Volume 3, Issue 12
December 2006

Message from Carol Blair~

We have a great department, made great by the vision, ingenuity, capability, hard work, and collegiality of its faculty, staff, students, and leadership. The last several months have been difficult for most of us, and I believe we are all eager to start moving forward again. I hope to spend the next few weeks learning of projects in progress, plans, and hopes for the future of the MIP Department. I am grateful to many of you who have expressed support and willingness to help me in the challenging responsibilities of interim department head. I certainly will be calling on many for information, advice and the kind of cooperation that has made us great.
Go MIPeople!

Congratulations Graduates!

Micro Majors that will receive their B.S. Degree on December 15...
Alfredo Echeverria
Adam Eckas
Holly Hughes
Jessica Johnson
Kara Leach
Victoria Ledezma
Jessica Ley
Jill Lindaman
Bridget Morton
Brittany Rebits - candidate for graduation with distinction (cum laude)
Megan Royer
Stephanie Stanfield
Shilo Wilkinson

The Outstanding Student Award goes to... (to be announced Friday 12/15)

MIP Graduate Students that will receive their M.S. Degree on
December 15...

Dalene Mmopi, advisor: Ramesh Akkina
Lisa Woolhiser, advisor: Ian Orme

MIP Graduate Students that will receive their PhD Degree on
December 15...

Tshidi Tshbane, advisor: James DeMartini
Kyoung Hee Choi, Cell and Molecular Biology, advisor: Herbert Schweizer

Debra Kamstock, DVM, DACVP, presented her final seminar on Monday, Nov. 20, entitled, "Tumor-Associated Neovascularization: Innate Immunity, Regulation, and Therapeutic Intervention". Debra's advisor is Dr. Steven Dow.

Kimberly White presented her final seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 14, entitled, "Francisella tularensis: A Hare-y Road Towards a Subunit Vaccine." Kim's advisor is Dr. John Belisle.

In the News...

"The Chicken Lady" continues to make headlines!

Kristy Pabilonia is the Coordinator of the Colorado Avian Disease Surveillance Program which has frequently been in the news over the past few months due to fears the avian influenza H5N1 may be the one that makes the jump from poultry operations to an influenza pandemic in humans.
Read the most recent CSU Article

Dr. Charles Calisher was quoted in both the Chicago Tribune and the New Jersey newspaper, The Star Tribune.
Read the Chicago Tribune Article
Read the Star Tribune Article

Correction: If you read this news item prior to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 16, please disregard the previous reference to Dr. Calisher and the severity of Chikungunya and its arrival in the U.S., this information was incorrect.

Microbiology Senior Brewing Success!

Adam Zandman-Zeman was quoted in the "Rocky Mountain Collegian" for his participation in the FT480 Brewing Science & Technology Course offered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Although Adam is planning on attending medical school after graduation, he said brewing will continue to have a special place in his heart..."I want to create my own recipes now that I know the scientific process. Brewing will continue to be a hobby."
Read the Article .

CVMBS Celebrating 100 Years!

2007 will mark the 100th anniversary of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. MIP is a key contributer to the scientific advances, student education, and diagnostic services of the college. Several events and celebrations will be happening during 2007, be sure to check out the schedule at the Development Website.

MIP Publications Late November-early December 2006

The 2nd week in December Diagnostic Laboratory Staff moved their offices from the very-cramped, dark trailer to their new very spacious and bright facility! This office facility will eventually be located in the new Diagnostic Medicine Center Building presently in the design stage.

The new facility comes with a designated "Receiving Area" adjacent to an exterior door where the UPS deliveries can be brought directly through.

This devise will help keep the air in the Receiving Area fresh by sucking the sometimes pungent smells to the outdoors.

Besides a lot of office space, the new facility also comes with a breakroom/conference room and its own bathroom facilities!

The offices are very bright with lots of windows and wall dividers that allow light from the outdoors to travel throughout the building.

Advertisements for two Anatomic Pathologist faculty positions in MIP will begin by the end of the month.

Fillon-Jackson signs on bottom line!
Dr. Mary Fillon-Jackson has accepted our open Molecular Bacterial Pathogenesist faculty position and will join us as an Assistant Professor on May 1, 2007.

The name of building No. 1422, formerly the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology (CETT), has been officially changed to the Infectious Disease Annex (IDA)

Goodbye Atisaya!

Atisaya Vimuktanon, Microbiology Facility Administrative Assistant, decided to pursue other career opportunities and worked her last day with MIP on Friday, December 1. We will miss the excellent administrative support she provided the department, but wish her well in her future endeavors!

The first two photos are of the North hallway that provides access to the three BSL suites' locker rooms. The floor will receive one more coat of clear epoxy. The ceiling has been painted. The walls will be painted further into the project to minimize the need for touchups.

This last photo is in the lower mechanical area of some of the buildings heating to the non-critical labs, and the water main's expansion tank.

Thanks for the updates Jerry!

"Santa Claus wears a Red Suit,
He must be a communist.
And a beard and long hair,
Must be a pacifist.
What's in that pipe that he's smoking?"

~Arlo Guthrie

John Spencer relaxing on the Copacabana Beach in Rio, while attending the 2006 IDEAL Meeting in Brazil.

  1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
  2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an "eggnog-aholic" or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it!!!! Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think.
  3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
  4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
  5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it.
  6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
  7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, position yourself near it and don't budge. Have as much as you can before becoming the center of attention.
  8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat - have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?
  9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
  10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.


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