Volume 1, Issue 5
December 2004

Get Well Soon Duane!
Duane Lassen is out on medical leave. Everyone at MIP wishes him a strong and successful recovery!
In honor of Duane, Brooke Taylor at the VTH is organizing a bone marrow drive. You can find more information about becoming a bone marrow donor at If interested in participating, you can contact Brooke at 297-4489 or at

Best Manuscript of the Year!
The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians presented the Diagnostic Laboratory with the award for the manuscript entitled, "Field validation and assessment of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detecting chronic wasting disease in mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), and Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). The manuscript was published in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigations 15:311-319(2003).

Lars Eisen signs on the bottom line. Lars, a Medical Entomologist, will be joining MIP on February 1, 2005. Currently he is employed as an Assistant Specialist at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Lars brings with him his wife, Becky, who is also involved with research in medical entomology.

Kim Keene was one of 4 graduate students/post-docs who received Young Investigator Awards for best oral presentation at the 53rd annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The meeting was held in Miami Beach on Nov 7, and Kim was among 44 participants in the competition. The title of her talk was "RNA interference as an innate immune response to arboviral infection in the mosquitoes Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti." This research has just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was featured on the cover of the journal.

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists annual meeting was held in Orlando, Florida November 13-17. MIP is proud to recognize Michelle Dennis for receiving the CL Davis DVM Foundation Scholarship; Jim Perry for winning 2nd in the student postor competition, and Karen Zaks for receiving the young investigator award! Way to go MIPathologists!
Celebratory Photos

Esta Saffer has accepted the Pathology Facility Office Manager position. Esta has been with the department since 1978 serving in a variety of roles and has established positive working relationships with faculty and staff throughout her years in the department. More >>

Congratulations Graduates!
Micro Majors that will receive their B.S. Degree on December 18...
Jose Aguiar Filho
Iona Bartek
Cale Bibb
Stacey Bray
J. Ronald Bryant
Starsa Duskin
Kelly Fallon
Stacy Fuchs, cum laude
Krystle Grabhorn
Darika Haynes
Luke Jesser
Lorianne Kehl
Tanya McCaskell
Kimberly Meinecke
Michael North
Denee Taylor
Jaimie VanBuren

The Fourth Annual MIP Holiday Celebration was a resounding success! Over 150 people celebrated another successful year with MIP, while enjoying good food, drink, and a lot of dancing.

In November, Terry Spraker participated in the Velvet Ridge Elk Ranch tagging study by outfitting each elk with one of three tagging devices. The devices use radio frequencies to transmit unique information about the animal back to the ranchers. The Colorado Dept of Agriculture is leading the study in hopes it will eventually allow researchers the ability to trace where an animal with Chronic Wasting Disease came from, and what other animals might have been exposed.

MIP Publications
November/early December 2004

MIP Adopts a Family for the Holidays...
The department has volunteered to help make the holiday season brighter for a struggling family in Larimer County. The family consists of Mother, Patricia, and her 4 children; Christian, Danielle, Candace, and Michael. There are sign-up sheets at the Micro & Path Office's to make sure each child is covered.
Be sure to bring the wrapped gifts to either office by Monday, December 20th!

The FAS Deadline is Coming!!
December 31st

Remember to Support the College and Participate in College Research Day!
January 29, 2005

...Indivisible, with Rugby and Justice for all.
Ian Orme took the pledge and became a U.S. Citizen on December 2!

You'll Be Missed!

Katie Meyer, Administrative Assistant for the Pathology Facility, decided to pursue her career as full-time Mother to her son Jordan and will not be returning to MIP.

We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

University Offices will be closed December 22, 23, 24, 31

Happy December Birthdays!

  • Mark Sartain, Dec 2
  • Mark Flipse, Dec 3
  • Tracy Lehman-Hackett, Dec 3
  • Joel Rovnak, Dec 3
  • Brian Kleker, Dec 4
  • Janine Crick, Dec 5
  • Scott Irwin, Dec 5
  • Ric Slayden, Dec 5
  • Andrea Torres, Dec 6
  • Juan Camilo Beltran Alzate, Dec 7
  • Meaghan Beaty, Dec 8
  • Ma Isabel Salazar-Sanchez, Dec 9
  • Alison Snyder, Dec 12
  • Bill Wheat, Dec 13
  • Kristin Homburg, Dec 14
  • Debra Stump, Dec 17
  • Stephen Aspen, Dec 22
  • Gerry Callahan, Dec 22
  • Kerry Brookman, Dec 27
  • Paula Murray, Dec 27
  • Janice Riegel, Dec 30

Welcome New Employees!
Diana Collins,
Admin Asst, Pathology Facility
Wendy Eades,
Admin Asst, Microbiology Facility
Linda Jones,
Admin Asst to Dr. Patrick Brennan

Quote of the Month:
"I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy "
Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

MIP Funnies...
The winning caption for this photo is....

"How uni-corney can you get?"

Aside from hurricanes, baseball curses being reversed, and presidential elections, there were some really exciting headlines in 2004.
Here's a few of them...


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