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August 11, 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 at kirchoff@umn.edu.

In this issue

  • College news
    • Global food ventures funding: Nine of 17 projects involve CVM faculty
    • Associate dean for research meets with president of Chiang Mai University
    • Team travels to Thailand for twinning project
    • College magazine published
    • New bricks dedicated at annual Memories Garden ceremony
    • Polo Classic benefits the Equine Center
    • College to present Science in Practice Award to Luc Dufresne
    • Veterinary Medical Library news: library course reserves can now be integrated into Moodle
    • Opportunities
      • Volunteer at the Miracle of Birth Center or Surgery Suite at the Minnesota State Fair
      • Apply for a BSL-3 research suite rental waiver grant
      • Nominate a junior faculty member for a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
      • Explore the food system in Costa Rica in November
      • Nominate a professor for a Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
    • CVM Web traffic report
  • Faculty and staff news
    • Dean Trevor Ames becomes president of AAVMC
    • Srirama Rao is chair of Council of Research Associate Deans
    • Rob Porter teaches Avian Health course, is nominated as faculty member of the year
    • Faculty and staff promotions and transfers
    • Welcome to the college
  • Alumni news
    • Where are they now?
      • Rachel Bakeberg featured in West Central Tribune
      • Heather Case is executive director of NBVME
      • Seth L. Cohen joins Trooper Veterinary Hospital
      • Barbara Lester moves to Isaacson Veterinary Hospital
  • In the news
    • MnDRIVE
    • Tuition freeze
    • Science in Practice Award
    • Dean turnover
  • Calendar
  • Clinical Investigation Center
  • Links
College news
PUB/CVM/Global_Food_Venture_SliderGlobal food ventures funding awarded

Nine of 17 projects involve CVM faculty

More than $3 million has been awarded to 17 projects as part of the first round of MnDRIVE's global food ventures funding. Nine of the 17 projects involve College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, and nearly all projects are interdisciplinary, with collaborators from across the University, as well as external partners. The projects, which are funded for one year, include these CVM efforts:

  • A Novel Approach to Make Peanut, Dairy and Soy Protein Ingredients Hypoallergenic
    Internal faculty team: Baraem Ismail, P. Srirama Rao, Aaron Rendahl
    External collaborator: Mayo Clinic 
  • Antibiotic Cellbots for Sustainable, Safe Food Technologies
    Internal faculty team: Yiannis Kaznessis, Gary Dunny, Timothy Johnson, Anup Kollanoor Johny, Dan Knights, K. V. Nagaraja, Sally Noll, Michael Sadowsky
  • Creating a Flexible Professional Masters in Food Systems with Concentrations Focusing on the Food Industry and Regulatory Science
    Internal faculty team: Will Hueston, Amy Kircher, Marc Bellemare, Laura Bloomberg, Rebecca Davies, Mac Farnham, Lewis Gilbert, Tim Goldsmith, Craig Hedberg, Gene Hugoson, Nick Jordan, Wendy Rahn, Mark Rutherford, Fernando Sampedro, Linda Valeri, Scott Wells
    External collaborators: USDA APHIS, Cargill, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota
  • Developing a Risk Management Framework to Improve Public Health Outcomes by Enumerating Salmonella in Ground Meat and Poultry Products
    Internal faculty team: Craig Hedberg, Jeff Bender, Scott Wells, Fernando Sampedro, Matteo Convertino
    External collaborator: Cargill
  • Development of a Minnesota Quality Assurance Program for Dairy Farms
    Internal faculty team: Erin Royster, Gerard Cramer, Tim Goldsmith, Marcia Endres, Ulrike Sorge, John Fetrow
    External collaborators: First District Association, Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Wolf Creek Dairy
  • Management and Analysis of Big Data for Near Realtime Detection and Early Response to Food Animal Health Threats
    Internal faculty team: Andres Perez, Scott Wells, Robert Morrison, Montserrat Torremorell, Meggan Craft, Sandra Godden, Tom Molitor, Sri Sreevatsan, Mike Murtaugh, Amy Kircher, Eva Enns
  • Proactively Addressing Food Safety Risks in Minnesota’s Rapidly Expanding Aquaponic Industry
    Internal faculty team: Nicholas Phelps, Suzanne Driessen, John Erwin, Kevin Janni, Kendra Kauppi, Michele Schermann, Paul Venturelli, Katherine Waters
    External collaborators: Urban Organics, Urban Farm Project
  • Systematic Design of an Antibiotic Alternative to Improve Performance and Gut Health in Commercial Turkeys
    Internal faculty team: Timothy Johnson, Sally Noll, Carol Cardona
    External collaborators: Willmar Poultry Company, Life Science Innovations, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • Validation and Deployment of Biosecurity Technologies and Intervention Strategies for Food and Agriculture Systems
    Internal faculty team: Montserrat Torremorell, Peter Davies, Larry Jacobson, Thomas Kuehn, Shaun Kennedy, Peter Raynor
    External collaborators: Swine Veterinary Center, Baumgartner Environics, Inc.

