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The 2022 award nominations are now closed. The deadline to submit an award was January 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM CST. 

2021 National Award Recipients

2021 Annual Meeting Student Competition Recipients 

Undergraduate Poster Competition In-Person

  • 3rd Place:  PSII-6 - Electronically controlled cooling pads improve litter growth and thermoregulatory measures and increase total heat production in heat stressed lactating sows – Presenting Author:  Taylor Jansen, Purdue University
  • 2nd Place:  PSII-16 - Potential of sensor technology to detect changes in behavior related to health status of ewes following exposure to mold-contaminated feed - Presenting Author: Sara Gurule, New Mexico State University
  • 1st Place:  PSII-4 - Effect of increased ruminal propionate on the expression of hepatic gluconeogenic genes in cattle on a finishing ration - Presenting Author: Hunter McConnell, Oklahoma State University

Undergraduate Poster Competition Virtual

  • 3rd Place:  PSII-7 - Farrowing age is a predictor of sow lifetime performance - Presenting Author: Masahiro Wakatsuki, Meiji University 
  • 2nd Place:  PSII-11 - Herd size associated with sow lifetime performance in Spanish breeding herds - Presenting Author: Moe Hiramatsu, Meiji University
  • 1st Place:  PSII-3 - Daily Weather Patterns Associated with Colostrum Production in Dry Cows - Presenting Author: Andrea Connor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College 

Graduate Poster Competition: MS In-Person

  • 3rd Place:  PSIII-1 - Influence of prenatal or postnatal exposure to gossypol from cottonseed meal on semen quality in commercial boars: a preliminary study on feral hog control - Presenting author: Randi Benefield, University of Arkansas
  • 2nd Place:  PSIII-4 - Nutritional Evaluation of Yeast Biomass from Candida Utilis as a protein source in cat diets - Presenting Author: Dalton Holt, Kansas State University
  • 1st Place:  PSI-8 - Determining the Effect of Dam Milk Production and Mastitis Infection During Pregnancy on Blood Biochemistry in Dairy Bull Calves - Presenting Author: Elisabeth Ricks, University of Rhode Island

Graduate Poster Competition:  MS Virtual

  • 3rd Place:  PSIII-5 - Predicting live weight using linear body measurements in growing beef calves - Presenting Author: Vanessa Rotondo, University of Guelph
  • 2nd Place:  PSI-3 - An Assessment of the Barrier Function of Canine Skin After Repeated Decontamination - Presenting author: Dakota Discepolo, Southern Illinois University
  • 1st Place:  PSIII-14 - The influence of dietary barley supplementation on American Wagyu feedlot performance - Presenting author: Briana Tangredi, Colorado State University

Graduate Poster Competition: PhD In-Person

  • 3rd Place:  PSV-13 - Understanding the role of zinc and manganese in proliferation and protein synthesis of primary bovine satellite cells - Presenting author: Anthony Alberto, Utah State University
  • 2nd Place:  PSIV-18 – Poor gestational nutrition impacts sheep offspring growth but not feed efficiency - Presenting author: Nicole Tillquist, University of Connecticut
  • 1st Place:  PSV-15 - Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy to Predict Lab Scoured Yield in Rambouillet Sheep - Presenting author:  Jordan Moody, Texas A&M University

Graduate Poster Competition:  PhD Virtual

  • 3rd Place:  PSIV-8 - Effect of pre-grazing herbage mass, post-grazing sward height and finishing diet on performance of late-maturing beef steers - Presenting Author: Peter Doyl, Teagasc
  • 2nd Place:  PSV-6 - Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Advanced Skeletal Maturity in Finished Beef Heifers - Presenting Author: Katie Walker-Shira, University of Idaho
  • 1st Place:  PSV-8 - Sire field fertility does not correlate with sire conception rate (SCR) score - Presenting author: Gessica A. Franco-Johannsen. Texas A&M University

2021 Companion Animal Competition Recipients

Oral Competition Recipients

  • 3rd Place:  111 - Validation of the Indicator Amino Acid Oxidation Technique in the Domestic Cat - Presenting Author:  Julia Pezzali
  • 2nd Place:  115 - Stability of Thiamine Supplied by Vitamin Premix and Yeast Ingredients in Canned Cat Food - Presenting Author;  Amanda Dainton, Kansas State University
  • 1st Place:  113 - Owner Dietary and Exercise Regimens Influence Perception of Ideal Body Weight in Dogs - Presenting Author:  Sydney Banton, University of Guelph

Poster Competition Recipients

  • 2nd Place:  PSV-B-19 - Dietary choline supplementation increases transmethylation through the one-carbon cycle in overweight cats - Presenting Author:  Alexandra Rankovic, University of Guelph
  • 1st Place:  PSV-B-17 - Additional dietary choline increases serum metabolites as determined by direct infusion mass spectrometry in post-gonadectomy kittens - Presenting Author:  Hannah Godfrey, University of Guelph

Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award

Sponsored by: Agri-King, Inc.

Dr. Kelsey M. Harvey, Texas A&M University


Dr. Kelsey M. Harvey (Schubach) received a BS (2014) and MS (2016) in Animal Science from Oregon State University. In 2017, Dr. Harvey started her PhD program at Texas A&M University under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke’s supervision, where she investigated the impacts of nutritional management during gestation and early-life on permanent alterations in physiological and productive responses in beef cattle. Dr. Harvey completed her PhD program in December 2020, and started as an Assistant Professor with Mississippi State University in January 2021. Dr. Harvey has published 31 journal articles, 12 peer-reviewed proceedings, and 20 research abstracts. Dr. Harvey also played a significant role in securing extramural funding (> $500k) and contributed to several teaching and outreach efforts related to beef cattle production. Dr. Harvey received the ASAS Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award in 2020, the WSASAS Young Scholar Award (MSc category) in 2017, and she placed first in the 2018 SSASAS Graduate Competition (PhD category).

American Feed Industry Association Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research

Sponsored by: American Feed Industry Association

Dr. Eric van Heugten, North Carolina State University


Dr. Eric van Heugten has developed an exceptional swine nutrition program during his 23-year career at North Carolina State University. His laboratory demonstrated that there is a minimum dietary requirement for both α-linolenic and linoleic acid for the modern lactating sow. His other recent scientific contributions include nutritional strategies for mitigation of heat stress and novel applications of enzymes to improve health. He has published 98 peer-reviewed journal articles; secured over $6.2 million in grants; and has given 61 invited presentations. Eric served as co-chair of the steering committee for the National Swine Nutrition Guide and several editorial boards. He has trained 21 PhD and 44 MS students. His former students hold positions in which they directly influence the feeding of over 2 million sows and their offspring. His research has greatly advanced our knowledge of swine nutrition

American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research

Sponsored by: American Feed Industry Association

Dr. Lance H. Baumgard, Iowa State University


Dr. Lance Baumgard is a native of southwest Minnesota who grew up on a swine and row-crop farm. He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Cornell University. He joined the University of Arizona faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2001 and was promoted to Associate Professor in Spring of 2007. Dr. Baumgard joined Iowa State University in 2009 and is the Norman Jacobson Professor in the Department of Animal Science. Since 2005, Dr. Baumgard’s primary research emphasis has been on the physiological and endocrine consequences of heat stress and immune activation in both ruminant and monogastric farm animals. Dr. Baumgard has been the PI or co-PI on over $11.8 million in research funding. Dr. Baumgard has trained 33 graduate students, and his group has published 185 peer-reviewed reviews or research manuscripts, 290 abstracts, and 115 conference proceedings for regional meetings. 

Animal Growth and Development Award

Sponsored by: DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

Dr. Reinaldo F. Cooke, Texas A&M University


Dr. Reinaldo Cooke is an Associate Professor with Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science. Dr. Cooke developed an internationally recognized academic program with a specific emphasis on growing Bos taurus and B. indicus cattle. Through excellence in research and educational ventures, his accomplishments are leading to the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in cattle growth and development in the US and across the world. To date, Dr. Cooke published > 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, secured > $6 million in funding, and mentored 26 graduate students, 3 postdoctoral students, and 40 research interns. Dr. Cooke has served as Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science since 2014. He is also Past-President for the ASAS Western Section and received the ASAS Animal Management Award in 2020, ASAS Early Career Achievement Award in 2018, ASAS Western Section - Extension Award in 2017, and ASAS Western Section - Young Scientist Award in 2016.

Animal Industry Service Award

Sponsored by: Zoetis

Dr. David L. Harmon, University of Kentucky


Dr. David Harmon grew up in rural Ohio and worked for a grain-livestock operation. He received a BS in Nutrition from The Ohio State University and MS and PhD degrees in ruminant nutrition from the University of Nebraska. He joined the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in 1983 then moved to the University of Kentucky in 1992. Dr. Harmon has sustained a record of excellence throughout his career as a nutritionist. He has produced almost 200 refereed articles and over 250 other publications. He has given invited presentations across the United States and in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. He has trained 24 master’s, 15 Ph.D. and 10 postdoctoral scientists. He has received the Midwest ASAS Young Scientist Award, the AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Award, the ASAS Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology and the ASAS Fellow Award in Research.

Animal Management Award

Sponsored by: United Animal Health

Dr. Kenneth J. Stalder, Iowa State University


Dr. Ken Stalder has established a state, national, and international reputation in the discipline of animal management, specifically sow longevity. His work has focused on management factors leading to early culling of sows and the genetic and management factors that contribute to sows having a long and productive lifetime in the breeding herd. Dr. Stalder brought sow longevity to the forefront at a time when this trait was not well documented within commercial breeding herds. Today, virtually all swine genetic companies and swine production systems recognize the value of sow longevity in commercial sow herds. Dr. Stalder has seamlessly integrated his extension, research, and teaching programs into a model used by specialists nationally. Dr. Stalder has a unique ability to develop sound applied research programs that address producer’s everyday problems. The pork producers that Dr. Stalder serves throughout the United States and globally are confirming the value of his research.

Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award

Sponsored by: James W. Lauderdale Appreciation Club

Dr. Leon J. Spicer, Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Leon J. Spicer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in animal science from the University of Minnesota and University of Idaho, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in dairy science from Michigan State University in 1984. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University in 1988 and is currently Professor at OSU. Dr. Spicer’s research has contributed to our understanding of intra-ovarian control of ovarian function in farm animals. His laboratory was one of the first to describe the effects of IGF1, leptin, and other metabolites on steroidogenesis in granulosa and theca cells. Using microarray techniques, Dr. Spicer and collaborators have also discovered several unique genes involved in ovarian follicular development in pigs and cattle. Dr. Spicer is a prolific researcher, having published over 520 articles and abstracts, of which 115 were published during the past 10 years. He and his wife, Dr. Maria Spicer, have one son and two daughters.

ASAS Fellow: Extension Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Robert D. Goodband, Kansas State University


Dr. Bob Goodband is a swine extension specialist at Kansas State University. Originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, Dr. Goodband graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He obtained his MS and PhD in Swine Nutrition at Kansas State University and joined their faculty in 1989. Dr. Goodband and his co-workers’ innovative Extension and research programs has led to an intensive on-farm research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials across the United States. His work has resulted in over 360 refereed journal papers, 9 book chapters, over 1,000 research reports and Extension publications, 8 patents, and $17.8 million in grants and gifts to K-State. Dr. Goodband also teaches Swine Science and Swine Nutrition courses and serves as academic advisor to 35 to 40 undergraduate students each year. Dr. Goodband has mentored 119 M.S. and Ph.D. students and hundreds of undergraduate students.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Matthew H. Poore, North Carolina State University


Dr. Matt Poore, Professor and Departmental Extension Leader at North Carolina 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 United States. His programs have resulted in >$8 million in funding, 125 peer-reviewed research and extension publications and 431 popular press and technical articles. Dr. Poore is a renowned extension educator with 129 invited presentations and over 450 county programs. He has been recognized with the Merit and Distinguished Grasslander Awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, USDA Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award, the APLU Magrath Community Engagement Award, ASAS Southern Section and National Extension Awards, 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.

