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Four Scientists Highlight the Fall Ramsey Series Lectures

August 30, 2010

Dr. Christine Petersen, Veterinary Medicine (515)-294-9013, kalicat@iastate.edu

Dr. Michael Wannemuehler, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-3534, mjwannem@iastate.edu

Tom Ligouri, Veterinary Medicine, (515)294-4257, ligouri@iastate.edu


AMES, Iowa -- Four highly respected scientists will be participating in the Ramsey Lecture Series at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall, including  international experts in viral ecology, Mycobacterial virulence, sustainable agricultural development, and motor neuron trafficking. Lecture dates are September 9, October 7 and 12, and November 3, 2010.  Lectures on September 9, October 7 and November 3 begin at noon and are preceded by research poster sessions and lunch beginning at 11:15 a.m. The October 12 lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m.



Bluetongue and Orbivirus Emergence

In the U.S.

David E. Stallknecht, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health,

University of Georgia

Thursday, September 9, 2010

12:00 Noon         Classroom 1226


Dr. Stallknecht, an international leader in viral ecology, will discuss the impacts of diseases on wildlife populations and how these species may act as sentinels for livestock, poultry and human diseases.  He is a member of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS). Dr. Stallknect’s work is in the area of epidemiology of viral and vector-borne diseases, specifically bluetongue and the epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses, avian influenza viruses, vesicular stomatitis virus vector and contact transmission, West Nile virus and Ehrlichia chaffeensis.  


Dr. Stallknecht received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Georgia.


His visit is co-sponsored by WiDAD.



A Time for Change: The Mutation Rate of

Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Active

And Latent Disease

Sarah Fortune, M.D.

Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, October 7, 2010

12:00 Noon     Classroom 1226


Dr. Fortune is recognized as a ground-breaking clinical Mycobacterial bacteriologist, having received both the Doris Duke Medical Foundation Early Career Award and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Scientist Early Career Development Award. Her novel and translational work has also earned enviable levels of research funding. Her laboratory focuses on how M. tuberculosis uses specialized secretion systems and surface structures to mediate virulence in the infected host.  Dr. Fortune is Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Fortune received her M.D. from Columbia University.


Her visit is also supported by ADVANCE and the Immunobiology interdepartmental program.


Livestock and Small Holder Development


Alice Pell, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Provost for International Relations,

Cornell University


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

4:00 P.M.             Classroom 1226


Dr. Pell is active in the International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development at Cornell University and is director of the university’s program for poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development for developing countries. Her current research includes an interdisciplinary project focused on the relationship between poverty and environmental degradation in Kenya, funded by the National Science Foundation, and UNICEF-funded studies determining the important stakeholders for food and resource sustainability in Afghanistan.  The Kenyan project has been involved in determining the role of livestock in a model of nutrient cycling and soil fertility maintenance for developing nations. A member of the animal science department at Cornell, Dr. Pell has actively published on wide ranging topics from bovine rumen flora to the nutritional needs of mountain gorillas.  Dr. Pell’s research emphasis has been on the roles of livestock in smallholder farming systems and nutrition constrains caused by other elements of the agricultural system.

Dr. Pell received her Ph.D. from the University of Vermont.


Life in the Fast Lane: Regulation of Fast Axonal Transport

And Neurodegeneration

Dr. Scott Brady

Professor and Head

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

University of Illinois School of Medicine

Wednesday November 3, 2010

12:00 Noon   Classroom 1226




Dr. Brady is a world leader in the study of axonal transport and molecular motors. His recent research  in the area of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy, focuses on molecular motors, regulation of axonal transport and the neuronal cytoskeleton, These studies have illuminated the relationship between motors, neuronal signaling pathways, and pathogenic mechanisms. 
Dr. Brady received his Ph.D.in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California and postdoctoral training with Raymond Lasek at Case Western Reserve University.  

Lecture support also provided by the Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology and the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology interdepartmental program.