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dot  First annual Zoonotic Diseases Symposium - December 19, 2008

Dr. Lonnie King, a director with the CDC, will offer the keynote address in conjunction with the George C. Poppensiek Lecture program. Registration for the event is open. <more>

Cowsdot  Vaccine for Johnes Disease - December 11, 2008

Scientists at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a vaccine that prevents Johne's disease, a condition that leads to $220 million to $250 million in losses annually to the U.S. dairy industry. The breakthrough will be published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Vaccine. <read the original article>

dot  Researcher spends holiday searching for dog's ancestor - December 9, 2008

Dr. Marta Castelhano will spend most of December in Portugal, traveling from village to village in a car equipped with a centrifuge and clipboard. On the lookout for village dogs, Castelhano will encourage these semi-feral to completely feral dogs to cooperate long enough for her to draw four to five milliliters of blood. <more>

Dr. and Mrs. Smithdot  Dean's portrait: traditional & trendy - December 8, 2008

A portrait of Dr. Donald F. Smith, ninth dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and professor, has been hung in the Atrium of the Veterinary Education Center. Presented to Smith by the Alumni Association at the New York State Veterinary Conference Awards Banquet in October 2008, the portrait pays tribute to Smith's 10-year deanship that began in 1997. <more>

NYS Vet Conferencedot  Research opportunity for specialty-trained veterinarians - November 11, 2008

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2009 Clinical Fellows Program at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The anticipated starting date is August 1, 2009. <more>

dot Research published in Structure - November 11, 2008

At the root of characterizing disease states and of life-saving treatments is a thorough understanding of the fundamental processes that control cell behavior, including those that make cells move, signal, grow, and replicate. With this information, scientists can more easily predict how cells will respond in various situations: to threats and to opportunities. <more>

Cowdot Quality Milk Requires Quality Vets - November 4, 2008

Voice of America discusses the production of safe milk and the shortage of large animal vets. <more>


Samanthadot  Samantha gets a leg up - November 3, 2008

Several disabled goats and sheep -- rescued by the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y. -- have a new lease on life: They have been given artificial legs, thanks to the work of several Cornell veterinarians working with Ithaca's Hangar Orthotics and Prosthetics. <read the original article>

Gilmourdot  Gilmour appointed for second term - October 23, 2008

"Research is a collaborative enterprise," said Robert Gilmour. "With rare exceptions, the days of the lone ranger are gone. Over the past decade there has been a reawakening of research at the Vet College, with new leadership and a new philosophy. I've been fortunate to have been a part of that." <more>

Ribbondot Snedeker to give talk on environmental estrogens - October 14, 2008

On October 19, Dr. Suzanne Snedeker, associate director of translational research for Cornell's Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF), will present information on the link between environmental estrogens that are found in everyday products and increased breast cancer risk at a meeting of the Sigma Alpha - Alpha Psi sorority. This professional agriculture sorority includes undergraduate members interested in the veterinary sciences. <more>

NYS Vet Conferencedot Leaders Among Us - October 14, 2008

At the recent annual convention for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), several Cornellians were recognized for their leadership in the profession. <more>


NYS Vet Conferencedot Internationally Known Scientist Recognized by College of Veterinary Medicine
- October 1, 2008

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) de Lahunta will be recognized with the College of Veterinary Medicine's Alumni Association's Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service. To be presented at the New York State Veterinary Conference, on October 4, 2008, the award recognizes and honors Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine graduates who have distinguished themselves in service to the profession, their communities or to the College. <more>

dot Excellence in research recognized: Robert Weiss earns 2008 Pfizer Animal Health Award
- September 30, 2008

Robert S. Weiss, PhD, associate professor for molecular genetics, earned the 2008 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, which comes with $1,000 prize. He will present his research findings at a College of Veterinary Medicine seminar on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, during which time he will be presented with his award. The award has been provided to schools of veterinary medicine since 1985, promoting the accomplishments and research productivity of faculty in the early stages of their career.

dot  Gift funds equine education and research - August 14, 2008

A $25,000 unrestricted gift to Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine from Plainfield Asset Management, LLC, of Greenwich, Conn., will strengthen the College's commitment to equine education and research. Plainfield has investments in Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, both New York horse race tracks, is the principal investor in Capital Play, one of the bidders for the video lottery terminal at Aqueduct Race Track and has other horse racing and gaming interests globally. <more>

dot What Dog DNA Reveals - August 12, 2008

THE POST-STANDARD of Central New York reports on the hope that a project at Cornell leads to cancer answers. <read the original article>

dot Discarded fishing hooks injure wildlife - July 23, 2008

WSYR-TV reports on the dangers posed for wildlife by discarded and lost fishing tackle.

