Two years ago, Colorado State University (CSU) created a lecture series titled the "Ed Squires Lecture in Equine Reproduction" in honor of Ed Squires, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), executive director of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation and director of advancement and industry relations.

Squires was a faculty member at CSU for 33 years before joining the faculty at UK in November 2008. The series is funded by the late Neil Chur and his wife, Barbara Chur, owners of Strawberry Banks Farm, a prominent Arabian farm in East Aurora, N.Y. The Churs donated the money to CSU to have an outside speaker lecture on equine reproduction. Tod Hansen, PhD, director of CSU's Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory came up with the idea to name the series after Squires.

"The intent is to have a venue where you have a state-of-the-art lecture on equine reproduction once a year," Squires said. "It's a very nice honor of Colorado State University to have named a series in my honor."

Squires gave the first lecture in the series in 2009 at the Equine Science Society meeting in Keystone, Colo. The first invited speaker for the series was Cornell University's Doug Antczak, VMD, PhD, in November 2010. The lecture was held at CSU's Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory.

CSU has invited Squires to recommend speakers for the annual series and to attend each lecture. The next lecture is slated for fall 2011.

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation assistant at the Gluck Center.


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