May 2016 - Vol. 11, No. 5
Seminar addresses impact and development of Global Health Security Agenda
A full house heard U.S. Department of State Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins list the efforts of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) during a lecture titled, “Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism – efforts to reduce the threat,” on Wednesday, May 4, at noon in the Mara Conference Center. The audience included scientists and students from a number of faculties across K-State campus such as leadership studies, veterinary medicine and nuclear engineering, and representatives from the local community including law enforcement officials, the security sector and the USDA.
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Ambassador Jenkins is responsible for leading the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) next generation leaders and NGO group. The GHSA aims to coordinate the health and security sectors across the world to take collective concrete action to reduce global health threats from infectious diseases whether their source is a natural disease outbreak, a laboratory accident, or an intentional act (e.g. commercial sabotage, bioterrorism, bio-crimes). She explained how at least 50 countries have signed up to the GHSA to create one-year and five-year action plans to help address and reduce global health threats. The purpose of her visit to Manhattan was to discuss the goals of the GHSA and to see how K-State University College of Veterinary Medicine can play a role in contributing to the GHSA through the provision of scientific expertise, capacity building in developing countries, and by engaging the next generation of leaders (young veterinarians).
“The goal is for participating countries to document and show progress,” Jenkins said. “The United States is committed to providing support for these countries, and we are excited that other countries have joined this important effort. We are also working with nongovernmental organizations and agencies to identify areas where they can help. Academia is taking a prominent role and we are working with universities such as Georgetown, George Washington, Dartmouth, Howard and Harvard.”
Jenkins was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 to serve as the coordinator of threat reduction programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. She promotes the coordination of Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) and U.S. government programs in chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological security (CBRN).
Dr. Keith Hamilton, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s executive director for international programs, had worked with Jenkins previously during his time at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). There he led and developed programs for strengthening preparedness against emerging diseases and pandemics.
“Every country has different capabilities and ways of operating,” Dr. Hamilton said. “We invited Ambassador Jenkins to Kansas State University to show her the exciting programs, expertise and infrastructure that is available here within the College of Veterinary Medicine and at Kansas State University.”
Dean Tammy Beckham added, “It is critical that our college builds relationships and identifies areas for collaboration with global partners. Veterinary medicine plays a key role in both human and animal health. Our faculty and staff have a tremendous expertise and the capability to contribute to global health and policy. We look forward to identifying areas of collaboration within the Global Health Security Agenda. We were very pleased to host Ambassador Jenkins.”
During her visit to Kansas State University, Jenkins toured the Biosecurity Research Institute, met with veterinary and MPH students, faculty and administrators from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) and joined veterinary college faculty for discussions about Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF).
Ambassador Jenkins also met a range of local GHSA stakeholders including farmers, community leaders, and local business owners.Ambassador Jenkins said that her time spent at Kansas State University was very informative, both about the exciting ongoing work and also about how that work fits squarely within the GHSA efforts. She will continue to engage the University as the GHSA continues to progress in the upcoming years, and bring back to Washington, D.C. her experiences at Kansas State University.
Dr. Izabela Ragan has a driving passion to work at a place that doesn’t fully exist yet: the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). This federal animal disease research facility is being built in Manhattan and is expected to be operational by 2023. As a veterinarian scientist and Ph.D. student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, Dr. Ragan’s passion is so strong she decided she needed to learn how policy decisions are made in Washington, D.C., so she applied for an opportunity to attend an annual workshop held April 17-20 called Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE), which is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
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“The work that will be done at NBAF is very important for global health and security, but a lot of people don’t really understand what NBAF is and what it will do,” Dr. Ragan said. “It’s very important that the funding for NBAF is supported, so that’s why I felt it was important to learn how policy decisions are made. It’s not that hard if you know what to do and who to speak with.”
The CASE workshop is a three-and-a-half-day program to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication. Students receive an opportunity to meet with their members of Congress or congressional staff. At Kansas State University, the Graduate School, Office of Research and Sponsored programs and Government Relations Office sponsor two students to attend the workshop. Dr. Ragan was nominated by Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and director of the Graduate Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I was very happy for Izabela to attend,” Dr. Nagaraja said. “She, in my mind, represents a small but growing number of DVM students and graduates interested in the doctoral program in infectious diseases of animals. I was sure it would be a valuable experience for her.”
