Vol. 13 | No. 4
MIP Undergrad Takes Top Honors at the Murals Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium
Jasmine Donkoh, a talented MIP undergrad in the laboratory of Brian Foy, was named the overall winner of the murals multicultural undergraduate research art and leadership symposium! Her research work is on the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, a known vector of malaria.
MIP Undergraduates Give Impressive Showing at the Annual CSU Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium
25 MIP undergraduates, along with 5 other students who are not Micro majors and mentored by MIP faculty, presented their research at the annual CURC Symposium this month. Over 10% of the 233 abstracts presented at the symposium were from MIP students – which is pretty darn impressive considering the relatively small size of our major and serves as a clear indication of the great research opportunities available to Micro majors to enhance their educational experience.
Research: Highest Honors
Research: High Honors
Research: College Honors
MIP Graduate Students Take Home Awards at the Spring Rocky Mountain ASM Branch Meeting
Stephanie Morphet (pictured above) won second place for her poster, “Assessing the species-specific phenolic glycolipid of Mycobacterium bovis as a biomarker of bovine tuberculosis”. Her poster was co-authored with Kristopher Webb, Franklyn B. Garry and John T. Belisle.
CONGRATULATIONS Stephanie and Emily!!!
Adam Heck Receives Five Year NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations are definitely in order for Adam Heck of the Wilusz labs who was recently awarded a five year predoctoral GRFP fellowship from the National Science Foundation!!!
MIP Residents Pass ACVP Phase I Board Exam
CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Rout, Laura Hoon-Hanks and Allison Vilander (pictured below) on passing the first phase of the AVCP board exam.
Esther Musselman was awarded the Technician of the Year Award at the recent Celebrate Colorado State Annual Awards Ceremony. Esther received the award as the animal tech that ensured that research animals at CSU are provided the highest quality of husbandry and veterinary care.
Communicating Science to the Public (and from the photo possibly cows……)
Anna Farge was accepted for the ComSciCon annual workshop for graduate students that focuses on the communication of science to widespread audiences. The workshop takes place in June at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA and is associated with Harvard University. Professional communicators from around the country coach attendees through a series of activities, including a poster session during which students share original outreach/capacity building projects, a K-12 education session, and the editing and revision process of an original piece that will ultimately result in publication. Anna hopes to bring what she learns back to CSU and help hold a science and engineering communication workshop on campus for undergraduate and graduate students.
Congratulations to Vicki Cox Jones and Jason Cummings for earning CVMBS SPOT Awards this month. Vicki received hers for training users on instrumentation and coordinating volunteers for MRL/TB events. Jason was recognized for his tireless efforts in support of the Slayden lab.
Genetic Drift during Systemic Arbovirus Infection of Mosquito Vectors Leads to Decreased Relative Fitness during Host Switching
Nathan Grubaugh, James Weger-Lucarelli, Reyes Murrieta, Joseph Fauver, Selene Garcia-Luna, Abhishek Prasad, Bill Black and Greg Ebel
Cell Host and Microbe 19: 481-492 (April 2016)
When it comes to working on viruses, forget about reaching for a Phillips head screwdriver or an Allen wrench. The only tool you need to consider is Muller’s ratchet. What in the name of Home Depot is that you ask? Well you’ll have to either continue reading or stop by the AIDL and chat with Nathan and the gang to answer that question.
Best wishes to all for a great end of semester/finals week.
AIDL Group’s Recent Paper Makes Journal Cover AND Gets Highlighted in Nature
The paper by Grubaugh et al that we highlighted as this month’s MIPublication of the Month also:
Click here to check out the full paper.
MIP Publications April 2016
Phillips AT, Rico AB, Stauft CB, Hammond SL, Aboellail TA, Tjalkens RB, Olson KE. ENTRY SITES OF VENEZUELAN AND WESTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS VIRUSES IN THE MOUSE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM FOLLOWING PERIPHERAL INFECTION. J Virol. 2016 Apr 6. pii: JVI.03219-15. [Epub ahead of print]
Grubaugh ND, Weger-Lucarelli J, Murrieta RA, Fauver JR, Garcia-Luna SM, Prasad AN, Black WC 4th, Ebel GD. Genetic Drift during Systemic Arbovirus Infection of Mosquito Vectors Leads to Decreased Relative Fitness during Host Switching. Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Apr 13;19(4):481-92. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.03.002.
