November 6, 2007

In the News

Volume 2, Issue 6
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"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

"Breakfast of Science Champions" returns to Vet Med November 7

Watch out for roving hoards of middle school students tomorrow morning from 9-11:30. Groups of students from Columbus Public Schools, Westerville Schools, and one local Catholic school will learn about microscopes with Dr. Weisbrode, tour the Tissue Bank and Clinical Trials office with Dr. Holly Borghese and Deborah Devor-Henneman; tour the Veterinary Medical Center with Kristine McComis and Melissa Weber; see labs in VMAB with Dr. Oglesbee and learn about the bone displays in Sisson with Dr. Monahan. Faculty, staff and students available to enjoy donuts and juice from 9-9:30 are welcome to join the students.


Dr. Boris-Lawrie Chosen as AAAS Fellow

Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, professor of veterinary biosciences and of molecular virology, immunology, and medical genetics, was chosen as one of 15 Ohio State University faculty to be honored as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her distinguished contributions to the field of molecular virology, particularly in defining post-transcriptional control protein and RNA elements that modulate retrovirus replication and cell growth. This brings the number of AAAS Fellows in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences to seven, including Dr. Charles Capen, Dr. Patrick Green, Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dr. Larry Mathes, Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, and Dr. Tom Rosol.

Read the complete Ohio State University news story


Student Organizes Support for Soldiers in Iraq

A student in veterinary medicine is organizing a campaign to support soldiers of the 158th cavalry unit out of Maryland which consists of 1,500 soldiers (including the student's fiancé) who are currently serving in Iraq. While many of the soldiers have friends and family that send letters and packages, still a large number of them do not. Starting Monday October 15 there are boxes in the back of each classroom and in the vet hospital auditorium marked "SOLDIER ADOPTION" for anyone who wants donate something to send. Some things that are needed include, but are not limited to, twin sheets, hand sanitizer, powder drink mixes and reading material. Please don't limit items to just that. Nothing is too small, even taking 5 minutes to write a simple letter will really raise their morale. For more information contact Diana Bolard at bolard [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu.


Student Receives Prestigious Award

Justin Kieffer, a third-year veterinary medicine student, is a recipient of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Student Recognition Award.  This is a highly competitive award and is open to third-year students in all United States and Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine.  AABP gives only five of these each year and the criteria include work experience, academic achievement, professional experiences and career goals. Justin will receive the award and financial stipend at the 2007 AABP Annual Convention in Vancouver, Canada, September 19-22.  He will be the fourth recipient from Ohio State to win the award since its creation three years ago.


Rosol Appointed to National USDA Advisory Board

Tom Rosol, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently appointed by Charles Conner, Secretary of Agriculture, to represent the American Colleges of Veterinary Medicine on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board for three years. The NAREEEAB provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. Each of the 31 board members represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholders, as mandated by Congress. The advisory board also consults with appropriate agricultural committees of the U.S. Congress.

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Reminder from VIS

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Dr. Stromberg Contributes Guest Editorial

In the September 2007 issue of Compendium, Dr. Paul Stromberg, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and past president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, contributed an article titled, "Why you should consider becoming a veterinary pathologist." With their permission that article is now available in PDF format on our website.

You can also reach it from Dr. Stromberg's faculty page


Vet Med in the News

Dog Shot with Arrow Makes Miraculous Recovery

On October 16, a stray yellow Labrador Retriever was presented at the Veterinary Medical Center with a target practice arrow protruding from her chest. A hunter found her lying injured the woods in a rural area outside of Columbus. After staff performed x-rays and an ultrasound, doctors determined the arrow had pierced through both pumping chambers of her heart. Luckily it did not puncture her lungs and little, if any, internal bleeding had occurred. Dr. Steven Birchard, Associate Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, performed the emergency surgery. After entering through the sternum, Dr. Birchard slowly and carefully started extracting the arrow in stages, initially suturing closed the first puncture wound. After extracting the arrow a bit further, he sutured the second puncture wound, and then pulled the arrow out from her chest cavity. Since there was minimal bleeding, she did not even need a transfusion. "We had the right surgical team in place and they did an amazing job," Dr. Shane Bateman, boarded veterinary critical care specialist, said. "She was an extremely lucky dog."

Last week, "Josie" returned for a check-up and Dr. Bateman was amazed by her quick recovery. "It was nearly beyond our dreams to have turned out this well," he said.

Channel 4 reported the story after she was found

And reported a follow-up after her check-up

Dangerous Greens and Dirty Birds
OSU Researchers Want to Know Why Leafy Vegetables Trap E.coli and Whether Starlings are Spreading it from Farm to Farm

From The Columbus Dispatch, October 23, 2007
The deadly bacteria could be in a pound of hamburger in your kitchen, a head of lettuce in your favorite restaurant and a bag of mixed salad greens you picked up at the grocery. LeJeune and other researchers are scrambling to find ways to reduce the risk of contamination and cut off the threat before it reaches the farm and ultimately your table.

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Story About Study Appears in The Other Paper

A story about a research study being conducted in the college appeared in last week's "The Other Paper." The group called Protect Our Earth's Treasures held a short (90 minute) demonstration with four participants in front of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Saturday, October 27.

Read a story about the study


Upcoming Events

PHPID Meeting, Friday, November 9

All members of the "Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases" program are invited to participate in an inaugural membership meeting at 3 p.m. in Dunlap Auditorium, VMAB, followed by networking and hors d'oeuvres at 4. RSVP to Eric Lutz, PHPID Program Manager at 614-293-8558 or lutz [dot] 96 [at] osu [dot] edu

"Art and Science of Dogs"

President Gee hosts a "pre-game brunch" before many Ohio State home football games. On November 10, before the Illinois game, the College of Veterinary Medicine will be featured at Mershon with the Wegman "Funney/Strange" exhibit, in a program called, "The Art and Science of Dogs." Several donors to the college are on the President's guest list, along with Central Ohio VIPs. Page Gordon, third year DVM student, and President of SCAVMA, will introduce several client-owned "celebrity" dogs as part of the program.

2007 Career Products Fair

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 12 noon
Hummel Grand Lounge, VMAB
Come talk to representatives from diverse areas of veterinary employment, educational experiences and veterinary products
Pizza lunch will be provided! Questions? Call (614) 247-1512

College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception

Alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine and their guests are invited to enjoy a reception and private tour of the Wegman Funney/Strange exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The reception will be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. with refreshments in the Wexner Café. Tours will be led by Wexner guides at 5:30 and 6. Please call Dr. Michelle Harcha with questions at 614-292-9296 or RSVP by December 7 to vetmedreply [at] osu [dot] eud