“It’s very important these days for researchers to be informed,” Dr. Ragan said. “You need to know how to fight for what you’re doing and how to keep it going.”
Dr. Ragan earned her DVM degree at K-State in 2014. She is currently a Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) Career Development Fellow and graduate student in Dr. Bob Rowland’s lab. She is also the graduate program representative on the executive committee of the College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Association.
Dr. Ragan offered advice for other students.
“Regulations and laws impact the conduct and policy of science,” Dr. Ragan said. “It’s important for students to get engaged with science policy. We need to take the first step to get involved. There are great resources and organizations that can guide scientists and students in science policy communication.”
BRITE program - Basic Research Immersion Training Experience
At the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, students open doors to new possibilities and careers, such as through the Basic Research Immersion Training Experience, or BRITE. This program grants funds for a year-long research experience so motivated veterinary student might begin their journey into a PhD program.
To learn more about the BRITE program and how to apply, please visit the program’s webpage (http://www.vet.k-state.edu/research/brite/).
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The Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, presented awards to 13 researchers as inaugural members, including several CVM faculty and/or alumni, of the Marty Vanier and Bob Krause BRI Research Fellows Program at a ceremony and reception on April 29. The purpose of the program is to foster interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities and activities associated with the work the fellows are doing in areas such as high-consequence plant and animal diseases, foodborne disease agents, arthropod-borne diseases, and pathogens that can be passed from animals to humans.
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“I am thankful for Marty and Bob’s gift so we can recognize the amazing work our researchers are doing,” said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research at Kansas State University. “The fellows will work with the staff at the BRI to establish a seminar series and other opportunities to inform our community of ongoing work and emerging opportunities as we build a bridge to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.”
Dr. Stephen Higgs appreciates the award as both a recipient and as director of the Biosecurity Research Institute.
“The establishment of this program has enabled us to recognize principle investigators ongoing projects at the BRI,” Higgs said. “These awards acknowledge not only that the BRI Fellows have brought significant funding to K-State, but also that their work is impactful.”
Dr. Higgs added that the Biosecurity Research Institute provides unique interdisciplinary and collaborative opportunities to conduct research that is not possible anywhere else on campus or at most other academic institutions. Formalizing the relationship of faculty with the Biosecurity Research Institute together with providing doctoral fellowships and endowed professorships will help promote the importance of the Biosecurity Research Institute as a premier interdisciplinary research, training and education facility. Higgs also noted that the program wouldn’t have been possible without Marty Vanier and Bob Krause’s gift.
“The generosity, commitment and impact of Marty and Bob to support our mission cannot be underestimated,” Dr. Higgs said. “The joy of translating this endowment into an enduring program with high impact is obviously tempered by Bob’s untimely passing, but I know that what we are doing would make him proud and give him immense satisfaction.”
The awards were presented at the conclusion of a meeting of the BRI’s external advisory board. Members of the board provide national and international perspectives on research opportunities that will advance the BRI mission, including those presented by the NBAF.
“Researchers at BRI are already studying prominent pathogens proposed for NBAF, and they’re making progress on vaccines against diseases that threaten animal and human health,” said Dorhout.
“This program will help ensure K-State’s progress in these areas continues,” he said.
Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The KSU Foundation was established in 1944 as the official fundraising arm of Kansas State University. It is a separate, independent entity chartered by the state of Kansas as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education corporation. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success.
Several CVM faculty members were recognized during the Marry Vanier and Bob Krause BRI Research Fellows Program, including Dr. Bob Rowland, Dr. Dana Vanlandingham and Dr. Stephen Higgs (first three on left in front row), Dr. Jishu Shi (front, far right), Dr. Jürgen Richt (back, third from left), and CVM alumnus Dr. Kenneth Burton (back, second from right), who is the program director of the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University.
Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine has named Dr. Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, as executive associate dean.
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Dr. Rush is a professor of equine internal medicine, department head of clinical sciences and interim director of the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University.
"I am thrilled to have Dr. Rush join our leadership team in this new role," said Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "Her expertise and dedication to the mission of the college is unparalleled and I am looking forward to working with her to continue to advance the goals of the college."
