Department News and Updates! August 2, 2013


  • Thanks to Emma Martinez, Kathryn Jackson, & Ed DePeters for presenting/aiding incoming freshmen with registration; they were ably assisted by Sydney Westbrook, Lisa Holmes, & Alejandra Figueroa in preparing packets & organizing for ~280 admitted freshmen. Thanks too to faculty who visited with parents at the college welcome: Trish Berger, Jim Fadel, Lisa Holmes, Russ Hovey, Jim Murray, Anita Oberbauer
  • Richard Blatchford & Center for Animal Welfare highlighted on UCANR blog


  • Joy Mench co-author of “General Principles for the welfare of animals in production systems: The underlying science and its application” in The Veterinary Journal
  • Pablo Ross & James Chitwood co-authors of “Oxidative Damage to Rhesus Macaque Spermatozoa Results in Mitotic Arrest and Transcript Abundance Changes in Early Embryos” in Biology of Repro


  • Richard Blatchford, Carine Elkhoraibi, Ali Nazmi, Jason Abernathy, Tae-hyun Kim also attended Poultry Science Association Meetings in San Diego
  • Bernie May, Joel Van Eenennaam, Silas Hung, Andrea Schreier, Daphne Gille, Molly Webb, Seunghyng Lee, & Liran Haller participants & presenters at 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon in Nanaimo British Columbia
  • ANS Student & beef barn resident, Jackie Cima, successfully shows ANS heifers at the Amador County Fair earning grand champion & reserve grand champion honors
  • Dana Van Liew & Jan Carlson assisted with training UCCE Elkus Ranch staff on sheep & goats
  • Juan Medrano participated in an Agricultural Research Connections Workshop sponsored by the Gates Foundation, Biosciences east and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub, in Naivasha, Kenya—the goal of the workshop was to further agricultural research programs & institutions in sub-Saharan Africa with others.
  • Sheep Unit hosted an ultrasound workshop for state 4-H leadership conference participants