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Accomplishments

  • Deborah Briggs, professor and director of the rabies lab at K-State, received the Guide Dog Users Inc. Access Partners Award in recognition of her service to blind people and their guide dogs. Her expert testimony in a law suit against the state of Hawaii won service dogs the opportunity to enter Hawaii without a quarantine. The case had been going on for about 10 years, and was finally resolved in March. This was only the fourth Access Partners Award ever presented for an individual's efforts. Oct. '98

  • The Kansas Board of Regents has given Kansas State University approval to rename the Clinical Sciences Building, which is home to the veterinary teaching hospital, in honor of Jacob Mosier, who served on the K-State veterinary medicine faculty from 1945 to 1992.The board Thursday unanimously approved renaming the building Jacob E. Mosier Hall. A rededication event will be scheduled later in the academic year. September '98

  • In an article in the Feb. 6, 1998, edition, the Manhattan Mercury said K-State's rabies lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine is achieving "a worldwide reputation for its work in preventing the spread of the disease." Two countries -- Australia and New Zealand -- have determined K-State to be the only place to have rabies serology done. The lab performs more rabies serological testing than any other lab in the world. Feb. '98

  • Roger Fingland, director of K-State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, won the national Creativity in Teaching Award for 1997 from the Merck & Co. Inc. AgVet Division for designing a curriculum to help veterinary students learn skills to help them manage their private practices. For his proposal titled, "Pathways in Veterinary Medicine: A Model for Providing Veterinary Practice Management Education," the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine received a $25,000 check and a plaque from Merck & Co. Inc. Merck is an international pharmaceutical products company with a division devoted to agriculture and veterinary products. June '97

  • Brad Fenwick, professor of pathology and microbiology, has been appointed to serve on two federal research review panels. Fenwick will serve his second term on the scientific review panel for the animal production and protection section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Small Business Innovative Research program. He also will serve on the scientific review panel for the animal health and well-being section of the USDA's national Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. Dec.'96

  • K-State veterinary ophthalmologist Alan Brightman successfully removed cataracts from the eyes of a privately-owned Siberian tiger from Missouri. The tiger's owner was referred ton K-State for the surgery because of Brightman's expertise in the procedure, called phaco emulsion. April '96

  • Researchers cooperating at three universities might have discovered the cause of the wide array of symptoms reported by an estimated 30,000 Gulf War veterans. In the study done with chickens, researchers found that chemicals used simultaneously to protect soldiers from insect-borne diseases and nerve-gas poisoning are highly toxic to the central nervous system. Fred Oehme, professor of toxicology at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, teamed with Mohamed Abou-Donia, a pharmacologist from Duke University Medical Center, and Tom Kurt, a toxicologist from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, in the study. The research shows that two pesticides widely used by Desert Storm soldiers, DEET and permethrin, and the anti-nerve gas agent pyridostigmine bromide, when combined, produced many of the same neurological defects in chickens as those reported by stricken Desert Storm veterans. When used alone, the same chemical agents were harmless. April '96

  • William Fortney, assistant professor of clinical sciences, was honored as Kansas veterinarian of the year at the annual KVMA meeting. Fortney is the KVMA president-elect and chairs the legislative committee that monitors issues impacting veterinary medicine. February 1996

  • Jishu Shi, graduate student in immunology, Manhattan, won first place in the graduate-student competition for oral presentation at the 76th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease. Shi presented his paper titled "PR-39, A Neutrophil Peptide Possessing Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activity." The paper was co-authored by Chris Ross, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology; Tom Leto, research scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; and Frank Blecha, professor of anatomy and physiology. November '95

  • K-State's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital again received accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association. The association completed a comprehensive evaluation in April 1995. This evaluation included a quality assessment review of the clinic's facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Less than 14 percent of the small animal veterinary facilities in the United States are hospital members of the association. August '95

  • Jane Westfall, professor of anatomy and physiology, was elected to honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa and will be presented the University of Pacifica Alumni Association's Distinguished Professional Service Award. October '95.

