ASAS Foundation Impact - 2023

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The ASAS Foundation Impact shares and celebrates your generosity's impact on our members throughout their careers.

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as we work together to ensure that the generations after us have the same experiences, share similar stories, and carry on with the smile you hold when you think of all that being an ASAS member has done for you.

Every gift, of any amount, directly and meaningfully impacts our ASAS members. While giving back to your “home society,” you also pay it forward to current and future animal scientists.

THANK YOU, ASAS Foundation Partners for making this possible!


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Jessica Acosta Medellin

"The Wilson Pond International Travel Scholarship is a tremendous privilege for me, as it brings me closer to realizing my aspirations of becoming an expert in swine nutrition and dietary fiber. Attending the Intensive Carbohydrate course at Aarhus University in Denmark to engage in laboratory work analyzing fiber with nutrition experts is a significant milestone in my journey. Thank you for supporting the Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club and inspiring me to persistently work towards achieving my goals." Jessica Acosta Medellin | Graduate Research Assistant | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Vinicius de Souza Izquierdo

"Receiving the Joseph P. Fontenot Student Travel Scholarship is a great honor and shows that our team’s research is on the right pathway to generating important data. This scholarship was essential to participate in the 2023 Southern Section ASAS Meeting and was made possible with the support of the ASAS Foundation's Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club. " Vinicius de Souza Izquierdo | Ph.D. Student and Graduate Assistant |University of Florida

Elizabeth Dressler

"I am very thankful to have received the Joseph P. Fontenot Student Travel Scholarship because it will allow me to attend the ASAS Annual meeting, which I otherwise may not have had funding to attend. I am looking forward to attending this meeting to share my graduate research and connect with others in my field of study. Thank you again for your support of Animal Science graduate students." Elizabeth Dressler | Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D. student | Animal Sciences and Industry, Animal Breeding and Genetics | Kansas State University

Abbigail Hines

"It is an honor to receive the Wilson Pond International Travel Scholarship. This opportunity has made it possible for me to share my research and represent Auburn University at the upcoming International Symposium of Nutrition of Herbivores (ISNH) held in Brazil. I am grateful to those who support the Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club for giving me the chance to make memories of a lifetime!"  Abbigail Hines, M.S. | Ph.D. Student | Auburn University

Dallas Soffa

"As a first year Ph.D. student and aspiring academic, I am tremendously grateful to have been chosen as the 2023 Joseph P. Fontenot Student Travel Scholarship recipient. This honor will allow me to further hone my presentation skills, increase my networking opportunities, and represent the advanced research being performed in my lab. My selection for this travel award is a notable achievement in my academic career thus far, and a reassurance that my growth and development in the field are helping to pave a path for research focused on the female reproductive microbiome in cattle." Dallas Soffa | Ph.D. student | Texas A&M University

Godstime Taiwo

"It's with great joy and excitement that I receive the H. Allen Tucker Graduate Student Travel Scholarship. This gives me the incredible opportunity to attend the ASAS Annual Meeting and the Biennial Biology of Lactation Workshop, creating a means of gaining invaluable experiences from leading researchers in these spheres while exploring new cultures. It will not only enhance my personal growth but also enrich my academic and professional pursuits and, thereby, allow me to make a meaningful difference in the world. My special thanks to those who support the ASAS Foundation for providing me with this great opportunity." Godstime Taiwo | Ph.D. student | Animal and Nutrition Science | West Virginia University

Foundation initiatives which provide graduate student travel scholarships include:



Taylor Hedrick

"As one of the 2023 ASAS DC Animal Agriculture Interns, I am excited to learn more about the larger agricultural issues and how efforts made in Washington DC affect farmers and ranchers in Kansas. I hope to begin my journey towards positive change in agriculture for my generation and the ones to follow.Taylor Hedrick | Bachelor of Animal Science, anticipated graduation December 2023 | Kansas State University

Alexandra Thomas

"I am very excited to have been selected as one of the 2023 ASAS DC Animal Agriculture Interns. This opportunity is a great way to expand my knowledge of legislation and continue growing my passion for advocating for agriculture." Alexandra Thomas | Ph.D. Student | Animal and Veterinary Science | Clemson University

Madeline Ring

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"I am extremely grateful for my time as the 2022 ASAS DC Animal Agriculture Intern and served at the USDA’s NIFA. My experience through the ASAS internship has helped me begin my career in the agricultural policy space. I am extremely thankful to the generous supporters of the ASAS Foundation and Mr. Josh Stull and have discovered my true passion!” Madeleine Ring | Staff Assistant for the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman David Scott