ASAS Fellow: Industry Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Todd A. Armstrong, Phibro Animal Health


Dr. Todd Armstrong received his BS from Lipscomb University, and he received his master’s and PhD degrees from North Carolina State University in physiology and nutrition, respectively. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Dr. Armstrong’s career has been focused within the global animal health and nutrition industries, where he has worked in and across the swine, poultry, beef, dairy, and companion animal sectors. He has had the opportunity to occupy global senior leadership roles across R&D, regulatory, government affairs, and commercial functions. Currently, he is the Vice President of the US Ruminant Business at Phibro Animal Health Corporation, where he is responsible for the strategic direction and functional performance for the US dairy and beef businesses. In addition, throughout his career, he has been author or co-author of 23 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 23 non-refereed publications, and 41 abstracts.

Dr. Armstrong served on the American Society of Animal Science board and executive committee for multiple years and is a past president of the Society. In addition, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. Currently, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Animal Science at North Carolina State University and serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Agriculture and Life Sciences Research Foundation. Previously, he was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture at Purdue University, has been involved in the EDGE mentoring program, and has participated in several philanthropic boards. Dr. Armstrong and his wife, Angie, have four children.


Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. David P. Casper, Casper’s Calf Ranch


Dr. David P. Casper is currently Technical Service Manager for Grain States Soya/Soy Best. He is also an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina A&T University and operates a contract research facility at Casper’s Calf Ranch, LLC. Dr. Casper has spent 24+ years in Industry with other positions at USDA-ARS and Academia. He was raised on a livestock farm in Cuba City, Wis. and obtained a BS from University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1983) and a MS (1985) and PhD (1989) from South Dakota State University. Dr. Casper joined Cargill (1994), Agri-King (1997), Director (2003) and Vice President (2006), and Furst-McNess (2016). He returned to academia (2011-2016) for research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students based on his industry experiences. Dr. Casper served on numerous ASAS and ADSA committees including the 2010 and 2011 JAM (Overall Program Chair as first Industry Person), Midwest Board (ADSA President), ASAS Foundation Chair, ASAS Board of Directors (BOD), and ASAS Executive BOD. Dr. Casper has received the ADSA Richard M. Hoyt Award, 2012 Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award, and three Founder’s awards from Agri-King, Inc.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Kristi O. Smedley, Center for Regulatory Services


Dr. Kristi O. Smedley has worked in the area of the regulation of animal feed for 34 years. She is Vice President and owner of the consulting firm, Center for Regulatory Services. The major focus of Dr. Smedley’s regulatory advice is animal feed and human food ingredients. She received her BS from Pennsylvania State University (Biology) and MS and Doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech, in Animal Science (focusing on Ruminant Nutrition). She worked at the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in the feed area for 10 years. Dr. Smedley’s primary interest in assuring the most efficient and sustainable production of animal products for human consumption by producing high quality and safe animal products from feed alternatives that do not compete with foods suitable for humans. She has been able to weave that interest through her graduate program as well as in her professional life. Dr. Smedley and her husband, Mike, raised two children and have two adorable grandsons. They hope to move to the small family farm in the future.

ASAS Fellow: Research Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. G. Cliff Lamb, Texas A&M University


Dr. G. Cliff Lamb received his BS in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992. He completed the requirements for the MS and PhD degrees in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. His primary research efforts have focused on applied reproductive physiology in cattle emphasizing synchronization of estrus in replacement heifers and postpartum cows. In 2013, Dr. Lamb and six colleagues received the USDA-NIFA Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts for their Extension efforts in reproductive management and received the University of Florida Research Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014, the ASAS Animal Management Award in 2015, and the ASAS Physiology and Endocrinology Award in 2017. His programs have received more than $13.03 million in grant funds or gifts. He has published 125 refereed journal articles and collectively more than 750 abstracts, extension and research reports.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Jack Odle, North Carolina State University


Dr. Jack Odle, WNR Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at North Carolina State University, received a BS from Purdue and MS and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. His career has focused on reducing morbidity of piglets by advancing molecular knowledge of lipid metabolism and fundamental determinants of intestinal health. He has trained a generation of scientists who connect fundamental biology to real-world application. He received the ILSI Future Leader Award, awards from ASAS include Young Investigator, Non-ruminant Nutrition, Animal Growth & Development, New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue. He served on editorial boards of Journal of Animal Science and Annual Reviews of Animal Biosciences, as Associate Editor for Journal of Nutrition and Advances in Nutrition and is Editor-in-Chief of Current Developments in Nutrition. He served as a founding member of the National Animal Nutrition Program and on the 2012 Swine NRC.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. James M. Reecy, Iowa State University


