CASNR students standout at Atlanta's ASAS Southern Section meetings
Two graduate students from Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, and a newly formed Academic Quadrathalon Team, had a strong showing at the recent (Jan. 31-Feb. 3) American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section meetings in Atlanta.
Kate Sharon, a doctoral student in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, was awarded one of two travel scholarships to the meeting and while there, earned first place against 70 other competitors in the graduate student competition with her research. Her abstract was titled, "Plane of nutrition during the preweaned period influences the pathophysiological responses to a combined intranasal bovine herpesvirus-1 and intratracheal Mannheimia haemolytica challenge in post-weaned Holstein calves." Sharon is conducting research in the area of dairy cattle nutrition under the supervision of Michael Ballou, associate dean of research in Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Meantime, recent Tech animal science graduate Rand Broadway received the Swine Industry Award for Innovation, which is sponsored by the National Pork Board. His collaborative study was titled, "Determining the prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of salmonella serovars isolated from U.S. retail ground pork." Broadway was advised by Chance Brooks, associate professor of meat science, while completing his doctoral degree.
Bailey Riedel, a senior from San Luis Obispo, Calif., also represented Tech in the undergraduate student competition. She competed against nine other undergraduate students with her abstract entitled, "Beta-adrenergic receptor subtype distributions differ across carcass and non-carcass tissues in feedlot steers and heifers." Riedel's project was supervised by Ryan Rathmann, an assistant professor in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Separately, while at Atlanta's ASAS Southern Section Meeting an Academic Quadrathalon was held. The contest consists of four parts occurring over a two-day period. Contestants competed in the practicum and take written exams on the first day, in this case at the University of Georgia-Athens. Teams then moved to Atlanta for the oral presentation and quiz bowl on the second day of competition. Thirteen teams were on hand for this year's event.
For the first time in two decades, Texas Tech competed in the event. Tech's animal science undergraduate team included Gabe Jennings, Kleg Kennedy, Kristen True and Amy Petry. The team ranked fifth overall, and finished in the top six in each of the four divisions. The team was coordinated by Bryan Bernhard, assistant professor in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
Reporting by Moriah Beyers
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
0209NM15 / PHOTOS: (top photo, center left) Kate Sharon and (center right) Rand Broadway; (bottom photo) Texas Tech Academic Quadrathalon Team
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