BEATRICE – The newest member of the Beatrice Educational Hall of Fame is a veterinarian who was a 1983 graduate of BHS.
Dr. Christine Ellis has been a research fellow for the Centers for Disease Control researching mosquito-borne diseases and now does research on wild animals, at the National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado.
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Ellis was recognized Sunday at a Beatrice Educational Foundation scholarship program at BHS. She is currently involved in development of a method to perform “hands off” surveillance for the presence of disease in livestock and wildlife that could be beneficial to veterinarians and wildlife managers. One possibility being studied is whether the technology could be adapted to perform disease surveillance for both bovine and human tuberculosis.
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Ellis started her career working on development of oral rabies vaccines and a vaccine baiting system for wildlife. She more recently began collaborating on a pilot research project exploring the use of volatile organic compounds analysis to diagnose disease in animals.
During the Sunday ceremony, the Beatrice Educational Foundation also honored Louise Penner as the 2018 Friend of Education. A member of the BHS Class of 1937, she taught in a one-room school house at a time there were over 150 one-room school houses in Gage County. Penner taught at the Holmesville Elementary School and was later hired by Beatrice Public Schools as a study hall monitor. Superintendent of the Homestead National Monument of America Mark Engler, a graduate of BHS, remembers Penner.
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Family members accepted the honor on behalf of Louise Penner, at Sunday’s event.