2018 Award Winners
Distinguished Service Award
James G. Berardinelli, Montana State University
Dr. James G. Berardinelli received a BA (with honors) from University of Connecticut (1973), and M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees from West Virginia University under the direction of Dr. E. K. Inskeep. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow (1979-81) at the R. L. Hruska, U. S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE under Dr. J. J. Ford in cooperation with Dr. L. L. Anderson at Iowa State University. He began his academic career on the faculty of Montana State University in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences in 1981 as Assistant Professor with a 48% research, 40% teaching, and 10% Service appointment. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1992. Dr. Berardinelli developed 5 separate courses, taught or co-taught 11 other animal science courses and was invited to lecture in a series in 3 courses in other departments. He has delivered lectures and laboratories exercises to over 4,500 undergraduate students. He has received numerous awards for teaching, including the 2012 WSASAS Distinguished Teaching Award. Many large animal veterinarians, and ranch owners and managers throughout the western United States owe their skills in reproductive techniques and management to Dr. Berardinelli’s expertise and dedication to teaching. Perhaps his most important contribution to the teaching his mentoring of undergraduate research interns. He has mentored 25 outstanding students in the past 17 years; 10 of which appear as co-authors on scientific publications. Berardinelli’s research has focused on physiological mechanism(s) whereby the biostimulatory effect of bulls accelerates resumption of cycling activity and improves fertility in postpartum, suckled beef cows and heifers. Recently, he is concerned with identifying critical interactions of metabolites and metabolic hormones that are involved with reproductive endocrine function, disease and behavior in domestic and wild ruminant species. He has authored and co-author more than 60 refereed journal articles, 4 book chapters, 76 proceedings, and 170 abstracts. He has presented his research at local, state, regional, and national meetings and has been an invited speaker at 8 different venues. He was a co-PD on two instructional grants for ~$107,000, and over $1,000,000 in intra- and extramural funding. He is active in several professional organizations including the American Society of Animal Science, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Association of Chemical Senses, the Montana Academy of Sciences, and the Western Section of American Society of Animal Science. He served many times on the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Science, on the ASAS Physiology and Endocrinology Award Committee, ASAS Centennial Committee, the ASAS Physiology Awards Committee, and the ASAS National Awards Committee. For the WSASAS he has served twice as a member of the WSASAS Graduate Student Competition Committee, once as chair, WSASA Awards Committee, the Resolutions Committee, and the WSASAS Advising and Coordinating Committee. He was elected as WSASAS Secretary in 2013, and served as the President-Elect (2014), President (2015), and Past-President (2016). Dr. Berardinelli is clearly an accomplished researcher and teacher and has provided exemplar service throughout his distinguished 37-year career.
Distinguished Teacher Award
Clint Löest, New Mexico State University
Dr. Clint Löest completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science in South Africa, after which point he relocated to the United States to pursue and complete his doctorate in ruminant nutrition at Kansas State University in 2001. He currently serves as a full professor in ruminant nutrition with 60% research and 40% teaching responsibilities. Dr. Löest's research goals are to enhance nutrient utilization by evaluating and developing feeding programs that better meet the animal's requirements, and improving digestibility, bioavailability, and metabolism of nutrients. His laboratory explores mechanisms controlling nutrient utilization and metabolism, and their biological regulation in the whole animal. His accomplishments and mentorship reflect in the accomplishments of his graduate students, who are frequently recognized for excellence in scientific research and paper competitions. His ultimate reward is the ability of his graduate students to acquire competitive positions at government research facilities and universities.
Passionate in his subject area, Dr. Löest strives to not only be a teacher, but also a role model, promoting a good learning experience and encourage student responsibility for learning. His teaching philosophy is to use student-centered instruction that will encourage their involvement in setting goals and learning activities. Introducing students to an organized and structured subject matter of meaning and relevance to their own lives, he believes, stimulates curiosity and encouragement that are integral to student success.
