New Undergrad Semester at Coast

The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology is opening its doors this Spring to 25 undergraduate students for NC State University’s first-ever Semester at CMAST. Inspired by the success of summer sessions and fellowships, CMAST Director, Dr. David Eggleston and Dr. William Winner from the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources have created a program that will let NCSU undergraduates take fuller advantage of the resources that CMAST has to offer.  EMC faculty will be heavily involved in the teaching of the new semester at CMAST.

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The main CMAST Building, home to NCSU’s Coastal initiatives.

Undergraduates of all majors who are drawn to marine and environmental science will be able to explore those interests in an immersive, experiential learning space in the heart of the “coastal research triangle,”  in Carteret County.  They will at the same time be completing a full 15 credit academic semester applied towards their NC State degree.  Interested undergraduates are encouraged to apply now, as the October 30th deadline is fast-approaching!   For more information about the Semester at CMAST, read the article in The Technician or visit the program’s page on the CMAST website.

Congratulations to New ACZM Diplomates

Congratulations to Dr. J.B. Minter,  Senior Veterinarian at the NC Zoo and Dr. Emily Christiansen, Veterinarian for the NC Aquariums for successfully completing the grueling two days of examinations which are the final step in becoming certified as a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.  Established in 1983, the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is an international specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for certification of veterinarians with special expertise in zoological medicine.  The American College of Zoological Medicine is dedicated to excellence in furthering the health and well being of captive and free-ranging wild animals.

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Dr. J.B. Minter, newly certified ACZM diplomate, conducts a health exam of an anesthetized lioness.

The Environmental Medicine Consortium has one of the longest standing training programs for young veterinarians pursuing careers in zoological medicine and an enviable record in successful completion of the examinations by its alumni.   Dr. Minter received his DVM from NCSU CVM and after an internship returned to NCSU and the EMC for his residency trainiing in general zoo medicine.

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ACZM Diplomate, Dr. Emily Christiansen takes a blood sample form a sea turtle.

Dr. Christiansen received her DVM from Tufts University and after internship training entered the EMC’s zoological medicine residency focused on aquatic health.  The success of Drs. Minter and Christiansen in becoming the latests additions to the distinquished group of veterinarians that makes up the American College of Zoological Medicine greatly strengthens the Environmental Medicine Consortium’s residency training programs in addition to the programs at their home institutions, the NC Zoo and the NC Aquariums.

Two additional former EMC residents made important strides in their quest to become diplomates of the ACZM.   Dr. Tres Clarke,  Associate Veterinarian at the Audubon Nature Institute, and former aquatics focused resident at NCSU successfully competed the first day of examinations and will have the opportunity to tackle the formidable second day examination next fall.   Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema, the most recent resident to complete her program in general zoo medicine at NCSU, and a clinical faculty member at UC. Davis, successfully completed 3 of the 5 first day examinations and will be looking to complete day one and day two examinations next fall as well.

Everyone in the EMC recognizes the immense challenge posed by the ACZM board examinations and are proud of the efforts of everyone from the NCSU program taking board examinations this year.

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Dr. Tres Clarke examines a sea turtle.

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Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema examines a lobster.


Jim Wright Visiting Scholar to Speak

The week of October 12 thru 16th the NCSU CVM will be hosting the The Jim Wright Visiting Scholar.  Everyone in the EMC community is encouraged to attend the formal lectures, and visit or meet with Dr. William Murray, this year’s Jim Wright Visiting Scholar during the week of activities.

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Dr. Bill Murray, 2015 Jim Wright Visiting Scholar

Dr. Murray, a veterinarian, researcher and educator is a professor at San Jose State University, where he teaches subjects ranging from microbiology and virology to parasitology at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  His major interest in infectious disease processes was developed in his PhD studies at Purdue University.  He has a particular interest in wildlife disease at the human/wildlife interface, and he has published widely in this arena.  He is particularly well known for his work on and publications evaluating the zoonotic potential of Baylisascaris procyonis, the raccoon roundworm.  However, his published work has a broad base, including well received papers on such organisms of wildlife interest as Bartonella, E. Coli, and Moellerella.  Much of his work has been in the context of mesocarnivores living in proximity to human habitats and populations. His passion and his propensity for problem-solving make him a well-storied, engaging, and informative presenter, and we are honored to have him joining us next week.

Dr. Murray will be presenting on his work with a western lowland gorilla with antibiotic-resistant pneumonia on Tuesday, October 13th at 12:15 PM in the South Theater at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and will give a lecture on Wildlife and Brucella in CBS 817 at 4:15 PM on Thursday, October 15th, also in South Theater. He will be available for meetings and discussions during his visit; any interested faculty who would like to talk with Dr. Murray about his research, can contact Dr. Michael Stoskopf  to make arrangements.


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Dr. Jim Wright

The Jim Wright Visiting Scholar program is a tribute to Dr. James F. Wright, who was an esteemed member of the faculty at NCSU’s CVM.  Dr. Wright came to NCSU and joined the CVM faculty after a very productive and interesting career that included many  contributions to the discipline of zoological medicine.  Dr. Wright was was the first full-time veterinarian at the National Zoo in the 1950s and helped refine protocols for projectile tranquilization and immobilization of wildlife both in the USA and in Africa.   He conducted important investigations into the health effects of radiation, and worked with the Environmental Protection Agency to study the effects of environmental stress on animals before joining the faculty at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in the early 1980s  in what was then the Department of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Pathology.  Over 10 years, from 1984 to 2004, working with his good friend, the former head of pathology at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Fred Dahldorf, Dr. Wright pioneered the in-house pathology services at the Zoological Park, and in so doing planted the earliest seeds for what has become a long and productive partnership between the NC Zoo and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is remembered not only for his work, but for his warmth and his dedication, and is an honorary diplomate of the ACZM.

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Dr. Jim Wright, carefully collects tissue samples at the NC Zoo.