Department News and Updates! April 5, 2013


  • Yanina Bogliotti, Animal Biology PhD student mentored by Pablo Ross received an NSF Fellowship
  • Mary Kristina Bonaparte, Animal Behavior Graduate Group PhD student mentored by Joy Mench, received an NSF Fellowship
  • Clayton Neumeier, Animal Biology PhD student mentored by Frank Mitloehner, awarded second prize at the Alltech Young Scientist Award for North America
  • Cole Gateways planting day, Wed April 10 from 4-6; BBQ dinner for volunteer workers—please RSVP to Estefany Villaseñor by 4/8
  • UC Dateline highlights Meats Lab announcing “Student employees make grand champion meat products 5 years in a row”
  • Davis Enterprise reported on Meats lab recognition
  • CAES news highlights ANS Dairy Challenge team
  • Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein (grad student with Cass Tucker), her husband Arye, & sibs Matan & Gefen welcome son Naveh to their family. Congratulations!
  • Betsy Karle, long time associate of Deanne Meyer & Alison Van Eenennaam  received the Excellence in Agriculture Award Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers award at the American Farm Bureau Federation National meeting
  • Alison Van Eenennaam interviewed by “Playboy” on safety of GM
  • ANS dairy featured in Vet School’s FARMS club winning video for an ultrasound:
  • The Gary B. Anderson Food Animal Graduate Award was formally endowed with matching support from the UC Davis Foundation!  Thank you to all who have & will continue to contribute


  • Alison Van Eenennaam presenting “What Role Will Animal Biotechnology Play in Feeding the World?” at National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s 2013 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky
  • Dan Sehnert & Joel Van Eenennaam toured group of visitors from China interested in food, product safety, & production 
  • Young Cattlemen’s Association hosted annual AI clinic


  • Vanessa Iseri & Kirk Klasing author “Dynamics of the systemic components of the chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) immune system following activation by Escherichia coli; implications for the costs of immunity” in Dev Comp Immunol
  • Anita Oberbauer authors “The Regulation of IGF-1 Gene Transcription and Splicing during Development and Aging” in Frontiers of Endocrinology
  • Jason Abernathy and Huaijun Zhou author “Deletions in the pyruvate pathway of Salmonella Typhimurium alter SPI1-mediated gene expression and infectivity” in Journal of Animal Science & Biotechnology. 2013 DOI: 10.1186/2049-1891-4-5
  • John Eadie coauthor of “Dependent vs. independent juvenile survival: contrasting drivers of variation and the buffering effect of parental care” in Ecology
  • Ermias Kebreab & collaborators received funding from Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry for ‘Impacts of Carbon Farming Initiatives on Whole-Farm Systems’—a collaborative project with New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, University of New England, CSIRO & AgResearch New Zealand.