Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May 2006

May 2006

Welcome to Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information about the College of Veterinary Medicine!

What's going on at the college in May? In this issue, we'll talk about our new faculty, college cancer research, a June public health seminar, the hospital's Good Samaritan fund, student Tanya BeGole's national business award, and football tickets!

Welcome new faculty
Boyaka, Mudge join the College of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Prosper Boyaka as an Associate Professor. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Boyaka has received national and international recognition for his research in mucosal immunology. He is one of the first faculty recruits for the college's Infectious Disease Signature Program and comes to the college from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Margaret Mudge comes to the college as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care in the section of Equine Medicine and Surgery. She will be responsible for the provision of emergency care to sick and injured horses in the Galbreath Equine Trauma and Intensive Care Center. Dr. Mudge recently completed a residency in equine surgery at the University of California-Davis.

Welcome, Drs. Boyaka and Mudge!

College research on the edge
Boris-Lawrie team discovers new regulating mechanism in cells

Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, Professor of Veterinary Biosciences, is the principal investigator in a groundbreaking research study on retroviruses. Dr. Boris-Lawrie and her team of researchers from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a new mechanism used by cells – and manipulated by retroviruses – to control the making of certain essential proteins, including some involved in cancer. The mechanism uses an enzyme called RNA helicase A (RHA), which is made by the cell.

"Our findings provide important insights into how cells regulate certain growth-proteins, many of which play an important role in cancer, and how viruses use cell mechanisms to establish an infection," says Dr. Boris-Lawrie.

In addition to her research, published in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Dr. Boris-Lawrie was recently selected as the 2006 Outstanding Woman in Science by the Association for Women in Science for Central Ohio. The award honors a woman who, in the opinion of her peers, has demonstrated outstanding dedication to her discipline/s and to mentoring and supporting other women.

For more information about Dr. Boris-Lawrie's research, see the news release.

"One Medicine"
College hosts seminar on public health issues

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Department of Health are hosting a conference called "Public Health Surveillance Using a One-Medicine Approach," on June 16 at the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. The "One-Medicine Approach" to public health involves the early recognition of emerging infectious diseases in animal populations that pose a potential threat to public health. Veterinarians are on the front line of this early recognition, and conference speakers will address methods for detecting and reporting zoonotic diseases in human, livestock and wildlife populations.

List of speakers and more information about the seminar.

Happy endings
Hospital Good Samaritan Fund saves lives

Sometimes there IS a happy ending.

Robin Bell recently discovered this at the OSU Veterinary Medical Center. Her lost beagle Pee Wee was brought in to the hospital by a good Samaritan and treated for his injuries from a car accident. Robin and Pee Wee were reunited after a week apart. (Read more about Pee Wee's story.)

How can the Veterinary Hospital afford to treat injured stray animals? Through the Good Samaritan fund, which helps defray the cost of care to these animals. To make a gift to this fund, please use the OSU Online Giving site. Be sure to select the College of Veterinary Medicine and indicate the Good Samaritan fund in the special instructions. 

Taking care of business
Student Tanya BeGole wins national award

Veterinary student Tanya BeGole not only won the Simmons & Associates Business Aptitude Award at Ohio State, she captured the national award in a very competitive field. Simmons & Associates, a veterinary practice brokerage and appraisal firm, offers the award every year to an outstanding student who has demonstrated leadership abilities, an aptitude for business, entrepreneurial interest, communication skills and the ability to function as a team player. Tanya has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and held a number of business positions with companies such as Marconi Medical Systems and General Electric. She received a $5000 prize for winning the national competition. Congratulations Tanya!

Go Bucks!
Football ticket application information

The football ticket applications for the 2006-07 season have been mailed. If you have not received yours, here's what to do:

  • Contact the Athletic Ticket Office at athletic [dot] tix [at] osu [dot] edu, or call 800-GO-BUCKS or 614/292-2624 if you bought tickets with your Alumni Association Application last year.
  • Contact the Alumni Association at membership [at] ohiostatealumni [dot] org, or call 800-762-JOIN (5646) or 614/292-2281 if you didn't buy tickets last year and are eligible (must be a dues-paid active member of the OSU alumni association by Dec. 31, 2005 to be eligible to receive application).

It's also time to make your plans to travel and see the Buckeyes take the road in 2006. The Buckeye Bash application will be available on June 1, 2006. A few new things have been added for the 2006 season, including a block of hotel rooms in each city and a casual reception on Friday nights.

More information about football tickets and Buckeye Bash.