ter for 10 years, conducting pathogenesis and control studies on many of the foreign animal diseases. Her bench research interests at University of Georgia have been focused on poultry diseases, and she works closely with the USDA facility in Athens that is dedicated to foreign diseases of poultry. In educational research, she has several grants to help promote awareness of foreign animal diseases and global issues in veterinary curricula and beyond. Dr. Brown is currently serves on the Committee on Genomics Databases for Bioterrorism Threat Agents: Striking a Balance for Information Sharing.


Tim Herrman is a Professor at Texas A&M University where he serves as State Chemist and Director, Office of the Texas State Chemist. Prior to assuming this responsibility in December 2004, Dr. Hermman was a Professor in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, where he served as the Extension State Leader and Director of Graduate Studies. He chaired the American Feed Industry Association’s Quality Council in 2004 and is on the executive committee of two national research projects that address food safety, security, and marketing. Dr. Herrman has published numerous articles and extension bulletins and runs a nationally recognized research program. Before pursuing his Ph.D., he worked 5 years with Anheuser-Busch Inc. as the coordinator of field operations, purchasing potatoes and barley in the western United States. Dr. Herrman received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy at Washington State University and his master’s degree in plant pathology and doctorate in plant science at the University of Idaho.


Sharon K. Hietala is a professor of clinical diagnostic immunology with the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, and has a joint appointment in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Hietala earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology in 1976, and a Ph.D. in comparative pathology in 1987, both from UC Davis. Sharon joined the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory in 1989, where she is responsible for the immunology and biotechnology services in the five-laboratory system. Her professional interests include serology, molecular diagnostics, and diagnostic epidemiology. She serves on the USDA National Surveillance System Steering Committee and is active in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the U.S. Animal Health Association, and a variety of food animal and poultry industry issue and interest groups.


Helen H. Jensen is Professor of Economics and Division Head of Food and Nutrition Policy Research in the Center for Agricultural and Rural



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