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January 2009 - Vol. 4 No. 1


Top Stories

Dr. Lisa FreemanDr. Lisa Freeman co-leads ‘One Health Kansas’
K-State collaborates with Kansas Health Foundation on major project.
Learn about the $2.3 million award

NBAF brings positives
Dr. Richt cites opportunities for BRI and CVM.
Read how Manhattan and K-State will benefit

Gingerbread competition fosters creativity
Staff members pour the hearts and icing into tasteful displays.
See the houses and horses too

Upcoming events in Veterinary Medical Continuing Education

Regular Features

Dr. Howard EricksonUnder the Microscope:
Dr. Howard Erickson, Professor of Physiology

Check it Out at the Library
Staffers spread cheer!

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Lifelines back issues


  VMTH presentsBonus logobonus stories and photos*

Holiday open house gets sweet review

VMTH staff collects gifts

MPH program gets new director


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Dr. Lisa Freeman co-leads ‘One Health Kansas’
K-State collaborates with the Kansas Health Foundation on $2.3 million project

Dr. Lisa FreemanK-State recently announced a collaborative project with the Kansas Health Foundation with the goal of making Kansans healthier. “One Health Kansas” will promote awareness and understanding of the interconnections among human, animal and environmental health.

“One Health Kansas” will be directed by Dr. Lisa Freeman, associate vice president for innovation, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, and Dr. Beth Montelone, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and interim scientific director, Biosecurity Research Institute.

The project is funded by a three-year award of $2,292,308.

“The project has two components,” Dr. Freeman said. “The first is to build the pipeline of future public health professionals and the second is to provide broader and more in-depth education for current and future professionals. This will develop a public health workforce capable of addressing emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases. In addition, ‘One Health Kansas’ will enable K-State to develop new collaborations focused on infection prevention with Stormont Vail HealthCare and the Olathe Medical Center.”

“One Health Kansas is an exciting opportunity for K-State to utilize its strengths in collaboration, communication and integration,” said K-State President Jon Wefald. “K-State will take a leadership role in promoting One Health concepts across the state of Kansas. Moreover, with K-State as the site for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility — NBAF — this award will help meet NBAF’s workforce needs and allow more of our best and brightest graduates to stay in Kansas.”

“To achieve these outcomes, the project will create a series of outreach and education programs to be delivered on K-State’s Manhattan campus and at partner community college sites, including Dodge City, Johnson County and Kansas City, Kan.,”
Dr. Montelone said. “It also will link current master of public health programs offered by the University of Kansas and K-State and promote curricular sharing between these to enhance both.”

These programs will build on a United States Department of Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grant previously awarded to K-State under the direction of Freeman, Montelone and others. The USDA project “Pathways to Public Health” will result in development of an introductory public health course offered jointly with the community college partners; a summer undergraduate residency experience in public health, and establishment of five year combined bachelor’s/master of public health degrees at K-State.

“One Health is a concept endorsed by the major national organizations representing physicians, veterinarians and public health professionals,” Dr. Freeman said. “Collaboration among these groups is needed in Kansas, so that citizens of our state can understand and manage the complexity associated with emerging zoonotic diseases, globalization of the food system, blurring of the urban-suburban-rural interface and many other challenges affecting the health of Kansas children and adults.”

“One Health Kansas” will involve faculty and students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine, the K-State Graduate School and the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus.


  Why NBAF will be a valuable partner for the BRI & K-State

Editor’s Note: This is a commentary written by Dr. Jürgen Richt, K-State’s Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic medicine/Pathobiology and Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, Associated Press reports indicated that the federal government had recommended Kansas State University the No. 1 site for the new $450 million National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF laboratory. The NBAF would be the nation's premier site for the study of threats to our nation's livestock population.

It comes as no surprise that the Department of Homeland Security has recommended K-State as the No. 1 site for its most modern animal disease research facility. The NBAF will provide an opportunity for federal, national and international animal health researchers to tap into K-State's expertise and a well-educated student body to help fight the threat of exotic and endemic animal diseases.

