Department Roundup : Department Roundup 2016 02 11

  1. Lilburn Awarded Charles Beard Research Excellence Award

    Dr. Michael Lilburn was awarded the 2016 Charles Beard Research Excellence Award January 26 from the US Poultry and Egg Association. The recognition took place at the International Poultry Scientific Forum at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA.

    "The goal of the Charles Beard Research Excellence Award is to recognize outstanding completed research projects, funded by USPOULTRY or the USPOULTRY Foundation, which have made a significant positive impact on the poultry industry."

    Read more about Dr. Lilburn and the award.

  2. Welcome!

    Dr. Anthony Parker recently joined the department as an associate professor based in Wooster.

    Dr. Elizabeth Parker recently joined the department as an associate professor-professional practice based in Wooster, with a shared appointment with ATI.

    Erin Weisgarber recently joined the department as an agricultural technician based in Wooster at the Beef and Sheep Research Center.

  3. Kunkle and Waldock Awards Open for Nomination

    2016 L. E. Kunkle Award: For the outstanding graduate student in the Department of Animal Sciences. The award is named for Professor Larry Kunkle who was a distinguished meat science faculty member in the Department of Animal Science for many years.

    If you have a graduate student you would like to nominate, please complete the attached application form and return it to Sarah Hancock ( by Monday, February 29th.

    2016 Waldock Award: Let seniors in Animal Sciences know - The Waldock Brothers Award recognizes an Outstanding Senior in Animal Sciences based on criteria including scholarship, leadership, and service to the Department of Animal Sciences, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University and the communities served.  The award originates with the Waldock Brothers, Jack and Bill, and recognized their dedication to high-quality education within the Department of Animal Sciences.

    The application materials and process are outlined on the following pages. Applications should be typed and returned to Dr. Steve Moeller via email ( by February 29, 2016.

  4. Funding Updates

    Dr. Ramesh Selvaraj received a subaward from the University of Arizona for a Found Animals Foundation, Inc., project based on a proposal titled “Enhancing the toxicity of GnRH- and multivalent targeted RIP conjugates to induce sterility”.

  5. Ohio State Quadrathlon

    --from Dr. Joseph Ottobre, advisor

    Six dedicated teams of students were involved.  It was very competitive, with exceedingly tight races in all events.  Members of the overall winning team are:

    • Emily Warnock
    • Marina Sweet
    • Jenne Braden
    • Wyatt Ford

    Congratulation to this team!!  This team is invited to represent Ohio State at the Midwest American Society of Animal Sciences meeting.  The event will be held on March 13 at Iowa State in Ames and on March 14 in Des Moines.

    The runner-up team is also strong, and they came in very close to the winning team.  They are:

    • Meghan Sanders
    • Sarah Harp
    • Taylor Kruse
    • Kayla Oxendale

    They are to be congratulated as well!!

    Many thanks to all of the volunteer participants, without which this would not be possible.  A special thanks goes to the Quadrathletes, who willingly spent two of their evenings working hard at these challenging events!!!

  6. Meat Judging

    --from Dr. Lyda Garcia, advisor

    The 2016 Ohio State University Meats Judging Team in the Department of Animal Sciences began a new year of competition. The 2016 meats judging team opened their season with their first competition, held on January 17th, placing 10th (out of 13) at the National Western contest in Denver, Colorado. This is the first time the Fightin’ Buckeyes competed in the National Western. The contest is held at JBS beef packing in Greely, CO, and a banquet is held at the National Western Stockshow in Denver, CO.

    Overall, The Fightin’ Buckeyes resulted  6th in Beef Judging; 6th in Pork Judging; and 6th in Lamb Judging as well as 7th in Total Placings and 7th in Total Reasons.

    April Rose, a junior majoring in Animal Sciences (minoring in Meat Science) from Conover, OH, individually placed fourth in pork judging, fifth in beef judging, and sixth in total reasons.

    Zachary Temple, a junior in Animal Sciences (minoring in Meat Science) from Mansfield, OH, individually placed second in beef judging.

    Additional students representing the Buckeyes at the National Western Contest include:

    • Caroline Miller, a sophomore from Lindsey, OH, double majoring in Meat Science and Agribusiness and Applied Economics
    • Ian Van Kirk, a senior from Alexandria, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences (majoring in Meat Science)
    • Chandler Hopkins, a junior from McConnelsville, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences (minoring in Meat Science)
    • Sierra Jepsen, a senior from Amanda, OH, majoring in Agribusiness & Applied Economics (minoring in Animal Science and Meat Science)
    • Nicole McKibben, a senior from New Vienna, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences, minoring in Meat Science
    • Allison Price, a freshman from Tiffin, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences (Biosciences)
    • Kristin Browne, a senior from Hudson, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences (minoring in Meat Science)
    • Jacob Copelin,  a junior from Fairbanks, Alaska, majoring in Animal Sciences (minoring in Nutrition and Meat Science)
    • Ethan Scheffler, a senior from Zanesville, OH, an Animal Sciences major (minoring in Meat Science)
    • Emily Warnock, a junior from Columbus, OH, majoring in Animal Sciences (minoring in Meat Science)

    “This first contest helps us get a good picture where we are as a team and individually in preparation of upcoming competitions. Considering other universities have packing plants in their backyards, I truly believe our Buckeyes did well. The goal is to strengthen their weaknesses and perfect their strengths.” said Garcia.

