Public Presentations Scheduled for Dean Candidates for the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources
Public Presentation 3:00 - 4:30, November 28, Senate Room in the SUB
John Killefer, Ph.D. is the Head of the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. He obtained his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Hastings College in Nebraska and received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in animal growth and development with an emphasis in biochemistry. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center, and was a Research Physiologist at the USDA/ARS Poultry Research Laboratory in Delaware before joining the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at West Virginia University as a Physiologist/Nutritional Biochemist in 1993. Prior to returning to Oregon State University, John provided leadership to the Meat Science and Muscle Biology program at the University of Illinois from 2002 to 2011.
Dr. Killefer's extensive teaching efforts have included courses in biochemistry, nutrition, and meat science and muscle biology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has provided outreach to both local producers and industry partners within the meat, food and pharmaceutical industries. His research program examines the interaction of genetics with nutritional and environmental factors and their effects on animal physiology. The overall goal of his laboratory is to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms regulating muscle growth and physiology at both the embryonic and postnatal stages of development, to assess the impact of these processes on muscle function, and ultimately to apply this knowledge to develop higher quality production animals and meat products.
Dr. Killefer has mentored 30 graduate students through his programs along with 6 postdoctoral fellows and numerous visiting scholars. He has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, secured grant funding in excess of $6 million, presented at dozens of national and international conferences, and has served his profession at the national/international level.
John has provided leadership in the development of an accredited undergraduate major, merger of two departments, construction of several new facilities and buildings, programmatic realignment, budgetary management, hiring of numerous faculty and staff, and growth in funding development efforts. He led the creation of the nation's first online Rangeland Sciences degree program. Dr. Killefer has served in faculty governance roles as Senator, and Chair of the University Budget Committee and Administrative Appointments Committee. He continues his leadership development through numerous training programs including the ACOP/ESCOP Leadership Development Program and the Food Systems Leadership Institute.
Public Presentation 3:00 - 4:30, December 1, Escondido Theater the SUB
Dr. Barbara Rasco is an internationally recognized food scientist with expertise in food laws and regulatory compliance. In addition to her research in the development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products, she also conducts research in applied food microbiology and food processing with over 200 publications. She is has worked extensively with seafood products and aquaculture and other important agricultural commodities in the northwest. Dr. Rasco studies the practical and legal impact of food safety regulations including product liability and intellectual property law. She has provided technical assistance to the food industry in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. Dr. Rasco has worked internationally on small and medium enterprise development in 37 countries and has drafted statutes and regulations for developing countries in resource utilization, agricultural production, product safety and trade promotion and led a major USDA FAS program in South Asia for five years.
Dr. Rasco is the Director of the joint Washington State University /University of Idaho School of Food Science where she has served as a professor since 1998. From 1983- 1998 she was a professor in the Institute of Food Science and Technology, College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Washington and prior to that, a biochemical engineer with Cargill Inc.
Dr. Rasco is a fellow with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and a recipient of the Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award for humanitarian service from IFT. She serves as a scientific advisor to the Global Cold Chain Alliance and IFT and is on the board for IMPACT Washington and the Western Regional Aquaculture Consortium.
Public Presentation 3:00 - 4:30, December 7, Senate Room in the SUB
André-Denis Wright is an endowed Professor and Director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA). He holds the Carl and Patricia Weiler Endowed Chair for Excellence in Agriculture & Life Sciences and is a BIO5 Research Fellow.
Before coming to UA in 2014, Dr. Wright was Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Vermont, and Director of the Vermont Dairy Center of Excellence. For nearly two decades, Dr. Wright has been developing strategies to increase the efficiency of nutrient utilization in livestock and to raise the level of production of food in an ecologically sustainable way (i.e., decrease enteric methane). Several years ago, his research interests expanded to also include human gut microbiology.
Dr. Wright's internationally recognized research uses next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics to examine the gut microbiome of animals, including humans, to better understand the interactions between host genetics and immune responses with their gut microbiota, which are largely unexplored. Dr. Wright received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in Canada and holds several professional accreditations, including Member of the American College of Gastroenterology. He has published 104 peer-reviewed papers, contributed 18 book chapters, presented 98 conference papers, and delivered 34 plenary lectures in 10 countries.
Dr. Wright currently serves on several national boards and has served on review panels for the USDA, NSF, and NASA. He has also served as an external scientific reviewer for the governments of Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan, Scotland, and Switzerland, and in 2008, he had a ciliated protozoan named after him, Apokeronopsis wrighti, in recognition of his contributions to microbiology.
Public Presentation 3:15 - 4:30, December 8, Senate Room of the SUB
A native of Dora, New Mexico, Dr. Steve Fraze earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian College in 1975. After earning a teaching certificate from Texas Tech in 1976, he began his career as a vocational agricultural teacher in Olton, Texas and later moved to New Home, Texas.
In 1978, he completed his master's degree from Texas Tech University and then received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1986. He served on the faculty at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty in Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications (AE&C) in 1988.
In September of 2008, Dr. Fraze was appointed chair of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications and subsequently was named the first holder of the Garrison Endowed Chair for Rural Youth Development in 2012. Under the leadership of Dr. Fraze, the AE&C Department was rated the #1 Agricultural Communications Undergraduate Program in the nation, based on a study conducted at the University of Arkansas in 2015. The American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) honored Dr. Fraze in 2015 with the group's Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award at the Western Region Research Conference.
Other recent honors for Fraze include the National FFA 'VIP Citation' in 2015, and American Association for Agricultural Education Senior Fellow in 2014. AAAE membership elected Fraze to serve as national president of the Association for 2015-2016, and he also served on the National Board of Directors for AAAE from 2014-2017. Dr. Fraze has and continues to serve his professional societies in numerous state, regional and national leadership positions. After serving as department chair for 8 years, Dr. Fraze was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in August of 2016.