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AFS faculty member named to latest edition of Latino American Who’s Who

AFS faculty member named to latest edition of Latino American Who’s Who

A visiting assistant professor from Texas Tech University’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Latino American Who’s Who. Lyda Garcia of Hebbronville teaches an undergraduate meat science class to non-agricultural majors at the university, in addition to traveling with a food safety team to Mexico and Central America, focusing on helping make a safer meat supply.

Separately, program officials note that Garcia supports the minority recruiting efforts of Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources often visiting several of the state’s public high schools and two-year colleges. She also serves as an advisor for ‘Minorities in STEAM,’ a campus organization promoting the success of minority students pursuing careers and degrees in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.

Garcia received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas Tech, and her master’s degree from West Texas A&M University in both animal science and meat science. Her doctorate in meat science is from Texas A&M University. She is a member of the American Meat Science Association and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty in 2009 as an instructor, researcher and recruiter with Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Garcia served as a teaching and research assistant in meat science at Texas A&M’s Department of Animal Science; and a graduate research assistant at West Texas A&M’s Division of Agriculture.

Her experience includes a variety of duties, including working as a consultant with Columbia Packing in Dallas, serving as a meat judging coach at Texas A&M; and working as an assistant manager at West Texas A&M’s Beef Carcass Research Center. Internationally, Garcia has traveled to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua as a food safety team member to collect and process samples for E. coli and Salmonella in processing plants and markets. She’s performed similar duties on a major food safety project in Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Vera Cruz.

CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or michael.orth@ttu.edu

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