemplify excellence in education. See a list of award winners.
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TRC hosts VetLEAD student
The Raptor Center is hosting Miranda Shaw through Veterinary Leadership through Early Admissions for Diversity (VetLEAD), a CVM program designed to meet the increasing demand for veterinarians in under-served areas and promote diversity within the veterinary student body. VetLEAD creates a pathway into veterinary school for high-ability students at select partner institutions such as Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Miranda is spending time in The Raptor Center's clinic and education department.
Staff Appreciation Day is 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.
Explore the food system from farm to table in Chile this October
An October 21-25 study program will explore aspects of animal welfare and health, food safety, food protection, and public health through a variety of site visits and facilitated discussions in Chile. Presented by the Inter-American Cooperation on Agriculture, University of Chile, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota, and The Ohio State University, site visits will include AGROSUR poultry processing plant, the main poultry company in Chile, a dairy plant that produces 500 tons of product per month while maintaining the artisanal flavor of fresh cheese, small beef farmers that are part of the PABCO group (animal farm under official control), which exports products to Europe, and a high-end ready-to-eat meat processing facility. The registration fee covers four nights accommodations, transportation between sites, course materials, and a group dinner. The course can be taken for continuing education credit or academic credit (VMED 5997). Early registration ($1,400 USD) closes August 2. For more details, visit www.cahfs.umn.edu/programs/farmtotable/.
Veterinary Medical Library news
Federal government open access initiative
In February, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a directive requiring some 17 agencies to develop policies for open access to publications and management plans for data resulting from federally sponsored research. Two proposals have recently emerged to address the necessary infrastructure for this direction. First, a coalition of publishers has proposed CHORUS (Clearinghouse for Open Research of the United States). CHORUS represents a group of publishers, both commercial and not-for-profit, and also includes a resource partner, CrossRef (a nonprofit organization responsible for enabling inking among publishing platforms). CHORUS builds on existing publisher platforms.
A second proposal, advanced by a joint working group of the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and Association of Research Libraries, is called the Shared Access Research Ecosystem, or SHARE. SHARE would build on existing institutional and domain repositories in a more federated model.
Each proposal has some pluses and minuses. There is merit in a coherent and well-coordinated technology infrastructure, and there is merit in keeping intellectual goods of the academy within the academy. As the planning evolves, libraries are sure to have a role in addressing both issues of infrastructure and access. Discussions are already underway on campus about how the University of Minnesota will respond and contribute to this emerging requirement and opportunity. For more information, see the recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education or contact Andre Nault, head of the Veterinary Medical Library. Andre is always available for consults about copyright, author's rights, and open access.
CVM Web traffic report: May
Top 10 College of Veterinary Medicine websites: May 2013
By number of visits
Data from Google Analytics
- College of Veterinary Medicine: 20,484 visits
- Veterinary Anatomy: 11,235 visits
- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 11,043 visits
- The Raptor Center: 8,080 visits
- Equine Center: 7,774 visits
- Veterinary Medical Center: 6,617 visits
- Minnesota Urolith Center: 4,630 visits
- Education and Student Services: 4,374 visits
- Veterinary Medical Library: 3,382 visits
- Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: 3,293 visits
By the numbers
Visits to the College of Veterinary Medicine home page came from 7,759 people ("unique visitors") in 108 countries and territories; 30 percent were new visitors. Visitors spent an average of 3:32 minutes on the site and viewed an average of 1.94 pages per visit. Ninety-four percent of the visitors were from the United States, and 75 percent of those were from Minnesota, mostly St. Paul. Forty-nine percent used Internet Explorer, with Chrome being the next-most-popular browser. The Veterinary Anatomy site had visitors from 127 countries and territories.
In the news (top)
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
"University of Minnesota Experts Work to Stem Spread of Fatal Pig Virus," a story on the Minnesota Farm Guide website, reported that a team of University of Minnesota experts in the College of Veterinary Medicine are among those leading efforts to prevent further spread of the recently confirmed outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Minnesota, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois. Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, associate professor and Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity, was quoted. She was also cited on KARE 11, The Pig Site, and TwinCities.com and in the Fargo-Morehead Inforum and St. Cloud Times.
Canine cancer study
"Canine Cancer Study Helps Human Brain Tumor Patients," a June 11 story on FOX9, discussed Dr. Liz Pluhar's work with canine brain cancer and the case of Murphy, a boxer diagnosed with glioma. The story also included an update on John Huls, a human brain cancer patient who was treated in 2011 and is still doing well.
Outstanding Service Award recipient John King
Dr. John King, the CVM alumnus who recently received the college's Outstanding Service Award, was profiled in the Le Sueur News-Herald.
Injured bald eagle, owl rescue
"Emu Ranch, Fledgling Employee, Come to Aid of Injured Bald Eagle," a story in Park Rapids Enterprise, reported on a bald eagle that was found injured near International Falls and transported to The Raptor Center for treatment. The story of a great horned owl rescued by a Raptor Center volunteer was told in the Isanti County News article "Raptor Center Rescues Injured Great Horned Owl in Isanti County."
FOX 47 aired a story about the banding of peregrine falcon chicks at the Mayo Clinic by representatives of The Raptor Center. The event was also covered by the Rochester PostBulletin.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Jeff Bender appointed chair of AVMA committee
Dr. Jeff Bender, professor of veterinary public health, has been appointed chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) antimicrobial stewardship committee for companion animals. The task force will strive to give companion animal veterinarians antimicrobial stewardship programs similar to those used in human hospitals. A group of experts in small animal medicine, infection control, and public health will find ways to reduce the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and improve stewardship by companion animal veterinarians and their practices. The task force’s work will involve developing educational messages for clinicians, working with veterinary colleges on antimicrobial use education, and developing a national campaign to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials in pets.
Gene Hugoson serves on National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Gene Hugoson, analyst with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a program unit of the National Research Council responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources. The board also makes an annual appraisal of emerging issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and the natural resource base supporting their production.
Cardiologists publish scientific report in JAVMA
"Structural and Functional Cardiovascular Changes and Their Consequences Following Interventional Patent Ductus Arteriosus Occlusion in Dogs: 24 Cases (2000–2006)," by Drs. Christopher D. Stauthammer, Anthony H. Tobias, Damon B. Leeder, and Maxie U. Krüger, was published in the June 15 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center. Canceled for Monday, July 8.
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
Monday, June 17
Veterinary Intern Orientation
458 Veterinary Medical Center
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.
Thursday, July 4
University closed for Fourth of July holiday
Monday, July 8
New employee orientation canceled
Friday, July 19-Tuesday, July 23
American Veterinary Medical Association Convention
Learn more and register
Monday, July 22
American Veterinary Medical Association Alumni Reception
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
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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