March 15, 2006



Posted March 1, 2006



Dr. R. Mark Simpson (GA '81) recently received a Director's Merit Award and a Mentor of Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health. He received the recognition for integrating a training program for molecular pathology into the NIH Graduate Partnership Program and for working with trainees.

The Graduate Partnership Program supports veterinarians who want to pursue graduate study or a residency at a university simultaneously with research training through the NIH. The NIH also sponsors research opportunities for veterinary students through externships and internships.

Dr. Simpson is a director of the graduate pathology program, which leads to a PhD and eligibility for specialty certification. The partners in the program are Michigan State University; University of Maryland; North Carolina State University; University of Illinois; National Cancer Institute; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases; and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Simpson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.




Dr. R.K. AndersonDr. R.K. Anderson (COL '44) has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He directs the University of Minnesota's Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments.

Early in his career, Dr. Anderson served as the director of veterinary public health for Denver. He also was director of animal control for Denver during an outbreak of rabies in dogs.

Dr. Anderson later became a professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. He has been president of both the Colorado and the Minnesota public health associations. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

Dr. Ronald M. KelpeDr. Ronald M. Kelpe was named president of the Southern California VMA. A 1984 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kelpe practices small animal medicine in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., at the Santa Margarita Animal Care Center.

Dr. Kelpe joined the association in 1989 and has chaired the SCVMA Council for two years. He also served as president of the Saddleback-Capo Valley Chapter in 2000.

Maggie MilliganMaggie Milligan has stepped up to the role of executive director for the Arkansas VMA. She replaces Jennifer Coleman, of Coleman Management Resources Inc.

Most recently, Milligan served as assistant director at the association for three years. She owns Milligan Management Services, which oversees three other associations.




Dr. Alex Hogg (KSU '50) recently received a 2006 Alumni Recognition Award from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hogg began his career at a mixed practice in Coin, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in veterinary pathology from Iowa State University in 1970.

Later, Dr. Hogg became a Nebraska extension swine veterinarian and a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians as well as the group's original secretary-treasurer.

After retiring from teaching, Dr. Hogg was a consultant for MVP Laboratories in Ralston, Neb.