In the community

Peter Larsen and Gage Rowden, Bell Museum CWD explaining Chronic Wasting Disease

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) research team, led by VBS Assistant Professor, Peter Larsen participated in Bell Museum's 'Spotlight Science' series. The team addressed the real-world urgency to identify, in realtime, the spread of CWD across the landscape of Minnesota. May, 2019 the CWD research team was awarded funding from the Minnesota Legislature, MN Environmental Trust fund to develop a rapid field testing devices that will quickly detect CWD in deer populations. VBS Presenters at the Bell Museum event also included Assistant Professor, Roxanne Larsen and Postdoctoral Associate, Devender Kumar. This event was co-organized by the Bell Museum and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety in the University's College of Veterinary Medicine. To learn more please visit the VBS website.

Pam Skinner with four other Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Board members

Dr. Pam Skinner: Board of Managers, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. She currently serves as secretary for this organization.

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District works to preserve and improve water resources and related ecosystems in the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area. Partnering with the 12 cities in our district, they manage about 65 square miles that eventually drain into the Mississippi River, including 20 lakes, five streams and over 1,000 wetlands.

The Vibronauts, including Dr. Kent Reed, play on stage

Dr. Kent Reed-VBS Professor plays with the Vibronauts at the American Legion Post 113, Rotunda West, FL.  The St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance benefited the “Paws for Patriots” program at Southeastern Guide Dogs.  The program trains and places guide, service, and therapy animals with both active duty soldiers and retired servicemen and women.

Viktor, the Vikings mascot, with Dr. Randy Singer

Minnesota Vikings honored those affected by cancer through the NFL and American CancerSociety’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Through the Crucial Catch campaign, the Vikings elected to support awareness, early detection and risk reduction of multiple types of cancer. Dr. Randy Singer was selected to represent pancreatic cancer, in honor of Dr. Mike Murtaugh, for this event. During halftime, Randy was on the sidelines in a purple (pancreatic cancer) Crucial Catch shirt and then marched with about 100 other individuals affected by cancer. Viktor, the Vikings mascot, was also on the field and was wearing a shirt signed by the representatives. Somewhere on Viktor’s shirt is a tribute to Dr. Murtaugh.

David Brown holding his Good Neighbor Award

The Good Neighbor Award is given at the annual meeting of the Summit Hill Association to recognize neighbors who have given their time, talent and energy to this St. Paul neighborhood. In 2015, VBS Vice Chair David Brown received this honor for a decade of contributions as a Block Leader and many efforts in helping others.