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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. Larry Firkins, swine Extension veterinarian and director of the College research stations, has been elected to a 3-year term as District 5 (Illinois and Wisconsin) director for the American Association of Swine Practitioners. He fills the spot vacated by Dr. Randy Larson, of Alpha, Illinois, after two terms in the position.

Dr. Tony Goldberg, veterinary pathobiology graduate student, received a $500 award from the 1999 Illinois Pork Council Scholarship Fund for his proposal entitled “Molecular Epidemiology of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus in Illinois.”

Dr. Joseph Harari, veterinary clinical medicine, spoke on clinical orthopedics at the Finnish Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting in March.

Dr. Wanda Haschek-Hock, head of veterinary pathobiology, participated in the Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee meeting that looked at antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals and assuring human safety. The meeting was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in January.

Dr. Sheila McCullough, veterinary clinical medicine, served as an official show veterinarian at the International Kennel Club show held in Chicago in February. More than 3,000 pure bred dogs were entered.

Dr. Allen Paul, veterinary pathobiology and Continuing Education/Public Service-Extension, was named interim coordinator of the CEPS unit after the retirement of Dr. LeRoy Biehl.

Dr. Geoff S. Smith, first author of “Effects of fumonisin-containing culture material on pulmonary clearance in swine,” and Dr. Linda M. Berent, first author of “Detection of Haemobartonella felis in cats with experimentally induced acute and chronic infections, using polymerase chain reaction assay,” are the winners of the local 1999 Phi Zeta Literary Award. Dr. Smith, currently a Food Animal Medicine/Surgery intern, won in the Basic Research category and Dr. Berent, Clinical Pathology graduate student, won in the Clinical Research category. Both manuscripts have been submitted for consideration in the National Phi Zeta Literary Award.

Dr. Ronald D. Smith, veterinary pathobiology and director of medical informatics, was an invited speaker for about 100 public health specialists at the September meeting of the southern chapter of the Illinois Environmental Health Association in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. View his presentation, entitled “Information Technology and Environmental Health,” at

He presented “How to Establish a Presence on the World Wide Web” for the College’s Swine Executive Veterinary Program ( in October and for the Small Animal Executive Veterinary Program ( in November.

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