As genomic technology advances, the opportunities to address global food security and health increase. But these opportunities could be missed if steps are not taken to increase future research and extension efforts. Shrinking faculty numbers not only limit the amount of potential research, but also limit the capacity to train industry professionals about emerging genomic tools.
Concerns about a shortage of future animal geneticists were addressed during the 10th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production by Dr. Ron Lewis during his presentation on Wednesday.
Details about proposed solutions to this shortage can be found in the related proceedings paper titled “Filling the Knowledge Gap: Integrating Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in Graduate Education and Outreach.”
Written by: Laci Jones
Dr. Dennis Jewell’s passion for companion animal health and well-being has earned him the 2014 Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award. The Senior Nutritionist from Hill’s Pet Nutrition received the honor at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Jewell has over 20 years of research experience in monogastric nutrition. Read more
As head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, Dr. Ken Odde has made advancements in administration through growth in student and faculty numbers, research productivity and facility improvements.
In honor of his administration efforts, Odde received the Fellow Award in the Teaching category at the American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting.
Odde is a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Animal Science. He is actively involved in ASAS through serving as a Trustee for the ASAS Foundation, president of the Western Section and served on several association committees. Read more
Dr. John Mabry, animal science professor at Iowa State University, has made outstanding contributions in extension through his administration work with the Iowa Pork Industry Center. He also collaborates with pork producers with swine breeding and genetics improvement programs and swine production record systems.
In honor of his contributions, Mabry received the Fellow Award in the Extension category at the 2014 American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting.
As well as his contributions in extension, Mabry has contributed to teaching and research. He focuses his research on maximizing profitability of swine production systems through developing breeding strategies. Read more