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K-State Today

March 29, 2016



Kansas State University animal science students, faculty bring home awards

By Mary Lou Peter

March Madness of a different sort happened for some current and former Kansas State University graduate students and faculty members March 14-16 in Des Moines, Iowa, and the outcome was sweet.

"The Midwest meeting of the American Society of Animal Science is the premier swine research meeting in the world. Nine of our current and former students won most of the awards at this meeting," said Mike Tokach, university distinguished professor of animal sciences and industry. "The success of K-State and our Applied Swine Nutrition Team at this year's meeting rivals what many programs try to achieve over their lifetime."

The awards:

  • First place, Master of Science Oral Presentation — Annie Clark, Overland Park.
  • First place, Master of Science Poster Presentation — Lori Thomas, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • First place, Undergraduate Oral Presentation — Carine Vier, Brazil.
  • First place, Ph.D. Poster Presentation — Jordan Gebhardt, Cedar Springs, Michigan.
  • National Pork Board Innovation Abstract winner — Loni Schumacher, Eureka, South Dakota.
  • ASAS Midwest Young Scholars — former students Jon DeJong and Josh Flohr, who each earned a doctoral degree at K-State in 2015. DeJong is employed by Pipestone Systems, Pipestone, Minnesota, and Flohr is employed by Nutriquest in Des Moines, Iowa. 
  • Baker Symposium invited presenter — former student Marcio Gonclaves, who earned a doctoral degree at K-State in 2015. He lives in Henderson, Tennessee, and is employed by PIC.
  • Early Career Agribusiness Award — former student Casey Neill who earned a master's degree in 2005. He is employed by Pipestone Systems.

The K-State Applied Swine Nutrition Team is advised by faculty members Tokach, Joel DeRouchey, Steve Dritz, Bob Goodband and Jason Woodworth.

Another highlight from the meeting was Barry Bradford winning the Outstanding Young Teacher Award. Bradford is a dairy nutritionist and professor in K-State's animal sciences and industry department.

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