December 17, 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
- Pam Skinner and collaborator awarded $3.7 million for HIV/AIDS research
- Remembering R.K. Anderson
- Annual holiday giving opportunities wrap up today
- AVMA releases latest pet ownership and demographic data
- OIT data center to be down for maintenance January 5-6
- Evidence-based medicine workshop planned for January 8-9
- Improving Animal and Worker Health and Welfare Forum is January 17
- Science fair judges sought
- Faculty and staff news
- Stephanie Valberg presents Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture
- Ramesh Kovi honored by American College of Veterinary Pathologists
- Researchers publish papers in veterinary medical journals
- Sarah Easter Strayer places first in poster competition
- Scott Wells updates Brazilian officials on brucellosis, bovine TB
- Student news
- Nichol Schultz named AAEP Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow
- ASLAP seeks nominations for veterinary student award program
- Nominations open for President's Student Leadership and Service Awards
- Tony Diggs Excellence Awards to recognize student group achievements
- Alumni news
- Daryl Buss receives Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
- In the news
- Starved animals
- Equine herpesvirus
- Overcoming antibiotic resistance
- Food animal veterinarians
- Chihuahua heart surgery
- Keeping pets comfortable in snowy weather
- Great horned owl release; snowy owl rescue
- A friend in the fight against cancer
- Clinical Investigation Center
- Need a home
- Blood donors need foster homes
Pam Skinner and collaborator awarded $3.7 million for HIV/AIDS research
Pam Skinner, PhD, associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, and longtime collaborator Liz Connick, MD, professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, have been awarded a five-year research grant totaling more than $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health. Ultimately, the research could contribute to the development of a protective vaccine or cure for HIV-1, the most common and pathogenic strain of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS. The project, titled “Mechanisms Underlying Persistent Lentivirus Replication in Follicular T Cells,” started December 1 and will continue for five years. Learn more
Remembering R.K. Anderson
Colleagues, friends, and family members of Dr. Robert K. (R.K.) Anderson gathered in the North Star Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center on December 5 to remember the accomplished veterinarian, who died on October 18 at age 90. Speakers included Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; John Finnegan, dean of the School of Public Health; Dr. Stan Diesch, retired professor; Lee Stauffer, former dean of the School of Public Health; Dr. Will Hueston, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership endowed chair; Dr. Patricia Olson, chief veterinary advisor at American Humane Association; Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy; and Dr. Barbara Sherman, clinical professor in veterinary behavior at North Carolina State University. View photos from the event.
Annual holiday giving opportunities wrap up today
Several annual holiday giving opportunities conclude today, including—
- Toys for Tots – Drop-off boxes are available in each of the departmental and clinical office areas. Please donate unwrapped, new toys for distribution to needy children. Donations need to be dropped off by Monday, December 17.
- Second Harvest – Please bring a non-perishable donation to help restock the food shelves. Bins are available on the fourth floor of the Veterinary Medical Center near the dean’s office, lobby area of 125/135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Center, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and The Raptor Center. Donations will be collected through Monday, December 17.
- Hat and Mitten Tree – The dean’s office is coordinating a mitten and hat collection to benefit adults and children in homeless shelters during the winter season. A tree is set up near the dean’s office (455 Veterinary Medical Center) for faculty, staff, and students to hang their donations. Items will be collected through Monday, December 17.
AVMA releases latest pet ownership and demographic data
Get the latest data on pet population, veterinary expenditures, and pet owner profiles in the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook. Published every five years, the sourcebook includes the latest trends on pet ownership and pet population; expanded pet ownership and expenditures sections; full color figures and tables; and more. Get a glimpse of select statistics online or order a complete PDF or print copy.
OIT data center to be down for maintenance January 5-6
The University's Office of Information Technology (OIT) data center will be down for maintenance from Saturday, January 5, at 6 a.m. through Sunday, January 6, at 6 a.m. This maintenance will affect all AHC-IS services (file, web, and database) and University e-mail service. The outage is required to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs to facility infrastructure, and involves a complete shutdown of the main data center. A complete list of affected services is being prepared, and will be shared with the University community when it is available. Updates also will be available on the Data Center Operations Services website and the University's system status page during the service interruption period.
Evidence-based medicine workshop planned for January 8-9
The Bio-Medical Library's Empowering Evidence Workshop will be offered January 8-9 at Diehl Hall and is free to University of Minnesota clinical instructors. The workshop is designed for evidence-based practice instructors to solidify their skills and learn techniques and strategies for teaching evidence-based concepts. The workshop is open to all Academic Health Center clinical instructors who teach or mentor others in evidence-based practice. Registration is limited to 35.
