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January 2019 - Vol. 14, No. 1

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CVM presents annual teaching awards

Drs. Ryane Englar, Butch KuKanich, Emily Klocke and Justin Thomason

Four faculty members have been recognized for preclinical teaching excellence in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Ryane Englar, Butch KuKanich, Emily Klocke and Justin Thomason were each named as the respective top teachers for the first, second and third years of instruction, as voted on by each respective class of students for their teaching efforts in the 2017-2018 school year.

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Drs. Ryane Englar and Beth Davis


Dr. Elizabeth Davis, right, presents Dr. Ryane Englar with the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Teaching Excellence Award, which is presented in recognition of outstanding instruction of first-year veterinary students.


Drs. Hans Coetzee and Butch KuKanich

 Dr. Hans Coetzee, left, presents Dr. Butch KuKanich with the 2018 Bayer Teaching Excellence in the Second Year Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second-year veterinary students.

Drs. Beth Davis, Emily Klocke and Justin Thomason

 Drs. Emily Klocke and Justin Thomason are co-recipients of the 2018 Teaching Excellence in the Third Year Award sponsored by Zoetis, as presented by Dr. Davis.

“Beginning in 2004, the college has utilized these annual awards to recognize faculty for their exceptional teaching efforts in the pre-clinical stages of the veterinary curriculum,” explained Dr. Peggy Schmidt, associate dean for academic programs and student affairs.

“Students have chosen these faculty for their dedication to student learning inside and outside of the classroom. This year’s recipients are outstanding educators and well deserving of this recognition.”

Dr. Englar, clinical assistant professor and clinical education coordinator for clinical skills, was named recipient of the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Teaching Excellence Award, which is presented in recognition of outstanding instruction of first-year veterinary students. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Englar joined the faculty at K-State in May 2017, where she was hired to help fulfill a priority in the college’s Strategic Plan of providing clinical experiences and skills in all years of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum. Dr. Englar is a diplomate (Canine and Feline Practice) of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

“It is such an honor to be recognized for something that has never felt like a job to me – teaching is my passion; supporting and nurturing the next generation of veterinary leaders is my reason for being,” Dr. Englar said. “This profession is all about building each other up and helping each other grow stronger. My students make me stronger each day, every day. I feel privileged to be a part of their journey.”

Dr. KuKanich was presented with the 2018 Bayer Teaching Excellence in the Second Year Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second-year veterinary students. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1997. He earned a doctorate in comparative biomedical sciences at North Carolina State University in 2005 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. He is a professor and assistant head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and teaches courses in veterinary pharmacology.

“It is great to see the students progress through the semester,” Dr. KuKanich said. “They work hard throughout the semester and you can see their eyes light up as they are able to grasp concepts and clinical scenarios. I am very appreciative of their recognition!”

Drs. Klocke and Thomason were chosen as co-recipients of the 2018 Teaching Excellence in the Third Year Award sponsored by Zoetis. Dr. Klocke is a clinical associate professor of small animal surgery. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1999. She then completed both an internship and a residency in small animal surgery at Purdue University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She teach veterinary surgery to third-year students and small animal soft tissue surgery courses to fourth-year students.

“I am very honored to receive this award and I am so grateful to the wonderful students I get to work with,” Dr. Klocke said. “They keep me on my toes and I continue to learn from them each and every day.  Seeing their confidence grow when they grasp a concept or solve a difficult case is an award in itself and is what makes this a wonderful job to have.”

Dr. Thomason, clinical assistant professor of cardiology, received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 2002. He completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri and a residency in small animal internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Thomason was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal internal medicine in 2006 and cardiology in 2014. Dr. Thomason teaches electrophysiology to first-year students, cardiac pharmacology and cross-course integration to second-year students, medicine to third-year students and comparative cardiology to fourth-year students.

“During my training at the University of Georgia, I discovered ‘National Treasures’ of teaching to whom I am indebted to helping me develop my teaching philosophy,” Dr. Thomason said. “Regardless of teaching strategy (case studies, lecture format, discussion, active learning, cooperative learning, technology, etc.), one will be an effective teacher and life changer with the foundations of: 1. Be a full-time student; 2. Encourage/Invite discussion; 3. Be wise (knowledge with application and sharing); 4. Be approachable; 5. Care about others; 6. Be enthusiastic; and 7. Challenge conventional thinking.”