Dr. James M. Reecy’s research program has obtained knowledge that will enable livestock producers and associated industries to produce healthy, high quality livestock products, with a primary emphasis on beef cattle. His research has focused on 1) the quantitative and molecular genetic evaluation of nutrient composition of beef and milk, and disease resistance of beef cattle, 2) genetic resistance to PRRS in swine, 3) the development of computational resources and minimal standards to facilitate genomics research, and 4) analysis of livestock genomes. Dr. Reecy serves as the NRSP-8 Bioinformatics coordinator. He mentored numerous students and international scientists, has authored or co-authored 155 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been PI or Co-PI on competitive grants worth more than $21 million. Dr. Reecy is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.

ASAS Fellow: Teaching Category

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Michael J. Azain, University of Georgia


Dr. Michael J. Azain has had an exceptionally effective research career and has trained numerous university professors and industrial scientists who are considered experts themselves. Dr. Azain has been a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia for 32 years. He trained more than 50 total graduate students and taught Animal Nutrition and Metabolism to thousands of students as part of more than 20 courses he taught throughout his career. Furthermore, Dr. Azain was instrumental in developing Study Abroad programs in Animal and Dairy Science at UGA. Mike has served ASAS at several levels diligently throughout his career, including his most recent service on the Public Policy Committee. He has been recognized by UGA several times for his teaching expertise with teaching Fellow Awards, as he has integrated his industry experience and insight with basic metabolism that equipped his students to be future leaders in the animal industry.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Elisabeth J. Huff-Lonergan, Iowa State University


Dr. Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan is a professor in Animal Science at Iowa State University. She received her BS from the University of Missouri, and her MS and PhD degrees in 1995 from Iowa State in both muscle biology and in meat science, minoring in biochemistry. In 1995, she began as an assistant professor in meat science and muscle biology in Animal and Dairy Science at Auburn University. In 1998, Dr. Huff-Lonergan joined Iowa State with a research/teaching appointment. She is dedicated to faculty development practices for improvement of teaching and curriculum. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Meat Science, global issues, and developed and leads a team-based course in pet food processing. She focuses on fundamental concepts of real-world applications, critical thinking, and problem-solving and emphasizes experiential learning and technical writing. Students completing her courses appreciate that their ambitious agenda has prepared them to be life-long learners and problem-solvers.

Sponsored by: American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Jeannette A. Moore, North Carolina State University


Dr. Jeannette Moore is currently an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University. She has been a strong advocate in support of teaching and her passion in this area has reaped benefits for NCSU, the American Society of Animal Science, and the livestock industry. She is an exceptional teacher who has taught over 5,000 students in a wide variety of courses and has received numerous awards from university, state, regional and national organizations for her efforts including the 2020 ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Moore has provided outstanding leadership in helping shape educational programs and policies through her service as president and member of the executive committee of NACTA; NACTA liaison for CAST; and vice president and president of the National Block and Bridle organization. She is very deserving of being named an ASAS Fellow in the realm of teaching.

Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award

Sponsored by: Center for Regulatory Services, Inc.

Dr. Jack C. Dekkers, Iowa State University


During his career, and especially over the past ten years, Dr. Jack Dekkers has led teaching, research, and extension activities in animal breeding and genetics that have directly influenced research, education, and implementation of breeding programs in developing and under-developed countries. His practical outlook on the design, analysis, and implementation of animal breeding programs, including genomics, guide the implementation of animal breeding programs in such countries, with positive long-term impacts. His ongoing work on developing methods to improve resistance of local African poultry to Newcastle Disease will have long-term benefits, both on small-holder farmers and on the research capabilities in these countries. Based on these achievements and contributions, Dr. Dekkers is a very worthy recipient of the Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award.

Distinguished Teacher Award

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

Dr. Ronald M. Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Known nationally and internationally for his teaching, Dr. Ron Lewis earned a BS degree in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, an MS in Animal Breeding at Texas A&M University, and PhD in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. His career as a geneticist has included positions at the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, Scottish Agriculture College in Edinburgh, Virginia Tech, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty benefit from Dr. Lewis’ teaching and mentoring. His mentees have extended his legacy via success in their own careers in academia and industry. Through his pioneering leadership in online instruction, he has additionally reached students from over 30 US and five international academic institutions. Dr. Lewis’ tremendous contributions to Animal Science have been recognized through several awards, including a 2016 Great Plains IDEA Faculty Excellence Award, and a 2017 UNL Parents’ Recognition Award.

Early Career Achievement Award

Sponsored by: ASAS Foundation

Dr. Maria R. Cattai de Godoy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dr. Maria R. C. de Godoy has been recently promoted to Associate Professor and was selected to be a recipient of the 2021 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award at the University of Illinois. The focus of her research program is on companion animal and comparative nutrition with 3 main overarching goals: 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 $ 6.5 million in extramural funding, internal grants, and donations to support research, 35 invited lectures nationally and internationally, and more than 60 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”. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology, National Award American Society of Animal Science and this year also received the Paul A. Funk Award, College of ACES, Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Godoy’s academic program showcases her innovative approach to science that further advances the pet food industry and the nutritional sciences community.

Sponsored by: ASAS Foundation

Dr. Ky G. Pohler, Texas A&M University

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Dr. Ky Pohler is an Assistant Professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Science. He received a BS degree from Texas A&M University, and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Texas A&M’s faculty, Dr. Pohler was on faculty at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Animal Science. Dr. Pohler’s research focuses on physiological and molecular mechanisms that control reproductive efficiency in cattle. His research findings have resulted in invitations to speak at numerous local, national and international events. He has authored/coauthored 84 refereed journal articles, four book chapters, 37 conference proceedings, 15 popular press articles and 103 conference abstracts. To date he has mentored two PhD Students, nine M.S. students, nine international students/interns, and three visiting scholars. From federal (USDA-AFRI and USDA-NHI Dual Purpose), state, and industry sources Dr. Pohler has also secured more than $6.8 million in grant/gift support.

Equine Science Award

Sponsored by: Zinpro Corporation

Dr. Kristine L. Urschel, University of Kentucky


Dr. Kristine Urschel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She completed both her BS (Animal Science; 2002) and PhD (Nutrition and Metabolism; 2007) at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research program focuses on protein and amino acid nutrition and metabolism in horses, and she employs isotopic and molecular biology techniques in her research. She is one of only a few researchers in the world using stable isotope techniques to study whole-body protein metabolism and amino acid requirements in horses. She has been very successful in securing extramural funding for her program, with sources of funding that include the USDA AFRI competitive grants program, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Waltham-Buckeye Equine Grant, and the equine feed industry. Dr. Urschel has 30 peer-reviewed publications, is the author of one book chapter and has given invited talks to both national and international audiences.

Extension Award

Sponsored by: Zoetis

Dr. Daniel D. Loy, Iowa State University

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Dr. Dan Loy is Professor and Extension Beef Specialist at Iowa State University. Thousands of beef producers have benefited from his advice and research-based information over his 30+ year career. He helped introduce the microcomputer to daily decision-making, resulting in better cost and performance benchmarking and improved efficiency for feedlots. He was part of the team that developed the BRANDS nutrition program to better apply complex nutritional models in practical diet formulation. Dr. Loy led a multi-faceted applied research and education approach to the increased acceptance of co-products of the ethanol industry. He led the extension effort of a 5-year multi-state project on feed efficiency in beef cattle. As director of the Iowa Beef Center, he leads a team that serves as an information resource for the beef industry. His commitment to extension, teaching, and applied research has helped producers leverage technology to improve the efficiency of beef production.

Gary L. Cromwell Award for Minerals Nutrition

Sponsored by: Gary L. Cromwell Appreciation Club

Dr. John F. Patience, Iowa State University


Dr. John Patience is a Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University. His research on mineral nutrition has included detailed investigations on the growth, metabolic and physiological implications of dietary electrolyte balance and the growth, metabolic and health implications of mineral contaminants in drinking water. Most recently, he has sought greater clarity in our understanding of the complex interaction between phosphorus, phytase and calcium. He has published 161 refereed papers, 22 books/chapters and almost 800 other miscellaneous publications. He has presented more than 400 invited talks, recruited more than $52 million in funding and supervised or co-supervised 28 graduate students. Indeed, the training of graduate students for careers in animal science is one of his passions. Dr. Patience has served ASAS on various committees and the MW Section as President. He was a Section/Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Science for 5 years and was also a member of the Editorial Board for 11 years.

