Faculty Awards

Karen Chou Recognized

Dr. Karen Chou received a letter of recognition from the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Toxicology (published by the American College of Medical Toxicology) that her journal article “Phthalates in food and medical devices” is one of the top cited articles in the Journal. Karen was lead author with coauthor Robert Wright. Congratulations Karen!

Saddle and Sirloin Club Award

Dr. Dave Hawkins (retired ANS faculty emeritus) has been selected to have his portrait hung in the prestigious Saddle and Sirloin Club. This recognition is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated major impact and leadership to the livestock industry during his/her career. There are many outstanding individuals who are nominated yet never selected for this award. More than ½ of the awards have been made to faculty members of primarily Land Grant institutions. Dave will have his portrait painted and hung in the portrait gallery alongside ~ 350 honorees from previous years. The gallery now resides at the North American International Livestock Exposition headquarters in Louisville Kentucky. Dave will be inducted in November 2013 during the NAILE. Another MSU leader Dr. Harlan Richie (whose portrait you see on the back wall of room 1310) is also hanging in the NAILE gallery. Thank you Jason and others who worked hard to put this nomination together. Congratulations Dave!

Congratulations Janice Siegford

Dr. Janice Siegford has been selected as the 2013 CANR Established Teacher Award recipient. Janice will be recognized at the CANR spring commencement ceremony on Saturday May 4th at 7:30pm in the Breslin Center. Janice receives a $2,000 cash award along with $1,000 award for use in educational programs and professional development. A special adornment is also given to be worn on academic apparel in perpetuity as recognition of her achievement. Congratulations Janice!

Congratulations Juan Steibel

Congratulations to Dr. Juan Steibel who is the recipient of the prestigious Midwest Section/Branch Outstanding Young Animal/Dairy Scientist Award in Research. The award will be presented at the meetings of the Midwest Section ASAS/Midwest Branch ADSA in Des Moines March 11 to 13, 2013.   Please congratulate Juan on his accomplishment as this is a very competitive award and often has several highly qualified applicants in the pool.

Dr. Gretchen Hill Receives The Distinguished Service Award

Gretchen Hill was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association annual banquet held during Shepherd’s Weekend. She was presented with a painting and cited for her service to the sheep industry and commitment to animal agriculture. Doug Uzelac, representing the MSBA, presented the award. Congratulations Gretchen!

MSU’s Dr. Camie R. Heleski wins 2012 AVMA Humane Award

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) August 7, 2012— Camie R. Heleski, Ph.D., an alumni and faculty at Michigan State University (MSU), has received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) 2012 AVMA Humane Award.

The AVMA honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians during an awards ceremony at the association’s Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people around the country and the globe. These individuals represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.

The AVMA Humane Award recognizes a non-veterinarian’s achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy.

When Dr. Heleski began her Ph.D. in 2000, her main goal was to enhance her opportunities to be an advocate for equine welfare. Along the way, she and her major professor, Adroaldo Zanella, developed an initiative known as the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment competition. The first competition was held in 2002 with 18 undergraduates; last year it had grown to 84 participants and boasts strong participation by veterinary students.

Over the last decade, Dr. Heleski has been actively involved in the International Society for Equitation Science, the mission of which is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans. She was in charge of hosting their conference in 2007 at MSU, which was also the year they officially became a Society. For the past few years, she has been an active board member and currently serves as the procedural advisor.

Dr. Heleski has been the coordinator of the Two Year Horse Management program at MSU since 1992. Each year, that program accepts approximately 20 students. This teaching/advising role has kept her heavily integrated within the North American horse industry.

More recently, she was selected as the chair of the Scientific Committee for the National Farm Animal Care Council’s (NFACC) Equine Welfare Code, Canada, also serving as the liaison to the Industry Code Committee for NFACC.

Dr. Heleski’s research relates to horse behavior, horse welfare, horse-human interaction and understanding the role of working equids in developing countries.

For more information, please visit http://www.avma.org

Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award Winner

Joe Domecq has been named the 2012 Hoard’s Dairyman Youth Development Award winner!  This awards recognizes someone who has had significant involvement in dairy-related youth activities either in a professional or volunteer capacity for a minimum of ten years.  They are highly regarded in the dairy industry for their role i personal development of dairy youth and for enhancing knowledge of and interest in the dairy industry.  Joe was recognized July 17th at the ADSA awards banquet at the Joint Annual Meeting in Phoenix.  A department reception was held after the awards banquet at the Hyatt Hotel.


Promotions & Reappointments
Congratulations to Drs. Cathy Ernst and Mike Orth who were promoted to the rank of Professor. Congratulations are also in order for Drs. Jason RowntreeAdam LockIk Kang and Santiago Utsumi who were successfully reappointed to assistant professor. Please take time to congratulate these faculties on their achievement!

Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative
“The Livestock-Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program (LCC CRSP) at Colorado State University awarded more than $1.5 million (~$450,000 each) to four U.S. universities and their host-country partners in South Asia to improve the livelihoods of small-scale livestock producers in Nepal and the surrounding region. Nanda Joshi (PI), MSU Department of Animal Science, in partnership with Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) received funding for a grant that improves feeding strategies for Buffalo. Buffalo are the important in Nepal contributing > 70% of milk and 65% of meat production. The research outcomes from this project will help local farmers better adapt to the impact of climate change by increasing buffalo milk and meat productivity through improved feeding strategies. The other universities receiving grants were: Utah State, Arizona State, and City University of New York.” Congratulations Nanda!