Volume 4, Issue 1
January 2007

Our own Sue VandeWoude, Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Director of Lab Animal Resources (LAR), has accepted a new position as Director of LAR effective January 1, 2007. Dr. David Neil served as the Interim Director of that facility for the last 2+ years and retired December 31, 2006. Sue will remain on the MIP faculty and retain her teaching responsibilities as she undertakes her new LAR position. We do have one request though -in this acronym-laden culture that we all live in, please do not refer to her as "LARD" (Lab Animal Resources Director).

Based on her excellent academic record and service to the department and the community, Kara Leach was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at the Fall 2006 CVMBS commencement ceremony.

Kara is indeed an outstanding student, who earned excellent grades not only in the difficult curriculum required to earn a degree in microbiology, but also in the coursework required to complete the Honors Scholars Program and a minor in biomedical sciences.

Kara did not earn these good grades by spending all of her time holed up studying alone in the library. In fact, Kara is a very friendly, outgoing, personable, young woman with diverse interests. In addition to carrying a full course load, Kara also worked in the research laboratory of Dr. Mike McNeil and was an active member in several student organizations. She served as the president of the Microbiology Student Association, as the CVMBS student representative for the University Technology Fee Advisory Board, and as the chair of the Premedica Blood Drive Committee. And if that wasn't enough, Kara also earned her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and was a member of the CSU Hell's Belles women's Ultimate Frisbee team!

Kara now plans to continue her education by attending medical school.

Congratulations, Kara!

In recognition of her exceptional mentoring of Katherine Griffith in her Honors Thesis Project, Erica Suchman was recently awarded the Best Honors Thesis Mentor from the Richardson Family. Great Job Erica!

Herbert Schweizer was appointed to the NIAID Scientific Review Committee of the Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research Resources Repository.
Herbert Schweizer was appointed Chair of the "Bugs and Drugs" NIH study section.
Jeffrey Wilusz was appointed as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry effective July 2007

MIP Publications Late December-early January 2006

"We use antibacterial soap to wash our hands. We swab our doorknobs and phones with antibacterial wipes. We pop antibiotics at the first sign of disease - all because of our fear of infection. But we are all infected. From before birth until after death, infection is what makes us human..."

...and learn why most of MIP spends its time with the "Lunatic Fringe"!

MIP begins its first defense of the coveted ‘Bronze Pipetman’

This year's Symposium will be held at the Hilton in Fort Collins at 1PM. It's sure to be an interesting afternoon with poster and oral presentations by graduate students, veterinary students, veterinary residents and interns. A keynote speaker will be featured, and libations and an awards ceremony at ~6 PM will conclude the afternoon.

Check out how well MIP did at the 2006 Research Day in the Febuary Newsletter.

The College Research Council (CRC) 2007 Call for Proposals information is now available on the web at:

CRC Funds available this year total almost $750,000 are designed as seed monies to support faculty development and increase competitiveness for extramural funding.

Proposal deadline is 5:00pm on Monday, March 26th.

As Robert Zimmerman said, 'Everybody must get stoned', including the fašade at the front entrance to the RBL building which is now completely installed.

These are not the boosters of the Russian rocket that landed last month to our north. They are the main exhaust fans on the upper mezzanine

Here is the main hallway North of the BSL3 suites. The Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) wall sheathing is fully installed.

This picture is of the upper mechanical area between the RBL and Discovery suite. This is the first opening between the old and the new projects.
Thanks for the updates Jerry!

Ralph Smith's daughter gave birth to her 2nd child, a healthy bouncing baby boy, on January 8th in Albany New York. Congratulations Ralph!

MIP News is pleased to announce the return of Jeff Wilusz to the editorial staff.

A few early Jan '07 photos of the new 'wing' of the Micro Facility. Perhaps we can call it the "D -wing" or something with a bit more pizzazz like the SCH-wing! (Student fee-Constructed Hall-wing).

Micro facility occupants in need of an office are advised not to 'squat' in this space. We have it on good authority that this is only a temporary construction trailer office.

Heather Packard, Admin Asst in Microbiology Office

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity"

~Albert Einstein

A Family Affair

David and Claudia with their two adopted children Desiree, 4, left, Dayton, 2, right, and son Nathan, middle, 12.

Claudia Gentry-Weeks and her family were highlighted in the December 25th Coloradoan regarding their adoption of Desiree and Dayton becoming official.
Read the Article

The fungus amongus wishes MIP a very enjoyable
winter season.

For the mycologists in the audience, the yellow and white are of Neurospora crassa. The green mold is Aspergillus sp. and the black is likely to be a yeast called Pullularia pullulans. For the rest of us, simply enjoy this creative piece of living art done by John Chalmers. Start thinking of your ideas for the "Create the Cover of the Official 2007 MIP Holiday Greeting Card" Contest.

Click Here for the questions to MIPuzzle #14
Click Here for the answers to MIPuzzle #14

The song was right - Oh the weather outside was frightful! As we're sure you know, the "Best Place to Live in the USA" experienced two major blizzards during the last two weeks in December, officially dumping 28.4 inches of champagne powder upon us. As a result of these storms and the holidays, the University was effectively closed from mid-day December 21st thru January 2nd (CSU was only officially open on Dec. 28th). With time on their hands, one of our local neo-druids was able to perform the engineering feat in the photo above.


Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Univ Offices Closed
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Univ Offices Closed
Classes Begin
Faculty Seminar
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Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
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Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
Faculty Mtg, 4pm


Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
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Faculty Seminar
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Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
Faculty Mtg, 4pm

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