05-05-14

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May 5, 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
    • The Raptor Center hosts groundbreaking event, celebrates 40th anniversary
    • Vilsack visits NCFPD
    • Robert Washabau steps down as Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department chair
    • Equine Connection published
    • Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy now reportable
    • University Information Security Services issues warning about Internet Explorer
    • Opportunities
      •  Summer Public Health Institute
      • Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program
    • CVM Web traffic report: April
  • Faculty and staff news
    • Sheryl Ferguson and Sue Loly are editors of new book
    • Lisa Berg to receive President's Award for Outstanding Service
    • Researchers publish paper in North American Journal of Fisheries Management
    • Dean Trevor Ames to chair search for new CBS dean
    • Recent promotions and transfers
    • Welcome to the college
  • Student news
    • Four CVM graduate students awarded doctoral dissertation fellowships
    • Kevin Lang awarded IonE mini grant
  • Alumni news
    • Christine Hoang named 2013 Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year
  • In the news
    • The Raptor Center
    • Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
    • Equine herpesvirus
    • Cupid, the VMC patient
    • Dairy Appreciation Award
    • Mycoplasmal pneumonia
    • Food labeling
    • Timothy Snider
  • Calendar
  • Clinical Investigation Center
  • Links
College news
The Raptor Center hosts groundbreaking event, celebrates 40th anniversary

The Raptor Center hosted a groundbreaking event to kick off upcoming renovations to its facilities and celebrated its 40th anniversary with donors at Eastcliff, the official residence of the president of the University of Minnesota, on April 24.

Vilsack visits NCFPD

Dean Trevor Ames and a team from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) hosted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for a visit to the NCFPD on April 18 to discuss what the center is doing to defend the safety of the global food supply. The NCFPD highlighted its work with economically motivated adulteration, food supply chain mapping, and horizon scanning for potential food system disruptions. Read more about the Vilsack visit.


Robert Washabau steps down as Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department chair 

Dr. Robert Washabau, who had been chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) Department since 2004, stepped down from the position for personal reasons on April 23. Dr. Leslie Sharkey, in her role as vice chair, agreed to fill in as department chair until an interim chair is named.

"The VCS chair's position is a very important role for the college and the department, and I am very grateful for all that Dr. Washabau has done as chair over the last 10 years," Trevor said. "The VCS Department has seen significant growth in all its missions of research, education, and service under Robert's leadership."


Equine Connection published

The 2014 issue of Equine Connection, the publication of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, in now online. Topics include breaking news and information about the equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak; Dr. Brady Bergin, a new veterinarian at the West Metro Equine Practice; a new foal program for veterinary students; shivers research; and more.

Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy now reportable

Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been added to the list of diseases reportable to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Since March, there have been seven confirmed cases of EHM in Minnesota horses. Several veterinarians and horse owners attended the quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on April 16 and asked that EHM be added to the list of reportable diseases in the state. The board voted unanimously to grant this request. Equine industry representatives also requested that the board quarantine premises with positive cases of EHM, conduct epidemiological investigations, and post related information on the board’s website. Board of Animal Health officials will be working with equine industry leadership to create response guidelines for reported EHM cases in Minnesota.

University Information Security Services issues warning about Internet Explorer

University Information Security Services passed along an announcement from Microsoft about a vulnerability that affects Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 through 11. An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website. Use an alternate browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari until Microsoft makes the fix available. Use IE only as necessary for University business and only on University sites (umn.edu). For more information, see:

Opportunities
  • The 2014 Summer Public Health Institute, May 27-June 13, offers courses for students and professionals in public health and related fields. Courses are intensive, highly interactive, and applications-based, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty include Jeff Bender, Mac Farnham, Timothy Goldsmith, Will Hueston, Shaun Kennedy, Amy Kircher, Larissa Minicucci, Tom Molitor, Nicole Neeser, Serge Nzietcheung, Innocent Rwego, Fernando Sampedro, Dominic Travis, Linda Valeri, and Scott Wells. Continuing education and graduate-level academic credit enrollment options are available.
  • The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) will pay up to $25,000 each year toward qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a designated veterinarian shortage situation for three years. The 2014 designated shortage situations were published on April 21; Minnesota has five food animal veterinarian shortage areas. Applicants interested in filling these shortage areas have until June 6 to submit their applications. For more information on this program, visit the VMLRP website.
CVM Web traffic report

