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         Accreditation of MPH-VPH program
         Student Awards
         P&G/Iams Sponsorship of Summer Research Positions
         Council for Graduate Studies Updates
         Important Reminders
         Funding Opportunities
         Training and Career Development Opportunities

Veterinary Public Health Program Receives National Accreditation

                          On November 22nd 2010, The Ohio State University, Veterinary
                          Public Health program received the official notification and a
                          plaque (left) of its certification by the American College of
                          Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). Accreditation that was
                          retroactive to July 30th, 2010.

                            The Ohio State Veterinary Public Health (VPH) specialization is
                            the first of its kind to receive this certification and is the second
                            MPH degree with a veterinary public health focus to receive this
                            recognition. The ACVPM is the discipline-specialist college
                            approved and recognized by the American Veterinary Medicine
                            Association (AVMA). The ACVPM establishes the standards for
the education and experience necessary for qualification as a specialist on veterinary
preventive medicine, public health and production medicine, including the examination and
certification of veterinarians through a board examination.

The VPH specialization of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a partnership
between the College of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio
State University. The MPH-VPH program is already accredited by the Council on
Education for Public Health (CEPH), and is the second largest in the USA. In five years of
the program 50 MPH-VPH students have already graduated with the degree, 10 of them
veterinarians who went to work at multiple federal government agencies, including CDC,
USDA-APHIS, USDA-FSIS, as well as the Military. Currently there are over 60 graduate
students at different level in their training.
The ACVPM accreditation adds to the recognition on the quality of this program in training
professionals in the Veterinary Public Health field including zoonotic diseases, food safety
and foodborne diseases, bioterrorism, preparedness and emergency response,
environmental health in agricultural settings, and translational biomedical research.
Because of this certification, Veterinarians that attend this program will automatically qualify
to take the board exams once they have obtained their MPH-VPH degree, instead of
waiting up to 5 years to show proficiency in the field. Congratulations to Dr. Armando
Hoet, Director of the VPH Program and other members of the VPH team!

Congratulations to Graduate Student Award Winners!
Our graduate students continue to shine in their respective fields and are capturing national
and international attention for their work! Please join us in congratulating the following
award winners.

                                      Several of our graduate and veterinary students
                                      recently competed and performed outstanding in the
                                      Animal Welfare judging contest at Michigan State
                                      University. Two teams of students competed: a
                                      graduate student group, which included Judi Stella,
                                      Puja Buch, and Megan Pozza; and a veterinary
                                      student group that included Amanda Wagner,
                                      Maranda Sauerland, Brandi Lengacher, and
                                      Elizabeth Homerosky. The graduate students placed
                                      fourth overall in their division and second in the beef
  (from left) Puja Buch, Megan Pozza, cattle section of the team contest. Our veterinary
  & Judi Stella                       students placed second in their division's team
                                      competition and Elizabeth Homerosky was first in the
individual competition for veterinary students. According to their coach, Dr. Candace
Croney, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, “Our
students' performance is impressive on its own; even more so given that most had never
taken a welfare science course, and they were competing against universities such as MSU
and the University of Guelph, which together have the two biggest programs in animal
welfare in North America.”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research
Fellowship Finalists
Drs. Simone Stoute and Famke Aeffner were recently
selected by The Ohio State Faculty Nominating
Committee as nominees for the receipt of a Howard
Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student
Research Fellowship. Ohio State is allowed to submit
ten allotted nominees for the award. Simone and
Famke competed against other international graduate
students across the University for this Honor. We
wish them success as they compete against others
                                                        Famke Aeffner   Simone Stoute
across the nation in the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship competition.

Congratulations to our PhD students on passing their candidacy exams!