Dr. Rush's area of clinical expertise is equine respiratory disease with an emphasis on respiratory physiology, immunology and aerosol drug therapy. She co-authored the book 'Equine Respiratory Diseases, by Blackwell Publishing, with Dr. Tim Mair of Bell Equine Clinic, Kent, U.K.
"I look forward to serving professional students, faculty and staff as we identify and implement new goals in our pursuit of excellence," Dr. Rush said.
Dr. Rush began her career as a faculty member at Kansas State University in 1993. She has served as the head of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University since 2006. She is a core course coordinator, has led curriculum reform and maintains responsibility for clinical outcome assessment. She is committed to the scholarship of teaching and has authored or co-authored more than 20 manuscripts in the Journal of Veterinary Education on effective instructional practices, communication training, and student welfare.
Dr. Rush received the President’s Award for Outstanding Department Head in 2014. She received the 1996 and 2003 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2002 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the 2004 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University.
Dr. Rush earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University in 1989, completed internship training at North Carolina State University in 1990 and equine internal medicine residency training at Ohio State University in 1993.
The Veterinary Health Center announces the appointment of a clinical trial coordinator, Misty Bear. She will offer support to all investigators with current or upcoming clinical trials. This can include assistance with study design, CRF generation and data capture, creating and maintaining study binders, trial promotion and patient enrollment, in addition to facilitating daily study visit activities for each patient.
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“I like to think of myself as a liaison or facilitator between everyone involved in a trial; from the clients and patients, to the study sponsors, primary investigators, and veterinary technicians,” Misty said. “Each trial requires a team of people working together to see that an enrolled patient receives all the required study visit exams, treatments, and sample collections. As the coordinator, I am here to help on all fronts so that each trial runs as efficiently as possible, while maintaining the highest level of data integrity.”
Before becoming KSU’s first clinical trials coordinator, Misty was a research associate for 10 years at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she managed a cancer research lab for Dr. Cheryl London, professor and director of the Clinical Trials Office. During those 10 years, the progressive Clinical Trials Office grew into a core resource for the university and joined OSU’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.Misty earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and industry from Kansas State University. She has more than 17 years of experience in molecular/cellular biology and biomedical laboratory research.
The College of Veterinary Medicine announces a new strategic planning initiative. We are seeking your input to help us develop a new vision for our college by responding to a special survey that will help direct our resources and define our priorities for the next three years. What does the future of veterinary education, animal health, teaching, research and service look like? Where do we need to be? Your participation and thoughtful opinions can help make our College the elite institution that it should be.
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is set to host the 5th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare (ISBCW) in Manhattan, Kansas at the K-State Alumni Center on June 8-10, 2016. Held in one of the world’s leading beef cattle production regions, the event will provide a valuable opportunity for beef industry leaders and influencers to learn, gain fresh insight and actively participate in addressing beef cattle welfare.
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Cattle producers, processors, retailers, government officials, NGO officials, animal scientists, veterinarians, students, and others interested in emerging welfare issues facing the beef cattle industry are encouraged to attend.
The organizing committee has identified a line-up of well-renowned speakers from the U.S., Canada and Europe with diverse perspectives and expertise on industry issues. A few of the featured speakers include:
Registration for the event plus lodging and travel information is now available at www.beefcattleinstitute.org. Options for one-day only and virtual attendance via webcast are available. The event is sponsored in part by Merial, Merck Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
The symposium will also provide 14 credit hours of continuing education for veterinarians.
Brief History of the Symposium
The biennial event began in 2008, hosted by the BCI with the objective to address welfare issues faced by producers in many beef-producing areas across the world. Those who attended the first symposium laid the foundation for addressing current and future welfare concerns of the beef industry. In 2010, the second ISBCW took a more formal approach as Dr. Dan Thomson of K-State helped create the North American Food Animal Wellbeing Commission on Beef and assembled an expert panel of animal scientists, veterinarians and beef cattle professionals to create a scientific perspective to address animal welfare concerns. The following event held in 2012 in Saskatchewan, Canada helped fulfill this mandate. Most recently, the ISBCW was hosted by Iowa State University in 2014 with a focus on critical issues facing the beef supply chain including: production, environmental, transportation, processing, marketing, regulatory, legislative, and social concerns.
