06-02-14

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June 2, 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
    • Education Day celebrates excellence in education
    • Bert Stromberg to retire after 35 years with the college
    • Raptor Center awarded funding for Raptor Lab
    • VSS offers inventory reduction sale
    • Faculty retirement plan amended
    • RESPOND project highlights
    • Opportunities
      • Nominate a faculty colleague for the AHC Academies of Excellence
      • Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program
      • Explore the food system in Costa Rica in November
  • Faculty and staff news
    • Rebecca Davies receives funding for innovative ideas
    • Stephanie Valberg receives Richard Hartley Clinical Award
    • Recent promotions and transfers
    • Welcome to the college
  • Student news
    • Doug Marthaler successfully defends PhD thesis
    • Kate O'Conor successfully defends MS research 
  • Alumni news
    • Graduate programs alumni updates
    • In memory: Dr. Philip Berends
  • In the news
    • The Raptor Center
  • Calendar
  • Clinical Investigation Center
  • Links
College news
Education Day celebrates excellence in education

The college's annual Education Day, held on May 30, included poster presentations, speakers, a panel discussion, roundtable discussions, and an awards ceremony, where faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and course coordination. Awards included:

  • Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award: Dr. Christina Clarkson
  • CVM Graduate Advising/Teaching Award: Dr. Sandra Godden
  • Excellence in Course Coordination Award: Dr. Christina Clarkson
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences awards
    • Teaching Award: Dr. Sheila Torres
    • Clinical Teaching Award: Dr. Kristi Flynn
    • Clinical Teaching Resident Award: Dr. Jenny Cho-MacSwain
  • Veterinary Population Medicine awards
    • Teaching Award: Dr. Christie Ward
    • Clinical Teaching Award: Dr. Timothy Goldsmith
    • Teaching Resident Award: Dr. Dane Tatarniuk
  • Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Teaching Award: Dr. Michael Murtaugh
  • Veterinary Medical Center Technician Teaching Awards
    • Marie Bodin (Small Animal Hospital)
    • Amber Dargis (Large Animal Hospital)

See photos from Education Day


PUB/CVM/StrombergBert Stromberg to retire after 35 years with the college

Dr. Bert Stromberg, a longtime professor of parasitology in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, will retire on June 30 after 35 years of teaching, research, and service. Bert joined the college in 1979 when Dr. Ben Pomeroy was acting dean. He admits that he and his wife initially had reservations about moving to Minnesota from Pennsylvania, but discovered that it was "a fantastic place to raise kids." Read more about Bert Stromberg and his 35-year career with the college.

Raptor Center awarded funding for Raptor Lab

Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund has awarded The Raptor Center (TRC) $186,000 in funding for the Raptor Lab project, which will integrate online and outdoor learning environments. The Raptor Lab will give students throughout the state access to an environmental education program developed, piloted, and evaluated by TRC in partnership with three metro-area schools over the past two years. Working with the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab, TRC be developing a STEM-focused curriculum targeted at 7th and 8th graders. The curriculum will be Internet-based and built on experiential learning as the students use TRC's clinic records to analyze real-world data and explore the scientific process. Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the project starts July 1. Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director, is project manager.

VSS offers inventory reduction sale

Veterinary Student Supply (VSS) is having an inventory reduction sale on books, with price reductions of 20-50 percent. Stop by or contact VSS for a list of titles available. In June, VSS will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. Call 612-624-1702 or e-mail vssvth@umn.edu with questions.

Faculty retirement plan amended

An amendment to the faculty retirement plan regarding covered salary and the waiting period for P&A employees was approved by the Board of Regents at its February meeting. Starting May 4, faculty earnings classified as summer research and summer session instructional earnings will be included as covered salary for all nine-month faculty. Beginning June 30, the waiting period for P&A employees to enter the Faculty Retirement Plan will be eliminated. Securian will contact employees currently in the waiting period during early June.

