AnSci Connection - Sept 2016
Notes from the Department Head
It’s September, summer is nearly over and it is a busy time in the department with classes getting started. Welcome to all of our new students as well as our returning students! The Animal Science academic program currently has 394 undergraduate students and 52 graduate students enrolled. We recognize and greatly appreciate the contributions our students make to our department, college and university.
Welcome to Dr. Beth Ventura! Beth recently joined our department as a Teaching Assistant Professor. Her expertise is in the area of animal welfare and behavior. We believe that Animal Science students and other university students need to be better informed about animal welfare and behavior. Beth will accomplish this by offering specialized courses in these areas for Animal Science students and more general courses for non-Animal Science majors.
In July, at the 2016 American Dairy Science Association Awards, several of our current and former faculty members were recognized. Dr. Marshall Stern was awarded the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, Dr. Les Hansen was awarded Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award and Dr. Jim Linn (former faculty member and Department Head) was named as an ADSA Fellow. Congratulations for achieving these prestigious honors!
Congratulations to F. Abel Ponce de León who retired as of July 1. Dr. Ponce de León is an internationally recognized researcher and has served as Head of the Department of Animal Science and more recently as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). We will be honoring him at a retirement reception on October 4 at 3 p.m. in the Cargill Building on St. Paul Campus. He will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck in his future activities.
I would like to encourage you to check out our new Animal Science Facebook page to see current information on activities and events in the Animal Science Department. The page can be accessed at http://facebook.com/umnanimalscience/.
We are looking forward to the opportunities and challenges in the upcoming academic year. Thank you for you continued support of our Department and our programs.
Wishing you all the best.
Dr. William R. Dayton
Teaching, Research, and Extension Highlights
Dr. Beth Ventura joins the Department of Animal Science as the Animal Behavior and Welfare Teaching Assistant Professor. Originally from San Diego, California, Beth obtained a PhD in animal welfare from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. Her dissertation research sought to understand stakeholder priorities and concerns in the dairy industry, with the goal of identifying policy solutions that work for both farmers and animals. She holds a BS in Animal Science from Michigan State University and an MS in Animal and Avian Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Beth looks forward to developing a teaching program that will equip students with the foundational skills to navigate the issues facing the animal industries in a rapidly changing society. She aims to engender her students with the knowledge of both the science and values that affect the practice of raising and keeping animals for companionship, food, entertainment, and science. Beth will join Dr. Marshall Stern in instructing 3403: Companion Animal Hot Button Issues this fall. Her plans for new coursework include the creation of classes in introductory applied animal behavior as well as the fundamentals of animal welfare science.
Beth is also excited to expand the Department's judging teams with the creation of the university's first Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Team. She has developed a strong network with colleagues in Canada and Europe and hopes to implement opportunities for student exchange, study abroad, and other opportunities for students to gain international perspective on the issues explored in the classroom.
Beth enjoys all things related to food, travel, and coffee and is always ready to chat about any or all of these wonderful things.
Dr. Travis Hoffman is the new sheep specialist for University of Minnesota Extension and also holds a joint appointment with North Dakota State University Extension.
He was an instructor in meat sciences in the Department of Animal Sciences at South Dakota State University since September 2015. Prior to that, he was the Colorado beef quality assurance coordinator, a joint appointment for Colorado State University and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Beef Council, for 7 1/2 years.
Travis has taught several sheep-related courses and authored or co-authored numerous articles on sheep industry topics. His background and knowledge will contribute greatly to extension programs in both North Dakota and Minnesota.
After 19 years at the University of Minnesota and 37 years total in higher education Professor F. Abel Ponce de León retired July 1, 2016. Dr. Ponce de León received his Ph.D. in animal science at the University of Massachusetts and then completed his postdoctoral training at Amherst College. He went on to serve as a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts where held teaching, research, and administrative positions. He came to the U of M in 1997 to serve as the Department Head for the Department of Animal Science as well as the Co-Director of the Animal Biotechnology Center. From 2006 – 2013 he served the university as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as the Deputy Director of the MN Agricultural Experiment station. In 2015, he acted as visiting professor at Universidad Nacional Agraria – La Molina.
