December 20, 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 email@example.com by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- Happy Holidays
- VMC, VDL to be open during University furlough
- CVM hosts ribbon-cutting event for new barn at Equine Center
- Dean invites CVM to celebrate summer in January
- New computers in veterinary library
- Business mileage rate to increase to 51 cents/mile
- Professional development funds available
- Reminder: Academic employees have floating holiday
- Snowball set for January 22
- Nominations sought for Distinguished McKnight University Professorships, President's Award for Outstanding Service
- Registration open for Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations program
- USDA awards nearly $6 million to veterinarians serving in shortage areas
- In memory: Dave Plath
- Faculty and staff news
- Two faculty members appointed to national advisory committee
- Representatives of CVM make presentations at Medical School Grand Rounds
- Julia Ponder returns from Galapagos
- David Lenander joins Veterinary Medical Library
- Student news
- Dionne Benson awarded American Live Stock/AAEP scholarship
- Students honored at CRWAD
- Hornickel, Oseid, Peterson, and Schwartz to attend Legislative Fly-in
- Jill Schappa quoted in Purina newsletter
- In the news
- Scott Dee featured in National Hog Farmer
- WCCO-TV features Raptor Center patient
- Star Tribune story suggests donating to TRC
- Golden Valley Patch plugs nutrition service
- Clinical Investigation Center
- You can help important research efforts
- Urolith Center seeks cats for clinical trials
- Other studies enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Center
- Needs a home
- Blue, an American Staffordshire terrier
View the College's online e-card at www.cvm.umn.edu/ecard/online/ecard2.html.
VMC, VDL to be open during University furlough December 28-30
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus will be closed Friday, December 24, through Sunday, January 2, as a cost-savings measure. During this time, heat will be turned down and buildings will be locked but accessible through normal security. The closure period includes:
- Two weekends, December 25-26 and January 1-2
- Official University holidays on December 24 and 31
- A floating holiday on December 27
- Three furlough days, December 28-30, for civil service and bargaining unit employees
The Veterinary Medical Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be open for business as usual during the furlough days.
The Raptor Center will be closed, but injured raptors can still be dropped off if you speak to a clinician first. (Call 612-624-4745.)
The Veterinary Medical Library will be closed, but electronic resources, including article databases and online journals, will remain available as usual. Users will be able to search for and request print materials in MNCAT during the closure, but Get-It and recall requests will not be processed until January 3. Although due dates for library materials have been set to not fall within the closure period, users will be able to view their account and renew materials using the "My Account" feature.
For more information about the closure, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/closure/home.html and talk with your supervisor about impacts specific to your work group.
CVM hosts ribbon-cutting event for new barn at Equine Center
The College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new barn at the Leatherdale Equine Center on December 10. Scheduled to be completed this week, the new 14-stall barn was built with funds from donors, including Bill and Jane Dudley, Randy and Sara Hogan, and the Minnesota Horse Council. The barn will house horses from the We Can Ride program and be available for housing horses during weekend events like clinics and educational training sessions hosted by the College and outside groups. VIPs at the ribbon-cutting included University of Minnesota President Robert H. Bruininks, a long-time Equine Center supporter.
Dean invites CVM to celebrate summer in January
Dean Trevor Ames invites CVM faculty, staff, and students to a New Year's Appreciation Ice Cream Social as a thank-you for their hard work and dedication over the past year. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Contributions of cookies and bars are welcome. RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/summerinjanuary.
New computers in veterinary library
The Veterinary Medical Library has replaced all of its public computers with new machines. The new computers all have the full Microsoft Office Suite; two also have SAS statistical software. Check them out! The library is located on the fourth floor of the Veterinary Science building.
Business mileage rate to increase to 51 cents/mile
The IRS announced changes in the standard business mileage rates for calendar year 2011. Beginning January 1, the standard business mileage reimbursement rate for personal vehicle use on approved University business increases from 50 cents to 51 cents per mile. See the Rates section of U of M policy Traveling on University Business at www.fpd.finop.umn.edu/groups/ppd/documents/rates/travel_rates.cfm. Business mileage incurred in 2010 but reimbursed in 2011 will be reimbursed using the 2010 mileage rate. The Employee Expense Worksheet (UM 1612) accommodates changes to the mileage rates.