Famke Aeffner, Dr. Ian Davis, advisor
Lisa Berman-Booty, Dr. Ching-Shih Chen, advisor

P&G/Iams & Merial Sponsorship of Summer Research Positions
Proctor & Gamble/Iams have recently announced funding for 2 positions in the Summer
Research Program at the Cincinnati Zoo and Center for Conservation and Research of
Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Prospective student interns will work under the supervision
of with Drs. Bill Swanson and Monica Stoops and co-mentors from CVM faculty on
a research project focusing in the areas of reproductive biology,
endocrinology and nutrition. CREW is dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals
from extinction. Dr. Swanson is the Director of Animal Research at CREW and one of the
world's leading experts on small cats, ranging from the ocelot in Brazil to the Pallas' cats in
Mongolia. Dr. Stoops is a staff Reproductive Physiologist at CREW and is spearheading
the Indian rhino research and conservation project.

In addition, Merial announced that they will be funding three students for the Merial
Veterinary Scholars Program, an increase of one position from 2010. Faculty or students
who are interested in participating in the can read more information about the program at

Council for Graduate Studies Updates
The Council for Graduate Studies met on December 3 to continue discussion on the
semester conversion, areas of specialization, and evaluations of resident teaching,
mentoring, and the possibility of creating endowed fellowships for students.

                 Graduate Student & Faculty Reminders – Important!!
                         Students MUST be registered for full-time by the first day of the
                         quarter! Most students should be able now to register for
                         winter quarter. For Winter Quarter, this is January 3. If you are
                         in a GA appointment, the college cannot pay your fees unless you
      are at full-time status. Failure to do so will result in late fees that the college is
      unable to waive or pay. For most students, full-time is defined as 10 credits or more;
      however, students should register for 15 credits per quarter for their first two years to
      ensure enough credits for graduation.
      The minimum stipend for new international students has been set at $19,608
      effective January 1, 2011. Faculty should keep this in mind when extending offers or
      budgeting for future graduate students.
      If you are changing from one HR title to another as a result of a new award,
      please contact your dept. HR representative to determine how this change will affect
      your benefits and to see if there are any forms you need to fill out. Many forms are
      due within 30 days of the event change; failure to complete them may result in extra
      funds being taken from your paycheck (for example, retirement).
      Students who are taking any personal time off around the holidays should document
      their leaves of absence. Please contact your departmental HRP (Lin Hess, Ann
      Sanders, or Ronda Baldwin) for the proper forms. Forms need to include the dates
      of your absence and must be signed by your advisor/supervisor

                        Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Deadlines for Intramural Grants: The Call for Proposals for each of the listed
funds can be found at the following weblink:

Due: January 18, 2011

Canine Funds – Provides funds for research of diseases of dogs or the prevention and
treatment of both human and canine illnesses. A portion (25%) of the funds will be targeted
for research in areas as they relate to shelter medicine, including but not limited to
epidemiology, behavior, infectious disease, and population control.

Paladin Funds – Provides funds for research in diseases, defects, injuries, and treatment of
Maltese dogs and other toy breeds, with particular emphasis on problems of reproduction,
hypoglycemia, risks of surgery, and use of anesthetics. However, as research and
veterinary science advance, the need for research in the various topics may change.
Paladin proposals can be submitted at the same time as Canine grant applications are due,
but need to be clearly marked

USDA/Animal Health/Formula Funds -- These funds are provided by the USDA for the
study of diseases of food animals (including horses). The primary purpose of these awards
is to provide seed money for projects leading to submission of proposals to the USDA for
special and competitive research grants. Therefore, priority will be given to projects which
offer the most promise of success in that competition. Maximum funding target of $15,000
per proposal.

Due February 15, 2011

C. Glenn Barber Funds - 2 applications will be funded for a start date of July 1, 2011. This
fund is intended to foster mentored student-based research involving amino acids and their
chemistry which includes, but is not restricted to molecular interactions between amino
acids, peptides, proteins, protein-protein interactions or their encoding nucleic acids. The
intent is to provide student stipends (salary, benefits, tuition and fees) for up to three years
during the training interval leading to a doctoral degree. Applications to the Barber Fund
will be evaluated on not only the quality of the prospective student, but also the quality of
the proposed research project and mentor. It is expected that the student will play a major
role in the writing of this application.

