March 31, 2008

In the News

Volume 2, Issue 10
Monday, March 31, 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

Pick Up Your Copy of the Annual Report

The inaugural issue of the College of Veterinary Medicine annual report, "2007: The Year in Review" is now available. In addition to distributing it our alumni, university administrators, donors to the college, corporate representatives and other vet colleges across the country, we also have enough copies for every student, staff and faculty member. Please pick one up if you would like one. Here is a list of locations:

  • Preventive Medicine – 184 Sisson Hall (check with Ann Sanders)
  • Biosciences – 207 Goss Lab (check with Jan Roseberry)
  • Clinical Sciences – 1007 VMC (check with Melissa Ritchie or Deb Henrichs)
  • Director’s office – 1102 VMC (check with Kristine McComis)
  • Large Animal reception – 1127 VMC (check with Margie Price)
  • Equine reception - 1401 VMC (check with Kris Burns)
  • Mailboxes by Small Animal reception (check with Lori Klinge or Mary Eufinger)
  • Administration - 125/127 VMAB (look near the brochure rack)
  • Library – 225 VMAB (check with Sarah Murphy)
  • Biomedical Media – 0077 VMC (check with Jennifer Simmons)

Dr. Lairmore Receives Hero of Hope Research Medal of Honor

Dr. Michael Larimore, DVM, PhD, is this year's recipient of the American Cancer Society's, Ohio Division, John Peter Minton, Hero of Hope Research Medal of Honor. The award is the highest research award presented by the ACS Ohio Division. The award recognizes individuals who continue to set a standard of excellence in the cancer research field. The Hero of Hope Research Medal has been recognizing investigators who have contributed significantly to the advancement of cancer research in Ohio and who demonstrate commitment to furthering research, service, treatment, education and/or advocacy in the fight against cancer since 2001. He will receive the customized medal of honor commendation at a statewide event this coming summer. In addition, Dr. Lairmore will receive a cash award made possible by the generosity of Dr. Minton's family.

Alumnus and Bow Tie Returned on Wednesday

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes History with First Bow Tie in Space!

The space shuttle Endeavour (Mission STS-123) made history during its longest-ever mission to the International Space Station. It also had a little piece of Ohio State, courtesy of alumnus-astronaut Dr. Richard Linnehan. Linnehan, who received his DVM from Ohio State in 1985, is NASA's first veterinarian. (He is not the first vet in space, by the way, but the first NASA vet) He made history in a special way for The Ohio State University: he took with him a scarlet and gray bowtie owned by university President E. Gordon Gee. President Gee offered the tie in lieu of agreeing to go himself at a special event last autumn. Gee assured the audience that he was not interested in space travel, and the tie would have to do! Now that the shuttle has safely returned to Earth, Dr. Linnehan plans to present the tie to Dr. Gee in a special commemorative frame . (The date of the presentation has not been chosen.)

More information about this mission is available at NASA's website.

The story of the bowtie was carried by 84 media outlets including the AP Newswire, all major daily newspapers in Ohio, and dozens of newspapers and radio programs across the country.

Midwest Veterinary Conference Follow-Up

Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped with our first big booth at the Midwest Veterinary Conference. We are already getting ready to begin planning for next year. Please remember to send your suggestions to Melissa Weber, weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu or 292-3752.

Thanks to FurBALL Participants

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the first FurBALL on March 29. The hard work of the Classes of 2010 and 2011 definitely paid off, making the event a huge success. Over 240 students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests danced the night away. In total, over 200 cans of food were collected for the Mid-Ohio food bank. The raffle raised $844.50, which will be donated to the Capital Area Humane Society. The Class of 2010 earned approximately $3,500 in ticket sales, 10 percent of which was donated to the Class of 2011 for their help in organizing the raffle. This money will go to the classes to help in planning Senior Sendoff and other events. The Class of 2010 is eager to pass the event down to the Class of 2011 in hopes of creating a tradition at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Again, thank you to everyone for your support and donations.

Equine Owner, Breeder and Caretaker Series

Equine ER – Equine Veterinary Emergencies
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

The second session of a new series of continuing education courses tailored to equine owners, breeders and caretakers is planned for April 29, 2008 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the VMC auditorium. This session will cover equine veterinary emergencies. Featured speakers include Dr. Yvonne Elce, Dr. Margaret Mudge, Dr. Mike Schmall and Dr. Phoebe Smith. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the equine veterinarians during a reception sponsored by Merial following the lectures. The Equine Owner, Breeder and Caretaker Continuing Education Series is designed to provide timely and practical updates on equine healthcare topics. Attendance at the previous sessions is not a prerequisite for participation in this session.