Dr. Ponce de León’s research focused on structural and functional genomics and cellular reprogramming and animal transgenesis. He is a leader in his field and has achieved widespread national and international recognition for his achievements. He has received many awards in recognition of his contributions to his field, the most notable being his position as Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Fellow. He is author or co-author of over 100 scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Ponce de León is co-inventor on five patents on animal cloning, PGC and stem cell culture systems. He has been invited to participate in national and international symposia that reflect the importance of his research including: Conference of the Peruvian Association of Animal Science, National Congress of Animal Genetics – Spain, European Colloquium on Animal Cytogenetics and Gene Mapping, Poultry Breeders of America and Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association, International Society for Animal Genetics Conference, Peruvian Association of Biologists Round Table, MN Dairy Leaders Round Table, European Red Partridge Preservation symposium, and International Symposium on Cloning and Animal Genetics.
Dr. Ponce de León taught animal science courses and advised 13 graduate students to completion of their degrees and oversaw three postdoctoral scholars. The department will be honoring him at a retirement reception on October 4 at 3 p.m. in the Cargill Building on St. Paul Campus.
An open house for the Department's Rosemount Beef Unit was held for industry professionals and department staff and faculty on September 20th. The building originally designed to house small ruminants was transformed, with investments secured by the RROC and the Department of Animal Science, to house 240 head in 30 pens. This investment required that other satellite projects be completed to modernize the entire facility: roadways, roof water flow diversion, holding pens, cattle lanes, feed storage and feed mixing area. The project has taken much of 2016 and over $700,000 to be completed.
The Beef Team plans to start experiments to study impact of management decisions on cattle performance. Bunk allowance, pen space, and type and frequency of bedding will be evaluated as to their impact on cattle performance. This state of the art facility will permit feeding and managing cattle in a 2 hour window with approximately another 12 hour a week for floor scraping and bedding. Budgets for labor and input use, including water intake by pen, will be maintained so we can influence feeding and managing decisions on over 6,000,000 head of cattle in our area of influence.
On Monday, September 26th the department will host Dr. James Sartin for the seminar, “Surviving the Review Process: An Editor’s Perspective.” The workshop is targeted towards graduate students and will cover scientific writing for publication, navigating the review system, and publishing in the Journal of Animal Science. After the seminar faculty members, librarians, and Center for Writing staff members are invited to a reception to connect with Dr. Sartin. Details are listed below. Please register in advance here: https://goo.gl/forms/7v1CREGiwTsJPoe22
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Haecker Hall, Room 365
1364 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
9:00 – 10:00 AM Graduate Student Seminar
10:30 – 11:30 AM Faculty Reception
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Librarian and Center of Writing Reception
This July at the 2016 American Dairy Science Association® Awards two of Department of Animal Science faculty members were presented with awards. Dr. Leslie Hansen was awarded Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award and Dr. Marshall Stern was awarded the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award. Former faculty member and department head Dr. Jim Linn was named as an ADSA Fellow as well.
News and Announcements
Crystal Langeberg received a promotion within CFANS and moved to the Plant Pathology Division as a Finance Professional 3. She started in Animal Science as an undergrad student in January 2004 and was hired as a full time staff member for the FANS finance team June 2007. She was a great asset to the finance team and will be sorely missed.
Saige Sulzberger joined the Department of Animal Science as the Dairy Barn Manager. Saige hails from Muscatine, Iowa where her passion for working with animals began. She earned a dual bachelors degree in Animal Science and Spanish from Iowa State University. Her undergraduate experience exposed her to work with large animals and ultimately influenced her decision to continue on for her masters degree from the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois. During her time there, Saige worked as the Assistant Manager at the dairy research unit and was advised by Dr. Phil Cardoso.
