Volume 4, Issue 12
December 2007

Dignitaries, University Officials, College Leaders, Faculty and Staff braved the inclement weather and attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Diagnostic Medicine Center on Friday, December 7.
Check out the extensive Photo Gallery of this long-awaited event.

Congratulations Graduates!

Micro Majors that will receive their B.S. Degree on December 15...
Adam Beal
Steven Beyersdorf
Shelby Bowdish
Jennifer Cheney
Kate Compeau
Stefanie Day
Alex Eichman
Mikhail Hammond
Lacey Hanner
Casie Johnson
Amy Kauffman
Lacey Korrey
Jacob Miller, Magna Cum Laude
Katelynn Miller
Kristen Pauken, Magna Cum Laude
Angela Richecky
Delynne Skorey
Jeffrey Slagle
Brandon Thompson
Jarrett Trembly
Rachael Tucker
Meg Van Dyken
Edward Von Hoene
Shilo Wilkinson
Xin Cindy Zheng

The Outstanding Student Award goes to...
(to be announced at the fall CVMBS College Commencement in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on Saturday, December 15th. The ceremony will begin at 9:00am.)

MIP Graduate Students that will receive their M.S. Degree on
December 14...

Renee Krohne, Advisor: John Belisle
Angela Morrison, Advisors: Jeff and Carol Wilusz
Mary Sanders, Advisor: Pat Brennan

MIP Graduate Students that will receive their PhD Degree on
December 14...

Eric Beck, Advisor: Barry Beaty
Douglas Brackney, Advisor: Ken Olson
April Davis, Advisor: Dick Bowen
Hyungjin Eoh, Advisors: Pat Brennan & Dean Crick
Carlos Machain-Williams, Advisor: Carol Blair
Mark Sartain, Advisor: John Belisle
Claudia Schneekloth, Advisor: John Belisle
Andrea Torres, Advisor: Ed Hoover

Congratulations to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for receiving full accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories for all species. The accreditation will be for 1 year pending progress on the new facilities.

Congratulations to Amy Miller for receiving one of the first American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Student Travel Awards at the Annual ASVCP Meeting for her presentations entitled "Cancer-related anemia in dogs" and "CD5+ CD8- CD4- non-epitheliotropic lymphoma in a cat".

Kudos to Marjorie Williams who also participated in the ASCVP Meeting presenting her poster entitled, "Gene Expression Profiling of Canine CD8+ T Cell Leukemia".

Jerome Lee, a graduate student in the CMB program working in the Wilusz2 lab, has been awarded a two year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. The title of Jerome's application was "Regulation of TNF mRNA Stability by CUG- BP in Heart Disease". Congratulations!

Reem Al-Mubarak presented her final MS defense on December 4 entitled, "Analysis of a putative M. leprae liprotein; LpqE". Her advisor is Vara Vissa.

Sara Reese presented her final PhD defense on November 27 entitled, "Investigation of the Evolutionary and Epidemic Potential of La Crosse virus". Her advisor is Barry Beaty.

In the News...

Jenny Harding was pictured in the December 2nd Coloradoan regarding her participation in the recent Hearts & Horses Annual Black Tie and Boots fundraising event.
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Dean Crick (we think) was also featured in this syndicated item, "F-Minus" by Tony Carrillo, that appeared in the Rocky Mountain News.
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MIP Publications Late November - early December 2007

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is currently accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Fellowships.

These fellowships allow undergrads to conduct research in the summer with an ASM member faculty mentor at CSU and present the results at the ASM General Meeting the following year. The fellowship requires a joint application from both the student and faculty mentor. Applications are available at the ASM Application Website.
Deadline is February 1, 2008.

The Thanksgiving Potluck was once again a huge success! Faculty, staff and students enjoyed homestyle cooking while visiting with coworkers before the holiday break.
Check out the Photo Gallery.

Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni from three CSU Colleges joined the MIP Department in the Glover Gallery on Monday, December 3 to wish Jim Linden well in his retirement and thank him for his 30 years of service.
Check out the Photo Gallery.

Dear MIP:
Some of you may know that I have signed up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. The deal is: they train me and get me into shape (hopefully without injury) so that I can run in the P.F.Chang's Rock and Roll half marathon. This is a pretty big deal and happens in Phoenix on Jan. 8th. In exchange, I raise $4,000 for them. This is an excellent foundation that provides money for research into blood cancers (leukemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma.) They also help support patients and their families.

