Dec 2013
Vol. 10 | No. 8

ASTMH Fellowship award 2013

Barry Beaty ASTMH Award

Congratulations to Dr. Barry Beaty for receiving the Harry Hoogstraal Medal at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting. This is an honor for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology. Dr. Beaty was also elected a Fellow of the ASTMH (which by the way, is not to be confused with ASTHMA – although all of these awards can surely take one’s breath away…..)

Each semester MIP faculty recognizes an Outstanding Graduating Senior for academic excellence and or contribution to the department or the community. Jonathan Seaman was recognized with the award at the December commencement ceremony.

Jonathan has an absolutely sterling academic record. He graduated with a perfect GPA of 4.0, which means he earned an A in every class he took, and in a number of cases he did so well in the course that the instructor rewarded him with an A+. Jonathan earned these good grades completing not only the rigorous requirements for a BS in Microbiology but also for completion of a minor in Chemistry. In fact, Jonathan was a Chemistry major during his first year at Colorado State, but then he saw the light and changed his major to Microbiology, which was a fortunate day for MIP.

Not surprisingly, professors often remark about Jonathan’s remarkable performance in their courses. Dr. Karkhoff-Schweizer, for example, writes, “Jonathan is an exceptional academic student and thinker! He is one of the best undergrads who took and excelled in the graduate-level “Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory” course. He is a delightful and positive person in personality. Never gets down; just keeps smiling and works harder to achieve.”

In addition to carrying a full-course load each semester, Jonathan also works in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Foy. Dr. Foy also speaks very highly of Jonathan and is very complimentary about Jonathan’s achievements as a young researcher. Last spring, Jonathan was one of only 30 students in the country to be awarded an ASM Undergraduate Fellowship. He is researching how aging in the mosquito vector for malaria may affect its susceptibility to the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin. Jonathan will present his research data at the national General Meeting of ASM in Boston next May. And, Jonathan is already a co-author on an article in press for publication in the Journal of Entomology; a noteworthy accomplishment for any undergraduate student.

In addition, Jonathan is a paid teaching assistant for the undergraduate Microbial Genetics course and is a member of Pre-Medica.

Jonathan aspires to enter a PhD/MD program, and his scholarship and research experience make it very likely that he will achieve his goal.

Congratulations, Jonathan!

Congratulations Graduates

MIP Graduate Students who received their Degrees on December 20...

Alana Garner, MS
Patti Kiser, PhD
Aaron Phillips, PhD
Nicole Podnecky, PhD
Natalia Voge, PhD
Christy Wyckoff, PhD
Ashley Neff, PhD

MIP Undergraduate Students who received their B.S. Degrees on December 21...

Hannah Atkins
Timothy Burton
Victoria Cheng
Steven Denham
Nichole Guidotti
Alexandra Kumor
Rachelle Marquez
Marcus Novey
Jonathan Seaman
Colleen Sherry
Alexander Starekow
Guy Stewart
Tyler Swaim
Margaret (Meg) Tumbleson
Tristin Wolff


Generous Contribution

Dr. Richard Titus, former Professor of MIP, will be rembered for his generous spirit and commitment to education. Dr. Titus bequeathed a substantial gift to the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation, which was used to fund 10 nursing scholarships.


Shannon McLeland

Congratulations to Shannon McLeland for passing the ACVP certifying examination. Eligibility for the examination is based on the candidate's satisfactory standing in the profession; graduating from a recognized college or school of veterinary medicine or being legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine; and completing training adequate to acquire knowledge sufficient to assume responsibility for the broad spectrum of assessment and interpretation of specimens, problems and situations encountered by veterinary pathologists.

ACVP Congrats

The annual American College of Veterinary Pathologists meeting was held in Montreal, QC, Canada November 16-20, 2013.

Dr. Chuck Halsey received the First Place Young Investigator Award. Chuck received the award for his poster in the Experimental Disease and Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology category.

Dr. Elijah Edmondson received the Resident Travel award and received the Second Place Young Investigator Award for his poster in the Experimental Disease and Industrial and Toxicologic Pathology category.

