2013 Eminent Faculty Award Recipient: Guy H. Palmer
Dr. Guy H. Palmer, Regents Professor and founding director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the 2013 Eminent Faculty Award. Dr. Palmer earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) at Kansas State University (KSU). With support from the National Institutes of Health, he completed a residency in pathology and a doctoral degree in infectious diseases at WSU. Following his post-doctoral training, Dr. Palmer was a faculty member in the Department of Comparative and Experimental Pathology at the University of Florida before returning to WSU in 1988. He was recognized by KSU in 2009 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2011 was designated an Alumni Fellow. Dr. Palmer was awarded an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) for his work in global health from the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 2011.
Dr. Palmer holds the Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair in Global Health at WSU. The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is a multi-disciplinary institute with the mission of addressing global disease challenges through research, education, global outreach, and application of disease control at the animal-human interface. Dr. Palmer currently leads disease control programs in east Africa and Latin America as well as directing laboratory research at WSU. He heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology and holds a NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen emergence. Dr. Palmer presently serves as president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is on the Executive Roundtable for the Washington Global Health Alliance and on the advisory boards of the NIH Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, the Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Biosecurity Research Institute at KSU. He also currently serves as an adviser to the NIH Fogarty International Training Program on Molecular Epidemiology in Eastern Africa, and is a member of the NIH College of Scientific Review.
For his research accomplishments at the interface of animal disease and human public health, Dr. Palmer was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 where he is a current member of the Board on Global Health within the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors for those in biomedical research and public health. A Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Palmer has been honored with numerous awards including the SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, the Merck Award for Creativity and the 2007-08 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts at WSU.