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Ackermann Named Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

June 6, 2011

Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602, traef@iastate.edu

Dr. Mark R. Ackermann, professor of veterinary pathology, has been named Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies,effective June 1, 2011. He replaces Dr. Qijing Zhang who has stepped away from the position to devote himself fully to his research program.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Zhang for his service," said Dr. Lisa K. Nolan, professor and Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "It has been a pleasure working with him as Interim Associate Dean. In the time he served in this position, he did great service for the college, raising its visibility and credibility as a research-intensive unit across our campus. Despite his decision to return to his lab full time, I know we can count on him for his leadership in some capacity in the future.

I am pleased that Dr. Ackermann, another of our faculty heavily engaged in research, has agreed to serve as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in an interim capacity. As a research investigator who has successfully competed for USDA and NIH grants, he brings a lot of experience to the position. I look forward to working with him as we seek to build the college's research enterprise."

Dr. Ackermann received his DVM (1986) and PhD (1989) from Iowa State University. In 1990, he received board certification from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State in 1986, he was a veterinary medical officer, Interim Research Leader, and Lead Scientist for 10 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Ackermann is a nationally recognized researcher and expert in ovine and bovine respiratory diseases and he has developed an ovine model of RSV infection in human infants. His research has significantly advanced the knowledge of potential factors to reduce respiratory tract infection in poultry, sheep, cattle, swine, and infants. In addition to his research, Dr. Ackermann has served as major professor for 14 PhD students, mentored five post-doctoral fellows, and served on 62 graduate committees; he currently serves on nine graduate student committees. He has been professor-in-charge of the Image Analysis/Confocal facility since 1996 and served on the Biotechnology Council. He teaches advanced courses in cell injury and cancer to residents and graduate students and has clinical service duties (pathology).

He was the holder of the John G. Salsbury Chair in Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State from 2001 to 2004, and 2005 to 2007. He received the Pfizer Animal Health Research Award in 2000 and 2010. He was the 2005 recipient of the William O. Reece Student Award for Outstanding Academic Advising and has been advisor to the ISU Pre-Veterinary Club for over six years.

Dr. Ackermann has served on the editorial board of Veterinary Pathology and is a member (2008-2012) of the NIAID III study section for the National Institutes of Health. He is active in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and is the co-chair of the Plenary Session at the 2012 ACVP annual meeting.

Welcome, Dr. Ackermann!