PULLMAN, Wash. – The Board of Directors of Global Animal Health – Tanzania (GAH-T), a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Washington State University, will hold a special meeting beginning 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6., in the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health Building, Room 201 in Pullman.
SEATTLE – Washington State University will join four other state global health groups in a partnership to improve the lives of people living in the area of Arusha, Tanzania, in eastern Africa.
E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – Normally, when a bacterium invades your body, it is surrounded and engulfed by a white blood cell. At least that’s what we were taught in high school biology. If all goes well, the white blood cell kills the bacterium and the infection is over: case closed.
WSU microbiologist Jean Celli probes the secrets of how brucella bacteria spread inside the body. (Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services)
PULLMAN – Brucellosis, Malta fever, Bang’s disease, undulant fever – all names for one infectious disease that stalks animals and humans worldwide, and yet it’s been understudied.
But that may be about to change.
PULLMAN — A vital part of the mission of WSU’s School for Global Animal Health is to conduct heightened surveillance for diseases that occur at the interface of humans and animals. As a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, Washington’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has prepared for heightened surveillance and testing during the current outbreak of swine influenza.
“Our laboratory is ready to conduct heightened surveillance for the human H1N1, the so-called swine flu virus, if it occurs in animals,” said Terry McElwain a professor in the School for Global Animal Heath and executive director of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. “As part … » More …
Somewhere in rural Africa, cows are dying from a tick-borne disease. Not only does the loss mean hunger, increased labor and further poverty for farm families, but their children are compelled to work and can no longer attend school.
Guy Palmer, director of the newly established WSU School for Global Animal Health (SGAH), hopes to prevent such diseases by producing inexpensive vaccines that would not only help save the cattle but lead to improvements in human health and well-being.
His efforts are but one example of the goals under SGAH’s overarching mission to provide innovative solutions to global infectious disease challenges at the … » More …
PULLMAN – The WSU Graduate School, using funds from an anonymous private donor, will provide $1.5 million over a five-year period to programs in veterinary medicine (School of Global Animal Health), molecular plant sciences and engineering science (Laboratory for Atmospheric Research).
“We are investing in proven excellence for one explicit purpose to foster a new type of graduate education model that will lead the world,” said Howard Grimes, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.
President Elson S. Floyd said, “Taking a great program and making it truly exceptional is a challenge. By facing … » More …
Following is an overview of the WSU Supplemental Budget Request for 2008, approved Sept. 28 by the WSU Board of Regents.
• Under funding of salary increases $1,388,000
The 2007 Legislature mandated special salary increases for state employees. Systems or formatting problems with our data caused many of our job titles for bargaining unit, civil service and other employees to be excluded from or miscalculated by the new OFM salary model and subsequently underfunded. The total cost of these increases is $1,388,000. Several of the miscalculations were identified during the legislative session and discussed at that time with legislative and OFM … » More …