Volume 2, Issue 12
December 2005

Jim DeMartini will be retiring in January after 31 years of service to Colorado State University. Born and raised in California, Jim received his BS, DVM and PhD degrees from UC-Davis. He was recruited to CSU in the summer of 1974 and has been a Full Professor in the Department since 1985. A highly curious, creative and active researcher, Jim's career has touched many different areas of infectious disease and comparative pathology, including the immunopathogenesis of sheep retroviruses, pathogenesis of SARS virus infection, molecular and pathogenesis analysis of ovine herpesvirus 2 (the agent responsible for malignant catarrhal fever) and a study of East Coast Fever (theileriosis) in Nairobi Kenya. This work has led to the publication of over 100 papers in scientific journals. Jim has trained 36 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of which have gone on to develop highly successful careers of their own. He was given the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding career. An avid outdoorsman and gardener, Jim will find plenty to keep him busy in the Colorado countryside. Rumor has it that he's also an aspiring musician! Jim, your hard work, insatiable scientific curiosity, insightful mind and overall dedication will surely be missed. Best of luck in your retirement!

On Wednesday, November 30, Senator Wayne Allard, Alicia Dombrowski (NIH) and a cast of local shovel-wielding celebrities helped break ground on the $22 million Research Biocontainment Laboratory on the Foothills Campus. > > More

Congratulations Graduates!

Micro Majors that will receive their B.S. Degree on December 17...

John Betz
Osdania Carvajal Rocha
Margaret Cervera
Linda Evans
Lacee Gordon
Gretchen Haselhorst
Michelle Hays
Breanna Kennedy
Vanessa Moore
Arielle Pechette
Kelsey Pohm
Fumihiko Sagawa
Ashley Sicks
Summer Stec
Sherrie Vander Vliet
Amber West

The Outstanding Student Award goes to... (to be announced Saturday 12/16)

MIP Graduate Students that will receive their Ph.D. Degree on
December 17...

Joe Anderson
Gail Berardino-Lang
Jason Richardson
Emily Travanty
Brian VanderVen

MIP Faculty and Staff are proud of our graduates and wish them all the best for the future!

Attached is the outline of the plan for the assignment of BSL2 and office space in the soon to be completed CETT (Phase I) and Prep Lab facilities. The keypoints of this plan include:
More > >

Effective January 1, 2006 Christine Olver will be the new Clinical Pathology Section Chief. Congratulations Christine!


Congratulations to Jen Troyer for receiving the Young Investigator Award to attend the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections to be held February 5-9, 2006.
In The News...

Kristy Pabilonia has been quoted in several recent news articles regarding the Avian Bird Flu. Click on the images below to read the articles.

Rocky Mountain News Article 2
Rocky Mountain News Article 3

Kimberly Keene completed her PhD Defense entitled, "RNA interference as an antiviral response in the mosquitoes Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti" Advisor: Dr. Carol Blair.

Ma Isabel Salazar-Sanchez completed her PhD Defense entitled, "Determinants of dengue virus type 2 infection in the mosquito Aedes aegypti" Advisor: Dr. Barry Beaty.

Wendy Sprague completed her PhD Defense entitled, "Dendritic cells and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection" Advisor: Dr. Edward Hoover.

MIP Publications Late November early December 2005

MIP Sponsors two Families for the Holidays
In this Holiday Season, we can look back on all we are grateful for and open our hearts to those who have been less fortunate. As we did last year, we have the opportunity to sponsor two local families struggling this year. One family, who will be sponsored by the Microbiology and AIDL facilities, consists of a mother, grandmother and two children. The other family who consists of a mother and two children, will be sponsored by the Pathology and Diagnostic Lab facilities. There are sign-up sheets at the Micro, AIDL, Path, & D-Lab Office's to make sure each child is covered. Be sure to bring the wrapped gifts to either office by Wednesday, December 21st!

