Lifelines - December 2013 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
December 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 12
Tradition of Excellence
CVM has new teacher on its list of
NIH grant enables Dr. Philip Hardwidge to better understand
Taking the Lead
The CVM names its new head for the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.
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Dr. Ken Harkin accepts prestigiuous Iman Teaching Award; continues CVM tradition.
The CVM's Dr. Ken Harkin was one of two K-State professors who recently received $5,000 awards in recognition of their outstanding research and teaching. The annual Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards, which started in 2007, are sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association and are made possible through the generosity of Ron and Rae Iman. Dr. Harkin, a professor of Clinical Sciences, was awarded the Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, while Dr. Zhijian Pei, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the College of Engineering, was presented with the Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.
Dr. Harkin's award honors a full-time K-State faculty member for excellence in high-quality instruction, strong relationships with students inside and outside the classroom and a reputation for scholarship and distinguished service to the university.He joined the K-State faculty in 1997 as a clinical instructor, becoming an assistant professor in 1998, associate professor in 2004 and professor in 2010. Dr. Harkin instructs fourth-year veterinary students in their clinical rotations through the internal medicine service and presents didactic lectures to third-year veterinary students in gastroenterology, hepatology, neurology and clinical hematology.
His nominator, Dr. Bonnie Rush, department head of Clinical Sciences, said, "Ken is the most decorated faculty member in the college and is our franchise player. His passion is teaching veterinary students in the classroom and in the clinic. He takes the responsibility seriously and serves as an advocate for the educational environment when the college is determining curricular or structural change. In his words, 'Teaching is not fancy, just 100 percent dedication every single day to students, patients and clients.'"
"We are so pleased to honor these outstanding K-State faculty members," said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. "The accomplishments and personal touch of Dr. Pei and Dr. Harkin have truly elevated the educational experience of our students and enhanced the reputation of K-State worldwide. We are also deeply appreciative to Ron and Rae Iman for their generous commitment to make these awards possible."
Dr. Harkin follows other CVM professors who also received this award: Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, research, 2012;
The Imans live in Albuquerque, N.M., where Ron Inman is president of Southwest Technology Consultants. They are life members of the K-State Alumni Association and serve as Kansas State University Foundation trustees. Ron Inman earned three degrees from K-State: a bachelor's degree in math education in 1962, a master's degree in 1970 and a doctorate in statistics in 1973. He is a past member of the association's board of directors and is chair of the K-State College of Arts and Sciences advisory council. He served as national president of the American Statistical Association in 1994, received K-State’s Arts and Sciences Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and was named a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information in 2004.
Often the key to any victory is to fully understand your opponent. This is especially true when that opponent is a significant food-borne bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7.
Dr. Philip Hardwidge, associate professor in Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, and his lab are seeking to fully understand how pathogens like E. coli use proteins to block a host’s innate immune system. This system is the body’s first defense against infection, often presented in the body’s mucosal surfaces such as those found in the intestine.
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After concluding a national search, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has announced the promotion of Dr. Michael J. Kenney to the position of head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Kenney serve in this role,” Dean Ralph Richardson said. “His expertise as a researcher along with his energy and passion for higher education will help move the department and college forward in contributing to K-State’s 2025 goal of being a top 50 public research university.”
Dr. Kenney was previously the associate head of the anatomy and physiology department and became the interim head in 2011. He has also been serving as the college’s director of the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the Basic Research Immersion Training Experience (BRITE) program, and co-director of the Veterinary Research Scholars Program.
Dr. Kenney received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1988 and completed postdoctoral training in central autonomic neurophysiology from 1988-1990 in the Department of Pharmacology at the College of Medicine, Michigan State University. From 1990-1992, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Rhodes College and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He joined the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at K-State as an assistant professor in 1992, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1996, and promoted to professor in 2002.
Dr. Kenney’s research is focused on understanding regulation of the sympathetic nervous system by combining central and peripheral electrophysiological methods with molecular biological techniques to study mechanisms regulating central sympathetic outflow. Dr. Kenney has received extensive extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Heart Association, as well as other funding agencies. He is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on three NIH grants (R01, T32, T35). He has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific articles and 50 abstracts, served on NIH and American Heart Association study sections, is a peer reviewer for several professional journals, and is a member of the American Physiological Society and the American Heart Association. In 2000, the College of Veterinary Medicine recognized Dr. Kenney with the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. He was recently selected as an invited author for a chapter in the Autonomic Neuroscience portion of “Comprehensive Physiology, which will update the American Physiological Society’s highly regarded “Handbook of Physiology” series.
