AFS’s Hailey Wooten takes high honors at ASAS competition in Nebraska
By: Norman Martin
A doctoral student with Texas Tech University's Department of Animal and Food Sciences garnered first place in the PhD Oral Competition at the 2019 American Society of Animal Science Midwestern Section meeting. Hailey Wooten won the honor on March 11 at the annual event held in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Houston native's presentation was on "Glucocorticoid receptor agonist (GRA): An alternative to in-feed antibiotics for newly weaned pigs." Wooten was competing against other doctoral students and candidates from top universities across the nation, including Purdue University, Kansas State University, and the University of Guelph-Canada.
Program officials note that this is the third time in the past four years that graduate students from Texas Tech's Swine Nutrition Lab have brought recognition to the department in the field of swine nutrition and digestive physiology.
Doctoral student Whitney McGilvray won the PhD Oral Competition Award in 2016, while master's student Amy Petry, now a doctoral student at Iowa State University, won the master's oral competition in 2017, both under the supervision of Anoosh Rakhshandeh, their advisor and an assistant professor with the Swine Nutrition and Health Program in Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. McGilvray is now a biological sciences faculty member at Amarillo Community College.
Wooten, who serves as a graduate research assistant, received her bachelor's degree in animal science and her master's degree in animal science-digestive physiology of pigs from Texas Tech. Her current research focuses on minimizing the negative impact of stress of segregated early weaning on pigs health and growth performance.
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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