National Awards

Award Guidelines

The 2021 Award nominations deadline to submit an award is January 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM CST. 

2020 National Award Recipients

Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award

Sponsored by: Agri-King, Inc.

Ahmed Elolimy, University of Arkansas

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Dr. Ahmed Elolimy is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned a BS and MS degree from Cairo University, Egypt in Poultry Nutrition, and a PhD degree in ruminant nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. His graduate work focused on the applications of “omics” technologies to reveal the impact of maternal nutrition and feed efficiency divergence on gut microbiome, metabolome, and transcriptome in dairy and beef cattle. He received the Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award from ASAS, and the Graduate Student Research Award in Dairy Nutrition and the Animal Sciences Graduate Student Fellowship Award from the University of Illinois. Dr. Elolimy published 27 peer-reviewed papers received 157 citations, and 32 scientific abstracts in national and international meetings. His current postdoctoral research focuses on the impact of milk components such as milk oligosaccharides and extracellular vesicles on physiological and immune system development in piglets and germ-free mice. The ultimate goal of his current projects is to improve milk formula by adding novel milk components that support better physiological and immune outcomes in formula-fed infants similar to those seen in breast-fed infants.

American Feed Industry Association Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research

Sponsored by: American Feed Industry Association

Martin Nyachoti, University of Manitoba

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Dr. Martin Nyachoti’s internationally-recognized research program emphasizes nutritional characterization of feed ingredients and nutrition and gut health interactions to advance productivity, profitability and sustainability of the livestock industry. His research focuses on improved dietary energy and nutrient utilization, gut health and function, and environmental impact mitigation. A professor of animal science, Dr. Nyachoti currently advises 4 MSc and 3 PhD students, directs one research associate, and has advised an additional 37 graduate students, 8 post-doctoral fellows and 7 research associates since joining the University of Manitoba in 2000. Dr. Nyachoti has authored or co-authored over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and earns more than 1,000 citations per year. He has made over 125 conference presentations and given 87 invited presentations in 16 countries. In 2013, he received the Canadian Society of Animal Science Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Sciences.

American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research

Sponsored by: American Feed Industry Association

Terry Engle, Colorado State University

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Terry Engle is a full professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Engle’s teaching responsibilities include Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism and Animal Metabolism. Dr. Engle’s research program focuses on the role of trace minerals in lipid metabolism and absorption and transport mechanisms associated with trace mineral homeostasis in ruminants. Dr. Engle is responsible for more than $8.1M of funding as PI or Co-PI and has graduated 10 Ph.D. students and 22 MS students. He has published in excess of 130 peer review publications and several book chapters. He has given numerous invited presentations domestically and internationally and he has served as a member of national, regional, college, and departmental committees. With all of his professional accomplishments, Dr. Engle has always put the training and education of his graduate students first. Graduates from his research program can be found in academic and private sectors of animal agriculture.

 

Animal Growth and Development Award

Sponsored by: DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

Luis Tedeschi, Texas A&M University

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Dr. Luis Tedeschi has garnered international recognition for integrating growth and development concepts into applied decision support tools to assist stakeholders in the feedlot business. In the late 1990s, Dr. Tedeschi studied the effects of different feed supplementation regimens on the growth curves of beef cows. He had gained avant-garde knowledge of the composition of growth while studying for his master’s degree, by collaborating in a series of studies to assess energy expenditure of beef cattle using the comparative slaughter technique. This research had a tremendous impact on his ability to comprehend the bioenergetics of growth. In the early 2000s, Dr. Tedeschi’s work in this area led him to mathematically postulate the relationship of an animal’s body gain composition to its efficiency of use of energy deposition in tissues of beef cattle. His work changed the paradigm of determining the efficiency of use of energy derived from dietary components to focus on the composition of the gain.

Animal Industry Service Award

Sponsored by: Zoetis

Jason Woodworth, Kansas State University

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Dr. Jason Woodworth has established himself as an innovative leader in the livestock industry. After completing his PhD in Animal Science at Kansas State University, Dr. Woodworth joined the Lonza Group Ltd. in 2002 as a regional technical sales and service manager. He quickly rose to be in charge of the North American specialty feed products portfolio. In 2008, he was promoted to global product manager. In this role, he had full profit & loss and management responsibilities for the global specialty ingredients of Lonza’s animal nutrition division. In 2013, Dr. Woodworth joined the faculty at Kansas State University. Upon transitioning to academia, he quickly showed his business and research acumen with industry partners in swine nutrition. He has helped lead a research directive examining the role of feed as it affects animal health. Dr. Woodworth is recognized as a level-headed, thoughtful leader that seeks and achieves cooperative solutions with producers and industry partners.

