Where have all the parasitologists gone?

PRESTWOOD.A at CALC.VET.UGA.EDU PRESTWOOD.A at CALC.VET.UGA.EDU
Tue Dec 13 14:31:27 EST 1994


At the suggestion of John Janovy, I'd like to start a discussion on 
the training or lack of training in traditional parasitology by many 
of our current graduate students.  It is obvious that in order to 
obtain funding from many federal and private sources, current and 
future researchers must have knowledge of as well as "how to" skills 
in immunoparasitology and molecular biology.  But, I wonder, if the 
emphasis on these skills is producing future parasitologists who 
cannot discover, diagnose or identify parasites (of any sort). Are we 
sacrificing these traditional skills in order to increase 
grantsmanship?  How many of us (major professors) are requiring our 
students to learn traditional skills as well as the newer 
biotechnology skills.  We, for example, will have a major turnover in 
faculty in our Department of Parasitology over the next 3 years.  We 
will need a person to teach Veterinary Parasitology and to interact 
with veterinarians in the Teaching Hospital (preferably someone with 
a DVM and PhD), we will need a person with fundable research skills, 
preferably a person with a background in veterinary parasitology but 
who also has skills in immunoparasitology/molecular parasitology, and 
thirdly, a person with administrative skills who has similar 
attributes.  Who is teaching students with these attributes?
Katherine Prestwood
email prestwood.a at calc.vet.uga.edu   






















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