Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology

Volume 5, Issue 11
November 2008

Natalia Reim Wins Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Congratulations to undergraduate Micro Major Natalia Reim for being one of eleven students to win a ‘best poster’ award in the area of biochemistry at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) that was held in Orlando Florida in early November. Natalia’s poster was entitled, “The role of the nuclear exosome as a monitor of mRNA processing in mammalian cells”. Her research was performed in the Wilusz2 lab.

Natalia was born in Mexico City and moved to the USA when she was in the 4th grade.  She attended Ames Community College in Greeley and the University of Northern Colorado before taking her parent’s advice that CSU was the best place for her to pursue her scientific interests.  Natalia is one of the most self-motivated students you’ll ever meet.  She has an outstanding track record here at CSU and plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular biology.  When not in the classroom, laboratory or library, Natalia enjoys dance, theater and the slopes.  How can one student be so successful with such a full plate?  Natalia’s mantra is “Never let your experiments know you’re busy”

PRAXIS makes Perfect

Congratulations to Ashley Friedrich for receiving a $1,000 PRAXIS grant to teach elementary school children about various health issues. PRAXIS is a program offered through the CSU office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLICE).

PRAXIS is defined as reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed). Its purpose is to support students interested in developing a community service or action project that is innovative, creative, and change-oriented. PRAXIS allows students the opportunity to put their passion into action by providing them with resources, training, and support to develop their ideas and implement their projects. Ashley's project will be to teach elementary school students about relevant public health topics such as West Nile virus, sun safety, eating right, the spread of germs etc. Ashley feels that by informing these children on how to be safe and healthy, they will in turn pass this information on to their family. She also wants to inspire them to have an interest in science and education.

Halsey Performs Admirably

Congratulations Dr. Chuck Halsey, double award winner at the 51st Annual AAVLD/USAHA Meeting on October 23-29 in Greensboro, NC. Chuck received the 2008 AAVLD Trainee Travel Award and, for his platform presentation, was awarded the AAVLD-ACVP Diagnostic Pathology Graduate Student/Resident Award.  This latter award will support his participation at the 60th annual ACVP meeting to be held on December 5-9, 2009 in Monterey, California.

Musta been the hat...

Jerome Lee, a CMB graduate student in the Wilusz2 Lab won one of four ‘best poster’ awards given out at the ‘RNA Turnover 2008’ meeting that took place in Asheville NC October 12-16th

The Publications Board of the American Society for Microbiology has tapped two MIP scientists to serve new three year terms on their editorial boards. Congratulations to Dean Crick (Journal of Bacteriology) and Jeff Wilusz (Molecular and Cellular Biology) on these appointments.

Dr. Deborah Stump presented her final seminar and defended her PhD dissertation on Wednesday, Oct. 22, entitled, "Host Cell Antigen and T-lymphocyte Subset Contribution to Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Pathogenicity". Her advisor is Dr. Sue VandeWoude.

Tracy Lehman, DVM, presented her final seminar and defended her PhD dissertation on Tuesday, November 4, entitled "Modification of the innate immune response during feline immunodeficiency virus infection". Her advisor is Dr. Paul Avery

Tina Daniels presented her final seminar and defended her PhD dissertation on Wednesday, November 5, entitled, "Walleye Dermal Sarcoma Virus OrfB Function in Tumorigenesis". Her advisor is Dr. Sandra Quackenbush

In the News...
  • Erica Suchman is highlighted in the October 23 edition of the Fort Collins Coloradoan in the article entitled, "Students say ‘clickers’ are worth it"
  • Brian Foy is highlighted in the October 24 edition of the Loveland Reporter Herald for receiving a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to control diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as malaria. Read the article.

MIP Publications Late October - Early November 2008

  • Date: November 21
  • Place: B120 Micro
  • Time: Noon - 2pm

Everyone in the department is cordially invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share. There will be sign-up sheets in the Microbiology and Pathology Offices.

The new and improved Faculty Activity Reporting System (FAS) is now ready for your 2008 data input. Be sure to contact Janet Bebell or Erin Napier if you have any questions or run into any problems.

