New equipment at VDC speeds response to animal diseases

Kara Robbins and Dustin Loy discuss bacteria samples tested in new equipment at the VDC
Kara Robbins and Dustin Loy discuss bacteria samples tested in new equipment at the VDC

New equipment is allowing researchers at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center to identify potentially deadly bacteria in a matter of minutes — a process that previously took days.

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Summer internship openings at Merck Animal Health

Merck Animal Health has two internships open to college students who have completed their sophomore year. Students should be working toward a degree in veterinary science, life science, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, protein chemistry, microbiology or biotechnology. Detailed information can be found on the Merck website.

Grad students Krishnan and Basavalingappa receive awards

Photo of Govardhan Rathnaiah, Bharathi Krishnan, Clayton Kelling and Rakesh Basavalingappa
(l-r) Govandhan Rathnaiah; Bharathi Krishnan; Dr. Clayton Kelling, SVMBS director; and Rakesh Basavalingappa

Our congratulations go out to three SVMBS graduate students who recently received awards.

Bharathi Krishnan was presented the Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award. This award provides a $2,000 stipend and recognizes those of high scholastic merit who are involved in basic research in agriculture. The award is made possible by the Widaman Trust, established in 1975 through a generous gift from Ms. Blanche Widaman.

Bharathi is pursuing a Ph.D. Her specialization is immunology, molecular biology, proteins and in vivo disease models in mice. She is advised by Dr. Jay Reddy.

Rakesh Basavalingappa received the Shear-Miles Agricultural Scholarship and Fellowship. The award provides a $2,000 stipend to graduate students conducting either basic or applied research. The Shear-Miles award was established through a gift from the estate of Dorothy S. Miles as a memorial to both her father and father-in-law, Cornelius Lott Shear and George Miles.

Govardhan Rathnaiah was awarded the Milton E. Mohr Fellowship in the amount of $3,000. The fellowship is named in honor of Milton E. Mohr, who was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and corporate leader. It is award to those pursuing studies in a number of areas, including Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Fellowship Awarded to 52 Veterinary Students

Photo of the recipients of the J. J. Ogle Fellowship

Congratulations to our veterinary students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. All received a J.J. and Eleanor Ogle Fellowship. The fellowships were presented at the 2016 Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon held in November.


Heidi Black
Chelsea Burr
Lucas Champoux
Joseph Christen
Aaron Colwell
Shelby Conklin
Kevin Curran
Bernard Eilerts
Caleb Engel
Lucia Finocchiaro
Dominic Gentile
Ryan Grafel
Rachael Granville
Tiffany Haney
Leah Keralis
Jordan Kershner
Tanner Kremke
Anna Kuhl

Elizabeth Kurth
McKenzie Leu
Brittney Lewis
LaNae Maxson
Jessica McManigal
Molly McWilliams
Cameron Menard
Haden Mikesell
Elizabeth Milan
Adelynn Mueller
Makala Muller
Katelin Nelson
Christina Novak
Meghan O’Callaghan
Joshua Payne
Zong Peng
Emily Plock
Kocy Pritschau

Ashley Quinn
Jenna Rifer
Samuel Rogge
Alexandra Rommelfanger
Nadine Rowen
Nicholas Schmit
Mackenzie Schneekloth
Kellie Sholes
Ericka Spangler
Kara Sutphen
Lyndee Talbitzer
Brianna Teel
Amanda Thaler
Christine Thibodeau
Glen Thomas
Hannah Yelinek

Pickard named AAAS fellow

Photo of Dr. Pickard in his office

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Pickard, professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application.

Dr. Pickard was selected for distinguished contributions to neuroscience, especially for describing neuroanatomical circuitry in the mammalian brain and using viral probes for tracing circuitry within the circadian system.

He is one of five UNL faculty members to receive the honor this year. Honorees will be formally recognized Feb. 18, 2017, at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

Read more about Dr. Pickard's research.