Category Archives: Faculty

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo changes leadership

Redden assumes interim center director role, Walker returns to full-time research By Susan Himes; Susan.Himes@ag.tamu.edu The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo has a new interim director. Reid Redden, Ph.D., is expanding his role by joining Texas A&M AgriLife Research as the part-time interim center director. This is in addition to his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service affiliation, where he currently serves as the sheep and goat specialist. “I am looking forward to the opportunity of taking on a leadership role here at the center and getting… Read More →

Dunlap receives Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Award

By Laura Muntean, laura.muntean@agnet.tamu.edu Kathrin Dunlap celebrated for creating meaningful learning experiences The Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University has named Kathrin Dunlap, Ph.D., instructional associate professor and associate head for academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, and nine other faculty members across Texas A&M as inaugural recipients of the Provost Academic Professional Track Teaching Excellence Award. The Center for Teaching Excellence created this new award in an effort to encourage, recognize and reward faculty for exceptional teaching practices that create meaningful… Read More →

Boardman joins Department of Animal Science as lecturer, judging team coordinator

COLLEGE STATION – Caleb Boardman will join the Department of Animal Science on Dec. 1, as a lecturer and livestock judging coordinator. Boardman will be responsible for teaching general animal science production systems and livestock evaluation classes in addition to advising and coordinating the intercollegiate livestock judging and meat animal activities. He will also assist with youth Extension and livestock judging programs and serve as a recruiter for the department. “Texas A&M University is one of the strongest and storied judging programs in the country,” said Dr. Cliff… Read More →

The honest approach that changed the meat science industry

By Emily Lochner                     It’s just after midnight in Washington, D.C., January 1993, and the phone is ringing. “Hello?” “Russell, we’ve got a problem in Seattle.” The phone call came from the President’s Chief of Staff. The recipient was Dr. Russell Cross, Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem? Over 600 reported cases and four deaths caused by E. coli 0157:H7, the result of undercooked hamburgers served by Jack… Read More →

Department of Animal Science faculty members edit new book, “Animal Agriculture”

By Dr. Guoyao Wu Three Animal Science faculty members (Fuller Bazer, G. Cliff Lamb, and Guoyao Wu) edited a new book “Animal Agriculture: Sustainability, Challenges and Innovations” (558 pages; Paperback ISBN: 9780128170526; eBook ISBN: 9780128170533) that was published by Academic Press on October 26, 2019. The cost of the book is US $160 (https://www.elsevier.com/books/animal-agriculture/bazer/978-0-12-817052-6). Contributing faculty members from our Department are Drs. Fuller Bazer, Cliff Lamb, Ky Pohler, Stephen Smith, Luis Tedeschi, Travis R. Whitney and Guoyao Wu, and our contributing graduate students are Pedro Fontes, Hector Manuel Menendez, III, and Nicola Oosthuizen…. Read More →

Two Researchers Awarded Grants to Commemorate Soft Bones 10th Anniversary and Hypophosphatasia Awareness Day

BOONTON, N.J., Oct. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — To commemorate hypophosphatasia awareness day, Soft Bones, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing information, education and support to those affected by hypophosphatasia (HPP), is pleased to award its tenth annual Maher Family Grant to Dana Gaddy, Ph.D., Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University to study a sheep model for hypophosphatasia; and Dobrawa Napierala, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Oral Biology at the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; to study adolescents and adults with HPP. In commemoration of its tenth anniversary, Soft Bones… Read More →

Koo joins faculty, sharing joint appointment with ANSC & TVMDL

Dr. Sunwoo Koo joined the faculty as an assistant professor for research in August 2019. Koo received a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Iowa State University in 2001 and earned his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 2008. After earning his doctoral degree, Koo pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and also worked as an assistant research scientist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. While there, his research focused largely on glioblastoma…. Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2019 edition

By Jeff Savell The Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Program of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th, 2019. The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and activities were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex. This was the tenth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011, and two of them held in 2016. Introductions to Barbecue Summer… Read More →

Setting up an African Elephant “BQA”

Ted Friend, retired Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, recently returned from two weeks near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, helping to get the private owners of elephants in Southern Africa organized to start an animal welfare assurance program, similar to the successful BQA.  The populations of elephants in the federal parks in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries soared to the point of necessitating a major culling program 20 years ago, and the parks are similarly becoming overcrowded with elephants again.  Private land… Read More →

BBQ and Business

By Steven Mancillas The Business & BBQ Professional Development Wisdom Workshop united two very different parts of campus – the Business Honors program and the Meat Science group in the Department of Animal Science. The event highlighted three unique elements that characterize the Mays Business School experience: passion, culture, and community. To begin, in the Business Honors program, a Professional Development event serves to foster the growth of students both personally and professionally. A majority of the events consist of meeting with industry leaders (Mays Leadership Forum), hearing… Read More →