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The 2014 E. P. Pope Memorial Award to Dr. Tim BaszlerRead More
Serve a great turkey, not salmonella, for the holidayThis month’s Thanksgiving turkey might contain more than bread stuffing. It could also harbor salmonella, a bacterial pathogen that causes foodborne illness in 1.2 million Americans each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Leanne Whitmore Receives a FASEB MARC Travel AwardCongratulations to Leanne Whitmore, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Ping Yi, who has received a prestigious Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Travel Award to attend the International Society for Computational Biology’s Seventh Annual RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics from November 9-14, 2014 in San Diego, CA. These NIH-sponsored awards are meant to promote the entry of students, post doctorates and scientists from underrepresented groups into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists in national and international conferences. See more at: http://www.faseb.org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs/News-Room/Article-Detail-View/tabid/1014/ArticleId/1052/MARC-TRAVEL-AWARDS-ANNOUNCED-FOR-RECOMB-ISCB-CONFERENCE.aspx
Dr. Mary Sanchez-Lanier selected for advising awardCongratulations to Professor Sanchez-Lanier for receiving top honors from the Washington State University Academic Advising Association. Read more here.
Notes from the Field: Visiting Risper OyogoIt’s the last Thursday in August and today I am having the Kisumu County medical epidemiologist, Dr. Dickens Onyango, accompany me for a field visit to the Allen School research projects in the Lwak area, by the shores of Lake Victoria. At about 8 a.m., Dickens and I meet up at the West mall, the newest mall in Kisumu, where we quickly grab coffee and set off in one of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) field trucks. Our first stop is 14 kilometers north at the KEMRI Kisian Campus, a beautiful campus with neatly-manicured lawns and rows of well-aligned and mature umbrella trees providing a welcoming cool calm of shade.
Animals R us – ‘Zoobiquity’ conference Nov. 1Physicians and veterinarians alike will convene in Seattle for a conference Nov. 1 to discuss, among other things … penguins.
Professor Patricia Hunt Awarded the Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence AwardCongratulations to Dr. Patricia Hunt, a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, who has been awarded the 2014 Zoetis Veterinary Research Excellence Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU in recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments. The award is given to faculty who have made significant contributions to research that benefits veterinary medicine. Dr. Hunt will be presented with the award and also give a talk on her research at the CVM Research Symposium Banquet, which will be on October 30, 2014. More information about the award and previous CVM recipients can be found on: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/news/awards/zoetis-research
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Associate Professor Weihang Chai receives $1.45 million grant from NIHCongratulations to Weihang Chai for receiving a $1.45 million grant from the National Institute of Health. The grant will study the role of the CST protein complex in preserving genome stability. Read more about the award here.
Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Graduates
Congratulations to our 2014 summer graduates:
Dr. Tyson Eucker, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended his dissertation entitled Campylobacter jejuni Manipulates the Focal Complex to Invade Epithelial Cells and Induce Secretion of Interleukin-8 and has been accepted a position at Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica in Ames, IA.
Dr. Elizabeth (Lisa) Evans, Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences successfully defended her dissertation entitled Investigating the Degradation of Retinoic Acid via Cytochrome P450 Enzymes, CYP26A1 and CYP26B1, in the Postnatal Testis and been accepted as a postdoc at the University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
WSU geneticist helps solve mystery of Arctic peoplesRead More
Drs. Michael Smerdon and Peng Mao Find Crucial Step in DNA Repair
Congratulations to Regents Professor Michael Smerdon and Dr. Peng Mao, a postdoctoral researcher in his laboratory, for discovery of an early step in the process of repairing damaged DNA that has the potential to lead to new targets for the treatment of a number of human diseases including cancer. In a study published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Drs. Smerdon and Mao identified a chromatin response to DNA damage-induced RNA polymerase II arrest (deubiquitylation of histone H2B), that helps 'fine-tune' the chromatin landscape to allow DNA repair enzymes access to damage in chromatin while avoiding excess RNAPII degradation. Modulation of this step in the repair process may eventually lead to more effective therapy for DNA repair-deficient diseases, such as Cockayne Syndrome, a disease that causes extreme sun sensitivity, nervous system degeneration and premature aging. For more information go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2014/08/18/wsu-researchers-find-crucial-step-in-dna-repair/#.U_ONBk3n_cs
Ebola outbreak surprising, but not the ‘Next Big One’As the Ebola virus continues its swift spread across four West Africa countries, including several major cities, two scientists at Washington State University are monitoring reports from afar with measured concern.
