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K-State Today

July 29, 2015



National Agricultural Biosecurity Center intern to present research seminar

By Sarah Hancock

Jon Miller, summer intern at the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, or NABC, will present a seminar about his research project at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in N202 Mosier Hall.

Miller evaluated quantitative risk assessment methods for the introduction of transboundary animal diseases into U.S. livestock. He will be a senior in animal and veterinary sciences this fall at the University of Wyoming. The Department of Homeland Security's Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, or IIAD, sponsored his internship.

"Jon was selected as one of two students across the nation to participate in the first year of this pilot program and has set the bar pretty high for those who might follow," said Ken Burton, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center program director. "Through the efforts of many at the K-State Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, the Biosecurity Research Institute and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Jon has experienced many additional educational opportunities here at K-State this summer." 

Miller plans to pursue a career in disease outbreak investigation and epidemiology. During his summer at K-State, he also participated in a two-week course about high-consequence transboundary animal diseases and high-containment research in a BSL-3 training/transboundary animal disease summer program sponsored by the K-State Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD.