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Alumni Newsletter: Animal Sciences Alumni Newsletter - Summer 2020

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  1. Our Animal Sciences alumni are making the news!

    Information courtesy of CFAES Office of Advancement:

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

    Dr. Bobby Vanstavern MS Animal Science 1956, PhD Animal Scinece 1960 - Meat scientist, branded beef leader VanStavern passes away

  3. Dr. Jeffrey Firkins was named a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and will be honored at the 2020 ADSA annual meeting that will be held virtually due to COVID-19 on June 22-24, 2020. 

  4. The Department of Animal Sciences hosted a virtual Student Celebration of Excellence on April 28, 2020 to honor the achievements of undergraduate seniors and graduate students.  The email invitation to dress-up and celebrate was sent out to the students, their families, faculty, and staff.

  5. Dr. Benjamin Bohrer will be joining the Animal Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor on August 15, 2020.  Since 2016, Ben has been on faculty at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada as an assistant professor of meat science and technology in the Department of Food Science. Ben completed his university education focusing on meat science and muscle biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD in 2016) and The Ohio State University (MSc in 2013 and BSc in 2011). Research themes of Dr.

  6. Dr. Jessica Pempek returns to the Department of Animal Sciences as an Assistant Professor and Animal Welfare Specialist on July 15, 2020. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between housing and management practices and animal health, welfare, and behavior. The goals of her extension program will be to: engage with Ohio youth to help them learn more about animal welfare, and help producers implement and assure best housing and management practices as animal welfare science continues to evolve.

  7. The Ohio State University, Department of Animal Sciences is proud to announce that Dr. Lyda Garcia is the recipient of the Educator Award presented by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).

  8. The CFAES Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research & Education (CHAIRE) was originally scheduled to hold their Inaugural Research Symposium on Tuesday April 7. During this unprecedented time of holding events in the future, Co-Directors Dr. Kelly George and Dr. Tony Parker and Program Coordinator Brittany Fischer decided it was best to hold the symposium virtually and give all of the hardworking researchers the opportunity to showcase their research this spring.

  9. Congratulations to the 2020 graduating Department of Animal Sciences graduate students!  A virtual celebration was held on May, 5 2020.  Dr. John Foltz, Chair, and Dr. Jim Kinder, Graduate Studies Chair, welcomed faculty, staff, graduate students, and their attending families.  

    Congratulations to the graduating students and good luck in your future endeavors!,

    Whitney Briggs (Image not available)
    Advisor: Lisa Bielke
    Whitney is currently working as a Research Associate in the Department of Animal Sciences

  10. Joonbum Lee, a PH.D. student in Dr. Kichoon Lee’s Functional Genomics Laboratory recently received the 2020 William E. Krauss Director’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Researc

  11. Department of Animal Sciences alumni and current graduate students received awards at the 2020 American Society of Animal Sciences (ASAS)-American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Midwest Annual Meeting. The meeting was held March 2-4 in Omaha, NE. Animal Sciences Professor, Dr. Steven Moeller, is serving as President of the ASAS Midwest Section for 2019-2020 and played an important role in the planning and execution of the meeting.

    2020 Award Winners

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