|Baby, It's Cold Outside|
As I write this, the wind chill advisory for Madison is 20-30 degrees below zero, reminding me of that classic holiday song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Despite the temperature, it is plenty warm here at the School of Veterinary Medicine, whether it’s the warmth we feel for our patients at UW Veterinary Care, the friendships we have with our co-workers, or the feelings we have for the veterinary medical and graduate students we teach and train. And it’s clear those feelings don’t fade after our students take their final walk out the SVM doors. I have just come from a very successful alumni reception at the North American Veterinary Conference where around 50 people stopped in to reconnect with colleagues and learn about the school. I want to thank each of you who joined us there. And for those attending the Western Veterinary Conference in February, I look forward to seeing you at our alumni reception there as well. Thanks to Kristi Thorson for all of her efforts in organizing these events.
Here are a few more updates to keep you informed about what’s going on at the school.
- We submitted several grant pre-proposals to the UW-Madison Educational Innovation project. Two of these were sent on behalf of the school as a whole, including one seeking funding for the creation of our selectives curriculum and the other for the creation of our core competency web-based modules. Quite a few others within the school also submitted requests for this effort; we are hopeful to use this grant support to significantly enhance our educational mission as we go forward.
- Our faculty and students continue to attract attention with their accomplishments. I recently attended the annual Faculty of Color Reception, which celebrates the recent promotions of faculty of color on the UW-Madison campus; and two of our faculty, Dr. Jorge Osorio and Dr. Suresh Marulasiddappa, were recognized. Other recent examples include Dr. Peter Muir, who recently earned the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award; Dr. Doug DeBoer, whose work on allergy drops for dogs was featured in a segment on Inside Science TV; and Steffani Koch, Class of 2016, who was named Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fairs for 2013.
- Looking to the faculty of our future, I’m happy to announce that two of our six open positions have been filled with excellent candidates. The Department of Medical Sciences has hired Angela McCleary-Wheeler as assistant professor of medical oncology and Rob Lipinski will join the Department of Comparative Biosciences as an assistant professor focusing on developmental anatomy, developmental toxicology, and cranio-facial abnormalities.
- Our SVM and UW Veterinary Care website projects are rolling along, and right now we’re making a major push to get all of our faculty bios expanded and up to date. These pages are an important way to let potential students, research collaborators, and clients know who we are, and your help would be greatly appreciated in this endeavor. To all faculty, please log in using your vetmed email address at [link removed] and update or create your bio by February 8. My thanks to Bret Solberg for his work on this new and improved online form.
- You may have noticed (or heard) some work going on in the hospital in recent weeks. The dust and noise have settled, leaving behind brand new floors in the radiology room (1139) and the large animal anesthesia induction room (1336). Both are big improvements.
- The Winter 2013 issue of the Dr. Leland Allenstein Dairy Teaching Herd newsletter is now available. Check it out for the latest information on the ongoing renovations at the Dairy Cattle Center and the merger with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences herd.
- The campus We Conserve program, which aims to reduce UW’s energy consumption and environmental footprint, will be placing a bin on the second floor of the Veterinary Medicine Building for the collection of old cell phones, batteries, eye glasses, and various media. In addition, I would like to remind you that the student WEZAM Club continues to maintain a collection bin for old cell phones and printer cartridges, located near the student mailboxes, as part of their fundraising efforts. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these bins.
- We held another successful and well-attended all-SVM get-together on January 25. My thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who supplied donations for this month’s featured shelter, Country Animal Haven in Stoughton. I'm told they couldn't even close the food bin at the shelter after the delivery was made, and they were thrilled and thankful to receive such a generous haul of supplies.
- And this isn’t the only reason I’m impressed with your generosity. Thanks to all who donated during the SVM Blood Drives this past year. Our school supplied 165 units of blood to the Red Cross, up from 145 in 2011. Each donation helps three patients in an area hospital, so this goes a long way. My thanks to Don Michalski and the One-A-Week Club for their efforts. The next SVM Blood Drive will be Friday, March 29, in rooms 2255 and 2259.
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Western Veterinary Conference SVM Alumni Reception
February 18, 2013
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (Room Palm D)
Las Vegas, Nev.
February 22, 2013
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Veterinary Medicine Building (Second Floor Lounge)
SVM Blood Drive
March 29, 2013
Veterinary Medicine Building (Rooms 2255 and 2259)
SVM/UW Veterinary Care Open House
April 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Veterinary Medicine Building
Midwest Horse Fair
April 19-21, 2013
Alliant Energy Center
SVM Awards Celebration
May 4, 2013
Union South (TITU)
SVM Investiture Ceremony
May 18, 2013
Union South (TITU)
SVM Alumni Reunion
June 22, 2013
American Veterinary Medical Association SVM Alumni Reception
July 22, 2013