Animal Management Award

Sponsored by: United Animal Health

Reinaldo Cooke, Texas Tech University

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Dr. Reinaldo Cooke is an Associate Professor with Texas A&M University - Department of Animal Science. Dr. Cooke developed an internationally recognized academic program, resulting in management to improve efficiency of beef operations based on Bos taurus and B. indicus cattle. Through excellence in research and educational ventures, his accomplishments are leading to the discovery, dissemination, and application of management systems that advance beef cattle production in the US and across the globe. To date, Dr. Cooke published 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, delivered > 200 scientific and outreach presentations across the globe, secured > $5.5 million in funding, and mentored several undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. Dr. Cooke serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science (since 2014), President for the ASAS Western Section (2019-2020), and received the ASAS Early Career Achievement Award in 2018, ASAS Western Section - Extension Award in 2017, and the ASAS Western Section - Young Scientist Award in 2016.

Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award

Sponsored by: James W. Lauderdale Appreciation Club

Geoffrey Dahl, University of Florida

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Dr. Geoffrey E. Dahl is the Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on animal production and health. His program focuses on understanding the physiological impact of management interventions, particularly heat stress abatement and photoperiod manipulation, at various stages of the lactation cycle, and using that knowledge to optimize cow health and performance. Fundamental aspects of Dr. Dahl’s work have led to application in sheep, goats and pigs. His career provides an excellent example of how animal science research can be performed to develop an understanding of biological processes that deepens our knowledge of animal function while leading to practical advances that improve the efficiency of production.

 

ASAS Fellow: Administration Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Mark Mirando, USDA-NIFA-AFRI

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Dr. Mark Mirando earned a B.S. in Dairy Science from Tennessee Technological University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. He conducted postdoctoral studies in Animal Science at the University of Florida. Dr. Mirando was a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University (1990-2000) and received the Western Section ASAS Young Scientist Award in 1996. He was on the JAS Editorial Board, Division Editor for Animal Growth, Physiology and Reproduction, and Editor, Symposia papers. Since 2000, as National Program Leader for Animal Physiology with the USDA NIFA, Dr. Mirando led or co-led 11 different competitive grant programs and administered more than 40 peer-review panels for animal science research. Dr. Mirando is also the Inaugural AFRI Science Coordinator where he coordinates scientific and peer-review integrity for the USDA’s largest competitive grants program. In 2019, Dr. Mirando was selected as one of six NIFA National Science Liaisons.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Gregory Lewis, Retired

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Dr. Gregory S. Lewis earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Tennessee and Ph.D. at West Virginia University. He was a postdoc at the University of Florida; Research Physiologist at USDA, ARS, Beltsville (1980-1988); Associate Professor then Professor of animal science at Virginia Tech (1988-2000); and Supervisory Research Physiologist and Research Leader at the USDA, ARS, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES; 2000-2013). Dr. Lewis has authored or coauthored 130 peer-reviewed journal articles and made ~ 110 invited presentations in 12 countries. He mentored 5 postdocs, trained 10 M.S. and Ph.D. students, and served as a J. Anim. Sci. section editor and editor-in-chief. Dr. Lewis redirected USSES research and management to develop or use new methods for improving genetic potential, health, and production efficiency of sheep and for monitoring and measuring landscape-scale changes in rangeland ecosystems. His leadership resulted in ~ 160 USSES peer-reviewed journal articles.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Daniel Schaefer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Dr. Daniel M. Schaefer is an exemplary animal scientist who made significant accomplishments in teaching, research, and outreach in his 40-year career, 20 of which were devoted to administration. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 after 2 years at Purdue University and retired in December 2019. He served as Chair, Dept. of Animal Sciences; Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs; and Director, Meat Sci. and Animal Biologics Discovery Program. One of his long-lasting accomplishments is the new $57 million Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery Building. Dr. Schaefer has been recognized with awards for his research, teaching, and undergraduate advising; and several Wisconsin livestock associations and the Midwest Poultry Consortium have recognized Dr. Schaefer for his contributions to their industries. Dr. Schaefer received the Land Grant Faculty Award for Excellence in 2009 for his outstanding efforts that exemplify the land grant mission. Dr. Schaefer and his wife, Gail, have 2 children, a daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.

