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Keri Norman receives the prestigious Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student Award
We are very excited to announce that Keri Norman - PhD candidate
in epidemiology - was awarded the prestigious Mark Gearhart
Memorial Graduate Student. The award was present to Keri by
the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
http://vetmed.illinois.edu/avepm ) at the 2009 Conference of Research
Workers in Animal Diseases meeting in Chicago, IL, Dec 6-8.
The Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student Award recognizes a
graduate student who is completing or has just completed advanced
academic or professional training in veterinary epidemiology,
public health, or preventive medicine. The award consists of a
plaque and $1,000 and is based on a research paper submitted to a
panel of AVEPM Members. Keri's paper was: Varied prevalence of
Clostridium difficile in an integrated swine operation.
K.N. Norman, R.B. Harvey, H.M. Scott, M.E. Hume, K. Andrews, A.D.
Brawley. Anaerobe, 2009. Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 256-260.
Keri is very close to completing her PhD. She works under
the supervision of Dr. Morgan Scott (currently at Kansas State
University) on a project investigating the prevalence and genotypic
characteristics of Clostridium difficile in a closed and
integrated human and swine population. The objectives are to
compare the prevalence of C. difficile in swine production
groups to explore the possibility for food borne exposure and also
compare the prevalence in wastewater samples derived from swine
workers and non-workers to explore possible occupational
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