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Articles about the college from around the world.
Julie Weikel ('72 DVM)
Julie Weikel ('72 DVM)- Three women hiked Nevada-Oregon desert and proved life is about savoring details.Read More
Tom Meyer (’78 DVM)
AVMA delegates selected Tom Meyer (’78 DVM) to be the 2015–16 president-elect.Read More
Dave Chapman ('00 DVM)
Dave Chapman (’00 DVM) considers himself a traditional animal healer, but he also makes time for parrots, pigs and other exotic pets.Read More
Dr. Bill McGee ('40 DVM)
Dr. Bill McGee (’40 DVM) was 23 when he moved to Kentucky after receiving his DVM degree from Washington State University in 1940, the year before Whirlaway won the Triple Crown.Read More
Incoming Neuroscience Graduate Student, Forrest Shaffer, Receives Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship in Track and Field
Incoming neuroscience graduate student, Forrest Shaffer, has received the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship in Track and Field. The award is a one time grant totaling $9,000.
Vicki Croft (WSU) and Susanne Whitaker (Cornell) win 2016 Medical Library Association "Section Project of the Year Award"
The MLA Section Project of the Year Award is awarded to an MLA section that demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, cooperation, and leadership within the framework of the mandate of the section. The 2016 winner is the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section for “Promoting and Advocating for the Profession: Creating a Multi-Faceted Illustrated History of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section (VMLS) and Its Impact.” The project was designed to be more than a history lesson. The committee wanted to ensure that the project could be utilized in a variety of ways. As an advocacy tool, the project has served to make the greater community of medical librarians aware of the impact of librarians on veterinary medicine through peer-reviewed articles published about the section. Since these diverse articles are part of the scholarly record, they will be discoverable to future generations of librarians. The project serves as a model for other sections to help develop their own section histories.
Darrel Nelson Receives 2016 A/P Excellence Award
Darrel Nelson has received the 2016 A/P Excellence Award. Click here to read more about this honor: Darrel Nelson Receives A/P Excellence Award
Summer Microscopy ‘Camp’ will enhance research efforts of three SMB labsOver the summer months, SMB researchers in the Carabeo, Jones and Konkel labs will take their cells and reagents to the Advanced Imaging Centre (AIC) at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Labs in Virginia. There they will study how cells move, how pathogens invade mammalian cells and how invasion impacts the adhesion systems of a host cell, using some of the new bioimaging technologies being developed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Betzig and others. The mission of AIC is to “make cutting-edge imaging technologies developed at Janelia widely accessible, and at no cost, to scientists before the instruments are commercially available”. The Carabeo, Jones and Konkel labs each submitted proposals to AIC last year and all three were accepted. The Jones lab is currently at Janelia. Carabeo and Konkel lab personnel will begin their studies in July and August.
Cynthia Cooper, SMB Associate Professor (WSU-Vancouver) will speak at the May 14, 2016 Northwest Melanoma Symposium
Cynthia Cooper, SMB Associate Professor (WSU-Vancouver) will speak at the May 14, 2016 Northwest Melanoma Symposium. The symposium is hosted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, co-sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the Melanoma Research Foundation, inviting family and friends to this public science outreach event with a theme of Science to Survivorship.
For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.melanoma.org/get-involved/calendar-of-events/patient-symposium-seattle-wa-1.
SMB Graduate will pursue application of cancer research.After graduating Saturday, Luis Cortez, a first-generation student from Othello, Wash., plans to get his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in order to “research human health issues and transfer my lab discoveries into practice.”
Bacteria use traffic-cop-like mechanism to infect gutA study has found that a cellular syringe-like device used to invade intestinal cells also acts as a traffic cop – directing bacteria where to go and thereby enabling them to efficiently carry out infection.
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Undergraduate Advisor Dr. Samantha Gizerian Receives National Advising Award
Neuroscience undergraduate advisor, Dr. Samantha Gizerian, has received the Outstanding Advising Award in the Faculty Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association. This is a national award and an immense honor. Congratulations to Dr. Gizerian!
IPN's Dr. Cynthia Faux Receives WSU Libraries' Excellence Award
Dr. Cynthia Faux, a clinical assistant professor in IPN, will receive the Libraries' Excellence Award on May 5th. To read more about this award, view the WSU News story: May 5: Faux to receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award
PrIMe researcher receives grant to improve safety of pain medications for catsCats are the most common pet in the United States. Every year, thousands of cats unnecessarily suffer from pain and inflammation when they could have benefitted from treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as meloxicam. This is because relative to most dogs and humans, cats are more likely to experience serious side effects from NSAIDs, limiting safe and effective inflammation and pain control in this species. Understanding the effects of NSAIDs on cellular metabolism in cats will help unveil the mechanism underlying their predisposition to serious side effects relative to other species and open the way to substantial advances in the treatment of inflammation and pain in these animals. In this study we will determine the effects of chronic meloxicam administration on cellular metabolite profiles in cat plasma and urine. We will apply an untargeted metabolomics approach that will allow us to identify currently unknown metabolite changes that could explain why cats are predisposed to adverse effects of the NSAID meloxicam.
Several Neuroscience Undergraduates Awarded Office of Undergraduate Education Awards
Congratulations to the neuroscience undergraduates that received awards at the Office of Undergraduate Education Awards Ceremony:
International Tutor Training Program Certification:
Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Writing:
SURCA Honorable Mention:
Successful Ph.D. Defense: Megan Slaker
Congratulations to Megan Slaker for her successful Ph.D. thesis defense entitled "Caught in the net: Perineuronal nets and cocaine memory".
2016 Poster Session and Scholarship Event Awards 3 Neuroscience Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2016 Neuroscience scholarship awardees:
View the photos from the poster session here: 2016 Poster Session
Genome scientist earns top award for innovative research
The award singles out outstanding independent researchers demonstrating innovative, creative work “that is moving the field of molecular biology and evolution forward,” according to the society website. The annual award includes recognition at the annual banquet in July, a cash prize of $2,000 and a travel award to attend the annual meeting.
Kelley’s lab at Washington State University focuses on high-throughput genome sequencing and computational approaches to analyzing big data in genomics.
Earlier this year, she found the genetic mechanism that lets a fish live in toxic, sulfidic water, opening new insights into the functioning of other “extremophiles” and how they adapt to their challenging environments. In 2014, she sequenced the DNA of the Antarctic midge and assembled the smallest insect genome to date. The year before, GenomeWeb named her one of its top 20 young investigators.
Rabies Just Can’t Get Any Respect
What does a killer disease have to do to get attention these days? Last year, people watched with horror as Ebola ravaged West Africa and spread fear around the globe. Now it’s the turn of the upstart Zika virus to grab the headlines as an international health emergency.
Meanwhile, I’ve just been quietly doing my thing, killing about 60,000 people per year in the most gruesome way imaginable. But hey, I’m just rabies — nothing to get worked up over, right?
Neuroscience Graduate Student Axel Fenwick Receives NSF Honorable Mention
Neuroscience graduate student Axel Fenwick has received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation for the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of his proposed work. Congratulations!