 

ASAS Fellow: Extension Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

David Patterson, University of Missouri

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Dr. David Patterson, Chancellor’s Professor in Animal Sciences, joined the faculty at the University of Missouri in 1996 after serving as State Extension Beef Specialist in Reproduction at the University of Kentucky.    Dr. Patterson led development of the Missouri Show-Me-Select® Replacement Heifer Program, creating an educational conduit for beef producers focused on reproductive management and genetic improvement of their herds.  The program has meaningfully impacted Missouri’s agricultural economy, acknowledged by Dr. Patterson being named recipient of MU’s President’s Award for Economic Development; selection as one of “50 Missourians You Should Know,” by Ingram’s Kansas City Business Magazine and past recognition as “Man of the Year in Missouri Agriculture.”  Dr. Patterson received funding for the past 20 years from USDA supporting development of new strategies to synchronize estrus and ovulation in beef heifers and cows, and was the first recipient of an integrated award in Animal Reproduction from USDA.  Dr. Patterson was a founding member and Chair of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, and a past recipient of the Continuing Service Award from the Beef Improvement Federation, the Research Award presented by the National Association of Animal Breeders, and the American Society of Animal Science Extension, Animal Industry Service, and Animal Management Awards.

ASAS Fellow: Industry Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Daniel Benz, US Food and Drug Administration

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Dr. Daniel Benz grew up on farm in Illinois. He completed his degrees at the University of Illinois, Colorado State University, and Texas A&M University. He focused his career on supporting the livestock industry by reviewing new animal drug applications at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration/Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA/CVM) for new animal drugs that improve the efficiency of food production. Dr. Benz has been involved in continual change in the animal drug industry, including approving new animal drugs that enhanced production and increase carcass leanness. Dr. Benz takes a practical approach to ensure safe, effective products are available to support the livestock industry in producing food that has touches the life of every person that consumes animal protein. Dr. Benz pursues his professional career from his home in Maryland. Dr. Benz and his wife Sharon (who is retired from FDA/CVM) pursue one of their passions by living on a small horse farm Howard County, Maryland. Their daughter, Emily, is a second-grade teacher in Maryland.

ASAS Fellow: Research Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Gary Bennett, USDA ARS

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Dr. Gary Bennett grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa where he learned to appreciate animal variation and organizations that support producers. He received a B.S. from Iowa State and a Ph.D. from Ohio State emphasizing animal breeding and statistics. After a post-doc at the University of Nebraska and a scientist position in New Zealand, he has been at the USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, for 35 years, including 30 years as Research Leader of 4 research units. His research has been broad, involving four species, statistical analyses, systems, linkage analyses, reproduction, and carcass traits. He has emphasized how cattle selection experiments and mathematical models can contribute to a better understanding of genetics and physiology. He is a 45-year member of ASAS, was Genetics Division editor for the Journal of Animal Science and received the Rockefeller Prentice Animal Breeding and Genetics Award. He and wife Betsy have two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Teresa Davis, Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Teresa Ann Davis is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and was a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri before joining the faculty.  She is internationally recognized for her novel discoveries of the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth, amino acid sensing, and insulin signaling that has enabled the development of new strategies to improve feed efficiency and lean growth in swine.  Based on her NIH- and USDA- supported research, Dr. Davis received the ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award, the ASN Stockstad Award, the University of Tennessee Centennial Leader Award, and the Baylor College of Medicine Research Mentor Award.  She served as ASAS Director-at Large, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair, Journal of Animal Science Editorial Board Member, ASN President, Fulbright U.S. Distinguished Scholar, and Scientific Advisor of both ILSI and the Riddet Institute.  She is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition and a member of the USDA/HHS 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. 