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Leprosy Research in Brazil

In the last three months Dr. John Spencer has spent 13 weeks traveling in Brazil diagnosing new cases of Leprosy. On his latest trip, a team of 22, including leprologists, physiotherapists, nurses, and technicians visited the town of Breves on Marajo Island. The only way to get there with three vehicles and the necessary equipment was a fifteen hour boat ride up the Amazon River. The team bled and examined over 650 schoolchildren and their household contacts. They diagnosed 62 new cases, half of which were in children. That is about 10%, which is over 600 times the national average for Brazil. Dr. Spencer submitted a video, produced by Erin Napier, featuring his Leprosy work in Brazil for the Global Video Challenge, a competition to recognize how microbiology is changing the world. Check out the video by clicking the link below.
Spencer microbeworld video

Faculty of 1000

Congratulations to Stephanie Moon, Mike Barnhart and the Wilusz2 lab for having their recent Cell Reports paper entitled "Changes in Cellular mRNA Stability, Splicing, and Polyadenylation through HuR Protein Sequestration by a Cytoplasmic RNA Virus” recommended by the Faculty of 1000.

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Epigenetic Dominance of Prion Conformers

Eri Saijo, Hae-Eun Kang, Jifeng Bian, Kristi Bowling, Shawn Browning, Sehun Kim, Nora Hunter and Glenn Telling

PLOS Pathogens, 9(1): e1003692. Doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003692

How does Santa decide if a prion is being naughty or nice? Well I’m not ‘telling’ - just read Glenn’s lab’s latest paper for at least part of the answer…..

In our MIPaper of the Month, Eri, Glenn and the rest of the gang discover that prion proteins with a valine at position 136 (V136) are an awful lot naughtier than those with an alanine at that position (A136). V136 prions cause disease twice as fast as the A136 variety. What makes this study most interesting is the fact that transgenic mice expressing both A136 and V136 prion proteins developed scrapie disease relatively quickly – and the A136 isoform was now just as likely as the V136 isoform to be found aggregated in disease-associated lesions. In other words, the V136 isoform displays a dominant phenotype over the A136 isoform. This observation of V136 isoform dominance could also be recapitulated in the lab’s test tube-based prion formation assays. These findings significantly broaden our understanding of the rules and regulations of prion conformer switching by documenting that the presence of one type of conformer can exert a dominant influence over the other. With the appreciation of the role of protein aggregation in human neurological diseases expanding at light speed, this is very important information for determining patient susceptibility and disease progression.

So why did we pick this study for our coveted MIPublication of the Month© over the many worthy competing papers listed below? Three reasons, of course. First, while documentation of a fundamental property such as dominance is cool for any system, the fact that here the concept is demonstrated with a protein-only pathogen is particularly hot. Second, we thought that we could start a trend in the field by coining a new term. Why not refer to this prion protein-based ‘epigenetic’ trait as ‘pepi-genetic’ (the extra p for protein) or ‘epri-genetic’ (with the pri for prion) to distinguish it from classical chromatin-based epigenetic studies? Finally, let us never forget three things: reindeer are cervids, cervids get chronic wasting disease, and without reindeer there just wouldn’t be any Christmas. So stop by this week and thank our Prion Research Program for helping to save Christmas and keep that sleigh a-flyin’.

Happy Holidays to All of the Extended MIP Family.

MIP Publications December 2013

Shanley CA, Ireton GC, Baldwin SL, Coler RN, Reed SG, Basaraba RJ, Orme IM. Therapeutic vaccination against relevant high virulence clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2013 Sep 7. doi:pii: S1472-9792(13)00159-5.

De Groote MA, Johnson L, Podell B, Brooks E, Basaraba R, Gonzalez-Juarrero M. GM-CSF knockout mice for preclinical testing of agents with antimicrobial activity against Mycobacterium abscessus. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2013 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Muñoz Mde L, Limón-Camacho G, Tovar R, Diaz-Badillo A, Mendoza-Hernández G, Black WC 4th. Proteomic Identification of Dengue Virus Binding Proteins in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes and Aedes albopictus Cells. Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:875958.

Saavedra-Rodriguez K, Strode C, Flores AE, Garcia-Luna S, Reyes-Solis G, Ranson H, Hemingway J, Black WC 4th. Differential transcription profiles in Aedes aegypti detoxification genes after temephos selection. Insect Mol Biol. 2013 Dec 3. doi: 10.1111/imb.12073. [Epub ahead of print]

Calvert AE, Dixon KL, Delorey MJ, Blair CD, Roehrig JT. Development of a small animal peripheral challenge model of Japanese encephalitis virus using interferon deficient AG129 mice and the SA14-14-2 vaccine virus strain. Vaccine. 2013 Nov 17. doi:pii: S0264-410X(13)01533-8. 10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.11.016. [Epub ahead of print]

Hoon-Hanks LL, Regan D, Dubey JP, Carol Porter M, Duncan CG. Hepatic neosporosis in a dog treated for pemphigus foliaceus. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2013 Nov;25(6):807-10. doi: 10.1177/1040638713507257.