Dr. Richt, Tom Thornton, Dean Richardson, Provost Nellis and President Wefald
Dr. Jürgen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor; Tom Thornton, president and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority; Dean Ralph C. Richardson, DVM; K-State Provost Duane Nellis; and K-State President Jon Wefald meet at the International Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases held on campus in December.

With this announcement, Kansas State University has tremendous opportunities to excel in basic and translational research on foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. This was only possible because the state of Kansas has strong agricultural roots and is committed to food security and food safety.

Animal health is obviously central to achieve this goal. This commitment of the state of Kansas has resulted in the construction of the $54 million Biosecurity Research Institute at K-State in Manhattan, Kan. This state-of-the-art facility enables scientists to conduct research on pathogens which threaten the health of our nation's livestock population and citizens. The Biosecurity Research Institute is a testament to Kansas' commitment. It is part of a comprehensive scientific effort involving scientists -- many of whom are international experts — who spend their time working directly on keeping the nation's food supply safe from biological threats.

Choosing K-State as the No. 1 site for the new federal research facility only solidifies this commitment. I am excited about having the chance to be part a scientific team like none other in the nation. With the new federal NBAF facility, the Biosecurity Research Institute, and Kansas State University — soon all together — the state of Kansas has unlimited possibilities in becoming a leader in research on foreign and zoonotic diseases of animals, not only within our nation but worldwide.

More importantly, the physical presence of these biocontainment facilities and animal health experts in Manhattan will ensure our nation's agricultural security for decades.

Establishing state-of-the-art research programs requires serious fiscal, intellectual and physical investments. K-State has the experience, resources and expertise to widely contribute to the establishment of a multi-faceted premier research enterprise to combat the world's most dangerous zoonotic and foreign animal diseases.

Not only will the new NBAF facility benefit the scientific community of Kansas and the nation, but it is also expected to generate 1,500 construction jobs and more critically 300 permanent jobs. The presence of NBAF with its workforce translates into an economic boost that could approach $30 million annually once the project is completed. This sustainable growth opportunity not only will benefit the people directly involved in this project, but indirectly the citizens of Manhattan and the surrounding communities.

Over the next several years, K-State will need to work very closely with the federal government to establish a plan capable of being executed immediately once the new research facility becomes fully functional in 2015. My previous federal service as a veterinary medical officer with USDA, while at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, will allow me to help bridge the gap between government and academia to ensure the best collaborative efforts. This collaboration is critical for the long-term safety of livestock in Kansas and across the nation. The NBAF laboratory will make Kansas a future international center for infectious disease and bioscience research. I am very proud and excited to be an integral part of this future.


   bonus feature *bonus pictures

Gingerbread competition fosters creativity

Unknown judge
The “unknown judge” inspects one of the entries in this
year’s gingerbread house competition

Spectators looks at house.
Spectators are impressed by the detail involved in
creating the gingerbread houses.


Dr. Roger Fingland shoots some close-up photos of an entry.
Dr. Roger Fingland takes a few close-up pictures of what turned out to be the second-place winner.

Fallen snowman
A close-up of one of the entries.

These are the "zookeepers" of a gingerbread zoo.

Gingerbread discussion
The gingerbread houses evoke several conversations
about the amount of work involved.



  bonus feature*bonus photos

Holiday open house draws a crowd

The dean's office held its annual holiday open house in December with help from the Business Office and Alumni and Development Office in Trotter Hall. The pictures are accompanied by some "typical" comments heard throughout the event.

Open house 2
"Veggies help balance out the sweets!"

Open house 3
"They should do this more often — maybe once a week."


 Open house 1
"Did you try this dip? I need the recipe."

