August 23, 2010
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
- NCFPD hosting workshop on advanced food defense
- Minnesota State Fair is August 26-September 6; CVM to host exhibit
- College gears up to welcome back students
- Registration open for Uruguay Farm to Table Study Program
- Field notes from the RESPOND team, Q & A session for students to be presented
- AHC seeks applications for faculty research development program
- Resource recovery FAQ: organic recycling
- Alumni news: René A. Carlson voted AVMA president-elect
- Faculty and staff news
- Tim Johnson receives Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award
- Researchers publish in American Journal of Veterinary Research
- Student news
- Susan Detmer to receive Promising Investigator Award
- Kristy Metivier to attend NIH National Graduate Student Research Festival
- Meggan Bandrick and Andrew Petzold successfully defend Ph.D. theses
- Amanda Beaudoin and Aric Frantz complete preliminary exams
- Shoko Toma successfully defends M.S. thesis
- Clinical Investigation Center
- You can help important research efforts
- Urolith Center seeks cats for clinical trials
- Other studies enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center
NCFPD hosting workshop on advanced food defense
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was awarded a grant from the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service for $62,000 to host 12 representatives from the food industry and higher education in Thailand and Peru for an August 23-27 workshop on advanced food defense methodology, practices, and tools. The program is designed to build capacity abroad to prevent deliberate contamination of the food supply chain by those with malicious intent.
Minnesota State Fair is August 26-September 6
The College will have an exhibit in the U of M/Crossroads Building at the Minnesota State Fair Friday, September 3, from 3-9 p.m. Some information to keep in mind for the duration of the fair, which runs from Thursday, August 26, through Monday, September 6:
- During this time, traffic will increase, parking will be tight, and access to routes into the St. Paul Campus will be limited. It is suggested that you find alternate commuting options. Please check Parking and Transportation Services e-mail to see how your parking will be affected.
- Carry your U Card to identify yourself to security/police if necessary.
- The Milk Run will be held on Sunday, August 30, starting at 7:45 a.m. There will be short traffic delays as the race winds through the St. Paul Campus. If you are directing a client to the VMC at this time, please make them aware that there will be delays.
- Hangtag reciprocal parking will not be available during the State Fair. Keycard reciprocal parking will be in effect for the Gortner Avenue Ramp on a space-available basis.
- The Minnesota State Fair will operate the Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate for access to the fairgrounds as in previous years. Late evening traffic after Grandstand events (about 11 p.m.) will be routed from the Randall Avenue gate to Buford, then to Cleveland Avenue and from the Commonwealth gate and then directed south.
- Parking attendants will be available to help Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) clients parking in the small animal lot. Entrance will be via Gortner Avenue only. The Fitch Avenue entrance will be blocked.
- Front desk and call center staff will be available to help clients reach the VMC in case of an emergency. If a client is having difficulty reaching the VMC or Piper Clinic, contact Campus Police, and they can provide an escort.
- For more information about the fair, visit www.mnstatefair.org. E-mail U of M Parking and Transportation Services at email@example.com.
College gears up to welcome back students
With the first day of classes set for Tuesday, September 7, Academic and Student Affairs is busy planning events to welcome back students. Mark your calendar:
- Orientation Session for Class of 2014: Wednesday, September 1-Friday, September 3
- Welcome-back bagel breakfast: Tuesday, September 7, 7-8 a.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come enjoy a bagel and juice or coffee.
- Welcome-Back Barbecue: Friday, September 10, 5:00-8:30 p.m., Animal Arena, 1888 Carter Avenue. Sponsored by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students, faculty, staff, and their spouses and partners are invited to attend.
Registration open for Uruguay Farm to Table Study Program
Registration is now open for the Farm to Table Study Program to be held in Uruguay October 25-29. Participants will explore the food system from farm to table in Uruguay while considering aspects of animal welfare and health, food safety, food protection, and public health. Site visits along the food supply chain, facilitated discussions with key government and private sector leaders, and interactive cross-cultural group activities are designed to integrate knowledge and skills in food safety, animal health, and public health. For more information and to register, go to www.cahfs.umn.edu/Educational_Programs/farmtotable2010/.
