He had an international reputation in the field of clinical pathology, giving hundreds of presentations and workshops and leading research projects amounting to over $2.5 million. He was an active member of several professional organizations and honor societies.
Dr. Perman is survived by his wife, Virginia, their four daughters, and many other family members and friends. Services were held on December 18.
First recipient of Maheswaran Fellowship named
The inaugural Sam Maheswaran Fellowship in Food Animal Health, which recognizes a Ph.D. student of exceptional potential whose thesis research has made a significant contribution to the beef, dairy, pork, or turkey industry, has been awarded to Dr. Cesar Corzo.
A third-year Ph.D. student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, Cesar is co-advised by Drs. Bob Morrison and Marie Gramer. Cesar is an active contributor in the Swine Center whose research focuses on understanding the epidemiology of swine influenza virus at both the herd and regional levels. His research is generating baseline data on the presence of influenza viruses in pig populations throughout the upper Midwest by conducting active surveillance. He is also working to characterize the generation of influenza airborne particles from experimentally and naturally infected pigs. He has co-authored four manuscripts since beginning his Ph.D. studies.
Cesar hails from Bogota, Colombia, where he earned his D.V.M. at the Universidad de La Salle in 2002. Prior to enrolling in the graduate program, he worked for three years at Elanco. He plans to combine applied research with field experience to provide swine veterinarians and public health teams with key information for virus transmission prevention.
Dr. Sam Maheswaran is a CVM alumnus and retired faculty member who remains actively involved in graduate program initiatives. The Sam Maheswaran Fellowship was established with lead gifts from Dr. Randy and Susan Simonson, Newport Laboratories, Drs. Trevor and Kathy Ames, and Dr. Sam Maheswaran.
VDL offers new test to detect canine influenza antibody
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is now offering a hemagglutination inhibition test for detecting antibodies to H3N8 canine influenza virus in serum samples of dogs. Canine flu, caused by type A influenza virus, is a newly emerging pathogen in dogs.
The canine influenza virus is an H3N8 serotype of the influenza virus. This virus has existed in horses for years, but has now adapted itself in dogs and can be spread between dogs. Recently, there has been an increase in the incidence of canine influenza among dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs and by contact with contaminated objects. The signs of disease in dogs are cough, runny nose, and fever, but some dogs may not show any signs. Severe illness can result in pneumonia, which may lead to death. There is an approved vaccine available for prevention of infection.
The test has been validated at the VDL using a panel of serum samples obtained from another laboratory that has considerable experience in H3N8 testing. The cost of testing is $10 per sample. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/VDL-k9flu.
Digital Library Services awards grant to Veterinary Medical Library
The University of Minnesota Libraries' Digital Library Services department recently awarded an internal grant to the Veterinary Medical Library to digitize Allen D. Leman Swine Conference materials.
"Digital Library Services felt that the project represented an opportunity to further highlight the University Libraries’ unique and distinct collections," says Andre Nault, head, Veterinary Medical Library. Digital Library Services staff will work with Veterinary Medical Library staff, technical services staff, and others over the next six months to digitize the materials and make them available to the library's online patrons through the University's Digital Conservancy at http://conservancy.umn.edu/.
IonE Mini Grant awarded to The Raptor Center
The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) selected a Raptor Center project for funding in the second round of awards for its Mini Grant program. In the project, "Spent Lead Ammunition and Bald Eagles: A Model for Dealing With Conflicts in Ecosystem Health," principal investigator Dr. Pat Redig and colleagues will develop a proposal for a mock congressional hearing on a mock policy considering use of non-lead ammunition for deer hunting in Minnesota.
The IonE Mini Grant program encourages collaboration on environmental themes among faculty, staff, and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units, and campuses. Along with up to $3,000 in funding, each recipient is provided space for meetings, workshops, and conferences and some administrative support for a year. For a complete list of IonE Mini Grant recipients, visit http://environment.umn.edu/news_events/press_releases/pressrelease_minigrants12052011.html.
Nominations for McKnight Professorships to be accepted through Feb. 1
Nominations for 2012 Distinguished McKnight University Professorships will be accepted by the Office of the Vice President for Research through Feb. 1. The McKnight program supports outstanding mid-career faculty who have recently achieved full professor status. The grant associated with the professorship consists of $100,000 over five years. For more information, see nominating instructions.
Nominations sought for President's Student Leadership and Service Awards
The University is seeking nominations for the President's Student Leadership and Service Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding students and their leadership and service contributions to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the community. Undergraduate recipients of the President's Student Leadership and Service Award may also be considered for the Donald R. Zander Award for Outstanding Student Leadership (a $1,000 scholarship given to two recipients) and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Student Leadership Award (a $500 scholarship given to eight recipients). Graduate and professional student recipients of the President's Student Leadership and Service Award may also be considered for the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership (a $1,000 scholarship given to one graduate student and one professional student). The deadline for submitting nomination forms is Friday, January 27. The awards will be presented at the annual President's Awards banquet on April 30. For more information and online nomination forms, visit www.sua.umn.edu/involvement/awards/ or call Student Activities at 612-626-6919.
