Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine


The official newsletter for the faculty, staff and students of
K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine


January 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 1


 Top Stories

 Heads of the class
 Physiology journal recognizes Drs. Erickson and  Poole

 Dr. Chengappa wins prestigious Karuna Award

 KBA names Dr. Richt state’s first Bioscience
 Eminent Scholar

 Teaching online: 
 Tools for putting your class online

 K-State Telefund 2008
 Making the Connection

 A new development
 Kramer takes fundraising post in College of  Education

 Regular Features

 Check it Out at the Library
 Electronic Journals

 Under the Microscope:
 Gail Eyestone, Administrative
 Assistant, Dean's Office

 CVM News Ticker

 New Arrivals/Recent Departures

 Lifelines back issues


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Heads of the class
Physiology journal recognizes Drs. Erickson and Poole

Two of a kind is usually a good poker hand, but at K-State, it’s a sign of national distinction. In its December 2007 publication, the journal Advances in Physiology Education included two A&P professors in a list of 13 profiles of renowned physiology teachers within the American Physiological Society: Drs. Howard Erickson and David Poole. This list includes physiology teachers from non-veterinary programs, so it demonstrates how well K-State is recognized for its A&P educational program.

Dr. Erickson and Dr. Poole had already earned a shared distinction by being named recipients of excellence awards in 2006. These awards were part of the reason why they were named to this list of accomplished physiology teachers in the publication.

Dr. Erickson was given the 2006 IVX Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding instruction of first-year veterinary medicine students. This award has had National Science Foundation support and is driven from the nominations of first-year veterinary medicine students. In addition to his teaching expertise, Dr. Erickson was recognized for contributions to a veterinary telemedicine project and for his appointment as the Roy W. Upham Professor of Veterinary Medicine from 2001-2004.

“We have outstanding students in our College who have a very strong desire to learn physiology and veterinary medicine,” Dr. Erickson said. “It is an honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them in the first year and to be recognized by them.”

Dr. Poole is cited as an international authority on oxygen transport in exercise and disease states. He received the 2006 Merial Teaching Excellence Award, which resulted from nominations from first-year veterinary students.

“I have always believed that teaching and cutting-edge research should go hand-in-hand,” Dr. Poole said. “What we discover in research gives us the ability and mandate to profess in the classroom. Effective teaching begins with establishing a rapport with the students and capturing their interest. Humor, historical precedence — and maybe a little Shakespeare — as well as applicability of the information are all essential to this process. Receipt of the Merial Award and the ‘Advances in Physiology Education’ accolade reflects student opinion that this approach works and, as such, they are especially rewarding — and humbling.”

Dr. Blecha, head of A&P, said, “This recognition says a lot about our physiology program. We know that we have world-class teachers in our lecture rooms and laboratories. The American Physiological Society recognition of Drs. Erickson and Poole’s teaching excellence proclaims that sentiment loud and clear!”

“We strive to provide the best veterinary education possible at K-State,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “This recognition demonstrates how we are succeeding in this mission. The first-year students obviously think highly of both
Dr. Erickson and Dr. Poole to nominate them for their teaching excellence awards. Being recognized by the premier educational physiology journal in America is further validation of their hard work and dedication.”

Advances in Physiology Education promotes and disseminates educational scholarship in order to enhance teaching and learning of physiology, neuroscience and pathophysiology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of innovations that improve teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles based on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms. Submissions that evaluate new technologies for teaching and research, and educational pedagogy, are especially welcome. The audience for the journal includes educators at all levels: K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.


Drs. David Poole and Howard Erickson
Drs. David Poole and Howard Erickson share a moment
in  the treadmill lab. They were listed as notable
teachers in the journal Advances in Physiology

Dr. Erickson in his office
Dr. Erickson shows some mementos from his teaching

Dr. Poole in the microscope lab
Dr. Poole gives a tour of his microscope lab.


Dr. Chengappa wins prestigious Karuna Award

Being honored in your hometown is always nice, even if you have to travel around the world to receive it. Such was the case this past December for Dr. M.M. Chengappa, University Distinguished Professor and Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology department head in the CVM. He was honored by the Karuna Trust for National Progress in Bangalore, India, with its 2007 award.