The 10th Annual CVMBS Research Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at the Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect Road. Research Day is open to all PVM students, graduate students, residents, postdocs, faculty and staff of the CVMBS. Abstracts can be submitted for both poster and oral presentations between Monday November 17th and Friday, December 12th. More information on abstract guidelines and submission can be found at the College Research Day Website.

Reminder to all academic faculty, administrative professional, Post Doctoral, and Vet Intern employees that are benefit eligible:

The annual Faculty-AP Benefits Open Enrollment period runs through November 21st. Check the HR website for more details.

Meet the new Micro Admin Assistant, Tach Costello

Hello, my name is Tach Costello. I have been employed at CSU for 19 years - starting in Food Service at Braiden Hall and have worked my way up to an Administrative II position. I have been married for 26 years and have two great kids. Ron (17) is going to school at Rocky Mountain High School and my daughter Samantha (15) attends Poudre High School. We have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 rat. My family and I enjoy riding motorcycles (dirt bikes). I have lived in Fort Collins since I was 5 and now we live in Wellington. I am very excited to be joining such a great department as MIP.

Check out the latest issue of PATHways, a joint publication of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology for students interested in Veterinary Pathology. Pathways November 2008

MIP is thrilled to congratulate Todd Harding (spouse of our own Jenny Harding) for receiving a Country Music Association (CMA) Broadcast Personality of the Year Award for his work as one of the ‘Good Morning Guys’ on radio station KUAD. There is no higher honor for a country radio personality than receiving a broadcast award from the CMA. Todd was recognized in Nashville TN during the "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 12 which was nationally broadcast on ABC. Congratulations!!

The Colorado Combined Campaign is an annual statewide campaign that allows Colorado State University faculty and staff to contribute to charitable agencies across Colorado through payroll deduction and other convenient means. Colorado's charitable and human service organizations are facing greatly increased demand and need our support more than ever. Please reflect on the impact your contribution makes and consider donating again this year.

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"If you're going through hell, keep going"

Winston Churchill~

MIP'ers dressed for the holiday, check out the Photo Gallery

"Dr. Avery poses with a cardboard president-elect during MIP Halloween festivities"

    Alternative Captions
  1. "Yes we did"
  2. Omama & Obama
  3. Avery picture tells a story, don't it?
  4. I didn't know Anne worked the front desk in Micro
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Phocus on the World Champion Phillies

Click Here for the questions to MIPuzzle #36
Click Here for the answers to MIPuzzle #36

Nervous that CSU Football might not make it to a bowl game this season? Don't fret-MIP will. C'mon out and cheer on the MIP Bowling team ‘the RNAces’ as they roll their way into Micro’bowl’ology history Mondays at 7PM at Chipper's Lanes.

  • New Paper Forms for NIH NRSA Fellowships

    The newly revised "Application for an Individual Fellowship Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award" (PHS 416-1, Rev. 9/08) forms and instructions are now available and will be accepted for submission/receipt dates beginning in December 2008. All applications received for submission dates in December 2008 and thereafter must use only the new forms and instructions. NIH anticipates this to be the last paper-based submission for Individual Fellowship applications. Plans are still on target to transition Individual Fellowship applications to electronic submission beginning with the April 2009 cycle. Read all about it at the NIH Grants Website.

  • 2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1)

    All MIP scientists ‘of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transformative approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges’ should check out this recently re-issued RFA.

  • 2009 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

    All MIP ‘new investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research’ should check out this recently re-issued RFA.

The dapper airforce cadet in last month's newsletter was none other than our own Lisa McCann! Thanks for all those who submitted guesses.

New Grant Awards

Becky Rivoire , "RBL - Accuthera", Accutera, Inc.
Herbert Schweizer , "Development of Cethromycin, A Novel Antibiotic for the Treatment of Category A and B Threat Agents", Advanced Life Sciences, Inc.
Richard Slayden , "Chemotherapeutics Against Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis", State University of Newy York at Stonybrook
Mary Anna Thrall , "CSU/Antech Clinical Pathology Residency", Antech Diagnostics

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