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Vet med research symposium attracts 33 presentations

By Jeffrey Douglas

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 34 - June 27, 1996

Thirty-three research presentations on a range of topics in veterinary medicine and the biomedical sciences were presented by students and faculty members during the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Eighth Annual Research Symposium.

The annual symposium seeks to showcase the quality and the diversity of research under way in the college, according to John C. Lee, associate dean for research and graduate studies.

William Dewey, vice president for research and graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, opened the two-day event with an overview presentation titled "Biomedical Research."

The event also included a special research seminar on brucellosis. The VMRCVM operates an internationally regarded research program in this important zoonotic disease.

Steven D. Holladay was awarded the 1996 Pfizer Research Award, a national award that seeks to recognize research excellence in the nation's 27 veterinary colleges.

Graduate students Chris Ward and Jean Whichard earned awards in the Basic Sciences section of the adjudicated competition, and graduate students Cindy Swancott and Annette Sysel earned honors in the Clinical Sciences category.

Charlotte Davis was presented the Graduate Student Teaching Award, Mary Nickle received the Research Co-Worker Award, and Steve DeHart and Sherrie Settle received Special Recognition Awards.

Nine informational presentations were also made regarding the service laboratories operated by the VMRCVM's research division, and Lee made a presentation on the research program's strategic plan.

More than 40 scholarship recipients were also recognized.