Top 10 College of Veterinary Medicine websites: April 2014
By number of visits
Data from Google Analytics

  1. Equine Center: 22,115 visits
  2. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 20,116 visits*
  3. College of Veterinary Medicine: 18,644 visits
  4. Veterinary Anatomy: 10,050 visits
  5. The Raptor Center: 7,636 visits
  6. Veterinary Medical Center: 6,819 visits
  7. Minnesota Urolith Center: 5,583 visits
  8. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: 3,387 visits
  9. Education and Student Services: 2,535 visits
  10. Swine Disease Eradication Center: 1,958 visits

* Of this total, Google Analytics reported 11,774. An additional 8,342 visits were log-ins to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory website by clients accessing results online.

By the numbers

  • Visits to the Equine Center’s website totaled 22,115 in April, most likely from people seeking information about an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1. Visits came from 17,019 users in 98 countries and territories; 72 percent were new visitors. 
  • The total number of visits to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's website also remained high, probably because of ongoing concern about porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Visits to the VDL's website came from 6,648 users in 91 countries and territories; 45 percent were new visitors.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine home page had visits from 9,179 users in 107 countries and territories; 41 percent were new visitors.
  • The Veterinary Anatomy site had the most international reach, with visitors from 129 countries and territories.
Faculty and staff news
PUB/CVM/Sheryl_and_Sue_with_bookSheryl Ferguson and Sue Loly are editors of new book

Large Animal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians, a new book edited by Laura Lien, a Wisconsin veterinary technician, and the CVM's own Sue Loly, large animal technical supervisor, and Sheryl Ferguson, manager, Large Animal Hospital, has been published by Wiley-Blackwell. The comprehensive guide to all aspects of caring for horses, cattle, camelids, small ruminants, and pigs helps veterinary technician students learn everything they need to know about large animal medicine. It provides species-specific coverage with a wealth of images, as well as clinical applications. Coverage includes AVMA-required topics such as hospital biosecurity, restraint, physical examinations, nutrition, clinical and diagnostic procedures, reproduction, neonatology, and disease. Read more.

Lisa Berg to receive President's Award for Outstanding Service

Lisa Berg, library assistant III, has been selected to receive a 2014 President’s Award for Outstanding Service. Established in 1997, the award recognizes faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units. A longtime staff member in the Veterinary Medical Library, Lisa was nominated by Drs. Victor Cox, Tom Fletcher, and Carl Osborne. 

Researchers publish paper in North American Journal of Fisheries Management

"Risk-Based Management of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in Minnesota," by Nicholas B.D. Phelps, Meggan E. Craft, Dominic Travis, Katharine Pelican, and Sagar M. Goyal, was published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

Dean Trevor Ames to chair search for new CBS dean

Dean Trevor Ames has agreed to chair the search committee for a new dean for the College of Biological Sciences. The search committee expects interviews of finalists to take place during the fall semester or early next spring semester. A new dean should be appointed by July 2015.

Recent promotions and transfers

Congratulations to these staff members on their recent promotion or transfer:

  • Shana Lemmenes, promoted to senior veterinary technician, Large Animal Hospital
  • Stephanie A. Withers, transferred to Large Animal Hospital
Welcome to the college

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

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department

Kim M. O'Callaghan, locum, general practice
Hirotaka Tomiyasu, postdoctoral associate

Veterinary Medical Center
Amy K. Newland, veterinary technician, Small Animal Hospital

Veterinary Population Medicine Department

Amanda L. Vegoe, assistant scientist

Student news 
Four CVM graduate students win doctoral dissertation fellowships

The University of Minnesota Graduate School awarded doctoral dissertation fellowships to all four of the college's nominees for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Jonathan B. Clayton, a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program. Jonathan's research combines an examination of primate behavior and sampling field work with functional genomics laboratory research to gain an evolutionary understanding of feeding ecology in primates. Jonathan is advised by Drs. Tim Johnson and Michael Murtaugh.
  • Carlos Andres Diaz, a PhD student in the veterinary medicine graduate program. Carlos is researching influenza virus genetic diversity in pigs. He is advised by Dr. Montserrat Torremorell.
  • Jaclyn Dykstra, a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program. Jaclyn is investigating basic mechanisms of neuropathic and visceral pain using rodent models. Her advisers are Drs. Al Beitz and Lucy Vulchanova.
  • Tiffany Wolf, a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program. Tiffany's research focuses on understanding the epidemiology and impacts of respiratory diseases on chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. She is advised by Drs. Randall Singer and Dominic Travis.
Kevin Lang awarded IonE mini grant

