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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: March 2011

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Welcome to the March 2011 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

College maintains #5 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's latest survey

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine continues a trend of excellence by maintaining its fifth-place ranking among the 28 veterinary colleges in North America. The health sciences rankings were last released in 2007 and are typically reviewed every four years. "Ohio State is the only veterinary school in the country on a campus with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges," said Lonnie J. King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine. Read more about the college

Dr. Linda Lord becomes state veterinary association president

Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine was elected president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the ceremony at OVMA's annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in late February, Dr. Lord formally accepted the position from the previous president, Dr. Jason Johnston of Troy. Read more about Linda Lord

Dr. Lairmore and Dr. Boris-Lawrie elected to fellowship

Dr. Michael Lairmore and Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, both professors of veterinary biosciences and members of the Viral Oncology Program at the college, have been elected as the newest fellows of The American Academy of Microbiology. The American Academy of Microbiology is 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. Read more about Drs. Lairmore and Boris-Lawrie

Research may lead to better vaccines for children

New research published in the journal Blood may lead toward improving current childhood vaccination practices. Dr. Stefan Niewiesk, associate professor of veterinary biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine is senior author of the study. Ohio State's Office of Research Communications has written a story about the work. Read the Office of Research Story. The story was reported in the Columbus Dispatch

Human Animal Bond featured on "All Sides with Ann Fisher"

Dr. Jennifer Brandt, assistant director of Student Services in the College of Veterinary Medicine was interviewed on "All Sides with Ann Fisher," a live, public affairs talk show, with listener phone calls and emails, on WOSU public radio. The program featured a discussion on the human-animal bond, family dynamics related to pets, grief counseling, and other topics based on the following article "Emotional Power Broker of the Modern Family," which appeared in the March 14 issue of the New York Times.

Research results published in Journal of Biological Chemistry

A cancer-causing retrovirus exploits key proteins in its host cells to extend the life of those cells, thereby prolonging its own survival and ability to spread, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) and Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. The human T-lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1), which causes adult T-cell leukemia and lymphoma, produces a protein called p30 that is essential for the retrovirus to establish an infection. This study found that this viral protein targets two important cell proteins: ATM, a key player in a cell's response to DNA damage, and REG-gamma, which marks proteins within the cell for destruction. Read more about the study.

Read the latest updates from the Veterinary Medical Center

"Update for Veterinarians" is published six times a year and is distributed through the bi-monthly newsletter of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Center. You can view a PDF version of the newsletter at The March-April edition features stories about recent renovations to the Veterinary Medical Center.

Alumni assistance needed!

Share your memories of Drs. Sherding and Chew!

This spring, both Dr. Bob Sherding and Dr. Dennis Chew will be retiring after more than 60 years of combined service to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The college is compiling a slide show for viewing on our website. If you have a great photograph and/or a fond memory that you would like to share, please forward it to Melissa Weber at  

Volunteer to help us reach out to K-12 students

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for practicing veterinarians who are willing to volunteer their time to share their expertise with high school and middle school students through various career day events held throughout the year. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, talents, and skills with students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, please contact April Pugh at or (614) 247-1512.

Alumni Society updates

2011 Alumni Society Membership Mailing

The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is counting on your support this year. The mailing inviting you to join and renew your membership in the Alumni Society was sent in mid-January. Society dues can be paid via check or credit card, and for the first time this year, the new Alumni Society web site offers the opportunity for online payments. Go to: Your membership in the Alumni Society helps support the college and students. Please call Dr. Michelle Harcha, director of Alumni Services, with any questions at (614) 292-9296 or

Upcoming Events

"Furball," April 9

Join students, faculty, and staff at the fourth annual Furball planned for Saturday evening, April 9 at the Ohio Union Attendees will enjoy casino-style gaming with "celebrity" dealers - College of Veterinary Medicine faculty. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, and dancing are also included in the evening's festivities. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight and tickets are $36 each. Please purchase tickets in advance by sending an email to Matthew Weeman, at Checks can be mailed to Furball, c/o Student Affairs, 125/127 VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.

Research Week, April 11-14

This year the college will celebrate Research Week with four days of lectures and the annual Research Day student poster display. Three of Ohio State's finest faculty members will offer noontime lectures in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium: Dr. Michael Knopp, professor of Radiology and Novartis Chair of Imaging Research (Monday, April 11); Dr. Linda Saif, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the Food Animal Health Research Program (Tuesday, April 12); and Dr. Larry Schlesinger, Samuel Saslaw Professor of Medicine (Wednesday, April 13). Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Guy Palmer, Regents Professor and Creighton Endowed Chair, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University. He will speak on Thursday, April 14 following the awards presentation for best posters. Posters will remain on display that day until 5 p.m. All lectures are open to the public. More information regarding research week.

Pink Week and Komen Race for the Cure, May 9-14

This year, the college will again participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The week preceding the walk is called "Pink Week," and includes fundraising events, designed to raise money for research, and noontime speakers on a variety of topics to raise awareness about cancer. Events are currently being planned. Be sure to check the college calendar page and plan to join us when you are available. You can join the College of Veterinary Medicine's team now by going to: Click on the "Register Now" button and then the "Join a Team" button. You will find the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine team in the school division. No password is needed to register for the team.

Plan now for Annual Open House, Saturday, May 21

The College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to encouraging attendance by students interested in veterinary medicine, there will be new activities of interest to the general public. The committee is busy planning for the event to be bigger than ever. We are looking for alumni volunteers to help. If you are interested, please contact Melissa Weber at

Annual Golf Outing, Monday, June 27

This year's golf outing is scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2011 at The Ohio State University Golf Club on the Scarlet Course. Each year this event raises funds for veterinary student scholarships. Last year's event raised over $7,000. A flyer was mailed the first week of March to all past participants. If you would like to attend, please register at your earliest convenience by mail or online at Since it is on the Scarlet course, organizers anticipate that it will sell out this year.

Pelotonia, August 19-21

This year will be the third annual Pelotonia bike ride to raise money to support cancer research at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute. The College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a team and alumni are welcome to join. Routes vary from 23 miles to a round trip to Athens, OH. All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, $7.8 million was raised. Go to or contact Dr. Michelle Harcha at

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Monday, April 11, 2011 - 2:19pm