Dr. Chengappa had received his DVM and Master of Veterinary Science at Mysore Veterinary College in Bangalore in 1970 and 1973 respectively, so this was a homecoming for him to be back in Bangalore.

“I was truly honored and humbled to be recognized for this award,” Dr. Chengappa said. “It’s a tremendous recognition for what I’ve done with my career. It’s a privilege to work at K-State with so many good people who have had such an impact on my career, growth and development as a researcher.”

Dr. Chengappa was cited by the Karuna Trust for several accomplishments including his research into the pathogenesis of important infectious diseases of animals, specifically molecular characterization and functional analysis of the antigens/toxins of Streptococcus suis, Pasteurella haemolytica and Fusobacterium necrophum. He was also cited for his administrative accomplishments of serving the Dean’s Administrative Council and playing a significant role in the policies and procedures of the college. In addition, it was pointed out that he has been a professor and guide to as many as eight graduate students and three post doctoral scholars and has four patents to his credit for vaccines developed with Dr. T.G. Nagaraja and others.

“He stands by his ideology that he has to give back by teaching,” said Dr. B.C. Ramakrishna, chairman and managing trustee of the Karuna Trust for National Progress. “He started giving back what he had learnt and continues to learn through his ongoing research since 1972. His love and compassion toward animals is to be believed for his very intent is toward making their lives less painful from the rigors of present day living.”

The Karuna Trust was formed in 2004 to provide an impetus to persons involved in the fields of science, technology and the arts involving animals, their welfare, such as veterinary sciences. The object of the trust is to honor people who have contributed to the overall progress in these various fields of study.


Dr. M.M. Chengappa, left, receives the Karuna Trust award from
Dr. M.M. Chengappa, left, receives the Karuna Trust
award from Dr. B.C. Ramakrishna.

Dr. Chengappa expressed his gratitude to a group of about
Dr. Chengappa expresses his gratitude to a group of
about 400 attendees.


KBA names Dr. Richt state’s first Bioscience Eminent Scholar


Dr. Juergen RichtAlthough he hasn’t officially set foot on campus yet, Dr. Juergen Richt is bringing more prestige to the university through a recent accomplishment. K-State’s incoming Regents Distinguished Professor, has been named a 2008 Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar by the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

The designation was approved Jan. 16 by the authority’s board.

“I am very proud to represent Kansas State University as one of the state’s first-ever eminent scholars,” Dr. Richt said. “As a Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar, I will work diligently to find new ways to combat the animal diseases that threaten the nation’s food supply and our national and state economy.”

The Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholars Program is designed to attract distinguished bioscience researchers to Kansas research institutions, along with their research and commercialization activities. An eminent scholar is a relatively new hire and an individual acknowledged as a scholar of distinction by national measures. The honor also comes with roughly $2 million in research funding over the next five years. K-State will match those funds.


Richt, an expert in emerging zoonotic diseases, is a veterinary microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic potential, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease; chronic wasting disease; animal flu; borna virus; and other emerging diseases. Zoonotic diseases, those that can be transmitted between humans and animals, are a growing concern for public health.

Dr. Richt is currently lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Disease Center. He’ll officially join K-State as Regents Distinguished Professor in April. At the federal center,
Dr. Richt has worked primarily in two areas: emerging viral diseases of swine and prion diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. He has developed innovative vaccinations against flu viruses and novel diagnostic tests to detect major swine respiratory pathogens. He also has studied the interspecies transmission of prion agents and the molecular nature of newly emerging bovine spongiform encephalopathy strains.

Because of his research experience, Dr. Richt has rapidly moved into the field of animal influenza research and is being recognized for his understanding of avian/swine/human transmission of influenza viruses.


Teaching online: Tools for putting your class on the Web

K-State offers a feature called K-State Online that makes it easy for faculty to place course material online and to get work done on their schedule, in their way. Users can work on assignments, tests and group projects or participate in class discussions or surveys any time of day, wherever they are.

The CVM offered special sessions in January to help CVM faculty and staff take advantage of this resource. Gina Scott, instructional services coordinator, from the Digital Information Services Center (DISC) in the CVM Library, conducted the sessions along with help from Cathy Rodriguez from the Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) on campus. The session went over the basics on how to create a course, create manual assignments and how to manage and organize content.