With nine turkeys/hams, a variety of sides, and way too many deserts, the Thanksgiving Potluck was a huge success! Faculty, staff and students enjoyed homestyle cooking while visiting with coworkers before the holiday break. Potluck Photo Gallery
Approximately 200 MIP'ers attended our annual 'social event of the year' at the Fort Collins Hilton on December 2nd. The dinner was great and the deserts delicious -- but the highlights of the evening were of course the good conversation and dancing! Check out the Party Pics!

Prion Pathobiologist candidate interviews;

  • Joelle Chabry, Dec 12 & 13
  • Yaping Gu, Dec 15 & 16
  • Lisa Kercher, Jan 12 & 13

Clinical Parasitologist candidate interviews;

  • Andrea Varela-Stokes, Jan 23 & 24
  • Lora Ballweber, Jan 26 & 27
  • Mason Reichard, Feb 2 & 3

The frigid weather in early December caused some uncomfortable temperatures both inside and outside our facilities. Erica Suchman in the photo above, was kind enough to model the standard office attire on December 6-8. It also took its toll on the Microbiology Building. On December 8, Emily Plampin came into the office concerned that a freezer was making a weird noise and leaking water in the Ellis lab. Upon inspection, it was discovered that a water pipe had burst and was spraying water behind the freezer at a rate of about five gallons every three minutes. The Micro staff sprang into action. While Emily Plampin, Mark Romero and Robert Sons created a bucket brigade to catch the water shooting from the wall, Paula Murray manned the mop until facilities was able to turn off the water.
A big "Thanks" to all these folks for being quick on their feet and minimizing the damage to the Micro facility!

University Offices will be closed December 26, 27 & 28, and January 2 & 16.

Here are this month's photos:

The future doorway from BRB into the Discovery suite.

The Media Prep space.

The Discovery suites Eastern hallway.

The 'box' that is being set by the crane is the generator for SARA.

Check out the late November Construction Photos.

Many thanks to Jerry Tews for the pictures and details!

Kirsa Sommersted, RA in Izzo Lab
Wade Whitcomb, RA in Slayden Lab

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Debora Stump, Dec 17
  • Bruce Pulford, Dec 18
  • Daniel Hofmeister, Dec 19
  • Stephen Aspen, Dec 22
  • Gerry Callahan, Dec 22
  • Kathleen Brostrom, Dec 23
  • Kerry Brookman, Dec 27
  • Paula Murray, Dec 27
  • Janice Riegel, Dec 30
  • Torsten Eckstein, Jan 1
  • Terry Spraker, Jan 2
  • Karen Fleming, Jan 3
  • Bill Black, Jan 6
  • Renee Krohne, Jan 7
  • Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, Jan 7
  • Jessica Hattle, Jan 8
  • Viktoriya Azarkh, Jan 9
  • Scott Snyder, Jan 10
  • Karen Zaks, Jan 10
  • Kirsa Sommersted, Jan 13
  • Angela Morrison, Jan 14

"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to."

~ Bill Vaughn


Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Click here for the questions to MIPuzzle #5.
Click here for Answers to MIPuzzle #5

MIPuzzle #5

Vote which caption you think is best for this photo!

  1. Spencer for Hire?
  2. John clearly Thai'd one on in Bangkok
  3. 'Bad memoirs of a Geisha' coming soon to a theater near you.
  4. Due to the propensity for imitative behavior of some american tourists, United Airlines votes to ban all Martial Arts movies on its trans-pacific flights.
  5. Submit your own.

Check out the rest of the Thailand Photos.

New Grant Awards

Barbara Powers; "Classical Swine Fever Surveillance", USDA-APHIS.

MIP participated in this fall's Textbook order incentive program. The incentive program places credits in department accounts that can be used to buy office supplies. Accounts are credited $.95 for each text order turned in by the due date of October 15, 2005. MIP placed 25 Textbook Orders by the due date and therefore received a gift receipt totaling $27.31!

Click here for a rundown of some of MIP's accomplishments for 2005.


Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
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Holiday Party
FCH 6:30pm
Faculty Seminar 4pm
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
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DeMartini Retirement Party
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Univ Offices Closed
Univ Offices Closed
Univ Offices Closed
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FAS Deadline!


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Univ Offices Closed
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Univ Offices Closed
Classes Begin
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Graduate Seminar 12-noon
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