Professional development funds available
The Civil Service Professional Development Fund has money available for Civil Service employees. Grants up to $200 are available on a first-come basis. Visit the Civil Service Committee Web site for program guidelines and applications, or contact Carolyn Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reminder: Academic employees have floating holiday
A personal holiday has been added for academic employees on the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses to bring their total up to 11 holidays, consistent with other employee groups and other campuses. The personal holiday for academic staff (on the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses only) for fiscal year 2011 must be taken between December 23, 2010, and January 17, 2011. If not used in that time period, it is lost. This holiday cannot be banked or used outside of this time period. The specific dates will change in future years consistent with the academic calendar. This personal holiday applies to those whose terms and conditions of employment are covered by academic, graduate assistant, or professionals-in-training policies. Approval and tracking of this holiday is the responsibility of the local unit.
Snowball set for January 22
Snowball, the annual winter formal hosted by the Student Council, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and VCA, is set for Saturday, January 22, from 7 p.m.-midnight at the University Club in downtown St. Paul. The event is open to all CVM students, faculty, staff, and guests. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale January 10-19 from noon-12:50 p.m. in the Hayloft Cafe (Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center). For more information, e-mail Carrie Rodman at email@example.com.
Nominations sought for Distinguished McKnight University Professorships, President's Award for Outstanding Service
- Nominations for Distinguished McKnight University Professorships are invited by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The awards support the U's most outstanding mid-career faculty members who have recently achieved full-professor status. The deadline is February 1. For more information and nomination instructions, see the McKnight nominations PDF.
- The University Senate Office is accepting nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service. Established in 1997, the award honors active or retired faculty or staff members who have gone well beyond their regular duties and demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. The deadline is March 4. For more information, see the award and nomination requirements; call the University Senate Office at 612-625-9369.
Registration open for Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations program
Want to increase your international network and strengthen your capacity to engage intergovernmental organizations like the World Organization for Animal Health, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations? Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations is a week-long intensive professional development program hosted by the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership. The program is designed to help mid- and senior level government officials, industry leaders, and academic faculty interact more effectively with intergovernmental organizations. Participants gain invaluable networking opportunities as they explore of the roles and responsibilities of the four key intergovernmental organizations involved with animal health, public health, and food security. The program will be held February 26-March 4 in Geneva, Paris, and Rome. More information: http://foodsystemsleadership.org/Programs/program.aspx?proID=3. Registration: http://register.cce.umn.edu/Course.pl?sect_key=184863
USDA awards nearly $6 million to veterinarians serving in shortage areas
The Agriculture Department's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced Nov. 9 that it will offer 62 rural veterinarians awards totaling nearly $6 million to repay their veterinary school loans, in return for providing veterinary services in areas experiencing a veterinary shortage. The awards were made through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program. Recipients are required to commit to three years of veterinary service in a designated veterinary shortage area. Learn more
In memory: Dave Plath
David (Dave) R. Plath, the former manager of the meat science lab in the Department of Animal Science, died on December 11 at age 61. As manager of the meat science lab for 35 years prior to his retirement, Dave supported many University research, teaching, and extension programs in collaboration with College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Academic Health Center faculty, staff, and students. Dave was well-known on the St. Paul Campus for his friendly nature, helpful hand, and catering service to many departmental and college functions. Dave is survived by Mary, his wife of 37 years, three daughters, and other family members and friends. A memorial service was held on December 17. Memorials may be sent to to St. Michael's Lutheran Church or the Humane Society.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Two faculty members appointed to national advisory committee
When Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the members of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health on December 9, they included two Veterinary Population Medicine Department faculty members: Dr. Elizabeth Wagstrom, associate professor, and Dr. Cindy Wolf, assistant clinical professor. Elizabeth and Cindy will serve two-year terms on the committee, which will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on actions related to prevention, surveillance, and control of animal diseases of national importance. In doing so, the committee will consider the implications of public health, conservation of natural resources, and the stability of livestock economies. The committee will meet for the first time in January 2011.
Representatives of CVM make presentations at Medical School Grand Rounds
Four representatives of the College of Veterinary Medicine made presentations at the Medical School's Orthopedics Grand Rounds on December 10:
- "Orthopaedic Research Society/American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Review (Part 1 of 3)" was facilitated by Dr. Cathy S. Carlson, professor.
- "Genome-Wide Association Identifies a Mutation for a Canine Model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease" was presented by Dr. Kari Ekenstedt, postdoctoral fellow.