Antibiotic ResistanceBacteria can do something remarkable. They can share genes. So, if one bacterium is resistant to a particular antibiotic, such as tetracycline, it can pass that resistant gene to another bacterium. That bacterium will become resistant and can pass its resistant gene to another bacterium. And they can keep the resistance for a long time. That allows antibiotic resistance to spread widely.
Congratulations! Floricel Gonzalez has been awarded an Auvil Scholars Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dr. Eric Shelden Appointed to the PLOS ONE Editorial Board
Congratulations to Dr. Eric Shelden, Associate Professor in SMB, for his recent appointment to the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE. This Online journal was launched in December, 2006, as an efficient and economical venue for disseminating research in all areas of science and medicine. Today it is the largest journal in the world, publishing well over 2000 articles per month. PLOS ONE’s editorial criteria focuses on the technical quality of the work rather than any subjective judgments such as perceived novelty or limited relevance to a specialist field.
Pilot workshop about STEM teaching with a twistJuly 21-24: Pilot workshop about STEM teaching with a twist
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teaching Academy and the Provost’s Office are hosting a “Scientific Teaching” workshop on the Pullman campus from July 21-24th. . Taught by members of the National Academies Summer Institute, 24 pre-registered participants from WSU will learn how to improve undergraduate-level teaching and draw diverse students into STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
The goal is to provide training in the principles of Scientific Teaching to WSU STEM and allied faculty so that they can leave the workshop with a plan for implementing best teaching practices in their classrooms this coming academic year. WSU is serving as a pilot institution for this new model for wide-scale faculty development in educational pedagogy at a single university. The Institute is supported by the CVM Teaching Academy and the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education in the Provost’s Office. For more information contact: Dr. William B. Davis, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, CVM and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Molecular Biosciences.
Drs. Chengtao Her and Eric Shelden awarded intramural grants from CVM
Congratulations to Drs. Chengtao Her and Eric Shelden who recently were awarded intramural grants from the College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue their research.
The focus of Dr. Her’s research is to gain “a better understanding of the roles of mismatch repair proteins in restricting aberrant (toxic) NHEJ repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) during S and G2 phases of the cell cycle. This understanding is important because DSB repair activity directly influences the effectiveness of many DSB-inducing anticancer agents.”
Dr. Shelden’s grant from the Marvel Shields Autzen Fund is focused on research to better “understand why brain and other central nervous system tissues lose tolerance to stress as they develop and age, and to develop strategies for improved intervention in and treatment of central nervous system injuries in veterinary and clinical settings.”
Dr. Susan Wang Receives NSF Grant to Modify the Property of SoilsCongratulations to Dr. Wang, an Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, who, along with her colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO) was recently awarded NSF grant CMMI-1359671, “Collaborative Research: Use of Microbially-Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation to Improve Seismic Behavior of Saturated Sands”. The goal of this 3 year grant, of which she is a Co-PI, is to investigate and optimize microbial metabolism to modify the engineering properties of soils and prevent potential damage from earthquakes.
Global Animal Health Pathway Student Returns from Six Weeks in Africa
by Tomasina Lucia ’14 DVM, Global Animal Health Pathway Student
When asked about their “big five,” most travelers to Kenya will regale you with talk of lions, elephants, or Cape buffalo. My big five were a bit different. As part of Washington State University’s Global Animal Health Pathway, I traveled to western Kenya for a six-week clinical rotation in research methods during the winter of my clinical year of veterinary training.Read More