July 16, 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 email@example.com by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- Staff Appreciation Day is July 26; RSVP by today and vote for award recipients by Wednesday
- Research Day planned for October 10
- CVM Volunteers update
- CVM Web traffic report: June 2012
- Faculty and staff news
- Kent Reed receives National Turkey Federation Research Award
- Rod DeVriendt completes President's Emerging Leaders program
- Congratulations: recent promotions
- Welcome to the College
- Student news
- Michael Mahero finishes residency, will make presentation at international conference
- Luís Mendonca successfully defends M.S. research
- Alumni news
- Barbara Knust receives James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award
- In the news
- Washington Post explores exercise-induced collapse
- KARE-11 and WCCO interview Shaun Kennedy
- Farmers Weekly cites Paul Rapnicki
- WCCO promotes Pet-a-Palooza
- Post-Bulletin explores raptor education; Pine Journal references The Raptor Center
- Clinical Investigation Center
- Blood samples needed from spayed cats
- Needs a home
- Micetro, a feline blood donor
Staff Appreciation Day is July 26; RSVP by today and vote for award recipients by Wednesday
Plans for Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday, July 26, continue to evolve.
- The College received 23 nominations for the annual Carl (Chuck) W. Edborg III Award and 11 nominations for the Outstanding Faculty or P&A (professional and administrative) Award, and voting is now underway to determine the recipients. For a list of the nominees and to vote, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012StaffNominations. Vote by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 18. The awards will be presented at the Staff Appreciation Day awards program on July 26 from 11:30 a.m.-noon in 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center.
- After the awards program, faculty and staff will gather for a picnic luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. in the lobby area of 125/135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. RSVP by 4:30 p.m. today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012CVMSTAFFDAY.
- After the picnic luncheon, there will be an ice cream social from 2-6 p.m., with a dunk tank from 2-4 p.m. and Olympic-style relay races from 2:30-5:30 p.m. outside the Pomeroy Center.
Research Day planned for October 10
Planning is underway for the College' Points of Pride Research Day on October 10. The annual event will include a poster competition, seminars by the recipients of the Distinguished Research Alumnus Award and Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, a reception, and more.
CVM Volunteers update
Erin Malone reports that 341 volunteer hours were recorded for June, a great start to meeting the 2012 goal of 2,000 hours. The VMC staff now has access to the volunteer log (a spreadsheet) in the VMC shared drive under CVM_Volunteers. If you can't find the log or don't have access, you can still send your hours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pat Norgren takes her dog to the North Memorial Trauma Center and the Pediatric ER as a therapy for patients.
"This is the most fun and rewarding thing I have done with a dog," she says. "To see patients' eyes light up when you walk into the room is instant gratification." Dogs must have some obedience training and pass a test. For more information, talk to Pat or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Hammer volunteer event is Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CVM volunteers will be cleaning Hammer's administration building and as much of the residential area as they can get to in four hours. Hammer will supply the cleaning supplies; volunteers just show up, and are free to come and go if they can't spend the entire morning. The VMC will sponsor a cold snack afterwards.
Address : 1909 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata, Minnesota
Cars will also be leaving from the U, and CVM volunteers will try to carpool. Meeting time at the U:
Spouses, significant others, and family members are welcome. To learn more about Hammer, visit www.hammer.org/.
To confirm that you're planning to participate, e-mail Erin Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteers are needed for the Polo Classic, a Sunday, August 12, event that will benefit the University of Minnesota Equine Center. Volunteers will work in three three-hour shifts setting up tables and chairs, placing marketing materials on the tables, carrying ice, driving golf carts, taking tickets, cleaning up, and taking down tables and chairs. Every volunteer will get into the event free and receive a free lunch. Visit CVM Volunteers for more information.
- Volunteers are needed for the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair August 23-September 3. For more information, visit www.mvma.org/MOBC.asp.
CVM Web traffic report: June 2012
Top 10 CVM Web sites
By number of visits
Data from Google Analytics
- College of Veterinary Medicine: 22,327 visits
- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 9,006 visits
- Veterinary Anatomy: 8,234 visits
- The Raptor Center: 6,815 visits
- Veterinary Medical Center: 5,930 visits
- Equine Center: 5,808 visits
- Education and Student Services: 3,980 visits
- Minnesota Urolith Center: 3,776 visits
- Veterinary Medical Library: 3,515 visits
- Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: 2,016 visits
By the numbers
Visits to the CVM home page came from 7,549 people in 95 countries and territories. Most (74 percent) were returning visitors; 26 percent were new visitors. Visitors viewed an average of 1.9 pages and spent an average of 3:52 minutes on the site. Most (61 percent) used Internet Explorer. Most (55 percent) arrived at the site through a search engine, usually Google. The Veterinary Anatomy site had visitors from 117 countries and territories.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Kent Reed receives National Turkey Federation Research Award
Dr. Kent Reed, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was presented with the National Turkey Federation Research Award at the annual meeting of the Poultry Science Association in Athens, Georgia, July 9-12. The Poultry Science Association is a global scientific society dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge generated by poultry research—knowledge that enhances human and animal health and well-being, and provides for the ethical, sustainable, and economical production of food.