Business office goodies
"You really need to take some snack mix instead of taking pictures!"

  bonus logo*bonus pictures

Check it out at the Library: Staffers spread cheer
written by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

Finals week and the week after were busy for the Veterinary Medical Library. Since finals can be a stressful time for students, we tried to provide activities and treats to show our veterinary college students that we care about them.

We shared hot chocolate mix the first day of finals and later in the week we had granola bars, peppermint candy and animal crackers for them. We set out puzzles and games if anyone wanted to have a tiny bit of stress relief from finals.

Peanut butter, jelly, and bread were provided so quick snacks could be made to refuel brain cells. During finals week, many students came to the library to study and experienced the many types of study and seating arrangements that we have as our response to different learning styles. Our “Cocoa Puff” beanbag chairs are especially popular.

The library staff also thought about our community during the holiday season by contributing bags of animal food, animal treats, cleaning supplies, and cat litter for the animals at the T. Russell Reitz animal shelter.

The shelter staff, although busy doing adoptions on the afternoon when we visited, accepted our donations and graciously thanked us. Several CVM staff members gave monetary contributions that will go toward dog care, medications, and the new building the shelter is planning to add space for their many animal endeavors.

The library staff also participated in the Dean’s Office open house by sharing flavored popcorns made from Susie Larson’s famous recipes as well as lemonade and ice water. We were hosts to many college staff, faculty, and emeritus faculty and spouses who came to view our library decorations, sample our “cup of crunch” popcorn, and meet with friends.


T. Russell Reitz animal shelter staff
Hally, Willie and Barbara, staff at the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter, accept library staff donations to the shelter.

Library staff
(Back row, standing): Cindy Logan, Dave Adams, Mal Hoover, Gayle Willard and Mary Girard. Front row: Hava Nauss (seated), Carol Elmore and Susie Larson.



  Veterinary Medical Continuing Education
Upcoming events

January 9, 2009
Reproduction, Calving, and Calf Care in Cow-Calf Herds http://www.vet.k-state.edu/CE/2009/heifer.htm


January 24, 2009
Canine Care Workshop

  Under the Microscope: Dr. Howard Erickson, Professor of Physiology, Department of Anatomy and Physiology

Dr. Howard Erickson

Place of birth: I was born in Wahoo, Neb., a town of about 4,000 in eastern Nebraska and the home of 5 famous men born in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s: Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Samuel “Wahoo Sam” Crawford; Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Dr. Howard Hanson; artist and author, Clarence W. “Herk” Anderson; Nobel Prize winner, Dr. George Beadle; and movie maker and founder of 20th Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck.

Family Information: My wife, Ann, and I will be married 50 years on June 6 of this year. We have two sons, Jim and David, both mechanical engineers. Jim is with Honda and David with Caterpillar. We also have two granddaughters; I call them our flower children: Zinnia and Dahlia.

Pets: Maggie, 10-year-old English springer spaniel

Which part of your position in the veterinary college gives you the most personal satisfaction and why? I have enjoyed all facets of my work at K-State, but working with students in the classroom and laboratory probably gives me the most satisfaction. I also enjoy the opportunity to serve on the Admissions Committee and help select our future colleagues and leaders of the profession. Documenting and writing the history of our College with Dr. Elmore was also very enjoyable.

beaker graphicWho has been the most inspirational person in your life? There are many, beginning with my father and mother, and local veterinarians, including Dr. Person, a 1913 graduate of the Kansas City Veterinary College. Two great mentors when I was in the Air Force were Drs. Neville Clarke and George Mohr. Both were Air Force Colonels and Directors of Research and Development in the Aerospace Medical Division. Dr. Clarke was a Texas Aggie veterinarian. Dr. Mohr was a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and also a Rhodes Scholar. At K-State two of the most inspirational people have been Drs. Jim Coffman and Roger Fedde.

Name a talent you have that your colleagues might not be aware of: I like to play golf, but I am not very good. However, my handicap has slowly improved and I was able to get it down to 17 this year by using some of the senior rules.