Saige is excited to join the team at the dairy barn and is looking forward to applying the valuable experiences she gained at University of Illinois to her current position.
The 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference is this Wednesday and Thursday, September 21-22, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. This conference is a well-received and popular event for academics and professionals in the livestock nutrition and feed industry. The conference is designed to provide leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.
Onsite registration is still available and includes Pre-Conference Symposium, General Session, Species Sessions, 2 Lunches, Breaks, Reception, and 1 copy of Proceedings (flash drive or print).
Animal science graduate students Joey Mielke and Michaela Trudeau were part of a research project funded by the American Feed Industry Association. The project titled, Hazard Analysis in Feed Ingredients for FSMA Compliance seeks to provide animal food manufacturers with an easy way to identify the most likely hazards that could occur in the various ingredients they use to make their products. The project was supported through a partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS). Read more here about the project and its potential impacts: http://www.cahfs.umn.edu/news/protecting-public-and-animal-health-throug...
This summer Dr. Shurson was invited by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to speak on distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and their use for feed companies at a number of conferences in Southeast Asia. The seminars targeted feed formulators and regional importers. Dr. Shurson a DDGS nutritionist was invited to help formulators push DDGS inclusion due to the positive economic gains available.
Later this October Dr. Shurson will speak on DDGS nutrition at the Export Exchange this October. Held every other year by USGC and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange brings together international buyers and U.S. sellers of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), as well as other feed grain products. The 2016 event is expected to attract nearly 500 attendees, including 200 from 30 countries participating as part of USGC trade teams.
CFANS has launched a new advising center and model that will serve undergraduate students starting this Fall semester. This new center brings together all of the staff advisors and allows the advising center to offer enhanced services to improve students' experience in CFANS and to help them graduate on time and with the courses they need to launch their professional careers. With the changes, Animal Sciences students will still be supported by Senior Advisor Megan Schmidt, but will also be supported by two additional advisors Mai Lee and Tracene Marshall.
Mai Lee, MA
Mai Lee started in the CFANS Advising Center in June 2016 as an Academic Advisor. Currently, she advises for Animal Science, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems Management. She has been in higher education for a couple of years working primarily in advising. In her role, she supports undergraduate students in understanding their degree requirements and progressing towards their academic goals. Mai Has her BA in History from Colorado State University and her MA in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. This year marks her fourth year living in Minnesota, she was born and raised in Colorado.
Tracene Marshall, M.Ed
Tracene Marshall (not pictured) is a Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). In 1981 she received a BA in Political Science and a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration in 1992 from Kent State University. She has worked in student services for almost 30 years in various positions e.g. admissions, advising, housing, Coordinator for Students with Disabilities and 17 years advising students Her primary majors are Forest and Natural Resource Management, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, Animal Science . She enjoys assisting students with their overall academic and personal development and believes it is important to support and challenge students as they persist through graduation.
Annually, the Gopher Dairy Club presents monetary awards on a competitive basis to new students. Income generated by the Gopher Dairy Bar, which the club manages during the Minnesota State Fair, permits this financial support of new students.
The highest-ranking individual receives the Douglas Siem Memorial Award of $2,000, and five other recipients of $1,500 were selected for 2016-17. The recipients for 2016-17 are:
$2,000 Douglas Siem Memorial Award
Rachel Coyne, Spring Valley, WI -- daughter of Peter & Lisa Coyne
Emily Annexstad, St. Peter, MN -- daughter of Rolf & Jean Annexstad
Tanner Morrison, Peterson, MN -- son of Jay & Barb Morrison
Elizabeth Shaver, Cottage Grove, WI -- daughter of Randy Shaver & Sharon Brantmeier
Jake Siewert, Lake City, MN -- son of Kevin & Kay Siewert
Sierra Swanson, Hutchinson, MN -- daughter of David & Kari Swanson
Once again in 2016, members of the Gopher Dairy Club received the largest number of scholarships awarded by the National Dairy Shrine, Ft. Atkinson, WI, among all universities. Students at the U of M received 14 of the 43 scholarships (33%). In total, National Dairy Shrine will present members of the Gopher Dairy Club with $17,500 in scholarships at the organization's annual recognition banquet on October 6, 2016, in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI.
UW-Madison students received eight scholarships, and Penn State students, Iowa State students, and Ohio State students each received three scholarships. Students at no other university received more than two scholarships. Recipients from the U of M:
Student Recognition (Senior Merit)
Mary Liebenstein, Dundas, MN ($2,000)
Mary Liebenstein, Dundas, MN ($3,000)
Johanna Knorr, Pelican Rapids, MN ($1,000)
Trevor Otte, Randolph, MN ($1,000)
Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI ($1,500)
Maurice Core (Freshmen Merit)
Trent Dado, Amery, WI ($1,000)
Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN ($1,000)
McCullough (incoming students)
Rachel Coyne, Spring Valley, WI ($1,500)
DMI Education & Communication
Jeni Haler, Waconia, MN ($1,000)
Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI ($1,000)
DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products
Annie Culbertson, Pine Island, MN ($1,000)
Ethan Dado, Amery, WI ($1,000)
Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN ($1,000)
Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI ($1,500)
Minnesota 4-H and the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association annually recognize the top 25 dairy cattle exhibitors at the Minnesota State Fair in the 4-H Dairy Showcase. This was the 8th annual Showcase. The 4-H exhibitors must receive a purple or blue ribbon on their animal in its respective class to be eligible. The exhibitors must also complete an online leadership profile to earn points based on their leadership, dairy-related activities, and community involvement. The scorecard also awards extra points for participation and success in dairy cattle judging, dairy quiz bowl, showmanship, and interviews. Bonus points are awarded for receiving champion and reserve champion honors in the heifer and cow shows. The top 25 were recognized on August 28, 2016 in the AgStar Arena during the Minnesota State Fair.
Five of the 25 recipients will be students this fall in CFANS of the University of Minnesota:
1. Haely Leiding, Fountain, MN -- daughter of alumni Todd & Stacy (Fingerson) Leiding
5. Kayla Leiding, Fountain, MN -- daughter of alumni Todd & Stacy (Fingerson) Leiding
10. Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, MN -- daughter of alumni Matt & Pam (Hosfield) Hendel
13. Emily Annexstad, St. Peter, MN -- daughter of Rolf & Jean (Behrends) Annexstad
22. Sierra Swanson, Hutchinson, MN
Haely Leiding received a cash award of $4,000 donated by Grain Millers Dairy Products, Kayla Leiding received $2,000 donated by the Midwest Dairy Assocation & Foremost Farms USA. Hendel received $1,500 donated by Associated Milk Producers Inc. & Fillmore County 4-H, Annexstad received $1,300 donated by ADM Alliance Nutrition & Wolf Creek Dairy, and Swanson received $1,100 donated by LeSueur Cheese & Cargill.
More than $51,400 was donated to the program this year, and more than $250,000 has been donated across the eight years of the Showcase. The emcees this year were alumnus Brandon Thesing and CFANS senior Jeni Haler.
Dr. Marcia Endres was elected Chair of the International Precision Dairy Farming Organization Board of Directors and also selected to represent ADSA on the National Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditors Certification Organization. Officially established in 2015 the International Precision Dairy Farming Organization is a relatively new organization. The first board meeting was held June 2016 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands where Dr. Endres was elected Chair. It is housed in the Netherlands but supports an international community. Their goal is to grow awareness about precision dairy farming and assist in organizing international conferences around the topic. Dr. Endres is looking forward to helping the organization grow and hopes to expand to Canada, Austrailia, and include more directors from european countries.