dot New Animal Health Diagnostic Center - July 14, 2008

Ithaca, N.Y.-Construction has officially begun for the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC). The $80 million Center will be built with a $56 million grant from the State of New York. This grant, supplemented by $24 million from Cornell University and other sources, will be used to fund construction of the Center. The 125,000 gross square foot Center is expected to be complete in 2010 and will accommodate the work of more than 200 people who are currently housed in 12 locations. Complete with laboratories at biosafety levels 2 and 3 (which will enhance Cornell's ability to investigate infectious diseases), a state-of-the-art necropsy facility and multidisciplinary diagnostic laboratories, the new Center will replace the existing facilities, which were constructed in 1978, and expand Cornell's service, teaching, and research capacities. <more>

Kolliasdot  Kollias joins conservation organization - July 11, 2008

George Kollias, DVM, PhD, was invited to become a full member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Specifically, he has been appointed to the Species Survival Commission Otter Specialist Group and the Otters in Captivity Task Force. The appointment recognizes his major and ongoing contributions to the conservation of otters. <more>

dot  Hoelzer Earns Investigator Award - July 11, 2008

Dr. Karin Hoelzer has been awarded a Young Investigator Award and will present her research at the 2008 Merck-Merial NIH Scholars Symposium in August. Hoelzer, a graduate research assistant at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, will offer "The road to viral emergence - understanding the emergence of canine parvovirus," which is based on research conducted in the laboratory of Colin Parrish and in close collaboration with Professor of Biology Edward Holmes from Pennsylvania State University. <more>

Dr. Looneydot Dr. Andrea Looney lead author in JAVMA. - July 10, 2008

Between 8 and 12 million cats and dogs will be abandoned to shelters in 2008; 5 to 9 million will be euthanized because there are not enough homes for them, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). <more>

dot 2008-09 Awards Announced for the NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program
- July 1, 2008

The NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program (FICRS) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Mans Mitchell and Barbara Szonyi of Cornell University have been selected as scholars for the 2008-2009 class. <more>

dot Resident Research Award - July 1, 2008

Dr. Sophy Jesty, resident in cardiology at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, earned the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) 2008 Resident Research Award at the organization's annual conference held in San Antonio, TX, in June. Her research presentation was titled, "Cardiomyocyte Calcium Transients in German Shepherd Dogs with Inherited Ventricular Arrhythmias." <more>

dot NIH funds two Veterinary Medicine clinical research programs
- June 26, 2008

Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicines clinical research program will receive $1,000,000 in NIH funding over the next four years. The funding will support two initiatives: the DNA Bank and common variable immunodeficiency in horses. <more>

dot  Sondermann Receives Pew Award - June 26, 2008

Holger Sondermann, Robert N. Noyce assistant professor of life sciences and technology, was recently named one of 20 exceptional researchers selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. As a Pew Scholar, he will receive a $240,000 award over four years to help support his research, as well as gain inclusion into a unique community of scientists that encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas. <more>

Kotlikoff dot Dean honored for leadership & research - June 20, 2008

Cornell University Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Kotlikoff will receive the highest honor bestowed by UC Davis' College of Veterinary Medicine at the College's commencement scheduled for June 13, 2008 - the Alumni Achievement Award. Kotlikoff earned the award in recognition of his outstanding personal and professional contributions to cardiovascular research and leadership in academic veterinary medicine. <more>

dot Cat's golden years fun for humans - June 19, 2008

The Times Picayune's writer Gloria Dauphin looks at the benefits of a relationship with an older feline. <read the original article>

Ribbondot Cancer Links to Environmental Estrogen - June 18, 2008

U.S. News and World Report writer Deborah Kotz examines new information from the Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factor Program on the risk of environmental estrogens.
<read the original article>

Batsdot Scientists gather to study bats - June 11, 2008

Newsday quotes Dr. Beth Buckles as scientist and cavers gather to brainstorm on the mysterious, mass die-off of bats in the Northeast.

dot Bred for Edge - June 4, 2008

NPR's All Things Considered looks at the development of the modern racehorse and the consequences to their health. <read the original article>

dot  Students attend Smith-Kilborne program - June 3, 2008

Globalization, said Brown, has contributed to existing diseases now appearing in new geographical areas, such as West Nile virus; to trade-generated disease such as the melamine dog-food contamination of 2006 that involved China, Canada and the United States; and to the rise in previously unknown animal and human diseases such as SARS, HIV-AIDS and BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease). <more>

Julio Lopezdot  Julio Lopez and student diversity - May 27, 2008

A passing encounter in a Los Angeles barbershop changed how veterinary student Julio Lopez '08 thinks about his heritage. While waiting for a haircut, a Latino middle school student noticed Lopez's undergraduate biology textbook peeking out of his bag and asked what school he attended. When Lopez, a Mexican-American, replied University of California-Los Angeles, the boy said, "Wow, you made it." <more>

dot  $80 Million New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center Under Construction - May 22, 2008

Ithaca, N.Y.-Construction has officially begun for the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC). The $80 million Center will be built with a $56 million grant from the State of New York. This grant, supplemented by $24 million from Cornell University and other sources, will be used to fund construction of the Center. <more>

