Volume 3, Issue 4
April 2006

MIP undergrads pulled off a rare and truly impressive hat trick this month by being awarded three (yes 3!) highly competitive ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Congratulations to Tess Brodie, Robert Sons, and Megan Van Dyken for their outstanding achievement. They each will receive a stipend for 10 weeks of summer research plus $1000 to attend the 2007 ASM General Meeting.

No, there hasn't been another merger in the world of Big Pharma. The Colorado State University Alumni Association and its affiliate student group, the Student Alumni Connection, every year recognizes outstanding Colorado State University educators with Best Teacher Awards. MIP is proud to have had three of its faculty nominated for this award in 2006: Ralph Smith, Don Klein and Erica Suchman. Notably, this is the second year in a row that Ralph has been nominated. Congratulations on this recognition and thanks for all of your hard work towards to the MIP teaching mission.

In the News...

Ken Olson and his research team were recently highlighted in the for their work on engineering a mosquito that is resistant to a type of Dengue Fever. Read the Article.

Kristy Pabilonia was recently quoted in the regarding precautions dog owners should take to avoid their dogs from contracting the highly contagious Dog Flu. Read the Article.

Kristy Pabilonia was also quoted on the website regarding what the poultry business is doing to guard against the avian flu. Unfortunately this article is no longer active on the MSNBC website.

Maria Massimelli, a visiting scientist in Herbert Schweizer's Laboratory, has been awarded one of three International Fellowships given by the American Society for Microbiology. Maria is a doctoral student at the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto in Argentina.
Dr. Lance Perryman, an MIP faculty member (and Dean in his spare time), became the forty-first president of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) on March 13th. The AAVMC coordinates the national and international affairs of all veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people and animals by advancing veterinary medical education, improving animal health and welfare, strengthening biomedical research, promoting food safety and security, and enhancing environmental quality. Congratulations Dr. Perryman!
The "MIGHTY MIPS" are Staying Alive!

MIP has 11 'die-hards' participating in this semester's 10 week Staying Alive program. April 15 marks the end of the program for this semester. Way to go Mighty MIP'ers!...and a special 'Thanks' to Amy Moore for volunteering to coordinate the program!

The 51st Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held April 6-8 in the Lory Student Center. This is the state science competition for students from grades 7 through 12 who have already won their school and regional competitions. Winners will go on to the National Science Fair. MIPers judging the event included Erica Suchman, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Hana VanCampen, John Spencer, Nicole Garneau, Kevin Sokoloski, Steve Aspen, Emily Kampf and Roberta (and rumor has it they did a little recruiting for our undergraduate program as well). Thanks for helping out with this important community event for the science profession.
MIP Publications Late March/early April 2006

The Rocky Mountain Branch of the ASM will hold its 2006 Spring Meeting at the University of Wyoming, Animal Science/Molecular Biology Building, Room 103 in Laramie on Saturday, April 22, 2006. Registration begins at 8:00 am, with the program starting at 9 am.

Forms for preregistration and submission of oral or poster presentations can be found on the Rocky Mountain Branch webpage.

The deadline for the "Call for Papers" form and "Pre-registration form" is April 17th

Ballweber signs on bottom line!

MIP has found a solution for Global Worming. Dr. Lora Ballweber has accepted our offer for the tenure-track Clinical Parasitologist faculty position and will join us on August 1st.

As of April 1 (no, this is not a joke - honest!), Paula Murray has assumed the Office Management responsibilities for the Microbiology facility. Paula has been coordinating the human resource activities and building facility needs and will continue to do so in her new role. Please welcome Paula to her new post!

Not one to waste any time, Paula has already enacted a few changes in the organization of the office:

• Atisaya (Travel and A-Card) has moved to B116D.
• Dawn Petersen is our new Front Desk Person.
• Marcia, Grad Program Coordinator, is now flying solo in the same room as before - B116B.
• The Dynamic Duo of Micro Accounting, Sherry and Amy, remain in B116E.
• Paula is still located in B116C.
• Lynnette has moved from the Path to the Micro office and can now be found in B116D

None of these moves would have been possible without the hard work of Greg Douras, our student hourly (...and Nathan Kuehl and Pete Justice (for spatial awareness).