“In the course we held, we covered some of the basics,” Gina said. “K-State Online has many features such as giving online quizzes where you can create your own bank of questions and it is graded as the students take the quiz.“

Knowing that it is hard for faculty to attend scheduled sessions, DISC offers group and one-on-one sessions to better work with your schedule. These sessions can be arranged by contacting Gina Scott (2-6307), or by e-mail: scott@vet.ksu.edu.

  Gina Scott from DISC and Cathy Rodriguez from ITAC
Gina Scott from DISC and Cathy Rodriguez from ITAC give
a training session to CVM faculty on using K-State Online.


Participants learn how to upload lecture videos
Participants learn how to upload lecture videos onto the
Web site for students to watch later.

  Lifelines Bonus logoCanine Care Workshop photos

The VMCE held a workshop on Jan. 26 and covered a variety of topics for veterinarians and breeders:

Various Causes and Management Strategies for Kennel Cough
Management of Chronic Parasitism in the Commercial Kennel
Zoonoses of Concern for Kennel Operators
The Anatomy of a USDA Inspection
Pest Control Programs
Is Your Dog Stressed?
How Playing with Your Dog Will Increase Your Bottom Line

Below are a couple of photos from the conference.

  Canine conference classroom
Dr. Jeff Baker introduces Dr. Susanne Brunkhorst for her
talk on “The Anatomy of a USDA Inspection.”


Canine conference group photo
USDA speakers who provided their expertise for this
workshop were (l to r): Dr. Jeff Baker, Jennifer Schmitz,
Dr. Gwynn Hallberg, Andrea Ball-Morawa, Lori Linn,
Dr. Tracy Thompson, Katheryn Ziegerer and
Dr. Susanne Brunkhorst.

K-State Telefund 2008: Making the connection

Students in the CVM will their college by volunteering for Telefund 2008. The calling sessions are scheduled for Feb. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Feb. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. Students will call alumni to seek support for scholarships in the CVM. Participants earn prizes for participating and several grand prize packages are awarded through a random drawing. The top grand prize is a Nissan Versa. Visit www.found.ksu.edu/telefund for more information about Telefund.

Telefund 2008 logo


Veterinary students make calls during Telefund 2007.
Veterinary students make calls during Telefund 2007.

  Veterinarian Idols?

The 2nd annual SCAVMA talent show was held Jan. 28. The winners were:

  • True Talent: Miranda Bertram (4th year)

  • Most Creative: Stephanie Oursler, Becky Rankin, Vanessa Emming, Allison Ward, Adriana Montequin, Matthew Edson and Jessica McDermott (1st years)

  • Faculty/Staff/House Officer: The Lab Ratz - Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan, Gregory Peterson and Bart Bryant

  • Pathology Scholarship: Seth Harttner (3rd year)

Miranda played a classical guitar piece, the first years created a movie of the best parts of freshman year, the Lab Ratz performed 2 pathology based Rock 'n Roll songs, and Seth wrote and sang a guitar piece about Tularemia.

Below are some pictures from the show.

  Teaha Chestnut
Teaha Chestnut sings "God Bless the Broken Road."
Sarah Barron, Allen Baldridge and Darren Brunsen
Sarah Barron, Allen Baldridge and Darren Brunsen 
perform a guitar, violin and voice trio.
  Dr. Justin Kastner
Dr. Justin Kastner busts a move during a break dance
Dr. Harish Minocha
Special guest, Dr. Harish Minocha treats the crowd to a
love song from India.

A new development
Kramer takes fundraising post in College of Education

The CVM Alumni and Development Office has announced that Development Officer Marty Kramer accepted the position of director of development for the K-State College of Education. He starts Feb. 4.

Marty’s background in education is a good match for the college’s development program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education, was a teacher and coach for six years and has been a school board member.

“We wish Marty good luck and continued success,” said Chris Gruber, director of development for the CVM. “Any questions regarding the donors or alumni he was working with can be directed to me until a replacement is hired.”


Marty Kramer
Marty Kramer moves to his new office at the KSU Foundation.


Under the Microscope: Gail Eyestone, Administrative Assistant, Dean’s Office

Gail EyestonePlace of birth: Topeka, Kan.