Field notes from the RESPOND team, Q & A session for students to be presented
Drs. John Deen of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Cheryl Robertson of the School of Nursing will present "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” Finding & Supporting Healthcare in the Congo: Field Notes from the RESPOND Team on Thursday, September 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Mayo Memorial Auditorium. In a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeff Bender, director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, Cheryl and John will present an open dialogue about their recent experience in Africa’s Congo Basin related to the RESPOND grant. Immediately following the presentation, 30 U of M students will have an opportunity to take part in Q&A session with Drs. Bender, Deen, and Robertson from noon-1 p.m.; lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, go to www.nursing.umn.edu/AboutUs/Calendar/2010Events/RESPOND/Dr.LivingstoneIPresume/index.htm.
AHC seeks applications for faculty research development program
The Academic Health Center is soliciting applications for faculty research development grants, which are designed to support new or expanding interdisciplinary and interscholastic research that is innovative and has a high potential for return. The deadline is September 30. Learn more.
Resource recovery FAQ: organic recycling
The resource recovery pilot is well underway, with several buildings now online. Organic recycling containers are now available in the Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Veterinary Medical Center, and Veterinary Science building. Central collection of waste (the discontinuation of weekly desk-side trash removal) has begun in those buildings as well.
Q: What is organic recycling?
A: "Organic recycling" is another way of saying "composting." The organic waste generated on campus is taken to Hennepin County industrial compost facility and used to make soil for the county.
Q: What materials are considered organic?
A: These items are considered organic and may be placed in the organic recycling containers:
- Disposable paper products: paper towels, napkins, tissues, wooden stirring sticks, etc.
- Food waste: coffee grounds, tea bags, excess food (meat is acceptable in industrial compost)
- Compostable flatware: UDS corn-based products (Coca-Cola cups) and flatware specifically labeled compostable
Q: How frequently are the containers emptied?
A: The organic recycling containers are emptied daily, at the same time as the trash. Paper towels are placed in the bottom of containers to absorb liquids and smells and to keep containers clean.
Alumni news: René A Carlson voted AVMA president-elect
René A. Carlson, class of 1978, was unanimously voted president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at the AVMA's 147th Annual Convention in Atlanta July 31-August 3.
A small-animal veterinarian in Chetek, Wisconsin, Carlson's experience includes serving on the AVMA's House of Delegates (HOD) from 1996-2003 and two years as the association's vice president from 2004-2006. Her term as president will run from 2011-2012.
"Veterinarians have been the quiet, compassionate, silent heroes for decades,” Carlson said in her address to the AVMA HOD during the convention. “Now is the time we must become more visible and vocal. We must awaken the giant within us, or veterinary medicine will be left behind in areas in which we need to be engaged, such as food safety and security, surveillance and containment of zoonotic disease, and service in rural communities—all while maintaining our special niche of healing and health care for the variety of animals with which we share our lives on this earth."
Faculty and staff news (top)
Tim Johnson receives Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award
Tim Johnson, assistant professor of microbiology, won the Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)/American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) symposium and scientific program in Atlanta July 31-August 3. This award is given to a member or associate member of AAAP whose career as an independent investigator in poultry medicine began less than seven years ago and who during this time has made meritorious research contributions to the avian field. The spirit of the award is to recognize new and upcoming investigators. Tim received $1,000 plus travel expenses to the AVMA meeting.
The New Investigator Award was renamed in 1994 in memory of Dr. Glenn Snoeyenbos, because of his contributions to the AAAP and avian medicine. Dr. Snoeyenbos died in 1993. The award was re-named a second time in 1996 in recognition of a $32,000 donation from the Bayer Poultry Business Unit.
Researchers publish in American Journal of Veterinary Research
"Serum Cortisol Concentration and Force Plate Analysis in the Assessment of Pain Associated with Sodium Urate-Induced Acute Synovitis in Dogs," by Judith D. Feldsien BVMS, Vicki L. Wilke, D.V.M., Ph.D., Richard B. Evans, Ph.D., and Mike Conzemius, D.V.M., Ph.D., was published in the August 2010 issue of American Journal of Veterinary Research. The full text is online at http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/ajvr.71.8.940.