Bioinformatic Candidate Interviews
  • Xiaowu Gai - April 10 & 11
  • Ann Hess - April 17 & 18
  • Douglas Theobald - April 20 & 21
  • Izabela Makalowska - April 24 & 25
  • Ivan Ovcharenko - May 1 & 2

Come see 19 undergraduate students with MIP connections strut their stuff!

Poster Session is Tues, April 18, 10am to 2pm, Main Ballroom of the LSC.

Awards Ceremony is Weds, April 19, 4:10pm in A101 Chemistry

The Keynote Address, "Aging through the eyes of Monet" will be given by Dr. John S. Werner from the University of California, Davis.

For more information, visit the CURC Website.

Tip of the Month ® to Stretch Your Grant Dollar

Operon Oligos (10 nM scale) from Fisher are only 15 cents a base (with no shipping or set up fees!!!!). Check it out here (and don't forget to invite the MIPNews crew to the pizza party if you place a qualifying order).

Check out the preliminary organizational plan for the upcoming Infectious Disease Supercluster.

The Discovery Suite Lab's overhead service carriers electrical conduits. These ceiling drops will allow more mobility in each lab, as the casework has wheels and can attach to these carriers for electrical, data, and lab gas hookups.

Contractors installing resinous bench tops in the Media Prep Lab

One of the automatic doors in the Discovery suite designed to reduce airflow disruptions, as well as keep certain spaces hands free.

The south view of the Discovery suite. The lower gray double doors will be taken out when the Media prep space is opened up. The wall will have a stucco finish when complete. The upper wooden doors will be replaced with standard beige metal doors.

Thanks for sharing the photos Jerry!

Fumihiko Sagawa
RA in Schweizer Lab

Upcoming Birthdays
  • Megan Lucas, April 17
  • Patti Kiser, April 18
  • Spencer Mahaffey, April 18
  • Ann Killpack, April 22
  • Paul Avery, April 27
  • Lindsey Doyle, May 2
  • Ludmel Urdaneta, May 2
  • Maria Massimelli, May 3
  • Amol Amin, May 4
  • Yevgeniy Azarkh, May 4
  • Mima Takehiko, May 5
  • Joseph Anderson, May 7
  • Norma Gorrochotegui-Escalante, May 7
  • Adama Sacko, May 7
  • Melissa Boyne, May 8
  • Barry Beaty, May 9
  • Steven Erb, May 9
  • Ralph Smith, May 10
  • Katrina Quinn, May 11
  • Lily Trunck, May 11

"If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? "

~George Carlin

We have four finalists for the new name for the CETT Building:
  • CIDR - Center for Infectious Disease Research
  • FIDL - Foothills Infectious Disease Laboratory
  • IDA - Infectious Disease Annex
  • IDRB - Infectious Disease Research Building

Please vote for the one that you like best by April 25

"Susan Deines and Lisa McCann at Ramwelcome"
    Alternative Captions:
  1. "Susan and Lisa act out their favorite episode at the I Love Lucy convention"
  2. "Crocs are passe. The green kerchief is the new fashion craze I tell you."
  3. "I don't care what you say, she DOES NOT look like Rosie O'Donnell"
  4. Submit your own!

Click here for the questions to MIPuzzle #9.
Click here for Answers to MIPuzzle #9

MIPuzzle #9

New Grants
Torsten Eckstein, "JDIP Johne's Disease Integrated Program in Research, Education and Extension", subcontract with the University of Minnesota.
Leonard Pearson, "Development of Attenuated strains of Salmonella abortus ovis, S. Dublin and S. typhimurium by Host Specific Neutrop...", FATRO.
Tian Wang, "Effect of AHCC on Response of Mice to West Nile Virus Infection", Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd.

APRIL 2006

Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Faculty Seminar 4pm
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
Microscopy Seminar
6 7
Faculty Seminar 4pm
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
Microscopy Seminar
13 14
Faculty Seminar 4pm
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
Microscopy Seminar
20 21
Faculty Seminar 4pm
CVMBS Awards Ceremony Glover Gallery
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
Microscopy Seminar
27 28

MAY 2006

Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Faculty Seminar 4pm
Graduate Seminar 12-noon
Microscopy Seminar
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