Dr. Donald L. Reynolds
Dr. Donald L. Reynolds

New Director of School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to Start Nov. 1

From September 12 IANR News Release

Dr. Don Reynolds will become the director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Nov. 1. He also will serve as associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. Reynolds served as dean of Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada from 2008 to 2014. He also has served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, interim chairman of ISU's Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and assistant director of ISU's Agricultural Experiment Station.

"We are excited to have Dr. Reynolds join our team and provide leadership for the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, direction to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine and interaction with Nebraska's livestock industry," said Ronnie Green, Harlan vice chancellor of UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

"Dr. Reynolds' background as an administrator, teacher and scientist offers just the right mix to continue to build UNL's program," Green added.

Reynolds, an Ohio native, received his bachelor's, Ph.D. and DVM from The Ohio State University. "It's great to return to a major United States land-grant institution that serves such a prominent role in agriculture," said Reynolds. "It is the perfect fit for me. This opportunity feels familiar, but with a freshness and newness that is quite exciting."

Reynolds' appointment is pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He would replace Don Beermann, currently serving as interim director of the school. - See more at: http://ianrnews.unl.edu/new-director-school-veterinary-medicine-and-biomedical-sciences-start-nov-1#sthash.HDRgX3RF.dpuf



Dr. Renee McFee
Dr. Renee McFee

McFee Takes on New Responsibilities

Dr. Renee McFee has assumed new responsibilities within the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. She assumed full responsibility for teaching VMED 645 (Physiology I) and VMED 646 (Physiology II) starting with the fall semester. Dr. McFee was also named Coordinator of the PPVM effective September 1, 2014. In her new position as Coordinator of the PPVM, Dr. McFee also serves as chairperson of the PPVM Curriculum Committee, the PPVM Academic Standards Committee and the PPVM Scholarships and Awards Committee, and the PPVM Honor Board. She is also an Ex Officio member of the Nebraska Veterinary Student Admission Committee and a member of the Iowa State University CVM Curriculum Committee.


Dr. Dale Grotelueschen
Dr. Dale Grotelueschen

Grotelueschen Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Dale Grotelueschen was recently recognized and presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Schuyler Community Schools Foundation as a veterinary educator at the school's May commencement.

Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz
Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Scientist Award given to Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz

Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz was awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Scientist Award at their annual banquet on May 1, 2014, in the UNL City Union.  Sigma Xi is the international Science and Engineering Honorary Research Society.  Its programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.  Dr. Franco was cited for his achievements in determining how oxidative stress and redox signaling regulate neuronal cell injury or death associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease.  Dr. Franco investigates the molecular mechanisms involved in neuronal cell damage or toxicity induced by environmental toxicants such as pesticides. He is particularly focused on discovering how chemical signaling in reduction/oxidation reactions that lead to free radical formation causing damage or death in various cell and tissue types.  

Dr. Cruz published over 16 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and 2 book chapters during the past four years. He and his postdoctoral fellows and graduate student present at several scientific meetings each year.  His research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the UNL Redox Biology Center, the UNL Agricultural Research Division and the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development.

Dr. Cruz serves on the editorial board of two scientific journals in the area of Environmental Toxicology (Chemico-Biological Interactions and Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods), serves as reviewer for many prestigious scientific journals, and recently co-chaired the Scientific Sessions "Mitochondrial Driven Mechanisms of Redox Signaling in Disease" at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, and the "Molecular mechanisms involved in neuro/glial toxicity: From oxidative stress to redox signal transduction" at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology.  Dr. Cruz is an assistant professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and also a member of the Center for Redox Biology at UNL.

Dr. Rod Moxley, Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has served as President of the UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi from 2013 to the present.


Rendering of Veterinary Diagnostic Center
Rendering of Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

Update on the Status of the New UNL Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

By Don Beermann, Interim Director School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
April 2, 2014

During the 2012 session, the Nebraska Legislature approved, and Gov. Dave Heineman signed legislation to build a new 40,582 net and 65,624 gross square feet NE Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Total project cost approved is $45,644,000, of which $4,150,000 is to come from private or other funds. The $45,644,000 will be appropriated over ten years in financial bonds, but allocated only if the university successfully raises its share. That target is very near completion.

The University of Nebraska System Board of Regents, on January 24, 2014, approved hiring RDG Planning & Design, an architectural firm out of Omaha, NE, to design the new VDC building. The new VDC will be located on East Campus, just off East Campus loop and northwest of the Life Sciences Annex.  Personnel from RDG and SRG Partnership conducted a "kickoff" WebEx meeting on January 31, and subsequently met three times with a "working group" of faculty and staff in the SVMBS in February to begin design work. They also shared with SVMBS faculty and staff slides and information gathered from recent visits to five other Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.  The current working group travelled with RDG and SRG Partners staff to visit the VDC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on February 25. Their VDC was new in 2006 and has a similar case load as the VDC.

An intensive week of day-long work sessions gathering facility lab-specific function information and review of space organization and allocation occurred March 18 – 21. Review and verification of an updated Program Statement, equipment list, and new floor plan vignettes will occur the first week of April. Site development review and utilities discussions will follow the second week in April, and plans will be submitted for UNL internal review May 2 - 16, 2014.

The target for submitting an Intermediate Design for review by the Board of Regents is August 15, 2014. Construction documents will be developed between November 3, 2014 and March, 2015. Bidding for construction is targeted for March, 2015, with construction to occur from April, 2015 to May, 2017. The target for occupying the building is June, 2017.



Meeting time and place will be 4:00 p.m., 145 VBS