Susan Detmer to receive Promising Investigator Award
Susan Detmer, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, has been selected to receive the Options for the Control of Influenza VII Promising Investigator award. Susan will receive a scholarship to attend the Options for the Control of Influenza VII meeting in Hong Kong September 2-7, as well as reimbursement for travel expenses, accommodations, and more. Susan's advisors are Drs. Sagar Goyal and Marie Gramer. For more information about the meeting, go to www.controlinfluenza.com/registration/.
Kristy Metivier to attend NIH National Graduate Student Research Festival
Kristy Metivier, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, has been selected to attend the annual National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Graduate Student Research Festival scheduled for October 25-26 on the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. She will give a poster presentation, and her travel and lodging will be funded by the NIH. Kristy's advisors are Drs. Mike Conzemius and Vicki Wilke of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department. For more information about the research festival, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/events/recurring/nih_national_graduate_student_research_festival.
Meggan Bandrick and Andrew Petzold successfully defend Ph.D. theses
Meggan Bandrick, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis, "Maternal Influences on Neonatal Immune Development in Pigs." Meggan was advised by Dr. Tom Molitor. She will be returning to the D.V.M. program this fall to complete her final two years in that program.
Andrew Petzold, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, “Development of the Larval Zebrafish as a Genetic Model for the Nicotine Response.” Andy's advisor is Dr. Steven Ekker, adjunct professor of genetics, cell biology, and development. Andy has a position as a student-based faculty member at University of Minnesota, Rochester, where his primary responsibilities center around teaching.
Amanda Beudoin and Aric Frantz complete preliminary exams
Amanda Beudoin and Aric Frantz have successfully completed their preliminary exams. Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate in the veterinary medicine program advised by Drs. Jeff Bender and Randy Singer. Aric is a Ph.D. candidate in the comparative and molecular biosciences program advised by Drs. Jaime Modiano and Tim O'Brien.
Shoko Toma successfully defends M.S. thesis
Shoko Toma, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, has successfully defended her M.S. thesis, "Effect of Oxygen on Tumor Cell Immunogenicity." Dr. John Ohlfest was Shoko's advisor. Shoko is currently seeking a junior scientist position, with future plans to complete a Ph.D. degree.
Doctoral Seminar: "Normande×Holstein, Montbeliarde×Holstein, and Scandinavian Red×Holstein Crossbreds Compared to Pure Holsteins for Fertility, Production, Survival, and Profitability," presented by Brad Heins: Tuesday, August 24, 2 p.m., 23 Food Science & Nutrition. Advisor: Dr. Les Hansen. Defense to follow seminar.
Ribbon-cutting and refreshments to celebrate the opening of the new Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) building: Tuesday, August 24, 3 p.m. The STSS building overlooks the Mississippi River on the east bank of the Twin Cities campus. Tours of the new facility will be offered.
Celebrate U, an appreciation event for staff and faculty: Wednesday, August 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Northrop Mall. For more information, see Celebrate U!
Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Assessment of the Relative Predictive Value of Patient Information Towards the Diagnosis in Canine Sonographically Detected Focal Liver Lesions and Canine Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation Using Logistic Regression Models, presented by Tsuyoshi Murakami: Wednesday, August 25, 3 p.m., 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Advisor: Dr. Dan Feeney. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Minnesota State Fair: Thursday, August 26-Monday, September 6.
Minnesota State Fair: Continues through Monday, September 6. The College will have an exhibit in the U of M Building on Friday, September 3, from 3-9 p.m.
Orientation Session for Class of 2014: Wednesday, September 1-Friday, September 3
Options for the Control of Influenza Meeting: September 2-7, Hong Kong. For details and to register, go to www.controlinfluenza.com/registration/.
Labor Day holiday (University closed): Monday, September 6
Welcome-back bagel breakfast: Tuesday, September 7, 7-8 a.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come enjoy a bagel and juice or coffee. Hosted by Academic and Student Affairs.
