Dr. Gary Althouse, veterinary clinical medicine, was selected to be on the six-person program committee of the IV International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation to be held in 1999. In November, he was requested by the National Swine Registry in Lafayette, Indiana, to discuss developing uniform national guidelines for boar studs, including health and semen quality; he is now in the process of drafting these recommendations for the industry. He gave an invited lecture on "New approaches in anestrus females" at the Eighth Annual Client Appreciation Meeting for Rensselaer Swine Services, Rensselaer, Indiana, on November 30.
Dr. Tom Burke, veterinary clinical medicine, received a Presidential Service Award from President Bob Cook (from the Bronx Zoo) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians for his fund-raising activities on behalf of AAZV. Dr. Burke served as president of AAZV in 1988 and is currently on the Executive Board as Historian.
Casey Cadile, third-year veterinary student, has been named a fellow of the Morris Animal Foundation. The honor recognizes her exemplary skills and dedication in her work with Dr. Barbara Kitchell on a study, funded by the foundation, of the expression patterns of the telomerase enzyme in feline and canine tissue and fluid samples. Her work is aimed at developing a diagnostic tool to identify malignant cells.
Dr. Peter Constable, veterinary clinical medicine, presented six 1-hour talks at the Central States Veterinary Conference in Kansas City in August. In September, he convened a workshop on acid-base balance in the exercising horse at the 5th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology in Japan. Drs. Jonathan Foreman, Thomas Goetz, and Murli Manohar also attended and presented at the Japan conference.
Dr. Roberto Docampo, veterinary pathobiology, was elected a Corresponding Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in November.
Dr. Ralph Hamor, veterinary clinical medicine, gave presentations at the Central Illinois Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Springfield, Illinois, in September and at the Mississippi Valley VMA meeting in Peoria, Illinois, in November.
Dr. E. J. Ehrhart, veterinary pathobiology, and Drs. Mike Kinsel and Julie Johnson, graduate students in the department, passed the certifying examination for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in September.
Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, veterinary clinical medicine, spoke at the 1998 American College of Veterinary Surgeons meeting. She has been invited to speak at a conference for physicians, the Musculoskeletal Research Society meeting, in Denver in May and in Italy in October.
With Dr. Barbara Kitchell, she was invited to speak at the 1998 American Animal Hospital Association meeting in Chicago and at the 1998 Washington State and 1999 Illinois VMA meetings.
Dr. Ibulaimu Kakoma, veterinary pathobiology, has been nominated to serve a three-year term on the board of scientific reviewers for the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
Dr. Fiona Maunsell, who completed a residency in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery in June, has become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Dawn Morin, veterinary clinical medicine, chaired the annual meeting of the Northeast Regional USDA Research Project on "Mastitis Resistance to Enhance Dairy Food Safety." It was held in October in Kansas City, Missouri. She was also appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Dairy Science.
Dr. Michael Ringenberg, veterinary pathobiology graduate student, received the Charles Louis Davis DVM Foundation Student Scholarship Award for 1998.
In October, Dr. R. Dean Scoggins, veterinary Extension, presented a daylong horse behavioral demonstration at the Barrington Riding Club, working twelve horses and their owners, and gave a lecture in Libertyville on horse behavior. For the American Association of Equine Practitioners, he chaired the ad hoc dentistry committee at the annual meeting in Baltimore and was selected by the president to serve on a group to address horsemanship skills for equine practitioners.
Jay Thurgood, first-year veterinary student, presented data at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in Chicago in November. The topic was the normal measurements of Quarter Horse metacarpal tendons and ligaments using ultrasound, research he conducted as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University.
Dr. Nicole VanderHeyden, veterinary pathobiology, spoke on "regulation of intracellular pH and plasma membrane potential in Trypanosoma brucei" at the Eleventh Annual Cell and Molecular Biophysics Training Grant Symposium in Urbana in October.
Dr. Federico Zuckermann, veterinary pathobiology, was recently elected to the Board of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists.