Lifelines - July 2014 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
July 2014 - Vol. 9, No. 7
Homegrown Higher Education
Roseberrys fund K-State veterinary scholarship for Franklin Countians.
CEEZAD hosts visiting Air Force scholars
Army recruits fantastic four from K-State
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Roseberrys fund K-State veterinary scholarship for Franklin Countians
A homegrown scholarship is helping cultivate higher education opportunities for veterinary students from Kansas. Second-year student Ellen “Elli” Ouellette Unruh and Kotie Wootten, an incoming first-year student, are recipients of the R.E. Roseberry and Eileen E. Roseberry Scholarship established through the Franklin County Community Foundation. The renewable scholarship provides $10,000 per school year.
The Roseberrys owned a number of farms in Franklin County where they mostly grew soybeans and raised beef cattle. They also operated a body shop in Ottawa, Kansas, known as Roseberry Body Shop. R.E. “Rosey” Roseberry died in 2000 from terminal cancer, and Eileen followed in 2010. Through their estate, they left $4 million to establish the veterinary scholarship at K-State and other funds including a music scholarship at K-State and a scholarship for the College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri.
John Richeson, the Roseberry’s attorney, said in a 2010 new release, “They believed in hard work. Obviously to run a full-time business and the farms, they didn’t have much daylight left in their days.”
“I am convinced by what I have been told that R.E and Eileen Roseberry were truly exceptional people who were passionate about quietly sharing their wealth with the people within their community,” said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity. “Not only will the recipients of their scholarships benefit financially immediately, these students will be able to give back to their communities sooner following graduation. Educational debts will not be as large a burden for them as for many of their classmates.”
According to a 2011 story in the Ottawa Herald, Eileen Roseberry gave the Franklin County Community Foundation’s board of directors the authority to decide how much financial support each winner would receive for each of the scholarships, based in part on when they have qualified applicants.
“We want to make sure the money is going to its intended purpose,” said Jeanny Sharp, a board member and editor and publisher of the Ottawa Herald. “If we don’t have an applicant, then we make sure the Roseberry’s fund continues to grow in the interim. Our job is to see that their desires for this scholarship fund are facilitated.”
“I am honored that the scholarship committee saw my education as an investment worth supporting,” Ellen Ouellette Unruh said. “I am very blessed to be a recipient of the Roseberry Scholarship and thankful for the financial assistance I have received. Receiving the scholarship has a large impact on the size of financial burden I will have when I graduate veterinary school. It is my goal when I become a practicing veterinarian that I can give back to the community in ways similar to the Roseberry family.”
Kotie Wootten said her grandmother saw the scholarship announcement in the Ottawa Herald and thought she should apply.
“I never imagined I would be this lucky to receive a substantial scholarship that would instantly make going into veterinary school seem less stressful,” Kotie Wootten said. “Before I received this scholarship I was constantly worrying about how I would be able to afford it and I was trying to calculate how much I would need to work to make ends meet. “
Kotie has been working in the dairy unit at K-State as an undergraduate student, but said this will change when she is in the veterinary college.
“Receiving this scholarship will allow me to work less and focus my spare time on studying,” she said. “With having more time to study and learn out of the classroom setting, it will be easier to reach my goal of practicing food animal medicine.”
While the meaning of military uniform insignia is not a normal topic of discussion at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, it was just one subject of many covered during a presentation by two visiting scholars from the United States Air Force Academy on June 27.
This introduction about life in the Air Force was the culmination of a visit sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Federal Service Academies. This program provides faculty and students from military academies a chance to build research collaborations. Lt. Col. Craig Narasaki and Cadet John Rosenberg spent four and a half weeks becoming familiar with vaccine and diagnostic research programs at the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD.
Watch the video below to learn about their visit to K-State:
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Four Kansas State University veterinary students joined the ranks of scholarship recipients in the Army Veterinary Corps under the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Second-year students Kaitlin Foley and Kathleen Stewart and third-year students Taylor Boles and Lisa Crevoiserat, were selected for this program at the end of the school year.
