Department News and Updates! October 3, 2014


  • College Celebration Oct 10
  • Alumni Tailgate Oct 11
  • Fall Welcome BBQ Oct 15
  • Kirk Klasing was awarded the JM Bell award in animal nutrition from the Canada’s Western Nutrition Society
  • Alison Van Eenennaam & Amy Young paper continues to create a buzz
  • Kirk Klasing’s paper comparing chickens & hummingbirds in their ability to taste sugar was covered by the LA Times, New York Times, National Geographic & many others
  • Nadia Swanepoel won the Kutches Scholarship From ARPAS
  • Jill (Soderstrom) Havlin won the Memorial Scholarship from ARPAS
  • Jan Roser, Gerri Meyers-Brown, Marci Jennings & Meaghan Loud issued a patent for Activity of Recombinant Equine Follicle Stimulating Hormone, enabling anestrus mares to cycle; the patent may open doors to setting up a company and/or licensing the material
  • Online Student Internship Applications for Animal Science live! Click on the internship tab on the Animal Science Advising Center’s Site


  • Sandra Weisker led the Woodland High School Vet Science Class in a tour of the Small Animal Colony
  • Kirk Klasing presented lectures on nutrition & immunity in Edmonton & Saskatoon
  • Ermias Kebreab was in Ethiopia at the invitation of their Minister of Agriculture and IPO to assess potential areas of collaboration between UC Davis & Government of Ethiopia
  • Jan Carlson, Rachel Conway, James Moller, Kent Parker, Gabrielle Simon, Cass Tucker, & Joel Viloria key hosts & instructors for the California Dept. of Food and Ag Animal Health Division’s State Training Program; thanks too to Caleb Sehnert & the meat lab crew, Farm Crew & Dan Sehnert!
  • Jim Murray & Alison Van Eenennaam both spoke at the BIO livestock summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Abbas Ahmadi travelling in Vietnam with Ermias Kebreab to work with Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to develop ration formulation software Taurus for Vietnamese beef cattle. This project is in cooperation with USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Frank Mitloehner speaking at Innovate 2014 in Brainerd MN on give his talk on Global Sustainability: Setting the Stage


  • Daphne Gille, Tom Famula, Bernie May, & Andrea Schreier author “Evidence for a maternal origin of spontaneous autopolyploidy in cultured white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the journal Aquaculture”
  • Gustavo Cruz, Y. Wang, & Jim Fadel author “Technical note: Alternatives to reduce adipose tissue sampling bias” in Journal of Animal Science
  • Kirk Klasing coauthor on “Evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds by transformation of the ancestral umami receptor” in Science
  • Brian Mahardja, Melinda Baerwald & Bernie May author “Interannual variation in connectivity and comparison of contemporary effective population size between the two populations of splittail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus) in the San Francisco Estuary” in Conservation Genetics
  • David Bunn authord “Choosing Lands for Conservation: Tips on evaluating conservation banks” in Wildlife Professional