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Fall 1998 Vol.22 No.4
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Dr. Gary Althouse, veterinary clinical medicine, has been elected to the PIC Gene Transfer International Advisory Panel, a think-tank of 12 international scientists on swine reproduction. He is also serving a 3-year term on the board of directors for the Society for Theriogenology and was on the 1998 program planning committee for both the annual meeting of the American Association Swine Practitioners and the Leman Pre-conference. His clinical/research program was chosen as the principal site for swine reproduction training for the Cochran Fellowship Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In recent months he has spoken on various aspects of boar stud and breeding herd management at the Leman Conference in Minneapolis; at the 15th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Birmingham, England; at the Korea Animal Improvement Association and National Swine Registry, Seoul; and for the National Swine Registry, in Manila, the Philippines.

Dr. John Andrews, head of the Laboratories of Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine, was hailed as a "champion of veterinary diagnostic medicine" and awarded the E. P. Pope Memorial Award at the national meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in October. Awardees are selected because they have made noteworthy contributions to the organization, implementation, and recognition of the speciality of veterinary diagnostic medicine.

Dr. Val Beasley, veterinary biosciences, was named to the AVMA Committee on Environmental Affairs last April and to the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Veterinarians for the Environment in September.

In July Drs. Peter Constable, John Huhn, and Dawn Morin, all veterinary clinical medicine, spoke at the World Association for Buiatrics Congress in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Roberto Docampo, veterinary pathobiology, was invited to give a series of lectures at the Institute of Biotechnological Investigations of the National University of General San Martin and at the Institute of Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology, National Research Council, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August.

Three postdoctoral research associates have recently joined his laboratory: Janet Hill, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois Department of Microbiology; Norma Marchesini, Ph.D., from the National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina; Shuhong Luo, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Parasitology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, P.R. China. Anibal E. Vercesi, a Biotechnology Career fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, worked in his laboratory from September to November on a collaborative project on calcium homeostasis in trypanosomatids.

Dr. Larry Firkins, Continuing Education/Public Service, spoke at the Pfizer/Effingham Equity Rend Lake Retreat in Whittington, Illinois, in August, the Eighth Annual Swine Production Conference in Macomb, Illinois, in September, and the AVMA Symposium on Opportunities for Veterinarians in Agribusiness, Chicago, Illinois, in October.

Dr. Ned Hahn, veterinary pathobiology, spent three weeks in Europe in August. After working with collaborators at the German Federal Center for Virus Diseases of Animals in Wusterhausen, near Berlin, he attended the International Herpesvirus Workshop in York, England, presenting a paper on "Detection of pseudorabies gC in tonsils of seronegative wild swine." He also spent several days in Croatia, visiting the Croatian Veterinary Institute and the veterinary faculty at the University of Zagreb as a scientific reviewer for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

Dr. Wanda Haschek-Hock, head of veterinary pathobiology, gave the keynote address on "potential human health risks of fumonisin mycotoxicosis" at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Pathologists held in Toronto in July.

Katie Henry, director of budget and resource planning, has been named to the campus-wide Deans’ Budget Committee, which monitors and makes recommendations about planning and budgeting for administrative and service units of the University.

Dr. Rex A. Hess, veterinary biosciences, was an invited speaker at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in June; at the Gordon Research Conference on Reproductive Tract Biology at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, New Hampshire; at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in July; and at the International Conference on Estrogens and Human Health at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where he spoke on "Estrogen regulates fluid reabsorption in the head of the epididymis" in October.

Dr. Gary Jackson, also with veterinary biosciences, served on the Reproductive
Biology Training Program Conference Organizing Committee for the Estrogens and Human Health Conference.

Dr. Ann Johnson, veterinary clinical medicine, was an invited speaker to the III Congress of the Brazilian College of Veterinary Surgery and Anesthesiology, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The conference took place September 20-25, 1998.

Dr. Ibulaimu Kakoma, veterinary pathobiology, was part of an invited delegation of microbiology specialists who visited Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Hong Kong in July. The group was hosted by the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Uriel Kitron, veterinary pathobiology, visited the Mozambique National Institute of Health and Malaria Control in September, speaking on "Applications of GIS to infectious disease epidemiology." He was also invited to join a World Health Organization research project on livestock management and irrigation to reduce malaria transmission in East Africa.

Last summer he and his students investigated the emergence of a serious pest and potential threat to public health, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), in the La Crosse encephalitis endemic area of Peoria, Illinois. Working in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Peoria City/County Health Department, and the University of Notre Dame, graduate research assistant Mary Lancaster found that the tiger mosquito has successfully overwintered and expanded its range in Peoria. An extensive collaborative study of the range of the tiger mosquito and its interactions with local mosquitoes, wildlife, and the La Crosse virus is ongoing.

Drs. John Losonsky and Stephen Kneller, veterinary clinical medicine, presented a workshop on radiographic diagnosis to the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medicine Association on September 11.

Dr. Murli Manohar, veterinary biosciences, spoke on "Pulmonary Hemodynamics in Exercise" and "Respiratory Muscle Energetics in Exercise" at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida, in June. In September he gave a talk on "Pulmonary Vascular Resistance in Exercising Horses" at the 5th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology in Utsunomiya, Japan.

Dr. Sheila McCullough, veterinary clinical medicine, spoke to the Parkland Veterinary Conference on monitoring the critical care patient and assessing trauma patients.

Dr. Joanne Messick, veterinary pathobiology, gave a presentation on using PCR-based assay to detect Eperythrozoon suis infection at a research reports session at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in September. A recent article in the Journal of the AVMA cited veterinary research of the type conducted by Dr. Messick as significant for advancements in xenotransplantation, the practice of transplanting organs from nonhuman animals to humans.

Dr. Gay Miller, veterinary pathobiology, spoke on "Economics in a HACCP world" as part of a food safety workshop series put on by the Livestock Conservation Institute in Columbus, Ohio, Omaha, Nebraska, and Denver, Colorado, in August.

Dr. Gerald Pijanowski, associate dean of academic and student affairs, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Multicultural Affairs Committee of the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges.

Dr. Ronald D. Smith, veterinary pathobiology and director of Instructional Computing, spoke on "making the Internet a member of the veterinary practice" at the 78th annual fall meeting of the Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association in September.

Dr. Deoki N. Tripathy, veterinary pathobiology, recently gave an invited presentation entitled "Fowlpox–A Re-emerging Disease in Chickens" at the 49th North Central Avian Disease Conference and Symposium on Enteric and Emerging Diseases, held in September in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Dick Wallace, Continuing Education/Public Service-Extension dairy veterinarian, was elected president-elect of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians at the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medicine Association in July.

Dr. Matthew A. Wallig, veterinary pathobiology, has been named to the editorial board of Toxicological Sciences (formerly Fundamental and Applied Toxicology). In September he presented "Xenobiotic Metabolism and Organ Targeting" at the World Congress of Gastroenterology in Vienna, Austria, in September.

Mitsuko Williams, veterinary medicine librarian, received funding from the University of Illinois Environmental Council to create a "Virtual Library of Environmental Studies," a Web site containing information about resources, collections, and expertise available on the Urbana-Champaign campus. For more information, call 217/333-2193 or email mwillms1@staff.uiuc.eduO.

Federico A. Zuckermann, veterinary pathobiology, spoke on IL-12 mediated-modulation of the cellular immune response of swine to viral antigens at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, in November. That same month he lectured on Extrathymic CD4/CD8 double positive T cells in mammals and chickens and chaired a session at the 5th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India.

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