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October 2009 - Vol. 4, No. 10

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Julianne JensbyNew grant for Frontier program

K-State's joint program with New Mexico State University obtains a grant for the Department of Homeland Security.
Students get their 'FIX'

ABC-TV show features alumnus

Dr. Geoffrey Broderick will appear on Oct.13 episode of 'Shark Tank.'
What did he pitch?

Rabies weekend is a big hit

The One Health Fest and Merial Rabies Symposium were both well attended.
See photos and highlights

Dean Richardson celebrates birthday at Cat Town

State Fair Birthing Center draws crowds

CVM goes to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium

Regular features

Kelly JonesUnder the Microscope
Kelly Jones, Senior Administrative Assistant, Hospital Director's Office

Check it Out at the Library
Research genealogy through the library

News Ticker

Calendar of events

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Lifelines back issues

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Grant helps Frontier students get their ‘FIX’

“FIX”: It’s a fun name for a serious learning opportunity – so serious the Frontier program was able to secure a $390,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) Career Development Grants program. This program enables colleges and universities to award scholarships and fellowships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students in HS-STEM disciplines who intend to pursue homeland security careers. The grants help “track” students into employment in Homeland Security, while providing them with unique travel and internship opportunities.

What is Frontier?

Frontier is an interdisciplinary program for the historical studies of border security, food security and trade policy run through the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology through the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program was the brainchild of Dr. Justin Kastner, assistant professor of food safety and security at K-State, and Dr. Jason Ackleson, associate professor of government at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. They also work closely with Dr. Abbey Nutsch, assistant professor of food safety and security in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Drs. Kastner, Ackleson and Nutsch are the leaders of the new DHS grant.

Drs. Kastner and Ackleson originally met while studying in London and later realized there was an opportunity to combine disciplines and expertise toward a common goal. Dealing with a complex set of issues requires a blended, interdisciplinary approach that can bring different perspectives and methods of analysis, so they developed this concept to be open to undergraduate, graduate, and distance-education students who were also interested in these issues or working in a related field.

What is a FIX

FIX stands for “Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperiences.” FIX projects involve studying problems from multiple academic perspectives and producing written and/or multimedia products for the Frontier Web site. Frontier’s FIX program is geared primarily for on-campus K-State and New Mexico State University students, who are then identified as Frontier scholars. Scholars are expected to develop a broad understanding of key issues and then develop a concept for their individualized FIX projects, on which they receive guidance and support from Frontier’s faculty mentors and student coordinators.

Some of the FIX projects have included travel to Washington, D.C., Los Alamos, N.M., and the U.S.-Mexican border in order to examine current policy efforts as well as physical sites and facilities related to border security and food security.

Dr. Kastner said, “The DHS career development grants provide a tremendous boost to our program. Drs. Ackleson and Nutsch and I are continually looking for ways to provide unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities for our students. This grant helps us to do just that.”

Julianne Jensby
Julianne Jensby, junior in food science and pre-medicine, tells Frontier students about her FIX at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M.


Edward Nyambok and Dr. Jason Ackleson

Dr. Jason Ackleson (right), Frontier co-director, answers questions from Frontier participant Edward Nyambok.
Frontier Retreat
The Frontier program held a retreat in mid-September: The participants pictured above are (standing, left to right, all from K-State except as indicated) Dr. Jason Ackleson, NMSU and Frontier co-director; Steve Toburen, Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperiences program coordinator; Dr. Abbey Nutsch; Emily Schneider; Edward Nyambok; Michael Bursum, NMSU and Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperiences program coordinator; Tracy Sabo; Julianne Jensby; Anna Pees; and Haley Marceau. Seated left to right are: Dr. Justin Kastner, Frontier co-director; Dr. Tarrie Crnic; Julie Chelewski; Katie Krusemark; Shweta Gopalakrishnan.


Alumnus to be on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’

When it comes to sharks, veterinarians don’t normally expect payment. But for one K-State veterinary alumnus — he wants big money.

Meet Dr. Geoffrey Broderick, DVM 1969. This longtime practitioner from Huntington, N.Y., is also an entrepreneur. He developed his own brand of nutritional products for pets that helped launch the natural pet food industry. His company is called Cornucopia Express (

“I started my practice using nutritional knowledge imparted to me by Dr. Russell Frey," Dr. Broderick said. "To my knowledge, this was the first course of nutrition taught in any kind of medical school in the United States. I have been applying his teachings to my practice and have observed a dramatic increase in the quantity as well as the quality of life of my pet patients. Treating pets with preventative nutrition has allowed to me see them live lives that average 50 percent longer now than when I started as a young doctor."