PUB/CVM/USAID LogoRESPOND project highlights

CVM faculty and staff have been involved in a variety of RESPOND project activities in Africa and Southeast Asia in recent months. Among the highlights:

  • Dr. Innocent B. Rwego, adjunct instructor, facilitated One Health leadership training in Ethiopia and Tanzania. He also helped facilitate a public health curriculum review workshop at Moi University in Kenya.
  • Dr. Serge Nzietchueng, development liaison, made presentations on RESPOND and One Health at the University of Rwanda and co-taught a risk analysis course at the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine there. She also co-facilitated several sessions of a One Health Research Champions Leadership Workshop in Africa.
  • Chris Dillon, financial analyst; Dr. Katey Pelican, assistant professor; and Dr. Innocent Rwego discussed the RESPOND project and more at the Focal Person’s Strategic Plan and Organizational Review Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Dr. Jeein Chung, analyst, was in Vietnam in February and March to continue assisting Hanoi Medical University Institute of Preventive Medicine in designing a One Health training textbook for sixth-year preventive medicine students. Jeein also assisted 22 faculty members from Thai Nguyen Medical and Pharmaceutical University and Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry in designing a case study for training medical and veterinary students on rabies epidemiology and outbreak management.
  • Dr. Kaylee Myhre, analyst, went to Vietnam to meet with 20 faculty members from Hanoi Medical University who are working on a preventive medicine training manual that will be used to train medical students to recognize and treat zoonotic diseases. She also met with the ecosystem health team at the Hanoi School of Public Health.
  • Jeein and Kaylee traveled to Indonesia to provide insight on the One Health approach for health educators, discussing strategies for curriculum development and government engagement at an international symposium. 

RESPOND is a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Opportunities
  • Nominate a faculty colleague for the AHC Academies of Excellence. Each year, the Academic Health Center seeks to identify its most distinguished scientists and educators for election to the Academies for Excellence. Learn more about the Academies for Excellence and nomination requirements.
  • The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program 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. Minnesota has five food animal veterinarian shortage areas. Applicants interested in filling these shortage areas have until June 6 to submit their applications.
  • Explore the food system in Costa Rica in November. A November 2-7 study program will explore aspects of animal welfare and health, food safety, food protection, and public health through a variety of site visits and facilitated discussions in Costa Rica. Site visits will include beef and dairy farms; beef, pork, and milk processing plants; tilapia and shrimp facilities; butcher shops and supermarkets; and meeting with federal regulators. Learn more 
Faculty and staff news
Rebecca Davies receives funding for innovative ideas

The Graduate School recently recognized Dr. Rebecca Davies for her innovative ideas in interdisciplinary graduate education, awarding funding for her proposal, "The Case for Quality: Creating Training Tools to Integrate Quality Assurance into Academic Research Programs." Rebecca is an associate clinical professor and the director of Quality Central.

Stephanie Valberg receives Richard Hartley Clinical Award

The British Equine Veterinary Association has named Dr. Stephanie Valberg, professor, the recipient of the 2014 Richard Hartley Clinical Award. The award recognizes Stephanie’s research linking seasonal pasture myopathy to box elder tree seeds. 

Bert Stromberg to retire after 35 years with the college

See College News

Recent promotions and transfers

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

  • Nicole Cremers, promoted to assistant scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (bacteriology/mastitis)
  • Brianna Larson, promoted to assistant scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (bacteriology/mastitis)
  • Matar Laba Ndiaye, promoted to scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (necropsy)
  • Karen Olsen, promoted to senior scientist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (bacteriology/mastitis)
  • Joshua D. Vigdal, senior veterinary technician, transferred to anesthesia, Veterinary Medical Center
Welcome to the college

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

Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Justin Bergeron, veterinary resident

The Raptor Center
Kathryn R. White, veterinary technician

Veterinary Medical Center
Rachel A. Johnson, senior veterinary technician-anesthesia

Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Barbara Brito, research specialist
Jennifer Brown, veterinary medical resident
Grant Stoddard, summer term research assistant

Student news 
Doug Marthaler successfully defends PhD thesis

Doug Marthaler, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, has successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Ecology of Porcine Rotaviruses." Doug was advised by Dr. Sagar Goyal.

