Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology

Volume 5, Issue 3
March 2008

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Mason has accepted the position of Associate MIP Department Head for PVM and Clinical Service. Gary received his BS from CSU (but states that he won't take anymore BS from anyone here.), his DVM from Texas AM and his PhD from the University of Tennessee. He joined the MIP faculty in 1997. Congratulations Gary on your new appointment.

The Colorado State University Alumni Association and its affiliate student group, the Student Alumni Connection, recognize outstanding Colorado State University educators each year with Best Teacher Awards. Nominations for the awards are submitted by students and alumni. We are pleased to report that five outstanding MIP educators - Sandra Quackenbush, Jennifer Taylor, Gerald Callahan, Alan Schenkel, and Erica Suchman were nominated for a 2008 Best Teacher Award. Kudos to all.

Laurel Hascall-Dove has received a new Office of International Programs (OIP) Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship through the CSU Internationalization Plan. Of the nearly 59 undergraduate applicants, 42 were selected to receive an award, 5 from within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Laurel will be studying at the University of Wales at Swansea. Congratulations to Laurel for not only receiving the scholarship, but also deciding to study abroad.

John Spencer has received a grant award from OIP for providing students the opportunity to conduct Leprosy research in Mexico.

Kristy Pabilonia has received a grant award from OIP for leading a Program with the Center for Indonesian Veterinary Analytical Studies in Indonesia (for members of the International Veterinary Medicine Club).

Congratulations to the 34 Micro Majors who made the Fall 2007 Dean's List:

Zienab AlHashim
Alyssa Cohen
Mark Del Rosario
Jamie Everman
Petra Gest
Justin Grantham
Mikhail Hammond
Natalie Henigan
Jonathan Higgins
April Hohnbaum
Theodore Johnson
Aslynn Jones
Jason Kasvin-Felton
Anna Kellund
Christopher Lehmann
Rachel Mazza
Ian Mcmillan
Jacob Miller
Gwynnevere Milner
Katherine Mladinich
Paul Moresco
Laura Nelson
Kristen Pauken
Melissa Po
Aaron Pride
Cori Probasco
Natalia Reim
Kristen Ruckman
Kristin Spencer
Andrew Sprowell
Jaime Stearns
Stephanie Sunshine
Lori Testa
Matthew Whitney

The following MIP employees are being recognized for their dedicated service to CSU as follows:

35 Years of Service
Terry Spraker

25 Years of Service
Delphi Chatterjee

25 Years of Service
Greg Suniga
20 Years Of Service
Glenda Allen
Candace Mathiason
Pat Schultheiss
Linda Vap

15 Years Of Service
Cynthia Meredith

10 Years Of Service
Dean Crick
Sebabrata Mahapatra
Gary Mason

In the News...

  • Torsten Eckstein was highlighted in the March 10 Denver Post article entitled, "Immigrant's skills, not voice, wanted" regarding the immigration hurdles he has experienced since coming to the U.S.
    Read the article.

Summer 2008 will bring the start of two very significant changes on the Foothills Campus. First, as seen in the master plan below, Rampart Road will end just past the lake at CDC Road with a new Guard House/Security Gate.

The guard house will include a shipping/receiving area for the Foothills ID Research Complex.
Second, construction on the RIC building (and associated parking lot) will commence.

Artist's rendition of RIC. Particularly note Ken Olson's theoretical new Porsche parked outside

The RIC facility is tentatively planned to contain the following (please note that the architect and planning committee are still hashing out details, so things may/will change):

  • 6-8000 sq ft cGMP Facility
  • 2,500 sq ft Imaging Facility
  • Lecture Hall (capacity =~100)
  • BSL2 lab and animal space (~17,000 sq ft) (labs will likely follow an ‘open lab’ design concept)
  • Up to 29 offices, including admin space for MicroRX

A very, very, very preliminary sketch of a lab floor is presented below:

The building is planned to be completed and ready for occupancy by 2010.

MIP Publications Late February - early March 2008

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend and colleague, Amol Amin who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on March 6. Amol worked for the department from 2003 to 2006 in the Slayden Laboratory before moving to India in 2007 to take a position in industry. During his time at CSU, it is a gross understatement to say that Amol's friendly, positive energy helped to make MIP a better place. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Private services will be held at a later date in India.


We are also saddened to report that Dennis Knudson, Professor of BioAg Science and Pest Management and MIP colleague/friend died March 2 after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Spring is just around the corner which means so is the Spring meeting for the Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Society of Microbiology. The meeting will be held on April 12 from 9am to 5pm at Metro State College in Denver. Complete the attached Registration Form and click here for the call for papers announcement.

