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Val Beasley Named New Head of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Val Beasley
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Val Richard Beasley, professor emeritus of comparative biosciences in the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named head of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. He succeeds Mary Kennett, who served as interim department head since November 2011.

Beasley’s research has focused on mycotoxins, cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) toxins, pesticides, metals, and amphibian declines.

He received a bachelor’s degree in pre-veterinary studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University, and a doctoral degree in toxicology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.

Early in his career, he spent six years in private practice as a small-animal veterinarian before joining the University of Illinois as an assistant professor of toxicology in 1983. He was promoted to associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and he became professor of veterinary, wildlife, and ecological toxicology in 1996. He was named professor emeritus in 2011.

—Chuck Gill