Administrative changes in the dean's office

Dr. Mathes to retire; Dr. Lairmore appointed associate dean

Dr. Lawrence Mathes, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate dean for Research and Graduate studies, will retire after over 40 years with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mathes served as a founding member and director of the Center for Retrovirus Research and led the Comprehensive Cancer Center's Oncogenic Virus program. Dr. Lonnie King, dean, has appointed Dr. Michael Lairmore to serve as associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, effective March 15. Dr. Lairmore is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate director for Basic Sciences, Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Mathes

Dr. Mathes, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate dean for Research and Graduate studies, will retire after more than 40 years of service to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mathes served as a founding member and director of the Center for Retrovirus Research for 12 years; he led the Comprehensive Cancer Center's Oncogenic Virus Program for 17 years and was the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine for the last five years. He has been honored with the SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence (1994), the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education (2000), AAAS Fellow (2004), and the OSU Distinguished Scholar Award (2005).

Dr. Mathes has served on numerous NIH study section and contract reviews and is currently a member of the NIH AIP Study Section. Dr. Mathes has authored or coauthored more than 130 peer reviewed publications and has been consistently funded as PI for more than 25 years on 28 NIH grants and contracts with total expenditures of $12 million. He played a major role in the development of the first commercial feline leukemia virus vaccine, Leukocell, which resulted in royalties of over $20 million. Dr. Mathes' vision brought the technology of flow cytometry to the OSU campus. Since 1985, he has pursued cutting edge technologies in flow cytometry and confocal microscopy and was the driving force behind the purchase of state-of-the-art instrumentation that eventually developed into the college Imaging Core (IMCORE), which has become a campus-wide resource.

After Dr. Mathes was recruited to the Office of Research in 2004, the office expanded to become the Office of Research and Graduate Studies with the addition of a Grants Specialist and a Graduate Studies Coordinator. As the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, he streamlined the grant review process, updated many of the procedures and materials used in our intramural grant program, led the revision of the Charter for the Council for Research and its procedures document; established the Council for Graduate Studies and led the effort to write the charter and handbook. Dr. Mathes was instrumental in guiding the new graduate program, entitled Comparative and Veterinary Medicine, from inception through its approval by the Graduate School, Council for Academic Affairs and University Senate. In addition he shepherded the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building build-out of the basement to become a state-of-the-art 10,000 sq ft research facility that now is the home of the Center for Retrovirus Research. He was involved in the early development of the Clinical Trials Office and Biospecimen Repository, including remodeling the space for these operations. Other accomplishments include expanding the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (34 participants in 2009 up from 12 in 2004) and establishing funding for the college Clinical Trials Office through the Clinical and Translational Science Award, which is administered through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

For more information on his publications and research, click here.

Dr. Michael Lairmore

Dr. Michael Lairmore, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate director for Basic Sciences, Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named associate dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Lairmore chaired the Department of Veterinary Biosciences for eight years (2002-2010). During his tenure as chair, research extramural funding more than doubled and the department received the first NIH Program Project Grant in the college. In addition, he was instrumental in guiding the department's graduate program to the top 12 graduate programs (out of 92) at the university. This program served as the cornerstone on which the combined Comparative and Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program was built. He was central in establishing the highly competitive NIH T32 training grant, for which he serves as program director, and which has provided funding for dozens of veterinary pathology residents to obtain PhDs. In addition, he spearheaded the effort to obtain more than $3.9 million in federal funding for a construction grant from NIH to make much needed improvements in Goss Laboratory.

In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Lairmore has garnered more than $32 million in funding and has trained 28 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, and serves as an associate editor for Retrovirology and as an editorial board member for the journal Virology. Dr. Lairmore received his DVM from the University of Missouri, Ph.D. from Colorado State University, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College Veterinary Microbiologists. He currently serves as president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a recipient of the American Cancer Society's Hero of Hope Award.

This appointment will be officially confirmed at the next meeting of the The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

For more information on his publications and research, click here.

Posted: 3/11/10

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Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.