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair needs judges to evaluate Jr High and High School Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Environmental Sciences, and Health and Behavioral Sciences projects. The participating students are the 'cream of the crop' and some of the work that is presented every year is truly impressive. The event is also a great way to recruit outstanding students to CSU - particularly if they get to meet a lot of interesting faculty and students during the fair. Faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates are all eligible to judge. The Fair is Thursday, April 10 from 11:00 am to 5:45 pm at the Lory Student Center. Please note that judging will take this entire time period.
If interested in judging, please register at the CSEF Website as soon as possible!

The Anatomic Pathologist Search Committee has selected 5 candidates to interview for the two open faculty positions. The first three of these candidates and the dates of their interviews are as follows:

  • Ingeborg Langohr, March 24 & 25
  • Christopher Premanandan, March 31 & April 1
  • Michael Dark, April 16 & 17

Please try to meet the candidates and attend their seminars!

Got something that will put the ‘ID’ in IDEA?

The Infectious Disease Supercluster has issued a call for research and research capacity-building proposals! Proposals are due on April 15th. For additional information, please visit this CSU Today Webpage.

Numerous prospective graduate student recruits visited MIP on February 22nd and 29th. Check out some of the photos from these visits at the Photo Gallery

Intramural Grant Deadline Looming

A reminder that the deadline for College Research Council Grant Proposals is Monday, March 24th at 5:00 PM.  Full information on the CRC Program can be found at the CVMBS website.

MIP had another strong showing at the annual CVMBS Research Day this year. Congratuations to Candace Mathiason, Kevin Sokoloski, Shayna Warner and Jaclyn Scott for winning the following awards at the February 16 event:

1st Place - Outstanding Oral Presentation- Basic Science: Candace Mathiason Title: Bioassay of CWD prions in the saliva, blood, and excreta of Deer

2nd Place - Outstanding Oral Presentation- Basic Science: Kevin Sokoloski Title: Sequence Elements Within the 3'UTRs of Alphaviruses Repress Deadenylation In Vitro

1st Place - Outstanding Poster Presentation- Basic Science: Shayna Warner Title: The acquisition and utilization of the plasminogen activating system by Francisella tularensis

2nd Place - Outstanding Poster Presentation- Basic Science: Jaclyn Scott Title: Characterization of Small RNAs Produced During Dengue Virus Infection of Mosquito Cells

We'd like to recognize all of the MIP graduate students, residency/PhD students and postdocs for their participation in this year's event:

  • Reem Al-Mubarak
  • Chris Cirimotich
  • C. Christina Daniels
  • Nate Denkers
  • Nicholas Haley
  • David Higgins
  • Hend Ibrahim
  • Abby Jones
  • Timothy Kurt
  • Eric Lee
  • Jerome Lee
  • Wei Li
  • Candace Mathiason
  • Christie Mayo
  • Craig Miller
  • Kevin O'Halloran
  • Gopinath Palanisamy
  • Kristen Pauken
  • Katie Propst
  • Krystle Reagan
  • Adrian Rosas-Taraco
  • Jaclyn Scott
  • Davis Seelig
  • Kevin Sokoloski
  • Debora Stump
  • Jesse Thompson
  • Airn Tolnay
  • Amber Troy
  • Shayna Warner
  • Greg Wilkerson
More CVMBS Research Day Photos

This year's combined CVM/MCIN/BMB Graduate Research Symposium was a great success. Congratulations to following MIP individuals who were awarded special recognition for their poster presentations:

  • Graduate Student Awards - High Honors
    Nicholas Haley
  • Honors
    Shayna Warner

The new LSM 510 Meta 405 with Axio Observer Z1 Confocal Microscope System is not only setup and ready for use---it also has its very own web page. Scope out the page to learn more about the system's capabilities, how to get started as a user, what the fees are, and much, much more! Contact Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero with any questions!


Teresa Krueger will be transitioning into the open Accounting Tech position in Micro overseeing the accounts Kelly Belden had been managing. Teresa's extensive background in accounting will assist in her transition as she learns the new tasks involved.

Congratulation to Marcia Boggs on her 2nd grandson! Cooper William was born on March 4th. Everyone is healthy and happy (but a bit tired).

As a tribute to the late great Duane Lassen, Karen Zaks ran a half marathon in Phoenix as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team. Overall she had a great time and despite some knee problems finished in 2.33.34 - within 4 minutes of her original goal! With your help, Karen raised over $4,200 -and the combined efforts of the Team in Training runners at this race raised over $300,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Karen would like to THANK YOU all again for your support, both financially and otherwise!!!

March 13, 2008: Three months into the project...