Kevin Lang, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, has been awarded an Institute on the Environment Mini Grant for the project "Dioxin Testing in Son Tra Nature Reserve." Kevin and his team will conduct dioxin tests on a species of primate indigenous to Vietnam known to withstand the negative impacts of the dioxin used during the Vietnam conflict. The project seeks to combine animal physiology, ecology, microbiology, and molecular biology to develop a new dioxin-degrading process. Mini Grants are designed to encourage collaboration among faculty, staff, and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units, and campuses on environmental themes. 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.

Alumni news
Christine Hoang named 2013 Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Christine Hoang, who received her DVM and MPH degrees from the University of Minnesota, was named the 2013 Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year by the American Association of Food Safety Veterinarians. Christine is currently assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Scientific Activities Division. Read more

In the news
The Raptor Center
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
Equine herpesvirus
Cupid, the VMC patient
Dairy Appreciation Award
Mycoplasmal pneumonia
Food labeling
Timothy Snider 

Minnesota Farm Guide shared the college's news release, "Swine Expert Snider Joins University of Minnesota Faculty."

Calendar
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds

Monday, May 5

PharmaNeuroImmunology Seminar
Relationships Between the Micro Biome and Weight Gain — the Avian Experience
Presented by Timothy Johnson, PhD, associate professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Hosted by Jonathan Clayton
Noon-1 p.m.
2-520 Moos Tower
Refreshments will be served.
Contact: pni@umn.edu

Wednesday, May 7

CVM Research Seminar
Contribution of Plasmids to Antimicrobial Resistance and Virulence in Salmonella Serotypes Associated with Poultry and Human Infections
Presented by Steve Foley,  National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, Arkansas
Hosted by Dr. Tim Johnson
3 p.m.
135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu

Thursday, May 8

Comparative Oncology Seminar
Immunotherapeutics for Lymphoma - Path to the Future
Presented by Veronika Bachanova, MD, PhD
Noon
280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Pizza will be served.

Friday, May 9

Conversations on Teaching
Increasing Integration Among Veterinary Courses
Presented by Al Beitz and Tom Molitor
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Saturday, May 10

Commencement
10 a.m.
Ted Mann Concert Hall

Monday, May 12

Hill's College Feeding Program Distribution
Noon-12:45 p.m.
Large Animal Hospital, old MRI/CT room

Tuesday, May 13

Hill's College Feeding Program Distribution
7:00-7:45 a.m., 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Large Animal Hospital, old MRI/CT room

Wednesday, May 14

PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Genetic Factors Underlying Disease and Performance Traits in Standardbreds
Presented by Annette McCoy
Advisors: Drs. Molly McCue and Troy Trumble
9 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dean's Reception
6-8 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium

Thursday, May 15

Hill's College Feeding Program Distribution
7:00-7:45 a.m., noon-12:45 p.m., 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Large Animal Hospital, old MRI/CT room

Master of Public Health Project Presentation

What is the Prevalence of Mycobacterium bovis in Archived Pyrazinamide-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex Isolates in Uganda?
Presented by Dr. Sylvia Wanzala
12:30-1:30 p.m.
385J Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday. May 16

Seminar on Teaching
Peer Review Training; What Am I Supposed to Do?
Presented by Deb Wingert
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Friday, May 23 

Conversations on Teaching
Presented by Al Beitz and Tom Molitor
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day—University closed

May 27-June 13

Summer Public Health Institute
College of Veterinary Medicine faculty include Jeff Bender, Mac Farnham, Timothy Goldsmith, Will Hueston, Shaun Kennedy, Amy Kircher, Larissa Minicucci, Tom Molitor, Nicole Neeser, Serge Nzietcheung, Innocent Rwego, Fernando Sampedro, Dominic Travis, Linda Valeri, and Scott Wells.

Learn more

Friday, May 30

Education Day
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Atrium and 104 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
 

June
Friday, June 6

Provost's Scholarship Open
A golf benefit to support endowed student scholarships
8:30 a.m.
University of Minnesota Golf Course
Entry fee: $105. Registration deadline: May 30

Conversations on Teaching
Presented by Al Beitz and Tom Molitor
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

More events
Clinical Investigation Center

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.

Links

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.

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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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