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Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, Executive Director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, to Deliver College of Veterinary Medicine Commencement Address

May 4, 2009

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


 The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2009, at 12 noon in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou will give the commencement address. Dr. Pappaioanou holds the DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Pappaioanou is an epidemiologist with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international public health. From February 2005 to October 2007, she served as a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, holding a joint appointment with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include emerging zoonotic diseases, particularly avian influenza, and linking human and animal health sectors to address important human and animal health problems caused by zoonotic diseases.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Pappaioanou had more than 20 years of experience at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she conducted applied research in malaria prevention and control in Africa, designed and led the implementation of the family of HIV seroprevalence surveillance programs, directed a capacity building project to strengthen skills of health officials in developing countries to use data for program and policy decision-making more effectively, led a research synthesis program supporting the development of the U.S. Guide to Community Preventive Services: Systematic Reviews and Evidence-Based Recommendations, and coordinated CDC’s research and programs in Africa and Asia.