February 1, 2007

In the News

Volume 1, Issue 8
Thursday, February 1, 2007

"News and Events" is a (mostly) 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 or give me a call at 614-292-3752.

Stories Today

January 18 issue of OnCampus

Make sure you check out the January 18 issue of OnCampus, the faculty and staff newspaper at Ohio State. Several stories and two ads feature the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Director, Professional Development Education & Alumni Services

On February 19, the College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome Dr. Michelle Harcha as the new Director of Professional Development Education for DVM Students and Alumni Services. She received a BS in Agriculture in 1981 and DVM in 1985 from Ohio State. She completed a Master of Arts in Business Management from Antioch University, McGregor in 2001. Michelle practiced for 10 years in Cincinnati, in an emergency clinic and several small animal hospitals, before joining Hill's Pet Nutrition in 1995. She has held a variety of positions for Hill's where she provided continuing educational seminars and technical support for veterinary hospitals, veterinary schools, and veterinary technician schools in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky. She has served on the Board of the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for 8 years, including serving one year as president. She has also been active on numerous committees. In addition to her duties as Director of Alumni Affairs, she will also be coordinating professional development courses for our DVM students Michelle will be re-locating to Columbus with her cat, "Snow White" and her black lab, "Mattie".

Congratulations to Veterinary Biosciences

Grants to support student research and a unique nasal vaccine have recently been awarded to faculty in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Dr. Prosper Boyaka, associate professor, is working on research that may lead to a nasal vaccine to better protect against Bacillus anthrax. Merck-Merial awarded a grant in support of the 2007 Summer Research Opportunities for veterinary students to Dr. Michael Lairmore, professor and chair, Dr. Michael Oglesbee and Dr. Larry Mathes.

Be sure to check Bios, the monthly newsletter of Veterinary Biosciences for additional details.

Alumni Society seeks proposals for "Projects to aid the College"

The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is asking for proposals from the faculty, staff and/or students that they will consider funding from monies raised during 2007. Remember that the Alumni Society gives first priority to projects that benefit our College's veterinary students, either through enhancing their education or their environment. Please submit your proposal to Melissa Weber by February 2 (yes, that's an extension): via email to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu. (NOTE: Since this reminder was delayed, I am will to accept proposals through Wednesday, February 7.)

To apply, write a one-page description of the project or program. Include a description of the sponsoring organization or group, an explanation of how this program or project will positively impact student education, and the amount of money requested. If you'd like to include an additional page for the budget, or a letter of support, or any other documentation, that's fine. There is no limit to the amount of money that can be requested, but requests that include funds from other sources are viewed positively. Since funds are limited, projects requesting lower dollar amounts are more likely to be approved. In addition, support for projects planned for summer or even fall can be submitted now as well. These requests will be sent in advance to members of the Alumni Society Board and reviewed on February 24. A list of supported projects will be sent on February 26. Any questions can be submitted to Melissa.

Vet Med in the News

Research studies featured by Columbus Dispatch and others!

As reported earlier, two research studies published by Linda Lord, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine, in the January issue of the AVMA Journal were featured by University Relations. They have now been reported on by more than eight news outlets including:

Barbaro's ailment frustrates scientists

No Prevention Or Cure For Laminitis
Miami Herald
January 30, 2007
Featured Expert: Rustin Moore, professor of veterinary medicine, top researcher into the disease

Read the full story

News Across Campus

Photos sought for global health photo exhibit

Amateur photographer's alert! Ohio State's Global Health Initiative is seeking photo submissions for the Global Health Photograph Exhibit to be held on Wednesday (2/14) in the Hagerty Hall lobby. Submissions should seek to educate people about any aspect of global health including, but not limited to, health care for underserved populations, physical health care structures, and administration of health care. Can we remind people that Global Health includes healthy animal populations? Selected photos will be printed and exhibited. Gift certificates will be awarded for the top three photos. Entry forms are available online. Contact: jaung [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu

Submit your accomplishments to OnCampus!

onCampus recognizes faculty and staff accomplishments in each issue with an achievement listing. Please send all faculty/staff achievements by e-mail to oncampusfacstaff [at] osu [dot] edu. Be sure to include all necessary information for books, grants, presentations, publications, service and other recognitions. If you have any questions about the format, please refer to the Faculty & Staff achievement page in a copy of onCampus. For more information, please e-mail editor Richard Gillette at gillette [dot] 30 [at] osu [dot] edu or call 292-8309.

Upcoming Events

Save the date

  • April 4, 2007, Location TBA
    Veterinary Forensics and Animal Cruelty Investigations, Presented by Melinda Merck, DVM and Forensics Consultant for the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
    Noon – 1 pm, "Veterinary Forensics: Recognition of Abuse and Examination of the Live Victim", all Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome.
    5 pm – 6 pm, Presentation for Shelter Medicine and Pathology Clubs, "Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations and the Role of the Veterinary Practitioner"
  • February 7, 12-2 p.m., Hummel Grand Lounge
    Please join OTS on Wednesday, February 7th from 12:00-2:00, to brighten Valentine's Day for sick children at Children's Hospital. They will have a table set up in the Hummel Grand Lounge of VMAB with craft supplies. Please donate a few minutes of your lunch break to make a card and brighten a child's day! It's absolutely free. (All supplies will be provided.)
  • Friday, February 16, 3 p.m., Wexner Auditorium
    Please join the Department of Veterinary Biosciences for a "State of the Department Address" presented by Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, chair and professor.