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Graduate Research and Creative Activities Poster Winner

Rakesh Basavalingappa at the poster session.


The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Graduate Studies named Rakesh Basavalingappa, doctoral student in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, one of the winners in the Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Poster Session held during the 2016 Spring Research Fair.

Rakesh’s poster, “Identification of an epitope from adenine nucleotide translocator 1 that induces inflammation in heart and liver in A/J mice,” won in the category of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

The poster competition involved over 40 faculty and postdoc reviewers who rated student posters on the basis of their research scholarship.

Rakesh will receive a $400 travel grant to present his research at the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Annual Meeting in Boston, MA this June.

Rakesh is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jay Reddy.

Congratulations, Rakesh!


Basavalingappa and Rathnaiah receive Mohr Fellowship

Rakesh Basavalingappa and Govardhan Rathnaiah
Rakesh Basavalingappa (left) and Govardhan Rathnaiah
Philion Hoff
Philion Hoff

Congratulations to graduate students Rakesh Basavalingappa and Govardhan Rathnaiah, and undergraduate student Philion Hoff on being awarded the UNL Center for Biotechnology Milton E. Mohr Fellowship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Rakesh works with Dr. Jay Reddy, Govardhan works with Dr. Raul Barletta, and Philion is a UCARE student in Dr. Barletta's lab.

The Milton E. Mohr Awards Program recognizes outstanding students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.

Dr. Mohr was described as an "...engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, corporate leader" and was instrumental in providing key leadership to young adults. The Milton E. Mohr Scholarship and Fellowship Awards Program was established in 1989 for students in the College of Engineering or Biotechnology degree programs.

The Fellowships are made possible through an endowment to the University Foundation.


Jamie Bauman receives Student Impact Award

Jamie Bauman and Veronica Riepe
Jamie Bauman (left) receives award from Dr. Veronica Riepe, Student Involvement director


Congratulations to Jamie Bauman, research technologist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Center, who was named Outstanding Student Organization Advisor for her work with the UNL Rodeo Association. The award recognizes Jamie’s hard work, dedication and the positive impact her efforts have on the UNL community. The award was presented April 13 at the Student Impact Awards Banquet hosted by UNL Student Involvement.



Moxley and Specht Honored with Awards

Two members of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences recently received awards. Dr. Rodney Moxley was named Charles Bessey Professor, and Mr. Allen Specht received the Omtvedt Servant Leader Award.

The Charles Bessey Professorship recognizes faculty members who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. Dr. Moxley is nationally and internationally recognized for his pioneering efforts and original discoveries on Escherichia coli (E. coli). Dr. Moxley’s research on bacterial cell adherence, immune responses to adherence proteins in challenged cattle, and subsequent field efficacy studies led to licensing of the first vaccine in the world for E. coli O157:H7 in cattle. Other studies in gnotobiotic piglets as a model for E. coli O157:H7 infection were the first to provide evidence that Shiga toxin 2 in particular caused severe vascular damage which could be protected against by passive immunization against the toxin. His research on E. coli as a foodborne pathogen and how it is transmitted within the food chain has significantly increased the understanding of how to mitigate this important public health concern. His work has, and continues to, benefit both veterinary and human medicine. He is an outstanding teacher who is highly regarded by the veterinary students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. His effective leadership in professional organizations, on editorial boards and grant panels, and on major research initiatives have contributed toward his outstanding reputation.

The Omtvedt Servant Leader Award recognizes outstanding contributions by IANR staff members. Allen Specht, business manager for the AVE Business Center, was recognized for his contributions to the university and leadership within SVMBS and the Animal Science Department. The nomination, made jointly with animal science, noted that Allen’s positive, objective and fair approach makes him highly effective as a manager. His knowledge of the university, which extends far beyond finances, human resources, and policies and practices, is a valuable asset often called upon. In addition, Allen has served the university in numerous ways, including helping to develop the business center model within IANR.

Congratulations Dr. Moxley and Allen!


Dr. Bruce Brodersen named Veterinarian of the Year

Photo of Dr. Vergel Heyer present the Veterinarian of the Year Award to Dr. Bruce Brodersen
Bruce Brodersen (right) is presented with the Veterinarian of the Year Award by Dr. Vergil Heyer


Bruce Brodersen, veterinarian, associate professor and diagnostic pathologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Veterinary Diagnostic Center in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has been named veterinarian of the year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). Brodersen received the award at the NVMA annual convention on Jan. 21 in Kearney.

“Being a part of the NVMA has been a very enriching experience for me and the relationships that I’ve developed over the years with other practitioners has been invaluable,” said Brodersen

The veterinarian of the year award is presented annually to an NVMA member whose contributions have advanced veterinary medicine in Nebraska, and whose service has benefited the association and community.

