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Kansas State University animal science students, faculty bring home awards

Current and former applied swine nutrition students dominate at American Society of Animal Science meeting.

pigsReleased: March 24, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – 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 K-State professor and swine extension specialist Mike Tokach. “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 included:

  • 1st Place Master of Science Oral Presentation – Annie Clark, Overland Park, Kansas.

  • 1st Place Master of Science Poster Presentation – Lori Thomas, St. Louis, Missouri.

  • 1st Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation – Carine Vier, Brazil.

  • 1st 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. at K-State in 2015. He lives in Henderson, Tennessee, and is employed by PIC.

  • Early Career Agribusiness Award – Former student Casey Neill, Cummings, Kansas, 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 Joel DeRouchey, Steve Dritz, Bob Goodband, Mike Tokach 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 Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.


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Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

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