Registration underway for Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations program
Registration is underway for GIFSL's 2012 "Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations" program in Geneva, Paris, and Rome. In this week-long program, to be held March 3-9, participants will increase effectiveness for contributing to global program development, access a global network of leaders with backgrounds in animal health and food systems, and improve awareness of international policy-making and its role on food systems and animal health though visits to the World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Organization for Animal Health.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Carl Osborne hosts special recognition assembly
Dr. Carl Osborne and a group of colleagues hosted a special recognition assembly for a crowd of current and former faculty, staff, and students in the Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center on December 9. "Having a gathering of colleagues at the time of retirement is a global tradition," Carl wrote in a special invitation distributed via e-mail. "However, since I have decided not to retire, this is an opportune time for me to personally thank others for Caring About Others." The event included food, sing-a-longs, jokes, the distribution of memorial bricks from the Veterinary Anatomy building, and more. "Associate hosts" included Hasan Albasan, Lisa Berg, Carl Jessen, Curt Knutson, Lori Koehler, Jody Lulich, Amy Meyer, Rollie Olson, Peter Poss, Dale Sorensen, Laurie Swanson, Lisa Ulrich, and other colleagues, family members, and friends.
Kari Anderson elected president of ACVR
Dr. Kari L. Anderson, clinical professor, has been elected president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) for 2012. A specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the ACVR certifies veterinarians with advanced specialty training in diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology as board-certified veterinary radiologists and board-certified veterinary radiation oncologists. The mission of the ACVR is to enhance and promote the highest quality of service in diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology, to optimize veterinary patient care, and to advance the science of veterinary radiology through research and education.
"I am honored to serve ACVR and will promote, protect, and further our mission of training and certifying veterinary radiologists and protecting the public against incompetence in the practice of veterinary radiology," Kari says.
Helen Michael receives ASVCP Young Investigator Award
Dr. Helen Michael, a veterinary resident in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, was the recipient of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) Young Investigator Award for her work with NK ("natural killer") cells. ASVCP Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding oral presentations given by residents or graduate students in the field of veterinary clinical pathology. The award was announced at the ASVCP annual meeting in Nashville December 2-7.
Shauna Voss successfully defends MPH thesis
Shauna Voss, veterinary public health resident at the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, successfully defended her M.P.H. thesis, "A Pilot Training for Foreign Animal Disease Diagnosticians: First Points of Concentration," on November 21. Her adviser is Dr. Larissa Minicucci.
Academic employees: Remember to take your personal holiday
Academic employees (faculty, professional and administrative (P&A) employees, and professionals in training (except 9554, 9555, 9556, and 9559 and graduate assistants) who follow the Twin Cities academic calendar and are eligible to receive University holiday pay are provided a floating personal holiday. This personal holiday for must be taken between December 22 and January 16. If the personal holiday is not used during this time, it will be lost; the holiday cannot be banked or utilized outside of this time period. Approval and tracking of this holiday is the responsibility of the local unit. For more information about personal holidays, visit the Office of Human Resources Web site at www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/leaves/personalholiday/index.html.
Student news (top)
Elise Lamont awarded Richard Merkal Memorial Fellowship
Elise Lamont, a student in the Comparative and Molecular Biosciences graduate program, received the Richard Merkal Memorial Fellowship to make a presentation at the International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis in Sydney, Australia, February 5-10. Selection for the award was based on the scientific merit of the submitted abstract and potential to contribute to the scientific field. The fellowship covers travel, registration, board, and per diem costs. Elise's advisor is Srinand Sreevatsan.
Ahmed Abd-Allah receives award for best presentation
Ahmed Abd-Allah, a student in the Veterinary Medicine graduate program, received the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists award for best presentation at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in Chicago December 4-6. Ahmed's advisor is Srinand Sreevatsan.
SCAVMA seeks nominations for John Pitts Award
The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) is seeking nominations for the John Pitts Award for Distinguished Service, which the national Student AVMA (SAVMA) awards to a current veterinary student and SAVMA member who has provided exemplary service to the veterinary profession. To nominate someone, contact Erik Holtze at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 23.
In the news (top)
CBS News reports on brain cancer research
On December 5, CBS News aired a three-and-a-half-minute story on the brain cancer research being done by Drs. Liz Pluhar and John Ohlfest. Both dogs and humans are benefiting from an experimental treatment that stimulates the patient's own immune system to fight the tumor and perhaps prevent a recurrence of the disease. John Huls, a cancer vaccine patient, was interviewed, as was the owner of a canine patient. The story is online at www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7390631n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea.
Star Tribune, WCCO-TV cover snowy owl irruption
"Prepare for Another 'Snowy' Year," an article in the December 7 issue of the Star Tribune, quoted Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director of The Raptor Center. The story is online at http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/135113983.html. Bill Hudson of WCCO-TV also visited The Raptor Center and interviewed Julia about an irruption of snowy owls. The December 2 story is online at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/12/02/starvation-forces-snowy-owls-into-minnesota/.
Minnesota Daily reports on CVM's clinical trials in oncology
"New Studies Help Extend the Lives of Dogs with Cancer," a story in the December 5 issue of The Minnesota Daily, included quotes from Dr. Antonella Borgatti, Dr. Jaime Modiano, Dr. Catherine St. Hill, and Kathy Stuebner, research coordinator. Luke, a patient in a clinical trial for dogs with lymphoma, was pictured. The story is online at www.mndaily.com/2011/12/05/new-studies-help-extend-lives-dogs-cancer.
Coverage of undernourished horses continues
The media continued to follow the story of horses that were removed from an East Bethel farm and cared for at the Large Animal Hospital.