Department News and Updates! February 28, 2014



  • Jim Millam coauthor of “Tuberal hypothalamic expression of the glial intermediate filaments, glial fibrillary acidic protein and vimentin across the turkey hen (Meleagris gallopavo) reproductive cycle: Further evidence for a role of glial structural plasticity in seasonal reproduction” in General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • Frank Mitloehner received a large contract to do work on biotechnologies using the Cattle Pen Enclosures
  • “Genomics for Improving Animal Production” USDA NIFA National Need graduate fellowship proposal awarded (3 fellowships for 3 years): Huaijun Zhou PD with Jim Murray &Pablo Ross co-PDs


  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “GMO Feed and Animal Health: Fact versus Fiction” at three Cattle-men’s meetings in Siskiyou, Tehama and Shasta counties. Animal Biology graduate student Bryan Welly also presented his Master’s thesis work on the sequencing of the causative deltaproteobacterial agent of “Foothill Abortion”
  • Pablo Ross presented at Genentech, Inc
  • Juan Medrano participated in the conference “Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond” held in Phoenix, AZ; conference included dairymen, AI industry, USDA-AIPL, academics and international scientists
  • Francine Bradley held a Poultry Health Inspector Refresher Course in Fresno, Judged Poultry Showmanship at the Greater California Society of Poultry Fanciers' Association Show, and Officiated at the Avian Bowl State Qualifier.  
  • Richard Zinn speaker at the 2014 Southwest Nutrition & Management Conference in Arizona
  • Trish Berger in Brazil
  • UC Davis team (Cindy Garcia, Esteban Aleman, Steven Elliott, & Miguel Guillen with Caleb Sehnert, Meat Lab Manager serving as Advisor) participated in California Association of Meat Processors (CAMP) Cured and Processed Meats Championships at Chico State University.  Cindy Garcia received Grand Champion (4th consecutive award for Garcia) & Steven Elliott received Champion; the team also won the Norm Eggen Championship Cup for the second year in a row. This is the 6th consecutive year that UCD has had the Grand Champion entry. In the Open Division, Caleb Sehnert won Reserve Grand Champion
  • Esteban Aleman, a student employee at the UCD Meat Lab received the 2014 CAMP Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Caleb Sehnert presented “Products That Make You Money” at the CAMP conference