Transboundary Animal Disease training at the Biosecurity Research Institute

New opportunities open

Laura Constance and Rachel Palinski

A group of Kansas State University students have recently completed the Transboundary Animal Disease (TAD) Fellowship program at the Biosecurity Research Institute. With completion of the program by these students, the program is now seeking new applicants.

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Laura Constance and Rachel Palinski


Laura Constance and Rachel Palinski work on a training exercise at the Biosecurity Research Institute.


Rachel Palinski, Laura Constance, Christian Cook and Vicoria Ayers

 From left, Rachel Palinski, Laura Constance, Christian Cook and Victoria Ayers have completed the program.

Dr. Matthew Olcha, Hannah White, Jeana Owens, Christian Cook, MaRyka Smith and Amy Lyons

 TAD Fellows Dr. Matthew Olcha, Hannah White, Jeana Owens, Christian Cook, MaRyka Smith and Amy Lyons during the summer 2018 training period.

Kansas State University helps to confront diseases through this research fellowship program that leverages the expertise and resources of the Biosecurity Research Institute and the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine to train next generation Ph.D., DVM, M.S., M.P.H., and post-doctoral researchers to work in high- and maximum-containment environments on a variety of TADs.

“Our objective was to train and support graduate-degree-seeking individuals, or individuals who are just beginning their post-graduate careers,” said Dr. Dana Vanlandingham, associate professor of virology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. “At this point, we have completed training of two cohorts of students who have continued their research on TADs which are important to agriculture.”

Christian Cook, a second-year doctoral student from the College of Veterinary Medicine, believes participating in the TAD Fellowship was a unique opportunity that provided knowledge on the agricultural pathogens that have huge impacts both nationally and globally.

“Receiving hands-on training on how to work with these agents in high containment laboratories is critical to developing the expertise necessary for the diagnosis and research of foreign animal diseases,” Cook said.

Since completing the TAD Fellowship, Cook has been awarded a National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) Scientist Training Program Fellowship. Through the fellowship she is committed to working at the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at NBAF.

Rachel Palinski accepted a postdoctoral fellow position in the spring of 2018 with USDA ARS. She is currently working at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) in New York.

“As a TAD Fellow, I was able to learn and network in ways that helped me obtain a postdoctoral fellow position at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center,” Palinski said. “Working at PIADC requires an in-depth knowledge of BSL-3 animal and laboratory practices along with knowledge of the agents themselves. The information of the agents can be learned easily through research of published papers, however, learning BSL-3 animal and laboratory practices requires a more hands-on approach. In addition to the BSL-3 practices provided by the fellowship, the networking opportunities were the key to my successful acceptance of the postdoctoral fellow position. I cannot say enough good things about the TAD fellowship.“

Victoria Ayers is currently a third-year doctoral student in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. She was accepted into the TAD Fellowship soon after beginning her graduate studies. Ayers was accepted into the USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program and is looking forward to working at NBAF and with the scientists from Plum Island Animal Disease Center after she graduates with her doctorate.

Laura Constance has been working on her doctorate while completing TAD fellowship training. Her graduate studies involve working with transboundary swine diseases at the Biosecurity Research Institute. 

“I have had the opportunity to interact with people at different high-biocontainment facilities working in many different positions,” Constance said. “Additionally, this year I was accepted into the NBAF Training Scientist Program. This will allow me to finish up both my Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees and obtain a job with the USDA after I graduate. I will be working at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and eventually at the new NBAF facility. The opportunities the TAD fellowship have opened up for me have been immense and I appreciate everyone who has been involved in this process to get me where I am today.”

New TAD Workforce Development opportunities are now being offered for summer 2019 and an optional fall 2019 term. Benefits include a summer stipend of $8,000, and an optional fall stipend of $3,000. Tuition assistance of up to $4,000 is offered for core courses in the Agricultural Biosecurity Research Graduate Certificate Program. Applicants must enroll and be accepted into the Agricultural Biosecurity Research Graduate Certificate program at Kansas State University and hold U.S. citizenship.

Complete application requirements and details are posted online at: www.bri.k-state.edu/education/TADFellowship.html. Priority consideration will be given to application packets received on or before 11:59 p.m. central time on Feb. 15, 2019


Faculty chosen for professorships in the CVM

Drs. Mary Bagladi-Swanson, Ellyn Mulcahy, Tom Schermerhorn and David Renter

A quartet of faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine have recently been chosen as the new holders of professorships, each dedicated to promoting different academic areas within the college.

