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January 13, 2014

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 kirchoff@umn.edu by noon the Friday before publication.


In this issue

  • College news
    • Caffeinated Conversations on Research set for Wednesday
    • Interviewing for class of 2018 begins January 30
    • Trainees sought for postdoc program in comparative medicine and pathology
    • RESPOND project highlights: December
    • Grant-in-Aid Program seeks applications
    • U establishes informatics institute
    • 'Tis the season for norvirus and influenza
    • Thank-yous from Isabel and Nicole
    • CVM Volunteers pitch in at Second Harvest Heartland
    • CVM Web traffic report: Top 10 College of Veterinary Medicine websites, 2013
  • Faculty and staff news
    • Julie Churchill among top 15 vet nutrition professors
    • Gobbles publishes article by Timothy Johnson
    • Montse Torremorell to discuss swine diseases at Pork Congress
    • Erin Royster successfully defends MS research
    • New careers for three veterinary public health residents
    • Staff promotions
    • Welcome to the college
  • In the news
    • Chronic wasting disease testing
  • Alumni news
    • In memory: Paul D. Lundgren
  • Clinical Investigation Center
  • Needs a home: blood donor dog
  • Links

College news (top)

Caffeinated Conversations on Research set for Wednesday

Sponsored by the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, the Wednesday, January 15, Caffeinated Conversations on Research will feature a Discussion of the book “Why So Slow?” by Virginia Valian. Dr. Alice A. Larson will summarize Valian's thesis about the barriers to inclusion and advancement of women (and other groups), and the group will discuss the topic. How can addressing these issues be beneficial to all? What specific steps address barriers to success? Refreshments will be served at 3:15 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center.

Interviewing for class of 2018 begins January 30

Applicants from throughout Minnesota and across the country will be interviewed to fill 102 seats in the College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM Class of 2018 starting January 30. Each aspiring veterinarian will take part in an interview lasting approximately an hour, conducted by two-member teams composed of faculty, staff, and alumni. Applicants will also have a chance to tour the facilities, have lunch with current students, and participate in a student-hosted question-and-answer session. Interviews will take place in CVM conference rooms and offices January 30-February 1, February 6-8, and February 13-15. The interview is the last step in the applicant review process. Offers of admission will be extended to candidates in mid-February, with an accept-or-decline deadline of April 15.

Trainees sought for postdoc program in comparative medicine and pathology

Dr. Cathy Carlson, professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, is seeking applicants for a three-year postdoctoral  research training program in comparative medicine and pathology supported by the National Institutes of Health. The faculty mentors in the program represent a diverse group of disciplines, including pharmacology, cell biology, infectious disease, neurobiology, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology. Graduates get the advanced training they need for a career as an independent investigator in a research university or as a research team leader in industry. Applicants must have earned a DVM degree before the starting date in April. Learn more

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RESPOND project highlights: December

The work of the RESPOND project, a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, took CVM faculty and staff to Indonesia and Kenya in December. Activities included:

  • Southeast Asia One Health University Network executive board meeting. RESPOND co-lead Dr. John Deen, professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, attended the two-day meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
  • One Health Leadership "Training of Trainers" sessions. Mac Farnham, Will Hueston, Innocent Rwego, and Linda Valeri led the development and delivery of a One Health leadership in-service training program, training-of-trainers program, and leadership training toolkit/resource manual in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • RESPOND activity update meeting. RESPOND leaders John Deen and Katey Pelican gathered with colleagues for a half-day meeting in Minneapolis. 

Grant-in-Aid Program seeks applications

The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting applications for the Grant-in-Aid Program, which promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students. Proposals must be submitted electronically; Applications must be routed to approvers no later than February 10. See guidelines on supported activities, criteria for eligibility, and terms of support.

