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Local USDA Scientist Wins Research
Award By Kathryn
February 1, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash., Feb. 1Hong Li, a microbiologist
here with the Agricultural Research
Service, has been named a 2000 "Early Career Research Scientist" by ARS,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
Li will be honored next week for developing tools to diagnose a
frequently fatal viral disease of cattle, bison and other ruminants that is
known as malignant catarrhal fever, or MCF. Dr. Lis research has
shed new light on how sheep transmit this virus, said Floyd P. Horn, ARS
administrator. Sheep carry the virus and can transmit it to other animals, but
do not typically become ill themselves.
Li and colleagues at Washington State University developed
and applied the most accurate set of diagnostic tests available. These tests
are now part of a set of tools that will allow livestock producers to raise
animals free of this virus, Horn said.
Li, with the ARS Animal Disease Research Unit in Pullman, will
be honored at an awards ceremony Feb. 7 at the agency's
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center in Maryland. He and other award winners will receive a
plaque, a cash award and additional research funding.
The "early career" award is given to ARS scientists who have
made outstanding scientific contributions while having been with the agency 7
years or less and completed their highest academic degree within the past 10
years. Li is the early career winner for the agency's Pacific West
Area. The area includes research locations in Alaska, Arizona, California,
Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He was also designated as a
special expert by the United Nations for establishing diagnostic assays in West
Li joined ARS in 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in 1994 and
M.S. in 1990, both in microbiology, from Washington State University in
Pullman. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine at Sichuan Agricultural
University in China in 1982.
Scientific contact: Hong Li, USDA-ARS Animal Disease
Research Unit, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6630; phone (509)
335-6002, fax (509) 335-8328, email firstname.lastname@example.org.