       Research projects shall involve protein research
       The faculty mentor shall have adequate research funding or the prospect for
       research funding to support the proposed recipient to the completion of his/her PhD
       The faculty mentor shall have adequate laboratory space and equipment to
       complete the proposed research
       The prospective recipient shall be a full-time PhD student in good standing and shall
       have successfully completed his/her PhD candidacy examination at the time of
       application for the Barber Funds
       The standard college format for research proposals is not used for this submission.
       Instead, there is a separate C. Glenn Barber Fund Intramural Application and

CMIB Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Application
The Training Grant Program has been funded to support two Ph.D. graduate students and
one post-doctoral researcher from the laboratories of CMIB training grant faculty. At this
time, one pre-doctoral fellowship slot is available effective January 1, 2011. Applications for
the post-doctoral slot are not being accepted. The fellowship will be awarded through a
competitive application process (application attached). Graduate students should be
entering their second or third year of graduate school and preference will be given to
graduate students that have successfully completed the bulk of their coursework and have
passed their Qualifying Examination. All applicants will be evaluated on the following
criteria: scholarly activities, course performance, research plan, relevance to CMIB, letters
of reference, and non-scholarly activities/intangibles.

The fellowships are reviewed annually and will be renewed if satisfactory progress is made
(renewable for up to three years for the graduate fellowships). During the annual renewal
process, the fellows will be evaluated on criteria such as: the number of submitted
abstracts and manuscripts, seminars given locally and outside of the university, awards,
other external support (for post-docs) and participation in CMIB activities.

Review of applications, annual reviews of fellows, ranking of applications, and governance
of the CMIB Training Grant will be conducted by a CMIB Fellowship Selection and
Oversight Committee such that alignment of the fellowship program with the CMIB mission
and goals is maintained. The deadline is Friday, December 10, 2010, at 5PM eastern
time. All proposals must be sent as an email attachment to in
Adobe PDF text-file format. No proposals, nor revisions, will be accepted after 5PM on
December 10, 2010. ALL PAGES should be set to print on standard 8.5- by 11-inch paper.
All margins should be at least 1 inch. Type must be 12 point or larger with no more than 6
lines per inch. All pages should be numbered. Application requirements:

       Undergraduate transcript
       GRE scores and TOEFL scores (if applicable)
       Curriculum Vitae
       Courses currently being taken and future course plan
       Copy of most recent Graduate School transcript
       Date and Result of Qualifying Examination
       Expected date of completion of Ohio State graduate program
       Current status of research plan, research plan anticipated during CMIB Fellowship,
       and a specific statement regarding the relevance of research to the CMIB mission,
       and goals. 3 page maximum and must be an original statement by the applicant.
       Future career goals (1 page)
       2 Letters of Reference (including one from Ph.D. advisor)
                 Meetings, Training and Career Development Opportunities

                  OSUCCC-James 13th Annual Scientific Meeting
                  February 18, 2011 Ohio Union, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Registration and
                  abstract submission opens Dec. 1. For more information and to register,

Graduate Students are being sought to join the Columbus Schweitzer Fellows Program . This is a highly prestigious program
and opportunity for our graduate students and veterinary students to perform community
service and benefit from this outstanding organization.

More than 2,000 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered over 400,000 hours of service—and
they’ve carried the skills they sharpened and the lessons they learned forward into their
professional careers as Schweitzer Fellows for Life (program alumni). Stipends will be
awarded to those students who are chosen to participate. For more information and to
apply, visit or contact Dr.
Michael Lairmore, the College Schweitzer Fellowship Coordinator at

International Student Career Group
Career Connection will be holding a career group for international students this winter
quarter. The focus of the group will be to provide a forum for the discussion of the unique
experiences and challenges international students face and to assist international students
as they transition to the workplace.