Ribbon dot  BCERF provides innovative outreach - May 22, 2008

An innovative outreach program using educational videos is now available to inform teens and young women about emerging scientific evidence suggesting the risk of breast cancer may be linked to exposure to "environmental estrogens." Cornell University's Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors Program (BCERF) has made the multimedia program available to help explain the strong connection between exposure to estrogen in all forms and breast cancer, what environmental estrogens are and where they are found, and to inform women on what they can do today to help reduce their lifetime exposure. <more>

Graduation 2008dot Commencement 2008 - May 13, 2008

The Dean offered his congratulations to the class, citing their courage, intelligence, determination, and hard work in reaching this moment.

dot  Anatomy of a Pet Food Catastrophe - May 13, 2008

The Pet Food contamination crisis of 2007 began quietly, with just a few cats and dogs becoming seriously ill or dying unexpectedly. Regrettably, those first few victims were followed by many more. Published by Chemical and Engineering News.

dot  Why I like my dogs - May 6, 2008

Peggy Drexler, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, reminds us of the value of unconditional love in a world on the wire. Published by SFGate a subsidiary of the San Francisco Chronicle. <read the original article>

dot Veterinary expertise for the world - April 29, 2008

Thanks to the recent work of Roger Ellis '73, DVM '77, cows in Yaroslavl, Russia, may soon have a better quality of life. <more>

dot Study of horses aids flu research - April 29, 2008

Stored safely in a freezer at Cornell's James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health are samples of the virus thought to be most like the one public health experts expect someday to afflict record numbers of the world's population. The virus was collected in 1973 during an outbreak of equine influenza at a Florida racetrack. Dorothy Holmes, an infectious disease specialist in Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, had obtained samples of the virus with the intention of using it to create nasal spray vaccines for horses.

dot A jolt of java for health? - April 22, 2008

High quantities of caffeine may do more than just keep people awake. The stimulant may one day offer researchers a way to prevent multiple sclerosis.

dot  First clinical fellows program - April 22, 2008

Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine's new two-year Clinical Fellows Program is the first in the country to address a growing shortage of academic veterinarians who conduct research on animal diseases and basic biology. <more>

dot  New Outreach Web Site Launched - April 22, 2008

Partners in Animal Health, the Cornell Veterinary College's new educational outreach program, is pleased to announce the launch of a new web site at <more>

Feline Health Center dot  2008 Feline Follies - April 7, 2008

So Chauncey, my ex-stray tabby cat, accompanied me to Feline Follies 2008, an annual charity cat show hosted by Cornell's Feline Club. Run mostly by veterinary students, the free event featured contests that pitted cat against cat in such categories as Shortest Fur, Longest Tail, Most Unusual Behavior and Most Stripes. Interspersed throughout the judging were lectures on kitten care, obesity and other topics. <read the original article>

dot  New Communication Director

Stephanie Specchio has been named the new communications director of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, effective April 14. <read the original article>

dot  Professor Maza Receives Excellence Award - April 3, 2008

Professor Paul Maza at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has been given the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) in basic science by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). This year's recipients were announced at the SAVMA symposium at Tuskegee and Auburn universities in Alabama.

Feline Health Center dot  Feline Health Receives Bequest - February 25, 2008

The estate of Rhoda A. Hogan of Durham, New Hampshire has gifted $100,000 to the Cornell University Feline Health Center to help educate cat owners and veterinarians about the issues surrounding declawing cats.

Bats dot  Bats in NE mysteriously dying - February 26, 2008

First it was bees that were mysteriously dying. Now it's bats.
Following a summer when honeybees across America began to die in great numbers, researchers are now finding thousands of sick bats in caves in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. The deaths of bees and bats appear to be unrelated. <more>

Swanson dot  Swanson endows two programs - February 25, 2008

The wife of a Cornell alumnus has donated $7.125 million to Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine to help endow two important veterinary programs and expand imaging facilities. It is the largest gift in the history of the college. <more>

dot  Support for Stem Cell Programs - February 6, 2008

Cornell University received two one-year institutional development grants for stem cell research from the state of New York as part of $14.5 million in similar awards granted statewide Jan. 7. A grant to Cornell's Ithaca campus totaled $1 million, while a second award for $997,382 was given to the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. <more>

cerda gonzalez dot  Emergency Neurology Services - February 4, 2008

Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) has recently expanded its neurology and neurosurgery services for the public to include referrals and emergency appointments around-the-clock, seven days a week, for clinical services. <more>

dot  Russell elected to AAAS - February 4, 2008

Cornell molecular microbiologist David G. Russell was among 471 other researchers nationwide elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year, in honor of his distinguished contributions to his profession. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. David Russell Russell. <more>

dot  The global battle against avian flu

If a virulent strain of avian influenza ever struck the U.S. poultry industry, this country probably would fare better than many other nations due to careful biosecurity procedures in force. This series of articles by the Cornell news service contains information on the situation and the on-going research at Cornell aimed to prevent pandemic. <more>