  • The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital was accredited again by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation included a quality assessment review of the clinic's facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Less than 14 percent of the small animal veterinary facilities in the U.S. are members of the association. August '95

  • Frank Blecha, professor of anatomy and physiology, was invited to visit the Beijing Agriculture University and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences. While there, he gave several seminars addressing the relationship of nutrition and immunity in food animals, as well as the discovery and use of antimicrobial peptides from porcine neutrophils. June '95

  • Julie Buzby, a second year student in veterinary medicine at K-State, was awarded a Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. She received a $7,000 stipend to pay for graduate studies. The Phi Kappa Phi fellowship supports first-year graduate or professional study. The university is first in the Big Eight in all-time Phi Kappa Phi competition. April '95

  • K-State veterinary medicine students placed second in overall academic performance at the annual Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium at the University of Illinois. The group of 56 students represented K-State's student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Teams of students from 27 schools from across the United States and one from Canada were presented with case studies covering a number of topics and were required to answer questions about the cases. K-State's chapter won first place in the parasitology and diagnostic pathology divisions and second place in the exotic animal and animal husbandry division. April '95

  • Chris Ross, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology, served as an ad hoc reviewer for a National Institutes of Health pathology study section meeting. During the past three years, Ross has served as a reviewer for four grant review meetings, which are held to summarize rigorous, peer-reviewed evaluation of basic biomedical research grants. March '95

  • Timothy I. Musch, associate professor of kinesiology, was appointed to two NASA peer-review panels to determine the priority for federal funding for ground-base studies and experiments that are performed on the shuttle and MIR space station. '95

  • Veterinary researchers at K-State have filed a patent on a vaccine for pneumonia in pigs. The vaccine could save American pork producers millions of dollars each year. Pneumonia is highly contagious and can kill dozens of pigs quickly. Researchers are hoping to find companies to license the rights to the patent and start producing the vaccine commercially. February '95

  • In October 1994, K-State established the Center for Food Animal Production Medicine. Dr. Jerry Gillespie directs the research and teaching center, which will conduct food animal production medical research and offer post-DVM instruction. October '94

  • K-State veterinarians are in the midst of a five-year study to compare the effects of traditional and pediatric neutering. Traditionally, dogs and cats are neutered between six months and one year of age. But pediatric neutering, which is performed before eight weeks of age, is one approach to the problem of pet overpopulation. Dr. William Fortney says pediatric neutering is being practiced, but there is no current research on its long-term medical consequences. October '94

  • Dr. Martha D. O'Rourke, a 1966 graduate the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recognized as the 1994 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year by the Association of Women Veterinarians at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting in San Francisco. June '94

  • Julie Buzby, first year veterinary medicine student, was named to the USA Today Third Academic Team. There were 1,183 nominees. Of those, 20 each were selected for the USA Today first, second and third teams, and 68 earned honorable mentions. To be named to the team students were nominated, and then submitted an application, transcript, resume and three letters of recommendation. March '94

  • Chris Ross, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology, served as judge for the Health Sciences Division of the Research and Creative Activities Forum at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The forum serves as a showcase for research involving selected graduate students at the university. March '94

  • Former Dean Michael Lorenz was named 1994 Kansas Veterinarian of the Year by the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Velda Lorenz was named Spouse of the Year. Russell Frey, professor of veterinary medicine, was named 1991 Kansas Veterinarian of the Year.

  • J. Lonnie Kilgore, graduate student in anatomy and physiology, was awarded the Eugene Dehner Award for his research presentation at the 1994 meeting of the Kansas Academy of Sciences. '94 He also was chosen to serve as the regional representative of the Student Affairs Committee, American College of Sports Medicine, 1993-94.

  • K-State veterinary researchers developed blood-typing cards that will improve the safety and efficiency of cat and canine transfusions. The dog's version tests for type 1.1, which causes the most severe reactions if mismatched. The cat card tests for types A and B; it might be valuable for breeding purposes, in addition to transfusions. February '94

  • Signe Balch was selected as a Marshall Scholarship winner, receiving a $40,000-$60,000 scholarship which permits study at any university in Great Britain. Balch, a student in veterinary medicine, plans to study at Oxford University in fall '94. Balch is the fifth K-State student to win the Marshall Scholarship in the last four years. December '93

  • Dr. Ronnie Elmore received a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education to study the use of alcohol and other drugs by health care professional students. September '93

  • A team of surgeons at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine amputated the severely damaged leg of a heifer that caught her leg in a fence, and replaced it with a prosthesis, with the help of the Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Associates of Lenexa. April '93

  • The Hill's National Center for Veterinary Practice Management at K-State is a national veterinary resource focused on veterinary business management and career development. The center is a joint venture with Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., in Topeka. April '93

  • Jean Sonnenfield, a veterinary medicine student, was the national winner of the Brasenose Foundation Scholarship to attend Oxford University in England. One student in the nation is selected annually to receive the full costs of tuition and living expenses for two to three years of study at Oxford, an award valued at $36,000 to $54,000. In fall 1993 she will join seven other K-State scholarship winners in England - two Rhodes scholars, four Marshall scholars and a Rotary Foundation scholar. January '93

Originally prepared by K-State News Services