Foundation initiatives that support animal agriculture interns in Washington, DC include:



Jay S. Johnson

“I am honored to receive the 2023 Early Career Achievement Award, supported by  ASAS Foundation’s Fellows Fund, and to be included in the list of outstanding former awardees who have contributed significantly to the animal sciences disciplines. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students who have contributed to my lab’s research, as well as current and former colleagues and mentors who have provided me with support and collaboration.” Jay S. Johnson, Ph.D. | Supervisory Research Animal Scientist (Research Leader) | USDA – ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit

Kim Mullenix

"It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized with the Armstrong Leadership Award by ASAS. ASAS has provided many opportunities for development outside of our traditional view of sharing science. Through ASAS membership, I have been fortunate to network and build relationships with great mentors, learn from others, and broaden my knowledge in animal sciences." Kimberly Mullenix, Ph.D. | Associate Professor/Extension Specialist | Auburn University

Ron Trotta

"It is an honor to be selected as the recipient of the Robert Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award and to be recognized for my achievements in physiology and endocrinology. I would like to thank the supporters of ASAS Foundation's Robert Wettemann Appreciation Club and Bob and Grace Wettemann for their generosity. Supporting graduate students through nationally competitive awards is essential for highlighting excellence in graduate research and fostering innovations for the future of animal agriculture." Ronald J. Trotta, Ph.D. | Graduate Research Assistant | University of Kentucky

Madie Wensley

"As a recent student at K-State, I am honored to be the 2023 recipient of the Tim S. Stahly and Ernest R. Peo, Jr. Memorial and Tribute Award. This award acknowledges my efforts throughout graduate school, and it’s greatly appreciated. I sincerely thank everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to get where I am today." Madie Wensley, Ph.D. | Nutritionist | Pipestone

Foundation Initiatives to recognize, celebrate and award students' and early-career animal scientists' accomplishments:

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Russ Anthony

"It is an honor to be recognized with the 2023 Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award, recognizing my research efforts in understanding the progression of pregnancy.  To be recognized by ASAS in this fashion is especially meaningful, as I presented my initial research efforts at the ASAS meeting in Tucson, AZ in 1979. The fact that the James W. Lauderdale Appreciation Club supports this award, having gotten to know Dr. Lauderdale, and having developed an appreciation for all of his contributions to the field of livestock physiology and endocrinology, makes this award especially meaningful." Russell Anthony, Ph.D. | Hill Professor | Colorado State University

Hugo Mario Arelovich 

"Receiving the President's International Award, supported by the James Sartin Appreciation Club, has left me speechless; simply, it is such a big honor. I would like to believe that the award could be in part related to the effort to build interaction and cooperation among international institutions, emphasizing the academic and human products and values resulting from such interactions. As a member of ASAS and a President of the Argentinian Association of Animal Production (AAPA), I worked hard for joint meetings in Argentina. Cooperation among organizations with similar objectives and interests can build a dynamic forum for discussion and action on these aspects. I would feel very happy if this award may mean that I have contributed to some extent to these purposes."  Hugo Mario Arelovich, Ph.D. | Department of Agronomy | The National University of the South | Argentina

Mike MacNeil

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"My being the 2023 recipient of the Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award from the American Society of Animal Science Foundation recognizes over 25 years of activity in research primarily helping students in developing countries. It would not have been possible without the engagement of several long term partners who rightly share in this recognition. My hope is that these efforts result in an improved ability to address relevant questions by scientists in the developing world." Michael D. MacNeil, Ph.D. | Delta G  

Jason Woodworth

"I am honored to be selected to receive the Gary L. Cromwell Award for Mineral Nutrition. I remember Dr. Cromwell in the Midwest ASAS audience asking me questions about some of my M.S. degree mineral research and I am now humbled to be recognized with an award that is given to highlight his leadership in this area of study. I appreciate the efforts and generosity of the ASAS Foundation and the Gary L. Cromwell Appreciation Club to make this possible."  Jason Woodworth, Ph.D. | Research Professor | Kansas State University

Juan Pedro Steibel

"It is a great honor to receive the Innovation Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the ASAS Foundation. This award has been received before me by people that I greatly admire, thus, being the 2023 awardee is humbling and exciting." Juan Pedro Steibel, Ph.D. | Professor  Iowa State University


Foundation Initiatives to recognize, celebrate and award ASAS Professional members for their accomplishments:



Foundation Initiatives to enhance and expand excellence in animal science programming by securing distinguished lectures and renowned symposia for sectional, annual, and international meetings.


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