Dr. Kenney has extensive experience teaching and coordinating courses in the professional and graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has taught the autonomic and central neural sections of Veterinary Pharmacology for 20 years, and has coordinated or co-coordinated this course for the past 12 years. In addition, he coordinates a graduate course titled “Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research.” This course is designed to provide graduate students an introduction to the professional and ethical considerations that define responsible conduct of biomedical research.
Dr. David Eshar seeks to protect endangered tortoises
In a recent trip to Israel, Dr. David Eshar set out to understand more about the desert tortoise, an endangered species found in the Mediterranean region. The present population size is estimated to be between 2,520 and 3,150 individuals depending on parameters used, of which around 1,890 to 2,360 of those tortoises would be adults. In order to best protect this species, Dr. Eshar and his colleagues hoped to collect information regarding the quantitative, morphologic, and cytochemical features of blood cells and biochemical analyses of clinically healthy desert tortoises. This information, found by collecting blood samples from captive tortoises, can be used to establish normal reference values.
Because of the imminent extinction these tortoises face in the Mediterranean, captive breeding and reintroduction schemes have been successfully used over the past 10 years. However, one major concern of both captive-bred and wild tortoises is health. Hematologic and biochemical data is imperative for the management of both healthy and diseased animals. By obtaining these novel study results and its meaningful clinical contribution, K-State displays commitment to the advancement of exotic animal and wildlife medicine knowledge.
Dr. Steve Stockham receives Hall of Fame Award from European Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Dr. Steve Stockham, professor of veterinary clinical pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has been named as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious “Veterinary Clinical Pathology Hall of Fame Award” by the European Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ESVCP). This award was formally announced at the society’s annual meeting in Berlin, Germany, held Nov. 6-9, but it was presented to Dr. Stockham at the annual meeting of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) held in Montreal on Nov. 17. The qualifications for the award include having practiced clinical pathology for 25 years or more and having made substantial contributions to the profession. During the presentation, he was recognized for his roles as an educator of veterinary students and clinical pathology residents, his numerous contributions to the discipline, and for coauthoring an outstanding textbook that is used throughout the world. He was especially recognized for his annual reviews of the certifying examinations of the European College for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP).
“This recognition of my contributions to veterinary clinical pathology is far beyond anything I expected in my career,” said Dr. Stockham, who works in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. “When I entered my residency in 1977, I never would have dreamed that 36 years later I would be recognized for life-long achievements by European colleagues. It is most gratifying that my roles as an educator were mentioned as a major factor in the selection; teaching has been the focus and most rewarding aspect of my professional life.”
“Dr. Stockham is a phenomenal instructor and his commitment to and passion for teaching is unquestionably strong and deep-rooted,” said Dr. M.M. Chengappa, head of the department. “We are really fortunate to have a man of his caliber in the college.”
Dr. Stockham earned his bachelor’s degree and DVM from K-State in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He completed a residency in veterinary pathology and master’s degree at Michigan State University in 1980. Dr. Stockham became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ACVP) in 1980. He is also an honorary member of the ECVCP. Dr. Stockham has taught at Michigan State University and the University of Missouri. In 2001, he returned to K-State with the primary responsibilities of teaching second-year veterinary students, training of clinical pathology residents and providing diagnostic services in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory.
Dr. Stockham has obtained more than $100,000 in teaching enhancement grants during his career, and he has received numerous teaching awards including the Norden/Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award in 1987, 1998 and 2012 for excellent instruction of veterinary students; the Golden Aesculapius Award in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2000 for outstanding instruction of sophomore veterinary students; the Gold Chalk Award in 1990, 1994 and 1998 for outstanding instruction of graduate students; the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1994; the Bayer Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, 2009 and 2013, and the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty-Alumni Award in 1998. He also has been the recipient of five awards related to his roles of being a mentor or adviser for student organizations.