To register, or for more information regarding the continuing education series, topics and speakers, visit the website or contact Leslie Gusching in the Veterinary Continuing Education office at (614) 292-8727.

Zoomerang Subscription Renewed

The College of Veterinary Medicine has renewed the college-wide subscription to Zoomerang, a web-based survey company. If you are interested in using this to survey groups outside the college, please contact Melissa Weber for the user name and password. (weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu

Vet Med in the News

Veterinary Students Featured on Ohio State Home Page

Over winter break, a group of veterinary students from Ohio State and Texas A & M traveled to Costa Rica. Ohio State sent them with a video camera and asked them to capture their story. The edited video is now available on the Ohio State Home page. (Congratulations students!)

The Crew of STS-123

New York Times, March 11, 2008

The seven men who make up the crew of the shuttle Endeavor's mission to the International Space Station have formed a tight team that will take on a busy 16 days of spacewalks and robotics work. Dr. Richard M. Linnehan, who peppers his conversation with references to 1960's monster movies, science fiction and other bits of popular culture, is a doctor of veterinary medicine. He attended Colby College in Maine and the University of New Hampshire, and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Ohio State University.

Read the story.

Upcoming Events

Inaugural SCAVMA Talent Show

Plan to attend the SCAVMA Talent Show 2008 Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. Expect a night of amazing skill presented by students and faculty! Here is a brief list of acts:

  • Improv comedy act
  • Interpretive dance
  • Singing
  • Bluegrass band
  • Recorder quartet
  • Dr. Eric Green as emcee extraordinaire!!

Doors open at 6:30PM and show starts promptly at 7:00PM.

White Coat Ceremony

Join our third year DVM students this Friday at 6 p.m. at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café as they prepare to enter their clinical year. The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful tradition in the College of Veterinary Medicine looked forward to by students and their family and friends. Students receive their official white lab coats and name tags and enter their senior year. The Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association help to sponsor this event.

Research Day AKA "Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day"

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Research Day on Thursday, April 10, 2008. Posters will be on display from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. (judging takes place from 7:30-11). Our lunchtime awards ceremony will be held in the VMC auditorium from 12-2 p.m., and will include an awards presentation followed by the keynote address, which will be given by Dr. Natasha Olby, associate professor of neurology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. New this year! Tours and demonstrations of college basic and applied technology cores will be given from 2:00-4:00 pm. Included are the Cytometry Core, Mouse Phenotyping, Clinical Laboratories, and the new Clinical Trials Office, Tissue Bank and Canine Rehabilitation Unit.

More information.

Annual Open House

Do you know anyone considering a career in veterinary medicine? If so, please invite them to attend the Annual Open House, Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with registration in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building. Feel free to stop by Student Affairs to pick up copies of the Open House brochures.

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Please plan to join faculty, staff, students, friends, family and alumni of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure on May 17 as a member of the "OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Team." To register, go to and search the list of teams to find and select "OSU College of Veterinary Medicine." If you have any questions about getting involved by collecting pledges, feel free to e-mail Erica Barron (barron [dot] 52 [at] osu [dot] edu). Encourage your friends and family to join you and get ready for an amazing race with over 30,000 participants.

Also, mark your calendars for Pink Week, May 12-16. Activities are being planned for this week leading up to the race on Saturday. Included in the events are lectures on a variety of topics such as genetics, oncology, veterinary research and a survivor panel, as well as a special visit by Stefanie Spielman, wife of Ohio State football great Chris Spielman, and founder of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Harcha (harcha2 [at] osu [dot] edu) or student coordinator Erica Barron (barron [dot] 52 [at] osu [dot] edu).

Omega Tau Sigma Hog Roast

Join the students at OTS For the annual Hog Roast on Saturday, May 17, 2008 starting at 6:00 p.m. The house is located at 4673 Kenny Road and admission for the event is $10, which includes dinner, beverages, games, and live musical entertainment. Vegetarian substitutes will be available. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are all welcome!

Buckeye Cruise for Cancer

Travel Partners in Dublin is proud to announce the second annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer hosted by Stefanie and Chris Spielman, February 12-16, 2009. The four night cruise onboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas will sail out of Tampa Florida to Key West and sunny Cozumel, Mexico. The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will unite Buckeye fans in the tradition of team spirit to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Funds raised on board the Grandeur of the Seas will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

More information.