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Mike Tokach, Kansas State University

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Dr. Mike Tokach was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was raised on a 4th generation diversified family farm. In 1991, he joined the staff at Kansas State University and in 2013 was promoted to University Distinguished Professor; the highest rank the university bestows its faculty. His leadership is central to the workings of a progressive swine nutrition research team that has made Kansas State University the “go to” place in applied swine nutrition research. During his nearly 30-year tenure at K-State, Dr. Tokach and his team have published over 350 refereed journal articles, and generated over 20 million dollars in grants and fellowships. Furthermore, his research program has fostered the growth and development of nearly 100 graduate students, serving as major professor for 24 of them. Dr. Tokach has led a highly successful program because he has had the vision to build and lead a faculty and graduate student team who share his same passion, values, and goals for the swine industry.

ASAS Fellow: Teaching Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Robert Coleman, University of Kentucky

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Dr. R. J. (Bob) Coleman is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He completed his BSc (Animal Science; 1975) and MS (Animal Science; 1978) degrees at the University of Manitoba and his PhD (Equine Nutrition; 1998) at the University of Alberta. He was the Extension Horse Specialist for Alberta Agriculture from 1980 - 1998. In 1998, Dr. Coleman moved to the University of Kentucky as the Equine Extension Specialist, where he oversees all adult equine extension activities. In addition to his Extension duties, Dr. Coleman teaches and advises in the Equine Science and Management program and is the advisor for the University of Kentucky Equestrian Team. He was awarded the 2019 ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Coleman serves on the AQHA Research committee, is a board member of the Midwest ARPAS, the Executive Director of the Equine Science Society, and the President-Elect for the Certified Horsemanship Association.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Mark Nelson, Washington State University

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Prior to his retirement in 2018, Dr. Mark Nelson was a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Washington State University for 34 years. Dr. Nelson trained 22 graduate students (MS and PhD), authored or co-authored over 225 publications and presented over 150 talks. Dr. Nelson taught parts of, or all of, 22 different courses ranging from introductory lecture and laboratory courses to a graduate nutrition course and additionally, numerous Extension short courses, workshops and field days emphasizing critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, scientific and information literacy, communication skills and integration of learning. Additionally, Dr. Nelson was active in the WSU Writing Program and in extracurricular activities included advising Block and Bridle, Ceres Women’s Fraternity and Cougar Cattle Feeders and numerous undergraduate research projects. Numerous awards recognized his proficient integration of teaching, research, advising and Extension programs.

 

 

 

ASAS Retiree Service Award

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Jack Britt, Jack H Britt Consulting and Earthcast Technologies Inc.

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Dr. Jack Britt was born in Glasgow, KY, graduated from Warren County High School and earned B.S. degrees (Agriculture and Biology) from Western Kentucky University in 1966. He earned graduate degrees at N.C. State University (M.S., Physiology and Animal Science, 1968; Ph.D., Physiology and Biochemistry, 1971). He served on the Dairy faculty at Michigan State University, the Animal Science faculty at N.C. State University, and then as Associate Dean of Veterinary Medicine at NC State and Vice President for Agriculture at the University of Tennessee System. As a physiologist, Dr. Britt’s research established a physiological basis for reproductive problems identified by livestock producers and developed management strategies to minimize detrimental effects on productivity. He has served as chair of ASAS Foundation and as a member of the ASAS board of directors. Dr. Britt and his late wife Frances are parents of Heather and Stephanie and have four grandchildren.

Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award

Sponsored by: Center for Regulatory Services, Inc.

James Reecy, Iowa State University

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Dr. James Reecy’s has vigorously engaged in international development and research. His international collaborations focused on 1) the quantitative and molecular genetic evaluation of beef cattle, swine, and goats, 2) sequencing and annotation of livestock genomes, 3) the development of computational resources and minimal standards to facilitate genomics research, and most importantly 4) on career development of visitors. Over his career, Dr. Reecy has published 71 of his 152 peer-reviewed manuscripts with international collaborators/students. He has hosted 37 international professors, researchers and graduate students at Iowa State University.

Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology

Sponsored by: Mars Petcare

Maria De Godoy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Maria R. C. de Godoy is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal and Comparative Nutrition at the University of Illinois. The overarching goals of her research focused on 3 main areas: 1. analytical methods and animal models for evaluation of nutritional adequacy of novel ingredients; 2. the effects of processing on pet food quality, nutritional value, and safety; and 3. the role of nutraceuticals in health and wellness of pets. Dr. Godoy has an internationally recognized program highlighted by near $ 6 million in extramural funding, internal grants, and donations to support research, 35 invited lectures nationally and internationally, and over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She has an outstanding teaching record and has been consistently named to the Univ. of IL “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.”  Dr. Godoy’s academic program showcases her innovative approach to science that further advances the pet food industry and the nutritional sciences community.

 

Distinguished Teacher Award

Sponsored by: Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC/Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Jeannette Moore, North Carolina State University

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Dr. Jeannette Moore, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University, has taught over 5000 undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students and is rated exceptionally high by both students and peers. She has served as coordinator of undergraduate teaching for the department in some capacity since 1997. Dr. Moore served in the NC State University Faculty Senate (2010-18) and was Chair Elect (2014-15) and Chair (2015-17). Nationally, she served as president of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (2011-12) and both as vice-president (2002-04) and president (2004-06) of National Block and Bridle Club. Others have recognized her teaching ability and awards include: Murray Brown Leadership Award (2015), Regional Outstanding Teacher Award (2011), Teaching Award of Merit (2007), and Teacher Fellow Award (2001) from NACTA; and Outstanding Teacher Award (2001), Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in CALS (2011, 2012) and Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor (2008).

Early Career Achievement Award

Sponsored by: ASAS Foundation

Angela Canovas, University of Guelph

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Dr. Angela Canovas is an Associate Professor of Beef Cattle and Small Ruminant Genomics at University of Guelph (UofG). After 3 years as an Assistant Professor she obtained the Tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. She is Associate-Editor of 3 journals, member of 2 industry boards and leads several international scientific-committees. She has authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications, 200 conferences proceedings and 40 invited-talks at international conferences and industry meetings. Her research focusses on the field of Systems Biology combining –OMICS technologies with statistical genomics towards the functional validation of mutations associated with economically important traits in livestock. She leads several research projects with budgets exceeding $7 million overseeing a team of over 15 graduate students and researchers. Dr. Canovas was awarded the prestigious CSAS Young Research Scientist Award in Baltimore, USA (2017) and recently the UofG Research Excellence Award, Canada (2019).

Equine Science Award

Sponsored by: Zinpro Corporation

Robert Coleman, University of Kentucky

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Dr. R. J. (Bob) Coleman is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He completed his BSc (Animal Science; 1975) and MS (Animal Science; 1978) degrees at the University of Manitoba and his PhD (Equine Nutrition; 1998) at the University of Alberta. He was the Extension Horse Specialist for Alberta Agriculture from 1980 - 1998. In 1998, Dr. Coleman moved to the University of Kentucky as the Equine Extension Specialist, where he oversees all adult equine extension activities. In addition to his Extension duties, Dr. Coleman teaches and advises in the Equine Science and Management program and is the advisor for the University of Kentucky Equestrian Team. He was awarded the 2019 ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Coleman serves on the AQHA Research committee, is a board member of the Midwest ARPAS, the Executive Director of the Equine Science Society, and the President-Elect for the Certified Horsemanship Association.

 

Extension Award

Sponsored by: Zoetis

Matthew Poore, North Carolina State University

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Dr. Matt Poore, Professor and Departmental Extension Leader at NC State University has delivered exceptional extension programs to a broad audience. His work on grazing systems, alternative feeds and management systems has substantially changed beef cattle production in the Southern US. His programs have resulted in >$8 million in funding, 125 peer-reviewed research and extension publications and 431 popular press and technical articles. He is a renowned extension educator with 129 invited presentations and over 450 county programs. He has been recognized with the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award, the APLU Magrath Community Engagement Award, ASAS Southern Section Extension Award, and every extension award at NC State. A recognized leader at NCSU and nationally, he has served as Chair of the NC Cooperative Extension Animal Agriculture Program Team, President of the Southern Section of ASAS, and as a Director of ASAS.