The group will meet in room 211 of the Younkin Success center from 10:00am to 11:30am
beginning January 18th and ending March 1st. Space is limited so the group will be filled
with the first ten who contact us. The remaining will be placed on a waitlist for future
groups. For questions, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Ryan
Wilhelm at or Ana Berrios-Allison at
All participants MUST commit to attending all 7 meetings.

Faculty Positions Available

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY seeks
applicants for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. Applicants should
have a Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D., or equivalent degree with postdoctoral training. We are
interested in individuals whose primary focus is the interface between pathogen and host
and show exceptional promise for a career in academic science. Areas of research interest
include innate and adaptive immune responses to infectious agents, as well as the
mechanisms by which viruses, bacteria, or parasites combat immune defense.

Career Clinical Track faculty position in Veterinary Clinical Pathology - Department
of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Section of Clinical
Pathology at Cornell University invites applications for a career clinical track faculty position
in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. This 3-year indefinitely renewable position is available July
1, 2011 and requires a DVM (or equivalent degree) and board certification or eligibility in
clinical pathology, with board certification preferred.

For more information on these positions, visit:

Post-Doc Positions Available

Cornel University Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research: Molecular
mechanisms of plant-bacterial interactions

Postdoctoral positions are available for several projects focused on the interaction of
tomato with Pseudomonas syringae or Salmonella. Projects areas include: 1) AvrPto C-
terminal virulence activity and its cognate R protein, Rpa (Yeam et al., Plant J. 61:16); 2)
AvrPtoB N-terminal virulence determinants and the AvrPtoB E3 ligase domain (Rosebrock
et al., Nature 448:370); 3) characterization of tomato protein kinases involved in the
immune response (Oh et al., Plant Cell 22:260); and 4) role of the tomato immune
response in suppressing growth of food-borne pathogens. Candidates must have
completed coursework in molecular host-microbe interactions, have research experience
using a well-established experimental system, and have a record of significant peer-
reviewed publications. A PhD is required in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology,
molecular biology, plant biology, plant pathology, or structural biology. Excellent writing
and oral communication skills are required. For more information about the lab, see: To apply, send a cover letter, a statement of
research interests and a CV including the names of three references to Gregory Martin
( Applications will be reviewed beginning on January 10, 2011 and the
positions will remain open until filled.

University of Florida, Microbiology and Cell Science

Dr. deCrecy-Lagard is looking to fill one or two post-doctoral position on a 4-year NSF
funded project that just started. Applicants should have a strong background in bacterial
genetics and/or molecular biology. For more information, please contact her directly: Dr.
Valerie de Crecy-Lagard, University of Florida, Microbiology and Cell Science,
New Substation Construction to Impact John Herrick Drive

The first phase of AEP's installation of an underground power line for the new Ohio State
substation is scheduled to begin the week of Monday (12/6) and will last about three
weeks. This work will close Herrick Drive to traffic from the parking lot of the Parker Food
Science building to Olentangy River Road. Access to the Veterinary Medical Center and
Agriculture campus will be from Coffey Road and detours will be posted. All buildings will
remain accessible

 Upcoming Deadlines for Autumn Quarter:

 Last Day of Classes                                    Friday, December 3
 Autumn Commencement                                    Sunday, December 12
 End of Quarter Deadline                                Thursday, December 30
 Winter Quarter Classes Begin                           Monday, January 3

 Upcoming Deadlines for Winter Quarter:
 Deadline to add/drop classes on-line                   Friday, January 7, 2011
 Application to Graduate Due                            Friday, January 14, 2011
 Final Oral Exam Report Due                             Wednesday, March 2, 2011
 Thesis/Dissertation submission deadline                Wednesday, March 9, 1011
 End of Quarter Deadline                                Friday, March 25, 2011
 Winter Commencement                                    Sunday, March 20, 2011

 HOLIDAYS (University and Offices Closed)
 President’s Day observed                                      Thursday, December 23
 Christmas Day                                                 Friday, December 24
 New Years Day                                                 Friday, December 31, 2010

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