U establishes Informatics Institute

The University of Minnesota has established an Informatics Institute to enhance its research competitiveness and capacity. The institute reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research and is led by Claudia Neuhauser, who recently served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and student development at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Learn more

'Tis the season for norovirus and influenza

A friendly reminder from Infection Control that this is prime time for norovirus and influenza. To stop the spread of these nasty bugs, wash your hands with soap and water, keep your workstations and public areas clean, wipe down phones and keyboards before use, and stay home if you are sick. If you must be at work and are feeling ill, wear a mask, limit your contact with others, and practice good hand hygiene. For more information about norovirus and influenza, see:


Thank-yous from Isabel and Nicole

The college recently received these thank-you cards from Isabel Bennett, the granddaughter of CVM staff member Kate Voje, and Kate's daughter, Nicole. Isabel, 10, was diagnosed with leukemia last spring, and Nicole has been taking care of her. This past holiday season, CVM faculty and staff donated funds to help them out.  

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CVM Volunteers pitch in at Second Harvest Heartland

Bridget Monson, director of customer services, organized a group of faculty, staff, students, and their families for a CVM volunteer effort at Second Harvest Heartland on December 28. Joining Bridget and her son were Sue Kirchoff; Scott Madill and Erin Malone and their daughter; Laura Molgaard and her son and daughter; and Scott Wood and his family, including veterinary student Megan Wood. Working with other volunteers, the team packaged a total of 5,562 pounds of pasta into meal-sized portions for distribution to food shelves. Another CVM Volunteers event will be held in the spring. Learn more about CVM Volunteers


CVM Web traffic report

Top 10 College of Veterinary Medicine websites: 2013
By number of visits
Data from Google Analytics

  1. College of Veterinary Medicine: 238,176 visits
  2. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 207,306*
  3. Veterinary Anatomy: 146,914 visits
  4. Equine Center: 90,481 visits
  5. Veterinary Medical Center: 76,654 visits
  6. The Raptor Center: 75,400 visits
  7. Education and Student Services: 59,721 visits
  8. Minnesota Urolith Center: 56,069 visits
  9. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: 44,772 visits
  10. Veterinary Clinical Sciences: 21,450

* Of this total, 77,024 were log-ins to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory website by clients accessing results online.

By the numbers
Visits to the College of Veterinary Medicine home page came from 81,491 people ("unique visitors") in 172 countries and territories; 32 percent were new visitors. Visitors spent an average of 3:28 minutes on the site and viewed an average of 1.97 pages per visit. Location-wise, 94 percent of the visitors were from the United States, and 72 percent of those were from Minnesota. The second and third most frequently visited sites were the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory site, which had 60,073 unique visitors, 44 percent of which were new visitors, and the Veterinary Anatomy site, which had visitors from 178 countries and territories.


Faculty and staff news (top)

Julie Churchill among top 15 vet nutrition professors

Dr. Julie Churchill, associate clinical professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, was named one of 15 "top vet nutrition professors" by the Vet Tech Colleges blog. It was a good week for Julie: She also got word that she had received $25,000 from Hill's Pet Nutrition to support her nutrition work. 

Gobbles publishes article by Timothy Johnson

Gobbles, the monthly publication of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, published "Defining Optimal Microbial Communities in the Turkey Gut and the Production Environment," a research update article by Dr. Timothy Johnson, in the November 2013 issue. Tim is an associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department.

Montse Torremorell to discuss swine diseases at Pork Congress

Dr. Montse Torremorell, Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity, will discuss “PEDv, PRRSv, and Influenza: Understanding the Current State, Future impact, and What Producers Can Do to Reduce Their Risk” at Minnesota Pork Congress 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 14-15.

Erin Royster successfully defends MS research

Dr. Erin Royster, instructor in dairy production medicine, has successfully defended her master's degree research, "Online Continuing Education for Veterinarians in Milking Equipment Evaluation" and "Evaluation of the Minnesota Easy Culture System II Bi-plate and Tri-plate for Identification of Common Mastitis Pathogens in Milk." Erin was advised by Dr. John Fetrow.

New careers for three veterinary public health residents

Three Center for Animal Health and Food Safety veterinary public health and preventive medicine residents will be moving into new careers this spring. Dr. Cara C. Cherry will join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemic intelligence service officer; Dr. Sarah Easter Strayer, who recently was promoted to major in the U.S. Army, will be stationed at Fort Bragg as the preventive medicine instructor for the first-year graduate veterinary education program; and Dr. Minden L. Buswell has accepted a position with the Washington Department of Agriculture as epidemiologist II-Veterinary Reserve Corps coordinator. The veterinary public health and preventive medicine residency is a two-year program that provides additional education and experience for veterinarians interested in public health and preventive medicine. For more information about the program, contact Sarah Summerbell at peter415@umn.edu.