He co-authored “Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (1 st and 2 nd editions)” that is used by several U.S. veterinary schools and is on the recommended reading lists for residents preparing for the certifying examinations of the ACVP and ECVCP. He has served on various education-related committees of the ACVP and ASVCP and was the ASVCP secretary/treasurer from 1985-1989. His peer-reviewed articles include descriptions and characterizations of newly recognized pathologic states in dogs, horses and cattle.
He has coordinated the K-State Wakonse Program that has supported the attendance of more than 70 K-State faculty to the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching. He also was co-founder of the veterinary college’s Parallel Paths group-mentoring program.The European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology was formed in 1998 for the promotion of this discipline, and out of the need for well-educated clinical pathologists with certified experience for leading positions in commercial laboratories, industry and veterinary schools. The society is open to veterinarians and non-veterinarians who are interested in one of the many areas related to veterinary clinical pathology. The society was instrumental in the establishment of the ECVCP in 2002 and its board-certifying examination.
By Kristin Loving, VHC Communications and Client Relations Coordinator
Dr. James Carpenter, professor of zoological medicine, and Dr. Warren Beard, professor of equine surgery, led a team from the Veterinary Heath Center at Kansas State University to assist Rolling Hills Zoo in treating a patient of massive size on Nov. 8. A 2-ton, 34-year-old, white rhinoceros named Milton, was immobilized so VHC specialists could biopsy a mass on the animal’s abdomen.
The white rhinoceros, native to Africa, is one of five endangered species of rhinos and is actually closely related to the horse.
Upon the team’s arrival, Rolling Hills’ veterinarian, Dr. Danelle Okeson administered anesthetics and, with the help of the large teams of Rolling Hills Zoo and VHC personnel, the rhino was stabilized in a standing position that allowed the VHC team to perform the diagnostic procedure. The VHC team led the procedure to obtain samples of the mass, a well-vascularized, external growth larger than a human hand. First, the mass was examined through an ultrasound to provide guidance through the rest of the procedure.
Within minutes of the completion of the procedure, the rhino was mobile, safely walking around his secured area.
“It was a combination of great planning and organizing by Dr. Okeson and the Rolling Hills Zoo team, terrific assistance in diagnostics by Dr. Beard and the equine team, and great collaboration by the students on the zoological medicine clinical rotation! Everything was done safely. Everything was accomplished that we had planned, and it was a great and memorable experience!” Dr. Carpenter said.
The preliminary diagnosis is the mass is an epidermal hyperplasia similar to a callous. The samples will be submitted to KSVDL for examination.
Class Reunion Photos
This year's class reunion photos were taken by University Photo Services. To order go to http://ksuphoto.zenfolio.com/vet2013 . If you need help, please call Photographic Services under the Department of Communication and Marketing at K-State. Their number is 785-532-2535 or email email@example.com . The College of Veterinary Medicine also has a class reunion photo form available online http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionphoto.pdf .
Class Biography order forms are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine website at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionbio.pdf . Thank you for submitting your updates.
20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Save the date, June 9, 2014, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Find more information at our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/golf/golf.htm
Dr. Richard Bowman, Rhame, N.D., has been selected to receive a 2013 Alumni Recognition Award at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual conference held in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 9.
Dr. Bowman earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Kansas State University in 1975. He became interested in equine dentistry while practicing large animal medicine in southwestern North Dakota. In 2000, he decided to limit his practice to equine dentistry, and began operating a mobile dental unit when he had one of the first dental trailers in the U.S. built. His practice covered North Dakota and Minnesota and other states in the upper Midwest. Dr. Bowman also works as a state veterinarian for the Minnesota Horse Racing Commission at Canterbury Park from May through September each year. He operates a beef ranch with his brother in southwestern North Dakota, and rehabilitates and re-homes injured thoroughbreds.
“This is one of the highest honors a veterinarian can receive from his alma mater for doing something good,” Dr. Bowman said. “There were an awful lot of the people selected before me who are terrific people. I’m just proud to be associated with them.”
“Dr. Bowman has been recently noted by the AAEP for his ‘good works’ in rescuing thoroughbreds,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “His compassion, bridled with his outstanding service to equine health and the horseracing industry makes him an inspirational role model for future generations of veterinarians.”
