July 26, 2007

In the News

Volume 2, Issue 1f
Thursday, July 26, 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

Academic Year Schedule Change for 2008

In order to avoid hosting Winter Quarter graduation on Easter Sunday, The Ohio State University Council on Education has approved a change in the academic calendar that alters the start dates of Winter and Spring quarters, and shortens Winter Quarter to nine weeks. Here is a summary of the changes, including changes for the Classes of 2008 and 2009:

  • January 3, 2008 - Winter Quarter classes begin
  • March 10-14, 2008 - Finals Week
  • March 17-28, 2008 - Spring break for Class of 2009
  • March 24, 2008 - Spring Quarter begins
  • March 31-April 4, 2008 - Orientation for the Class of 2009
  • April 4, 2008 - Class of 2009 White Coat Ceremony
  • April 6, 2008 - Class of 2008 completes clinical rotations
  • April 7, 2008 - Class of 2009 begins clinical rotations
  • June 8, 2008 - Graduation

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President-elect Gee Visits Veterinary Medical Center

E. Gordon Gee, who will return to The Ohio State University as President on October 1, visited the Veterinary Medical Center on Wednesday, July 25. During his whirl-wind 30 minute tour, he made a promise to "return when he has more time." We can look forward to hosting him again. Congratulations to everyone in the Veterinary Medical Center who made his visit such a success.

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Greyhound Group Returns from Spain

Four veterinary students, fourth years Sarah Nash and Jessica Slack, and third years Nicolette Bertolone and Heather Kvitko, traveled with Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, to the Scooby Medina Shelter, in Medina del Campo, Spain, from June 17th to June 23rd, 2007 to practice shelter medicine in the truest sense of the word. Scooby, cares primarily for Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds) rescued from hunters, and only extremely ill pets are euthanized. Most Galgos are adopted by homes in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The refuge is manned by two part-time employees, and most of the health care year-round is delivered by volunteer veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.S., and Spain.

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Congratulations to Dr. Val Samii!

Dr. Val Samii, Associate Professor of Radiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, received the 2007 Mary Ann Williams Leadership Award from The Ohio State University Association of Faculty & Professional Women (AFPW). Dr. Samii was nominated for her efforts in leading the College’s Quality of Life Committee as well as her contributions toward supporting women and work-life initiatives in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Samii was recognized during the AFPW end-of-year meeting and luncheon. The award was named for Mary Ann Williams, Ohio State faculty member who wrote a tribute to women's leadership in 1991, shortly before her death. This award recognizes a university woman who exhibits a special kind of leadership with a certificate and a $500 honorarium.

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Laminitis Webinar Available

In May, TheHorse.com presented the industry's first Web-based live seminar "Understanding Laminitis hosted from the Ohio State veterinary Medical Center, featuring two professors in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Rustin Moore, chair and Jim Belknap. All TheHorse.com users now can access the on-demand laminitis Webinar.The audio portion from the Webinar is also available. In addition, Drs. Moore and Belknap will continue to respond to some of the 300 questions asked during the live Webinar and those responses will be posted on the site in the coming weeks.

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Morris Animal Foundation Announces Funding Decisions

Congratulations to the investigators who have received funding for the following grants.

  1. Characterization of STAT3 Activation in Canine Osteosarcoma.  Cheryl London, Stacey Fossey, Jiayuh Lin.  $38,745.
  2. MicroRNA Expression Profiling of Canine Osteosarcoma.  William Kisseberth, Laura Rush, Jaime Modiano, Matthew Breen, George Calin, Guillermo Couto.  $100,440.
  3. Clinical Utility of Measuring Curculating Plasma DNA in Dogs with Lymphoma.  Laura Rush, William Kisseberth, Deanna Schaefer, Lisa Fulton.  $36,087.
  4. The Canine Epigenome: Examination of Genomic Methylation in Canine Lymphoma.  Steven Suter, Laura Rush.  $35,640.

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Graduate Training Funded in Veterinary Pathology

The Lilly Foundation and IDEXX Corporation have both agreed to provide gifts towards supporting graduate training in veterinary pathology to the Department of Veterinary Biosciences.  This financial support will greatly assist efforts to train outstanding veterinary pathologists in anatomic and clinical pathology. Special congratulations go to all those involved in these proposals, in particular Drs. Maxey Wellman, Steven Weisbrode, and Michael Oglesbee who direct our veterinary clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, and graduate studies programs.

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Vet Med in the News

Study Links High Cholesterol to Disease Susceptibility from Tick Bites

In a study recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and her research group, were able to confirm what they had suspected: that A. phagocytophilum depends on its host's cholesterol stores for its survival.

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Study of Cancer in Dogs May Help Children

Cheryl London, associate professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics program at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center was recently featured on a Video News Release distributed by the Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Ohio State Medical Center.

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Upcoming Events

WAG! Saturday, August 25

Join faculty and staff from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WAG!, the first-ever dog-friendly festival being held at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., featuring dog-friendly walking paths and a pond for swimming plus exhibits, raffles, give-aways and fun.

Save the Dates!

  • College Appreciation Week, Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Friday, Sept. 7
    Watch for more details about special daily activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and save time on Friday, Sept. 7 for the annual picnic lunch from 11:30-1, plus the announcement of Distinguished Staff Awards.
  • Wexner offers William Wegman exhibit: Funney/Strange
    More than 200 artworks by famed artist and "inveterate jokester" William Wegman will be on display in the Wexner Center for the Arts Galleries from September 20 through December 30. This comprehensive 40-year retrospective of Wegman's wryly funny work showcases his photography, painting, collage, and video from the 1960s to the present, including his photographic collaborations with his well known Weimaraners. Several events will also feature collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, including:
    • College-wide reception, Wednesday, October 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
      Wexner Center for the Arts
      Plan to enjoy refreshments in the Wexner Café, and take a tour of the William Wegman exhibition "Funney/Strange" with your colleagues from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
    • "Vets 4 Pets" 5K run/walk hosted by the Class of 2009, October 7
      Join the Class of 2009 for the second annual "Vets for Pets" 5K run/walk with proceeds benefiting the Franklin County Dog Shelter and the Class of 2009. Participants are invited to bring their dogs along, and then stay for "Community Day" at the Wexner Center.
    • Why We Like Dogs (and They Like Us), November 1, 4:30 p.m.
      Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
      Dr. James Serpell, a leading expert in the study of human-animal interactions, will discuss the mutually beneficial relationships between owners and their dogs in relation to Wegman’s. His talk is presented in special collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Serpell is Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, and Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including In the Company of Animals and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People.

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