Published on July 15, 2010
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Dr. J.P. Dubey

Dr. J.P. Dubey, a research scientist and veterinary microbiologist with the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Md., was among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected by the National Academy of Sciences April 27 for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Dr. Dubey's pioneering research into the biology and control of three major diseases of humans and livestock—toxoplasmosis, neosporosis, and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis—has saved billions of dollars worldwide in health care and livestock production costs. His efforts have been essential to the ARS Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory solving problems facing food and fiber producers and users, and easing public concerns about food safety.

His reviews and books on neosporosis, sarcocystosis, and toxoplasmosis are used as references worldwide. Dr. Dubey has mentored young scientists and helped graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and pathology residents publish their results. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and United Nations as well as a JAVMA and AJVR author and reviewer.

The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to furthering science and its use for the general welfare.

Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, recently presented two awards for outstanding research manuscripts.

Dr. Parthiban Rajasekaran (MVC '02) received the 2010 award in the basic sciences category. Dr. Rajasekaran's manuscript titled "Brucella abortus strain RB51 leucine auxotroph as an environmentally safe vaccine for plasmid maintenance and antigen overexpression" was submitted by the Chi chapter at Virginia Tech University.

Dr. Jessica Lawrence (ONT '03) received the 2010 award in the clinical sciences category. Dr. Lawrence's manuscript is titled "Use of 3′-deoxy-3′-[18F]fluorothymidine PET/CT for evaluating response to cytotoxic chemotherapy in dogs with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" and was submitted by the Alpha Alpha Alpha Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Each award consists of a plaque and a check in the amount of $1,000.

Phi Zeta has chapters at 28 U.S. veterinary colleges and at St. George's University in Grenada. Chapters hold a local competition and submit the winning manuscripts to the Phi Zeta Research Awards Committee.


Dr. John L. Noordsy

Dr. Walter C. Cash

Two alumni from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have been recognized by the college and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association for their contributions to the profession and dedication to their colleagues.

Dr. John L. Noordsy (KSU '46), Sioux Falls, S.D., received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is given in recognition of his friendship to veterinarians and for a lifetime of dedication to mentoring and teaching veterinary students.

Dr. Noordsy is an internationally recognized veterinary surgeon and has published a textbook titled "Food Animal Surgery." His career spans 62 years and involves postgraduate regulatory work and private practice in food animal medicine and surgery.

After working at a mixed animal practice in South Dakota for 13 years, Dr. Noordsy joined the K-State veterinary faculty in surgery and large animal medicine in 1960. He served from 1976-1984 as assistant dean and retired in 1990 as associate dean of academic affairs and alumni relations.

Dr. Noordsy's professional accomplishments include serving on the boards of the South Dakota VMA and American Association of Bovine Practitioners as well as chairing the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service from 1980-1986.

Dr. Walter C. Cash (KSU '71), Manhattan, Kan., was selected as this year's recipient of the E.R. Frank Award, presented to a K-State faculty member who has at least a 15-year relationship with the college, possesses a noteworthy record of service, and displays an unassuming and unpretentious manner throughout his or her career.

Dr. Cash started out in private veterinary practice in Rockford, Ill., but returned to K-State three years later in 1974 as a temporary instructor. He stayed on, eventually becoming a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Cash has been a member of more than 15 graduate student committees and has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications.