Category Archives: People Profile

Extension dairy specialist contributes decades of consulting, research

Writer: Karena Elliott   Dr. Ellen Jordan grew up working with Holstein heifers, beef cattle, poultry and horses, as well as showing Guernsey dairy cattle and purebred swine. But it still took two years of convincing before her high school would allow her to take FFA classes. “Starting in high school, I was frequently the first female to do something, and that continued when I started my academic career,” she notes. “It taught me there would always be those that were skeptical, but what you do overcomes their… Read More →

Current Student Profile: McCalley Cunningham

McCalley Cunningham is a junior animal science major from Iola, Texas and wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. However, she’s probably not your typical pre-vet student. One of her major interests is entrepreneurship. During her freshman year, Cunningham participated in A&M’s Startup Living Learning Community, a program run by Startup Aggieland where like-minded freshmen live in the same dorm hall and work towards developing an entrepreneur’s mindset. It seems participating in the community paid off as Cunningham and her team of fellow students recently competed in… Read More →

Former Student Profile: Dr. Joe Gillespie

Dr. Joe Gillespie grew up in the small Texas town of Poteet, south of San Antonio. From the time he was 10 years old, Gillespie knew he wanted to be a veterinarian and appropriately, always wanted to attend Texas A&M. Ironically, he was a Poteet High School Aggie before heading to Aggieland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1990, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology in 1993 and his DVM in 1995. Gillespie is proud of the fact that he is the first of… Read More →

A Chat with…Matthew Taylor, Food Microbiology and Muscle Foods Divisions

Writer: Science Meets Food Blog Name: Matthew Taylor, PhD Job title: Associate Professor – Food Safety Microbiology Company: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX IFT Division(s) to which you belong: Food Microbiology Division, Muscle Foods Division How did you go about finding your current job? I searched multiple jobs on sites like IFT’s online job listing, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)’s online job listing, and others. Ultimately, I found the position listing on the website of the AAAS, an organization dedicated to American academic institutions development and… 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 →

Faculty Profile: Dr. Penny Riggs

When Penny Riggs was six years old, she had to stand in the corner of her first grade classroom for the afternoon for coloring outside the lines. Though the assignment was to color the picture inside the lines, Penny did not see the reason, or benefit, for doing so. To this day, she’s still convinced she did nothing wrong. Now as an associate professor of functional genomics in the Department of Animal Science, it’s her curiosity to learn and ask ‘why not’ rather than ‘why’ that keeps Penny… Read More →