February 7, 2008

In the News

Volume 2, Issue 8
Thursday, February 7, 2008

"News and Events" is a bi-weekly briefing from Melissa Weber in the CVM Communications & Marketing office. If you have news items or comments, please send them to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu (subject: News%20%26%20Events%20Newsletter) or give me a call at 614-292-3752.

Stories Today

Client Newsletter Now Available

In order to better inform our clients about activities in the Veterinary Medical Center, we have distributed our first newsletter to 12,000 clients. Hard copies of "Veterinary Medical Center News" also can be found in the hospital lobby, or in pdf format on the web .

CVM Chat - A New Way to Communication in the College of Veterinary Medicine

CVMchat is now available for posting general information such as "stuff for sale," "animals who need a good home," etc. Unlike VetAll (to which all faculty and staff are automatically subscribed), only people who want to receive or send general messages will be members of CVMchat. You must be a member of the list in order to send messages to other list members or to receive messages sent to the list.

Subscribing to CVMchat: To become a part of CVMchat, you must send a "subscribe request" to the mailing list processor, an automated system that processes subscribe and unsubscribe requests. (Do not include any graphics, signatures, or other information, as these may confuse the list processor.)

Send subscribe request to: listproc [at] lists [dot] acs [dot] ohio-state [dot] edu

  • Subject: The subject is ignored so you can leave it empty.
  • Body of message: subscribe cvmchat [First name] [Last Name]
    For example, if Jonathan Doe wants to subscribe, he would simply send a message that contains the following line all by itself:
    subscribe cvmchat Jonathan Doe

Sending a Message to Other CVMchat Members: To send a message that will be read by other list members, simply send to cvmchat [at] lists [dot] acs [dot] ohio-state [dot] edu.

Unsubscribing from the CVMchat List: If you no longer wish to participate in this list, you may unsubscribe yourself at any time by sending a message to the list processor with the following line: unsubscribe cvmchat

College Calendar on CVM Homepage

Many of you have commented about the presence of a new events calendar located on the front door of our Web site. The calendar is the first part of a re-design process now taking place. Look forward to more changes in March. Remember to add your events to the calendar by sending the information to Ken Matthias at matthias [dot] 5 [at] osu [dot] edu. Please send comments and suggestions to Melissa Weber at weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu. Also, we will be looking for story contributions from each area in the college. Melissa Weber will be distributing more information about that opportunity in March as well.

"Breakfast of Science Champions" Returns on February 20

Another Breakfast of Science Champions is planned for Wednesday, February 20. Students from Westerville Schools will be touring the hospital, learning about the tissue bank, and participating in other activities. If you are interested in participating, please contact Melissa Weber, 2-3752 or weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu.

Office of Research Updates

The Office of Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine reports the following award nominations. (Congratulations to everyone!)

  • Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was named as a finalist for TopCAT Outstanding Woman in Technology Award.
  • Dr. Steve Krakowka, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was nominated for the University Distinguished Lecturer Award.
  • Dr. Michael Lairmore, professor and chair in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was nominated for the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor.
  • Dr. Charles Capen, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was nominated for the AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.
  • Ms. Jan Roseberry, assistant to the chair in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was nominated for the University Distinguished Staff Award.
  • Dr. Robert Hamlin, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was nominated for the Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award.
  • Dr. Samuel Hurcombe, resident in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was nominated for the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Annual Residents' Award.
  • Dr. John D. Bonagura, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and head of Clinical Cardiology Services was nominated for the AAVetCardiol Annual Faculty Achievement Award.
  • Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences was nominated for the University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award.

Two selected grants recently announced include a Winn Foundation grant of $24,600 for "Adrenocortical function in cats with feline interstitial cystitis (FIC)," awarded to Dr. Tony Buffington, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Dr. Linda Lord assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Lord also received a grant from Bayer Healthcare/Schering Plough for $36,700 for evaluation of scanner sensitivity in detecting microchips of different frequencies in dogs and cats under controlled and shelter field conditions.

Dean Rosol Spoke in Licking County

Dean Rosol presented an overview of the College of Veterinary Medicine to the Newark Rotary Club on January 29, 2008. There were over 200 people in attendance and some Rotarians were accompanied by children or friends that are prospective veterinary students. Dean William McDonald from the OSU Newark Campus also attended. There was much interest in the College with many questions after the formal presentation.

A Gift for the Cat Lovers in Your Life

Looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift? Check out the DVD "Keeping Indoor Cats Healthy," featuring Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This 60-minute program was recorded at WOSU studios at COSI and broadcast on WOSU-TV. In his presentation, Dr. Buffington presents tips and techniques for preventing common stress-related health problems in indoor cats. DVDs are $12 for one copy and $10 for each additional copy. (If you want the DVD mailed to an off-campus location, the first copy is $15, additional copies are still $10 each). To order your copy visit the Indoor Cat Initiative Website and click on the "Keeping Indoor cats Healthy" link to download the order form. Return the form with a check to the address on the form.