The Beef Cattle Institute was founded in 2007 to provide beef industry stakeholders with the most current education, research and outreach available in the beef industry. The BCI offers certificates and tools to aid producers in managing a successful beef business.
For more information, contact Dr. Bob L. Larson, Symposium Chair, Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University at 785-532-4257, email@example.com
Provost April Mason hosted the All-University Awards Ceremony and reception Monday, May 2, in the Alumni Center Ballroom. Awardees recognized at the ceremony included: Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars; K-State Mentoring; Presidential Awards for Teaching, Advising and Department Head; Big 12 Faculty Fellowships; Excellence in Engagement, Putting Students First; and other awards from the president's and provost's offices.
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The CVM's office of International Programs announces the launch of the "Veterinarians around the world" photo competition. The theme for the competition is international veterinary medicine. Entries should capture efforts to improve animal health, public health or wildlife/ecosystem health; food security (sustainable production systems); food safety; capacity building; animal welfare; or biological threat reduction. Any other subjects relating to international veterinary medicine will also be considered.
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In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni and Friends
Dr. Whayne Bryson Hill, DVM 1962
Dr. James McKinley, DVM 1970
Be sure to join us for the 78th Annual Conference for Veterinarians! Lots of great educational sessions are planned for the conference! Five different educational tracks will be offered including: Small Animal, Large Animal, Veterinary Technician (Sunday Only), Practice Management (Tuesday Only) and Equine (Monday Only). Three hours of wet labs will also be offered on Saturday, June 4.
Registration is limited for the wet labs, space will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Other great events are planned for the conference, including:
NEW THIS YEAR!
Be sure to check out our Conference Mobile App! Learn how to download the app at this link.
Find out more information at our website.
Registration is complementary for KSU Faculty, Staff & Students!
Register online at this link!
Questions about Alumni or CE events?
Pet Friendly License Plate program in Kansas
The College of Veterinary Medicine has a new way to support shelter medicine in Kansas. The Pet Friendly license plate is available to Kansas residents statewide by visiting your local Kansas county treasurer's office.
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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Dr. Rahul Nandre, postdoctoral research associate received a Travel Grant Award from the Vaccines Against Shigella and Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VASE) Conference. This conference will be held at Washington, D.C. June 28-30. The VASE conference is organized by PATH, an international nonprofit organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, is convening a new biennial scientific conference focused on making vaccines for Shigella and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) in the developing world. Dr. Nandre would like to thank to his superviser Dr. Weiping Zhang, professor in DMP, who guided him for post-doctoral research.
Fourth-year student Caroline Meyer received a KSU Extraordinary Student Award designed to recognize and honor students who have shown extraordinary courage and persistence in the pursuit of their education. Caroline finishes all DVM requirements on May 1.
The Exotic Companion Mammal Symposium was held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The conference was organized by and sponsored by Oxbow Animal Health. Dr. James W. Carpenter and Ashley McCowan were the local hosts and organizers. More than 90 veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students attended. Speakers included Drs. Natalie Antinoff (Keynote Speaker; Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston), Micah Kohles (KSU DVM ’01, Oxbow), James W. Carpenter, and David Eshar. The symposium was RACE approved.
Dr. Anne Sally Davis, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology department, received $3,000 from the Kansas State University Office of International Programs in its spring 2016 Incentive Grant awards. Grant awards can be used by faculty to develop international collaborations, research, teaching and study abroad opportunities, as well as elevate international global learning opportunities and experimental short term co-teaching grants. Dr. Davis was awarded for a Rift Valley Fever Virus research collaboration with the University of Pretoria. Dr. Davis also reports a recent first-author publication, "1918 Influenza receptor binding domain variants bind and replicate in primary human airway cells regardless of receptor specificity."
Dr. Roman Ganta will serve as the chair for the National Institutes of Health special emphasis panel for reviewing R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award applications. Application topics include virology, bacteriology, parasitology, vector biology and drug discovery. Ganta will serve in July and November 2016.
