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2005 Headlines

Fortier honored as outstanding researcher with Pfizer award
   December, 2005
Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, DACVS, assistant professor of large animal surgery at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine received this year's "Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence," which recognizes outstanding research effort and productivity, and the advancement of knowledge in areas relevant to veterinary medicine. The award is intended for an outstanding faculty member at an early stage of his or her career. The award was presented during the annual Pfizer lecture and reception held at the college on November 29. <more>

Dr. David A. Morrow III 1935 - 2005
   December, 2005
Dr. Morrow served on the board of the College's Alumni Association for multiple terms, and was president in 2000 and 2001. As a veterinarian, Dr. Morrow has had a major impact throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.

White Coat 2005 - galleries available
   December, 2005

Cornell alumna named Dean at University of Georgia
   November, 2005
Sheila W. Allen DVM '81, is the new dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Since March 1st she has been serving as the college's interim dean and following a competitive national search was named the successful candidate. Allen completed her bachelor's and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees at Cornell University. She joins a distinguished list of Cornell alumni who have served as dean of a college of veterinary medicine. <more>

the Maddie's Fund logoMaddies Fund®
   November, 2005
Maddie's Fund® has awarded Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine a $1.7 million grant over six years to support a program in shelter medicine, to be called Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell.

The fund was started by David Duffield '62, MBA '64, and his wife, Cheryl, in honor of Maddie, the couple's miniature schnauzer, their pet for 10 years. The couple has spent more than $33 million to date saving the lives of unwanted cats and dogs. <more>

Link between childhood exposure to toxic substances and sharp rises in chronic disease?
   October, 2005
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Exposure of developing fetuses and newborns to low levels of environmental poisons such as lead, mercury and dioxin, as well as nicotine and ethanol, could be behind the recent sharp rises in asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders like lupus, says a Cornell University researcher. <more>

Rhodes Alumni Service Awards
   October, 2005
Established in 1994, this prestigious award honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Cornell through long-term volunteer activities within the broad spectrum of Cornell's various alumni organizations. Such service may be reflected in the leadership roles that the individual has assumed, or through the unique contributions made by the person as a part of his or her service to Cornell. <more>

College Responds to Hurricanes
   August, 2005
"The sometimes forgotten victims of Hurricane Katrina are the pets, horses, livestock and other animals left without homes, food or shelter as their human companions have evacuated. Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine is working closely with Louisiana State University as they are on the front line of rescue and care efforts for pets and other animals." -- These words signaled the start of our efforts to aid the lost and forgotten. <more>

Cornell researcher uncovers details of how cancer spreads
   August, 2005
When cancer spreads, people often die. That's why a lot of cancer research and drugs focus on the metabolic pathways that allow cancer to metastasize -- to spread from one part of the body to another. <more>

Student Profile: Latoya Schultz   August, 2005 - <more>

Commencement Activities 2005
   June, 2005 - <gallery>

Wolfgang O. Sack, Cornell Professor emer-itus
   June, 2005
Wolfgang O. Sack, 77, Cornell Professor emer-itus, College of Veterinary Medicine, died of heart disease on June 21, 2005 at Cayuga Medical Center. Growing up in the eastern part of Germany and in Berlin, he emigrated in 1951 to Canada where he studied Veterinary Medicine in Guelph, Ontario, and received the D.V.M. degree from the University of Toronto. <more>

Equine Facility Named in Honor of Famed Horse Surgeon Don Wheat
   June, 2005
An area of Comparative Orthopedics Laboratory was renamed in to honor famed equine surgeon John Donald (J.D.) Wheat, DVM '45, during alumni reunion activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine on June 11, 2005.<more>

Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer Population Video
   May, 2005

Cornell researcher announces early finding of effective prevention of horse herpes
   May, 2005
Following the recent deadly outbreak of equine herpes virus at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, a Cornell University virologist says his preliminary research indicates that vaccines containing weakened live viruses, called modified live vaccines (MLV), appear to be more effective in preventing horse herpes than other more widely used vaccines. <more>

Dr. John Bentinck-Smith
   May, 2005
Dr. John Bentinck-Smith, DVM, Professor Emeritus of Cornell University, age 86, of 5 Horizon Dr., Ithaca, NY, died Thursday, May 12, 2005, at home.<more>

Visiting South Korean experts stress need for therapeutic cloning
   April, 2005
Woo-Suk Hwang, one of Time Magazine's "100 People who Matter in 2004," and a professor at Seoul National University, and colleague Seung Keun Kang spoke with Cornell University faculty and students about their groundbreaking animal and human stem cell research. The two-day visit, April 18-19, hosted by Donald Smith, dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, was an extension of joint endeavors and academic exchange spanning a 30-year association between the two colleges of veterinary medicine.<more>

Discovery in yeast provides leap forward in better understanding and future cure of devastating disease, familial dysautonomia
   April, 2005
A discovery in yeast that has important implications for finding a cure for a devastating disease of nerve cell failures -- called familial dysautonomia (FD) -- has been made by Cornell University researchers.<more>

CU chosen to be part of $5 million food-safety initiative funded by USDA
   April, 2005
Acute gastroenteritis -- commonly referred to as food poisoning -- is the second most common household illness in the United States, with an estimated 76 million food-related illnesses occurring each year. <more>

Vampire Bats Keep Out of Trouble by Running
   March, 2005
Although most people think of bats as stealthy mammals that flit about in the night sky, at least one species has evolved a terrestrial trot never before seen in bats, according to a recent Cornell University study.<more>

Cooking for the Ones you Love
   February, 2005
Westminster Week in New York City was an exciting event for the faculty, alumni and friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine. <more>

Dr. James McClure
   February, 2005
Dr. James McClure '69 of Fairfax, Virgina, passed away on Wednesday, February 16, 2005, after a long and valiant fight with cancer. Dr. McClure devoted his working life to his beloved profession and to the family whom he loved. He had a deep and abiding love and respect for Cornell University, to which he attributed much of his professional success.   <more>

Therapy horse needs therapy
   January, 2005
Mary Lou Thall was concerned; the kick was bad, made worse by the size difference of about 1,000 lbs. Puddle, one of her miniature, or "Mini," horses, was accidentally kicked by a young Connemara sporthorse filly while coming in one evening. < more >

Cornell scientists discover critical step in flu virus infection
   January, 2005
Two Cornell University researchers have found a pathway that is critical for the flu virus to enter and infect a cell. The discovery could lead to the development of antiviral medications and vaccines that would target all influenza viruses. < more >

Dr. Stephen J. Roberts
   January, 2005
Stephen J. Roberts, DVM MS passed away on January 21, 2005. Dr. Roberts was a man of many accomplishments: known as veterinary clinician and scholar, teacher and a major figure in collegiate polo.
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