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Liz Lennon

Elizabeth Lennon is the recipient of the 2014 Young Investigator Award presented by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. This marks the third time in the last four years that a CVM doctoral student received the national AVMA/AVMF honor that recognizes the scientific advancements of a veterinary graduate student who is pursuing advanced research training through doctoral or post-doctoral programs or is in the early stages after training.

Lennon—a researcher in Adam Moeser’s gastrointestinal laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research—based her Young Investigator presentation on her doctoral thesis concerning the role of mast cell in inflammatory bowel disease.

Second place was awarded to Eason Hildreth III, a CVM graduate who is currently the C. Glenn Barber post-doctoral fellow at The Ohio State University. Third place was awarded to Katie Tolbert, currently an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee who was a former resident and doctoral student under the direction of Jody Gookin and a trainee in the Comparative Medicine and Translational Research training program.

Debra Tokarz won the Young Investigator Award in 2013 and Derek Foster earned the honor in 2011.


  • Matthew Breen was interviewed by Bob Buckley of WGHB-TV in Greensboro for a One Health report on CVM canine oncology research and its ability to inform human cancer studies.
  • Sid Thakur discussed “farm to fork” food safety and food animal antibiotics during his “Superbug” presentation before nearly 100 attendees at the July Science Cafe sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
  • Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf is quoted in a National Geographic Daily News article on the collaborative “Cat Tracker” project that uses GPS collars to monitor movements of cats whose owners let them roam outdoors.
  • An ophthalmology team headed by Brian Gilger supported Greg Lewbart and removed a cataract from the eye of a five-year-old, 1/2-pound sunfish from the Durham Museum of Life and Sciences.
  • Jonathan Fogle, as one of 10 scientists to receive a grant from the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) program, attended the International AIDS Society 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia where he presented his ongoing research on
    the role particular subsets of T cells play in HIV infection.
  • Willard Moore, creator of “Molly’s Fund” to support CVM
    companion animal epilepsy research, has been named Tar Heel of the Week for his education and charitable work.


September 4–Barbara Sherman gives a talk based on the book “Decoding Your Dog.” Free and open to the public, the 7 p.m. presentation will be held in the CVM North Theater as part of the NCSU Libraries Fabulous Faculty Series.

September 13–23rd Annual Dog Olympics will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the CVM Hearth. A record number of rescue groups (20) and vendors (27) are participating. See the web page for more information.