Kate O'Conor successfully defends MS research

Kate O'Conor, a student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, has successfully defended her MS research, “Diseases of New World Camelids.” She was advised by Dr. Anna Firshman. Kate has accepted a position as a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program under a T32 training grant. She will be advised by Dr. Uli Munderloh in the Department of Entomology. 

Alumni news
Graduate programs alumni updates

Did you know. . .

  • Dr. Mary Boyce (Ph.D. 2012 with Dr. Troy Trumble) is now an equine surgeon at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in Anderson, California.
  • Dr. Deepak Deshpande (Ph.D. 2004 with Dr. Mathur Kannan) is now an assistant professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Medicine. Deepak's research on the curious expression of taste receptors on airway smooth muscle cells was recently recognized by the American Asthma Foundation.
  • Preethi Haran (M.S. 2011 with Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan) was recently promoted to assistant scientist at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she works in Dr. Pam Skinner's lab on a novel immunotherapy for HIV/SIV.
  • Dr. Lisa Herron-Olson (Ph.D. 2005 with Dr. Vivek Kapur) has been promoted to director of life science and business development at Syntiron, a St. Paul-based human vaccine development company.
  • Dr. Daniel Linhares (Ph.D. 2013 with Dr. Montse Torremorell) earned an honorable mention award in the University of Minnesota Best PhD competition. Daniel is currently technical services and health assurance manager with Agroceres PIC.
  • Dr. Cholawat Pacharinsak (Ph.D. 2007 with Dr. Al Beitz) was featured in "Taking the Pain Away" in the January issue of Lab Animal. He is assistant professor and director of anesthesia, pain management, and surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Cleverson D. Souza (Ph.D. 2008 with Dr. Doug Weiss) is now assistant professor of clinical pathology at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
In memory: Dr. Philip Berends

Dr. Philip Berends, class of 1970, of St. Charles, Minnesota, passed away on May 27. Phil joined the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic shortly after graduation, where he later became a partner and worked until his retirement in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Barb, three children, and many other family members. Read the complete obituary.

In the news
The Raptor Center
Calendar
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds

Monday, June 2

PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Epidemiology of Mycoplasma hyorhinis in U.S. Swine Production Systems
Presented by Maria Clavijo
Advisors: Drs. Albert Rovira and Bob Morrison
9 a.m.
213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Everyone is welcome to attend.

June 4-7

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum
Nashville, Tennesse
Learn more and register

Wednesday, June 4

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Alumni Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Drive, Nashville TN 37214

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

Sunday, June 8

Dog Day at Midway
Hosted by St. Paul Saints; presented by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
Midway Stadium

Monday, June 9

Master's Thesis Defense Seminar
Clinical Studies Methodologies – A Learning Curve
Presented by Sarah Crain
Advised by Drs. Jane Armstrong and Dave Polzin
10 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday, June 12

Comparative Oncology Seminar
Presented by Branden Moriarty, PhD
Noon
280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Monday, June 16

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Sunil Kumar
2 p.m.
215 Veterinary Science

Thursday, June 19

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Eva Furrow
9 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science

Wednesday, June 25

Hill's College Feeding Program Distribution
10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m.
Large Animal Hospital (old MRI/CT room)

Saturday, June 28

Pet-A-Palooza
Presented by the Urban Dog and brought to you by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Monday, June 30

Master of Public Health Project Presentation
Adaptation of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency to Fit the Needs of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Mission
Presented by Dr. Sarah Easter Strayer
1-2 p.m.
115 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Open to the public

July
Friday, July 4

Independence Day holiday—University closed

Thursday, July 10

Comparative Oncology Seminar
Presented by Dr. Hirotaka Tomiyasu
Noon
280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Wednesday, July 23

Hill's College Feeding Program Distribution
10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m.

July 25-29

American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention
Denver, Colorado
Learn more and register

 
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
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Center for Teaching and Learning workshops
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CVM NewsCalendar
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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
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Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum
http://hist.cvm.umn.edu/ 

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

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

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