Improving Animal and Worker Health and Welfare Forum is January 17
Registration is now open for the fourth Finding Common Ground Forum. The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety and Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, in partnership with the Center for Integrative Leadership and the Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center, are hosting a one-day forum on Thursday, January 17, to explore the opportunities and conflicts in improving the well-being of food animals and the workers who care for them.
Science fair judges sought
Judges and general volunteers are being sought for the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair on April 7-9, 2013, and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on April 6, 2013. For details, go to —
Faculty and staff news (top)
Stephanie Valberg presents Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture
Equine muscle diseases expert Dr. Stephanie Valberg, professor and director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, equipped equine practitioners with tactics to diagnose and manage exertional muscle disorders at her December 3 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture, “Muscling in on the Cause of Tying Up,” at the American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting in Anaheim, California. After a review of historical research into exertional rhabdomyolysis, Stephanie discussed her ongoing research into the disease, which she said could be managed by improving the horse’s energy supply through a combination of diet and regular exercise. Specifically, she recommended moderating dietary starch in order to lower insulin. She encouraged attendees to emphasize to owners of horses affected by exertional rhabdomyolysis that a dietary change alone is ineffective without daily exercise. Even minimal exercise of 10-20 minutes per day with turnout has a beneficial effect. Dr. Valberg’s paper will be available in the 2012 AAEP Proceedings.
Ramesh Kovi honored by American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Dr. Ramesh Kovi, instructor in pathology, was recognized for superior performance during his anatomic pathology residency at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, where he received a Student Scholarship Award. The award was presented at the CL Davis Foundation awards reception in Seattle on December 3.
Researchers publish papers in veterinary medical journals
The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine recently published these papers by CVM researchers:
"Effects of Yearling Sale Purchase Price, Exercise History, Lameness, and Athletic Performance on Purchase Price of Thoroughbreds at 2-Year-Old in-Training Sales," by Stephanie A. Preston, MSc; Murray P. Brown, DVM, MSc; Terese L. Chmielewski, PT, PhD; Troy N. Trumble, DVM, PhD; Dana N. Zimmel, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP; and Jorge A. Hernandez, DVM, MPVM, PhD, was published in the December 1 issue of Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Sarah Easter Strayer places first in poster competition
Dr. Sarah Easter Strayer, veterinary public health resident, won first-place honors in the Francis F. Busta poster competition at the 2012 biennial meeting of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. The subject of her poster was "Economically Motivated Adulteration of Honey: Does Quality Control Exist in the International Honey Market?"
Scott Wells updates Brazilian officials on brucellosis, bovine TB
Dr. Scott Wells, director of academic programs for the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, was in Brazil November 26-30 to provide an update on brucellosis and bovine TB eradication programs at a national meeting of animal health officials at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
Student news (top)
Nichol Schultz named AAEP Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow
Doctoral candidate Dr. Nichol Schultz was named the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Past Presidents' Research Fellow at the AAEP meeting on December 3. The $5,000 grant is awarded each year to a doctoral or residency student who has made significant progress in the field of equine health care research. Nichol's thesis project is focused on the epidemiology and genetic basis of equine metabolic syndrome. Her advisors are Drs. Molly McCue and Jim Michelson. Past winners of the AAEP Past Presidents' Research Fellow award include Dr. Annette McCoy (2011), and Dr. Carrie Finno (2010).
ASLAP seeks nominations for Veterinary Student Award Program
The American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP) is seeking nominations of veterinary students for the Society’s annual Veterinary Student Award Program. The program provides a certificate, one year’s membership in ASLAP, and a cash award of $300. One award will be given at each AVMA-accredited veterinary school.
The Veterinary Student Award Program is intended to increase awareness of the practice of laboratory animal medicine by recognizing students who have demonstrated significant interest and potential in the field. Nominations are welcome from any current national ASLAP member and should be accompanied by a brief statement that explains why the student should be recognized. Students who wish to nominate themselves or another student must be members of the national ASLAP organization. Nominations must include contact information (including e-mail) for the nominee. Nominees will be asked to submit a current CV and an essay of up to 500 words describing their participation in activities related to laboratory animal medicine and how these activities have influenced their interests and career goals. Information will be evaluated by the Veterinary Student Liaison Committee. Please send nominations to Laurie Brignolo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: January 18.
Nominations open for President's Student Leadership and Service Awards
Nominations are open for the 2013 President's Student Leadership and Service Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding students for their leadership and service contributions to the U of M and the community. One graduate student and one professional student will be selected to receive a Mary A. McEvoy Public Engagement and Leadership Award. Nominations are due January 25. For more information, see leadership awards or call 612-626-6919.
