CRWAD 2015 Graduate Student and Other Awards

2015 Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student Award – Charley Cull Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

“Performance and carcass characteristics of commercial feedlot cattle from a study of vaccine and direct-fed microbial effects on Escherichia coli O157:H7 fecal shedding.”

2015 Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student AwardAward

For best manuscript in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine:
$1,000 awarded to Charley Cull; presented by Dr. Annette O’Connor.

The Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Awards (AVEPM) were presented by Dr. Annette O’Connor (far left).

Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics/Companion Animal Epidemiology: Oral – $300 awarded to each winner

No. 068, Marisa Rotolo, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA; “Developing sampling guidelines for oral fluid -bases  PRRSV surveillance.”

No. 062, Michelle L Meyer, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; “A transboundary, epidemiologic simulation model for the spread and control of classical swine fever among commercial swine in the United States and Canada.”

Michelle Meyer

Oral: $300 Awarded to the winner

Food and Environmental Safety were presented by Annette O’Connor

No. 147, Courtney M. Griffin, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State, MS, USA; “Evaluation of on-arrival vaccination and deworming on stocker cattle health and growth performance.”

No. 047P, Amy E. Bauer, Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, USA; “The role of species richness in infectious disease studies: A preliminary inquiry based upon Coxiella burnetii

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Poster: $300 awarded to the winner

The Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award was presented to Dr. Philip Griebel, School of Public Health and VIDO-Intervac, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

” First encounters: Mucosal immune system development and the microbiome”

The American Association of Veterinary Immunologists Awards (AAVI) presented by Dr. Renukaradhya J. Gourapura (far right), Awards Chairman

First Place Oral: $500 award, certificate, and membership
No. 88, Jean-Philippe Auger, GREMIP & CRIPA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada; “Expression of interferon-beta (IFN-β) by dendritic cells activated with Streptococcus suis

Second Place Oral: $250 award, certificate, and membership
No. 149
, Vengai Mavangira, 1Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA; “15-F2t-Isoprostane concentrations correlate with oxidant status in lactating dairy cattle with acute coliform mastitis.”

Third Place Oral:  $100 award, certificate, and membership
No. 100, Meredith Frie, Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA; “Reduced antigen-specific antibody levels in cows naturally infected with bovine leukemia virus.”

Poster, 1st Place: $350 award, certificate, and membership
No. 057P, Calvin Pohl, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA: “Early weaning stress in pigs alters postnatal enteric neuro-immune development, inducing long-term disease susceptibility.”

Poster, 2nd Place: $150 award, certificate, and membership
No.055P, Yulia Burakova,1Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA; “Hydrogen peroxide inactivation of PRRS virus for vaccine preparation”

Poster, 3rd Place:  $75 award, certificate and membership
No. 060P, Aldo Morales-Aguilar, 1Microbiología e Inmunología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico;”Standardization of an indirect ELISA test from purified protein immunodominant extracts of Brucella canis

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Pictured Left to Right: Calvin Pohl (Michigan State university), Aldo Morales-Aguliar (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Yulia Burakova (Kansos State University), Jean – Philippe Auger (University of Montreal), Meredith Frie (Michigan State University) Vengai Macangira (Michigan State University), Crystal Loving (ARS/USDA), Renukaradhya Gourapura (Ohio State University)

The Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists Awards (AAVP) were presented by Dr. Bill Stich (on right).The Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine: $150

No. 162, Laxmi Jakkula:, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA; “Sequence determinants spanning -35 motif and AT-rich spacer sequences impacting ehrlichia chaffeensis sigma 70-dependent promoter activity of two differentially expressed p28 outer membrane protein genes”



The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists: $100 plus 1 year complimentary AAVP membership and/or 2015 Annual Meeting Registration at AAVP presented by Dr. Roman Ganta (on left).

No. 158, Bonto Faburay,Department of Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobilogy, Kansas State University, Manhatten, KS; “Development of a recombinant subunit vaccine Rift Valley Fever.”

AAVP 2015 recipient (2)


The NC-1202 Enteric Diseases and Bacterial Pathogenesis Research Awards were presented by Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara and Dr. Weiping Zhang (not pictured)

Lynn Joens Memorial Award for Oral: $150 (to each award winner)

No. 115, Jacob Elder, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA; “Salmonella pathogenicity island 13 contributes to the metabolic fitness of Salmonella Enteritidis through glucuronic acid and tyramine metabolism.”

No. 112,  Yin Wang, 1Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA;”Characterization and application of monoclonal antibodies against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus”

David Francis Award for the Poster: $100
No. 040P, Mohamed Mohamed, 1Comparative pathobiology, purdue university, west lafayette, IN, USA; “Targeting intracellular pathogenic bacteria with a kanamycin antibiotic peptide conjugate”

The Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award acknowledged by Dr. Christopher Chase to Dr. John Prescott, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada: ” Driving through the fog: Understanding type A Clostridium perfringens in enteric disease of animals.”

The American College of Veterinary Microbiologists Awards (ACVM) were presented by Dr. Mary DeBey (on left).

Don Kahn Award: $500 awarded
No. 120, J. B. Clayton,Dept. of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA; “Associations between diet, gut microbiome, and health in red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus): a model for captive primate health.”


Oral: $300 awarded


No.43, N. Noyes, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA; “Comparing the resistome of poultry, swine, cattle and salmon production and nearby human waste water treatment plants”


No. 107, Q. Cao, Biomedical Science and Pathobiology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA; “Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus non-structural protein Nsp2TF down-modulates Swine Leukocyte Antigen class I (SLA class I) expression”


No. 186, M. Carossino, Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA; “Sites of equine arteritis virus persistence in the stallion’s reproductive tract and characterization of the local inflammatory response to the virus”

Poster: $300 awarded

No. 048P, P.B. Shridhar, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA; “Quantification of coliforms and Escherichia coli on beef carcasses immediately before and after evisceration during slaughter.”

The Biosafety and Biosecurity Awards, sponsored by the Animal Health Institute and the Joseph J. Garbarino Foundation, were presented by Dr. Brandy Burgess:

$250, Plaque, and Laboratory Biosafety book awarded to each of the below names:

No. 096, C.S. De La Hoz Ulloa; Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA, USA; “Characteristics of infection control practices at North American veterinary teaching hospitals.”

No. 0214, V. Goeman;Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, IN, USA; “Evaluating environmental sampling methods for detection of S. enterica in a large animal veterinary hospital.”

There was no poster award in this session.


Left to right: Valerie Goeman, Cristine De La Hoz and Dr. Brandy Burgess