Rod DeVriendt completes President's Emerging Leaders program
Rod DeVriendt, human resources specialist, completed the University's President's Emerging Leaders (PEL) program in June. The PEL program provides a leadership development opportunity for high-potential professional and administrative, civil service, and bargaining unit staff. The year-long program, co-delivered with the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources, features educational and experiential components, fosters a broad perspective of the University as an enterprise, and promotes skill development to enhance leadership effectiveness. Rod's leadership project was "Cultivating Innovation for Equity and Diversity," in which he and fellow team members from around the U developed a model and conversation aids that introduced the concept of innovation management to Office for Equity and Diversity administration. To learn more about Rod's project, visit www1.umn.edu/ohr/pel/projects/governance/index.html. For more information about the PEL program, go to www1.umn.edu/ohr/pel/.
Congratulations: recent promotions
Congratulations to these faculty and staff members on their recent promotions:
- Michael Henson, promoted to associate clinical professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
- Shaun Kennedy, promoted to associate professor, Veterinary Population Medicine Department
- Angela Kimmel, promoted to assistant scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (pathology)
- Nicole L. Newville, promoted to customer contact center supervisor, Veterinary Medical Center
- Erin E. Royster, promoted to instructor, Veterinary Population Medicine Department
- Srinand Sreevatsan, promoted to professor, Veterinary Population Medicine Department
- Troy Trumble, promoted to associate professor, Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Welcome to the College
Welcome to the following employees who joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in June:
Kristen R. Hayden, principal office and administrative specialist
Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Cara Cherry, veterinary resident-graduate program
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Charles S. Johnson, post-doctoral associate
Jessica Williams-Nguyen, research specialist
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Lauren E. Devine
Jeffrey D. MacLellan
Andrew G. Marsh
Michelle L. Provencher
Krystina L. Stadler
Rebecca A. Walton
Alyse C. Zacuto
Eugene Nwaokorie, post-doctoral associate
Veterinary Medical Center
Amy Brown, principal office and administrative specialist (administration)
Veterinary Population Medicine
Ahmed Abd-Allah, Ph.D. candidate research assistant
Bruce Kennedy, graduate school trainee
Student news (top)
Michael Mahero finishes residency, will make presentation at international conference
Center for Animal Health and Food Safety veterinary public health resident Dr. Michael Mahero completed his residency on June 22 and will complete his M.P.H. in the near future. He will be working with the RESPOND group to advance One Health University Networks in Africa and Asia while advancing ecosystem health research programs in the U.S. and abroad. He will present "Evaluation of Good Agricultural Practices on Minnesota Vegetable Growing Operations" at the International Association for Food Protection annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island July 22-25. Learn more about the conference at www.foodprotection.org/annualmeeting/.
Luís Mendonca successfully defends M.S. research
Luís Mendonca, a graduate student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, has successfully defended his M.S. research, “Comparison of Holstein and Montbéliarde-sired Crossbred Dairy Cows during the Transition Period.” Luís was advised by Dr. Ricardo Chebel. Luís will remain at the College, where he has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in veterinary medicine.
Alumni news (top)
Barbara Knust receives James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award
Dr. Barbara Knust, who was a veterinary public health resident and master of public health student at the College from 2007-2009, received the 2012 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in April. Named for the first chief of the CDC's Veterinary Public Health Division, the annual award is given to current or recent Epidemic Intelligence Service officers for outstanding contributions to veterinary public health. Dr. Knust is a veterinary epidemiologist with the CDC Viral Special Pathogens branch and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. She was honored for domestic and international work with zoonotic viruses and diseases, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and lymphocytic choriomeningitis, a rodent-borne viral infectious disease.
In the news (top)
Washington Post explores exercise-induced collapse
"Extreme Heat Can Make Some Dogs Prone to Dangerous Medical Conditions," an article published by the Washington Post on July 9, discussed exercise-induced collapse and cited Katie Minor, junior scientist, and the Minnesota Canine Genetics Lab.