H. Allen Tucker Appreciation Club Graduate Student Travel Scholarship

Sponsored by: H. Allen Tucker Appreciation Club

Parniyan Goodarzi, Oklahoma State University

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Parniyan Goodarzi is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Parniyan obtained her BS and MS degrees in Animal Science and Animal physiology from Shiraz University in 2015 and 2017, respectively. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Goodarzi was selected as valedictorian with GPA of 4. As a research assistant, Goodarzi has been working in Dr. Adel Pezeshki’s lab since Fall 2019, where her research is focused on the effect of dietary tryptophan on metabolic challenges in low birthweight piglets. Recently, Goodarzi received the 2021 Women’s Faculty Council award at Oklahoma State University. As a first author and coauthor, she has published two papers and six abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and national/international conferences, respectively. Goodarzi has been an ad-hoc reviewer for Livestock Science and has presented the results of her research as oral and/or poster in several scientific meetings.

H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award

Sponsored by: H. Allen Tucker Appreciation Club

Dr. Juan J. Loor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Juan Loor is Professor of Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned a BS degree from the University of California, Davis, and MS and PhD degrees from Virginia Tech. He is an internationally-recognized leader in the application of functional genomics and bioinformatics to study lactation physiology in livestock. Work from Dr. Loor and his mentees has established the foundation for research in the field of Lactation Genomics. While Dr. Loor’s research focus extends beyond Lactation Genomics, the majority of the 13 MS students, 21 PhD students, five post-doc fellows, and a combined 71 visiting students and professors he has mentored since 2005 have trained in a topic related to lactation physiology, including milk component synthesis regulation, mammary immune and antioxidant systems and mammary development. Since joining the faculty at Illinois in 2005, work from Dr. Loor’s group in those areas has resulted in over 160 scientific papers garnering more than 5,000 citations.

Joseph P. Fontenot Travel Scholarship Award

Sponsored by: Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club

Ajasa A. Abiola, University of Debrecen


Ajasa Afees received his BS in Animal Physiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2015. He is currently on a Bilateral Education Agreement scholarship, studying Animal Husbandry (M.S) at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. Afees’ research focuses on the estimation of genetic parameters for weaning weight in Hungarian Simmental cattle. During his time in graduate school, he has attended several conferences across Europe. He is a 2021 recipient of the International Livestock Congress Student Travel Fellowship.

Sponsored by: Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club

Andrea O. Doblado, Texas Tech University

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Andrea Osorio was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. From a young age she knew she would pursue a career in agriculture. She received her BS in Agronomy from Escuela Agricola Panamericana Zamorano. During her senior year of college, she took an animal production course, which awoke her passion towards animal science. After receiving her BS, she worked as a research intern in: 1) the University of Sao Paulo, Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ) concentrated on dairy calves and genetic improvement of hens; and 2) Kansas State University in feedlot beef cattle nutrition. Then she began her MS focused on sustainable beef cattle nutrition under Dr. Darren D. Henry, at Texas Tech University. During her MS, she investigated the effects of encapsulated calcium-ammonium nitrate on performance and greenhouse gas emissions from grazing beef steers. Her program is focused on improving beef cattle production through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, she is a first-year PhD student under Dr. Darren D. Henry at Texas Tech University, where she earned the Distinguished Graduate Student Assistantship (DGSA). Her PhD work will evaluate the use of tannins/saponins in beef cattle production at a systematic level, measuring performance, methane production, and ruminal metabolism of steers from the stocker phase, through finishing and post-harvest.

