Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Monfort Professor Award Among Honors
Received by CVMBS Faculty Members
Congratulations to faculty members at the College of Veterinary Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences who have received numerous honors and awards including:
Five professors, known for innovative teaching and research
at Colorado State University, were announced in April as new University
Distinguished Teaching Scholars at the Celebrate Colorado State! luncheon.
Among theme was Dr. Lawrence Ray Whalen, a member of the faculty in
the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Since joining the faculty of
the College in 1982, Dr. Whalen has established a scientific research
program with strong extramural funding and has developed a career
as an influential and creative teacher. His unique gift for using
problem-based learning and interactive presentations in working with
undergraduate, graduate and Professional Veterinary Medical students
has brought him distinction in local, national and international venues.
Dr. Whalen, whose doctorate and D.V.M. are from the University of
California-Davis, received the Innovative Instructional Methodology
Award from the College in 2002, the Provost's N. Preston Davis Award
for Instructional Innovation in 2000 and the College's Norden Distinguished
Teacher Award in 1986.
Dr. John Belisle, Associate Professor in the Department of
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, was selected as one of two
recipients of the prestigious Monfort Professor Award, an award established
through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation to help the University
recruit and retain top-quality faculty. Dr. Belisle, a Colorado State
alumnus, joined the University's faculty in 1999 and is director of
the Mycobacterium Research Laboratory, one of the University's most
active research facilities and an internationally recognized center
of tuberculosis research. Dr. Belisle's progressive investigations
of the M. tuberculosis genome and the proteins of this human pathogen
have significantly contributed to vaccine and diagnostic development
for tuberculosis and definition of host-pathogen interactions. Dr.
Belisle is principal or co-principal investigator on four National
Institutes of Health grants and through his career has generated nearly
$14 million in research funds at the University.
Dr. Ed Dudek, a Professor in the College's Department of Biomedical
Sciences, has received the prestigious American Epilepsy Society/Milken
Family Foundation Epilepsy Award for Basic Science Research. The award
was presented in December at the American Epilepsy Society's annual
meeting in Seattle, Wash. The award honors individual pioneers in
the field of epilepsy research who advance the Society's and Foundation's
mutual goal of creating and carrying out lasting solutions to the
challenges facing the 55 million people worldwide with epilepsy. Dr.
Dudek has spent more than 25 years investigating the electrical signals
transmitted between the neurons in the brain that are critical for
information processing. He has focused specifically on studying the
mechanisms that synchronize neurons and the alterations that occur
during seizure activity, especially in individuals who have suffered
an injury to the brain, one cause of epilepsy. Currently, Dr. Dudek
is engaged in work on three inter-related projects, each funded by
an NIH grant. These NIH grants will total more than $5,000,000 for
the next four or five years, and are focused on "translational
research," research based on animal models of epilepsy that allow
the neuroscientists to design treatments that can be further developed
for study in humans.