The UMN Meat Science team recently traveled to San Angelo, TX for the 2016 Reciprocal Meat Conference. The U had 6 individuals in attendance including Dr. Ryan Cox, graduate students Megan Nelson and Christina Fehrman, and 3 undergraduate students: Jordan Juckel, Nicole O’Sell, and Kirsten Hall. The 5 students competed in an intercollegiate processed meat judging contest. Both the undergraduate and graduate team placed 4th overall. Individually, Christina and Megan placed 3rd and 13th in the graduate division, and Jordan, Nicole, and Kirsten placed 7th, 14th, and 9th respectively in the undergraduate division. Other activities the students participated in included a quiz bowl competition and an iron chef competition. During the travel time, they were able to tour the Tyson Discovery Center and Mexican Original plant in Springdale, Arkansas as well as the Oklahoma City stockyards. The quiz bowl team will be looking for new members next year so if you would be interested in competing and traveling to College Station, Texas, contact any member of the Meat Science team.
Animal Science alumni, faculty, staff, and students, do you have old photos related to the Department of Animal Science? Earlier this summer the department launched a Facebook page. The department is putting out a call for throwback photos to post on Throwback Thursdays on the Facebook page. If you have photos you would like to share, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on news, events, and highlights across the whole department. https://www.facebook.com/umnanimalscience/
Graduate Student Spotlights
Ping Ren is pursing his PhD degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Sow Nutrition with Dr. Samuel Baidoo, with plans to present his final defense this Fall. His research focuses on investigation of different feeding levels and housing systems on sow and litter performance, nutrient digestibility and definition of hunger using science-based physiological indicators using pregnant gilts as a model. In addition to his research, Ping also served as a teaching assistant for the graduate course "Current Concepts in Animal Nutrition". During his time with the program, Ping was awarded the prestigious MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Graduate Scholarship and CFANS Alumni Society Scholarship. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Ping is also active in scientific meetings. He won the PhD poster competition 3rd place in the 2014 ASAS Midwestern meeting.
Ping grew up in Changzhou city, Jiangsu province, China. He received his MS in Animal Nutrition at China Agricultural University in 2011. After he completed his MS, he worked as a research assistant in Novus China R&D Center, Beijing for six months and then he moved to a leading feed company, DBN Technology Group as Technical Manager for about 3 months. He started his PhD program at the University of Minnesota in August of 2012 and is looking forward to graduating at the end of the month.
In his spare time, Ping enjoys reading the Bible, listening to hymns and working out.
Paula Basso Silva is pursuing her PhD in Animal Science with emphasis in Dairy health, immunology, and physiology with plans to defend at the end of September. Her current research has evaluated the effects of recombinant bovine somatotropin treatment of peripartum dairy cows on metabolic and immunologic parameters, health, and productive and reproductive performances. She is advised by Dr. Ricardo Chebel and Dr. Marcia Endres.
Paula grew up in Brazil, where she pursued her DVM. Paula moved to MN to pursue her Master's degree in the Fall of 2010 and has been working with projects involving transition cow health and reproductive strategies to increase fertility in dairy cows. Paula is currently living in Sioux Falls - SD with her fiancé while interviewing for jobs in the industry to be a consultant specialist in dairy cow health and reproduction.
Megan Nelson (advised by Dr. Ryan Cox) placed second out of 22 students in the M.S. division of the research poster competition at the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference in San Angelo, Texas!
Divek Nair (advised by Dr. Anup Kollanoor Johny) won the "John Ayres Graduate Poster Competition" in Food Microbiology - 1st place at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting.
Claire Peichel (Undergraduate student advised by Dr. Anup Kollanoor Johny) won a "Certificate of Excellence" in Microbiology and Safety section at the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting. She also won the Jones-Hamilton Co. Undergraduate Travel Award (competitive; selection prior to the meeting, total 7 awardees at the meeting)
Justin Siewart (advised by Dr. Marcia Endres) was awarded a Land O Lakes John Brandt Memorial Scholarship!