Hoffman AM, Dow SW. Concise review: Stem cell trials using companion animal disease models. Stem Cells. 2016 Apr 12. doi: 10.1002/stem.2377. [Epub ahead of print]
McNulty E, Selariu AI, Anderson K, Hayes-Klug J, Nalls AV, Powers JG, Hoover EA, Mathiason CK. Aspects of the husbandry and management of captive cervids. Lab Anim (NY). 2016 Mar 22;45(4):140-2. doi: 10.1038/laban.972.
McConnel CS, Stenkamp-Strahm CM, Rao S, Linke LM, Magnuson RJ, Hyatt DR. Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles in Escherichia coli O157 Isolates from Northern Colorado Dairies. J Food Prot. 2016 Mar;79(3):484-7. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-15-321.
Angala SK, McNeil MR, Zou L, Liav A, Zhang J, Lowary TL, Jackson M. Identification of a Novel Mycobacterial Arabinosyltransferase Activity Which Adds an Arabinosyl Residue to α-d-Mannosyl Residues. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Fox KA, Wootton S, Marolf A, Rouse N, LeVan I, Spraker T, Miller M, Quackenbush S. Experimental Transmission of Bighorn Sheep Sinus Tumors to Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) and Domestic Sheep. Vet Pathol. 2016 Mar 28. pii: 0300985816634810. [Epub ahead of print]
Kaye S, Wang W, Miller C, McLuckie A, Beatty JA, Grant CK, VandeWoude S, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H. Role of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in Lymphomagenesis-Going Alone or Colluding? ILAR J. 2016 Mar 31;57(1):24-33. doi: 10.1093/ilar/ilv047.
Ralph Smith MIPhoto of the Month©
Ralph Smith took this breathtaking shot on a spot on Molas Pass near Silverton. It's a one-hour exposure with the wide-angle lens pointed toward the north star.
In memory of Dr. Charles “Chuck” P. Hibler
Dr. Chuck Hibler, a highly accomplished wildlife parasitologist and spouse of Dlab Director Dr. Barb Powers, passed away on April 14th. The entire MIP community sends its condolences and hopes that Barb and the family are comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. A scholarship has also been created in Dr. Hibler's name for those wishing to contribute:
Remembering Dr. Klein
A celebration of the life of Dr. Don Klein was held on Friday April 22nd in the Lory Student Center. Words/phrases like remarkable, passionate, jovial, long discussions and a tremendous scholar filled the air. Thanks Don. We’ll miss you.
A big thank you for all the judges at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair that took place on April 7th.
Introduction to Research Undergraduate Poster Presentation
Please join the MIP150 undergraduate students as they display and explain their research and give their poster presentations. The undergraduate students have worked diligently to isolate bacteria from the soil that produce antibiotics and discover phages that lyse these bacteria. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the undergraduates that you might want to hire in your lab in the future! Please join us in:
A201 Microbiology Building
The students need to practice their presentation skills, so any feedback is appreacited.
Does Alan Look ‘Board’ These Days?
Alan Schenkel was recently reappointed as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Immunology.
MIP’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program highlighted in the Source
Explore Joseph Gallegos and Cassidy Hagan undergraduate research experiences and more in this Colorado State University’s SOURCE article
The Cell and Molecular Biology Student Association (CMBSA) is putting on a raffle to raise money for the association. The CMBSA is a student led organization with the purpose to encourage and unite students academically, socially, and in the area of community service by enriching scientific interactions through the promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations, working closely with the recruitment of new graduate students, and building a sense of unity.The raffle is open to everyone.There are several prizes to Chocolate Café, Black Bottle and Chipper’s Lanes. Tickets are priced at $3 for 1 or $5 for 2. The winners should be be announed on Thursday, May 9th.
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Books Available in MIP Office
Check out the list below of Dr. Klein’s and Dr. McNeil’s books that are still available in the office. People can stop by the Micro Front Office during business hours to select the books they’re interested in.