    The Buckeyes are preparing for their next contest, Iowa Invitational Meat Judging Contest in Aimes, IA, February 13th, 2016. Currently, the meat judging team has started practicing on Saturday mornings in addition to weekly practices.

    The 2016 Meats Judging team is coached by graduate student Trey Garza from McAllen, Texas, and supervised by the Meat Judging Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Meat Science, Dr. Lyda G. Garcia.

  7. Dairy Judging

    --from Bonnie Ayars, coach

    The OSU Dairy Judging Team of Laura Bond, Colton Harstine, Ella Jackson, and Meghan Sanders participated in the contest located at the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas on Sunday, January 17.  The team finished 2nd in the Jersey breed and Ella Jackson was 5th high individual overall.  She also placed in the top 5 in two breeds, as well as 3rd high individual in reasons.  With 14 participating teams, this winter destination continues to grow in popularity!

    The trip also included many local locations of cultural interest and visits to dairy farms who offered classes for us to evaluate.  Both also had active niche market businesses and shared their expertise on this topic.

  8. In the News

    Ohio Pork Congress Highlights
    Ohio's Country Journal: feat. the late Dr. Gene Isler, emeritus professor, Department of Animal Sciences, recipient of the Pork Industry Excellence Award

    Animal science professor earns research award
    The Lantern: feat. Dr. Mike Lilburn

    Vanco honored with cattlemen’s club scholarship
    My Daily Tribune: feat. Josie Vanco, animal sciences major

    Top 10 most downloaded JAS articles of 2015
    ASAS Taking Stock: feat. Drs. Sandy Velleman, Jeff Firkins, and Zhongtang Yu

    New Ohio State club takes students back to their childhood
    The Lantern: feat. Jaclyn Camus, a second-year student in animal sciences

    Buckeye Dairy News
    January 2016 issue available

    Ohio State alumna working toward Olympic dreams after lone year of club sport
    The Lantern: feat. animal sciences alumna Katiann Scherer

    Burger Chain Shares Their "Beef Story" with Producers
    The Progressive Farmer: feat. Dr. Henry Zerby

    CFAES faculty among recipients of Ohio State-Brazil grants
    CFAES News: feat. Dr. Thaddeus Ezeji.

    Beef 509 Workshop Offers Producers Harvesting Insights
    Ohio Ag Connection

  9. Unique Funding Opportunity

    “The Ohio State University has launched a new online crowdfunding platform for fundraising that will allow donors to give directly to projects that they find compelling. Buckeye Funder assists Ohio State faculty, staff and students in raising awareness about causes and achieving their fundraising goals.The initiative kicked off this month with four projects that need donations to move forward...Buckeye Funder is open to project teams of students, staff or faculty who need fundraising support for their schools, programs or initiatives such as service trips, events, scholarships, research or other Ohio State-specific ventures."

    Read more about Buckeye Funder on the Ohio State news site.

  10. Upcoming Events

    First Annual CFAES Gender Initiative Symposium
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 -
    8:30am to 3:00pm

    A Novel Nutritional Approach to Rearing Organic Pastured Broiler Chickens. Part 2
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

    Beef Cattle School 2016
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

    Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge
    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (All day) to Friday, February 19, 2016

    CFAES Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Forum
    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Beef 509
    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum
    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Beef 509
    Saturday, February 27, 2016

    The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production
    Thursday, March 3, 2016 (AS212)
    10:00am to 11:00am

    Russell Klein Nutrition Research Symposium
    Thursday, March 3, 2016 -
    8:00am to 5:00pm

    CFAES Alumni Awards Program
    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    2016 Midwest Section Meeting ASAS
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 to Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Spring Break
    Monday, March 14, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016

  11. Recently Published / Presented

    Hu C, Rea C, Yu Z, Lee J. 2016. Relative importance of microcystis abundance and diversity in determining microcystin dynamics in lake erie coastal wetland and downstream beach water. J Appl Microbiol 120(1):138-51.

    Pempek JA, Eastridge ML, Swartzwelder SS, Daniels KM, Yohe TT. 2016. Housing system may affect behavior and growth performance of jersey heifer calves. J Dairy Sci 99(1):569-78.

    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.