Staff promotions

Congratulations to these staff members on their recent promotions:

  • Amy L. Giannobile, promoted to executive operations/student services specialist, Veterinary Medical Center
  • Rachael Lilly, promoted to senior veterinary technician, Veterinary Medical Center
  • Kelly A. Scott, promoted to community program associate, The Raptor Center
  • Janelle M. Wachter, promoted to associate administrator, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Welcome to the college

Welcome to the following employees who joined the college in December:

Finance
Jillian E. Rung, accountant II

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department
Zheng Chai, postdoctoral associate
Branden A. Smeester, junior scientist
Bonnie Youmans, postdoctoral associate
Xintao Zhang, postdoctoral associate

Veterinary Medical Center
Ashley L. Arent, veterinary technician
Sheridan L. Griffing, veterinary technician, VMC specialties
Kristine M. Miller, senior veterinary technician, VMC specialties
Melissa Prokop, veterinary technician, large animal core


In the news (top)

Chronic wasting disease testing 

In "With Every Test Passed, CWD Zone is No More," the Post-Bulletin published a 2011 photo of veterinary student Allison Hartman removing samples from a buck at the Greenway Station in Pine Island. After three years and about 5,000 tests for chronic wasting disease, no animals were found with the disease — other than the doe that prompted the testing program.


Alumni news (top)

In memory: Paul D. Lundgren

Dr. Paul D. Lundgren, a member of the college's first graduating class of 1951, died on December 30 at St. Cloud Veteran's Medical Center. Paul was 88. Services will be held in the spring.


Calendar (top)


Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds


Monday, January 13

Alumni and Friends Society Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 15

Caffeinated Conversations on Research
A Discussion of “Why So Slow?” by Virginia Valian

Dr. Alice A. Larson will summarize the barriers to inclusion and advancement of women (and other groups) as described by Valian in her book, and the group will discuss the topic. How can addressing these issues be beneficial to all? What specific steps address barriers to success?

Refreshments 3:15 p.m., presentation 3:30 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Thursday, January 16

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds
Our Patients Lick the Floor. . . and their Butts: Challenges in Infection Control
Presented by Dr. Jeff Bender
8 a.m.
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine

Finding Common Ground Forum
The Changing Agriculture Workforce
Hosted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Friday, January 17

Seminar on Teaching
E-learning in Dairy Health and Production
Presented by Erin Royster
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Saturday, January 18-Wednesday, January 22

North American Veterinary Conference
Orlando, Florida
Learn more and register.

Sunday, January 19

North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception
7 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, Florida

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Day holidayUniversity closed

Tuesday, January 21

Spring semester courses start

Wednesday, January 22

Write Winning Grant Proposals Seminar

Want to write successful health research grants? Then don't miss "Write Winning Grant Proposals," a day-long seminar that will comprehensively address practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process. $75 registration fee.

Hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity, and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
Register for the seminar.

CVM Research Seminar
Causes of Host Heterogeneity to Infection and Transmission
Presented by Dr. Isabella Cattadori , Department of Biology Eberly College of Science, Penn State University
Hosted by Meggan Craft
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu

Thursday, January 23

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds
Insights Gained from High-Field MRI Studies of Osteochondrosis
Presented by Dr. Cathy Carlson 
8 a.m.
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine

Friday, January 24

Conversations on Teaching
Exams as Learning Tools: How Can We More Effectively Use Exams for Student Learning in Addition to Summative Assessment?
Presented by Al Beitz and Tom Molitor
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center 

Wednesday, January 29

Bystander CPR Class
Noon-1 p.m. (lunch served)
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
To register, e-mail medicalreserve@umn.edu by January 21

CVM Research Seminar
Sighting the Genetic Cause of Leopard Complex Spotting and Congenital Stationary Night Blindness in Horses
Presented by Dr. Rebecca Bellone, Department of Biology, University of Tampa
Hosted by Dr. Jim Mickelson
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu

Thursday, January 30-Saturday, February 1

Admission interviews for class of 2018

Friday, January 31

Seminar on Teaching
Active Learning 101: A Whirlwind Tour
Presented by Barbara Beers, education specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center


February

Wednesday, February 5

Minnesota Veterinary Institute Program
Tour of Oral Pathology
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hilton Minneapolis
Learn more and register

CVM Research Seminar
Presented by Dr. Dr. Xiana Ge, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu

Thursday, February 6

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Alumni Reception
5 p.m.
Hilton Minneapolis

Thursday, February 6-Saturday, February 8

Admission interviews for class of 2018

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting

On Thursday, "Small Animal Cutting Edge" speakers include the CVM's Drs. Sandra Koch, Peggy Root Kustritz, Rita Miller, Leslie Sharkey, and Kelly Tart. On Saturday, bovine program speakers include Drs. Sandra Godden, Jeremy Scheffers, and Ulrike Sorge; public health program speakers include Drs. Nick Phelps and Dominic Travis. 

Hilton Minneapolis
Learn more and register

Friday, February 7-Saturday, February 8

Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians Annual Convention
Hilton Minneapolis
Learn more and register

Wednesday, February 12

CVM Research Seminar
Composition and Assembly of the Outer Spore Layers of Bacillus anthracis: The More We Learn, the Less We Know
Presented by Dr. George Stewart, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri
Hosted by Dr. Yinduo Ji
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu

Thursday, February 13-Saturday, February 15

Admission interviews for class of 2018

Sunday, February 16-Thursday, February 20

Western Veterinary Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
Learn more and register

Wednesday, February 26

CVM Research Seminar
From Genomics to Translational Medicine: Developing Effective Therapies Against Malignant Vascular Tumors
Presented by Dr. Brad A. Bryan, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Texas Tech University
Hosted by Erin Dickerson
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu


Long-range major events calendar

American Veterinary Medical Association Accreditation Visit
April 6-10

White Coat Ceremony
April 13
1:30 p.m.
Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center

The Raptor Center 40th Anniversary Event
April 24 

International Conference on One Medicine One Science (iCOMOS)
April 27-30
The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis
Learn more

Commencement
May 10
10 a.m.
Ted Mann Concert Hall 



Clinical Investigation Center (top)

Dogs and cats are needed for a variety of studies, some of which help cover the cost of care. For information about current studies, visit the Clinical Investigation Center website at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current. 


Needs a home: blood donor dog

Buster, a blood donor dog with the Veterinary Medical Center, is a 1-year-old boxer mix, weighs about 60 pounds, and is very energetic and playful. Buster is not recommended for a home with small children or cats because he likes to put things in his mouth and doesn't really understand that he is not a puppy. If you are interested in meeting him, contact Beth Olmstead at johns547@umn.edu.


Links (top)

AVMA News Bytes and other news
www.avma.org/news/info_rss.asp

Center for Teaching and Learning workshops
www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/workshops/index.html

CVM NewsCalendar
Back issues of CVM NewsCalendar are at www.cvm.umn.edu/cvmnewscalendar/home.html.

CVM Volunteers
www.cvm.umn.edu/facultystaff/cvmvolunteers/

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Visit the College of Veterinary Medicine's Facebook page.
Visit the Veterinary Medical Center's Facebook page.

Hill's College Feeding Program

Housing
For information about student and off-campus housing, including temporary housing, go to www.housing.umn.edu/.

Job openings
For information about positions available at the College, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/employment/. For detailed information about current job openings, how to apply, and application materials, go to the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources at www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html

LinkedIn Group for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3826768&csrfToken=ajax%3A2643584546424817841

Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum
http://hist.cvm.umn.edu/ 

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Visit the College of Veterinary Medicine's Twitter page.
Visit the Veterinary Medical Center's Twitter page.

Veterinary Continuing Education
www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/

Veterinary Medical Library
http://hsl.lib.umn.edu/vetmed

Veterinary Practice News
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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 kirchoff@umn.edu.

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