Selections for the new professorships were chosen by a committee composed of Drs. Peying Fong, Rose McMurphy and Brad Njaa, faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Drs. Mary Bagladi-Swanson, Ellyn Mulcahy, Tom Schermerhorn and David Renter
The newest endowed professors in the College of Veterinary Medicine, from left: Drs. Mary Bagladi-Swanson, Ellyn Mulcahy, Thomas Schermerhorn and David Renter.

Dr. Mary Bagladi-Swanson has been selected for the Pet Tribute Professorship, which goes to a recipient who exhibits scholarly excellence, good communication and leadership skills.  The candidate is one whose peers recognize her compassion and true professionalism when working with clients, their owners and students. Dr. Bagladi-Swanson is clinical professor who teaches medicine to third-year veterinary students and a clinical dermatology rotation to fourth-year veterinary students.

Dr. David Renter was appointed to the Dr. Robert MacDonald Professorship, which perpetuates the memory and honors the 1940 alumnus, who passed away in 2009. The professorship was established to recruit and retain a faculty member based on professionalism, character and achievements in the field of safe food production from livestock as exemplified by Dr. MacDonald. Dr. Renter is a professor of epidemiology and serves as director of the Center of Outcomes Research and Epidemiology.

Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy was chosen for the Dr. James B. Nichols Master of Public Health Professorship. This appointment is in honor of Dr. James B. Nichols, DVM class of 1934, to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty as well as serve as the director of the MPH program. Dr. Nichols passed away on Christmas Day in 2004. In addition to being director of the MPH program, Dr. Mulcahy has an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the veterinary college.

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn was selected for the Morgan K. “Al” Jarvis Chair in Veterinary Medicine. This appointment is in honor of Dr. Morgan K. Jarvis, DVM class of 1940, with the intent to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty to the College of Veterinary Medicine in small animal medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Jarvis passed away in 1972. Dr. Schermerhorn is a professor of small animal internal medicine and teaches medicine and pharmacology to second-year students, clinical skills and clinical pharmacology to third-year students, and small animal internal medicine to fourth-year students.

“Endowed professorships allow the college to reward and retain talented faculty in key positions,” said Interim Dean Bonnie Rush. “These awardees have demonstrated excellence in mission critical areas – graduate and professional education, clinical service, and research.”   

In addition to these newly appointed professorships, six faculty currently hold endowed professorships or chaired positions. 

Dr. Robert Larson – The Edgar E. and M. Elizabeth Coleman Chair

Dr. Daniel Thomson – The W.S. and E.C. Jones Departmental Chair of Clinical Epidemiology

Dr. Kenneth Harkin – Steven and Colleen Hodes Professorship in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. James  Roush – Roy and Lucille M. Doughman Professorship

Dr. Derek Mosier – Dr. Roy Walter Upham Endowed Professorship

Dr. Michael Apley – The Edwin J. Frick Chair



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New grant supports animal health training for high school teachers in Kansas

By Adrian Austin

Research lab

Dr. Bob Rowland, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently awarded an education grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.The major focus of the grant will be on the three-week summer boot camp in animal health biotechnology for high school science teachers recruited from the greater Kansas City area. This will include teachers from schools serving under-represented communities.

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Research lab


Dr. Bob Rowland says a new capacity-building grant will enhance science education in Kansas, increase the number and diversity of qualified workers who get jobs in NBAF, plus other federal facilities or companies throughout the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor and increase the diversity of applicants to veterinary school.

The grant titled, “Capacity building in animal health,” will be utilized to support the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, as well as animal health capacity-building throughout Kansas.

“This is a totally unique program in that it; focuses on training high school teachers in Kansas, integrates the educational strengths of the Olathe campus with the animal health expertise in the CVM, conducts a summer ‘boot camp’ that immerses high school teachers in animal biotechnology techniques and is conducted using the Rowland research lab in the veterinary college,” Dr. Rowland said. “We plan to enhance science education in Kansas, increase the number and diversity of qualified workers who get jobs in NBAF, plus other federal facilities or companies throughout the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor and increase the diversity of applicants to veterinary school.”

The shorter term impact is to increase in the number and diversity of high school students entering animal health professional programs at community colleges and four-year institutions in Kansas.

