Department News and Updates! March 20, 2015


  • Ernie Chang retires. Wish him well in the next phase of life’s journey


  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “GM feeds and Animal Health: What do the data say?” at the 2015 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, St. Paul, MN
  • Alison Van Eenennaam spoke on “The use of GMOs in the dairy industry” at the UCCE  Joint Agronomic Crops and Dairy Production & Food Safety Program Team Meetings, Davis, CA
  • Joy Mench presented on the final results of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) research project at the CSES stakeholder meeting & the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in Minneapolis
  • Deanne Meyer led Dairy & Food Safety ANR Program Team Meeting organization


  • Yanina Bogliotti & Pablo Ross author: “Molecular mechanisms of transcriptional and chromatin remodeling around embryonic genome activation” in Animal Reproduction
  • Poultry Science Association issues a press release announcing the publication of the initial papers from the Coalition for a Sustainable Egg Supply, two co-authored by Joy Mench (The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply project: An introduction;  Comparative evaluation of three egg production systems: Housing characteristics and management practices) and one co-authored by Richard Blatchford (Microbiological impact of three commercial laying hen housing systems)
  • Ermias Kebreab co-author of “On the analysis of Canadian Holstein dairy cow lactation curves using standard growth functions” in Journal of Dairy Sci
  • Mandi Finger & Bernie May awarded four year Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Agreement entitled “Delta Smelt Research and Refuge Population Development”