December 30, 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the Friday before publication.
- College news
- OIT outage scheduled for January 4-5
- Global Operations provides guidance for international research efforts
- Minnesota Board of Animal Health annual report includes VDL
- Raptor Center makes Nature's 'Images of the Year'
- 'Summer in January' ice cream social is January 7
- A Black Tie Affair is January 10
- CAHFS to co-host forum on the changing agriculture workforce January 16
- Faculty and staff news
- David Polzin and international team publish first histopathologic standardization of glomerular disease in the dog
- Journal of Veterinary Medical Education publishes papers by Peggy Root, Laura Molgaard
- Timothy Johnson and colleagues explore light turkey syndrome in PeerJ article
- Jennifer Granick and Davis Seelig receive grant-in-aid research awards
- Anil Thachil is board certified
- In the news
- Hercules and vet student Zach Loppnow
- Zach Sobiech's legacy: osteosarcoma research
- Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar and patient
- Keeping pets safe during the holidays
- Como Zoo orangutan
- Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- Research on gene's contribution to asthma susceptibility
- Alumni news
- In memory: Gene Robert Kind
- Clinical Investigation Center
- Needs a home: blood donor dog
OIT outage scheduled for January 4-5
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced that the University's annual primary data center maintenance outage will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday, January 4. The outage is required to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs to facility infrastructure. It involves a complete shutdown of the main data center, resulting in interruption to IT services. It is expected that all affected services will be restored by noon Sunday, January 5. A complete list of affected services can be found at https://umnprd.service-now.com/sysstatus/.
Global Operations provides guidance for international research efforts
Do you conduct research abroad? Do you employ staff abroad? Are you struggling with questions about international tax, legal, or other issues? The University's Global Operations can help. Global Operations is a service available to University faculty and staff undertaking research, projects, or programs abroad to assess issues, provide advice, and reduce internal infrastructure barriers. The Global Operations team has worked on more than 30 cases involving 20 countries with some 20 principal investigators from more than 15 colleges and departments across campus. Visit the Global Operations website for more information, including how to start working with the Global Operations team and testimonials from people who have worked with Global Operations.
Minnesota Board of Animal Health annual report includes VDL
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health's annual report, now online, includes a full page and numerous references to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), the official laboratory of the Board of Animal Health. The VDL processes up to 70,000 cases from livestock, poultry, wildlife, fish, and companion animals annually.
Raptor Center makes Nature's 'Images of the Year'
A picture of Raptor Center volunteer Terry Headley holding a bald eagle was the "bonus online-only editor's choice" for Nature's Images of the Year. To see the photo, visit www.nature.com/news/365-days-images-of-the-year-1.14303?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20131224 and scroll down to the last picture.
'Summer in January' ice cream social is January 7
The college's annual "Summer in January" ice cream social is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine lobby. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, and donations of bars or cookies are welcome. RSVP via SurveyMonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ICECREAM.
A Black Tie Affair is January 10
Alpha Psi is gearing up for A Black Tie Affair on January 10. The second annual formal social event and dance will be held at Profile Event Center at 2630 University Avenue SE, with the social hour starting at 7 p.m. and the dance beginning at 8 p.m. Graduate and professional students, faculty members, and the entire CVM community is welcome to attend and invite significant others, family, and friends. Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) and may be purchased from any Alpha Psi member. Cash or checks made out to Alpha Psi may also be left in the Alpha Psi mailbox next to the first-year mailboxes in Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. Contact Alpha Psi at email@example.com.
CAHFS to co-host forum on the changing agriculture workforce January 16
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) will co-host a Finding Common Ground Forum at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on January 16. The topic will be the changing agriculture workforce and the challenges and opportunities for workers, employers, and communities. The program will feature panelists from many perspectives, including the owner/manager of a farm in Wisconsin, a dairy worker, a physician's assistant in migrant health services, and an extension educator.
- Distinguished Teaching Awards. Nominations for the University's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education are due January 13. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to teaching at the University of Minnesota. Awardees become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Nomination guidelines and materials are available at Distinguished Teaching Awards.