Constructed by the Department of Homeland Security, NBAF will be a state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory for the study of diseases that threaten both America’s animal agricultural industry and public health. NBAF’s goal is similar to the goal Dr. Rowland has for the capacity building grant- strengthen the nation’s ability to conduct research, develop vaccines, diagnose emerging diseases and train veterinarians.

The overall goal of the project is to develop a self-sustaining program that better prepares high school teachers to deliver outstanding teaching in animal health biotechnology. The grant, which is in the amount of $149,000, will be distributed over the course of three years.

The program includes the collaboration of the animal health and science education programs at Kansas State University’s campuses in both Manhattan and Olathe. Participants at the Olathe campus include Jackie Spears, acting associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Gary Anderson, director of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute; along with Jessica Popescu, a high school teacher and K-State graduate. Additional partners are the animal health companies distributed throughout the Animal Health Corridor.


Dr. Roman Ganta establishes potential collaborations in Brazil for CEVBD

Dr. Roman Ganta visits Brazil

Dr. Roman Ganta, director of the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, was recently invited to visit the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro campus in Brazil. He presented at the VI International Symposium in Veterinary Sciences held in Seropedica City, Brazil. The event was focused on the “New trends in Veterinary Science Research.” 

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Dr. Roman Ganta visits Brazil

 Dr. Roman Ganta, third from left, meets with international scientists where he presented at the VI International Symposium in Veterinary Sciences held in Seropedica City, Brazil.

Dr. Roman Ganta talks about CEVBD goals

During his visit, he interacted with many faculty and students at its veterinary college campus and from other departments where tick-borne disease research is actively pursued. 

“I met many distinguished colleagues and participated in the conference, giving a talk,” Dr. Ganta said. “I felt that the scientific staff were very knowledgeable, their students are impressively motivated, and the administrators are genuinely interested in supporting strategic needs. I also believe there is a lot on which we can collaborate at the scientific front and in promoting student and faculty visits.”

Dr. Ganta noted the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro singed an MOU with Kansas State University that will allow for the hosting students, including CVM students and faculty to visit its campus. He said the university welcomes collaborations and has on campus accommodation for short-term visits by K-State students or faculty.

“I was highly impressed that many of their faculty are actively engaged in research on tick and other vector-borne diseases,” Dr. Ganta said. “We discussed plans about graduate students visiting our center — the CEVBD — for additional training.  I am also interested to formally engage in research collaborations with Drs. Fabio Scott and Adivaldo Fonseca.”



Dr. Ralph Richardson to step down at K-State Olathe

Dr. Ralph Richardson

Dr. Ralph C. Richardson has announced plans to retire as the dean and CEO of Kansas State University’s Olathe campus before July 1. He has served in the position since August 2015.

“I certainly have mixed emotions about retiring, as I’ve never enjoyed my work more and am proud of what has been achieved at the Olathe campus in the last several years,” Dr. Richardson said.

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Dr. Ralph Richardson


Dr. Ralph Richardson, DVM class of 1970, plans to step down as dean and CEO of K-State Olathe. Prior to joining Olathe in 2015, Dr. Richardson was dean of the CVM for 17 years.

“President Myers and Provost Taber are leading K-State forward in unprecedented ways. I love being part of their team and working with faculty and staff, my fellow deans and other university administrators. However, it is imperative to focus on succession planning, especially with the new budget model and strategic enrollment management initiatives coming on board. I want the new leader of the Olathe campus to be well prepared to embrace the opportunities that are coming to K-State through engagement with Greater Kansas City.”

Under Dr. Richardson’s leadership, K-State used the Olathe campus to expand its outreach and services to Greater Kansas City to elevate the university’s profile in academics, research and service in the region and generate new opportunities for students and faculty.

Dr. Richardson helped establish and oversee numerous partnerships that are being used to develop a recruitment and support infrastructure for Kansas City-based undergraduate students to attend K-State and working professionals to enroll at the university’s Olathe campus.

A proponent of student engagement, Dr. Richardson emphasized outreach to the numerous K-12 school districts in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in the form of science-related activities that fostered students' interest as a way to encourage them to pursue an advanced education and a career in high-demand fields.

In partnership with university departments and colleges, several academic programs were added to the campus's offerings that address workforce demand in the region. Programs include the master's degree in school counseling, doctorate in counselor education and supervision, and the professional science master's degree and certificates.

