July 2, 2014 – Dr. Charles Faulkner, assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) is the author of the feature article in the current issue of “The Journal of Parasitology,” Vol. 100, No. 3, 2014.
The article, entitled “A Retrospective Examination of Paleoparasitology and Its Establishment in the Journal of Parasitology,” reviews the history of research in study of parasites preserved in archaeological and paleontological specimens. Until 2009, paleoparasitology had never received recognition for being its own discipline among the sciences, and had always been considered “adjunct” to the study of prehistoric human populations. This all changed when “The Journal of Parasitology” designated a portion of the journal to the publication of research in paleoparasitology and formally recognized it as a disciplinary interest on the cover of the 2009 volume.
For seven decades, scientists have been exploring the origins of parasites and used eggs found in the tissue of Egyptian mummies to support their earliest research. Faulkner’s article traces the evolution of paleoparasitology from how it began with a few scientists and only 665 publications over 65 years, to a global-interest phenomenon with more than 574 written pieces science 2000.
Faulkner joined the LMU-CVM faculty in 2011 as a member of the pre-accreditation team and will teach in the professional curriculum. Prior to his appointment at LMU-CVM he was a faculty member and Director of the Clinical Parasitology Diagnostic Service at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to his work in paleoparasitology, Faulkner has conducted research on the parasites in Malagasy lemurs, South African meerkats and parasites of song birds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
LMU-CVM will be an integral part of the LMU Division of Health Sciences, which includes LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program, the Caylor School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences, which includes a Veterinary Medical Technology Program. As such, in addition to its veterinary faculty and facilities the College will share resources available to the other disciplines within the Division. The college is slated to open in August 2014.
Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Va. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s Division of Health Sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.