Campbell CL, Harrison T, Hess AM, Ebel GD. MicroRNA levels are modulated in Aedes aegypti after exposure to Dengue-2. Insect Mol Biol. 2013 Nov 15. doi: 10.1111/imb.12070. [Epub ahead of print]

Deardorff ER, Nofchissey RA, Cook JA, Hope AG, Tsvetkova A, Talbot SL, Ebel GD. Powassan virus in mammals, alaska and new Mexico, USA, and Russia, 2004-2007. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;19(12):2012-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1912.130319.

Gonzalez-Juarrero M, Mima N, Trunck LA, Schweizer HP, Bowen RA, Dascher K, Mwangi W, Eckstein TM. Polar Lipids of Burkholderia pseudomallei Induce Different Host Immune Responses. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 18;8(11):e80368. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080368

Newkirk KM, Hendrix DV, Anis EA, Rohrbach BW, Ehrhart EJ, Lyons JA, Kania SA. Detection of papillomavirus in equine periocular and penile squamous cell carcinoma. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2013 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Puttlitz C, Gadomski BC, McGilvray K, Easley J, Palmer R, Ehrhart EJ, Haussler K, Browning R, Santoni B. A Translational Bone Model of Simulated Microgravity. J Biomech Eng. 2013 Oct 1. doi: 10.1115/1.4025854. [Epub ahead of print]

Minhas FU, Geiss BJ, Ben-Hur A. PAIRpred: Partner-specific prediction of interacting residues from sequence and structure. Proteins. 2013 Nov 16. doi: 10.1002/prot.24479. [Epub ahead of print]

Elder AM, Henderson DM, Nalls AV, Wilham JM, Caughey BW, Hoover EA, Kincaid AE, Bartz JC, Mathiason CK. In Vitro Detection of prionemia in TSE-Infected Cervids and Hamsters. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 1;8(11):e80203. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080203.

Cayabyab MJ, Qin L, Kashino SS, Izzo A, Campos-Neto A. An unbiased peptide-wide discovery approach to select Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens that target CD8+ T cell response during infection. Vaccine. 2013 Oct 1;31(42):4834-40.

Deshayes C, Angala SK, Marion E, Brandli I, Babonneau J, Preisser L, Eyangoh S, Delneste Y, Legras P, De Chastellier C, Stinear TP, Jackson M, Marsollier L. Regulation of Mycolactone, the Mycobacterium ulcerans Toxin, Depends on Nutrient Source. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Nov 14;7(11):e2502. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002502.

Favrot L, Grzegorzewicz AE, Lajiness DH, Marvin RK, Boucau J, Isailovic D, Jackson M, Ronning DR. Mechanism of inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigen 85 by ebselen. Nat Commun. 2013 Nov 6;4:2748. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3748.

Haley NJ, Van de Motter A, Carver S, Henderson D, Davenport K, Seelig DM, Mathiason C, Hoover E. Prion-seeding activity in cerebrospinal fluid of deer with chronic wasting disease. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 25;8(11):e81488. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081488.


Obregón-Henao A, Henao-Tamayo M, Orme IM, Ordway DJ. Gr1(int)CD11b(+) Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 1;8(11):e80669. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080669.

O'Hara S, Wang K, Slayden RA, Schenkel AR, Huber G, O'Hern CS, Shattuck MD, Kirby M. Iterative Feature Removal Yields Highly Discriminative Pathways. BMC Genomics. 2013 Nov 25;14(1):832. [Epub ahead of print]

Cummings JE, Kingry LC, Rholl DA, Schweizer HP, Tonge PJ, Slayden RA. The Burkholderia pseudomallei enoyl-ACP reductase FabI1 is essential for in vivo growth and is the target of a novel chemotherapeutic with efficacy. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Awasthi D, Kumar K, Knudson SE, Slayden RA, Ojima I. SAR Studies on Trisubstituted Benzimidazoles as Inhibitors of Mtb FtsZ for the Development of Novel Antitubercular Agents. J Med Chem. 2013 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Ramirez MV, Dawson CC, Crew R, England K, Slayden RA. MazF6 toxin of Mycobacterium tuberculosis demonstrates antitoxin specificity and is coupled to regulation of cell growth by a Soj-like protein. BMC Microbiol. 2013 Oct 31;13(1):240. [Epub ahead of print]

Nadler SA, Lyons ET, Pagan C, Hyman D, Lewis EE, Beckmen K, Bell CM, Castinel A, Delong RL, Duignan PJ, Farinpour C, Huntington KB, Kuiken T, Morgades D, Naem S, Norman R, Parker C, Ramos P, Spraker TR, Berón-Vera B. Molecular systematics of pinniped hookworms (Nematoda: Uncinaria): species delimitation, host associations and host-induced morphometric variation. Int J Parasitol. 2013 Dec;43(14):1119-32.

