June 01, 2006


 College News

Tufts names Kochevar as new dean

Posted May 15, 2006

Dr. Deborah Turner KochevarTufts University has appointed Dr. Deborah Turner Kochevar as dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 1. She succeeds Dr. Philip C. Kosch, who spent a decade as dean before taking a sabbatic year and a position at the provost's office. Dr. M. Sawkat Anwer has served as interim dean.

Dr. Kochevar is associate dean for professional programs at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she holds the Wiley Chair of Veterinary Medical Education. She also is professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology, with a joint appointment in medical physiology. She has been on the faculty at Texas A&M since 1987, and she served as acting dean in 2004 and in 2005. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 and earned a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1987.

Among Dr. Kochevar's many awards for teaching is the Student AVMA's National Teaching Award in Basic Science. Her research focuses on pharmacology and on cellular and molecular biology.

She is president of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. She has chaired the AVMA Council on Education and Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. As vice-chair of the AVMA Council on Research, she has also served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

From 1996-1997, Dr. Kochevar spent a year in Washington, D.C., as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow to the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. From 1984-1986, she was a fellow through the National Research Service Award program of the National Institutes of Health.


Smith to step down after second term as Cornell dean


Cornell University has announced that Dr. Donald F. Smith, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, will pass his leadership to a successor at the end of his second term in June 2007, concluding a decade as dean.

Provost Carolyn Martin is convening a search committee to recruit a new dean.

Dr. Smith plans to return to the faculty to explore issues concerning veterinarians, particularly the relationship of companion animals to the family structure in America. Also, he will continue to advocate the advancement of the biomedical sciences within veterinary medicine.

During his deanship, Dr. Smith set a course for biomedical research at Cornell's veterinary college with three academic priorities—interdisciplinary collaboration while promoting clinical and diagnostic sciences in infectious disease; cancer biology and oncology; and mammalian genomics.

Dr. Smith has been a member of the faculty at Cornell since 1977, except for four years at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.


NC State establishes center for comparative medicine


North Carolina State University's board of trustees recently approved establishing the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The goal of the center is to enhance collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches for the comparative study of animal and human diseases. The NC State colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Textiles will all play a part in the center.

The center's interim director is Jorge Piedrahita, PhD, professor of genomics in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Piedrahita said the center will focus on innovation, translation, and utilization. The innovation component will include research collaborations among faculty members, leading to translation and testing through clinical trials. The utilization component will forge partnerships with private industry to develop new medicines and drug treatments.

More information about the center is available at www.cvm.ncsu.edu/research/ccmtr/index.htm.