2017 ASAS/ADSA Midwest Award Winners

Animal Science Young Scholars

Benjamin Bohrer, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Kelsey Ronningen, Kansas State University

Jordan Thomas, University of Missouri

Alvaro Garcia Guerra, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faith Keomanivong, North Dakota State University

Christopher Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Trey Kellner - 2, Iowa State University

Francisco Cabezon, Purdue University

Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award

Dr. Felipe Cardoso, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC

Dr. Felipe Cardoso
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Felipe (Phil) Cardoso from the University of Illinois is a rising star in the dairy production community. Phil’s “out-of-the-box” thinking has enabled him to build an innovative interdisciplinary extension program (the “Dairy Focus Team”) combining extension, teaching, and applied research. His application of principles of leadership and entrepreneurship to his blended program constitutes a new approach to the Land Grant mission. Cardoso has developed an excellent rapport with the state’s dairy farms and the industries that serve them. His first graduate students have completed degrees and moved into the industry.  Dairy farmers and industry groups recognize Phil’s talents for insight, communication, integrity, and passion. His research in the areas of rumen health, nutrition and reproduction, fungicide effects on corn silage yield and quality, and mycotoxins has direct application to dairy farms, and it forms the basis for much of Cardoso's extension programming.

Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri

Sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC

Jared Decker is an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, where he majored in Animal Science graduating with Highest Honors. Jared earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a minor in Statistics. Jared assists stakeholders in the beef industry in understanding rapidly changing genetic technologies. Jared is a trailblazer in the use of social media in extension programming and his blog "A Steak in Genomics" receives approximately 1000 pageviews each month. He is an active member of, an eXtension Community of Practice. Jared helps beef producers trust and utilize genomic predictions, and has implemented a genomic testing designation in the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. In addition to presentations across Missouri,Jared is an invited speaker in numerous other states and for many of the national breed associations.

Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Dr. Stephanie Hansen, Iowa State University

Sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc.

Stephanie Hansen is an Associate Professor in Beef Feedlot Nutrition at Iowa State University. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Iowa State and received her advanced degrees from North Carolina State University. She joined the ISU Department of Animal Science in 2009. Dr. Hansen teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of animal nutrition, ruminant digestion and physiology, and vitamin and mineral metabolism. She has an active research program in the areas of micronutrient metabolism, feed efficiency and alternative feedstuffs and has garnered over 7.75 million in funding and has assembled an excellent team of researchers including post docs and graduate students. She has received both the Early Achievement in Teaching and Early Achievement in Research awards from the College of Ag and Life Science and in 2016 was honored for Early Achievement in Research by Iowa State University. In her free time Stephanie enjoys writing, travel, hiking and photography.

Outstanding Young Teacher Award

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher, Purdue University

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. She holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and Iowa State University. She joined Purdue faculty in August 2016 after eight years at Michigan State University. She specializes in undergraduate education and advising. Dr. Karcher has taught a variety of courses, including mammary physiology, animal health, and dairy management. She developed a study abroad program focused on dairy management to the Netherlands and a program on sustainable agriculture to Vietnam. At MSU, she advised the Dairy Club and the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association. She received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (2014), the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources (CANR) Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad (2014), and the MSU CANR Excellence in Teaching, New Teacher Award (2012). Dr. Karcher and her husband, Darrin, have three daughters and twin sons.

Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award

Trey Kellner, Iowa State University

Sponsored by the Stahly/Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund

Trey Kellner is from Stockton, KS and received his B.S. at Nebraska. At Iowa State Univ. under the guidance of Dr. Patience, he earned an M.S. in 2014 and is currently a Ph. D. candidate. Trey’s research has focused on more accurately predicting carcass iodine value, on understanding how dietary fat composition influences lipogenesis and lipolysis, how heat stress impacts dietary utilization and how the chemical composition of dietary fat can be used to estimate the ME and NE content of dietary fats. Trey is outgoing Graduate Director on the Board of MW ASAS Section Board. He previously received numerous awards including a Miller Fellowship and an IPPA Foundation Fellowship. Upon graduation, he will be the nutritionist for AMVC.

Young Dairy Scholars

Yan Sun, Michigan State University

Sara Kvodera, Iowa State University

Mario Riboni, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Spencer Moore, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brittany Casperson, Purdue University

Angela Manthey, South Dakota State University

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