Similarly, Dr. Richardson focused on increasing engagement and collaboration with industry partners to create new opportunities in research and education for working adults, graduate students and faculty. Several businesses and organizations established presences at the campus, including Ceva Animal Health, Maxxam Analytics, the American Association for Industry Veterinarians and Digital Sandbox KC — a program through the city of Olathe that provides funding and resources for entrepreneurs.

Dr. Richardson also served in active roles on the Agribusiness Council of Kansas City and the Olathe and Greater Kansas City chambers of commerce.

"Ralph leaves a distinguished footprint at K-State through his leadership not only as dean and CEO of the Olathe campus, but also in his previous role as dean of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine," said Richard Myers, Kansas State University president. "Ralph has played an active role in moving K-State forward in times of great change for both veterinary medicine and higher education. Through his leadership and passion for helping others, Ralph advanced numerous research opportunities at K-State while providing students with an exceptional education and experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives. He was also a visionary in exploring new initiatives for K-State to be engaged in the Greater Kansas City community.

Before his appointment overseeing the Olathe campus, Dr. Richardson served as dean of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine for 17 years. Under his guidance, the college experienced increased student enrollment; raised more than $72 million in private support for scholarships and seven permanently endowed professorships; introduced the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas, which offers a debt repayment incentive for graduates to work in rural practices in Kansas; increased faculty and staff numbers, with many receiving national and international attention for their teaching, research and service efforts; aligned research and educational programs to meet the needs of the federal government's National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, which is being built just north of the college; and much more.

Dr. Richardson joined Kansas State University in 1998, coming from Purdue University where he was a professor and head of the veterinary clinical sciences department and a 22-year faculty member of the university. At Purdue, he helped establish an ongoing comparative oncology program, utilizing naturally occurring cancer in pet animals as models for people. Before starting his academic career, Richardson served in the Army Veterinary Corps and worked as a private practice veterinarian in Miami. Dr. Richardson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of internal medicine and a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's specialty of oncology.

He received his bachelor's degree in biology in 1969 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1970. He also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue in 1973, a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri in 1975, and a training program in clinical oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1978.

A search for a replacement dean and CEO of the Olathe campus will begin in the near future.


Accelerating health through 1Data is theme of Feb. 7 conference

An upcoming conference looks at how a clearinghouse platform for human and animal health data can transform research and expedite breakthroughs for human, animal and environmental health.

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"Accelerating Health through 1Data" is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. The conference focuses on a One Health approach to data sharing using the 1Data platform developed by researchers at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The event is offered in partnership with BioNexus KC, a nonprofit organization that enhances life science initiatives in the region for academia and industry.

Throughout the conference, speakers will help professionals in the animal, human and environmental health sectors explore how standardized, pre-clinical human and animal health data in the 1Data platform can be jointly used for mutually beneficial purposes, such as accelerating drug development, enhancing regulatory processes and decreasing animal testing.

Conference sections will be presented by 1Data team members, collaborators and business leaders. Topics include the benefits of 1Data to business processes, case examples on research transformation, how to share and de-risk data, data sharing to the point of care, and the valuable health outcomes the tool can make reality.

"We look forward to a vibrant conference where, at the edge of human and animal health, we create new opportunities for discovery with the 1Data platform," said Gerald Wyckoff, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

The 1Data project is led by Wyckoff; Majid Jaberi-Douraki, assistant professor of mathematics at the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine at Kansas State University; Jim Riviere, distinguished professor emeritus, Kansas State University and North Carolina State University; Reza Mazloom, research assistant in anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University; and Josh Staley, master's student in the veterinary biomedical science program at Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

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DMP's Dr. Stephen Higgs selected for Higuchi-KU research award

Dr. Stephen Higgs with KU Chancellor Doug GirodDr. Stephen Higgs, University Distinguished Professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, was one of four faculty distinguished researchers from Kansas universities, (one of two from Kansas State University) chosen as recipients of the prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, which are presented for scholarly excellence.

Winners were recognized at a Nov. 29 ceremony at the University of Kansas.

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Dr. Stephen Higgs with KU Chancellor Doug Girod

 Dr. Stephen Higgs accepts a 2018 Higuchi Award from KU Chancellor Douglas Girod.

