PHILADELPHIA - Mo Salman, professor of animal population health at Colorado State University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award, given annually by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice of the profession and influenced the lives of others. The $100,000 in unrestricted funding, the largest monetary award in veterinary medicine, is underwritten by the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation.
Also being honored are Nikkita Patel and Brittany Gross, recipients of the annual Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards, presented to two Penn Vet students who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and expand the profession's impact on the well being of animals and society. Each receives $100,000 in unrestricted funding from the Hill Foundation to be used toward realizing their veterinary missions and proposed projects.
"These awards are among the most prestigious and coveted in the world of veterinary medicine," said Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Penn Vet. "I am always humbled and impressed by the innovative researchers, thinkers and student and professional leaders in the field that are named recipients. Dr. Salman, Nikkita and Brittany are no exception, and I congratulate each of them for this distinct honor."
The awards will be presented at 4 p.m., Sept. 28, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the Penn campus.
Salman will lecture on "Impact of Infectious Disease: Is It a Disaster or an Opportunity?" Student winners will present slideshows of their projects.
During a 37-year career in veterinary medicine, Salman has worked internationally for the Institute of Medicine's Committee for Achieving Sustainable Global Capacity for Surveillance and Response to Emerging Diseases of Zoonotic Origin, served as chairperson of the
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