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Texas A&M University to host AMSA’s 2017 Reciprocal Meat Conference

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University has been chosen by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) to host the organization’s 70th annual Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) scheduled for June 18-21, 2017. RMC serves as the annual meeting of AMSA and features an interactive program tailored to share research findings and seek solutions to new and existing industry concerns. RMC brings together more than 1,000 meat scientists from nearly twenty countries around the world.  Attendees are members of academia, government and industry as well as undergraduate and graduate students… Read More →

Gill awarded NIH grant to study phages as antibacterial treatment

Writer: Courtney Coufal, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jason Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife research scientist, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and member of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M, has been awarded a $411,125 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the basic biology of bacteriophages (phages) – viruses that naturally infect and kill bacteria. The study will examine the biology of one of the major groups of phages that infect Staphylococcus aureus, an opportunistic pathogen that harms humans and… Read More →

Satterfield awarded $1.5 million NIH, USDA grant to study placental adaptation to maternal malnutrition

Writer: Courtney Coufal, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Carey Satterfield, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to study placental adaptation to maternal malnutrition. The study will develop a better understanding of how the placenta responds to nutritional stress. The award was granted by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of… Read More →

Stephen Smith named ASAS Fellow in Research

ORLANDO, FLA. – Dr. Stephen Smith, regents professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been named a Fellow in the Research category of the American Society of Animal Science. He was honored during the society’s annual meeting held July 12-16 in Orlando, Fla. Smith obtained a bachelor’s degree from California State College, Bakersfield, and a doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis. Smith began his professional career at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in 1979 and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1983…. Read More →

ANSC faculty, students recognized by Equine Science Society

ST. PETE BEACH, FLA. – Dr. Martha Vogelsang, senior lecturer in the Department of Animal Science, is the recipient of the Equine Science Society’s 2015 Distinguished Service in Equine Science Award, the most prestigious honor the organization bestows upon one of its members. The award was presented during the organization’s 2015 annual conference held in St. Pete Beach, Fla., May 26-29. The Distinguished Service in Equine Science Award was presented to Vogelsang for her outstanding contributions to the field of equine science. Vogelsang has been a member of… Read More →

Noted animal welfare expert Ted Friend to retire after 38 years at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – For 38 years, Dr. Ted Friend has walked up and down the stairs of the Kleberg Animal Science Building at Texas A&M University where he established himself as a national expert and researcher on animal behavior and welfare. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Friend, who will soon retire from the department, reflecting back on his career that began at Texas A&M in 1977. He was hired at A&M following graduation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with… Read More →

Animal Science presents 2015 alumni awards, hall of fame induction

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University recognized two former students with alumni awards and inducted two individuals into the Animal Science Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held April 29 in College Station. Dr. Mitch Bowling received the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award; John Bellinger was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award; and Dr. Gene T. King and Dr. O.D. Butler Jr. were posthumously inducted into the Animal Science Hall of Fame. “The Department of Animal Science is honored to… Read More →

Texas A&M Stock Horse Team wins reserve national championship

By Olivia Norton ’16 Ardmore, Okla. – The Texas A&M Stock Horse Team was named the 2015 Reserve National Champion Collegiate Stock Horse Team at the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) Intercollegiate Show in Ardmore, Okla. held April 24-25. The Stock Horse Team consists of six members who ride individual horses and compete in four separate events: stock horse pleasure, trail, reining, and working cow horse. Students are divided into three separate divisions based on their previous show experience and years of riding: non-pro, limited non-pro and novice…. Read More →

Long-time employee Don Palmer passes away

Don Palmer, a long-time employee of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, passed away March 31, 2015 after a brief illness. Don made tremendous and lasting contributions to the meat science teaching, research and extension programs. Equally important, he was a great person who was well liked and respected by students, faculty and staff. Don will be sincerely missed. Arrangements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with funeral to follow… Read More →

Livestock show animal health focus of recent Texas A&M AgriLife workshop

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A recent workshop held at Texas A&M University and also made available to online participants taught attendees preventive care and treatment tips with livestock show projects. Workshop organizers were Dr. Tom Hairgrove, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock and food systems coordinator, Dr. Jason Cleere, AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, and Dr. Billy Zanolini, AgriLife Extension 4-H Youth Development specialist. The program featured perspectives from livestock show officials, veterinarians and an AgriLife Extension meat specialist. The workshop attracted participants… Read More →