August 1, 2011
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
- NIH awards CVM five-year grant for Summer Scholars program
- Veterinary Anatomy building among structures to be demolished
- Vets and technicians assist at police dog trials
- Profiles published
- Registration now open for Farm to Table study program in Costa Rica
- New AVMA president outlines vision
- Faculty and staff news
- Kakambi Nagaraja receives Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award
- Peggy Root Kustritz to be inducted into AHC Academy of Excellence
- Gary Goldstein receives Morris Animal Foundation grant
- CAHFS residents pass ACVPM board exams
- Welcome to the College
- In the news
- Pioneer Press quotes Drs. David Lee, Susan Lowum, and Lisa Powell
- Minnesota Daily explores Animal Trauma Center
- AHC news release heralds bone cancer research; WCCO interviews Jaime Modiano
- Lake Minnetonka Patch previews Polo Classic
- City Pages cites Drs. Julie Churchill and Arno Wunschmann
- Clinical Investigation Center
NIH awards CVM five-year grant for Summer Scholars program
The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources has awarded the College a five-year, $145,000 training grant for the project “Veterinary Summer Scholars in Comparative Medicine.” The training grant will be used to expand the current Summer Scholars training program and provide an eight-week summer research training experience for five D.V.M. students each year. Thirty participating program faculty from across the Academic Health Center will be involved in training the students.
The principal investigator on the training grant is Bruce Walcheck, professor. Drs. Cathy Carlson, Karin Matchett, Jaime Modiano, and Bert Stromberg, who make up the consultative committee for the training program, had a major role in preparing the grant application and will help oversee the training program.
“I would also like to acknowledge the help of Kersten Anderson and Jessica Raines-Jones from the CVM Research Office, as well as Bre Ward from Academic and Student Affairs, for their invaluable help in preparing the application, which was 264 pages long,” says Bruce.
Veterinary Anatomy building among structures to be demolished
The University is taking down several buildings across campus that are unused, in poor condition, or very inefficient to operate. Some of these buildings are being taken down because it is costly to operate and maintain deteriorating structures. The Veterinary Anatomy building is one of those buildings. It has been unused for many years due to its poor condition. The demolition schedule is not yet finalized, but it is expected to happen during the month of September. The University is also finalizing the demolition process, including control of dust, molds, and debris during the demolition and removal of the building materials. Experts have been called in to assist in the planning, and CVM representatives are involved to ensure the least amount of disruption for faculty, staff, students, and clients.
You may have noticed that some of the trees and plantings have been removed in preparation for the demolition. Three ash trees are being removed as part of an emerald ash borer mitigation plan, and others are being removed that are in poor health or would be damaged by the demolition process. After the demolition is complete, the University will be adding plantings, a sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, and benches to the area.
More information will be communicated as the demolition plans are finalized. If you have questions, please contact Paula Buchner or Tim Gordon.
Vets and technicians assist at police dog trials
Veterinary Medical Center veterinarians and technicians were at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Region 12 Police Dog Trials in Minneapolis July 17-19 to assist with any heat-related problems or injuries. The veterinarians included Drs. Sherry Fonseth, Sue Lowum, and Lisa Powell; the technicians were Sarah Hayes, Monique Rambo, and Lori Schmieg (who helped organize the effort).
The trials were held to test and score the proficiency of each canine/handler team in obedience, suspect search, agility, article search, criminal apprehension, and criminal apprehension under simulated gunfire. The highest scoring teams will be invited to attend the USPCA National Trials in Detroit Lakes later this summer.
The Spring/Summer issue of Profiles, the College of Veterinary Medicine magazine, is now online at www.cvm.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/documents/asset/cvm_asset_349210.pdf; hard copies will be delivered this week. The Spring/Summer issue includes feature stories on the Veterinary Medical Center, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Minnesota Urolith Center, Veterinary Medical Library, The Raptor Center's Galapagos project, and more, as well as College, faculty, staff, student, and alumni news of the past six months.
Registration now open for Farm to Table study program in Costa Rica
In this week-long program (October 31- November 4, 2011), participants will explore the food system from farm to table in Costa Rica. The program will include site visits along the food supply chain and discussions with private sector and government leaders. For more information and to register, go to http://www.cahfs.umn.edu/meetings_and_events/farmtotable2011/home.html.
New AVMA president outlines vision
In a July 15 speech before the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates, President René A. Carlson, D.V.M., of Chetek, Wisconsin, called on members to plan ahead for a thriving future that will see tremendous advances in veterinary economics, education, and global health.
“This will be a new AVMA, one that will be more interactive and program-based for the benefit of our members and the public; one that will engage and empower its members to be the authorities and leaders on issues of veterinary medicine; one that is fully engaged in global relationships and the global economy,” Dr. Carlson said. “We have everything we need in place to affect these changes. We have a will on the part of leadership, a strong organizational base with interested members, and an exceptional staff that is ready, willing, and able to help us get it done. All we need to do is mobilize and direct that energy toward these common goals. It can be done. And I am telling you, it must be done.”
Carlson is an alumna of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (class of 1978). She assumed presidency of the AVMA on July 19, the final day of the association’s annual convention held in St. Louis. View her speech on the AVMA Media Library at www.avmamedia.org/display.asp?sid=379&NAME=AVMA_President-elect_Carlson's_speech_to_all_AVMA_members or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_UDwhclXX0. For more information, visit www.avma.org.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Kakambi Nagaraja receives Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award
Dr. Kakambi Nagaraja, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, received the Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) at the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention in St. Louis July 16-19. The Bruce W. Calnek Achievement Award is given to a member of AAAP who has made outstanding research contributions resulting in a measurable, practical impact on the control of one or more important diseases of poultry.