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Associate dean for research meets with president of Chiang Mai University

Dr. Srirama Rao, professor and associate dean for research, recently visited Chiang Mai University in Thailand, meeting with university president Niwes Nantachit on July 25 to discuss possible research collaborations between the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Chiang Mai University (CMU). See photos from the visit

Team travels to Thailand for twinning project

As part of the college’s veterinary education twinning project with Chiang Mai University in Thailand, Jim Lee, veterinary public health resident; Larissa Minicucci, DVM/MPH program director; and five University of Minnesota veterinary students were in Thailand for three weeks in July to participate in an exchange. Jeff Bender, veterinary public health program director; John Deen, professor; Karin Hamilton, instructor; Will Hueston, professor; and Scott Wells, director of academic programs, went to Thailand for a curriculum development workshop with Chiang Mai University faculty.

PUB/CVM/Profiles_Summer_Fall_2015College magazine published

The Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Profiles, the college magazine, is now online. The newly redesigned publication includes "Researchers as Rapid Responders," an in-depth story about the college's response to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus; "A Novel Therapy Helps a Beagle Bustle Again," about a Veterinary Medical Center patient that benefited from stem-cell treatment; "Fresh Perspective," about the CVM's new curriculum; and other college, faculty, staff, student, alumni, and advancement news.

• See the digital edition • Download a PDF

NPUB/CVM/Memories-Gardenew bricks dedicated at annual Memories Garden ceremony

Twenty new bricks were dedicated at the college's annual brick dedication and memorial ceremony in the Nestle Purina Memories Garden on July 31. The event included a call to the garden and benediction by Mark Lucas of the Minnesota Police Pipe Band; welcome and closing remarks by Dr. Liz LaFond, associate medical director; a discussion of the human-animal bond by Athena Diesch, veterinary social worker; and dedication of the 2014 memorial bricks by Andrea Fahrenkrug, development officer. With a gift of $250 or $500 (depending on brick size), a brick engraved with the donor's inscription becomes a permanent part of the garden. Proceeds help support the Veterinary Social Services program. Learn more about the Memories Garden.

Polo Classic benefits the Equine Center

Dean Trevor Ames, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, and a host of Equine Center and Advancement staff welcomed donors and other horse owners at the 25th annual Twin City Polo Classic in Maple Plain on August 3. The event, which included polo matches, parades, and a silent auction and raffle, benefited the University of Minnesota Equine Center.

College to present Science in Practice Award to Luc Dufresne

The college will present the Science in Practice Award to Dr. Luc Dufresne at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference at Saint Paul RiverCentre on Sept. 15. Dufresne is senior director of health assurance at Seaboard Foods, a pork producer and processor with nearly 220,000 sows producing 4.5 million market hogs annually on farms in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas. The Science in Practice award recognizes an individual who shows promising research productivity in production and disease and who has made contributions to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge for the betterment of the swine industry. Learn more

Veterinary Medical Library news

Faculty, did you know that Library Course Reserves readings can now be integrated directly into the main Moodle interface for any course that uses both Course Reserves and Moodle? This means that students can access their course readings from within Moodle, creating a single point of access for most course materials. Course Reserves and Moodle can be integrated in two ways: install the Library Resources block and/or include a Library Reserves link in the main body of the Moodle course page. For more information, visit https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/reservesmoodle.


Volunteer at the Miracle of Birth Center or Surgery Suite at the Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association is seeking faculty members to volunteer at the Miracle of Birth Center and Surgery Suite at the Minnesota State Fair August 21-September 1. You don't need to be a large animal veterinarian to volunteer. Tickets and parking passes are free to all volunteers. To learn more, e-mail info@mvma.org or call 651-645-7533.