- President's Student Leadership and Service Award. This University of Minnesota award honors the accomplishments of outstanding students and their leadership and service contributions to the U of M and the community. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate current U students for the award, presented annually to one-half of one percent of University students. For nomination forms and more information, see President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The nomination deadline is January 31.
- University of Minnesota Regents Professorship. Submit nominations for the 2014 Regents Professorship—the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty—by March 14. Full professors are eligible; a stipend of $50,000 is awarded. For nomination procedures, criteria, and a list of current and emeriti Regents Professors, see Regents Professorship.
Faculty and staff news (top)
David Polzin and international team publish first histopathologic standardization of glomerular disease in the dog
Dr. David Polzin, professor and section chief of medicine, and an international group of veterinary nephrologists have published the first histopathologic standardization of glomerular disease in the dog. David and his co-chair, Dr. Larry Cowgill of the University of California, Davis, organized 18 scholars from 10 countries to study the underlying pathogenesis of glomerular disease, which affects kidney function. Acute and chronic glomerular diseases are life-threatening in many instances, but there have been few advances in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, or therapy of these disorders. The results of the team's light microscopic, immunohistopathologic, and electron microscopic review of 501 clinical cases of canine glomerular disease and review of the evidence-based medicine literature was published in a 75-page supplement to the November issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which included —
- Development of Clinical Guidelines for Management of Glomerular Disease in Dogs
- Vision of the WSAVA Renal Standardization Project
- Consensus Recommendations for Standard Therapy of Glomerular Disease in Dogs
- Consensus Recommendations for Immunosuppressive Treatment of Dogs with Glomerular Disease Based on Established Pathology
- Consensus Guidelines for Immunosuppressive Treatment of Dogs with Glomerular Disease Absent a Pathologic Diagnosis
- Consensus Recommendations for Treatment for Dogs with Serology Positive Glomerular Disease
Journal of Veterinary Medical Education publishes papers by Peggy Root, Laura Molgaard
Drs. Peggy Root, assistant dean of education, and Laura Molgaard, associate dean for academic affairs, recently had papers published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education:
- "Use of Facebook as a Teaching Tool in a Veterinary Communications Course," by Margaret V. Root Kustritz
- "Frequency of Interactions Between Veterinarians and Other Professionals to Guide Interprofessional Education," by Margaret V. Root Kustritz, Laura K. Molgaard, and John H. Tegzes
Timothy Johnson and colleagues explore light turkey syndrome in PeerJ article
A collaborative research team led by Dr. Tim Johnson (CVM), Dr. Carol Cardona (CVM), and Dr. Sally Noll (Animal Science) recently published "Succession of the Turkey Gastrointestinal Bacterial Microbiome Related to Weight Gain" in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal PeerJ. This work is part of a project funded by the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council aimed at "light turkey syndrome," a widespread, multimillion-dollar problem affecting commercial turkey growers in Minnesota. Characterized by lower weight in market-age turkeys, light turkey syndrome does not appear to involve a known bacterial or viral pathogen. To better understand the syndrome, Tim and his team are working in collaboration with the turkey industry to study the totality of healthy bacteria in the turkey gut, also known as the microbiome. In the PeerJ article, they identify a number of bacteria that are defining markers of the succession of bacteria in the turkey gut. These bacteria changed earlier in heavier-weight turkey flocks than they did in flocks of lower weights. What's next? The team is working to identify ways to modulate the turkey gut microbiome early in a bird's life, in the hope of resolving light turkey syndrome. Researchers are using DNA sequencing-based approaches to identify antibiotic-free ways to improve gut health and weight gain in turkeys.
Jennifer Granick and Davis Seelig receive grant-in-aid research awards
The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded grant-in-aid research awards to Drs. Jennifer Granick and Davis Seelig of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department. Jennifer received an award of $25,000 for the project "Endogenous Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Function at the Site of Cutaneous Staphylococcus aureus Infection." Davis was awarded $27,450 for "Probing the Mechanisms of Involuntary Weight Loss in Neurodegenerative Disease." The grants are effective January 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.
Anil Thachil is board certified
Dr. Anil Thachil, post-doctoral associate in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, passed his American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) general exam and is now certified by the ACVM as a diplomate in virology.
In the news (top)
Hercules and vet student Zach Loppnow
"Horse Blood Donor Saves Lives Every Year," a December 23 story on WCCO, explored the connection between Hercules, the Equine Center's blood donor horse, and Zach Loppnow, the veterinary student who works with Hercules as part of a new program at the Equine Center. Dr. Stephanie Valberg, professor and director of the Equine Center, was also interviewed.
Zach Sobiech's legacy: osteosarcoma research
"Zach Sobiech's Legacy is Much More Than 'Clouds,'" a story in the Pioneer Press and on Twincities.com, included an interview with Dr. Jaime Modiano, professor and director of the Animal Cancer Care and Research program. Jaime and his colleagues are working to find a cure for osteosarcoma with money from the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar and patient
"Dog Meets Doctor Who Helps Save Life," a story on KARE 11, featured a man from Mississippi whose dog was diagnosed with cancer and received an experimental vaccine from Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar, associate professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department. Davis Hawn and his yellow Lab, Booster—now cancer-free—visited the Veterinary Medical Center on December 18.
Keeping pets safe during the holidays
KSTP-TV interviewed Dr. Kristi Flynn of the Veterinary Medical Center's General Practice Service for "U of M Veterinarian: From Tinsel to Tree Water, Keep Your Pet Safe this Christmas."
Como Zoo orangutan
Star Tribune and KSTP-TV stories about a donation in honor of 6-year-old Jaya, an orangutan at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, mentioned that Jaya was delivered by C-section by College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians—only the ninth such surgery worldwide.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
Pig333.com and swinecast.com posted Dr. Sagar Goyal's presentation, "Stability of PED Virus in the Environment," from the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in September.
Research on gene's contribution to asthma susceptibility
"Research Uncovers Gene’s Contribution to Asthma Susceptibility," a posting on YottaFire, reported that research from the college had uncovered the role gene ORMDL3 plays in asthma.
Alumni news (top)
In memory: Gene Robert Kind
Dr. Gene Robert Kind, class of 1955, passed away on December 15 at age 82. A resident of St. Peter, Minnesota, Gene was a former president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (1986-1987) and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation and was active in a variety of community organizations. He owned and operated the Kind Veterinary Clinic in St. Peter until he retired in 1998. His family has asked that memorial donations go to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society. Read the complete obituary.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center
PharmaNeuroImmunology Seminar: Every other Monday, noon-1 p.m., 11-157 Phillips Wangensteen Building
CVM Research Seminar: Wednesdays, 3 p.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 8 a.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Graduate Student Seminar Series: Thursdays, noon, 215 Veterinary Science
Comparative Oncology Seminar: Every second Thursday of the month, noon, 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Cytology Rounds: Fridays, 8-9 a.m., 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Large Animal Grand Rounds: Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center
Seminar on Teaching/Conversation on Teaching: Fridays, noon-12:50 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Wednesday, January 1
New Year's Day holiday-University closed
Monday, January 6
DVM spring classes begin
Tuesday, January 7
Ice Cream Social
Lobby of Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
RSVP via SurveyMonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ICECREAM.
Friday, January 10
A Black Tie Affair
Hosted by Alpha Psi
Social hour begins at 7 p.m., dance at 8 p.m.
Profile Event Center, 2630 University Avenue SE
Tickets are $15 ($18 at the door) and may be purchased from any Alpha Psi member. Cash or checks made out to Alpha Psi may also be left in the Alpha Psi mailbox next to the first-year mailboxes in Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine. Contact Alpha Psi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 16
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
Saturday, January 18-Wednesday, January 22
North American Veterinary Conference
Learn more and register for the conference.
Sunday, January 19
North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception
Orlando World Center Marriott
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Day holiday—University 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.
Tuesday, January 28
Long-range major events calendar
American Veterinary Medical Association Accreditation Visit
White Coat Ceremony
The Raptor Center 40th Anniversary Event
Ted Mann Concert Hall
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 (top)
Buster, a 1-year-old boxer mix, weighs about 60 pounds and is very energetic and playful. A blood donor dog with the Veterinary Medical Center, he 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 email@example.com.
AVMA News Bytes and other news
Center for Teaching and Learning workshops
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Hill's College Feeding Program
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Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum
Veterinary Continuing Education
Veterinary Medical Library
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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