Nagaraja's laboratory performs studies involving food safety, salmonellosis, and bacterial and viral diseases of poultry. Current research focuses on the development of new vaccines, diagnostic tools for avian diseases, and studies related to host-parasite relationships. Nagaraja's laboratory has demonstrated the immunosuppressive properties of adenoviruses and developed specific tests for the diagnosis of Salmonella enteritidis infection. His studies on epidemiology of avian pneumovirus (APV) infection in turkeys have identified wild birds as one of the sources of APV to domestic turkeys. Many of the findings from Nagaraja's laboratory have been put into practice in the poultry industry.
Peggy Root Kustritz to be induced into AHC Academy of Excellence
Dr. Peggy Root Kustritiz, professor of theriogenology and vice chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, has been selected as one of three Academic Health Center faculty members who will be inducted into the 2011 AHC Academy of Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. After nominations from the six AHC schools and colleges, national experts in the field of scholarship of teaching and learning reviewed all nomination dossiers. Based on their evaluations and recommendations, the final award nominees were selected. The other inductees are William Robiner, Ph.D., of the Medical School and Kristin K. Janke, Ph.D., of the College of Pharmacy.
"Without exception, the nominations revealed the extraordinary contributions faculty make to the education of our students as well as to advancing knowledge about teaching and learning," wrote Barbara F. Brandt, associate vice president for education, in a letter informing Peggy of the award. "Your contributions and commitment to education are an incredible asset to this institution." The award ceremony will be held on October 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Gary Goldstein receives Morris Animal Foundation grant
Dr. Gary Goldstein has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Morris Animal Foundation to investigate the daily use of molecular iodine in drinking water to prevent dental plaque in dogs. The study should begin later this year. Gary's team will be looking for 20 dogs to participate in the study.
CAHFS residents pass ACVPM board exams
Karin Hamilton, Shelley Mehlenbacher, and Shauna Voss, veterinary public health residents with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, have passed the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) board exam. Former CAHFS resident Jennifer Koeman, who is now with the National Pork Board, also passed the exam.
Welcome to the College
Welcome to the following employees who joined the College in July:
Academic and Student Affairs
Rebecca Balestrieri, eLearning coordinator
Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Timothy P. Snider, veterinary resident
Center for Dairy Health. Management, and Food Quality
Erin E. Royster, veterinary resident
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Jinhai Huang, assistant scientist
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
Ali Khammanivong, post-doctoral associate
Li Yunfang, research associate
Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Eva Furrow, post-doctoral fellow
Fernando Sampedro Parra, assistant professor
Rolf B. Modesto
Adrienne E. Schucker
Christine E. Watson
In the news (top)
Pioneer Press quotes Drs. David Lee, Susan Lowum, and Lisa Powell
"Think You're Hot? Try Wearing a Fur Coat," a story published by the Pioneer Press on July 20, quoted Drs. David Lee, Susan Lowum, and Lisa Powell about how animals cope with the heat. The story is online at www.twincities.com/ci_18518433.
Minnesota Daily explores Animal Trauma Center
"University Veterinarians Track Animal Trauma," an article published by the Minnesota Daily on July 20, quoted Drs. Kelly Hall, David Lee, Lisa Powell, and Julie Schildt. The story is online at www.mndaily.com/2011/07/20/university-veterinarians-track-animal-traumas.
AHC news release heralds bone cancer research; WCCO interviews Jaime Modiano
A July 28 Academic Health Center news release reported that a research team led by Dr. Jaime Modiano had discovered a gene pattern that distinguishes a more severe form of bone cancer from a less aggressive form in dogs. WCCO interviewed Jaime on July 28. Read the story online at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/07/29/cancer-gene-found-in-dogs-could-help-humans/. Also covering the story were—
Learn more at www.ahc.umn.edu/media/releases/bone-cancer/index.htm.
Lake Minnetonka Patch previews Polo Classic
"Saddle Up for Upcoming Polo Tournament," a story in the Lake Minnetonka Patch, reported that more than 2,000 people were expected to attend the 22nd Annual Polo Classic on July 31, which benefited the Equine Center. The story is online at http://lakeminnetonka.patch.com/articles/saddle-up-for-upcoming-polo-tournament.
City Pages cites Drs. Julie Churchill and Arno Wunschmann
"Eric Weisman Won't Stop Playing Doctor," a story published by City Pages on July 20, quoted Drs. Julie Churchill and Arno Wunschmann. The story is online at www.citypages.com/2011-07-20/news/eric-weisman-won-t-stop-playing-doctor/2/.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
Thursday, August 4
Nestlé Purina Memories Garden Ceremony and Brick Dedication
Reception: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7 p.m.
Nestlé Purina Memories Garden, 1988 Fitch Avenue
Friday, August 5
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation Golf Classic
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Owatonna Country Club
For details, visit www.mvma.org/pdf/2011Golf%20Registration.pdf
Friday, September 2
College Exhibit at Minnesota State Fair
Visit the College of Veterinary Medicine exhibit in the University of Minnesota Building on Dan Patch Avenue
Tuesday, September 6
First day of classes
Saturday, September 17
Allen D. Leman Swine Conference
RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota
For details, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/adl/
Thursday, September 22
Inauguration of President-designate Eric W. Kaler
Ted Mann Concert Hall
For details, visit https://events.umn.edu/Inauguration-of-President-designate-Eric-W-Kaler-013219.htm.
Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
St. Louis, Missouri
For details, visit www.aabp.org/meeting/.
Saturday, September 24
Fall Raptor Release
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, Minnesota
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