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Meat Science Scholarships

Lauren Honegger received the 2018 Floyd McKeith Meat Science Scholarship and Martin Overholt received the 2018 Sleeter Bull Graduate Meats Scholarship.

Dr. Floyd McKeith, University of Illinois professor emeritus, is one of the world’s most influential scientists in the field of meat science. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences from 1981 until 2014. During that time, he advised scores of graduate students. Upon his retirement, he asked that any contributions to the department be “given to the students”. Therefore, the Meat Science Scholarship was established in his honor.

The Sleeter Bull Meats Award was established in 1975 and is named for Dr. Sleeter Bull, a meat science professor at the University of Illinois from 1911-1956. Professor Bull served as the coach of the University Meats Judging Team, performed research in meat tenderness and color, and was involved in some of the first research in meat freezing. He is considered the father of the Meat Science program here at the University and was a recognized authority in meat processing.

David H. and Norraine A. Baker Fellowship

Rebecca Winters from Dr. Miller's lab has received the 2018 David H. and Norraine A. Baker Fellowship. The David H and Norraine A. Baker Graduate Fellowship in Animal Sciences is made possible by a $150,000 endowment established in 2001 by David and Norraine Baker.  David H. Baker was a graduate student in the Department from 1961 to 1965, was a faculty member of the Department from 1967 until 1999, and remained active in research well beyond his official retirement. He was a world-renowned comparative nutritionist who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.  The recipient must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Mitchell Fellowship in Animal Nutrition

Charmaine Espinosa from Dr. Stein's lab is the recipient of the 2018 Mitchell Graduate Student Fellowship.  The Mitchell Fellowship in Animal Nutrition recognizes excellent graduate students who are specializing in animal nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences. Funds for this fellowship were provided as a gift by Marguerite E. Mitchell to the University of Illinois in memory of her parents, Harold Hanson and Ethel Opal Mitchell. Dr. Harold Hanson Mitchell was a world-renowned animal nutritionist in the Department of Animal Science.

Clark Graduate Fellowship

Danielle Coleman (Dr. Loor’s lab) is the recipient of the 2018 Clark graduate fellowship.  Jimmy H. Clark was a faculty member of the Department from 1968 until 2003 and remained active in research and teaching well beyond his official retirement. He is a world-renowned dairy cattle nutritionist who made significant contributions to dairy cattle nutrition in the areas of nitrogen metabolism; protein, amino acid, carbohydrate, and lipid nutrition; the use of bovine somatotropin; and the feeding and safety of biotech crops. He received numerous awards for his contributions. The Department of Animal Sciences received gifts in support of Dr. Jimmy H. Clark’s research enabling the Jimmy H. and Karen K. Clark Graduate Fellowship in Applied Dairy Cattle Nutrition.

Nesheim Graduate Fellowship Recipients

Reilly Pierce is the recipient of a Nesheim graduate fellowship.  Reilly is joining Dr. Drackley’s lab.

Reilly joins our Nesheim fellows:  Meredith Carroll (Dr. Swanson’s lab) and Maci Oeschlager (Dr. Digler’s lab); our JBT fellows: Sara Knollinger (Dr. Cardoso’s lab), Molly McGhee (Dr. Stein's lab), Katherine Vande Pol (Dr. Ellis’ lab), Emi Tucker (Dr. Nowak’s lab); and our Clark fellow: Maegan Weatherly (Dr. Cardoso’s lab).

Graduate Student International Research Grant

Martin Overholt has been selected as the recipient of the ACES Graduate Student International Research Grant.  Martin's proposal is titled "Determination of sources variability in pork quality in the Dutch swine production system."  Best wishes to Martin in his international research.

Wilson G Pond International Travel Award from ASAS

Fernanda Batistel (Juan Loor’s Lab) and Su A Lee from my Lab both won a Wilson G Pond International Travel Award from ASAS – they will get these awards at the ASAS National Annual Meeting in Vancouver in July. Each award comes with a cash price of $2,500.

Fernanda will use her award to travel to Clermont-Ferrand, France, to participate in the 10th International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores and Su A Lee will use her award to travel to Brisbane, Australia, to participate in the 14th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology of Pigs.

Student Success

Fernanda Batistel

Fernanda Batistel, a student working with Professor Loor, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on "Effect of rumen-protected methionine on placenta metabolism, animal performance, and immune-metabolism of dairy cows during the periparturient and early lactation periods".

We wish Fernanda success in her assistant professor position at the Department of Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University.

Kristen Glosson

Kristen Glosson, a student working with Professor Drackley, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on "Investigating the effect of yeast and mineral dietary supplements during the periparturient period on the production, physical health, and innate immune system of dairy cows ".

We wish Kristen success in her position as Dairy Tech Associate at Phibro Animal Health in the NY area. Drs. Glosson and Drackley have a productive research collaboration with Phibro.

Bailey Harsh

Bailey Harsh, a student working with Professor Boler, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on "Effects of ractopamine hydrochloride on nutrient digestibility, environmental N excretion, regulation of skeletal muscle growth, and beta-receptor subtypes in finishing beef steers".

We wish Bailey success in her assistant professor position at the Department of Animal  Sciences, University of Florida Gainesville.

Brandon Klehm

Brandon Klehm, a student working with Professor Boler, successfully defended his M.S. thesis "Characterizing the relationship between early postmortem loin quality attributes and 14 day aged loin quality attributes and sensory characteristics".

We wish Brandon success in his position as instructor in Animal Sciences,  coaching the meats and animal evaluation judging team, and performing extension activities.

Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence, a student working with Professor Nowak, successfully defended her M.S. thesis "The effects of di (2-thylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) on lesion development in a mouse model of endometriosis".

Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison, a student working with Professor Drackley, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled "Influences of milk intake and dietary inclusion of a bioactive extract from the olive (Olea europaea) on glucagon-like peptide-2 and its effects on growth and intestinal health of dairy calves".

We wish Sarah success in her position as research scientist at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY.

Sean Mythen

Sean Mythen, a student working with Professor Ridlon, successfully defended his M.S. thesis "Characterization of enzymatic pathways involved in cortisol and bile acid metabolism by the gut microbiota".

We wish Sean success in his post-graduation career.

Maci Oelschlager

Maci Oelschlager, a student working with Professor Ryan Dilger, successfully defended her M.S. thesis "Dietary saponins and immune activation by Eimeria species in broilers".

We wish Maci success in her Ph.D. studies with Dr. Dilger.

Martin Overholt

Martin Overholt, a student working with Professor Anna Dilger, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Feeding peroxidized soybean oil to finishing pigs: effects on performance, nutrient digestibility, carcass characteristics, and the shelf-life of loin chops and commercially manufactured bacon".

We wish Martin success in his position at Seaboard-Triumph Foods, Sioux City, IA.

Rachel Schmitt

Rachel Schmitt, a student working with Professor Ellis, successfully defended her M.S. thesis entitled "The effects of zinc source and supplemental copper on growth performance, carcass characteristics, and morbidity and mortality of growing-finishing pigs raised under commercial conditions ".

We wish Rachel success while looking for employment opportunities.

Weinan Zhou

Weinan Zhou, a student working with Professor Dailey, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on "Nutrient-induced intestinal epithelial stem cell proliferation and its effect in obesity".

We wish Weinan success in his postdoctoral position with Dr. Sayee Anakk at the Department of  Molecular and Integrative Physiology, U of I.