H.A. (Bart) Lardner, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. H.A. (Bart) Lardner received his MSc (1993) and PhD (1998) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Lardner has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at University of Saskatchewan and a Research Scientist with Western Beef Development Centre for over 20 years where his research has focused on cow-calf management and forage and grazing research. His established research program has secured research grants totaling over $10 Million since 2002 and involves projects on water quality, pasture rejuvenation, novel annual and perennial forage species, extensive winter grazing systems, nutrient cycling management in cow-calf system, heifer development and application of genomic technology in breeding systems.
In 2013, Lardner, was the recipient of the Canadian Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service sponsored by Canadian Society of Animal Science, due to his ability to relate to beef and forage producers. Lardner’s down-to-earth style connects with those on the farm, and his focus has always been to not only report research results, but to help producers apply knowledge gained by research to improve their own operations. Producers have reported that they enjoy the practical perspective on highly technical information that he brings to his presentations. Lardner also received the Golden Harvest Award for his contributions to the Canadian beef and forage industry in 2008 and was nominated by the Agriculture Students Association for “Professor of the Year” in 2010 and 2015.
Lardner’s research program works closely with Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and beef producers to ensure applicability of results back to industry. These activities have resulted in the publication of over 160 articles and fact sheets in popular farm press, numerous YouTube videos and over 60 abstracts and 80 peer-reviewed scientific journal manuscripts. As an Adjunct Professor, Dr. Lardner has taught over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students in 6 different plant, range and animal sciences courses, advised 65 undergraduate and over 30 MSc and PhD graduate students.
Dr. Lardner has served the agriculture and animal science communities in many ways, including manuscript review and as a reviewer of provincial, national and international grant applications. Lardner has been active in the Canadian Society of Animal Science, serving as Director at Large, and is also a member of the American Society of Animal Science.
Dr. Lardner is regularly interviewed by journalists from all over North America and has conducted over 300 invited presentations about cow-calf nutrition, forage and pasture management, economics and profitability in Canada, United States, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Mongolia and China. His research program works closely with western Canadian beef and forage producers to ensure applicability of research results back to industry and has been funded nationally, provincially and by industry.
Young Scientist Award
Dustin Yates, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Yates was born and raised in the small “Cotton & Cattle” town of Weinert, Texas in the west-central part of the state. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 with a BS in animal science. After managing the graveyard shift in a large feed mill for a year, Dr. Yates returned to school at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and earned an MS in reproductive physiology with Dr. Mike Salisbury in 2006. His Master’s thesis examined the mitigating effects of seaweed extract on heat stress-induced subfertility in male goats. Dr. Yates then joined the lab of Dr. Tim Ross at New Mexico State University and graduated with a PhD in reproductive physiology in 2009. His dissertation produced eight manuscripts related to stress-induced male and female subfertility. In 2010, Dr. Yates began a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the lab of Dr. Sean Limesand at The University of Arizona. During this time, Dr. Yates gained many of the research skills and techniques that his lab uses today. His research with Dr. Limesand produced several key new pieces of information regarding metabolic fetal programming, as well as several novel laboratory and surgical techniques for studying fetal physiology. In March of 2014, Dr. Yates began his current faculty position at UNL as Animal Stress Physiologist in the Animal Science department. His research program focuses on the mechanisms for adaptive muscle growth and metabolic programming related to maternal stress, placental insufficiency, and intrauterine growth restriction. In addition, his lab studies the effects of stress on growing animals and how it affects their efficiency, quality, and value. He is a member of the Nebraska Center for Prevention of Obesity Diseases, American Society of Animal Science, Society for the Study of Reproduction, and Gamma Sigma Delta. Dr. Yates has advised/co-advised 2 PhD and 5 MS students and has authored/co-authored 22 research manuscripts, 12 proceedings papers, 19 abstracts, 3 invited seminars, and a book chapter. Dr. Yates and his wife reside in nearby Eagle, NE and have two wonderful young children.