Vickery CM, Lockey R, Holder TM, Thorne L, Beck KE, Wilson C, Denyer M, Sheehan J, Marsh S, Webb PR, Dexter I, Norman A, Popescu E, Schneider A, Holden P, Griffiths PC, Plater JM, Dagleish MP, Martin S, Telling GC, Simmons MM, Spiropoulos J. Assessing the susceptibility of transgenic mice over-expressing deer prion protein to bovine spongiform encephalopathy. J Virol. 2013 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Saijo E, Kang HE, Bian J, Bowling KG, Browning S, Kim S, Hunter N, Telling GC. Epigenetic dominance of prion conformers. PLoS Pathog. 2013 Oct;9(10):e1003692.

Flatland B, Freeman KP, Vap LM, Harr KE. ASVCP guidelines: quality assurance for point-of-care testing in veterinary medicine. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013 Dec;42(4):405-23. doi: 10.1111/vcp.12099.

Barnhart MD, Moon SL, Emch AW, Wilusz CJ, Wilusz J. Changes in Cellular mRNA Stability, Splicing, and Polyadenylation through HuR Protein Sequestration by a Cytoplasmic RNA Virus. Cell Rep. 2013 Nov 27;5(4):909-17.


Bon Voyage

Best Wishes Erin!

As we're sure you know by now, Erin Napier has accepted a position as the Web Administrator for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Erin worked in MIP for 13 years - and on the MIP newsletter for over 9 years - and will be greatly missed. She was known for her infectious laugh, great sense of humor and uncanny ability to get things done. We wish her nothing but the very best in her new position. Check out the photos from her farewell reception.

MIP Angels Susan Reuth

Every December the MIP family demonstrates the true meaning of the holiday season by participating in The Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family program. This year was no different. Gifts for three local families were collected and distributed by December 10th. THANK YOU to everyone that participated, especially Susan Reuth, Carol Wilusz, Cathy Griffin and Tach Costello.

Words with MIP Friends

What happens when you leave a bunch of virologists alone in a room at Pingree Park with a sack of bananagrams...

    Alternative Captions:
  1. While Schountz, Wilusz and Zabel are pretty valuable, here’s clear proof that Sandy is the most valuable member of the Dept (scrabbly-speaking of course)
  2. Notice how Perera is always found close to beer?
  3. Proof that Randy Cohrs is always in the middle of everything at RM Virology Club
  4. Don’t let CSU see this picture – they’ll make us change that Blair name to Brennan….


CVMBS Research Day

The 15th Annual CVMBS Research Day will be held January 25, 2014 at the Hilton Fort Collins. Come on out and check out the record 59 posters and presentations from the MIP Dept!!! For more information please visit the CVMBS Research Day webpage or contact Dr. Brad Borlee at

Art & Science Expo

8th Annual Exhibition
February 10 - March 7, 2014
OPENING Reception Feb 13 5-7 PM

This exhibition showcases the creative energies of students, faculty, and staff at Colorado State University and exemplifies the common ties between scientific inquiry and artistic practice.

Registration Now Open! (but closes December 31 so hurry!)

Countdown to ASV2014


Next June, we’ll be hosting the large (1,200+ participant) 33rd Annual meeting of the American Society for Virology right here on the CSU campus! Please mark your calendars for this special, can’t-be-missed event. Also – we’ll be looking for numerous (50+) volunteers to help with numerous AV/customer service aspects of this event – so please consider helping us out when asked.

This is a golden opportunity to showcase MIP’s infectious disease expertise and high-quality environment to a large international group of experts in the field. We’ll definitely need the collective help of the MIP community to make this a truly special meeting. For further information on the event, please contact Jeff Wilusz (local lead organizer) at

ASM Research Fellowships

The American Society for Microbiology is currently accepting applications for their ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The deadline is February 1st!

American Heart Association Research Awards

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association undergraduate student research program is designed to inspire promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The research opportunity will allow studentst to work for 10 weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, stroke, or to associated basic science, clinical, bioengineering/biotechnology and public health problems.

