Department Roundup : Department Roundup 2016 01 07

  1. Velleman Leads New Initiative

    Dr. Sandy Velleman is leading a new task force with support from the Office of Equity and Inclusion in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Among other goals, the Gender Initiative will "identify and create a support structure that will lead to retention and advancement of women's careers in the agricultural and  natural sciences." The task force will be hosting its first event Tuesday, February 16, 2016: Your Career on a Continuum: Building the Skill Set for Your Lifelong Journey.

    "The symposium will consist of various sessions delving into topics such as career challenges and alternative options, work-life balance, conflict resolution, and the tenure process.  One main highlight will be the keynote address, The Crooked Path, by Dr. Christine Daugherty, VP of Sustainable Food Production for Tyson foods. The main location will be in the 4-H Center Auditorium in Columbus, but there will be a remote viewing location with facilitators in Fisher Auditorium in Wooster...The event is free-of-charge and will include a continental breakfast and lunch to those pre-registered."  Register no later than Friday, February 5, 2016.  Contact Sandy Velleman or Jared Morrison with questions or concerns.

  2. Meat Science Students Create New Products

    December 9 marked a yummy time of year...time for tasting the final products created by MEATSCI 4510 students. This year's menu included a variety of tasty items developed and produced by student teams. All products are USDA inspected and labeled according to USDA guidelines. Students also developed a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) safety plan and a marketing plan, including advertising. On tap were JerkYum Apricot Beef Jerky Bar, Lip Smackin' Bacon Jack, Teriyaki Jalapeño Ham Jerky, Milk Stout Corned Beef, Cranberry Bison Jerky, Mango Chipotle Snack Sticks, Sriracha Garlic Brat Patties, and Ambrosia Gyro Patties.

    Dr. Mick Wick, Ron Cramer, and Tom Katen instruct the class.

  3. Recent Funding

    Dr. Teddy Ezeji was awarded a São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) / The Ohio State University mobility grant under the scientific cooperation agreement signed by the institutions. The funded project is with Adriano Pinto Mariano (Faculdade de Engenharia Química / Unicamp) and titled “Energy-efficient production of butanol (an advanced biofuel) from eucalyptus wood.” Read more.

  4. Welcome!

    You already know them and have interacted with them, but we neglected to formally welcome via this newsletter two new faculty members. Dr. Chanhee Lee and Dr. Alejandro Relling joined the faculty autumn semester as assistant professors of nutrient management and ruminant nutrition, respectively, and are located in Wooster.

    In addition, Phyllis Dieter has joined the department as Research Associate for Drs. Lee and Relling. Phyllis was previously a research technician at NAEWS in Coshocton. Nikki Berry, Ag Tech at the Beef/Sheep Research Unit, has left the department to pursue other opportunities.

    Please welcome our new graduate students starting spring semester:

    • Dennis Morris, MS (Advisor: Chanhee Lee)
    • Elizabeth Ramsuchit, MS (Advisor: Eric England)
    • Revathi Shanmugasundaram, PhD (Advisor: Michael Lilburn)
  5. In the News

    Georgia: UGA Poultry Science Program Gets New Leader From Purdue
    AGFAX: feat. Todd Applegate, Ohio State Animal Sciences alumnus (PhD; advisor: Mike Lilburn)

    Animal ag issues take center stage at Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium
    Ohio's Country Journal, feat. Roger High

    CFAES News: feat. April Boehnen, animal sciences major, and Shades of Animal Sciences and Poultry Science Club
    CFAES News: feat. Dr. Steve Moeller
 feat. Matt Funderburgh, animal sciences alumnus
    Madison Press: feat. Deb Miller, animal sciences alumna
    CFAES: feat. Dr. Sandy Velleman
    CCOF: feat. alumna Jessie Maier
    Pig Progress: Article by Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia
    Ohio's Country Journal, feat. Irv Bell, alumnus, recipient along with his wife, Jean, of Ohio Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
    CFAES News
    Eleven Warriors: feat. Taylor Decker, animal science senior
    ESPN. feat. Taylor Decker, senior, animal sciences
    The Columbus Dispatch. Feat. Dr. Michael Lilburn
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. feat. alumnus Kenneth Turteltaub
    CFAES News: feat. Dr. Michael Lilburn
    Farm and Dairy: feat. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Extension Specialist and founder of DairyPalooza


  6. Research Development and Grant Writing News

    Topics for December included:

    • Avoiding the Mule's Kick at NSF
    • Writing Grants to the Department of Education
    • Heuristic White Papers Build Teams & Ideas
    • NSF FY 2015 Financial Report
    • Proposal Writing Tips for Non-Native English Speakers
    • Agency News, Reports, and New Funding Opportunities (log-in required)

  7. The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting

    The Annual Meeting will be held on April 16, 2016 at Ohio University.