I am participating in this event in the memory of Dr. Duane Lassen, my mentor, who passed away earlier this year after surviving for several years with multiple myeloma. My team also has a team hero, Samantha Gleason. She is a Fort Collins resident who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2000 when she was 2 years old. She is currently in remission and, on January 11, 2008, will celebrate the 5th anniversary of her last dose of chemotherapy. This is a very important date as, afterward, she will be classified a long-term survivor.

So, I'm asking you to help by making a contribution! As of Dec 14th, I have raised 81% ($3,248) already but I need all of it ($4,000) by Jan 2nd. Otherwise, I can't run and I will remain out of shape...More importantly, this is a worthwhile, and important cause and will help other patients to survive their diseases. Please use the web address below to donate online quickly & securely. You will receive email confirmation of your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. And all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Karen Zaks Team in Training Website

You can also donate by sending me a check made out to "The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society."

I thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!!

Karen Zaks

If you are interested in mentoring a student in your lab for Spring 2008, please contact Susan Deines.

Cathy Griffin, Accounting Technician III in the Pathology Office.
Cathy served three years in the U.S. Army as a Finance and Accounting Specialist. In 1989, Cathy graduated from CSU with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business and has worked since then primarily in mortgage lending and accounting positions. Her previous employment includes working at CSU as an Admin. Asst. in the Horticulture Dept. and as an Accounting Tech. III for the Natural Resource Ecology Lab. On a more personal note, Cathy has a 15 year old son, Kyle, who's a sophomore at Fossil Ridge High School, maintaining a not-too-shabby 4.00 GPA (yes, she's proud!) and enjoys playing guitar and singing. In fact, she has even performed semi-professionally at Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rialto Theater in Loveland. Cathy is looking forward to meeting everyone in MIP and we are delighted to have her on board to help with our accounting needs.

Tansi Hayes, Accounting Technician III in the Pathology Office.
Tansi joins us from a position as a night auditor at a lodging facility. She is the proud mother of 2 beautiful teenage daughters and co-parent of 4 horses, 5 dogs, 4 cats and 2 goats. She is also an active volunteer for Colorado Dalmatian Rescue. She is excited to be here and is looking forward to meeting and assisting faculty with their accounts.

Please note: FAS will close for ALL Data entry on JANUARY 4, 2008 at 5PM!! You will NOT be able to access FAS after this date as you have been able to in previous years!

Help the Department keep the coveted ‘Bronze Pipetman’!!! (which is awarded every year to the CVMBS Dept with the most active participation in Research Day)

The 9th Annual CVMBS Research Symposium will take place at the Fort Collins Hilton.

Abstracts are due for both poster and oral presentation on Monday, December 17

More information can be found at

CSU hosted three community open houses in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory before it is closed and research begins. The open houses were from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13; noon-2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 15. The open houses included tours of the facility for the public and an overview of some of the building's state-of-the-art safety features. In addition, the RBL passed it's 21 day test!

The major aspect of Phase III is the construction of the NIH-funded addition to the BRB facility.

Constructing the building's steel frame.

Front door of the RBL.

View from the "2nd Story".

Office with a "sky-light".

"The secret to managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."

~Casey Stengel

From January snowstorms and cold temperatures that flooded several Microbiology classrooms to MIP faculty trying to figure out how to enter their own grades in the new ARIES system in December, it's been quite a year in our neck of the Front Range. Here's a dozen of the highlights from the year the Rockies went to their first World Series:

