Department News and Updates! July 31, 2015


  • Attendees at Poultry Science in Louisville KY included: Mary Delany, Kirk Klasing, Joy Mench, Maja Makagon, Richard Blatchford, Bernie May, Francine Bradley, Ingrid Youngworth, Emma Wils-Plotz, Fatemah Alemi & alums Brigid McCrea, Doug Korver, Nuket Acar, Jeff Burr, Mamduh Sifri, Kim Livingston, Ramesh Selvaraj, Greg Archer. Mary & Kirk recognized as Fellows
  • Brian Greco’s elephant study featured on UCD’s website homepage
  • Huge thanks to Ed DePeters, Emma Martinez, Kathryn Jackson, Nicole Anderson, Fannie Chiang, Naomi Cholst, Kathleen Furtado, Trish Berger, Jim Fadel, Tom Famula, Lisa Holmes, Deanne Meyer, & Debbie Beard for running ANS Freshman 2015 Orientation
  • Ermias Kebreab featured on a One UC Davis banner on campus
  • Meat lab, Caleb Sehnert, Alison Van Eenennaam, & Lauren Eis featured in Grist article
  • Sean Swift of Food Chain has taken a position elsewhere on campus. We wish him much success
  • Ermias Kebreab quoted in Washington Post article


  • Kirk Klasing co-chaired a nutrition symposium at the Poultry Science meetings (PSA)
  • Joy Mench presented “The commercial layer” in the Animal Welfare Symposium at the Poultry Science meetings
  • Juan Medrano presented a seminar at the Tropical Research Center for Coffee Fungi (CIFC) in Oeiras, Portugal  on “Coffee Genome Project at UCDavis”
  • Emma Wils-Plotz spoke at Poultry Science & Fatemah Alemi gave a poster
  • Frank Mitloehner presented at the International Assoc for Food Protection conference in Portland OR
  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “Prospects for GMOs and GMO Labeling”, at the 2015 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in San Francisco
  • Ermias Kebreab interviewed on anaerobic digesters broadcast on KCRW (NPR affiliated in So. CA)
  • Francine Bradley judged Market Turkeys, Broilers, & Avian Bowl at the 125th Orange County Fair & taught a Game Fowl Health Assurance Training class & a Continuing Ed class in Costa Mesa
  • Juan Medrano presented a seminar at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain on “RNA sequencing as a tool for functional analysis during lactation”
  • Russ Hovey hosted extension folks from Dairy Australia; Deanne Meyer & Peter Robinson joined in presentations during the visit
  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “Myths & Realities of GE Food” , Sun City Healthy Eating Club, at Lincoln, CA
  • Deanne Meyer & Ermias Kebreab met with the Yili Group to discuss livestock waste & sustainable animal agriculture


  • Erin Flynn, Brittany Bjelde, Nathan Miller & Anne Todgham author “Ocean acidification exerts negative effects during warming conditions in a developing Antarctic fish" in Conservation Physiology & featured on ScienceDaily
  • Dietmar Kültz authors “Physiological mechanisms used by fish to cope with salinity stress” in J Exp Bio