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UD awarded grant to continue avian flu research Researchers at the University of Delaware will continue avian influenza research through a five million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). The grant, to be spent over three years, renews the Avian Influenza Coordinated Agricultural Project (AICAP), a partnership between the University of Maryland College Park and 17 other leading institutions of avian influenza across the U.S., including UD. Jack Gelb, chair of the department of animal and food sciences and professor of avian virology, and Eric Benson, associate professor of bioresources engineering, along with many other UD scientists, conduct research and extension programs that provide solutions and assistance to the poultry industry, a major food resource and economic driver on the Delmarva Peninsula. Avian influenza research and outreach activities at UD are supported by AICAP as well as state and other federal funds. Projects include surveillance programs in commercial poultry, backyard flocks, and wild birds; development of

rapid diagnostic tests; emergency poultry depopulation research; in-house composting for responding to catastrophic poultry losses; efficacy of disinfectants and common chemical compounds on avian influenza virus; viral pathogenesis and vaccine evaluations; and regional, national and international technical assistance programs. Since 2005, AICAP researchers and educators have: • assembled the first continent-wide network to study the ecological and biological characteristics of avian influenza viruses isolated from wild birds; • integrated research and education into a unique program available to a range of poultry producers; • shown that quail can change and expand the host range of avian influenza viruses, and found that quail respiratory and intestinal tracts have human-like sialic acid receptors that could partially explain the emergence of avian influenza strains with the capacity to infect humans; • developed a comprehensive program that has been delivered in 33 states and in Canada and Brazil to train producers and veterinarians on the depopulation

Drs. Jack Gelb and Eric Benson, along with many other UD scientists, conduct avian influenza research and extension programs that provide solutions and assistance to the Delmarva poultry industry.

and composting of flocks with avian influenza; developed a testing component for rapid diagnosis of avian influenza in birds; and • developed promising vaccines for mass immunization of birds.

For more information about the University of Delaware’s poultry health system and the Avian Bioscience Center visit http://ag.udel.edu/abc/index.html.

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Nanticoke welcomes associate

Nanticoke Health Services welcomes Steven A. Rose, RN, MN, to the position of vice president of Operations. In this position, Rose will be responsible for a variety of professional and support services. Rose has over 34 years experience in the health care field including nursing, hospital administration and serving as Pennsylvania’s Medical Rose State Area Command Executive Officer of the Army National Guard. He holds a master’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and acquired a post-master’s certificate in hospital administration from Villanova University.

Nanticoke appoints board members

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four new members that will serve on the board of directors for Nanticoke Health Services: Kevin E. Carson, D.Ed.; David E. Crouse, CWA; Greg Johnson; and Patricia Gane Olekszyk. Dr. Kevin Carson has served as the superintendent for the Woodbridge School District since Aug. 1998. Before that, he served as assistant superintendent for one year. Dr. Carson came to Woodbridge from Sussex Tech, where he was assistant superintendent for nine years. He received his underCarson graduate degree from Wesley College in Business Administration, master’s degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University and doctorate of education from Temple University. Dr. Carson resides in Bridgeville. David Crouse is a senior vice president and senior financial consultant for PNC Investments in the Lewes office. Crouse

joined PNC Investments in July 1993 and has over 20 years of experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Crouse holds the Chartered Wealth Advisor designation from the Estate & Wealth Strategies Crouse Institute at Michigan State University. Greg Johnson is the president of CAP Management, providing administrative, accounting and management services to its wholly owned subsidiaries: The Car Store, Delmarva Motors Acceptance Corporation, Atlantic Financial Credit Services, Cash Advance Plus, PreJohnson mier Company, Wye River Foods and Affordable Used Cars. Johnson has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, is a Certified Insurance

Counselor, is on the board of directors for Delaware National Bank and is a member of the Nanticoke Rotary Club. Patricia Olekszyk, along with her husband, Dr. Joseph P. Olekszyk, and son, Michael Olekszyk, has been a resident of Seaford for 18 years. Mrs. Olekszyk, co-owner of Nanticoke Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in Seaford, earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has taken MBA program graduate courses from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. Olekszyk handled accounts receivable for 70 physicians at Olekszyk the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and was practice manager for Practice Management Associates, a physician billing service. Olekszyk served as a member of the Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary for 17 years. During that time, she also served as president.

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