Washington State University, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
Spring 2013 Newsletter

The Allen School welcomes faculty members Gretchen Kaufman and Barbara Martin

Dr. Kaufman

Dr. Gretchen Kaufman

Dr. Gretchen Kaufman is the new Assistant Director for Global Health Education and Training. She will oversee the Global Animal Health Pathway program working with students and developing curriculum.  She is formerly the Director of the Center for Conservation Medicine at Tufts University where she also received her DVM.

Read more about Dr. Kaufman's work

Ms. Barbara Martin

Ms. Barbara Martin is an adjunct professor with 30 years of experience in diagnostic laboratory systems and expertise in quality assessment, auditing, and management.  At the Allen School, Ms. Martin will work to improve global disease surveillance and laboratory capacity in east Africa.  Before coming to WSU, she was a Coordinator for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network at USDA and earned a MS from Iowa State.

Pathway Student Receives Pan American Health Organization Internship in DC

Global Animal Health Pathway student Melissa Steinmetz (’15 DVM) participated in a 10-week internship at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC. Melissa worked with veterinarian and epidemiologist Dr. Cristina Schneider on several public health programs, including plague research and leptospirosis surveillance. She also attended weekly International Health Regulation meetings and contributed to the paper “Natural disasters and communicable diseases in the Americas: contribution of veterinary public health.” Melissa will travel to Tanzania this summer to work with the rabies vaccination program. Her advisor is Allen School faculty member Dr. Terry McElwain.

Melissa Steinmetz (right, ’15 DVM)
with Dr. Christina Schneider

Faculty News

  • Drs. Leigh Knodler and Viveka Vadyvaloo were awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE . Funds will be used to visit another lab or bring a visiting researcher to WSU. NSF ADVANCE supports the advancement of women faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. 
  • Dr. Terry McElwain , professor and associate director, was named the 2013 Alumni Fellow for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, where he received his DVM in 1980. Terry was honored February 20-22 in Manhattan, KS. 
  • In January, two of Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreño's manuscripts about how the Nipah virus first enters cells were accepted in the Journal of Virology. The papers were a collaborative effort between other institutions and units at WSU.

Message from the Director Dr. Guy Palmer

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