- "Ratio of Urine and Serum CTX II Concentrations Correlate with Radiographic and Arthroscopic Scores of Joint Disease in Horses" was presented by Dr. Troy N. Trumble, assistant professor.
- "The Comparative Aspects of ACL Injury Genetics" was presented by Dr. Vicki Wilke, assistant clinical professor.
Julia Ponder returns from Galapagos
Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director of The Raptor Center, returned from the Galapagos after three weeks of meetings with the hawk migration team and various partners and staff who will be involved in the implementation of the rodent eradication project.
"Much groundwork and planning was accomplished," she says. "After being there, I am more than ever convinced of the importance of this project and have an increased awareness of the magnitude of what is being attempted." She heads back in early January to begin bringing the hawks into captivity before the rodent eradication phase gets underway. Julia's Galapagos journal entries and photos are on The Raptor Center's blog at www.theraptorcenternews.blogspot.com/.
David Lenander joins Veterinary Medical Library
David Lenander joined the Veterinary Medical Library as library manager on November 30.
Dionne Benson awarded American Live Stock/AAEP scholarship
Dionne Benson was one of only eight students from around the country to be awarded a scholarship from American Live Stock Inc./Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. and the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) Foundation. These scholarships are presented to selected fourth-year veterinary students who plan to pursue a career in equine veterinary practice.
Students honored at CRWAD
Four graduate students won awards at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) in Chicago December 5-7:
- Matt Allerson, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, was recognized by the Animal Health Institute for his presentation "Application of Alternative Methods of Body Temperature Measurement in Swine." Matt's advisor is Dr. Bob Morrison.
- Amanda Beaudoin, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, was honored by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists for her presentation, "Prevalence of Antibodies to Influenza A Viruses and Risk Factors for Exposure in Thai Free-Grazing Duck Flocks." Amanda's advisors are Drs. Jeff Bender and Randy Singer.
- Tim Boyer, Environmental Health, was recognized by the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine for his presentation, "Measurement of Low-Quantity Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Agricultural Samples: a Hierarchical Model for Analysis of Left-Censored qPCR Data." Tim's advisor is Dr. Randy Singer.
- John Schwartz, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, received an award from the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists for "Differential Expression of the Porcine Heavy Chain Immunoglobulin Repertoire Following Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Infection." John's advisor is Dr. Michael Murtaugh.
Hornickel, Oseid, Peterson, and Schwartz to attend Legislative Fly-in
Lindsey Hornickel, third-year student; Tammy Oseid, first-year student; Julie Peterson, first-year student; and Diana Schwartz, second-year student, will attend the Veterinary Student Legislative Fly-in hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C. February 7-8. Open to Student AVMA members who are chosen to attend the Fly-in by lottery, the event offers students an opportunity to learn about the political process and grassroots advocacy. Lindsey Hornickel is one of the organizers of the event. To learn more about the fly-in, see www.avma.org/savma/2011_Student_Legislative_Fly-In.pdf.
Jill Schappa quoted in Purina newsletter
"Hemangiosarcoma Research Offers Hope in Treating Complex Cancer," a story in the Purina Pro Club German Shepherd Dog Update newsletter, quoted fourth-year student Jill Schappa. Jill has received a research fellowship through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund to study targeted therapy for hemangiosarcoma. Her advisors are Dr. Jaime Modiano, Perlman Endowed Chair of Comparative Oncology, and Dr. Daniel Vallera, professor of radiation oncology at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.
In the news (top)
Scott Dee featured in National Hog Farmer
The November issue of National Hog Farmer featured the CVM's Dr. Scott Dee, who was pictured on the cover and interviewed for the article "Air Filtration Systems May Become Part of Doing Business in the Future," online at http://nationalhogfarmer.com/health-diseases/air-filtration-systems-future-business-1115/.
WCCO-TV features Raptor Center patient
Bill Hudson of WCCO-TV reported on a barred owl patient at The Raptor Center on December 9, interviewing Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director, and Dr. Paula Castano, veterinary intern. The story is online at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2010/12/09/challenging-surgery-gives-barred-owl-a-chance/.
Star Tribune story suggests donating to TRC
"A Gift for Birds and People," a story in the December 7 issue of the Star Tribune (online at http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/111458064.html) suggested making a donation to The Raptor Center.