Tony Diggs Excellence Awards to recognize student group achievements
Applications for the annual Tony Diggs Excellence Awards will be accepted by Student Unions and Activities through February 20. The awards recognize student group achievements during the calendar year and are open to all Campus Life Programs and Registered Student Organizations, which include registered student groups who serve undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. For more information, see Tony Diggs.
Alumni news (top)
Daryl Buss receives Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
Dr. Daryl Buss, who received his DVM from the University of Minnesota, was presented with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award during the organization’s 93rd Annual Meeting on Dec. 2. Daryl served as dean of veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1994 until he retired in June 2012.
In the news (top)
"Veterinarians Fight to Save Starved Farm Animals," a story on KSTP-TV, quoted Dr. Christie Ward. MinnPost, Rochester Post-Bulletin, and The Horse also covered the story of more than 50 horses, ponies, and donkeys that were removed from a property in southwestern Fillmore County. Three horses, four ponies, and one donkey were transported to the Large Animal Hospital for examination and treatment for malnutrition, anemia, pneumonia, eye conditions, and lameness.
"After Herpes Outbreak, Horses Recover on Campus," a December 3 story in the Minnesota Daily, included quotes from Dr. Jeff Bender. Seattle Post-Intelligencer also covered the story at www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Dozens-of-horses-ponies-rescued-from-Minn-farm-4080920.php, and DVM360 posted "Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpes Virus in Minnesota."
Overcoming antibiotic resistance
"Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance is a Tough Task," an article in BEEF, featured an interview with Dr. Randy Singer.
Food animal veterinarians
"Food Animal Veterinarians on the Decline in the U.S.," a story on NECN.com, cited the VetFAST program.
Chihuahua heart surgery
WCCO-TV covered the story of a Chihuahua that received heart surgery at the Veterinary Medical Center on December 12, interviewing Dr. Rebecca Cervenec. The story is online at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/12/12/homeless-chihuahu-gets-life-saving-surgery-ready-for-adoption/.
Keeping pets comfortable in snowy weather
KSTP.com interviewed Dr. Kristi Flynn for "Keep Your Pet Comfortable During the Snowy Winter" on December 11.
Great horned owl release; snowy owl rescue
"Great Horned Owl Released in Ramsey," a story about the release of a Raptor Center patient, was published in the Coon Rapids Herald on December 12. "A Rescue Mission: Hunters Help Injured Snowy Owl," in the Pope County Tribune, told the story of a snowy owl with shotgun injuries that was transported to The Raptor Center for treatment.
A friend in the fight against cancer
Dr. Jaime Modiano was interviewed for "A Friend in the Fight Against Cancer," a story on the University of Minnesota website.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center - canceled Monday, December 31
CVM Research Seminars: Wednesdays, 3 p.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
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., 202 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Wednesday, December 19
Caffeinated Conversations on Research
Presented by Joe Gaugler
213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Thursday, December 20
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds
Preclinical Evaluation and Clinical Translation of a Bispecific Targeted Toxin for the Treatment of Sarcomas
Presented by Dr. Antonella Borgatti
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Monday, December 24-Tuesday, December 25
University closed for Christmas holiday
Tuesday, January 1
University closed for New Year's Day holiday
Thursday, January 10
Managing Epilepsy: A Fresh Look at New and Not-so-New Medications
Presented by Dr. Ned Patterson
7:00-8:30 p.m. (complimentary light dinner at 6:30 p.m.)
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
For more information and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/home.html.
Thursday, January 17
Finding Common Ground Forum: Improving Animal and Worker Health and Welfare
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Commons, Minnesota Humanities Center
Get more information. Register.
Saturday, January 19-Wednesday, January 23
North American Veterinary Conference
Learn more and register at http://navc.com/navc-conference.html.
Sunday, January 20
North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception
Marrott, Atlanta/Boston Room
Monday, January 21
University closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
Wednesday, January 23
University of Minnesota Legislative Briefing
5 p.m. registration and light dinner; 6 p.m. program
McNamara Alumni Center
Learn more and register at http://supporttheu.umn.edu/events/register-2013-legislative-briefing.html.
Saturday, January 26-Sunday, January 27
Camelid Health Conference
Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Learn more and register.
Dogs are needed for a variety of studies in cancer, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, and orthopedics/surgery, some of which cover part of the cost of care. For information about current studies, visit the Clinical Investigation Center website at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
Need a home (top)
Blood donors need foster homes
These Veterinary Medical Center blood donors need foster homes. For more information or to meet the animals, contact Beth Olmstead at email@example.com.
- Dawson, a red and white neutered male 2-year-old fox hound. He is a little shy, and staff are working on his leash skills. Very sweet boy.
- Gita, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, is very shy and requires special attention. She does well with other dogs, but needs to be placed in a home without children.
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