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted "

~Mother Teresa

The movie "10,000 BC" opened in theatres this past weekend

    Alternative Captions
  1. Charlie Calisher in his younger days out surveying wildlife for viruses
  2. Early Republican election-year tactics revealed
  3. Highlights from the Colorado National Lacrosse League team's 2006 Championship Season
  4. Proof that genetics influences behavior: K-fed's great-great-great-great-great grandfather getting away as fast as he could after tossing Spears.
  5. Submit your own

Click Here for the questions to MIPuzzle #28
Click Here for the answers to MIPuzzle #28

Since logos appear to be all the rage these days in Fort Collins, rumors have been overheard that the MIP Department is considering changing its logo. Vote here if you think the Department should cough up $80,000 for a new department logo/rebranding.

  • IMPORTANT: New NIH Policy on Publications Goes Into Effect Next Month:
    Starting with papers accepted for publication as of April 7th, all NIH funded investigators must submit them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central. The electronic versions of these papers will be made publicly available by NIH no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Investigators are responsible for ensuring that any publishing/copyright agreements concerning submitted articles fully comply with this policy. Beginning May 25th, anyone submitting an application or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. Go to the NIH Website for more information.
  • NIAID has set the FY2008 payline for Phase I and II Small Business Innovation Research grants at the 215 priority score. For more details visit the NIAID paylines website
  • NIH/NIAID has issued a call for proposals (RFA) for translational research into reducing or eliminating morbidity and mortality from malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. For more information, visit the NIH Grant Website

Just for Grins and Giggles:

Go to the CSU Homepage and type RMRCE into the search engine...

As seen in the screenshot above, the search engine will ask, "Did you mean: REMORSE"

Since our RMRCE researchers and staff just finished submitting a ~1200 page annual report - and now without catching their collective breadths are currently burning the midnight oil preparing a >1000 page competitive renewal, perhaps the search engine is a mind reader????

Some Highlights from the
March Faculty Council Meeting

  1. New Faculty Council Officers have been elected for one year terms (2008-2009):
    • Faculty Council Chair - Richard Eykholt - Professor - Department of Physics
    • Vice Chair - Paul Laybourn - Professor - Dept of Biochemistry & Mol Biology
    • FC Representative to the Board of Governors: Tim Gallagher - Department of Finance & Real Estate
  2. A revision to the Manual section 1.5.2 concerning Evening and Saturday Examinations was approved. Instead of examinations being allowed only between the hours of 5 and 8PM on Tuesday or Thursday, examinations will now be permitted on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 5 and 9PM. All other stipulations in section 1.5.2 that previously covered these examinations remain intact.

From January 30th to February 5th, MIPers Drs. Patrick J. Brennan, Delphi Chatterjee, John Spencer, Vara Vissa, Ms. Becky Rivoire, Ms. Tammy Luttrell, Ms. Hee Jin Kim, Mr. Ramamurthy Sakamuri and Mr. Nathan Groathouse from the Leprosy Research Group attended the 17th International Leprosy Congress held in Hyderabad, India.

The Iditarod is an ~1200 mile race across the interior of Alaska (Anchorage to Nome) that happens every year on the first Saturday of March. Top finishers compete the journey in 9-10 days while the rest of field takes 2 or more weeks. There were a record number of mushers this year (94) and each team has 16 dogs. This translates into ~1,500 dogs that 40+ veterinarians at ~20 check stations have to monitor along the way. Our own Randy Basaraba has served as a pathologist for the event every year since 1995. While death of a dog is a rare event in the race, despite all the precautions it occurs occasionally. Randy is on site to do a pathology examination to assure that the death of a race dog did not result from neglect or abuse of the animal by the musher. This is an important and often difficult task.

In addition to Randy, other MIPers have also served at the race, including anatomic pathology residents Michelle Dennis and Mona Bera. Recently Dr. Basaraba and collegaues published an article describing the post-mortem findings from dogs from 1994-2006. These data have been very important to help understand the scope of diseases that are common in sled dogs and, by studying the circumstances surrounding the death, how they can be prevented.

Side note: While in Anchorage this year, Randy participated in the Tour of Anchorage Cross Country Ski Race (25K,). He cut 20 minutes off of his previous personal best time, clocking in at an impressive 2 hours and 47 minutes. All without any chest pain or permanent disabling injuries while [in case he needs a reminder] rapidly approaching his 50th birthday!

New Grant Awards

Mary Jackson, "Biocide Resistance Investigations", STERIS Corporation

MARCH 2008

Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
6 7
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
13 14
pi day (3.1416...)

Faculty & Ad Pro Evals Due
CRC Proposals Due
Faculty Seminar
Faculty Mtg 4pm Path 103
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
Gould SCAVMA Seminar 6pm Junior Lecture Hall, VTH
Faculty Seminar

APRIL 2008

Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
3 4
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
10 11
Faculty Seminar
Faculty Mtg 4pm Path 103
IDSC proposals due

Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
17 18
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar
24 25
Faculty Seminar
Graduate Seminar
Microscopy Seminar

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