Dr. Bowman provides a home for around 60-70 ex-racehorses at his family ranch, nicknamed the “Second Chance Ranch.” His rescue efforts started several years ago when trainers at Canterbury Park asked for assistance finding new homes for racehorses that were no longer racing. Dr. Bowman’s rescued ranch horses receive quality veterinary care and nutrition, with much of the expense coming out of his own pocket. Many of the horses have been placed as police mounts, polo ponies, working ranch horses and riding horses. In addition to receiving the Good Works Award from the AAEP, Dr. Bowman was awarded the Carl Nafzger Thoroughbred Retirement Award from the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association.Dr. Bowman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the AAEP, the latter of which he serves on the welfare committee. He has one son, Seth, who is a graduate of North Dakota State University and is deployed in Washington, D.C., in the National Guard.
|On Nov. 9, the Girls Researching Our World (GROW) Program hosted an all-day on-campus event for middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering or math. The theme of the day, named "All 4 Animal Health," was to highlight the roles scientists, engineers and technologists play in promoting the health, nutrition and overall well-being of animals. The activities were delivered by K-State students under the supervision of the KAWSE Program Coordinator, and one or more of the GROW Committee members.|
In this activitiy called "Heart of the Matter," the girls learn about the anatomy and physiology of the heart through a dissection exercise, as well as how heart arrhythmias could affect the health of animals.
‘Pet Friendly’ License Plate
The College of Veterinary Medicine has a new way to support Kansas Shelter Medicine. The Pet Friendly license plate is available to Kansas residents statewide. For information, see www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/license.htm, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Thank you to all who made it to my retirement reception. I did so want to say good-bye to those I've worked with over the years in person. For those who could not make it, I would like to say good-bye via e-mail. There were some very nice things said at my retirement reception. I know that I owe thanks to many of you for some of those recognitions as you have helped me do my job well along the way. This applies to maintenance and IT staff, student clubs, the offices of the dean, development, and CE, and our great faculty. Please know that you are all appreciated and I will miss you. It is with mixed feelings that I leave after 25 years of service to K-State."
Stem cell study - call for patients
Drs. Walter Renberg, James Roush and David Upchurch would like to announce that the enrollment period is still open for an IACUC approved clinical study evaluating the use of injectable stem cells for treatment of osteoarthritis. Stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat have been used for years in human and veterinary medicine and initial reports seems promising. Potential candidates should be dogs with lameness due to arthritis of the hip joints without other confounding sources of lameness (knee disease or neurologic issues that affect the hind limbs). Candidates will need to have an initial screening by the doctors to ensure that they qualify. The study has been generously funded, and all candidate dogs will have their initial exam and subsequent procedures and visits fully funded.
If you are interested or have further questions please email Dr. Upchurch (email@example.com).
David Upchurch, DVM
The All-University Campaign for K-State wrapped on Nov. 15, and it was a great year. Special thanks go to the CVM's campaign chairs are: Gail Eyestone and Priscilla Roddy. Here are a few highlights.
43 percent of all K-State faculty and staff participated
In the CVM, 120 faculty and staff participated raising the participation total from 26 percent in 2012 to 29 percent for 2013. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated! See more at the All-University Campaign website.
The second annual Horse Care 101 conference was held at the K-State Veterinary Health Center on Saturday, Nov. 9. More than 150 equine enthusiast of all ages attended the event. Dr. Robert Miller, world renowned equine behaviorist veterinarian, was the headline speaker for the day.
Congratulations to Miranda Schremmer and husband Heath on the birth of their son Blake Austin Schremmer. Blake was born Nov. 2 and is 7 pounds 9 ounces, and 20.5 inches.
Dr. Laura Armbrust recently presented 16 hours of lectures on ultrasound imaging and eight hours of hands-on ultrasound labs at CVC West in San Diego.
Courtney Vancleave was married Oct. 31 to Paul Dueser. Congratulations to the new Mrs. Courtney Dueser!
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Seminar Series
Seminars begin at 3:30p.m., Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall
Dec. 12 Lisa Timmons, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas
Dr. Faqir Muhammad, Research Assistant Professor, A&P
Katherine Frazer, Veterinary Technician, VHC
Lissette Garcia, Senior Administrative Assistant, VHC
Audrey Hambright, Communications Coordinator, Beef Cattle Institute
Brooke Stallbaumer, Public Service Administrator, Dean's Office
Dr. Sabarish Indran, Fellow (Post Doc), DM/P
Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Rebecca Martineau, email@example.com.