ITHACA, N.Y. - Paul R. Bowser, professor of aquatic animal medicine at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been honored with an Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Bowser has been a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1985.
"I am truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition," said Bowser. "I know this could not have been possible without the contributions of so many current and past lab members, faculty colleagues and cooperators with whom I have had the pleasure to work with over the years; and I thank them for the part they have played in this award."
During recent years, Bowser and his lab have been involved with numerous educational research programs and outreach projects concerning the aquatic animal health, for instance, leading the epidemiologic study and investigation of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSV) in fish, an emerging disease that has impacted a wide variety of fish in the Great Lakes Region of New York state as well as a few inland lakes. Cornell, in close cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), was the first to identify the presence of the virus in the state in 2006.
Bowser has also coordinated many activities of the Cornell Aquatic Animal Health Program, including AQUAVET®, an educational program designed to effectively train students and stimulate research in aquatic animal medicine, in collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - marine science institutions at Woods Hole, Mass..
Funded by such agencies as the NYDEC, the New York Sea Grant Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Bowser's recent research interest has included the evaluation of new therapeutic compounds for use in fish culture and the studies of tumor viruses and botulism in fish, in addition to teaching aquatic animal health courses at Cornell and providing fish disease diagnostic services in his lab.
A Troy, N.Y. native and a veteran of the United States Navy, Bowser attended Columbia High School in East Greenbush, N.Y., and earned his bachelor's of science degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. Prior to his current academic appointment at Cornell, Bowser served on the faculty of the University of California Davis, at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, Calif., and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.