Gary L. Cromwell Award for Minerals Nutrition

Sponsored by: Gary L. Cromwell Appreciation Club

James Matthews, University of Kentucky

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Dr. James (Jamie) Matthews has established a cutting-edge research program in mineral nutrition and physiology at the University of Kentucky using commercially-relevant experimental models. His research program has elucidated novel understandings of selenium and amino acid transport and metabolism that expands both production-animal and biomedical knowledge databases. His genomic and protein findings about how the expression and function of nutrient transporters and enzymes are coordinated is highly relevant to both the production animal and biomedical sciences. Importantly, 14 Ph.D., 7 postdoctoral, 13 M.S., and 22 undergraduate students have received significant to extensive training with Dr. Matthews in whole animal, biochemical, and molecular biology research techniques. Because of the extensive use of industry-relevant animal models, his basic research has the potential to have a rapid impact on development of nutritional regimens that optimize the performance of developing and mature animals.

Joseph P. Fontenot Travel Scholarship Award

Sponsored by: Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club

Audrey Earnhardt, Texas A&M University

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Audrey L. Earnhardt received her B.S. in Animal Science, minoring in Genetics, from North Carolina State University in 2017, where her work as an undergraduate research assistant led to her interest in research and academia. She then worked as a Research Intern for Smithfield Premium Genetics while completing her M.S. in Animal Science at North Carolina State University under the direction of Dr. Mark Knauer, where her research focused on the genetics of functional teats in swine. Her Masters research helped her develop a fascination in physiological genetics. Thus, she is currently working with Dr. Thomas Welsh and Dr. Ron Randel as a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in Physiology of Reproduction within the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, where she is the recipient of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Excellence Fellowship. In addition to serving as a TA for the undergraduate reproductive physiology course in the department she is also the Treasurer for the Texas A&M Animal Science Graduate Student Association. Her doctoral research focuses on the physiological genomics of stress and the immune system in Brahman cattle, as well as determining the significance of a sire effect on the age at first calving in Brahman heifers.

L. E. Casida Award

Sponsored by: L.E. Casida Award

Robert Wettemann, Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Robert P. Wettemann obtained a B.S. at the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. and Ph.D. (1972) at Michigan State University. He was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University in 1972, and is a Regents Professor Emeritus. His research focus is endocrine mechanisms controlling reproduction in cattle and mentoring graduate students. This research established use of body condition to evaluate supplemental feeding of beef cows and that hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction causes anestrus. Dr. Wettemann has been the major advisor for 27 M.S. and 20 Ph.D. students; 23 students are, or were, on faculties of universities. He has coauthored more than 650 scientific publications. He received the Physiology and Endocrinology Award, the Animal Management Award, the Distinguished Service Award by the Southern ASAS, was President of ASAS and ARPAS, and is an ASAS Fellow. He and his wife, Grace, have one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

L.E. Casida Award

Sponsored by: L.E. Casida Award

George Seidel, Colorado State University

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Dr. George Seidel, Jr was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and currently owns a cattle ranch, which illustrates his love for cattle. He earned the PhD in reproductive physiology at Cornell University (1970) with graduate research on bull development and ejaculation and deriving embryos from oocytes obtained from young calves. He then was an NIH post-doctoral fellow and studied mechanisms of meiosis at Harvard University. In 1971, Dr. Seidel joined CSU as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1983 and was named a University Distinguished Professor in 1993 for his stellar research and graduate training program in bovine gamete and embryo biology. He has received numerous awards, including being named as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and one of the most influential people in the development of the US beef industry. He published 218 refereed papers, 25 books, 189 chapters and trained 40 postdoctoral, 15 PhD and 25 MS students.

Meats Research Award

Sponsored by: Elanco Animal Health

Christopher Kerth, Texas A&M University

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Dr. Chris R. Kerth was raised on a cattle and wheat farm near Collyer, in rural northwest Kansas. He attended Kansas State University for his B.S. in 1993 and Texas Tech for his M.S. and Ph.D in 1995 and 1999, respectively. In 1999, Dr. Kerth joined the faculty of the Animal and Dairy Science Department at Auburn University. During his time at Auburn, his research focused on animal nutrition impacts on meat quality and consumer acceptability, mostly using forage-finished beef as a model. In 2009, he was awarded the Fulbright Senior Scientist to study beef production and processing systems in Uruguay. In 2010, Dr. Kerth joined the faculty at the Texas A&M University where his research has focused on flavor chemistry and the development of aromas and flavors in meat, food, and beverage products. Dr. Kerth has developed grants of nearly $8 million and published 62 manuscripts, 97 abstracts, 5 book chapters, and 3 edited books and has developed a nationally and internationally recognized research program in meat flavor chemistry.