Brodersen has been an NVMA member since 2000. He has served on the board of directors, previously held the role of association president and currently serves on the legislative and public relations committees. He was instrumental in developing the NVMA website and spearheaded Nebraska’s first Oath in Action Day sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Brodersen pioneered the use of immunohistochemistry on ear notches from cattle as a means to detect persistent bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus infection.

“This has had a profound benefit on the control of BVD disease for bovine practitioners everywhere,” said Vergil Heyer who presented Brodersen with the award.

Working in the Veterinary Diagnostic Center since 1992, Brodersen assists veterinarians, their clients and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of disease. He also teaches second year veterinary students in systemic pathology and public health.


Congratulations Zachary Stromberg !

Photo of Zach Stromberg and Dr. Rodney Moxley
Zach Stromberg with his graduate adviser, Dr. Rodney Moxley.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduate student Zachary Stromberg will receive a PhD in integrated biomedical sciences on December 18, 2015.

Zach completed his doctoral dissertation on “Detection Methods and Intestinal Adherence of Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli.” He focused on the prevalence and concentration of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in cattle. Additionally, he examined the interaction between Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli and intestinal epithelial cells.

Zach and his wife Loreen plan to continue their careers in research by obtaining post-doctoral positions.

We wish Zach all the best!


Gary Rupp Inducted into Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

Photo of Dr. Jenks Britt and Dr. Gary Rupp
Dr. Jenks Britt (left) and Dr. Gary Rupp (right) were recent inductees into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

Dr. Gary Rupp, veterinarian, UNL emeritus professor and founding director of the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center, was one of two veterinarians elected to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in September.

The Cattle Production Veterinary Hall of Fame honors the traditions of production veterinary medicine and the individuals who have made a lasting impact on the profession. Rupp and fellow inductee Dr. Jenks Britt were chosen by their peers from a group of six beef and dairy veterinarian nominees.

“The beef and dairy industries have been fortunate to benefit from the wisdom and advancements provided by these two remarkable veterinarians,” said Brent Meyer, D.V.M., beef cattle technical services, Merck Animal Health. “From the K-R Spay device designed by Dr. Rupp, to the Bov Eq Embryo Transfer Service developed by Dr. Britt, the innovations from these two men have significantly advanced beef and dairy cattle management and bovine reproduction.”

Rupp received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 1964. He spent two years teaching at the University of California-Davis, then moved to Meeker, Colorado to enter private practice. After eight years in practice, he left to pursue an opportunity to study ruminant nutrition and reproduction at Colorado State University in outpatient teaching. In 1983, Rupp accepted a position as associate professor at Texas A&M University in Beef Cattle Herd Health. In 1988 he came to Nebraska and was instrumental in the formation of the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC). He served as GPVEC director for 22 years. Since retiring from the university in 2010, Rupp has operated a seedstock Angus operation in Oak, Nebraska.

With others, Rupp initiated the Cow-Calf Computerized Herd Health-Management Record System and was actively involved in the development of the Kimberling-Rupp Spay instrument. Along with the faculty at GPVEC, he also designed and implemented a variety of clinical teaching programs and began the Beef Cattle Production Management Series. Rupp has been a member of numerous state and national veterinary and beef cattle organizations.

“Receiving this honor is a deeply humbling experience, as I have not totally convinced myself that I measure up,” said Rupp. “I feel very fortunate to have spent most of my life working with and learning from livestock producers, veterinary practitioners, and others to make livestock production as good as it can be. I have always been impressed with the emotional connection those who work in the cattle industry have for the animals and environment.”

The Cattle Production Veterinary Hall of Fame is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Bovine Veterinarian magazine and Osborn Barr.

For more, watch a video interview with Dr. Rupp at the Bovine Veterinarian website.


Fellowship awarded to two SVMBS graduate students

Photo of  Rakesh Basavalingappa and Govardhan Rathnaiah
Rakesh Basavalingappa (left) and Govardhan Rathnaiah (right)

Congratulations to Rakesh Basavalingappa and Govardhan Rathnaiah, recipients of the Widaman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award!

The fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students whose research is related to agriculture. Rakesh is a PhD student focusing on immunology in the lab of Dr. Jay Reddy, and Gov is a PhD student focusing on microbiology in the lab of Dr. Raul Barletta.

A luncheon to honor all those receiving graduate fellowships will be held at the Nebraska East Union on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

The Widaman Trust was established in 1975 through a generous gift provided to the University of Nebraska Foundation by Mrs. Blanch Widaman.