Department News and Updates! July 8, 2016


  • Tom Famula, Jerry Johnson, Joy Mench, & Dana Van Liew retire from Animal Science. Our sincere gratitude for all their contributions to our department!!! Wishing you all very best
  • Ermias Kebreab appointed Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs in Global Affairs here at UCD. Congratulations Ermias!
  • Russ Hovey interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Commission Landline
  • Mike Miller’s pupfish work highlighted in BBC Earth
  • Carlyn Peterson (Mitloehner Lab) selected as a Career Discovery Group Fellow! She will teach about career options. Congratulations!
  • Thank yous for transfer advising: Ed DePeters, Kathryn Jackson, Katherine Livingston, Emma Martinez Fannie Chang, Naomi Cholst, Kathleen Furtado, Megan Hayes, Christina Long, Brenna Sullivan, Kyra Van Der Zalm, Jim Fadel, Yanhong Liu, Jim Murray, Anita Oberbauer, Allen Pettey, & Lisa Holmes   


  • Joel Van Eenennaam and Serge Doroshov, co-authors on "Sensor for Determining Caviar Maturity in Farmed Sturgeon", Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Ermias Kebreab co-author of “Environmental impact of using specialty feed ingredients in swine and poultry production: A life cycle assessment” in J. Anim. Sci and “Design, implementation and interpretation of in vitro batch culture experiments to assess enteric methane mitigation in ruminants – a review” in Anim. Feed Sci. Technol, and “Ammonia emissions from dairy cattle barn: A meta-analysis” in J. Environ. Quality
  • Joy Mench co-author on “Effect of outdoor structural enrichments on the performance, use of range area, and behavior of organic meat chickens,” in Poultry Science


  • Dietmar Kűltz presented at the Society for Experimental Biology in Brighton, UK
  • Alison Van Eenennaam spoke on “Animal genomics and biotechnology in production systems”, Ninth Latin American and Caribbean Agricultural and Forestry Biotechnology Meeting "IX Encuentro REDBIO 2016-PERU", Lima, Peru
  • Anita Oberbauer, Dan Sehnert, & Frank Mitloehner presented to the Jiangsu Vocational Ag Conference on One Health For Food Safety
  • Pablo Ross presented a plenary lecture at the International Congress on Animal Reproduction in Tours, France on “Epigenetic remodeling during preimplantation mammalian development”
  • Marcela Vilarino gave an oral presentation of her poster titled “Mutation efficiency and developmental outcome after CRISPR/Cas9 microinjection in sheep oocytes and zygotes” at the International Congress on Animal Reproduction in Tours, France
  • Grace Berryhill from Hovey lab presented a talk at the UCDavis Cancer Center Spotlight on junior investigators symposium and received prize for best oral presentation
  • Ermias Kebreab presented “Modeling Phosphorus and Calcium Utilization in Swine” at the 40th UNESP-Jaboticabal conference on Animal Science in Jaboticabal, Brazil and “Animal Production and Climate Change” at the University of Morelia, Mexico
  • Abbas Ahmadi gave two talks at World Congress on Computers in Agriculture and Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture in Suncheon, South Korea: “Pearl Model for Detecting Contaminated Shellfish Growing Areas and Aquarius Model for Adjusting Closure Rules of Contaminated Bays” & “Development of Ration Formulation and Enteric Methane Calculation Software for Dairy Cattle in Vietnam” ; co-authors were Fred Conte, Ermias Kebreab, & Peter Robinson
  • Russ Hovey, gave keynote talk & teaching and udder dissection presentations at the Univ. Sydney Dairy Research Foundation Annual Symposium