The health professions scholarship pays 100 percent of the tuition for a graduate-level health care degree for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the United States or Puerto Rico.
“K-State led the way in the number of veterinary scholarship recipients this year,” said Staff Sergeant Erika L. Rough, the center commander in the Army Medical Recruiting Center. “K-State has phenomenal students and the Army is lucky to gain them amongst our ranks.”
“We are extremely proud of our students who are willing to commit to serve our country through military service following graduation,” saidDr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for admissions, academic programs and diversity programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The Health Professions Scholarship Program enables our student recipients to concentrate on their veterinary educations and graduate without incurring significant educational debts. This program allows our graduates to not only serve our country competently, but also allows them to be better prepared for post-military veterinary careers.”
“I am very excited by the prospect of a career as an Army veterinarian – I am proud to serve our country and to provide care for military animals, and I am also interested in working with public health,” Kaitlin Foley said. “I am particularly interested in infectious disease control and would love to expand my research experience as an Army veterinarian, whether in disease control, food safety, or any other capacity.”
“Coming from a family with a long military history, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve my country while still being able to pursue a career in veterinary medicine,” Taylor Boles said.
The scholarship also pays for required books, equipment and most academic fees. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of more than $2,000. During breaks, students receive officer’s pay while training. After graduation, the students enter active duty and advance in rank to captain. One year of active duty service is required for each year the students receive the scholarship with a minimum obligation of three years.
For more information about this scholarship then you can contact SSG Rough at Erika.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 316-262-2419.
Kansas State University's Master of Public Health program has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation takes effect immediately.
Start mosquito protection now
Start thinking now about protecting yourself and your horse from West Nile virus, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.
Dr. Beth Davis, professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Health Center, says there was an increase in Equine West Nile virus cases in 2013. Summer 2014 is expected to have similar weather patterns to summer 2013, so the risk of infections is just as high.
"We look to species like horses to help give us some insight into how likely humans are to have problems with the virus, but it's important to recognize that these sort of weather patterns create a high risk for mosquitoes to transmit the disease not only to horses, but also to potentially make humans sick," Dr. Davis said.
West Nile is an encephalitic disease, which means it causes inflammation of the central nervous system, specifically around the brain. It's a virally induced disease that is transferred to horses and humans through mosquito bites from infected mosquitoes. So far, eight states have reported West Nile virus infections in mosquitoes, birds or veterinary animals. Mississippi has reported one human case. Dr. Davis says the peak season for infection is mid to late summer, during the warmer months. That's why it's important to start prevention methods now to be protected by July.
West Nile virus is a core vaccine for horses, recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Four U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed equine vaccines are available. Initial vaccination requires a series of two to three vaccines, depending on the age of the horse, and is then followed by annual boosters. Vaccine efficacy depends on horse owners working with their veterinarians to establish proper protocols, Dr. Davis said.
Another protection tip is to eliminate all sources of standing water, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
"Eliminate things like old tires, boats with tarps on them and rain gutters that may hold water," Dr. Davis said. "Birdbaths are areas where there is going to be standing water, so clean them at least once a week. For other areas that you can't eliminate standing water, like water troughs for livestock, put mosquito-eating fish in the tanks. Minnows and goldfish will eat any of the eggs that have been laid by mosquitoes and will minimize the mosquito replication."
The onset of clinical signs for Equine West Nile virus is often sudden, with the progression occurring over the following two to four days.
"Clinical signs of West Nile virus can vary quite a bit in horses," Dr. Davis said. "Mild forms of it may be a fever or a change in attitude for a few days. Most commonly, we do see it progress to where the horse has neurological signs, which could be a quite dramatic change in temperament or behavior. They may have a period where they're not eating properly or they seem like they're not quite with it. Also, they may experience changes in the nerves and control function in their head, in things like eye movement and their ability to chew and swallow properly. We may see dramatic changes in their gait, such as stumbling or being uncoordinated.”
If you suspect your horse has been infected with West Nile virus, call a veterinarian immediately. You can contact the Veterinary Health Center at 785-532-5700.
