W. E. Petersen Symposium
Professor W. E. Petersen was a highly influential dairy scientist who was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota starting in 1921 until his retirment in 1960. The Danish-American professor conducted landmark research in the physiology of lactation and other aspects of dairy husbandry. He conducted fundamental research on udder development, milk secretion and milk composition. Professor Petersen earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in 1916, 1917,and 1928, respectively, from the University of Minnesota. Learn more about Dr. Petersen in an article published in the Journal of Animal Science (1997; 75:1431-1433) titled "William Earl Petersen, 1892-1971: A Brief Biography".
To honor his memory, Dr. Petersen’s family established a fund in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota to sponsor dairy related symposia. The first symposium was held in December of 2000.
- 5th W. E. Petersen Symposium (2010)
"Challenges and Opportunities in Animal Science Graduate Education"
- 4th W. E. Petersen Symposium (2007)
"Crossbreeding of Dairy Cattle: The Science and the Impact"
- 3rd W. E. Petersen Symposium (2005)
"Exploring Viable Dairy System Alternatives for Minnesota"
- 2nd W. E. Petersen Symposium (2003)
"Reproductive Loss in Dairy Cows: Is the Trend Reversible?"
- 1st W. E. Petersen Symposium (2000)
"Dairy Genomics—Future Trends and Opportunities"