By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
August 15, 2016 – Dr. Josie A. Coverdale was named the recipient of the 2016 Equine Science Society (ESS) and American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Equine Science Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Family, friends, and colleagues also paid tribute to her during the annual Heritage Lunch.
Dr. Coverdale (born in Jefferson, IA and raised in Krum, TX) earned degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S., Animal Science; 1998) and Iowa State University (M.S. and Ph.D., Animal Nutrition; 2000 and 2003, respectively). Dr. Coverdale was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (2003-2006) and joined Texas A&M University’s Equine Science Section in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Equine Science Section Leader in 2015. A February 2016 traffic accident led to the premature passing of Dr. Coverdale.
Dr. Coverdale’s research focused on fetal programming, promotion of foal health, and the gut microbiome. She also studied nutraceutical modulation of synovial inflammatory molecules associated with arthritis. Dr. Coverdale taught graduate and undergraduate equine science and animal nutrition courses and mentored over 25 graduate students. She presented nutrition information to equine producers in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coverdale was an outstanding representative of the ASAS.
The ESS and ASAS Equine Science Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of extension, research, teaching or agribusiness in the equine industry. Recognition is made for serving the missions of ESS and ASAS in the discovery, dissemination, and/or application of knowledge that has benefitted the equine industry. The ESS and ASAS Equine Science Award is sponsored by the Zinpro Corporation.
The ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 6,000 students, animal scientists, and producers around the world.
Photo: Mark Coverdale accepts the Equine Science Award on behalf of Dr. Josie Coverdale. He is pictured with Dr. Connie Larson, Zinpro Corporation.