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Feb. 2016 | Volume 4, Issue 1

STEC CAP News CONTROLLING SHIGA TOXIN-PRODUCING E. coli TO IMPROVE BEEF SAFETY

Director’s Update It is with a heavy heart that I begin this letter in remembrance of Ms. Ruth Ulmer, our STEC CAP Business Associate at the University of NebraskaLincoln, who died on November 28, 2015. Ruth was with us only eight months, but in that short span she played a significant role in our project and became a friend to Jill, myself and others here at Nebraska. She will be dearly missed. Ruth’s position has been filled by a new hire, Ms. Cara Bertlemann. Please find Cara and her contact information in the “New Faces” article in this issue of the newsletter. Welcome, Cara! In my last Director’s Update one year ago, as we entered Year 4, I made an appeal to “put your efforts into overdrive” and to prioritize, complete projects, and publish manuscripts. Now, one year later, as we enter February of Year 5, I am pleased to report that we have been successful in increasing our numbers of refereed journal publications, and I congratulate all those who have played a role in getting those done. Since the last newsletter in September, we’ve published eight refereed journal articles, have six others accepted/ in press, and several others currently under review. Although the productivity has increased, I hope we remain on an

upward slope, and continue to stress the importance of getting projects completed, papers published, and “points on the board” reported through the Piestar system (https://steccap.piestar.com). When our outside evaluator, the folks at the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation (OEIE) come calling on you for input (i.e., reporting of accomplishments, completion of surveys), I beg you to respond as we cannot document progress without your input.

Rod Moxley

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ear STEC CAP Nation,

Student Perspective

I would like to take a moment to congratulate those students who have graduated and gone on to start their careers, and those students who recently won awards for their STEC CAP research. My student, Zachary Stromberg, graduated with a Ph.D. in Integrative Biomedical Sciences in December after publishing several of his STEC CAP-funded research papers and will begin next week in a post-doctoral fellowship at Iowa State University doing research on… Escherichia coli, of course! We wish Zach

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ost employees in Coles Hall can easily identify our corner of the building by the hearty laugh of our lab manager, Neil Wallace. I’d affectionately liken it to a land-mine: explosive in nature and easily triggered. Neil is rarely without a smile or a funny anecdote, and one member of our now tight-knit group that I was first introduced to as a freshly minted graduate student back in 2012. Prior to that, I was working as a fellow lab manager but in a row crops pathology lab. The experience peaked an interest in food safety and my decision to pursue graduate research in the field is what led to a chance meeting with Dr. T.G. Nagaraja in spring of 2012. Only minutes into my first sit-down with T.G., I realized that I was in the right place and in the right hands. I left Coles Hall very interested in the USDA grant objectives T.G. had described. Later that night I may have even tried (unsuccessfully) to google what a “STECK” was. Thankfully for me, T.G. took a chance on an amateur plant pathologist and later that fall I was a bona fide STEC researcher. Like all new graduate students, I was a novice immersed in a sea of experts, with the unspoken task of

...continued page 3 Inside this issue Director’s Update ...........................................1 Student Perspective........................................1 Souderton create campaign.........................2 Detection of Lipids..........................................4 STEC Conference coming ..............................6 Summer IAFP....................................................7

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