See list here.
Pathology Team is Pretty Darn Fast (and Furry)
The PsychoPath runners (pictured above) took 3rd place in the team competition at the Annual Fast and Furriest 5k run earlier this month.
TB Meeting Adventures Across the Pond
Marcela Henao-Tamayo, Crystal Shanley, and Diane Ordway recently attended a workshop on TB Animal Models at the Public Health Facility in Porton Down, UK. While there they tried their hand at the traditional English sports of ‘sheep scaring’ and ‘ale quaffing’.
Rebekah Kading’s Ugandan Adventures
Rebekah Kading recently visited Uganda to kick off the research on her new DTRA grant designed to build up the research capacity and knowledge of bats in Uganda, as well as the ability of local partners to respond to an outbreak of a zoonotic pathogen. This trip focused on biosurveillance training with the Uganda Virus Research Institute, including the development of a bat acoustic call library which will also be used in future biodiversity surveys. If that wasn’t enough, they also initiated an ecology study on the numerous species of cave bats found in a spot near Sipi Falls in eastern Uganda. This will be the thesis project of a graduate student at Makerere University in Kampala.
Check out the photos here.
The Foothills have also Gone Batty!!!
Ashley Malmlov of the Schountz Lab holds a male Jamaican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis).
Save the date for the Fall 2016 Graduate Student Showcase. This second annual gathering of CSU graduate researchers will take place on November 15th.
For more information, click here.
WHOOOOOOO took this Cool Picture?
Ashley and Aaron McGrew welcomed Charlotte McGrew, born April 25th, 6 lbs 1 oz., 19 inches. Baby and mom are both doing well!
"Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere."
Mark Zabel recently took this selfie while getting some dental work.
Seal Necropsy Cake!
Colleen Duncan recently did a stint up at the Sitka Sound Science Center and as a going away present they made her the most amazing cake ever… a seal necropsy cake!
Is there life for an application that misses an NIH payline? OnPAR – a possible second chance at getting your scored NIH grant application funded
NIH has partnered with private foundations in their Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) Program. For this pilot, OnPAR has started with seven funding organizations - but apparently over a hundred additional foundations along with 6 pharma companies are interested in participating. To have your application considered, you must (1) score within the top 30th percentile; (2) have your summary statement from NIH; and provide application info on the OnPAR site. For more info on this innovative ‘second chance’ funding opportunity, check out http://onpar.leidosweb.com/onpar/apply.php
High Priority Immunology Grant FOA is still active
Are you part of the I of MIP? If so, please note that NIAID set aside $15 million for FY 2017 to fund 30 to 35 awards in a variety of immunology areas including innate/adaptive immune responses. Check out the FOA at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-15-055.html
April 29th- Requisitions for goods or services requiring competition to Procurement expending FY 16 funds.
May 9th- Requisitions for Open Purchase Orders & Service Purchase Orders next fiscal year (FY 17).
May 27th- Requisitions for goods and services not requiring competition to Procurement expending FY 16 funds.
New Grant Awards
Carol Blair, "Novel Approaches for Development of Monoclonal Antibodies Against Encephalitic Alphaviruses with Enhanced Therapeu... ", DOD-DTRA-Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Delphi Chatterjee, "Role of Gamma/Delta T Cells in Vaccine Induced Immunity ", Saint Louis University.
Partick Brennan, "Characterization of LAM the Basis of Otsuka POC Test ", Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Co.
Ramesh Akkina, "Multi-Species Mechanisms of Drug Bio-Distribution in HIV Tissue Reservoirs ", UNC-University of North Carolina at Chap.
Randall Basaraba, "Project 1: Metabolic Factors that Control the Spectrum of Human Tuberculosis", "Project 2: Metabolic Factors that Control the Spectrum of Human Tuberculosis", "Project 3: Metabolic Factors that Control the Spectrum of Human Tuberculosis ", Brigham and Womens Hospital.
Randall Basaraba, "Core D: Metabolic Factors that Control the Spectrum of Human Tuberculosis", Brigham and Womens Hospital.
Richard Bessen, "Fyn Activation in Prion Disease", HHS-NIH-NIAID-Allergy & Infect Diseases.
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