What’s the most recent state you've visited and why did you go there? We went to Ohio in October to celebrate our granddaughter, Dahlia’s 4th birthday and my wife’s birthday. They were both born the same day, Oct. 19.

Describe the perfect way to spend a day off during the holiday season: Watching football or playing golf. I was able to play golf with my son, David on the day after Christmas.

Tell about a time when you surprised yourself through an unexpected accomplishment: On Aug. 1, 2006, I notched a hole-in-one at Colbert Hills on the 8th hole.

What predictions do you have for the New Year? I belong to the Manhattan Breakfast Optimist Club, so my prediction is that 2009 will be much better than 2008.



CVM News Ticker

Retired Brig. Gen. Michael B. Cates

Meet the new director of the MPH program

Retired Brig. Gen. Michael B. Cates, former commander of the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, has been named director of the Master of Public Health program Dr. ­Cates, a native of Frisco, Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and was named an outstanding alumnus of the college in 2005.

K-State's master of public health program, housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is an interdepartmental program consisting of 42 semester hours. The program, for people currently employed or anticipating a career in the field of public health, allows students to address public health concerns that include obesity/exercise, human nutrition, food safety, infectious/zoonotic diseases, and toxicology. It involves courses and faculty from the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine.

Brig. Gen. Cates recently retired from the military after serving for more than 28 years. In addition to his role as chief of the Veterinary Corps and the first veterinarian to head the Army's main public health organization, he has had leadership experience in multiple locations in the U.S., Korea and Europe.

"In today's world, there are many complex challenges in animal, human and environmental health, and the future will bring even more," Brig. Gen. Cates said. "I have been a longtime advocate of multidisciplinary, proactive approaches to health, and it is an honor to now be part of K-State's outstanding research and educational efforts in these areas."

Brig. Gen. Cates said ultimately, K-State's master of public health program will contribute to worldwide health.

"My aim is to build on the program's early successes, earning accreditation, broadening collaboration and partnerships among the many aspects of animal and public health, developing even more public health trained professionals for the workplace, and making significant contributions toward improved global health," he said.

K-State Provost M. Duane Nellis said K-State's master of public health program is only one example of how the university is engaged in some of the nation's most important issues.

"Our master of public health program is tailored to address the most relevant public health issues," he said. "Our program will help meet the work force needs associated with addressing topics such as infectious disease and obesity — areas that threaten the most basic health of our nation's citizenry."


Personal Notes Presenters and speakers

Holiday Helpers: VMTH staff collects gifts

VMTH staffers Amy Heyroth, Bertie Lovett, Jenifern Haden, Trent
VMTH staffers Amy Heyroth, human resources assistant;
Bertie Lovett
, medical records auditor; Jennifer Haden,
equine veterinary technician; Trent Armbrust, project
coordinator; and Robyn Dreher, human resources director,
gather gifts for a family sponsored through the Flint Hills
Breadbasket community organization. Gifts included toys
and much-needed cleaning supplies.


Big winners Megan Jacob, Ethel Taylor and Dr. Brandon Reinbold
At the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) held in Chicago, Megan Jacob (left) won the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Award - Food Safety Oral Presentation for “Evaluating Methods for Detecting Salmonella in Fecal and Carcass Samples using Bayesian Analysis.” Dr. Ethel Taylor (center) won the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Award - Food Safety Poster Presentation. For "Genetic variation and Shiga toxin production of Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolates from bovine and human feces.” Dr. Brandon Reinbold won the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine Award - For Comparison of three oral chlortetracycline treatment regimens for persistent Anaplasma marginale carrier clearance.

Dr. Dan Thomson spoke Dec. 5 in Wichita for the Kansas Livestock Association on the subject: “Raising Cattle in a First World Country: Media, Politics, & Science.”

  New Arrivals

Kelly Jones - VMTH
Catherine Welser -KSVDL
Dr. Chris Blevins - Clinical Sciences

  Recent Departures

no report this month



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