Category Archives: Former Students

A One of a Kind Collection Reaches a Major Milestone

By Dennis O’Brien When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring, it went largely unnoticed. But the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection knew they had reached a milestone. The boar semen was the one millionth sample of animal germplasm to arrive at the facility, which began operating in 1999. “It was a pretty big moment for us,” says geneticist Harvey Blackburn, who leads the ARS National Animal Germplasm Program, based in Fort… Read More →

Former student elected to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Thomas Spencer, a former student of the department, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive. The NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Tianti Carter

Tianti Carter was crowned as the 2017 Miss Rodeo Texas on Thursday, June 15th at the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant coronation in San Antonio, Texas. Carter is a 21 year old native of Fort Worh, Texas, and represented as Miss Rodeo Austin during the pageant, also winning the prestigious category of horsemanship. In addition to earning an incredible prize package, Carter will receive a scholarship sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Texas Association, Inc. Carter earned her Bachelors of Science in animal… Read More →

Dr. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang Awarded 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award

Contact: Kim Schoonmaker, 217-356-9050 ext. 4, kims@asas.org Dr. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang has been named the recipient of the 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Wang recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction under the mentorship of Drs. Fuller W. Bazer and Guoyao Wu. He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from China Agricultural University (Beijing, China) and completed an internship at Tokyo University… Read More →

Former student selected for the 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Former student, Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang, has been awarded the 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award recognizes the achievement of outstanding graduate students working toward the mission of the ASAS: “The American Society of Animal Science fosters the discovery, sharing, and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.” Wang recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction under the mentorship of Drs. Fuller W. Bazer and Guoyao Wu. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from China Agricultural University (Beijing,… Read More →

Dr. Xiaoqiu Wang receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research

Writer: Fuller Bazer, 979-862-2659, fbazer@cvm.tamu.edu Dr. Xiaoqiu “Churchill” Wang was honored for Doctoral Research as recipient of a 2016 Distinguished Graduate Student Award from The Association of Former Students and Office of Graduate and Profession Studies at a ceremony in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center of Texas A&M University.    Drs. Fuller W. Bazer and Guoyao Wu were faculty advisors and mentors for Dr. Wang. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction in December 2015. He received his B.S. degree in Animal… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Writer: Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu Clay Eastwood received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony held in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 25, 2016. Clay was one of seven doctoral students to receive a teaching award along with five doctoral students and three masters’ students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas and received both her Bachelor’s degree (2011) and Master’s degree (2014) in… Read More →

Former student to be inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Charles W. “Doc” Graham ‘53 will be inducted as a 2016 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member – the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and western lifestyle in Texas. Graham, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, received the news of his induction on September 6, before a football game in College Station. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said his… Read More →

Thallman named Outstanding Alumni

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. R. Mark Thallman ’81, a graduate of the Department of Animal Science, is a recipient of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Science’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award was presented during the College’s Legacy and Leadership Banquet held Oct. 10 in College Station. Thallman earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science (1981), a master’s in animal breeding (1988), and a doctorate in genetics (1995), all from Texas A&M University. Renowned among peers in the field of animal breeding and genetics,… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Dr. Mary Anne White

Writer: Olivia Norton Mary Anne (Wegenhoft) White has never questioned her passion for animals. She grew up near Baton Rouge, La., and often visited her dad’s family ranch in Columbus, Texas.  With a family history in agriculture and a dream of becoming a veterinarian, many of Mary Anne’s youth activities included animals. Mary Anne, along with her brother and sister, raised broilers for 4-H in middle school, and she worked as a kennel technician for a local veterinary clinic and in the LSU AgCenter Embryo Biotechnology Laboratory during… Read More →