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Policy research and public scholarship at disciplinary frontiers. “Partnerships for Preparedness” A Joint Symposium of the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges April 2007 Atlanta, Georgia. Justin Kastner, Ph.D.
“Partnerships for Preparedness”
A Joint Symposium of the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Justin Kastner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Food Safety &Security
Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Kansas State University
Jason Ackleson, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University
Thought leaders and thought-leading institutions, including the National Academies, encourage IDR.
Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (2004). Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.
Education is what remains when the facts are no longer relevant.
– Dr. K. Patricia Cross, paraphrase courtesy of Dr. John Pickrell
February 11, 1865 | Kansas acts
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
...If any person or persons other than immigrants shall drive or cause to be driven any cattle or other stock, by the single head or in a drove or droves, through or into any county, in this State from the State of Texas, or from the territory south of the south line of this State, he or she or they, for every such offense, on conviction thereof in the district...court, shall be fined in a sum not less than one thousand dollars, and imprisonment in the penitentiary of the State not less than one year.
Approved February 11, 1865.
S.J. CRAWFORD, Governor.
1867 | Kansas asks the USDA for help
British veterinary consultant
Hired by the USDA to investigate outbreaks of Texas Fever in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri
Notes that contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia is also a problem in the U.S.Investigations of Texas Fever lead to discovery of other diseases
Winter of 1878-1879:
British veterinary authorities intensify disease-control measures at ports
January 26, 1879:
pleuro-pneumonia diagnosed in U.S. cattle landed at Liverpool
Brilliant public-health thought leader
Staff member, U.S. Army Surgeon-General’s office
Laid the foundation for the National Library of Medicine, et cetera
Believed that a newly-created National Board of Health should address “the very important question of wholesome food supply.”March 28, 1879
Dr. J.S. Billings argued:
Contrary to Dr. J.S. Billings’s hopes, the National Board of Health concerned with only “human” diseases
The U.S. Veterinary Medical Association argues in January 1880 that “the veterinary profession, who alone have made a special study of these epizootics,” was best suited to deal with animal diseases
1881 | U.S. government creates veterinary regulatory body, the Treasury Cattle Commission (in 1884, upgraded to the U.S. Bureau of Animal Industry)
1882 | Congress formally declares that the National Board of Health’s duties and investigations “shall be confined to the diseases of cholera, small-pox and yellow fever.”
The London Times May 13, 1890
Food safety and animal disease risk management should be taken with reference to particular commodity supply chains and geographic regions—not merely nation-states.
- Dr. Brian Evans (paraphrase)
Routinely-held, problem-solving forum for citizens, stakeholders, policymakers, farmers, and law enforcement personnel in the Southwest New Mexico region
We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline.
- The late Karl Popper, former professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science