Teacher of the Year Awards Handed Out


Dr. Alan Doster gets AwardEach year, the PPVM classes vote to present one of their professors with an award for the class's faculty of the year. This year, at the 2014 Annual Honors  and Awards Banquet, held on April 5, 2014,  the Class of 2016 Faculty of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Al Doster .


The PPVM Class of 2017 honored Dr. Renee McFee with the Class of 2017    Faculty of the Year Award. It was presented to her at the
PPVM 2014 Honors and Awards Banquet on April 5th.


Dr. David Hardin
Dr. David Hardin Receives Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Lisa Nolan, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, presented Dr. David Hardin with   the Meritorious Award  to the UNL and ISU PPVM, at the 2014 Annual Honors and Awards Banquet, held on April 5, 2014. The award recognizes Dr. Hardin's contributions to the development of the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and his dedication to the University.

UNL Hosts 2014 STEC CAP Annual Meeting in Lincoln, NE

By Jill Hochstein

The 2014 STEC CAP Annual Meeting was held in combination with the 4th Nebraska Governors Conference on Ensuring Food Safety on May 27‐29, 2014, in Lincoln, NE. There were at least 160 food safety professionals in attendanceSTEC Logo, from PI's, post‐ docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students, to technology providers, industry representatives, regulators, and the lay media. Dr. Prem Paul from UNL welcomed everyone during a very special social mixer at the Pinnacle Bank Center in Lincoln, NE, the evening before the conference. We also were privileged to have Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska open the conference and to have Drs. Ronnie Green and Archie Clutter of UNL welcome our guests and make some introductory remarks. The scientific component of this joint conference was convened by Dr. Jeanette Thurston, USDA‐ NIFA National Program Leader, and our own Dr. Rod Moxley, STEC CAP Project Director,Dr. Rod Moxley Picture who separately addressed the attendees and laid the ground‐ work for the science talks that followed. Leading experts in the field, including several STEC CAP Collaborators, updated us on Dr. Rod Moxley the latest developments on recovery, characterization, and control of STEC along the beef chain continuum during the two‐day event. Additional details about the conference can be found at

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