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Faculty and Grad Students Receive Teaching and Research Awards

June 19th, 2013

twinkle-twinkle-little-starDr. Marc Kinsley, Large Animal surgical resident, received the Graduate Research Award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence in research.

Kinsley’s research during his 2.5 years as a large animal surgical resident has included two important studies, one involving improving the diagnosis and surgical treatment of small ruminants with  obstructive urolithiasis and the second, his Master’s project, revolving around identifying pathways involved in etiopathogenesis of osteochondrosis.

Dr. Anna Jolles received the New Investigator Award in recognition of her progress towards establishing a research program with an international reputation for excellence.

Dr. Jolles is currently an assistant professor in Biomedical Sciences and has an active research program in ecology of Infectious Diseases. She is funded by the National Science foundation. Her research has shown that the severity of tuberculosis in South African buffalos is closely related with the intestinal load of intestinal parasites, suggesting that the co-infection with parasites shifts the immune response. She has also extended her investigation to lions M.bovis infection. Recently she has engaged in a new line of investigation to understand the immune response I wildlife and its impact on evolution.

Dr. Craig Ruaux also received the New Investigator Award in recognition of his progress towards establishing a research program with an international reputation for excellence.

Dr. Ruaux has a history of accomplishment in scholarship including over 50 refereed publications. Dr. Ruaux’s scholarship demonstrates a line of inquiry focusing on gastroenterology.

The Zoetis Award for Research Excellence fosters innovative research by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity.  Nominees must be faculty members who are principal investigators in research that has attained or is likely to attain national recognition.  This year’s recipient was Dr. Stuart Helfand.

Dr. Helfand has maintained a nationally and internationally respected thematic research program dedicated to the study of Hemangiosarcoma and osteosarcoma in dogs.  Over the last several years he has worked to aid the development of a new class of anticancer agents, the tyrosine kinase inhibitors, as a novel approach to the treatment of canine tumors. He was the first veterinary oncologic researcher to use phosophoproteomics to elucidate the rationale for targeted therapy with these agents.

A new award this year is the CVM Excellence in Teaching Award, given to the top two faculty members nominated by each of the four classes for their excellence in teaching. This years recipients are:

Class of 2013      Milan Milovancev
Class of 2013      Jorge Vanegas 

Class of 2014      Jennifer Warnock 

Class of 2015      Cyril Clarke 
Class of 2015      Susan Tornquist 

Class of 2016      Terri Clark  
Class of 2016      Linda Blythe
Class of 2016      Hadi Mansouri 

The Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award was selected by the Awards and Curriculum committees based on the students’ nomination of two faculty members from each class and the nominees’ application materials.  This year the award was presented to Dr. Keith Poulsen, Clinical Sciences assistant professor, large animal internal medicine.

Dr. Poulsen is a clinician teaching Large Animal Medicine rotations, Intro to Animal Care and Medicine Labs. Dr. Poulsen describes his philosophy as a clinician in the veterinary teaching hospital as:  “see one, do one, teach one.”  His goal is for students to have ownership in each part of patient management from admission to discharge.  “As students see, then do, and eventually teach a peer how to do a particular procedure or communicate to a client, they gain valuable experience and the ability to be effective veterinarians.”

Students’ nomination comments include: “His lectures are both clinically relevant and entertaining. No matter if we are in a post-test coma or really just burned out he has the capacity to get the attention of everyone in the class and get us both interested and excited about the material. Hands down a great professor and deserving of this award!”

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