Apply for a BSL-3 research suite rental waiver grant

The University's Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Program is offering Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) research suite rental waiver grants to support new University of Minnesota BSL-3 research initiatives that would use the Wallin Medical Biosciences Building's BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities. Proposals that seek to expand the scope of current BSL-2 research to work with pathogens that require BSL-3 containment facilities are encouraged. Preference will be given to research initiatives by junior faculty (those with fewer than six years in faculty rank) or new interdisciplinary teams.

The BSL-3 Program manages three BSL-3/ABSL-3 laboratory suites that are available for research use on a fee-for-use basis. Each BSL-3 laboratory suite consists of an anteroom, microbiology lab, animal procedure room, and animal holding room. The labs are fully equipped for microbiology and small-animal research and engineered to handle multiple BSL-3 agents. Funding by the rental waiver grant will be used exclusively to waive rental fees associated with the use of the facility. It does not cover salaries or supplies. Rental support will be provided for up to two research projects during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Applications must be sent to bslthree@umn.edu by September 1. For more information and application materials, visit the BSL-3 Program webpage. Questions? Contact Thien Sam, BSL-3 program manager, at 612-624-5479.

Apply for the Grant-in Aid Program
The program promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty. Applications are due Sept. 15 to approvers, and by Sept. 18 to the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Nominate a junior faculty member for a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
This program seeks to advance the careers of promising junior faculty members who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers and have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and scholarly fields. The nomination deadline is Oct. 28.

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

Nominate a professor for a Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
Distinguished McKnight University Professorship Awards honor and reward the U's most distinguished and highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status—especially those who have made significant advances in their careers at the U of M, whose work and reputation are identified with the U, and whose accomplishments have brought renown and prestige to Minnesota. The nomination deadline for 2015 awards is Feb. 3. For nomination information, see McKnight. For additional information, e-mail Chris Bremer or call 612-625-6176.

CVM Web traffic report

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

* Of this total, Google Analytics reported 8,721. An additional 6,471 visits were log-ins to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory website by clients accessing results online.

By the numbers

  • Visits to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's website came from 5,111 users in 83 countries and territories; 50 percent were new visitors. Visitors viewed an average of 2.89 pages per session and spent an average of 3:13 minutes on the site.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine home page had visits from 7,675 users in 98 countries and territories; 55 percent were returning visitors.
Faculty and staff news
VPM Faculty Ames TrevorDean Trevor Ames becomes president of AAVMC

After a year as president elect, Dean Trevor Ames is now president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people, and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include all 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, eight departments of veterinary science, seven departments of comparative medicine, 14 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine.The new president elect is Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Srirama Rao is chair of Council of Research Associate Deans

Dr. Srirama Rao, associate dean for research, is chair of the University of Minnesota's Council of Research Associate Deans (CRAD), which reviews and provides guidance on research-related policies and initatives and serves as a forum for the University's research colleges to exchange information. CRAD has a membership list of 21 associate deans from throughout the University, including the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the colleges of dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy, and others.

Rob Porter teaches Avian Health course, is nominated as faculty member of the year
CVMVMC2 – Image – 180x222 – Rob Porter

Dr. Rob Porter, clinical specialist, coordinated and taught the Avian Health course at the Midwest Poultry Consortium's Center of Excellence (COE) Scholarship/Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May. The course trains students to identify diseases that commonly plague poultry, covering animal well-being, transport regulations, disease surveillance, and methods of disinfection and sanitation, with credits transferred to the student's home university. Rob's students nominated him for the "Pullet-zer Prize," Faculty Member of the Year.

"Without dedicated instructors like Rob, who believe in this collaborative approach to teaching, we would not be able to run the COE," wrote Beth Nelson, president, Midwest Poultry Consortium, and Jenna Knoblauch, COE student director, in a letter to Jim Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. "We thank the University of Minnesota and Rob Porter for his contributions."

Faculty and staff promotions and transfers

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

  • Eva Furrow, promoted to assistant professor
  • Karin E. Hamilton, promoted to instructor
  • Joseph Heili, promoted to assistant scientist
  • Xiong Wang, transferred to position of postdoctoral fellow
Welcome to the college

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

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department

Caroline Baldo, assistant clinical professor
Damani N. Bryant, research associate

Veterinary interns
Siew Kim Chong
Nancy K. Robinson
Ruth M. Scott

Veterinary medical residents
Philip Allen
Alexia N. Berg
Ann E. Heffernan
Lisa E. Riggs
Kristin Smith
Rachel E. Smith
Jillian F. Zientek

Veterinary Medical Center
Kayti J. Flynn, pharmacy technician
Esme C. Gitis-Miles, veterinary technician
Cassandra M. Van Heel, veterinary technician
Lisa R. Waege, veterinary technician

Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Fernando N. Amitrano, veterinary intern
Idil Bastan, postdoctoral associate
Elizabeth B. Coppelman, veterinary resident
Lean Manning, veterinary medical resident
Ana Maria Arango Perez, senior laboratory technician

Alumni news
Where are they now?
  • After a June 23 fire destroyed a large portion of her clinic building in Appleton, Minnesota, Dr. Rachel Bakeberg and her staff continued to serve clients as workers rebuilt the fire-damaged portion of the clinic. West Central Tribune featured the story on August 4 in "Helping Hands on the Climb Back Up: When Disaster Strikes, Veterinarian Finds Her Solo Practice is Anything But."
  • Dr. Heather Case, class of 1998, who was a public health resident from 2004 to 2006 and received her MPH at the University of Minnesota in 2006, has been named executive director of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME). Learn more.
  • Dr. Seth L. Cohen, class of 2006, has joined Trooper Veterinary Hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The Times Herald and Montgomery Media published a story about Seth and the animal hospital. 
  • Dr. Barbara Lester, class of 2005, has joined Isaacson Veterinary Hospital in Park Rapids, Minnesota — a business started by her uncle, Dr. Bill Isaacson, in 1970. Park Rapids Enterprise told Barbara's story on August 6 in "Dr. Lester Joins Isaacson Veterinary Hospital."
In the news


Dean turnover
Tuition freeze
Science in Practice Award
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
August 9-14

Animal Behavior Society 2014 Conference
Meggan Craft, infectious disease ecologist in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, will present an invited talk, "Infectious Disease Dynamics on Wild Animal Contact Networks," in the Animal Behavior and Disease Ecology Symposium.
Princeton University, New Jersey
Learn more

Tuesday, August 12

University of Minnesota Strategic Planning Listening Session
11 a.m.-noon
McNamara Center/Ski-U-Mah Room
Learn more

Thursday, August 14

1-4 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Learn more about VetCamp

August 18-22

Focus on Food Systems
Explore the interconnections of food, animal feed, fiber, and fuel in the economics, culture, policy, and health of our society using corn as an example of a complex food system.
Hosted by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
Learn more

Wednesday, August 20

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

MPH Thesis Defense
Blood and Hair Mercury Concentrations in Pacific Harbor Seal Pups (Phoca vitulina richardii): Associations with Neurodevelopmental Outcomes
Presented by Samala Van Hoomissen, DVM, class of 2008
Adviser: Dr. Larissa Minicucci
2 p.m.
Join the webinar at http://umconnect.umn.edu/vanhoomissen.

August 21-September 1

Minnesota State Fair

CVM booth: Thursday, August 21

Thursday, August 21

Master’s Thesis Defense Seminar
PCV2 Serological Survey in the U.S. National Swine Herd
Presented by Yang Yan
Adviser: Dr. Michael Murtaugh
9 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, August 22

PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Immune Modulation of Adult Neurogenesis during Experimental Herpes Simplex Encephalitis
Presented by Jessica Rotschafer
Advisers: Drs. Maxim Cheeran and Tom Molitor
1 p.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

August 27-29

Orientation, Class of 2018

Monday, September 1

University closed for Labor Day holiday

Tuesday, September 2

Classes start

Wednesday, September 3

CVM Research Seminar

  • Survival of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus in Environmental Samples, presented by Dr. Harsha Verma, Veterinary Population Medicine Department
  • Presentation by Dr. Junji Xing, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department

3 p.m.
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu or 612-624-3002

Wednesday, September 10

CVM Research Seminar
Chemosensory Regulation of Bacterial Communities
Presented by Dr. John Kirby, University of Iowa
3 p.m.
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu or 612-624-3002

Wednesday, September 17

CVM Research Seminar
Porcine Deltacoronavirus—Fulfilling Koch’s Postulates
Presented by Dr. Dick Hesse, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
3 p.m.
125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact: Jessica Raines-Jones, raine034@umn.edu or 612-624-3002

Friday, September 26

2014 Nature-Based Therapeutics Conference: Speak! The Quality of Interactions Between Humans and Animals
8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Presented by the University of Minnesota's Nature-Based Therapeutic Services, a shared initiative with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Center for Spirituality and Healing
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Learn more and register

Saturday, September 27

Fall Raptor Release
Hosted by The Raptor Center
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, Minnesota

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.


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