As part of the ABC-TV reality show, “Shark Tank,” Dr. Broderick approached the show’s panel of business tycoons with a new product he developed. The idea is to pitch the benefits of new products or business ideas and explain why these “sharks” would want to invest their own money in this business enterprise (some contests ask for more than $100,000). Negotiations usually include owning a share of the company or a percentage of licensing fees, etc.

So does Dr. Broderick’s new product start a feeding frenzy? Find out by tuning in Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. CST on your local ABC affiliate — or check the November issue of Lifelines.

See a promo video for the TV show here, Episode 109.

Editor's note: Dr. Broderick learned that Dr. Dan Upson was recently bestowed with a mentoring award (see story in this month's News Ticker. "I want to extend my congratulations to Dr. Upson for his ongoing work in veterinary medicine," said Dr. Broderick, who studied under Dr. Upson while at K-State. "He's the best."


Dr. Geoffrey Broderick visits Mother Teresa in 1997
Dr. Geoffrey Broderick will be on “Shark Tank” Oct. 13 on ABC-TV at 7 p.m. Shown above, Dr. Broderick visits with Mother Teresa in 1997.

One Health Fest and Rabies Symposium educate/entertain

Jess Blanton

Registration table for Merial Rabies Symposium

One Health Fest dog hoop

Julia Paul answers a question

Dog tunnel  5K Race finish line

Top left: Jesse Blanton,epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control, addresses the national perspective on rabies at the Merial Rabies Symposium. K-State won the right to host this symposium through its World Rabies Day activities last year. Middle left: Symposium attendees pick up Merial packets at the registration table. Top right: Julia Paul, class of 2011, (right) answers a question about the K-State Rabies Laboratory. Bottom row, left: An attendee tries to get her dog to jump­ through a hoop. Middle: A talented canine navigates a tunnel at the One Health Fest. Right: Runners cross the finish line at the 5K race.


Dean celebrates birthday at Cat Town

Dean Ralph Richardson and wife Beverly
Dean Ralph Richardson arrived at the Sept. 26 Cat Town event to find some special decorations and treats in honor of his 63rd birthday. He and wife, Beverly, pose in front of a banner featuring Willie the Wildcat. There was a birthday cake and many well wishers — plus K-State won its football game. Alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend the Cat Town cookout at every home game. Check the Web site for the schedule, game times, photos and sponsors:



Centennial Plaza bricks ad



Birthing Center draws a crowd

Crowd observes sheep in pen

Visitors check out the different exhibits

The Birthing Center is one of the more popular attractions at the State Fair in Hutchinson. Several teams of fourth-year students took shifts to assist with delivering calves and lambs and providing care during the fair. (Photos by Joe Nisil)


Kayla Clark attends a calf
Kayla Clark, class of 2010, examines a calf.

Arrowhead adventure

CVM promotes activities at football game in Kansas City

Kansas State University football fans turned Arrowhead Stadium purple Saturday, Oct. 3, when the Cats played the Iowa State Cyclones, and won the game 24-23 by blocking a late extra point attempt. K-Staters were greeted with a variety of activities and attractions that added fun to the Kansas City-based K-State family reunion.

"We were excited to have our football team playing at Arrowhead," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "This is a great opportunity to spotlight K-State and have a family reunion in Kansas City for the 28,000 alumni who live in the Greater Kansas City area, along with those traveling from all over the country. And because a great university is all about teaching, research and engagement, we brought many displays so people could see some of the very exciting work going on at our campuses in Manhattan and Salina."

K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine invited fans to take a tour of the Wildcat Express, a 24-foot motor coach used by the K-State Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In addition to a general information booth about the college, K-State fans were able to take pictures of themselves as "Dr. Willie Wildcat" at a special photo display.

Veterinary Dean Ralph Richardson said, "Being at Arrowhead Stadium allows us to celebrate our nearby K-State Olathe Campus as well as the tremendous relationship we enjoy with the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, so named for the many specialized companies and institutions in the area."

President Schulz visits with alumni
New K-State President Kirk Schulz visits with alumni outside Arrowhead Stadium prior to the K-State vs. Iowa State football game. Behind his is the Wildcat Express, the 24-foot motor coach used by the Veterinary Teaching Medical Hospital to transport animal patients from Wichita, Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.


Dr. Heersche pretends to be Dr. Willie Wildcat
Dr. Henry Heersche, DVM 1973, smiles as Dr. Willie the Wildcat Veterinarian.
The real Willie the Wildcat visits the CVM table
The real Willie the Wildcat points out that he can't fit his head in the cut-out on the photo display.

Under the Microscope

Kelly Jones, Senior Administrative Assistant, Hospital Director's Office

Kelly Jones

Place of birth: Nurnberg, Germany.

Family Information: I am married to the love of my life, Bobby K. Jones. He’s currently deployed in Iraq for a year on his third deployment. We’ve been married for exactly one year and two months. I have two wonderful and beautiful step-children named Breana, 11, and Christian, 9.

Pets: I have two cool cats, a girl and a boy. Her name is Lei and his name is Alex. I adopted Alex from a flea and tick lab in Coles Hall. I also had a new addition to the family, Kloe, a 5-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I absolutely love her!

What’s a movie you’ve watched more than once? “The Fifth Element” with Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker. It’s my favorite movie of all time! I’m really into sci-fi films and it’s actually pretty funny.

Who is the person you most often seek for advice? My husband. Bobby is such a free spirit and he's always in a good mood. He's always great at giving advice from a neutral point of view, and he's open to just about everything. He's my best friend. :)

Who is someone who most often asks you for advice? That person would have to be my older sister, Cecilia. She asks for my opinion because she thinks my life is in order. NOT!! LOL. I’m pretty much blunt and I never hold anything back when it comes to issues I care about.

If you didn’t live in Kansas, where would you want to live? My favorite city I would love to live in would be New York City. I used to visit New York at least once a year before I met my husband. I love the hustle and bustle of the city, and at 4:00 a.m. on any given day, you can have a slice of cheese pizza on any corner. :)

What's a favorite food you like to make when the weather turns cold? My favorite food to eat when the weather turns cold is chili. My husband makes awesome chili. He's really the cook of the family!

Other than home or work, where do you spend the most time and why? As of recently, I spend most of my time at the gym. It's a good way to make the year go by since my husband is deployed. Also, I definitely wouldn't mind losing my "happy weight." LOL.



Check it Out at the Library

Research genealogy through the library

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore I am often asked how to find genealogical information about K-State alumni who are deceased. Because we are a branch of Kansas State University Libraries, the Veterinary Medical Library has access to Heritage Quest, which can be used to find genealogical information. This database can be accessed by going to its link at where several search options are available.

One option is census information. Census images are available from 1790 (the first U.S. national census) to 1930. Most of the years have indexes where names can be searched by last name as well as first name. Searches on the indexes can be limited to date and place. Sometimes it is helpful to look at actual census pages when a place is known, but there is uncertainty about whether or not the person actually lived there. Sometimes names are not entered correctly in the indexes and a place search must be done to find the person’s name on the actual census record.

Another feature of Heritage Quest is the magazine index called PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index), an index of 6,500 local history and genealogy periodicals, which can be used to search for names. If K-State Libraries doesn’t own the periodical that is referenced, a request for it can be made at through ILL. Also 25,000 books containing history and genealogical information can be searched full-text. Special searches such as Revolutionary War Era Pension and Land Application Files and the Freedman’s Bank (1865-1974), which was founded to serve African Americans are also available

Other databases such as or can be helpful in finding genealogical information. Manhattan Public Library and Riley County Genealogical Library both have subscriptions to, but one must travel to those libraries to use the index or one must subscribe individually. also requires a subscription to obtain full access. Heritage Quest is one of many databases that K-State faculty, staff, and students can use on campus or remotely with a valid K-State eID.

Remember if you have questions about using any of the K-State databases, feel free to ask one of the library staff members for assistance.


News Ticker

Case competition - Dr. Ika Vlok, second from left

Dr. Ika Vlok, class of 2009, represented K-State at the student case presentation competition during the Annual Meeting of the Society for Theriogenology and American College of Theriogenologists held in Albuquerque, N.M., in August 2009. She presented a case on "Antisperm antibodies associated with orchitis in a bull" and ended in 6th place. Dr. Vlok is the second to the left in the above photo.

