On August 17th, the Annual MIP Faculty Retreat took place to review the 'State of the Department' and identify key issues to be addressed this year. With a new research facility opening (and two more in the planning stages), a new state-of-the-art Diagnostic Lab breaking ground next month, the ID and Cancer Superclusters revving up, record indirect cost returns, the hitting of the 'century' mark in the number of MIP graduate students, achieving a likely 'CSU-best' level of >50% of our undergraduate majors with meaningful research experiences as part of their education, and two brand-spanking new senior faculty positions on the books, MIP is maintaining its outstanding performance at all levels. In addition to managing this explosive growth in department activities, action items that were generated at this retreat included:
Be sure to stay tuned to MIPnews for all of the scoop on this vibrant department.
Only in MIP would being called ‘Necropsy Head’ be considered a compliment! With Dan Gould and his storied career nearing retirement, Gary Mason has been offered and has accepted the position as Necropsy Section Head. Congratulations Gary!
As if one wasn't enough, we have a new "RCE" in town - Residency Coordinator Ehrhart, that is. EJ has accepted the important role of coordinator of the residency program, taking over from Dr. Mason who now serves as Necropsy Section Head. Congratulations EJ.
MIP's Bob Ellis, CSU's Biosafety Officer, has done something that Hillary and Obama can only dream about - he's been elected President! We are pleased to announced that Dr. Ellis has been voted 'President-Elect' of the American Biological Safety Association, an influential 1500+ member international organization devoted to Biosafety. Bob's term as president will begin October 2008. Congratulations Bob!
In the News...
Dr. Herbert Schweizer received a significant ‘shout out’ for his work on Burkholderia in a News Focus article in the August 24th edition of Science. Check out the article.
Pictured above from Left: Bruce Cummings, Ana Mario Benavides, Larry Ludden, Todd Bass, Grant Evans, and Matt Garber
Histo, Histo Lab
(©DLab Village People
We're very pleased to have on board Todd Bass, our new Histology Lab Supervisor at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, who accepted the position on June 1st. He's been plenty busy all summer, hiring several new staff members to bring the lab up to full capacity. Histo Lab Staff includes Kathi Wilson, Larry Ludden, Grant Evans, Matt Garber, Ana Mario Benavides, Melissa North and Mike Tauchen. With a full staff they are now working at providing turnaround times quicker than a Tulowitzki-to-Matsui-to-Helton twin killing. Also on the horizon for the Dlab is a Histo Lab Equipment Automation initiative, which will allow them to further expand their service, particularly in the area of IHC services.
Angela Morrison presented her final defense on Friday, September 14 entitled, "The Role of a Unique Polyadenylation Element and Novel RNA-binding Proteins in the Post-Transcriptional Control of Gene Expression". Her advisors are Jeff and Carol Wilusz.
Dr. Luke Wittenburg, MIP Fellowship Grant Trainee, recently received the "Veterinarians in Biomedical Research: Building National Capacity 2007 Young Investigator Award". Luke was one of six presenting finalists at the national conference in Bethesda, MD to receive the award. Congratulations!
MIP Publications Late August-early September 2007
On the morning of October 2nd, Governor Ritter, other Colorado State Officials, NIH representatives and numerous University executives will gather on the Foothills Campus to participate in the ceremonial opening of the new Regional Biocontainment Laboratory. The Ribbon Cutting will be followed by an Infectious Disease Research Symposium in the afternoon sponsored by the ID Supercluster.
The Annual American College of Veterinary Pathologist (ACVP) Board Exam will be held September 25-27 on the campus of Iowa State University in scenic Ames, IA. Best of luck to Wendy Sprague and Matthew Williams, MIP Clinical Pathology Veterinary Residents!
Joint Meeting of the the Rocky Mountain Virology Club and the Rocky Mountain Branch of the ASM
Reminder: registration is closing fast for the Shouldn't-Be-Missed regional meeting of the year - The annual meeting of the RM ASV/ASM on Oct 5-7 at the Pingree Park Campus.
Register now at
Do you ever feel like as a scientist that you cannot escape your job? Gels and microscope smears seem to follow you wherever you go, no matter how you try to evade them?
Well, that is exactly how MIP undergrads Jamie Everman and Nicci Carner felt as they spent their summer conducting research in Hannover, Germany. They traveled all over Germany as well as visiting Amsterdam, Prague and Denmark. They figured if they could not escape science, then they might as well have science take them somewhere amazing.
Click here to read the Fall 2007 Edition of Lablines!
It late August, CSU named it's second Supercluster, Cancer Research and Treatment. This CRT Supercluster, which already involves several MIP researchers (yes Virginia, there's more than ID research going on in our hallowed halls), will focus new and existing cancer research from across the university via a highly collaborative structure. Dr Steve Withrow and Bob Ullrich, recognized leaders in cancer research and treatment at CSU, will serve as chief scientific officer and chief research officer, respectively, of the CRT Supercluster. The goal of the Supercluster and its business arm - NeoTREX - is to develop effective treatments and products in the fight against cancer and quickly move these advances into the marketplace and to the people who need them.
It'll be a busy month for Kevin Sokoloski (grad student in the Wilusz2 lab): He's taking his prelims on the 9/19 and getting married to and Erica Smith on Oct 13th. Congratulations and best of luck K-sok!
The 2007 Fall Picnic was a great success. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, the karaoke was (?), and MIP'ers had a good time getting to know coworkers and their families. Check out the Photo Gallery.
If you are wondering (more than you normally do) why MIP faculty and students were wandering aimlessly around campus last month with a puzzled look on their faces, don't fear - it wasn't an outbreak of WNV (WhereiNtheheckarewe Virus). It was our annual RootlesŪ hunt to help welcome our new graduate students to the department and orient them around campus. Check out the intense look on some MIP faces as they try to make sense of the mysterious clues in the attached photos.
Do you know who your Reps are?
MIP has faculty representatives serving on the following College and University Committees:
Biomedical Curriculum Committee
"MIP ID researchers John Belisle and Barry Beaty appeared on a recently aired CSU-TV interview"
MIPnews has received an excellent additional guess from a dedicated reader for what the mystery sculpture currently being carved in Old Town depicts...
As some of you know, MIP is now five years old! But we aren't the only organization with the acronym "MIP", you know. Here are some others:
If you think of anything else that MIP (or its arms like the PDM Core (aka the Party Department of MIP)) may stand for, send in your Ideas!
New Grant Awards
Claudia Gentry-Weeks, "Development of Rapid Biodetection Methods Using Bacteriophage Amplification", Colorado School of Mines
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