MIP creates three new undergraduate scholarships
Due to the efforts of 8 MIP faculty who participated in the Honors Program last fall semester, MIP was able to offer three new undergraduate scholarships this spring! Last semester, the CSU Honors Program implemented a new system in which departments receive money for the contributions made by faculty who serve as major Honors thesis advisers or as instructors for Honors course sections. MIP has decided to use this money the best way that it could think of -to put it right back into the undergraduate program and use it for the recruitment of high-ability incoming, freshmen through the creation of a scholarship program. Special thanks go to the following MIP faculty who participated in the Honors program this past Fall:
On Groundhog's Day eve (February 1st), over 7 x1016 bacteria (and the 70 people carrying them) packed the CSU Bookstore for a reading of Gerry Callahan's new book entitled, "Infection, the Uninvited Universe". A lively discussion followed Gerry's reading and then fans lined the CSU Bookstore waiting to get an autographed copy.
On January 26th Gerry Callahan was interviewed by Joe Palca for thirty minutes on NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" on his new book and about helpful and not-so-helpful infections.
Remember February 19th is
Charlie Calisher received the Richard Moreland Taylor Award by the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene last November. The Richard M. Taylor Award is given every three years to a person who has made outstanding contributions to arbovirology throughout his or her career. Congratulations Charlie!
CSU has created MicroRx, an important new arm of the Infectious Disease Supercluster, designed to help develop and deliver vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to market quicker. Read all about it...
An interdepartmental shout-out goes to Josh Walker, a student in the BMS Graduate Program (Major Advisor: George Seidel). Josh received top honors in the student competition for scientific presentations at the 2007 annual meeting of the International Embryo Transfer Society in Kyoto, Japan. The title of his presentation was "Timing of deadenylation of GDF-9 and Cyclin B-1 3'UTR constructs in bovine oocytes". Josh performed many of the experiments in the study in collaboration with the Wilusz Lab.
MIP Publications Late January-early February 2006
Spring semester started with a splash on January 16th when frigid overnight weather burst a pipe in the A wing of the Micro facility and flooded portions of the A101 lecture hall as well as A201 and the Computer lab A202. New building proctor Dawn Petersen 'jumped' right into her new job and coordinated the clean up and necessary repairs. Classes in A101, as well as the computer lab were significantly disrupted. The rooms did not re-open for use until the following week. Faculty whose use these rooms are advised to keep a pair of waders in their offices for emergency purposes until the weather warms up and construction of the SCH-wing is completed.
It's official - Spring Training has begun and MIP has more new managers than the entire American League:
Linda Pundt has accepted the Office Manager position at Foothills Campus and began her new role on February 12.
Ryan Abbott has accepted the Office Manager position in the Pathology Facility and will start with MIP on February 19.
Greg Suniga has accepted the Office Manager position in the Microbiology Facility and will start with MIP on March 1.
Seven prospective new graduate students visited the department on Friday, February 9th. The pictures below capture some of their day spent learning about opportunities within the department, followed by an evening of socializing with current graduate students and faculty.
Seven more prospective students will be here on February 23rd. Be sure to join in the recruiting festivities!
MIP begins its first defense of the coveted ‘Bronze Pipetman’
The 8th Annual CVMBS Research Day will be held at the Hilton in Fort Collins at 1PM. Click here for the full program for this interesting afternoon. Additional info can be found at the CVMBS Research Day website:
The Microbiology Student Association has re-printed the always popular t-shirts "Reasons to Date a Microbiologist" in black and maroon:
and "You Know You Are a Micro-Major When." in dark blue:
These shirts are on sale now! $10 short sleeve, $15 long sleeve, S, M, L, XL. Please contact Beth at email@example.com if you are interested.
Goodbye Nancy, Chad and Brooke!
Nancy DuTeau, Assistant Professor in Molecular Environmental Genetics, left MIP in December to pursue a career with Mycos Research. Nancy's dedication to her students and teaching will be greatly missed, but we wish her well in her future endeavors!
Chad Workman, Accounting Tech in the Microbiology Facility, worked his last day in MIP on February 12 to pursue a higher level accounting position with the Mathematics Department. We wish Chad all the best in his career pursuits!
Brooke Taylor, Administrative Assistant in the Pathology Facility, left MIP on January 31 to start a new position with the Economics Department. Best wishes to Brooke and her future endeavors!
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.
The CURC poster session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th, 10:00am to 2:30pm and will feature poster presentations by undergraduate science students from all over campus.
If you are interested in being a judge go to www.curc.colostate.edu to sign up by March 9th.
The CURC showcase ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 18th at 4:10pm in A104 Yates. Dr. Mary Cleave, Science Chief from NASA will be the symposium speaker.
MIP's own Joe 'Half' Piper hit a tree while snow boarding at Winter Park and broke the head off of his femur. (OK - take a few moments, stop grimacing, draw a deep breath, and realize that you'll have to explain to your colleague in the adjacent desk/office the very audible "ouch" that you uttered when you read the previous sentence. OK - now read on). The good news is that Joe and the 20 inch titanium rod placed in his femur to reattach the head are now home from the hospital and recovering nicely. Best wishes from all of us at MIP for a speedy recovery
"In a major matter, no details are small"
A view from the main entrance to the building. Note the soothing color schemes that will help relax the mind after a long day in the BSL3 lab.
This picture shows some of the many control panels that are rife in a building this complex.
This picture shows off one of the bubble tight dampers used to isolate airflow at the HEPA filters.
This picture shows the case work going into one of the BSL2 labs.
As the sign at the College Ave. Valero Station on Feb 4 documents, for the first time in many, many months, gas prices (albeit briefly) dropped below $2 a gallon in Fort Collins.
Anne Lenaerts, "Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Multi-Functional Antibiotics for Treatment of TB", Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.
Last summer Ruth and Jim DeMartini had the Norrdins up to their cabin for the weekend. Jim wanted to show Bob some of the tricks he'd learned about retirement.
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