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lambs at arlington, photo courtesy UWMadisonCALS
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Noelle Cockett2017 Arthur B Chapman Lectures on April 24

Dr Noelle Cockett, Utah State University, will present two lectures on Monday, April 24. Dr Cockett has been active in identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in sheep, and development of resources that advance research on the sheep genome. She is currently the Utah State University president.

The lectures are held in the Animal Science building. Everyone is welcome to attend:
April 24, 8:50 am, Room 212 "Feeding a Hungry workld in the 21st Century"
April 24, 12:05pm, Room 209 "Genomics Research in Sheep"

Vanessa Soendjaja, Charles Connolly, and Kory Anderson2017 WAMP Convention and Dennis R Buege Meat Science Scholarship Awards

On March 31-April 2, 2017, the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors held their annual convention at the Madison Marriot West in Middleton, WI. This convention serves as an opportunity for Wisconsin meat processors to network with one another, interact with meat processing equipment & material suppliers, attend educational sessions discussing an array of meat-related topics, and enter their own products into the statewide meat product competition. Over 1000 products where entered to compete in 36 different product categories including ham, bacon, bratwurst, specialty cured meats, and snack sausages to name a few. The WAMP meat product competition is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Results

WAMP awarded Dr. Jeff Sindelar the Meritorious Service Award for his oversight and contributions to the WI Association of Meat Processors. Three UW-Madison undergraduate students received the Dennis R. Buege Meat Science Scholarship award: (above, r-l) Vanessa Soendjaja (Food Science), Charles Connolly (Microbiology) and Kory Anderson (Food Science). Bios

meat trailerWI Meat Hall of Fame Inductees announced

On May 4, 2017, the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame will induct three new honorees. They are Phil Hinderaker, Philip Jones, and Donald MacFarlane.

As you know, the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame was established to recognize the contributions of individuals who have positively impacted the meat industry of Wisconsin. Not only does the Hall of Fame recognize significant individual contributions, but it also provides historical documentation of the leaders and innovators who have contributed to a strong and vibrant meat industry in the state. More than 80 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its initiation in 1993.

We invite you to attend the induction ceremony and luncheon on May 4, 2017 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, Madison, WI.

meat trailerCredit by exam for Animal Science/Dairy Science 101
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has approved a credit-by-exam college course option for high school students for their Animal Science/Dairy Science 101 course. Students who have been admitted to the University of Wisconsin - Madison are eligible to take a placement test prior to matriculation. With a passing score on the exam and written lab practicum, students are able to receive course credit for Animal Science 101 and begin higher level courses in the major as an incoming freshman. More info

meat trailerMeat Lab to Aucion Mobile refirgerated display cooler
UW is auctioning off its Mobile Refrigerated Meat Display Trailer. The proceeds from the sale will be returned to the Meat Science and Muscle Biology laboratory to help support purchasing new equipment and instrumentation. The auction can be found at swapauction.wisc.edu. The auction was a success. Thanks to all who participated!

Jeff Sindelar
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The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has honored Jeff Sindelar, associate professor of animal sciences and Extension meat specialist, with the 2017 Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award. The award recognizes his role as an educator of future industry leaders and his commitment to education, training and certification for the Wisconsin meat processing industry. More

Guilherme Rosa
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for receiving the Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award.

This award recognizes research and teaching excellence and provides flexible research funding for one year.

Recent publications:

Sexual Dimorphism of miRNAs Secreted by Bovine In vitro-produced Embryos. Gorss N, Kropp J, and Khatib H (2017) Front. Genet. 8:39

Male fertility status is associated with DNA methylation signatures in sperm and transcriptomic profiles of bovine preimplantation embryos. Kropp J, Carrillo JA, Namous H, Daniels A, Salih SM, Song J, and Khatib H (2017)BMC Genomics 18:280

BREEDING AND GENETICS SYMPOSIUM: Resilience of livestock to changing environments. Cole JB, Bormann JM, Gill CA, Khatib H, Koltes JE, Maltecca C, and Miglior F. Journal of Animal Science 2017 0: 0: - doi:10.2527/jas.2017.1402

A comparison of the anti-Inflammatory Effects of Cis-9, Trans-11 Conjugated Linoleum Acid to Celecoxib in the Collagen-Induced Arthritis Model. Olson JM, Haas AW, Lor J, McKee HS, Cook ME. 2017. Lipids. 2017 Jan 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Assessing genomic prediction accuracy for Holstein sires using bootstrap aggregation sampling and leave-one-out cross validation. Mikshowsky AA, Gianola D, Weigel KA. J Dairy Sci. 2017 Jan;100(1):453-464. doi: 10.3168/jds.2016-11496.