August 19, 2011

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Lairmore, new Dean at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Michael has been a wonderful asset to Ohio State, serving most recently as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. We are very proud of Dr. Lairmore and wish him well on this great opportunity and thank him for all that he has done for the College of Veterinary Medicine and The James. He has a long list of accomplishments, including member of the National Academy of Sciences, serving two terms as chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, as well as Associate Director for Shared Resources at Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has a tremendous list of research accomplishments, as well as many awards and other accolades. The news release from UC-Davis offers many details.

At the College of Veterinary Medicine, we pride ourselves in preparing leaders for the veterinary profession. Michael's achievement is a wonderful example of the tremendous reputation the college has for developing and preparing leaders. In addition to Michael, and Dr. Jean Sander, who recently left to lead the Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State alumni lead two other colleges of Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Kent Hoblet is at Mississippi State, and Dr. Glen Hoffsis is at the University of Florida. We will continue to develop administrative and scientific leaders as part of the college's contribution to veterinary medicine.

Our College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton will be riding tomorrow, August 20 in the third annual Pelotonia event. All money raised goes to support cancer research at Ohio State. College of Veterinary Medicine researchers have several fellowships provided through Pelotonia funding. Dr. Amit Sharma, a PhD graduate student working in the lab of Dr. Kathy Boris-Lawrie, David White Professor in Veterinary Biosciences, and Dr. Jim DeWille, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, have both received grants. Thanks to College Peloton co-captains Dr. Michelle Harcha and Dr. Michael Lairmore for their efforts encouraging participation in the event and for the fundraising efforts this past week. You can cheer on the riders on the Drake bridge tomorrow morning in the company of bagpipers from the Capital City Pipes and Drums. Be here by 7 a.m. to see the first riders pedaling down Olentangy River Road (Check out our web page for suggested driving directions.)  

Every three years, the college has a major audit. This is not too exciting – but nevertheless, a very important event. We gain insights into how well the college operates and performs. Thanks to all of you involved in collecting data, meeting with the auditors, and responding to their questions. The college had one of the strongest audit reports on campus, and we were complimented on our work, compliance, controls, and regulations. It is the little things, done right, that accumulate over time that truly make this college so exceptional. Thanks goes to Judy Kleen and Renne Komula, chief financial officers in the college, for their collaboration to make this process so successful.

I want to acknowledge our new College of Veterinary Medicine chorus. Thanks to Kate Hayes-Ozello for starting this group. What a great way to build community in the college, plus enjoy some new music. We look forward to musical events in the future.

State and National Issues

Several members of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine traveled to Washington, D. C. to conduct our first workshop on Regulatory Sciences. Twenty-two federal employees participated at the Ohio State Washington, D. C. office on Capitol Hill. The topic this year was Animal Welfare, which included a case study on the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Thanks to Dr. Candace Croney for her excellent presentation, and Dr. Bill Saville for his participation. We also welcomed partners from the University of Minnesota: Dr. Will Hueston, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership, and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Trevor Ames.

We are planning to expand these sorts of workshops and courses to a possible certificate program or even a professional master's degree to further train and prepare state and federal employees in animal and public health. Expanding knowledge and changing public opinions require additional study to make complex decisions at the interface of science and public policy.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

The College of Medicine has a new dean, Dr. Charles Lockwood from Yale University. We met recently to begin building better connections between our colleges. He is impressed by our work so far bringing together the seven health sciences colleges for better collaborations in the future.

The summer is quickly coming to a close. My wife Sylvia and I had the opportunity to take a few days and visit our grandchildren in Georgia. They are four and two years old, and they certainly change very quickly. It was great to be involved with their activities and busy lives, and I managed to sneak in a few rounds of golf, as well. I hope you all have had – or will have - the chance for a little R & R before the summer is gone.


Dean Lonnie King