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Fellowship awarded to two SVMBS graduate students

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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.

Congratulations, graduates!

Prageeth and his graduate supervisor Dr. Moxley in their lab.

Congratulations to School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduate students Anshuman Das and Prageeth Rukshan Wijemanne who will receive doctoral degrees on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Prageeth Rukshan Wijemanne will receive a PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences. His dissertation title is "Secretion of heat-labile enterotoxin by porcine-origin enterotoxigenic escherichia coli and relation to virulence."

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Dr. Asit Pattnaik and Anshuman at the SVMBS entrance. Dr. Pattnaik was Anshuman's graduate supervisor.
Anshuman Das will receive a PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in virology. Anshuman's dissertation title is "Role of interferon stimulated genes in regulation of the innate antiviral response during vesicular stomatitis virus infection." Anshuman will continue as a post-doctoral fellow at UNL for a brief time before going to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to continue his research, focusing on immunology, under the guidance of Dr. Stanley Lemon.

SVMBS wishes Prageeth and Anshuman all the best in their careers!

Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center Celebrating 25 Years

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Bill Krejci Building at Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

The Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) is celebrating 25 years of providing advanced education in food animal production management to veterinary students and practicing veterinarians. To celebrate the anniversary, a reception is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bill Krejci Building at GPVEC, 820 Road 313.

 Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green,  GPVEC founding director Gary Rupp, and current director Dale Grotelueschen will speak. Tours of the building will be available.

The Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center was established as part of a cooperative agreement between UNL and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. One provision of the agreement was that UNL would construct and staff a teaching facility at the federally run U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and provide food animal medicine education to KSU veterinary students as part of the fourth-year clinical training curriculum. Today, UNL provides veterinary education for Nebraska students through a cooperative agreement with Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and GPVEC still provides fourth-year students critical education and experience in large-animal medicine. Nationally, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center is recognized for providing outstanding educational opportunities, and veterinary students from across the nation come to Clay Center to gain beef cattle and field experience.

"In the future we will continue to work to strengthen and augment our educational offerings, and initiate new continuing education options," said Grotelueschen. Grotelueschen is just the second director in the 25 year history of the center. Rupp held the position from 1988-2010.


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