For more a publication on West Nile Virus by K-State Research and Extension, visithttp://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/Item.aspx?catId=488&pubId=1089.
Student Lance Noll finds success in graduate program in Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.
Lance Noll, master's student in veterinary biomedical science, Greensburg; Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; and Dr. Jianfa Bai, assistant professor in the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, are leading a project to improve techniques for detecting pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. A U.S. Department of Agriculture Coordinated Agriculture Project grant is funding the work.
The researchers are part of a College of Veterinary Medicine team studying preharvest food safety in beef cattle. Noll has developed and validated a molecular assay that can detect and quantify major genes specific for E. coli O157.
"Developing a method to detect E. coli before it can potentially contaminate the food supply benefits the beef industry by preventing costly recalls but also benefits the consumer by ensuring the safety of the beef supply," Noll said.
The newly developed test is a molecular assay, or polymerase chain reaction, that detects bacteria based on genetic sequences, which are the bacteria's "fingerprints," Dr. Nagaraja said. The test is rapid and less labor-intensive than existing detection methods. The method can be automated and test many samples in a short period of time.
The test can be used in a diagnostic or research laboratory to accurately detect E. coli and can help with quality control in cattle facilities.
"The novelty of this test is that it targets four genes," Dr. Nagaraja said. "We are constantly working on finding better and more sensitive ways to detect these pathogens of E. coli in cattle feces."
To develop the diagnostic test, Noll and Dr. Nagaraja worked with two Kansas State University molecular biologists: Xiaorong Shi, research assistant of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Dr. Bai.
"Beef cattle production is a major industry in Kansas and Kansas State University has a rich tradition in the research of beef cattle production and beef safety," Noll said. "As a graduate student in veterinary biomedical sciences, I am proud to be a member of a multidisciplinary team in the College of Veterinary Medicine that aims to make beef a safe product for the consumers."
Noll was named a winner at the 11th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit this spring for his research project and poster, "A four-plex real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantification of Escherichia coli O157 in cattle feces."
Alumni Reception at the AVMA Conventioni
Monday July 28, 6-8 p.m., Hyatt Regency Denver, Capitol Ballroom 4
Join us as we will be honoring Dr. Clinton George, DVM class of 2001, with an Alumni Recognition Award.
12th Annual Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Hunt
October 23 & 24, 2014
Get ready for upland bird season with this exclusive opportunity to benefit College of Veterinary Medicine student scholarships and the Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Scholarship. Plans include a trap shooting competition, country gourmet meals, a guided hunt and a chance to win a shotgun. Please see web site below.
Act fast — space is limited! Deadline to register is October 11.
Please contact Jodi Dragastin, development coordinator, at 785-532-4378 or e-mail email@example.com register.
Class Reunion Photos
For graduates of the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009, here's a page with information about reunions and how to order reunion photos:
Two CVM administrators recently earned certification status for their respective fields. Ginger Biesenthal, grant specialist, earned research administrator status for passing an examination given by the Research Administrators Certification Council. She joins other administrators from main campus who were also certified this year: Anita Fahrny and Debby Werth, both in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
Certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council means an individual, through experience and testing, has the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator. Of the 10 certified research administrators currently in Kansas, seven are at K-State, including the CVM’s Lisa Duer, grants manager, and Amy Brusk, grant specialist.
Amanda McDiffett, human resources manager, recently earned certification as a professional in human resources. The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that McDiffett possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field. Congratulations Ginger and Amanda!
‘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 the Pet Friendly page, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VHC greeted its incoming class of interns in June. Back row (left to right): Drs. Katelyn Fentiman, Taryn Overton and Rebecca Tims. Front row (left to right): Drs. Daniel Cutler, Jarrod Younkin, Dana Lindemann and Karen Chan. Welcome to K-State!
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson and Dr. Hong Wang presented “Creating a Community of Learning with Instructional Technology in a Blended Domestic Animal Immunology Course ” for the Innovation in Teaching Track at the AAVMC Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium at Iowa State University June 13-14, a great conference focused on veterinary teaching and learning.
