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The 2022 ADSA/ASAS Northeast Section Awards nominations are now closed. The deadline to was Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM CST.

2021 Northeast Section Award Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

Kristen E. Govoni, University of Connecticut


Dr. Kristen E. Govoni earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (2003) degrees in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Her postdoctoral training was at the Musculoskeletal Disease Center in the Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. Dr. Govoni joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Science at UConn in 2008 and her laboratory’s current research focuses on understanding growth and development at the cellular level to identify methods to improve animal health and efficiency of production. Dr. Govoni has secured over $1.9 million in funding, published 42 peer-reviewed papers, and mentored 14 graduate students as primary advisor and 15 as associate advisor. She has served as Northeast Section Director since 2016, ASAS Publications Committee Chair since 2016, member of the organizing committee for Perinatal Biology Symposium (2022), Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science from 2013-2016, and coordinator for Northeast Graduate Poster competition from 2008-2016.

Young Scientist Award – Educator

Danielle N. Smarsh, The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Danielle Smarsh received an Honors Degree with Distinction B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2008. She then completed a Ph.D. degree in Equine Exercise Physiology at Rutgers University under the guidance of Dr. Carey Williams. In 2013, Dr. Smarsh was hired as an Assistant Professor of Animal Science in the Animal Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF). At UWFR she taught a number of classes including animal physiology and equine production. In 2018, Dr. Smarsh joined the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University, where she currently serves as an Equine Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Equine Science. Dr. Smarsh coordinates, hosts, and speaks at workshops and events across the state of Pennsylvania on topics including horse health and care, equine nutrition, and pasture management. She also teaches several classes at Penn State, including equine exercise physiology and embedded study abroad courses.


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