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LAURELS: Vet school dean appointed to national council

By Dave Jones on September 21, 2012 in University News

Dean Michael Lairmore of the School of Veterinary Medicine has begun a three-year term on the council of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, part of the National Research Council.


The veterinarian and cancer researcher’s first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at the national academies in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Science and chairman of the National Research Council, approved Lairmore’s appointment and others from a list of names that the council solicited from many sources.

Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine since last October, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the national academies.

The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research supports the responsible use of animals in research, testing and education as a means to advance the health and quality of life of humans and other animals.

“It’s important to recognize the contributions that laboratory animals have made in the progress of a ‘one health’ approach that bridges biomedical sciences and addresses the complex problems and integration of animals, people and the environment,” Lairmore said.

Lairmore’s expertise bridges multiple disciplines to address basic questions related to viral causes of cancer and the biology of retroviruses. Among his accomplishments is the development of one of the first animal models of AIDS-associated pediatric pneumonia.

Before becoming dean at UC Davis, Lairmore served as a professor and associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and associate director for Basic Sciences and Shared Resources in the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Professor Michael J. Delwiche has been inducted as a fellow in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Delwiche is a member of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The induction ceremony for the 10-member fellows class of 2012 took place during the society’s annual international meeting, held this year in Dallas.

Fellow status is conferred on only about 2 percent of the society’s active members. Candidates must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering, and must have been a member of the society for at least 20 years.


Nolan Zane, a professor of psychology and Asian American studies, has been honored for distinguished contributions to mental health disparities science.

His President’s Award is from the Society of Clinical Psychology and its section on the clinical psychology of ethnic minorities. The society is a division of the American Psychological Association.

The award presentation came during the association’s annual convention, held this year in Orlando, Fla.


A toast to Charlie Bamforth as he embarks on the road to the presidency of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the London-based global society dedicated to the education and training of brewers and distillers.

First came his election as vice president, July 4, in Drummuir Castle, Banffshire, Scotland. He will serve for two years as vice president, then as president from 2014 to 2016.

Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Professorship in Malting and Brewing Science, has been a fellow of the institute and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing for many years.

He has dedicated many years to the organization, from his time as a young recruit to the industry in the late 1970s when he was responsible for making reports on the meetings held at the historic Horseshoe Hotel on London’s Tottenham Court Road.

He has served as chairman of the institute’s Research and International committees, a member of the executive board and council, and as an examiner for the institute’s world-class brewing examinations.


John Rundle, Distinguished Professor of physics and computer science, shares in NASA’s Software of the Year Award.

Rundle is part of the multidisciplinary team behind the honored software, QuakeSim, which uses NASA remote sensing and other earthquake-related data to simulate and model the behavior of faults both individually and as part of complex, interacting systems. QuakeSim also is used to identify regions of increased earthquake probabilities — called hot spots.

QuakeSim is a collaboration of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UC Davis and UC Irvine, the University of Southern California and Indiana University.


The Delta Stewardship Council has appointed Professor Jay Lund to its Delta Independent Science Board, which guides state officials on management of the largest estuary on the west coast.

Lund, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, replaces his UC Davis colleague Jeffrey Mount, of the Department of Geology, who is leaving the board in October when he retires from UC Davis.

Mount, who holds the Roy Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences, was the founding director of the university’s Center for Watershed Sciences. Lund, who holds the Ray B. Krone Professorship in Environmental Engineering, now serves as the director.


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