Pets: Two cats

Beaker graphicWhat’s a talent you have that your co-workers don’t know about? I speak Spanish.

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Non-responses to emails requesting information.

What was your favorite toy as a child? Barbie doll

Best part of the Super Bowl: The commercials

What’s the most recent book you’ve read? “Bel Canto”­ ­­by Ann Patchett

If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? My previous career was in the film and television industry, so I’ve met lots of celebrities. Mostly they are just like everyone else in our lives — they are just rich and famous.



Check it Out at the Library: Electronic journals

by Carol Elmore

Carol ElmoreFull-text electronic journal resources are very popular in academic libraries. The Veterinary Medical Library has access to many e-journals through Kansas State University Libraries. Access can be found by going to the VML Web site, http://www.vet.ksu.edu/depts/library/index.htm, and clicking on the Electronic Journals at K-State link or by clicking on the KSU Libraries Online Catalog link.

Access to these journals is provided by license agreements with journal publishers. Some restrictions apply to their use such as the prohibition against excessive downloading, which is generally interpreted as downloading more than half of an entire issue of a journal or sharing electronic resources with unauthorized users. Because of these licensing agreements, access to the resources can be blocked to the whole university or college if there are violations. The Veterinary Medical Library staff requests recommendations for new online journals from our faculty, staff, and students at all times. Many of the purchases of these e-journals are made in conjunction with our membership in consortiums such as the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) which encourages sharing of electronic resources among its 31 members. Because of this consortium, Kansas State Libraries, including the VML, can access more e-journals through interlibrary loan and group purchases.

Our library budget is composed of both journal subscriptions and book purchases. Sometimes money becomes available specifically for book purchases when the yearly budgeted total has not been spent due to discounts or cancellations. This money unfortunately cannot be used for journal subscriptions. If journal subscription money becomes available, Hale Library staff often asks for urgent recommendations. This is why we always maintain a journal wish list for these kinds of requests. Continue to update us on your requests and be assured that if money becomes available we are ready to advocate for your requests.



CVM News Ticker

Dr. Mike Apley spoke at the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute-VAST in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 24. Topic: In Vitro Characteristics of Oxytetracycline in a Hollow Fiber Infection Model. He also presented at the Ontario VMA on Jan. 31. Titles: Characterizing and understanding pain in food animals, Pharmacological considerations related to the use of NSAIDS in treatment of inflammatory disease processes and for alleviation of pain in food animals, Pharmacological considerations related to the use of NSAIDS in treatment of infectious disease processes in food animals, Rational application of antimicrobials in food animals: Using antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and Putting it all together in therapeutic protocols for your clients.

Dr. Brian Lubbers spoke at the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute-VAST in Tampa on Jan. 24. Topic: In Vitro Characteristics of Oxytetracycline in a Hollow Fiber Infection Model.

Dr. Shelie Laflin and RD Laflin had two healthy babies born Dec. 27 around 8 a.m. The babies included a girl, Ellie, who weighed 5.11 lbs. and a boy, Tate, who weighed 6.4 lbs. Congratulations!

Dr. Brad White presented at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla. Topic: Vaccinations in Beef Cattle. He also presented at the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Meeting on Jan. 25. Topic: Beef Calf Management.

Dr. Greg Grauer spoke in Orlando, Fla.,  at NAVC on Jan. 20 and 22. Topics: Mature Mysteries — Old Age Ain’t No Place for Sissies, Nutritional and Fluid Therapy Management of Acute & Chronic Kidney Disease (Fascetti & Grauer), Staging & Management of Chronic Kidney Disease, Management of Proteinuria & Hypertension Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart Failure & Chronic Kidney Disease: When Worlds Collide (Atkins & Grauer)

Dr. Bob Larson presented at the Oklahoma VMA Conference on Jan. 25. Topics: Future of Rural Practice, What are new graduates looking for in a practice, Heifer development as a practice builder.


  New Arrivals

Sailesh Menon - DM/P
Greg Scott - DM/P - VDL
Andrew Suddith - DM/P - VDL
Tracy Miesener - Dean’s Office/ARF

  Recent Departures

Stephanie A Barrett -Dean’s Office/ARF
Sara Billings - A&P
Sarah K. Strouse - DM/P
Marty Kramer - Alumni & Development



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