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May 1, 1998

Roth fills second Vet Med chair

James Roth, a distinguished professor in the microbiology, immunology and preventive medicine department, is the first to hold the John G. Salsbury Chair in Veterinary Medicine.

An ISU faculty member since 1977, Roth researches cattle and swine immunity to infectious diseases. He was named distinguished professor in veterinary medicine in 1995.

A public reception honoring Roth will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Reiman Gardens.

"We're proud to recognize Dr. Roth's accomplishments by appointing him to fill the Salsbury Chair," said veterinary medicine dean Richard Ross. "With the prestige and support linked to this chair, we are confident that Dr. Roth's work will bring added recognition to the highly productive research that is being conducted by veterinary scientists in all areas of our college."

The Salsbury Chair is the second endowed faculty chair filled at the college since 1996. The chair was created from a $1 million challenge gift by a 1940 graduate of the college, John Salsbury, and his wife, Doris Salsbury, of Bozeman, Mont.

The Salsburys pledged their gift if veterinary medicine alumni and friends could raise $1 million to create an endowed chair named for Frank Ramsey, a veterinary pathologist at ISU who died in 1992. More than $1 million was raised, and veterinary medicine researcher Harley Moon filled the Ramsey Chair two years ago.

"It is unusual for a single college within a university to receive cash gifts to fully endow two faculty chairs within such a narrow span of time," Ross said.

Endowed chairs enhance a university's ability to attract and retain the best scholars, Ross added. The endowment provides a source of revenue to supplement college support for the teaching and research activities of the faculty member who holds the endowed chair.

Roth currently is working on developing a vaccine to provide immunity to a respiratory virus that causes disease in young calves.

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