January 23, 2009

In the News

Volume 3, Issue 1
Friday, January 23, 2009

"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

Summer Research Program

First- and second-year DVM students should apply now for the 2009 Summer Scholar Research Program. Students will experience the laboratory setting, attend seminars, participate in field trips, travel to a national meeting and develop new relationships with fellow students and faculty mentors. This program enables students to develop scientific knowledge and skills in veterinary and comparative medicine and related research problems. Participants earn a stipend while conducting original research. More information about the program, including deadlines, application process and a list of faculty mentors can be found at the program website.

Questions? Please contact Michele Morscher at morscher [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu.

Good deed for the day

On Friday, January 9, Susan Edwards, small animal technician, spent her lunch hour transporting an injured Cooper's Hawk to the Ohio Wildlife Center after it was incapacitated at the Strader's Garden Center in Dublin. Employees from Strader's called the college looking for assistance, and we stepped up -- thanks to Susan!

Update on the search for new Dean

The search committee met on January 8 to begin reviewing the credentials of applicants and nominees for the position of Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The committee planned to meet again during the week of January 20 to select candidates who will be invited to a preliminary interview at the end of January. The committee will provide an update again when they have further information. Official memos from the committee, meeting updates, the job description and an overview of the search process are all posted on the dean search web pages (accessible from vet.osu.edu under "News").

New Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology

Drs. Yasuko Rikihisa and Patrick Green, both professors in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences have been elected as Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Drs. Green and Rikihisa will be honored at the Academy Fellows Luncheon and Meeting at the 109th ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia on May 20, 2009.

Dr. Tony Buffington receives Lifetime Achievement Award

If you attended the North American Veterinary Conference, you got to see the presentation of the Morris Animal Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Tony Buffington, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The presentation featured a video shot here at the college. Sponsored by Hill's, the award includes a $20,000 donation to MAF by Hill's in Dr. Buffington's name. The complete news release, more information on the award and MAF, plus a link to the video.

Drs. Allen and Dyce perform first total knee replacement

In December, 2008, the first total knee replacement was performed at Ohio State by Dr. Matthew Allen, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Dr. Jon Dyce, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, on a mixed-breed dog named Argus. This surgery was the first in the world to utilize the Stryker Surgical Navigation system in a canine patient. A feature story about the procedure will be appearing the in the Columbus Dispatch in the next few days.

College booth at Midwest

This year, the college will once again have a major presence at the Midwest Veterinary Conference, February 19-22 at the Columbus Convention Center. In addition to the college space in the exhibit hall, the Alumni Society will host a booth in the main concourse. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Dr. Michelle Harcha (harcha [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu) for more information about the Alumni Society display, and Kristi Pyke (pyke [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu) for information about the college display.

Vet Med in the News

American soldier saves his Korean "best friend"

"Scrappy," a stray dog adopted by a homesick American soldier who was stationed in Korea, is a recent beneficiary of the Veterinary Hospital's orthopedic expertise. The story was featured last week on WBNS-TV, Channel 10.

View the story

Upcoming Events

Alumni reception at the Western Veterinary Conference

Are you attending the Western Veterinary Conference? If so, please join the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for a reception on Monday, February 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, South Seas C – Level 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please let Dr. Michelle Harcha know by Monday, February 9 if you are attending, harcha [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu or 614-292-9296.

Breakfast of Science Champions returns February 18

The Breakfast of Science Champions offers middle school students the opportunity to learn about science and technology on the Ohio State campus. On Wednesday, February 18 from 9-11:30 a.m., about 36 students and their chaperones (from West Liberty, Buckeye Valley and New Albany) will be at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Volunteers are still needed to showcase some of our labs and research, and also to enjoy a continental breakfast between 8:45 and 9:15, chatting with the students about college. Please contact Melissa Weber at 2-3752 or weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu.

CT Open House

The Radiology Department is hosting an open house on Wednesday, February 25, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., starting in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, to introduce the new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. There will be a brief welcome by Interim Dean John A.E. Hubbell and a short presentation by Dr. Valerie Samii on the diagnostic opportunities afforded by CT imaging in veterinary patients. Refreshments and guided tours of the new CT scanner will follow. Everyone is welcome! No RSVP is necessary; questions can be directed to Kristine McComis, 614-688-3517 or mccomis [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu

Alumni reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference

Plan to attend the alumni reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference on Saturday, February 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. Details to come.

SAVMA Symposium 2009 is coming!

The students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine are proud to be the host school for the 2009 SAVMA Symposium, a long standing tradition for veterinary students from across the country to learn from, compete with, and celebrate alongside peers and future colleagues. Events are scheduled March 26-29, which is the last weekend of spring break. Planning committees are working diligently to prepare a diverse array of lectures, day trips, wet labs, competitions and evening events to engage the interest of every student. www.savmasymposium2009.com

News Across Campus

Consumer sensory tasting opportunities

The Food Industries Center at Ohio State is inviting faculty, staff and students (as well as friends and family) to become part of their Consumer Sensory Testing Program. In order to sign up, please visit www.foodindustries.osu.edu and then click on the CONSUMER SENSORY TESTING link to register. You will be asked to:

  • Step 1: log in with your email address
  • Step 2: create a password
  • Step 3: record your profile information

After registration, you will be eligible to receive e-mail invitations for future testing opportunities. You will be invited to taste new products before they reach the market, offer your opinion and potentially drive product development. Plus, you receive incentives for your participation.