Golden Valley Patch promotes nutrition service
The "Aubrey's Vet Corner" column "Are Your Cats Eating You Out of House and Home?" in the December 7 Golden Valley Patch included a plug for the Veterinary Medical Center's nutrition service. The column, written by Dr. Aubrey Tauer, a CVM graduate, is online at http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/are-your-cats-eating-you-out-of-house-and-home.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
Master's Final Defense Seminar: Membrane Map Serine Protease Protects Map Against Phagosomal Acid Stress, Presented by Abirami Kugadas: Monday, December 20, 9 a.m., 215 Veterinary Science. Advisor: Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Open House Reception and Celebration to Honor Frank B. Cerra, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical School Dean: Monday, December 20. Program and presentation, "Reflections on the Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota," 3-4 p.m.; reception, 4-6 p.m. McNamara Alumni Center Memorial Hall. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 612 624-5100. Directions and Parking: www.mac-events.org/directions.
University Winter Closure: Friday, December 24-Sunday, January 2. For more information, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/closure/home.html.
New Year's Appreciation "Summer in January" Ice Cream Social: Thursday, January 6, 12:30 p.m., Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine for faculty, staff, and students. Donations of cookies and bars are welcome. RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/summerinjanuary.
Mather Lecture: Understanding Canine and Feline Periodontal Disease: Local and Systemic Pathophysiology, Including Traditional and Novel Treatment Options, presented by Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk: January 13, 7 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. For details and to register, go to www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/events/mather/.
Hill's Pet Food Distribution Order Window Closes: Friday, January 14, 11:59 p.m. Order online through the Hill's online ordering system at www.hills-holos.com.
North American Veterinary Conference: January 15-19, Orlando, Florida. For details and to register, visit www.tnavc.org/. An alumni reception will be held on Sunday, January 16.
Martin Luther King Holiday (University Closed): Monday, January 17
2011 U of M Legislative Briefing: Wednesday, January 19. 5:30 p.m. registration, advocate photos, and light dinner; 6:30-7:30 p.m. program. McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis. For details and to register, go to http://umn.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100061&view=Detail. Registration closes January 11.
Snowball: Saturday, January 22, 7 p.m.-midnight, University Club. Hosted by the Student Council, the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and VCA, this formal event is open to all CVM students, faculty, staff, and guests. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale January 10-19 from noon-12:50 p.m. in the Hayloft Cafe (Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center). For more information, e-mail Carrie Rodman at email@example.com.
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Wednesday, January 26, 7:00-7:45 a.m., noon-12:45 p.m., and 4:00-4:45 p.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Thursday, January 27, 7:00-7:45 a.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Friday, January 28, 7:00-7:45 a.m. and noon-12:45 p.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
2011 Quality Fair & Forum: Thursday, February 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Carlson School of Management. For details, visit http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/quality/
Veterinary Student Legislative Fly-in: Feburary 7-8, Washington, D.C. Minnesota participants include Lindsey Hornickel, third-year student (one of the organizers of the event); Tammy Oseid, first-year student; Julie Peterson, first-year student; and Diana Schwartz, second-year student. Hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association Governmental Relations Division. To learn more about the fly-in, see www.avma.org/savma/2011_Student_Legislative_Fly-In.pdf.
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting: February 10-12, Minneapolis Hilton. For details and to register, go to www.mvma.org/114th_convention_info_general.asp.
Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians Convention: February 11-12, Minneapolis Hilton.
Hill's Pet Food Distribution Order Window Closes: Friday, February 11, 11:59 p.m. Order online through the Hill's online ordering system at www.hills-holos.com.
Western Veterinary Conference: February 20-24, Las Vegas. An alumni reception will be held on Monday, February 21.
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Tuesday, February 22, noon-12:45 p.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Wednesday, February 23, 7:00-7:45 a.m. and noon-12:45 p.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Thursday, February 24, 7:00-7:45 a.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
Hill's Pet Food Distribution: Friday, February 25, 7:00-7:45 a.m. and noon-12:45 p.m., Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
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.
Needs a home (top)
Blue, an American Staffordshire terrier
An immediate temporary or permanent home is needed for Blue, a 6-year-old neutered male Staffordshire terrier. Blue is a playful, loving family dog, but he is dog-aggressive and will be euthanized if the current owner cannot find a home for him by Monday, December 21. Call Josh at 763-381-2860 or 763-754-8651.
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