Congratulations to Tony Seykora on becoming a grandfather! His first grandchild Denley was born May 25th and is doing well.
Congratulations to Nathan Zaidman, Ph.D. candidate for Integrative Biology and Physiology graduate program and his advisor Dr. Scott O'Grady for first authorship of Nathan's recent paper entitled: "Differentiation of human bronchial epithelial cells: Role of hydrocortisone in the development of ion transport pathways involved in mucociliary clearance" submitted to the American Journal of Physiology [Cell Physiology]. This paper was recognized by the American Physiological Society for distinguished scholarship and chosen to represent AJP [Cell Physiology] as the featured paper from the journal in APSselect, August 2016 issue."
The paper can be accessed at: http://apsselect.physiology.org/
Congratulations to the following graduate students who gave their final defense and passed this summer!
• Megan Nelson (M.S.), advised by Dr. Ryan Cox
• Angel Mauricio Rosales Gallardo (M.S.), advised by Dr. Brian Crooker
• Devan Catalano (M.S.), advised by Dr. Krishona Martinson
• Christina Fehrman (M.S.), advised by Dr. Ryan Cox
• Katie Nenn (M.S.), advised by Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo
• Matt Jorgensen (Ph.D.), advised by Dr. Marcia Endres
• Michelle DeBoer (M.S.), advised by Dr. Marcia Hathaway and Dr. Krishona Martinson
• Yue Guo (M.S.), advised by Dr. F. Abel Ponce de León
• Belinda (Zhimin) Huang (M.S.), advised by Dr. Gerald Shurson, Dr. Pedro Urriola, and Dr. Milena Saqui-Salces
• Lee Kloeckner (M.S.), advised by Dr. Marcia Endres
• Michaela Trudea (M.S.), advised by Dr. Gerald Shurson and Dr. Pedro Urriola
Congratulations to Dr. Kota Minegishi on his recent marriage!
Animal Sciences department graduate students, staff, and faculty rounded out the 2016-2017 academic year with a Luau hosted by our Graduate Club. Our Director of Graduate Studies, Marshall Stern presented 'Oustanding MS Student of the Year' awards to Michaela Trudeau and Devan Catalano, and 'Outstanding PhD Student of the Year' was awarded to Divek Nair. The Graduate Club awarded Bonnie Rae (not pictured) with the Faculty/Staff of the Year award as well!
Calendar of Events
September 20, 2016 – Rosemount Beef Unit Reopening
September 21, 2016 - Career Fair Prep Workshop http://www.cfans.umn.edu/outreach/events/career-fair-prep
September 21-22, 2016 – MN Nutrition Conference http://www.mnnutritionconf.umn.edu/registration-information
September 26, 2016 - Seminar with Dr. James Sartin, Editor in Chief of Journal of Animal Science https://goo.gl/forms/7v1CREGiwTsJPoe22
September 26, 2016 - Seminar with Dr. Le Lutcherhand, "Arm & Hammer – More than just laundry detergent and cat litter" http://www.ansci.umn.edu/news-events/seminars
September 28, 2016 – UMN St. Paul Career Fair https://www.myinterfase.com/umn-spccc/CareerFair/Detail/c2VFeGE0cWRRNFRI...
October 3, 2016 - Seminar with Dr. Beth Ventura "Competing stakeholder perspectives on farm animal welfare" http://www.ansci.umn.edu/news-events/seminars
October 15, 2016 - UMN Day of Service http://www.cfans.umn.edu/outreach/events/2016-day-of-service
October 21, 2016 - Homecoming Parade & Concert http://homecoming.umn.edu/
October 22, 2016 - Homecoming Football Game http://homecoming.umn.edu/
October 27-18, 2016 – Healthy Food Summit http://arboretum.umn.edu/2016HealthyFoodsSummit.aspx?utm_source=Healthy+...