Alumni Newsletter : Alumni Newsletter - Autumn 2018

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  1. Our Animal Sciences alumni are making the news!

  2. The Department of Animal Sciences remembers members of our community we have lost.


    Lois N. George, 96, passed away on Nov. 8, 2018. She retired after many enjoyable years of service from the Ohio State University, working in the Animal Science Department Meat Laboratory. Her obituary can be found here.


  3. The CFAES Alumni Society has selected two Animal Sciences alumni for awards at the 2019 CFAES Alumni Awards Program. Dr. Bo Harstine, MS '13 and PhD '16 both in Animal Sciences, was selected for the Young Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Leandro Cruppe, MS '11 and PhD '15 both in Animal Sciences, was selected for the International Alumni Award. Both Harstine and Cruppe were nominated by Dr.

  4. The Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian firm Agersens to do research on a virtual fence for livestock. 

  5. Once again the Department of Animal Sciences Chair, Dr. John Foltz, has shared his train sets to help decorate our offices. However, this year, both 110 Animal Science Building and 116 Plumb Hall had trains. Canned and boxed food items were collected by both offices in a friendly competition to see which train set could collect the most items. The boxes will be counted after the holidays and taken to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

  6. You may have heard that the Department of Animal Sciences hosted a bacon vending machine during the last two weeks of classes. News of the machine went viral with national and international coverage.

  7. The Processed Meats (MEATSCI 4510) class presented its final products to visitors who wanted to taste and judge the students' creations. Individuals or teams produced a variety of meat products. The students had to include proper labeling, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) safety plan, and a marketing and advertising plan in their final presentation. The course was taught by Dr. Macdonald Wick, associate professor, with HAACP assistance from Dr. Lynn Knipe, associate professor in the departments of animal and food sciences.

  8. In honor of Thanksgiving, Expertscape recognized 10 individuals and 10 institutions for their pre-eminent contributions to the understanding and treatment of Turkey Science.

  9. The 104th Annual Saddle & Sirloin Little "I" (International) was held October 20th, at the Beef, Swine, and Equine Centers in Columbus. The Little "I" events consisted of showmanship competitions in five livestock species (horses, swine, pig, sheep, and beef cattle).

    Advanced Division Winners:

  10. The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team spent the last part of the autumn semester preparing for the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). NWSS will be held in Denver during January.

    The team traveled over 3,000 miles and judged over 50 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and hogs.

    The team would like to thank the following groups for allowing them to stop and evaluate their livestock:

  11. This year's Buckeye Classic Meat Judging Contest featured a unique competition, the "Dean Team" (led by CFAES Dean Cathann Kress) vs. "Flash Team" (led by Animal Sciences Chair John Foltz). Both teams featured industry and educational leaders. Flash Team won the contest, with Animal Sciences alum (B.S. '13) Dr. Bailey Harsh leading the way in points. Dr. Harsh may have been a ringer, she had been a member of the Ohio State Meat Judging Team as a student.

  12. The Ohio State University Dairy Judging Team had a busy and successful autumn semester.

  13. The Ohio State Poultry Judging Team recently competed in the 53rd National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on November 5th & 6th, 2018. The team placed 2nd in the Egg Production & Quality Division; 6th in the Breed Selection & Carcass Quality Division; and 5th overall. Allison Rapp (Animal Biosciences sophomore) was the high individual in the Egg Production & Quality Division, as well as the 6th high individual overall.

  14. A lot can happen within an academic advising appointment; courses, extracurricular activities, and internships are often discussed, and graduation plans are made. But for Animal Sciences major and Army ROTC member Kellie Garrity, she learned that The Ohio State University did not have a student organization to support the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

  15. For over 20 years, Dr. Lynn Knipe, associate professor of food and animal sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, has provided training as part of the Meat Science Extension program.

  16. The Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research and Education (CHAIRE) plans to use therapy dogs with children whose families have been affected by opioid use. The dogs will provide emotional support and help the youngsters cope with what they've endured.

  17. Dr. Lyda G. Garcia’s efforts to promote higher education and the Ohio State Meat Science program has led to a unique opportunity for two Puerto Rican students.

  18. Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia has been named a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare, the only swine veterinarian in Ohio to earn such a designation.

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