Sponsored by: Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club

Mohammad Habibi, Oklahoma State University


Mohammad Habibi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Mohammad obtained his BS and MS degrees in Animal Science and Animal Physiology from Saveh and Shiraz Universities, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Habibi maintained the GPA of 4. As a research assistant, Habibi has been working in Dr. Adel Pezeshki’s lab since Fall 2018, where his research is focused on the effect of branched-chain amino acids on growth efficiency and metabolism of young pigs fed with low-protein diets. At the 2020 Nutrition Conference, he was selected as a finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science by the American Society for Nutrition. He then was then awarded 2nd place for the 2021 Joe V. Whiteman Award in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at OSU. Habibi’s technical abstract was selected third in the OSU Public Writing Contest in 2021. As a first author and coauthor, he has published five papers and 12 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and national/international conferences, respectively. Habibi has communicated the results of his research as oral and/or poster presentations. Further, Habibi has been an ad-hoc reviewer for Livestock Science.

Meats Research Award

Sponsored by: Elanco Animal Health

Dr. Jean-Francois Hocquette, National Research Institute for Agriculture Food and Environment


Dr. JF Hocquette, PhD, DSc, Sr Scientist, INRAE, is an international expert and highly sought-after speaker on research (muscle biology, genomics) and social interest (e.g. in vitro meat) topics. His scientific pursuits have resulted in 240 papers (12K citations, h-index: 58), two patents, $8M in grants, mentorship (31 scholars), 80 lectures worldwide, a TEDx talk and >300 media interviews. Dr. Hocquette twice organized the French Meat R&D Congress and will organize in 2023 the joint WAAP-EAAP congress. He provided leadership to seven programs on meat, was director of the Herbivore Research Unit (172 staff, 2006-10), and worked for the High Council for Evaluation of Research & Higher Education. Dr. Hocquette contributed to the launch of a new brand of premium beef. He is an editor of the French industry’s Meat R&D journal, and of four books. He is also president of the French Society of Animal Science and of the EAAP Cattle Commission. He earned honors from the French Meat Academy (2010) and ASAS (2014).

Morrison Award

Sponsored by: F.B. Morrison Fund

Dr. Steven A. Zinn, University of Connecticut


Dr. Steven A. Zinn earned a BS in Animal Science from Cornell and his MS and PhD in Dr. H. Allen Tucker’s laboratory at Michigan State University. He completed a postdoc in Molecular Endocrinology at the Worcester Foundation. In August 1990, Dr. Zinn joined the Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor where he is currently a professor and Department Head of Animal Science. During his career, he is the PI or Co-PI on over $5.5 million in extramural funding and over $250,000 in support from the UConn Research Foundation. In addition, he is the author or co-author on over 95 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 2 book chapters, over 130 abstracts and several extension and popular press articles. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Zinn was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Animal Science and is a founding member and the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Animal Frontiers from 2011 to 2013. He served as President of ASAS from 2017-2018 and was named an ASAS Fellow in 2015

Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Sponsored by: ABS Global, Inc.

Dr. Christian Maltecca, North Carolina State University


Dr. Christian Maltecca (BS and PhD from the University of Milan and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Breeding and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University. He is also a member of the Genetics Program, Comparative Medicine Institute, and Bioinformatics Research Center at NC State. His research focus is on genetic improvement and optimizing statistical methods and breeding schemes under genomic selection. With his graduate students, post-docs, and collaborators, he has published 111 journal articles, four books and chapters, 133 other publications, and abstracts, and presented 48 invited talks worldwide. He holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Guelph, and he is part of the graduate school of Animal Science at the University of Padova. He was named a University Faculty Scholar (2015) and received the CSIRO McMaster Fellowship (2020), CALS Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award (2020), the ADSA J.L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding (2020).

Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award

Sponsored by: Robert Wettemann Appreciation Club

Alice P. Brandao, Texas A&M University

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Alice Poggi Brandão received a BS in Veterinary Medicine from São Paulo State University in 2013. Brandão received her MS. degree in Animal Science in 2016, in a collaborative effort between São Paulo State University and Oregon State University, under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke’s supervision. In 2017, Brandão started her PhD program at Texas A&M University, still under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, where she investigates the use of ω-6 fatty acids supplements to improve physiological and productive responses in beef cattle. During her graduate career, Brandão has published 35 journal articles, 7 peer-reviewed research proceedings, and 31 research abstracts. Brandão also plays a significant role in outreach and teaching efforts, serving as Program Assistant for the Texas A&M International Beef Cattle Academy.

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