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CVM News, Updates for May

Troy Ghashghaei helped lead a research effort that pinpoints the areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy and shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the disease by reducing seizure activity. The work may help identify the areas of the human brain affected in absence epilepsy and lead to new therapies for sufferers.

The study appeared in the journal
Cerebral Cortex and summaries have been reported in several online publications including Medical News Today.

Craig Harms did an in-depth interview with WUNC radio about devising an innovative and humane method to euthanize dying whales. Podcast and report.

Eleanor Hawkins is the recipient of the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Distinguished Service Award. Video.

A report on WUNC about the rehabilitation and release of loggerhead sea turtle Nichols referenced the partnership between the CVM and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

Barrett Slenning was quoted in a North Carolina news service podcast about antibiotics and livestock.

Adam Birkenheuer is a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award presented by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Christine McGahan is the recipient of a 2014 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award and Laurel Degernes is a recipient of a 2014 Alumni Association Outstanding Extension and Outreach Award.
Every year, the Alumni Association honors faculty who excel in the classroom, laboratory and in the field. This year, 26 faculty members received recognition during an awards ceremony designed to celebrate faculty dedication to NC State’s core values—teaching, research and extension

Adam Moeser gave an invited talk at the Vetagro International forum in Chateuborg, France on June 3. The theme of this presentation and forum was “Intestinal Integrity and Immune Response: Improving Performance and Food Safety via Gut Health.”

Toby, the
Lhasa apso puppy found burned and abandoned in Greensboro, underwent two successful surgeries by Kyle Mathews and Marije Risselada. Toby’s progress was followed by the News & Observer and the Greensboro News and Record. Photos. Video/article.

The collaboration between Denis Marcellin-Little and the College of Engineering in prosthetic limb advancements was profiled in a report by an ABC News affiliate in San Franciso.

Geof Smith is quoted in Bovine + Veterinarian about employing oral electrolyte therapy to restore dehydrated calves to health and productivity.

Matthew Breen was a featured speaker at the 2014 American College of Veterinary Medicine forum. Science Daily reported on his development of a cytogenetics “toolbox” to study canine cancer and aid human cancer.

National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS)
directed by Paula Cray was recognized at the 54th  Annual Food and Dug Administration Honor Awards Ceremony with the Group Recognition Award.  This award recognizes superior achievement of the Agency’s mission through teamwork, partnership, shared responsibility, or fostering collaboration and coalition to achieve FDA goals.

A Gettysburg College undergraduate student did a blog post about her externship experience with Greg Lewbart and the CVM Turtle Rescue Team.

Cheryl Stroud, Phd Endocrine Physiology 1990, is elected as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow member of the National Academies of Practice. Founded in 1981, NAP is an interdisciplinary, non-profit organization, with membership representing 14 health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere.

In addition to participating in the traditional Oath and Hooding and graduation ceremonies marking the successful completion of the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, Mandy Jefferies and Kelly Miller had an added reason to celebrate–being commissioned as captains in the U.S. Army by classmate Tara Golden. More information on the Class of 2014.

Amanda Fox, Class of 2017, is the recipient of third-place in the 2014 J.F. Smithcors Essay Contest sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History Society.

Matthew Milloway, Class of 2016, is the recipient of the George H. Hitchings New Investigator Award in Health Research from the Triangle Community Foundation.

The award will support Milloway’s research on the impact of early life stress on nerve-mast interactions in the gastrointestinal tract that he is conducting in Adam Moeser’s laboratory.