The annual awards are given in four categories of scholarly and creative achievement. This year’s recipients are as follows:

  • Stephen Higgs, professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University, recipient of the Dolph Simons Award in the Biomedical Sciences
  • Ryszard Jankowiak, professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, Kansas State University, recipient of the Olin K. Petefish Award in Basic Sciences
  • Raghunath Chaudhari, professor in the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, recipient of the Irvin E. Youngberg Award in Applied Sciences
  • Maryemma Graham, professor in the Department of English, KU, recipient of the Balfour S. Jeffrey Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The ceremony featured remarks from Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. Past Higuchi Award recipients were also recognized at the ceremony.

This is the 37th annual presentation of the awards, established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a distinguished professor at KU from 1967 to 1983, and his wife, Aya. The awards recognize the exceptional long-term research accomplishments of faculty at Kansas Board of Regents universities. Each award includes a citation and a $10,000 award for ongoing research efforts. The money can be used for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, hiring research assistants or other support related to research.

Each award is named for former leaders of KU Endowment who played key roles in recruiting Higuchi to KU. Their financial support of KU helped enhance university research throughout Kansas.

For more information about the awards, visit the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards webpage.

Dr. Higgs with other recipients
Dr. Higgs (second from left) meets with other Higuich Award recipients. K-State's Dr. Ryszard Jakowiak is second from the right.




Regular features

Alumni Events, Development and Continuing Education

VMAA logoThe Veterinary Medical Alumni Association organizes alumni receptions at several of the national annual conferences plus continuing education events and more. This month's section includes news about the VMX alumni recognition award honorees, plus info on this year's SCAAEP Winter Equine Conference and Hands On Laboratory.

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North Carolina couple chosen for Alumni Recognition Award at VMX 2019 meeting

Drs. Tim and Paula UlrichDrs. Timothy and Paula Ulrich, Troutman, North Carolina, have been selected by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Association for its 2019 Alumni Recognition Award presented Jan. 20 in Orlando, Florida, during the annual Veterinary Meeting and Expo. The award is given to veterinarians whose careers have served as exemplary role models for future alumni in a professional and community setting.

Both graduates of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Ulrichs have practiced veterinary medicine together for nearly three decades. Dr. Paula Ulrich earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1990 and Dr. Timothy Ulrich earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992.  

“Dr. Paula and Timothy Ulrich are a unique couple who are great veterinarians and humanitarians,” Interim Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush said. “We hope their careers inspire other veterinarians to find meaningful ways to serve their communities and beyond.”

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VMX Alumni Reception

Jan 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Orlando, Florida.

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SCAAEP Winter Equine Conference and Hands On Laboratory

Saturday, Feb. 2
Frick Auditorium
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36th Annual Frank W Jordan Seminar

March 3, 2019

Frick Auditorium

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In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. Gordon R. Cunningham, DVM 1968
Nov. 27, 2018


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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. Emily Reppert presented an abstract, “Evaluation of chlortetracycline-medicated mineral formulations to control active bovine anaplasmosis,” at the 99th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) on Dec. 1-4 in Chicago.

Dr. David Eshar presented, “Pain Management in Reptiles” for a continuing education conference in Israel Dec. 3-4.

Dr. Bob Larson attended the 2018 Tri-State Cattle Expo in Oberlin, Kansas, Dec. 4-5. Dr. Larson was one of the featured industry-leading presenters where he presented, “Success in the Cow-Calf Business: Reproductive Efficiency and Calf Health as Key Drivers in Cow Herd Profitability.”

Dr. Mike Apley presented, “The Future of Drug Use in Cattle,” at the Northwest Kansas Livestock Association Meeting and Beef Quality Assurance Training on Monday, Dec. 10 in Colby, Kansas.

Dr. Chris Blevins and two fourth-year veterinary students, Erin Strathe and Kathleen Flanagan, attended the KDA emergency response training in Larned, Kansas, Dec. 19. They were the field veterinarians for a mock foot and mouth disease outbreak.

