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Faculty Awards Celebrate Teaching and Research

May 30th, 2017

At the CVM Awards Ceremony on May 24th, a stellar group of faculty received teaching and research awards.

The Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award was given to Dr. Dan Rockey, a professor in Biomedical Sciences where he teaches Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology.  Dr. Rockey applies strategies both old and new to the teaching of infectious disease, always with a focus on integrating contemporary basic knowledge into the real-world needs of future veterinarians.

Students who nominated him say:

  • “He deeply cares that his students learn the material and succeed.”
  • “Dr. Rockey was an excellent professor for Bacteriology! He made difficult things easy to understand, made class fun with stories, examples, and different ways to think about how to remember certain aspects of the bacteria. I thoroughly enjoyed his class and think that he is well deserving of this award!”
  • “Dr. Rockey is excited about the subject he teaches, and it shows!”

Dr. Milan Milovancev, professor of small animal surgery, received the New Investigator Award. Dr. Milovancev’s research focuses on surgical treatment of locally invasive cancers. Dean Sue Tornquist commended Dr. Milovancev as an “active and innovative researcher, with over 30 publications in a relatively short veterinary career at OSU. In addition to strong primary efforts, Dr. Milovancev has established an excellent record as a collaborator with members of both CVM departments, across campus, with Oregon Humane Society, and among veterinary institutions. These collaborations and this productivity have generated national acclaim for Dr. Milovancev and for OSU, and represent the stellar start to a career as a clinical scientist.”

The Zoetis Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding research effort and productivity, and this year it was awarded to Dr. Hong Moulton for her research in the treatment of genetic abnormalities using anti-sense nucleotides. Recently, Dr. Moulton participated in the discovery of a newly-approved therapy for Duchene muscular dystrophy.

Excellence in Teaching awards were given to the following faculty who were nominated by students:

  • Kate Scollan
  • Fikru Nigussie
  • Joe Klopfenstein
  • Jana Gordon
  • Hadi Mansouri
  • Jennifer Warnock
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