    “In an effort to include more students and professionals who may already be presenting their research on a campus this fall or spring, OAS is opening a second Call for Abstracts that will run from December 14 - January 31.

    Abstracts submitted during this second call MUST undergo peer-review at the college or university level. Since these abstracts will not be peer-reviewed by OAS, the abstracts will not be in The Ohio Journal of Science version of the meeting program. However, these abstracts WILL be in a Just-in-Time section in the online version of the program and printed in a separate insert that will be distributed at the meeting.

    There will be limited space available for this second call, so we encourage interested scientists to submit early.”

  8. Recently Published / Presented

    Almeida AK, Resende KT, St-Pierre N, Silva SP, Soares DC, Fernandes MHMR, Souza AP, Silva NCD, Lima ARC, Teixeira IAMA. 2015. Energy requirements for growth in male and female saanen goats. J Anim Sci 93(8):3932-40.

    Artuso-Ponte V, Moeller S, Rajala-Schultz P, Medardus JJ, Munyalo J, Lim K, Gebreyes WA. 2015. Supplementation with quaternary benzo(c) phenanthridine alkaloids decreased salivary cortisol and salmonella shedding in pigs after transportation to the slaughterhouse. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease 12(11):891-7.

    Boerman JP, Firkins JL, St-Pierre NR, Lock AL. 2015. Intestinal digestibility of long-chain fatty acids in lactating dairy cows: A meta-analysis and meta-regression. J Dairy Sci 98(12):8889-903.

    Booyse DG, Dehority BA, Myburgh JG. 2015. The effect of acid drinking water on rumen protozoa in the blesbok (damaliscus dorcas phillipsi). Zootaxa 4052(5):577-82.

    England EM, Matarneh SK, Oliver EM, Apaoblaza A, Scheffler TL, Shi H, Gerrard DE. 2016. Excess glycogen does not resolve high ultimate pH of oxidative muscle. Meat Sci 114:95-102.

    Li Y, Shi J, Nelson MC, Chen P, Graf J, Li Y, Yu Z. 2016. Impact of different ratios of feedstock to liquid anaerobic digestion effluent on the performance and microbiome of solid-state anaerobic digesters digesting corn stover. Bioresour Technol 200:744-52.

    Lv W, Zhang W, Yu Z. 2016. Volume ratios between the thermophilic and the mesophilic digesters of a temperature-phased anaerobic digestion system affect their performance and microbial communities. New Biotechnology 33(1):245-54.

    Scheffler TL, Matarneh SK, England EM, Gerrard DE. 2015. Mitochondria influence postmortem metabolism and pH in an in vitro model. Meat Sci 110:118-25.

    Sheets JP, Ge X, Li Y, Yu Z, Li Y. 2016. Biological conversion of biogas to methanol using methanotrophs isolated from solid-state anaerobic digestate. Bioresour Technol 201:50-7.

    Shin S, Song Y, Ahn J, Kim E, Chen P, Yang S, Suh Y, Lee K. 2015. A novel mechanism of myostatin regulation by its alternative splicing variant during myogenesis in avian species. American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology 309(10):C650-9.

    Ujor V, Bharathidasan AK, Michel FC, Jr., Ezeji TC, Cornish K. 2015. Butanol production from inulin-rich chicory and taraxacum kok-saghyz extracts: Determination of sugar utilization profile of clostridium saccharobutylicum P262. Industrial Crops and Products 76:739-48.

    Velleman SG. 2015. Relationship of skeletal muscle development and growth to breast muscle myopathies: A review. Avian Dis 59(4):525-31.

    Weiss WP, Simons CT, Ekmay RD. 2015. Effects of feeding diets based on transgenic soybean meal and soybean hulls to dairy cows on production measures and sensory quality of milk. J Dairy Sci 98(12):8986-93.