Drs. Raelene Wouda, James Roush and David Biller published, “Bilateral Osteosarcoma Associated with Metallic Implant Sites in Two Dogs,” in the December 2018 edition of the Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. James W. Carpenter’s book, "The Exotic Animal Formulary, 5th Edition" recently hit the top 3 percent of sales for all Amazon books. It is ranked 58,521 out of 1.8 million books; ranked 12th in veterinary medicine; and ranked 38th in all medical books/

Camping out at the Sunset Zoo

Dr. Jim Carpenter with fourth-year students Dani Windle, Katie Lutz, and Margaret Belshaw
Dr. James Carpenter and three fourth-year students, Katlie Lutz, Margaret Belshaw and Dani Windle, spent part of their December zoological medicine service clinical rotation by being invited to teach at a zoo camp at Manhattan's Sunset Zoo on Dec. 26. Dr. Carpenter said the camp hosted 12 kids from ages 5 to 7, plus numerous staff attended as well. 

Dani Windle and Margaret Belshaw at the zoo

North American PRRS Symposium attracts international scientists to Chicago


NA PRRS panel disccussion

 A couple of scenes from the North American PRRS Symposium, which features keynotes talks, oral presentations and poster presentations.

NA PRRS poster presentation

An annual scientific conference organized by the CVM’s Drs. Bob Rowland and Ying Fang concluded a successful event recently in Chicago.

The North American PRRS Symposium, a conference centered on emerging and foreign diseases in pigs, attracted 207 registered attendees from 19 countries. PRRS stands for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. Attendance for the conference was enhanced by CRWAD, the Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, which pushed attendance numbers approaching 240 for the North American PRRS symposium.

Notable CVM participation at the North American PRRS Symposium included keynote talks by: Pengcheng Shang, "Emerging PRRSV variants: molecular signatures in nsp2 region"; Dr. Raymond (Bob) Rowland, “Host genetics: Bringing the pig to the vaccine”; Dr. Megan Niederwerder, “Risk for transmission by feed ingredients and potential mitigation strategies for ASF and other transboundary diseases”; and Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, “Vectored vaccine strategies for ASF”

Oral presentations from abstracts were made by K-State student: Yanhua Li, "Hyperphosphorylation of PRRSV nsp2-related proteins regulate viral subgenomic RNA accumulation"; and Laura Constance, "Fecal microbiota transplantation shifts microbiome composition and reduces morbidity and mortality associated with PCVAD."

Poster presentations were given by: Yanhua Li, “Interactome analysis of nsp1beta protein of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus”; Xingyu Yan, “Genetic characterization of emerging variants of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in the United States: new features of -2/-1 programmed ribosome frameshifting in nsp2-coding region”;  Ana Stoian, “PRRSV-1 and PRRSV-2 recognition of peptide sequences in CD163 SRCR5

Ana Stoian, CD163 SRCR 4-5 inter-domain region is important for PRRSV-2 infection

Ana Stoian, Survival of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in feed ingredients under transboundary shipping conditions”; Naemi Shadipeni, “Adaptation of PRRSV-2 to cells expressing mutant CD163 receptors”; Matthew Olcha, “Models for understanding African swine fever virus entry into cells”; Yin Wang, “A Luminex multiplex assay for the detection of PRRSV, PCV2 and PCV3 and for PRRSV vaccine differentiation in the US”; Fangfeng Yuan, “Isolation and characterization of a divergent strain of porcine sapelovirus from swine farm in US”; Vlad Petrovan, “Diagnostic applications of monoclonal antibodies against African swine fever virus” and Pengcheng Shang, “Characterization and application of a panel of monoclonal antibodies against the capsid protein of porcine circovirus.”

Travel fellowships were made available for student presenters. The following CVM students received fellowship support: Pengcheng Shang, Fangfeng Yuan, Laura Constance, Yanhua Li, Naemi Shadipeni, Vlad Petrovan, Ana Stoian, Yin Wang and Xingyu Yan.

Mobile Surgery Unit at lighted parade
On Dec. 7, the Shelter Medicine trailer, faculty, staff and student volunteers participated in the Mayor's "Spirit of the Holidays" lighted parade. They were successful in turning the truck into a cat!


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Welcome to:

Erika Graham, Veterinary Health Center, Animal Technician I
Ediane Silva, Anatomy & Physiology, Research Associate
Hunter Wilkens, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Program/Program Associate
Chieko Azuma, Clinical Sciences, Clinical Associate Professor

Farewell to:

Kyle Cochran, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Westley Hekking, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse I
Brandi-Jo Johnson, Veterinary Health Center, Client Services Assistant
Alison Meyer, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Accountant I
Kelly Oliver, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Program/Project Coordinator
Dr. Sara Gonzalez, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Clinical Veterinarian


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