Vet Med in the News

Bergdall Appointed ULAR Director and University Veterinarian

Dr. Valerie Bergdall has been named director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, following an extensive national search that brought forward several exceptional candidates. Bergdall has served as interim ULAR director since December 2006, during which time she reorganized the ULAR staff and space, and revised the unit’s operational accounting and fiscal management, working in each case to more effectively integrate ULAR into larger Office of Research procedures, systems and databases. Under her new appointment, Bergdall will formally serve as University Veterinarian, and also continue in her appointment as Professor - Clinical within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more >

Ohio State Research of Animal Tumors May Benefit Humans

The Ohio State University Medical Center recently reported on the Tissue Bank here in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Laura Rush, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was interviewed.

Read the interview.

The Rescued Come to the Rescue of Others
Adopted Greyhounds' Blood Donations Give Other Dogs a Chance

Recently, the AP Newswire interviewed Dr. Guillermo Couto about the blood bank in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The story was picked by several newspapers and news channels including the Chicago Tribune, the Akron Beacon Journal, Fox News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN.

Equine E-News Features College of Veterinary Medicine

The Winter 2008 Equine E-News, a publication of the equine section in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences featured the recent story about our participation in the International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.

Read the story.

Pathology Program Featuered in Journal

The December issue of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education Article featured a story regarding the outstanding and nationally recognized pathology and clinical pathology training program in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Here's the has full citation: Lairmore M, Oglesbee M, Weisbrode S, Wellman M, Rosol T, and Stromberg P. "Developing and Fostering a Dynamic Program for Training in Veterinary Pathology and Clinical Pathology: Veterinary Students to Post-Graduate Education." J. Vet. Med. Educ. 34(4): 464-472, 2007.

View the Journal

Your Whole Pet: Winning Strategies for Feline Weight Loss

A story about obesity in cats featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 22, 2008 included a mention of "the Web site of Ohio State University's Indoor Cat Initiative."

View the article.

Upcoming Events

Midwest Veterinary Conference, Columbus Convention Center

Once again, the OVMA is sponsoring the Midwest Veterinary Conference here in Columbus at the Convention Center downtown. The event is scheduled from Thursday, 2/21 through Sunday, 2/24. For the first time, the College of Veterinary Medicine will have a presence in the exhibit hall, with several booths. If you would like to volunteer to help us staff this space please contact Melissa Weber, weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu. The exhibit hall hours are: Thursday 2/21 from 12-6 p.m., Friday 2/22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 2/23 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 2/24 from 10 a.m.-1p.m.

More information

AAZV, SVECCS, and Therio Club Welcomes Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Dr. Fitzgerald, MS, DVM, PhD, DABVP, star of Animal Planet's hit series Emergency Vets and no E-Interns, is also a standup comedian. He will be speaking on February the 8th at 7:30pm about emergency and exotic medicine, with some comedy in between!

Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm at the Fawcett Center on Olentangy River Rd.
Tickets are now on sale and will be every day from 12-1 in the Grand Lounge of the VMAB. Ticket costs are $10 and can be purchased with cash or check. Due to limited availability, only two tickets per person. Tickets are numbered and will serve as raffle tickets. You could win dinner at the Columbus Fish Market with Dr. Fitzgerald!

50 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the World Wildlife Federation (endorsed by Dr. Fitzgerald) and Animal Rescue of New Orleans (ARNO).

Annual "State of the College" Address Scheduled for February 29

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the annual "State of the College" address presented by Dean Tom Rosol, with a special introduction by College of Veterinary Medicine Alumnus Dr. Gil Cloyd, chair of The Ohio State University Board of the Trustees and Chief Technology Officer of Procter & Gamble Co. on Friday, February 29th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Wexner Auditorium. The theme of the presentation will be 'Opportunities and Challenges.' We have had a very productive year in 2007, and Dean Rosol will share a summary of our accomplishments A reception will follow in the Hummel Grand Lounge.

Save the Date:
Plan to Attend the Inaugural FurBall!

The Class of 2010 is planning a formal evening of dancing and dining for all students (professional and graduate), as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and significant others of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. It's time to dust off those old prom dresses and suits for the College of Veterinary Medicine's the inaugural FurBALL!! The FurBALL will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. Along with dining and dancing, a canned food drive will benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and a raffle will benefit the Capital Area Humane Society. We are hoping to turn this event into an annual tradition that the first and second year classes can plan together to better improve the camaraderie between the classes. More information (time of the dance, ticket sales, etc.) will be forthcoming, so keep an eye out!!

News Across Campus

Judge a Local Science Fair

Schools around Central Ohio need you. This is the season...for science fair judging! So far, Ohio State has requests for:

  • Columbus City Schools High School Science Fair (at COSI) February 16 (Saturday)
  • Columbus City Schools Elementary School Invention Convention (at the Aladdin Shrine Center) March 10 (Monday)
  • State Science Day (at Ohio State University French Field House) May 10 (Saturday)

More requests are posted on the Project GRO website.