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Tuesday, 10 March, 2009

Ms. Patrica M. Lowrie, MS, To Deliver 2010 AAVMC Recognition Lecture

Washington, D.C. – Ms. Patricia M. Lowrie, MS, Director of the Women’s Resource Center and Assistant to the Dean in the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, has been chosen by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to deliver the 2010 Recognition Lecture.  The Recognition Lecture will be presented at the AAVMC annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 14, 2010.

"Pat Lowrie has significantly influenced veterinary medical education through her leadership and contributions in  advancing an understanding of the importance of achieving a diverse student body, faculty, and profession," says Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, Executive Director of the AAVMC.  "The veterinary medical profession has historically been disproportionately impacted by a lack of diversity in gender, race, and ethnicity, and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational disadvantage.  Ms. Lowrie has not only helped raise the profile of diversity issues in veterinary medical education but she continues to play a critical role in formulating solutions to improve diversity, which is essential to our veterinary medical colleges and profession in meeting the needs of society."

Ms. Lowrie received her MS in zoology from Howard University.  Reporting directly to the MSU Provost, she serves on three advisory committees (collectively known as the Women's Commission) that advise the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Operations, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services on women's issues.  Ms. Lowrie is a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and serves as chair of the advisory board for Campus Women Lead, an affiliate of AAC&U and the Project on the Status and Education of Women.  She is a public member of the Council on Education for Public Health's Board of Councilors, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ingham Regional Medical Center, and a Past President of the National Association of Minority Medical Educators.  She also led the Pew Study on the Perceptions about Veterinary Medicine by Minority Youth, their Parents and Teachers.

The Recognition Lecture is an honor given annually by the President of the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision have made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession.  The recipient is invited to speak on a topic of his or her choosing at the AAVMC Annual Meeting.  Past Recognition Lecturers have included former deans, federal government officials, researchers, and academicians.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, nine international colleges of veterinary medicine, and four affiliate international colleges of veterinary medicine.

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