Fall classes begin: Tuesday, September 7
Mather Lecture-Feline Exocrine Pancreatic Disease: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge, presented by Dr. Robert Washabau: Thursday, September 9, 7 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. For details and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/.
Welcome-Back Barbecue: Friday, September 10, 5:00-8:30 p.m., Animal Arena, 1888 Carter Avenue. Sponsored by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students, faculty, staff, and their spouses and partners are invited to attend.
Faculty Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 7:30-9:00 a.m., 135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Allen D. Leman Swine Conference: Saturday, September 18-Tuesday, September 21, Saint Paul RiverCentre. For details, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/adl/.
Distinguished Public Lecture-Bringing Prosperity to the Smallholder African Farmer Through Livestock, presented by Dr. Gregg BeVier, senior program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Tuesday, September 21, noon, Saint Paul RiverCentre. No charge. For more information and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/adl/bevier/home.html.
"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?” Finding & Supporting Healthcare in the Congo: Field Notes from the RESPOND Team: Thursday, September 23, 10-11:30 a.m.,Mayo Memorial Auditorium. Drs. John Deen of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Cheryl Robertson of the School of Nursing will present an open dialogue about their recent experience in Africa’s Congo Basin related to the RESPOND grant. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Bender, director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. Immediately following the presentation, 30 U of M students will have an opportunity to take part in Q&A session with Drs. Bender, Deen, and Robertson from noon-1 p.m.; lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, go to www.nursing.umn.edu/AboutUs/Calendar/2010Events/RESPOND/Dr.LivingstoneIPresume/index.htm.
Fifth International Conference: Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases: Wednesday, September 22-Saturday, September 25, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Kari Ekenstedt, post-doctoral associate, will be speaking on the topic "Whole Genome Association Analysis Reveals Two Loci Strongly Associated with Leonberger Polyneuropathy." For conference details, visit http://caninefelinegenomicsconference.org/.
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation Clay Shooting Event: Friday, September 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club, Prior Lake. For details and to sign up, visit http://www.shootforthefuture.info/.
U of M Homecoming 2010: Sunday, September 26-Saturday, October 2. For details, visit www.homecoming.umn.edu/.
Points of Pride Research Day: Wednesday, September 29. Poster viewing and competition, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby; seminars and award presentations, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-alumni Learning Center; reception and poster session, 3:30 p.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Dr. Stephanie Valberg will receive the 2010 Pfizer Research Excellence Award, and Dr. Michael Collins will be named 2010 Distinguished Research Alumnus. For more information, call Jess Raines-Jones at 612-624-3002.
Class of 1960 50th Reunion: Friday, October 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. By invitation only.
Duke Lecture: Friday, October 1, 4-5 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. Topic: Tracking Apex Predators, presented by Mark Martell, director of bird conservation, Audubon Minnesota, and Dave Mech, founder and vice chair, International Wolf Center, and senior research scientist, U.S. Geological Survey. Free. To register, go to https://cc.ahc.umn.edu/ustar/vce/register_event.cfm?event_id=5181.
Mather Lecture: An Approach to Imaging the Vomiting Patient, presented by Drs. Christopher Ober and Daniel Feeney: October 7, 7 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. For details and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/.
Equine Fall Conference: October 8-9, Leatherdale Equine Center. Topic: Equine Lameness and Clinical Updates
Care and Management of Captive Raptors: October 19-22, The Raptor Center
Companion Animal Symposium: October 21-22, Leatherdale Equine Center. Topic: Immune "Dysregulation." For details and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/fallconf/.
Farm to Table Study Program 2010-Uruguay: October 25-29. For details and to register, go to www.cahfs.umn.edu/Educational_Programs/farmtotable2010/.
NIH National Graduate Student Research Festival: October 25-26, NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland. Kristy Metivier will present a poster. For more information about the festival, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/events/recurring/nih_national_graduate_student_research_festival.
You can help important research efforts
- Urolith Center seeks cats for clinical trials. The Urolith Center is enrolling cats in several clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of diet to manage urinary disease. For more information, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/depts/minnesotaurolithcenter/cat/home.html
- Other studies enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center. For information 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.
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