By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
August 15, 2016 – Dr. Rhonda K. Miller was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Meats Research Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Miller grew up on a livestock/crop operation in Holyoke, CO and earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE. Dr. Miller was Director of Research for Monfort, Inc. and developed over 300 meat products. She joined the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. As a Professor in Meat Science, Dr. Miller teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Meat and Sensory Science and is Director of the Sensory Testing Facility.
Dr. Miller’s research has focused on pre- and post-harvest factors affecting the palatability and quality of red meat, development of automated grading technology, and the use of non-meat ingredients to improve meat quality. Currently, she is examining consumer attitudes and acceptance of beef flavor. She has published 118 journal articles, 60 extension publications, 148 abstracts, 8 book chapters, trained 60 graduate students, and obtained $10 million in grant dollars. She is active in the ASAS and is president-elect of the American Meat Science Association.
The ASAS Meats Research Award stimulates research excellence in meat science. The research upon which the award is based is either basic or applied research in any phases of meat science and published in the 10 years immediately preceding the award. The ASAS Meats Research Award is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.
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