Welcome to Dr. Laxmi U.M. R. Jakkula, a new postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Roman Ganta in DM/P. His publication record includes Oncogene, Journal of Bacteriology, Blood, Molecular Cancer therapeutics, Plos One, and The Journal of Biological Chemistry. He completed his Ph.D from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He worked on microbial enzymes and developed new steps for enzyme microbial technology. Dr. Jakkula received the Young Scientist Award in 2008 from the Association of Microbiology of India.
Drs. Kenneth Harkin and Melinda Wilkerson, received a Maddie’s Fund® Shelter Medicine Research Grant for $36,000 for “Evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy and changes in cytokines in cerebrospinal fluid and plasma in dogs with canine distemper encephalitis treated with intrathecal live Newcastle Disease Virus vaccine.”
Dr. Walter Renberg presented a hindlimb orthopedics lab June 26-27 at the Oquendo Center in Las Vegas.
On June 12, Dr. Bob Larson presented seminar topics at the Idaho VMA meeting. His topics were “Role of Momentum in Herd Fertility,” “Heifer Development,” “BSE of Bulls,” and “What can go Wrong?”
An interview with Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere was featured in the Controlled Release Society newsletter, vol. 31, no. 2, 2014. She was also featured on Thomson Reuters's 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list. Dr. Monteiro-Riviere is among the top 1 percent most cited scientists in the world in the field of pharmacology and toxicology.
Dr. Nadira Mohamed of al-Nahrain Research and Training Center for Forensic DNA, Baghdad, Iraq, is visiting the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from June to October, 2014. She is working with Dr. Jianfa Bai to develop molecular diagnostic assays for the detection and differentiation of group A, B and C rotavirus strains.Dr. Mohamed is supported by the Science Fellowship Program of U.S. Department of State. The fellowship is carried out through U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation.
Dr. Gyanendra Singh shared news that he was appointed for the following editorial positions in the following journals: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine (http://www.apjtb.com/board.htm), Open Journal of Medical Microbiology (http://www.scirp.org/journal/ojmm/), Journal of Pandemic and Venereal Diseases, International Journal of General Research and Public Health, (http://journals.theired.org/ijgmrph.html), British Microbiology Research Journal, (http://www.sciencedomain.org/editorial-board-members.php?id=8).
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
AAVMC is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the 2015 AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 13-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Proposals for educational sessions and posters should be submitted no later than July 18, 2014.
The Iverson Bell Symposium is named for the first African-American veterinarian to hold the position of Vice-President in the American Veterinary Medical Association. The Symposium is held every two years and will celebrate its 19th occurrence this coming year. The primary goal of the conference is to promote diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.
The theme of the 2015 conference is Recruiting and Selecting for the Future of Veterinary Medicine .
Proposals will be considered in, but not limited to, the following categories:
The following attributes are strongly encouraged for educational sessions:
Audience Feedback Technology
AAVMC will have interactive audience feedback devices available during the conference. These devices, which put a microphone in the hand of every attendee, will enable speakers to engage the audience through live polling, free text response, and more. For an overview, please see this youtube video by IML Worldwide . We encourage you to consider incorporating this technology into your presentation. If you have questions about the technology and how it can be used, please contact Andrew Zoeller at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Student Poster Contest
Accepted poster proposals on a student project or topic where the student is listed as first author will be eligible to win an award at the conference. A panel of judges will review all student posters and the top three selections will be awarded a $500 honorarium. The student author must be present at the conference in order to be eligible.
Proposals are due July 18, 2014, and should be submitted using the following website:
Before logging in to complete your proposal, please be prepared with the following information:
For session proposals only:
Dr. Kyoungju Choi, Research Assistant Professor, A&P
Dr. Sun Young Sunwoo, Fellow (Post Doc), DM/P
Joshua Maher, Research Technician, KSVDL
Dr. H. Morgan Scott, Professor, DM/P
Deborah Skaggs, Veterinary Technician, VHC
Javier Vinasco-Torres, Microbiologist, 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, email@example.com.