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Phil Mixter has received a 2012 WSU Distinguished Teaching Award

by WSU CVM 9. April 2012 11:53

Phil Mixter, clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, has received a 2012 WSU Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes WSU faculty and students for their outstanding achievements and contributions to undergraduate education.


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Julie Stanton to Participate in the Biology Scholars Research Residency: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

by WSU CVM 9. April 2012 06:19

Julie Stanton, School of Molecular Bioscience, is 1 of 20 exemplary biologists chosen to participate in the Research Residency of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program funded by National Science Foundation. The program seeks to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning. Details


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Announcing the 2011 Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholars

by WSU CVM 5. April 2012 16:36
The designation of Newbrey Teaching Scholar is awarded for excellence in teaching during the first 3 years of the veterinary core curriculum. It is awarded to faculty who, according to the CVM's standardized student evaluations, score in the top 20 percentile of the college on the query "Rate the instructor." For consideration as a Newbrey Teaching Scholar, a faculty member must: {a} teach at least 10% of a course in the core curriculum,(or have at least 6 contact hours), and {b} receive standardized evaluations from at least 50% of the veterinary students enrolled in the course. The Newbrey Scholars are recognized each spring for achievement in the previous calendar year.

Newbrey Scholars 2011

Jeffrey Bryan
Annie Chen
William Foreyt
Steve Hines
Sunshine Lahmers
Charles Leathers
John Mattoon
Steven Parish
Christopher Schneider
Deb Sellon
Patricia Talcott
Stephanie Thomovsky
Ahmed Tibary
Russ Tucker
Leslie Sprunger

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The Value of a Comparative Medical Education

by Bryan 4. April 2012 12:24

This neat little story about one of our faculty, Cynthia Faux, got me to thinking about how what we learn as veterinarians can pop up to help us out in highly unusual and/or unpredictable ways.

Dr. Faux, who teaches gross anatomy to freshman veterinary students, also holds a PhD in Paleontology from Yale.  This story is about some of her paleontology research that was informed by her comparative medical knowledge as a veterinarian, specifically, an explanation of why so many dinosaur fossils are found in a posture with their head thrown back and their cervical spine hyper-extended.  You can read the story for more details, which are fascinating, as is the story of Cynthia's career trajectory.

This caused me to think back to the many times, when I was an active basic biomedical scientist in a medical school setting, that my veterinary medical education helped me succeed, both conceptually, and technically.  This also highlights one of the things I think veterinary colleges must do a better − recruiting students whose primary motivation is to be a scientist, and whom we have convinced that a comparative veterinary medical education will make them a better scientist, scientists like Cynthia, and Pete Anderson, who I have highlighted previously. 

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Dr Tony Gallina, Former WADDL Director Died on April 1

by WSU CVM 4. April 2012 06:46

Dr. Anthony (Tony) M. Gallina passed away at home on April 1, 2012. Dr Gallina was the director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) from 1976 - 1992 and taught pathology to many veterinary students and graduate students.




by Bryan 2. April 2012 07:18

This is the ladybug time of year.

Many years ago when our kids were much younger we were poking around Lawson Garden, anxious to get out after winter, and we stumbled on masses — as in millions — of ladybugs in the dead grass and leaves at the edge of the small spring behind our yard.  Each year since, like clockwork, on any sunny day in March (...boy, have those been in limited supply this year!) they increase their activity and move up out of deeper layers where they wintered over.  By mid-April, they have dispersed and we have to wait another year to see them again like this.  We never tire of seeing them and so, even though the kids are no longer around, we make a point to look for them.

Here is a small patch discovered over the weekend:


And, closer up:

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by Bryan 29. March 2012 21:40

“I wrote the obituary for the obituaries editor.”  

Thus opens “Salt”, a wonderful Sherman Alexie short story from his PEN/Faulkner winning collection, War Dances.  In the space of 20 impeccably crafted pages, Mr. Alexie deeply examines loss.  Not simple loss, but rather layers of loss; I am still pondering how many layers – quite like I am still pondering how many dreams were within dreams were within dreams in the movie Inception.   

One of the layers of loss is euthanasia.  In one thread of this story, an elderly woman had lost her husband, and then had to “put down” Henry, their cat.  She explained that Henry developed “cancer of the blood” grieving for the loss of the master of the house (“They [cats] see a lot of death, they do.”). 

She goes on to say:  “What’s that big word for killing cats?”   

“Euthanasia.” …  

“Yes, that’s it. … Such a pretty word for such a sad and lonely thing.”   


In what must have been destined to be my “euthanasia reflection day,” earlier this week I not only read this story on my flight over to Seattle, but then had a good discussion of euthanasia with one of our alums in Bellevue, and later met up with a friend who told me that she and her husband recently decided that it was time to have their beloved Max the Poodle euthanized after 15 years of good life, but with many infirmities of late. 

All this, I guess, to remind me of the special burden and obligation veterinarians bear when helping ease such a sad and lonely thing.

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WSU Vet hospital saves eye of clever, beloved, blind cat

by WSU CVM 28. March 2012 12:16

Jordie the cat is blind, and his owners, Mark and Wiwiek Bordsen of Colfax, say he possesses uncat-like abilities. By meowing boldly and threading himself around his owners’ legs, he reminds them to raise the American flag in front of the house each morning and to lock the main door each night. He even follows commands, they contend. He sits. He stays.



WSU study confirms social value of working with horses

by WSU CVM 27. March 2012 12:59

PATH to Success is an equine-assisted learning program directed at healthy youth development. PATH to Success is the focus of a two-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the program’s effects on both social interactions and stress levels among fifth- through eighth-grade children.


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WSU CVM Distinguished Alumni Award Presentations March 29 , 2012

by WSU CVM 19. March 2012 13:39

Please join us:

Thursday, March 29, 2012 , 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Third Floor Atrium of the Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility (ADBF)

Dr. Bryan K. Slinker, the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, invites you to attend a reception to recognize three of the college’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award winners*.

Dr. Glenn H. Cantor (PhD ’93)
Dr. Steven M. Niemi (DVM ‘82)
Dr. David J. Prieur (PhD ’71)
*The fourth award winner was Dr. Norman Rantanen (DVM ’67, MS ’71), who was recognized in December of 2011.


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