March 18, 2016

Midwest undergrads big on science


March 17, 2016 – Undergraduate student competitions at the 2016 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, included oral and poster competitions, as well as an Academic Quadrathlon. The student competition awards are sponsored by the ASAS Foundation Gretchen Hill Appreciation Club, and AFIA/iFeeder. Here are the results of the undergraduate student oral and poster competitions. See results of the graduate student oral and poster competitions here.

Undergraduate Oral Competition I 

1st place – Abstract #406: Differential expression of genes in the liver associated with gain and intake in beef steers.  C.M. Zarek*1, A. K. Lindholm-Perry2, and H. C. Freetly3, 1U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE, 2USDA, ARS, US MARC, Clay Center, NE, 3USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

2nd place – Abstract #402: Circulating blood urea nitrogen and glucose concentrations of neonatal beef calves during the first 72 hours.  K.A. Pearl*1, J. M. Larson1, and A. M. Meyer2, 1Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2University of Missouri, Columbia

3rd place – Abstract #401: Impact of initiating a fixed-time AI program on herd calving date and weaning weight.  L.K. Quail*1, R. A. Cushman2, and G. A. Perry3, 1South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, 2USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE, 3Department of Animal Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings

Undergraduate Oral Competition II  

1st place Abstract #408: Determining the standardized ileal digestible lysine requirement of 6.8to 15.9 kg pigs.  C.M. Vier*, I. B. De Souza, J. A. De Jong, M. A. D. Goncalves, A. M. Jones, R. D. Goodband, M. D. Tokach, J. M. DeRouchey, J. C. Woodworth, and S. S. Dritz, Kansas State University, Manhattan

2nd place Abstract # 414: Influence of semen handling on post-thaw sperm motility.  C.L. Mogck*and G. A. Perry, Department of Animal Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings

3rd place Abstract #412: Concentrations of progesterone, estrogen, and insulin in serum during early pregnancy in crossbred Angus beef heifers.  T.L. Ellig*1, K. J. McLean1, C. R. Dahlen1,2, P. P. Borowicz1,2, L. P. Reynolds1,2, and J. S. Caton 1,2, 1North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy, Fargo, ND

Undergraduate Poster Competition I

1st place Abstract #419: Effects of diets containing psyllium seed husks on carcass composition, fatty acid profile, and cholesterol of rabbits.  K.M. Jones*1, B. C. Shanks1, J. D. Caldwell2, J. A. Apple3, B. R. Wiegand4, L. S. Wilbers1, T. M. Johnson3, A. L. Bax1, C. L. Thomas1, K. L. Basinger1,3, and J. W. S. Yancey3, 1Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO, 2Purina Animal Nutrition Center LLC, Gray Summit, MO, 3 Department of Animal Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 4University of Missouri, Columbia

2nd place Abstract #418: Corpus luteum blood flow correlation with circulating progesterone during the bovine estrous cycle.  A. Egloff*, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

3rd place Abstract #415: Characterizing body temperature and movement differences at the onset of estrus in replacement gilts.  K.A. Shade*1, K. R. Stewart2, and J. S. Johnson1, 1USDA-ARS Live-stock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, IN, 2Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Undergraduate Poster Competition II 

1st place Abstract #421:Development of an imaging technique using clinical CT-scans to detect osteochondritic-like lesions in femoral growth plates of growing pigs.  N. Gross*, S. Oldenburg, J. Lawinger, M. Grez, and T. D. Crenshaw, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2nd place Abstract # 422: Evaluation of perennial switchgrass as a replacement for cornstalks in high sulfur beef cattle diets.  A.K. Reis*1, R. Ostrem1, K. J. Heiderscheit1, O. N. Genther-Schroed-er1, C. A. Clark2, D. D. Loy1, and S. L. Hansen1, 1Iowa State University, Ames, 2Armstrong Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, Iowa State University, Lewis

3rd place  Abstract #425: Effects of foliar fungicide application on the growing corn plant.  K. Robinson*1, C. Kalebich1, G. M. Fellows2, and F. C. Cardoso1, 1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2BASF Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC

About the photo: (Left to right) Katalin Jones, Lincoln University; Austin Egloff, Purdue University; Kevin Shade, USDA-ARS, placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, in the Undergraduate Poster Competition I.

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