Dr. Bob Larson presented at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in Kansas City, Missouri, on BVD consult.
Dr. Mike Apley met with veterinarians in the swine executive veterinarian program at the University of Illinois. His topics were the veterinary feed directive, antibiotic resistance, upcoming changes in regulations, and antibiotic stewardship. He also spoke at the Colorado Livestock meeting in Loveland. He was on a panel on consumer communications regarding major issues involving beef production.
Dr. Walter Renberg presented at the WVC Oquendo Center in Las Vegas. He presented topics in hind-limb orthopedic surgery.
Dr. David Biller presented at the Federation of Asian small animal veterinarians meeting in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. His topics were on interpretation of a normal thorax; abnormal pulmonary patterns; radiographic techniques; and understanding contrast studies.
Dr. David Eshar presented at the Paris University. Topic: GI-stasis in rabbits. He also attended the European College of Zoo Medicine Meeting in Mons, Belgium. Topic: Evaluation of the effects of body position on trends of selected physiological parameters during isoflurane anesthesia in black-tailed prairie dogs.
Amy Brusk presented at the Region IV National Council of University Research Administrators in Kansas City on Monday, May 2. Her presentation title was: “Today’s Research Environment: Implications for Research Administrators”
Kristin Loving gave a presentation on Willie's Pet of the Week and "Bringing Your Brand to Life Through Social Media" at the University Communicators conference at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, held April 12-13.
Class of 2018 surprises Dr. Steve Stockham
The class of 2018 surprised Dr. Steve Stockham, who is retiring this summer. Dustin Renken announced the class is going to have a stone installed in honor of Dr. Steve Stockham in the Centennial Plaza – it will be placed in about the location he usually stands when he lectures outdoors on the plaza. A video of the presentation is posted at this Facebook link.
CORE program hosts special seminar by Dr. Stuart Reid
Undergraduate research took enter stage at Kansas State University's 16th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium on April 17 in the K-State Student Union's Ballroom.
The Developing Scholars Program is an undergraduate research program that provides opportunities for highly motivated students from diverse backgrounds to participate in research projects with a faculty mentor. Students receive academic, social and financial support while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University. Developing Scholars is housed in the university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.
"The Developing Scholars Symposium has become an anticipated spring tradition at K-State where the campus and community come together to celebrate the diverse contributions of Kansas State undergraduates and their faculty research mentors," said Anita Cortez, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Their research ranges from cutting edge cancer research to prison reform to food insecurity in Kansas to marketing of toys to girls. We encourage all undergraduates to seek out research opportunities while they are at K-State surrounded by so many gifted faculty. K-State's faculty are well known for their generous support of undergraduates in research."
Below is a list of student participating at the CVM and their mentors:
Eric Charboneau, Michael Zuniga and Jake Jimenez: Dr. Mark Weiss (our longest serving mentor)
Patrick Guvele: Nancy Monteiro-Riviere
Mya Masterson: Dr Sally Davis
Tera Brandt: Dr. Tom Schermerhorn
Carolina Garcia: Dr. Weiping Zhang
Melissa Riley: Dr. Bruce Schultz
Maira Cotton-Caballero: Dr. Bonto Faburay
Jennifer Delzeit: Dr. Masaaki Tamura
Delia Hernandez: Dr. Peying Fong
Miriam Macedo: Dr. Deryl Troyer
Arisa Yamashita: Dr. John Gonzalez (ASI)
CVM holds annual White Coat Ceremony - Congrats and Good Luck to class of 2017
The Nanotechnology Innovation Center and the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine Faculty and Postdoctoral Awards, Grants, Book Chapters and Publications from January 2016 - April 2016
Honors and Awards:
1. Dr. Aryal “Rational Design of Polymeric Nanoparticle as a Theranostic Device”, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, South Korea, April 2, 2016.
2. Dr. Aryal “Polymeric Nanomedicine as a Therapeutic and Diagnostic Modality”, Yonsei University, Wonju, South Korea, April 4, 2016.
3. Dr. Aryal “Polymeric Nanomedicine for Targeting Bone Microenvironment”, Polymer Society of Korea, Daejeon, South Korea, April 8, 2016.
New Arrivals/Recent Departures
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