May 2, 2012 - Special Edition

Faculty, Staff and Students:

I wanted to let everyone in the College know about some wonderful news. Congratulations to Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a U.S. scientist and is a reflection of Dr. Rikihisa’s outstanding research career. She was also Ohio State's "Innovator of the Year" for 2011 and was named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the public good. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology. New National Academy of Science members are elected by current members and members represent the truly elite scientists and researchers in the U.S. and globally. Currently, there are only 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Linda Saif of our College and OARDC is also a current member.

Dr. Rikihisa's research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of intracellular bacteria; her work with perfecting diagnostic procedures for rickettsia (Ehrlichia canis) has been especially productive and valuable.

We will be holding a reception for Dr. Rikihisa in the near future to honor her and celebrate this special recognition.


Dean Lonnie King