Department News and Updates! November 2, 2012


  • Save the Date: ANS Holiday Gala DEC 7
  • Preview Day Oct 20 Thanks: Cassandra Burghardt, Ed DePeters, Alejandra Figueroa, Lisa Holmes, Russ Hovey, Kathryn Jackson, Emma Martinez, Kayla Sample, Cary Trexler
  • Alison van Eenennaam quoted in Yahoo! Shine and Voice of America  on genetic modification
  • Joy Mench quoted in the Sac Bee on chicken caging regulations
  • Josh Hull quoted in the New York Times on innovative means to track gray owls in Yosemite National Park.
  • Welcome Dana Welch to the Department as the departmental events coordinator.
  • Desert Research & Extension Center celebrated its centennial:
  • Order Smoked Turkeys at the Meat Lab—very popular so order soon


  • Elizabeth Maga received Grand Challenges Explorations Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant “Preventing diarrhea with lysozyme-rich milk”
  • Caitlin Cooper, Elizabeth Maga & Jim Murray coauthor “Consumption of transgenic cows’ milk containing human lactoferrin results in beneficial changes in the gastrointestinal tract and systemic health of young pigs” in Transgenic Research  Oct 2012


  • Ermias Kebreab was invited to discuss on ‘Building resilience of C, N and water footprint in the dairy industry’ at the American Societies of Agronomy & Soil Science annual meeting, Cincinnati, OH
  • Eight Aggies attended a Livestock Selection Work Shop hosted by the Animal Science Department at Fresno Stateand attended by 11 colleges from CA, AZ, ID, & OR. Jaylene Scott was high individual in beef cattle and third overall in the senior division & the 2013 Aggie Junior Team earned high team beef honors in the junior division.
  • Juan Medrano was the key note speaker at a Medical Congress in Guatemala City. Presenting the opening talk “Your Health, Your Genes and Personalized Medicine”, and two additional talks on “Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Medicine” and “New Sequencing Technologies Applied to Medical Diagnostics”.
  • The UCD Meat Lab was invited participant in a Northern California Farm to Fork event in Sacramento hosted by Sac Mayor Kevin Johnson 
  • Ermias Kebreab has been traveling in So America; he gave invited presentations on ‘Environmental Sustainability of Animal Agriculture’ at the University de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay & an invited presentation on ‘Global Change and Sustainable Agriculture – Californian Perspective’ at the Catholic University of Santiago, Santiago, Chile
  • University Retirement Center tours Horse Barn & Dairy