  1. If you believe in the old adage ‘Publish or Perish’, there a good chance that MIP scientists may live forever. Consistent with the output of previous years, MIP researchers published ~130 papers this year. In a clear documentation of departmental synergy, 51 (39%) of these contained >1 MIP faculty member on the author line. Just in case you don't find these numbers impressive, according to data extrapolated from ISI's Web of Science, the published work of MIP scientists was cited over 3200 times in 2007. Furthermore, 18 individual MIP faculty received over 100 citations for their published work in '07. Is it just coincidence that you can't spell IMPACT without the letters MIP?
  2. In 2007, MIP researchers landed over $33 million dollars in extramural research funds, marking the third straight year that the Department research budget has crossed this lofty figure.
  3. On the construction front, we finished construction and testing on the Regional Biocontainment Lab (RBL), broke ground on the Diagnostic Medical Center, started the NIH-funded BRB addition, and opened the Micro Student Study Lounge. We have it on pretty good sources that the financing of these facilities did not involve any sub-prime, variable rate loans that'll come back to haunt us when the rates jump up.
  4. Despite some concerns that we may need to implement faculty ‘birth control’ due to space limitations in our facilities, MIP welcomed two new faculty to our family (Tawfik Aboellail and Mary Jackson) and opened searches for 4 more positions, including a new Department Head.
  5. We bade farewell and collectively shed a tear at the passing of Dr. Duane Lassen in March. Duane may be gone, but he surely will never be forgotten.
  6. Despite these exceeding lean times in federal funding for research, we were fortunate enough to land two small instrumentation grants. These grants provided MIP with over $600K to purchase a new confocal microscope for the Foothills Campus and a Typhoon Imager for our main campus facilities.
  7. We collectively toasted (and one or two of us may have gotten toasted) at the retirements of Dr. Dan Gould, Dr. Len Pearson, Dr. Jim Linden, Linda Jones, Nathan Kuehl and Sandy Trippel. Better get to your favorite fishing hole on the Poudre earlier than usual next year or you might find one or more old colleagues has beaten you to the trout!
  8. Keeping with its reputation as one of the top degree concentrations at CSU, the MIP Microbiology undergraduate program graduated 87 majors (but no generals, colonels or sergeants) in 2007. Twenty-two MIP-connected undergrads presented at the Spring CSU Undergraduate research symposium, nine of whom walked away with awards
  9. While none of the MIP Offices have a revolving door, at times it seemed like they did in terms of personnel in 2007. However with the hiring of Linda Pundt, Greg Suniga and Diana Vasquez into key administrative positions, all indications are that one of the hardest working and best administrative offices on campus will stabilize and continue to provide the high level of service we've all come to know and love.
  10. The Dlab successfully obtained re-accreditation this year, named Gary Mason as Head of its Necropsy Division and began actively salivating over the prospect of the new Diagnostic Medicine Building after 20 years of working in cramped quarters.
  11. 2007 may have been the Year of the Pig, but on the Infectious Disease and Cancer Research fronts, it was the Year of the SuperCluster® as MIP researchers made a significant contribution to the establishment of both of these major CSU initiatives
  12. To prove that we're not losing our faculties (nor obviously our ability to pen bad puns), MIP promoted and/or tenured four folks this calendar year (Anne Avery, Sandy Quackenbush, John Belisle and Angelo Izzo), created a promotion-commotion by putting what is likely a record number of colleagues up for promotion and or tenure in 2008, and named EJ Ehrhart the new coordinator of our Residency Program

In a (hopefully not inane) effort to find humor in even the most mundane of photos..
    Alternative Captions:
  1. Don't forget to send in your entries for next month's edition of the "Write the Department's Name in the Snow®" Contest.
  2. Must be a snowman graveyard - look at that sign - "Melt In Peace".
  3. "This is Colonel Napoo from the Intergalactic Explorer I. My saucer's sensors have recorded this photo from the landscape below. Contrary to our suspicions, there must be extremely intelligent life on this planet"
  4. After discovering that the Dept budget will not allow us to follow suit with CSU and flash our acronym on the big screen in Times Square, the MIP recruitment committee opts to advertise in other media.
  5. Submit your own

Click Here for the questions to MIPuzzle #25
Click Here for the answers to MIPuzzle #25

  • Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10 Awards) - funds multi-user equipment purchases for single instruments with a price tag between $100-500K. Deadline for applications is March 24, 2008.
    For more information, click here
  • NIH Directors New Innovator Awards are back. These awards average ~$300K and are specifically for new investigators (using the NIH definition) who hold an independent position at their institution and are within 10 years of their PhD (or residency).
    For more information, click here
  • NIAID just set its FY 2008 payline for R01 at the 10.0 percentile, and for new investigators, at the 14.0 percentile. It is anticipated that standard R01 payline will move to 12.0 once the federal FY2008 budget is finalized.
    For more information, click here

New Grant Awards

Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, "Herpesvirus Latency and Reactivation in Macaque Models of Human Disease", University of Washington

Ric Slayden, "Chemotherapeutics Against Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis", State Univ of New York at Stonybrook

Tracey Lehman, "Evolution of Dendritic Cell Dysfunction in FIV Infection", NIAID


Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
6 7
10 11 12 13 14
Grad School Ceremony 3pm Moby
17 18 19 20 21
University Holiday
University Holiday
University Holiday
27 28
University Holiday


Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri

University Holiday
2 3 4
FAS system shuts down
7 8 9 10 11
14 15 16 17 18

University Holiday
Classes Begin

Graduate Seminar
23 24 25
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar

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