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Department Roundup : Department Roundup 2015 07 06
Welcome to the Department of Animal Sciences newsletter. The newsletter is now known as the Department Roundup instead of the Monthly Roundup.
We will be moving to a more frequent format to communicate shorter bits of news as they happen. Send along your submissions, and they'll go in the next version.
A Good Day for a Party
Spring Dean’s List
Students completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for any given term will be named to the Dean's List for that term in the college in which they are enrolled. The following students majoring in animal sciences or meat science are on the Dean's List for Spring semester 2015.
Albert Joey Brown
Dennis Logan Morris
Meghan Sanders *
* Denotes 4.0
Art Meets Meat
How do art and agriculture relate? At Ohio State, that question is being considered under its Discovery Themes. Dr. Michael Mercil, Professor, Department of Art, is aligned with the Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health, an area of inquiry through Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative. And as an extension of this theme is his new May session seminar “Re-imagining Ohio Food Landscapes from Mound City to Bob Evans Farm” (Art 5890). As the class came to a close the first week of June, the students spent some time in the Department of Animal Sciences meat science laboratory with Dr. Lyda Garcia, assistant professor of meat science.
The purpose of the course according to Dr. Mercil is to “become aware of and think deeply about the language, imagery and sense of place that food systems represent in a dramatically changing global environment.” (To learn more about the course, visit the Discovery Themes blog post “Pondering the Invisible Landscape of Food”.)
Students, whose studies range from art to the environment and many topics in between, delved into the three aspects of the seminar’s focus as they toured the meat lab and posed questions to Dr. Garcia. Their inquiries covered topics as diverse as gender breakdown in the meat industry to hormones and antibiotics to ritual slaughter. In the course of the conversation, Dr. Garcia explained the safety and health priorities that govern all meat facilities, including those at Ohio State, and described other facets of meat production, including animal welfare, economics, terminology, nutrition, waste streams and usage, animal diets, ethics, traceability, and labeling—too many topics to cover in less than two hours. She welcomed all questions and encouraged her audience to seek answers to future questions from her and others who work in animal agriculture.
If you haven't had a chance to meet Dr. Garcia, read more about her story at her link.
The ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting runs July 12-16 in Orlando, Florida. Scope out your colleagues’ presentations in the Program.
“Global animal health and nutrition leader Alltech will showcase 15 abstracts at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Orlando, Florida, from July 12-16.” Among these are:
The effects of nitrate or live yeast culture on methane mitigation in a continuous culture system C. Massie*, B. Wenner, A. Gehman, Z. Yu, K. Wrighton and J. Firkins
News and Events
The 2015 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for July 11, 2015 at Schoolhouse Shropshires in Xenia, Ohio. More information about registration, program topics, and contacts: click here.
Animal Sciences students and alumni as Select Sires Inc. summer Interns
Sakomura NK, Silva EP, Dorigam JCP, Gous RM, St-Pierre N. 2015. Modeling amino acid requirements of poultry. Journal of Applied Poultry Research 24(2):267-82.
Dr. Ron Kensinger, professor and former chair, retired June 30.
Dr. Eric England, assistant professor, meat science, started July 1. His office will be 122D Animal Science building, Columbus, once renovations are complete later in July.
Ms. Sarah Hancock, graduate program coordinator, started June 8. Her office is 110J Animal Science building, Coumbus.
EngageOSU Now Available
OSU Libraries Research Commons offers a new tool to "explore the breadth of research expertise that Ohio State has to offer". Search for faculty members on EngageOSU to see how it works. Click around to see its capabilities.