Dr. Barry Rouse Wins Highest Institute of Agriculture Award

Dr. Barry Rouse, 2017 Institute Professor

More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017.​ Dr. Barry Rouse (center) of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine was given the honor of Institute Professor. Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and Jim Thompson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo courtesy UTIA.​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Barry Rouse, Distinguished Professor in Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, is the winner of the “Institute Professor” Award – the top honor presented at the award ceremony.

Rouse has been with UTCVM since 1977, and a full professor since 1979. He is a Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor in Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, and serves in the Department of Pathobiology.

One of the best in the world at what he does -- Dr. Rouse is a premier scientist who has sustained a highly productive research program that is known internationally. His work is noted on the cellular immunology of the herpes simplex virus, and its link to causes of blindness in animals. Rouse studies how these infections can damage tissues in the eyes and nervous systems, and he explores possible vaccines and other treatments.

Rouse has been honored with the UT Chancellor’s Scholar Award, and recently the Medal of Merit from Warsaw University, and he has published more than 400 papers in his career. He has also received grants from the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years running. Rouse has mentored more than 60 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and his students have gone on to further studies at Harvard and Yale, and today some are professors at schools like Stanford, Duke and Emory.
Raised on a farm in his native England, he has a degree from Britain’s University of Bristol, and he’s also lived, worked and studied in Canada and Australia. On a recent visit to Australia, he was invited to stay at the home of a Nobel Laureate and fellow immunologist. He’s a popular choice for keynote presentations and travels extensively throughout the US and Europe to present his research, including recently at Harvard University.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

The UTIA “Institute Professor” Award is given to a faculty member who has served at the rank of professor at least seven years, in recognition of consistent outstanding performance over this period. This performance is evidenced by excellence in teaching, research, Extension, or clinical practice. Leadership and reputation through service at the national or international levels within the faculty member’s scientific discipline is also a factor in this award.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.



Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu