Dr. Marcy Souza is the winner of the William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Marcy Souza, director of veterinary public health at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Diagnostics, was honored with the Institute’s William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service.

Souza’s passion is not necessarily for any particular animal species, but more for the concept of “one health,” which emphasizes the interdependence of the health of humans, animals and the environment. Some of her research has included determining infectious disease prevalence in hellbenders, trying to find a treatment for bats with white nose syndrome, and using raccoons as sentinels for human health.

“Recognition of faculty service by the university strengthens the bond between our outreach programs and the people in our community,” Souza says. “It is an honor to win this award, especially considering some of my highly-respected colleagues – Dr. John New and Dr. Elizabeth Strand – have been recognized with this award previously.”

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

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