July 30, 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
- Employees recognized at annual Staff Appreciation Day event
- Research Day award recipients announced
- Animals are engines of growth in rural Minnesota
- Did you know? The library's computer lab is available for classes and meetings
- Faculty and staff news
- Sandra Koch and Sheila Torres attend conference
- Student news
- CAHFS residents pass ACVPM board exams
- Alumni news
- Bruce Coston publishes new book
- In the news
- Randy Singer responds to reports of superbug
- Expert panel addresses hidden camera investigation
- Minnesota Public Radio interviews Arno Wuenschmann
- Philadelphia Inquirer cites Jaime Modiano
- Owatonna People's Press reports on raptor program
- Food Quality interviews Will Hueston
- DVM360 reports on economic impact
- Clinical Investigation Center
- Blood samples needed from spayed cats
- Needs a home
- Ace, a miniature American Eskimo dog
- Micetro, a feline blood donor
Employees recognized at annual Staff Appreciation Day event
Rosemary Klass was honored with the Carl Edborg III Award and Dr. Vicki Wilke received the Outstanding Faculty/P&A Award at the College's annual staff appreciation day event on July 26. Fifty-three longevity awards were presented to staff members who have worked at the College for 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, and 5 years, and a buffet lunch was served, followed by an ice cream social, dunk tank event, and relay races.
Medal winners in the CVM Olympic Relay were:
- Gold: Brent Bassett, Kevin Williams
- Silver: Daniel Almeida, Siri Rea
- Bronze: Justin Uhl, Amber Winter
Research Day award recipients announced
The College's annual Points of Pride Research Day, set for October 10, will include the presentation of the Distinguished Research Alumnus award to Dr. Ramesh Akkina, a professor of virology at Colorado State University who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1982. Dr. James Mickelson, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, will be honored with the Pfizer Research Excellence Award, and Dr. Randy Simonson, chief operating officer of Newport Labs, will be presented with the Distinguished Research Partner Award. Research Day will also include a poster-viewing session, refreshments, and poster competition awards.
Animals are engines of growth in rural Minnesota
The Minnesota Livestock Industry Benchmark Report, produced by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council and the University of Minnesota, found that the state’s animal agriculture industry is substantial and continues to create significant economic value to the state. The report, which compares 2010 data with benchmark measurements recorded in 2003. is online at http://agrigrowth.org/pdf/FullLivestockReport2012.pdf.
Did you know? The library's computer lab is available for classes and meetings
Did you know that the computer lab adjacent to the Veterinary Medical Library is available for classes and meetings? This recently refurbished room contains seating for up to 20, eight PCs, a podium, double ceiling-mounted projectors, and whiteboards. When the room isn't being used for fourth-year pathology rotations, it may be booked for small group meetings and classes. It can be accessed 24/7 by people affiliated with the College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information and to check availability, see the new Google calendar at https://hsl.lib.umn.edu/vetmed/services/computer-lab. To reserve the computer lab, contact Andre Nault at email@example.com or 4-5376.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Sandra Koch and Sheila Torres attend conference
Drs. Sandra Koch and Sheila Torres attended the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Vancouver, Canada, July 24-28.
Student news (top)
CAHFS residents pass ACVPM board exams
Jeein Chung and Michael Mahero have passed the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) board exam. Jeein is a veterinary public health resident with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS), and Michael is a former CAHFS resident who will be joining 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. Also passing the ACVPM exam taken this June were current Veterinary Population Medicine Department faculty member Riki Sorge, former Ph.D. student Amanda Beaudoin, and former graduate student Eran Raizman.
Alumni news (top)
Bruce Coston publishes new book
Dr. Bruce Coston, class of 1987, has published his second book, The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell. Published by St. Martin's Press and included in this year's Los Angeles Times summer reading list, the book celebrates the relationship that veterinarians enjoy with their patients, clients, and staff. Dr. Coston practices at Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital in Woodstock, Virginia, which he founded in 1992. His first book, Ask The Animals, came out in 2009.
In the news (top)
Randy Singer responds to reports of superbug
Dr. Randy Singer, associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was interviewed by several news organizations and media outlets, including ABC News, The Atlantic, the National Chicken Council, and the International Food Information Council, about the lack of a relationship between antibiotic use in chickens and multidrug resistant E. coli urinary tract infections in women. Read more:
Expert panel addresses hidden camera investigation
A panel of farm animal care specialists that included Dr. John Deen, professor, Veterinary Population Medicine Department, examined a video shot at a major Minnesota hog producer and posted on the Internet by Mercy For Animals on July 16. The Animal Care Review Panel was created by the Center for Food Integrity to foster a more balanced conversation and provide credible feedback to promote continuous improvement in farm animal care. In addition to John Deen, the panel that examined the video included Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson, University of Illinois, and Dr. Candace Croney, Purdue University. The panel's comments, published by Feedstuffs on July 18, are online at
nid=5F665F6B23A54F3681F5922478BF20E0. News coverage included:
Minnesota Public Radio cites Arno Wuenschmann
"Minnesota Zoo Exhibit Raises Dolphin Captivity Questions," a story on Minnesota Public Radio on July 16, cited Dr. Arno Wuenschmann, who performed a necropsy on Taijah, a young dolphin from the Minnesota Zoo who died in February. The exact cause of death was unknown. To listen or read more, go to http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/16/news/minnesota-zoo-dolphin-deaths/.
Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Jaime Modiano
"Penn Researchers Enlist Dogs in Battle Against Human Cancers," an article in the July 15 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, cited Dr. Jaime Modiano, professor and director of the Animal Cancer Care and Research program, who is collaborating with cancer researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.
Owatonna People's Press reports on raptor program
"Owatonna Library Hosts Raptor Show, More Than 200 Children Attend," reported on a Raptor Center program presented by Mike Billington, interpretive naturalist.
Food Quality interviews Will Hueston
"Traditional Poultry Meat Inspection Doesn't Address Biggest Public Health Threats," an article in Food Quality, quoted Dr. Will Hueston, executive director of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership.
DVM360 reports on economic impact
DVM360 reported on the economic impact of veterinary medicine in Minnesota in its state roundup.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
Friday, August 3
American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention
Starts August 3 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
Nestlé Purina Memories Garden Ceremony and Brick Dedication
Reception: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m.
Nestlé Purina Memories Garden
Saturday, August 11
Association of Avian Veterinarians Conference and Expo
Starts August 11 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.
Volunteers are needed for the event. Learn more at www.cvm.umn.edu/facultystaff/cvmvolunteers/home.html.
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
Wednesday, August 29
GOALE Student Orientation
University of Minnesota St. Paul campus
Thursday, August 30-Friday, August 31
GOALE Student Orientation
Camp St. Croix, Hudson, Wisconsin
Monday, September 3
University closed for Labor Day holiday
Tuesday, September 4
Fall full semester and first seven-week session classes begin
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)
Ace, a miniature American Eskimo dog
Born in December 2011, Ace is up-to-date on his vaccinations. He is high-energy, but can also be a cuddly couch potato. Contact Janice at 952-939-1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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