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Walsh gives 2019 Arthur B Chapman lecturesDebbie Machuca and Brooke Moore
On Saturday April 6th, Debbie Machuca and Brooke Moore were recognized as being selected to receive a Dennis R. Buege Meat Science Scholarship. Each received a $1000 scholarship and a plaque during the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processor’s Spring Convention banquet.
Machuca is a Dairy Science major who is interested in the meat industry and has been involved in many related activities. She is currently studying abroad. Moore is a Food Science student at UW-Madison who has had many roles at Bucky's Butchery. She is currently the Assistant Store Manager and has an internship with Tyson this summer. Congratulations!

WI Meat Industry Hall of Fame Honorees inducted May 3
Three parties with outstanding lifetime contributions to the meat business are set to be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame at a May 3 recognition ceremony. They include Larry Clark, Lodi Sausage and Meat Company; George, Ruth, Craig and Lea Culver, Culver’s founders; and Kathy Glass, Food Research Institute. Press release

The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame induction luncheon ceremony will take place on Friday, May 3 at noon at the Dejope Residence Hall, in the Mendota Room, on the UW-Madison campus. Tours of the new Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery building will be offered prior to and following the luncheon. The cost to attend the event is $40. Parking details are included in the registration confirmation.

Register online by April 25th at: https://uwccs.eventsair.com/meatfame19/register

Walsh gives 2019 Arthur B Chapman lectures
The 2019 Arthur B. Chapman Lectures in Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be presented on May 1st (Wednesday), 2019 by Professor Bruce Walsh. He is Professor of Ecology and Evolution Biology at the University of Arizona, and also a Professor of Public Health, Plant Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor of both Animal Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He regards himself as a biologist with interests in mathematical modeling and statistical analysis, and is best known for his two books (with Mike Lynch), Genetics and Analysis of Quantitative Traits (Lynch and Walsh 1998) and Evolution and Selection of Quantitative Traits (Walsh and Lynch 2018).

A Short History of Quantitative Genetics
8:50 am, rm 212, Animal Science Building

Using Information from Natual Populations to Improve Plant and Animal Breeding
12:05 pm, rm 209, Animal Science Building

Larson named Student Employee of the YearMorgan Larson
Each year, the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) hosts the competition for the Student Employee of the Year. Students are nominated by their supervisor and judged on their reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution. Morgan, a Dairy Science major, is the Assistant Meat Lab Manager and is very involved with Bucky's Butchery and the day-to-day operation of the Meat lab. She embodies all of the qualities listed above. Congratulations Morgan!

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Recent publications:

Eprinomectin from a sustained release formulation adversely affected dung breeding insectsNieman, C. C., K. D. Floate, R.-A. Düring, A. P. Heinrich, D. K. Young, and D. M. SchaeferPLoS ONE 2018 13(8): e0201074.

Investigation of a worker death while agitating manure in a non-enclosed storageShutske, J. M., D. Schaefer, R. Larson, K. Erb, C. Skjolaas, S. Leonard, J. Nelson, E. Binversie, and S. Rifleman.J Agromedicine 2018 23:10-19

Reproduction in domestic ruminants during the past 50 yr: discovery to application. Smith MF, Geisert RD, Parrish JJ.J Anim Sci. 2018 Jun 29;96(7):2952-2970.

Melatonin promotes Cashmere goat (Capra hircus) secondary hair follicle growth: A view from integrated analysis of long non-coding and coding RNAs. Ge W, Wang SH, Sun B, Zhang YL, Shen W, Khatib H, Wang X. Cell Cycle. 2018 Jun 12.