Dr. Peying Fong presented an oral research communication, "Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator-dependent expression of SLC26A7 in the thyroid," at a Themed Meeting of the Physiological Society ("Epithelial form, function and environment") held Sept. 8 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.

The Bovine Pain and Welfare group at K-State continues to grow in prominence and prestige. This is evident by their dominating presence in the research forums at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) convention in Omaha, Neb., in September 2009. Faculty Drs. Brad White, Hans Coetzee, and David Anderson and graduate students Gregg Hanzlicek and Abram Babcock presented research on bovine pain, health, and behavior. The K-State CVM is well on its way to becoming a beef epicenter for welfare research.

Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg
Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg won a recognition award from the BCI.
Drs. Dan Upson and David Rethorst
Dr. Dan Upson and Dr. David Rethorst both won awards at the AABP.

Gregg Hanzlicek: Evaluating Health, Performance and Behavior in Beef Stocker Calves Administered Two Preventive Health Protocols

Dr. James Reinbold: Comparison of Three Tetracycline Antibiotic Treatment Regimens for Carrier Clearance of Persistent Anaplasma marginale Infection Derived under Field Conditions

David Anderson: Rumenotomy and Rumenostomy in Cattle: A Retrospective Study of Twenty-five Cases (1999-2005) and Use of Three-Dimensional Accelerometry for Non-Contact, Continuous Characterization of Behavior Using an Induced Arthritis Model in Calves. He also presented four hours of continuing education on anesthesia and surgery of llamas and alpacas in the AASRP portion of the convention. These seminars were attended by more than 200 veterinarians attesting to the continued popularity of this evolving veterinary field. Dr. Anderson taught a pre-convention seminar on Bovine Lameness and Surgery, which was held at the UN-L campus and included renowned instructors Drs. Jan Shearer, Andre Desrochers, and Doug Hostetler. This instructional team gave four hours of state-of-the-art seminars on bovine lameness and surgical correction of digits disorders. Seminars were followed by four hours of hands-on laboratory instruction where participants were able to utilize the techniques taught in the classroom.

Dr. Luciana Bergamasco: Quantitative Electroencephalographic Findings Associated with Nociception Following Surgical Castration in Conscious Calves

Dr. Jason Nickell: Variation in Viremic Concentration among Cattle Persistently Infected with Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

Dr. Hans Coetzee presented "Comparison of Pre- and Post-Surgical Pharmacokinetics of Xylazine Ketamine of Butorphanol” and the "Analgesic Efficacy of Sodium Salicylate in an Amphotericin B Induced Bovine Synovitis-Arthritis Model."

Dr. Mike Apley also presented at the AABP meeting on Sept. 11, 2009. He presented a clinical forum on “Choosing the right therapeutic.” He also spoke in the general session on “Prescriptions and drug distribution: who’s in charge?”

The Beef Cattle Institute presented its annual recognition award to Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg, Oakland, Neb., DVM 1987 and Ph.D. 1988, both from K-State. The award was presented at the K-State reception during the AABP meeting.

Dr. Dan Upson, professor emeritus and DVM 1952, was given the Intervet/Schering-Plough Mentor-of-the-Year award. His award was presented to him by Dr. David Rethorst, DVM 1978, who was given the Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award in the beef category.

Dr. Marco Margiocco presented at the Annual Technician Conference at the 38th Annual Veterinary Technicians Conference held at Colby (Kan.) Community College, on Oct. 2. Title: “The Veterinary Technician In Veterinary Specialty Practice.”

Drs. Beth Davis and Jim Carpenter were also speakers at the Colby conference.

Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the Treasure Cove Veterinary Medical Association meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Oct. 7. Topic: “Modulating Progressive Renal Injury in CKD: ACE Inhibitors and Beyond.”

Drs. Roberta Di Terlizzi and Casey Riegel were recently named Diplomates by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Congratulations!



Calendar of events

Oct. 30-31: Veterinary Career Opportunities Workshop, Clarion Hotel - Manhattan*

Dec. 11: 2nd Annual Small Ruminant Conference, Practice Management Center - Trotter Hall*

* More information about Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events can be found at the VMCE Web site.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Kealan Schroeder - VMTH
Zhihong Wu - A&P
Lindsay Baker - KSVDL


Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The editor is Joe Montgomery,