To Apply Go To!

Look for Healthcare/Research Tab, Click on Research, then on Funding Opportunities.

The deadline is January 17th!

FAS is Coming


Friday, November 22 marked the Annual MIP Thanksgiving Potluck. Faculty, staff and students enjoyed a relaxing lunch with all the traditional favorites. Be sure to check out the Thanksgiving Photo Gallery.

Foy Soccer win

Congrats to Dr. Brian Foy, whose FC2 soccer team (pictured) recently won the Over-40's league of the Fort Collins Soccer Club, after beating arch enemy Ian Orme's Vintage Cork team in an extra time penalty shoot out in the play-off semi finals. Ian would like to note however; that his team was the only team, to beat the only team, that beat FC2 in the regular season. So there...

Colorado Combined CampaignThe Colorado Combined Campaign is one opportunity for CSU faculty and staff to support their favorite community charities via payroll deduction. If you are interested in participating you will need to do so by December 31. You can either donate online or with the paper pledge form you should have received in the mail. For more information, visit the Colorado Combined Campaign website.

Rashida Toasting

Rushika clearly picked up the wrong cup while at the Rocky Mtn Virology Mtg in Pingree Pk this Fall

    Alternative Captions:
  1. Forget the writing on the cup, check out that funky nailpolish!
  2. Rushika finds out the hard way about MIP’s new random drug testing policy
  3. Rushika thinks that we need to come up with a better name for the ASV2014 designer beer than this one…..
  4. Do you think that the other side of the cup says ‘sore’ or ‘born’?
  5. What is Rushika doing with Wilusz’s beer?

Halloween was a scary good time! Check out the photo gallery.

MIP Bits

Quote of the Month

"Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don't worship it. Feed it. "
  ~ Aubrey Eben

Year in Review 2013
  1. Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense may have put up record setting numbers in 2013, but in some ways MIP’s numbers were also pretty darn impressive. By MIPnews counts, department researchers published a record 183 manuscripts and 2 books in 2013. In addition. MIP’s scholarly contributions to the literature continue to draw an impressive number of citations. In 2013, works by MIP faculty once again broke the coveted 10K citation mark by being cited 10,461 times. Pat Brennan led the way again with over 900 citations, followed by Ian Orme’s 700+, Herb Schweizer’s 500+ and seven other MIP faculty with >300 citations according to a mid-December Web of Science survey. And not once did MIP researchers have to flap their arms like good olde #18 to get the on-looking crowd to shut up….
  2. The US government may have shut down for 15 days in 2013, but MIP laboratories were working hard 24/7. The MIP Department brought in 129 grants last fiscal year which totaled $24,849,083. Overall, the Department has 298 active grant awards totaling $170,697,592.18 – and yes our Office of Sponsored Programs apparently has our grant dollars accounted for down to the last penny. While these numbers are impressive, be forewarned that they do represent a ~30% drop from the amount generated the previous year. Thus the ‘I’ in MIP doesn’t represent immunity from government spending cutbacks and sequestration policies.
  3. Construction was changed from a twelve letter to a four letter word by several Micro Bldg residents as four oftentimes noisy and/or smelly separate projects – roof repair, freezer room reconstructions, sprinkler system upgrade and A103 break room renovation - interrupted our serene work environment. However in the end, the inconveniences were a small price to pay for the impressive improvements that were made to these hallowed halls. Thanks to Edit, Gregg and CSU Facilities for all of their efforts – and look out Path Bldg residents – we hear you’re next in 2014….
  4. Meetings were in vogue in MIP in 2013 with no less than five separate functions – World TB Day (March), RM-ASM Spring Branch Meeting (April), Front Range Mycobacteria-palooza (June), RM Virology Club (Sept) and the Expanding Prion Horizons Conference (Oct) taking place around CSU. But look out in June 2014 as we host the 1200+ attendee 33rd meeting of the American Society for Virology on Campus. …and yes, we do need YOU to volunteer and help us pull off this behemoth of an affair.
  5. China may have landed the first probe on moon in 37 years in December, but MIP also launched something pretty noteworthy in 2013. The first new major academic program in quite some time began in August with the start of the Microbiology MS-B Program. Twenty-four brave students are currently navigating their way through eight brand new 600 level graduate courses on their way to a graduate degree in this innovative two semester program. With the help of Brian Geiss, the students even came up with a new nickname for the Program Director: Jeffylococcus. Clearly they are playing with fire here as hell hath no fury like the wrath of the MIPnews editor when he’s trying to be funny….
  6. Ron Burgundy and Edward Snowden may have been big names in the news industry in 2013 – but neither of them celebrated the release of their 100th anniversary in the business like MIPnews did in May. Your on-line Dept newsletter has been going strong since August of 2004 and looks to try to rebound in 2014 from the loss of co-editor Erin Napier who took her talents to the Dean’s Office in the Fall. Thanks Erin for nine years and 100+ issues of the MIPnews!
  7. While Argo won best picture in 2013 and the Red Sox won the world series – MIP also had its share of major accomplishments and awards this year. Numerous MIP faculty took a stroll down the academic red carpet this year. Barry Beaty received the coveted Harry Hoogstraal Medal at ASTMH, John Belisle claimed CSU’s Research Impact Award, Brad Borlee put the Boettcher Investigator Plaque on his mantelpiece, Erica Suchman landed the ASM Carski Distinguished Undergrad Teaching Award and Pat Cole drove home with the CVMA Outstanding Faculty Distinction. Cathy Griffin (CVMBS Service Employee Award) and Crystal Shanley (VPR Bright Spot Award) were among the staff who were recognized in the spotlight as well. Not to be out done by their mentors, numerous graduate students and residents took home awards for their research/presentations throughout the year and no less than eight micro majors were honored for their work at the CURC. I think that we all agree that it’s truly an honor to work with outstanding MIPers like these and to see them get a well-deserved pat on the back.
  8. While the Duke and Duchess across the pond welcomed a new prince, in 2013 we welcomed three newcomers to the ranks of MIP administrative royalty: Jennifer Kahrs, Susan Reuth and Collette DeWitt. New faculty hires included Kelly Santangelo, Rushika Perera, Tony Schountz and Amy MacNeill (who’ll technically be starting in January). Seven faculty received well-deserved promotions and two were converted from special appointment to regular/tenure-track status. Welcome all to the MIP family tree (or to your new branch on the tree).
  9. We unfortunately said a final goodbye to retired MIP faculty member Richard Titus who passed away in January and were universally touched by the generous gift he bequeathed to the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation to fund nursing scholarships.
  10. It didn’t go quite as viral as Miley’ Cyrus’ twerking antics, but two MIP groups submitted short ‘Harlem Shake’ dance videos in an MIPnews contest this year. Could this have set the stage for a new MIP reality show or a rush on ‘dance your MIP PhD’ contest submissions? Keep tuned in during 2014 and find out…