 

Morrison Award

Sponsored by: F.B. Morrison Fund

Teresa Davis, Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Teresa Ann Davis is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and was a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri before joining the faculty.  She is internationally recognized for her novel discoveries of the nutritional regulation of protein metabolism and growth, amino acid sensing, and insulin signaling that has enabled the development of new strategies to improve feed efficiency and lean growth in swine.  Based on her NIH- and USDA- supported research, Dr. Davis received the ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award, the ASN Stockstad Award, the University of Tennessee Centennial Leader Award, and the Baylor College of Medicine Research Mentor Award.  She served as ASAS Director-at Large, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair, Journal of Animal Science Editorial Board Member, ASN President, Fulbright U.S. Distinguished Scholar, and Scientific Advisor of both ILSI and the Riddet Institute.  She is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nutrition and a member of the USDA/HHS 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Sponsored by: ABS Global, Inc.

Kenneth Stalder, Iowa State University

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Dr. Ken Stalder has established a national and international reputation in the area of genetics of sow longevity. His research program has focused on the economic value of sow longevity, on management factors leading to early culling of sows, and on the genetic factors that contribute to sows having a long and productive lifetime in the breeding herd. Dr. Stalder was one of the first researchers to bring this trait to the forefront. Today, virtually all swine genetics companies and swine production systems recognize the value of sow longevity and incorporate this trait in their programs. Dr. Stalder has seamlessly integrated his research, extension and teaching programs, which is a model used by specialists nationally. Dr. Stalder has demonstrated a unique ability to develop sound applied genetics research programs that address producer’s everyday problems. The acceptance of his recommendations throughout the U.S. and globally have confirmed the value of his contributions.

Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award

Sponsored by: Robert Wettemann Appreciation Club

Kelsey Schubach, Texas A&M University

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Kelsey M. Schubach received a B.Sc. in Animal Science from Oregon State University in 2014. Schubach also received a M.Sc. degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University in 2016, where her thesis focused on stress and reproductive physiology of beef heifers. In 2017, Schubach started her Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University, where she investigates the impacts of nutritional management during gestation and early-life on permanent alterations in physiological and productive responses in beef cattle. During her graduate career, Schubach has published 21 journal articles, 8 peer-reviewed proceedings, and 15 research abstracts. Schubach also played a significant role in securing extramural funding (> $500k) and contributed to several teaching and outreach efforts related to beef cattle physiology. Schubach received the WSASAS – Young Scholar Award (M.Sc. category) in 2017 and placed first in the 2018 SSASAS Graduate Competition (Ph.D. category). 

Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award

Sponsored by: Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club

Kacie McCarthy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Dr. Kacie Lynn McCarthy received her B.S. in Animal Science from CSU while competing as a Division I athlete. During her M.S. program at NMSU, she worked with Dr. Eric Scholljegerdes to evaluate the effects of early implantation with Ralgro on performance and profit margin of Holstein steer calves. During her Ph.D. program with Dr. Carl Dahlen at NDSU, Dr. McCarthy’s research work evaluated supplementation strategies for grazing beef cattle. Additionally, her teaching efforts included multiple TA assignments and serving as the instructor of record for a capstone course. Furthermore, her extension involvement included assisting with needs assessment, survey development, program organization and evaluation, and reporting of impacts. Her contributions to research, teaching, extension, service, and her dedication to the field of Animal Sciences will continue as Dr. McCarthy continues her career as a Beef Cow-Calf Specialist in the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she began working in January of 2020.

Sponsored by: Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club

Elizabeth Messersmith, Iowa State University

Elizabeth Messersmith

Elizabeth Messersmith, a Nebraska native, is a second year Ph.D. student at Iowa State University with Dr. Stephanie Hansen. She obtained her B.S. in 2016 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her M.S. in 2018 at Iowa State University with Dr. Hansen. Messersmith’s research has focused on the roles of copper and zinc in growth promoting processes of feedlot cattle by utilizing hormone implants and beta agonists to induce growth. This research can be applied to further improve the performance of feedlot cattle and provide insights into the roles of trace minerals in growth processes regardless of species.

 

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