KARE-11 and WCCO-TV interview Shaun Kennedy
Shaun Kennedy, director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, stopped by the KARE studios on July 3 to share food-safety tips for Fourth of July picnics. See the story at www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=981880. He was also quoted in a WCCO-TV story about chicken jerky dog treats that are making dogs sick. “Even low levels of contamination can represent significant problems,” he commented. The story is online at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/06/29/jerky-dog-treat-causing-illness-in-pets/.
Farmers Weekly cites Paul Rapnicki
"Train Your Staff to Understand Cow Behaviour," a July 4 story in Farmers Weekly, cited Dr. Paul Rapnicki, clinical professor, who spoke at the Large Herds Seminar in Gloucestershire, England, in June.
WCCO promotes Pet-a-Palooza
"Minnesota State Fairgrounds Going to the Dogs," a June 30 story on WCCO, promoted Pet-a-Palooza, a June 30 event sponsored by the Veterinary Medical Center.
Post-Bulletin explores raptor education; Pine Journal references The Raptor Center
"Many Ways to Help Raptors," a story in the July 12 issue of the Post-Bulletin, reviewed The Raptor Center's education programs and included quotes from Dr. Pat Redig, professor and co-founder, and a photo of Mike Billington, interpretive naturalist. "Rising Waters Pose Peril to Falcon Family," an article in the July 6 issue of Carlton County's newspaper, Pine Journal, cited volunteer Jackie Fallon and mentioned that the Midwest Peregrine Society was an offshoot of The Raptor Center.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
Friday, July 20
Master's Thesis Defense Seminar
Epidemiological and Economic Implications of Air Filtration Systems to Prevent PRRSV in Large Sow Herds
Presented by Carmen Alonso
Advisor: Dr. Peter Davies
213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Everyone is welcome to attend.
University of Minnesota Ice Cream Social
A free event marking the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant universities—and Minnesota's one and only land-grant research university.
Learn more about what it means to be land-grant institution and watch the video at landgrant150.umn.edu.
Thursday, July 26
CVM Staff Appreciation Day
- Staff awards program: 11:30-noon, 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
- Picnic luncheon: noon-1:30 p.m., lobby of Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine building
- Ice cream social: 2-6 p.m., Pomeroy Center and outside area
- Dunk tank: 2-4 p.m.
- Olympic relay races, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Contact: Leslie, social committee chair, at 6-8472 or email@example.com.
Friday, July 27
Hill's Pet Food Distribution
7:00-9:45 a.m. and noon-2:45 p.m.
Gortner Avenue Dock, Large Animal Hospital
Friday, August 3
American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention
Starts today and runs through August 7
San Diego, California
For more information and to register, visit www.avmaconvention.org/avma12/public/enter.aspx.
Monday, August 6
AVMA Alumni Reception
Room Ford BC, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
One Market Place, San Diego, California 92101
RSVP to Jen Scholl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 9
Memories Garden Reception
Reception: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.
Nestle Purina Memories Garden
Saturday, August 11
Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference and Expo
Starts today and runs through August 15
For more information and to register, visit www.conferenceoffice.com/aav/.
Sunday, August 12
Benefits the Equine Center
Gate opens at 11 a.m.; match starts at 2 p.m.
Twin Cities Polo Club Field, Maple Plain, Minnesota
Adults $25/ages 12-18 $10/under 12 free
For tickets, visit www.thepoloclassic.com.
Thursday, August 16
Tee It Up, the Annual Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation Golf Classic
Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, Minnesota
To learn more and sign up, visit www.mvma.org/golf.asp.
Wednesday, August 22
Celebrate U! Employee Appreciation Event
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Northrop Plaza and Lawnspace
University staff and faculty are invited. Learn more at www1.umn.edu/ohr/wellness/celebrateu/.
Thursday, August 23
Minnesota State Fair
Starts today and continues through Monday, September 3
Blood samples needed from spayed cats
The Clinical Investigation Center (CIC) is looking for female cats to help a sponsor validate a new assay to indicate the presence of ovaries or ovarian remnants. If validated, the new assay would be helpful to humane societies, rescue groups, and veterinarians when there is no spay history for female animals. The new test would be a non-invasive way to determine reproductive status.
The CIC needs female cats that were spayed between six months and five years ago. They must be at least 6 months old (all permanent teeth present). A blood sample and a few pieces of information will be requested. If you are able to bring your cat to the CIC, CIC staff will either watch your cat for the day or set up a specific time to take the blood sample. To participate, contact Sara Pracht at email@example.com or 626-3574.
To learn more about other clinical studies currently enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center, visit the Clinical Investigation Center Web site at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
Needs a home (top)
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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