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Mean ‘14

Questions for MIPuzzle #89
MIPuzzle #89 Answers
MIPuzzle #89

Hoove halo

Ed Hoover gets an idea for his next R01 sitting in his ‘thinking booth ’ at Jay’s Bistro

    Alternative Captions:
  1. Saint Hoover, pray for us
  2. Prions can have bizarre effects on those who research them
  3. Hmmm. I guess this proves wrong those who thought that Ed acts like the light shines out of his other end
  4. What a good Catholic education can do for you

NIH Happenings

  • New Online CV Tool

    Check out the new Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool that’s currently in test phase. This software lets you create an online CV that you can share with others- and most importantly- generate a biosketch for your grant application.

  • PubMed is Becoming More Interactive

    NIH is opening up the door to more scientific discourse by creating PubMed Commons – a system that allows authors to discuss and share information through comments on article citations. Check it out at

New Grant Awards

bulletRichard Slayden, "Overcoming Resistance by the Application of Born to Ribosomal Inhibitors", Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

bulletBarbara Powers, "NAHLN: CO Animal Diagnostic Laboratory 2012-2013", USDA-NIFA

bulletIan Orme, "Environmental Mycobacteria and BCG Interference", NIH-NIAID

bulletAnne Lenaerts, "Advanced in vivo Compound Evaluation Program against M. tuberculosis by Anacor Pharmaceuticals", Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

bulletKristy Pabilonia, "Long-Term Antibody Persistence to Avian Influenza Virus in Mallards", USDA-APHIS

bulletKristy Pabilonia, "National Wildlife Disease Tissue Archive ", USDA-APHIS

bulletAngelo Izzo, "Testing of Mutant Mycobacteria in Established Advanced Small Animal Models ", NIH-NIAID

bulletSteve Dow, "Evaluation of Novel Immune Modulatory Drugs ", Merck & Co., Inc.

bulletSteve Dow, "Monocyte Targeted Immunotherapy for Cancer ", Charles R. Shipley, Jr., Foundation, Inc

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