By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
August 25, 2016 – Dr. Reinaldo F. Cooke was named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist Award by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), during its annual meeting last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Cooke is an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). He leads an active research program focused on management strategies to improve productivity of forage-based cow-calf operations, including cattle nutrition, health, growth, and reproductive responses. His research findings have resulted in invitations to speak at numerous local, national, and international events.
Dr. Cooke has authored or coauthored 71 refereed journal articles, 2 book chapters, 44 proceedings papers, 21 peer reviewed extension articles, 80 conference abstracts, 34 station reports, and 35 popular press articles. To date he has mentored 9 M.S. students, 4 Ph.D. students, and 27 interns. He is also the editor of the Oregon Beef Council Research Report, OSU Beef Research Report, OSU Beef Cattle Library, and co-chair of the Western Beef Resource Committee’s Cattle Producer’s Handbook. Furthermore, Dr. Cooke has secured a total of $3,168,651 from private and public, national, and international institutions.
Dr. Cooke currently serves on the WSASAS Strategic Committee, routinely provides reviews for several refereed journals, and currently serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science (Animal Production). He has also served on grant review panels for the USDA-NIFA and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. In addition, Dr. Cooke teaches several undergraduate classes as invited lecturer, co-instructs a graduate level course at OSU, and teaches graduate courses at the São Paulo State University (Brazil). Reinaldo and his wife Flavia are the proud parents of two boys, Victor and Lucas, and a beautiful little girl, Isabella.
The Young Scientist Award recognizes outstanding research achievement by young members of the WSASAS. The Young Scientist Award is sponsored by WSASAS.
The WSASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 700 students, animal scientists, and producers in the western region.