Awards Program of the American Dairy Science Association®

        The annual Awards Program of the American Dairy Science Association and installation of new officers was held on June 25, 2018, at the Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee. Graduate Student Division leaders Matthew Borchers and Marie Lawton and Past President Karen Schmidt read the citations, and representatives of the donors presented the awards. The association greatly appreciates the continued generosity and support of the donors in presenting the annual awards to ADSA® members.
        Sonia Gelsinger Recipient of the 2018 Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award
        Sonia Gelsinger is the recipient of the Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award for her publication titled “Comparison of immune responses in calves fed heat-treated or unheated colostrum,” published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science. Gelsinger received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2017 and went on to complete a one-year post doc with the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying rumen acidosis in dairy calves. She now works as the manager of nutrition, research, and quality control at Select Veal Feeds Inc. in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, where she sources ingredients to formulate milk replacers and manages calf health and performance. Gelsinger's paper explores the effects of colostrum heat treatment on calf immune development. Projects completed earlier in Gelsinger's PhD demonstrated increased efficiency of immunoglobulin G absorption when calves received heat-treated colostrum, which implied a more robust immune response. The main objective of the recognized paper was to compare immune responses in terms of growth, rectal temperature, and blood cytokine and immunoglobulin G concentrations in calves that received heat-treated or unheated colostrum at birth. A secondary objective was to compare apparent cytokine absorption between treatments. The experiment used 26 bull calves. Thirteen calves were fed colostrum that had previously been heat treated (60°C, 60 min). The remaining 13 calves received colostrum that was not heat treated. At 14 and 35 days of age, each calf received a subcutaneous injection of ovalbumin as an immune stimulant. Blood samples and rectal temperature were collected for 10 days postinjection. Body weight was measured at the beginning, middle, and end of each challenge period. Apparent absorption of interleukin-1β and immunoglobulin G production in response to the immune challenge was greater in calves fed unheated colostrum. These calves also returned to normal growth rate more quickly following an immune challenge compared with calves fed heat-treated colostrum. No differences were observed in rectal temperature or interferon gamma concentrations. Gelsinger and her coauthor concluded that feeding heat-treated colostrum to calves did not inhibit the immune response but that recovery from exogenous challenges may be delayed compared with calves fed unheated colostrum. These data demonstrate measurable differences in calf physiology in response to small changes in the colostrum received at birth. During her time at The Pennsylvania State University, Gelsinger presented research at various meetings and conferences, including poster and oral presentations at the annual ADSA meetings across the country. She mentored undergraduate researchers at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Spain, and served as a guest lecturer at both universities.
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        Sonia Gelsinger (right) receives the 2018 Alltech Inc. Graduate Student Paper Publication Award from Amanda Gehman (left).
        Ian Lean Recipient of the 2018 American Feed Industry Association Award
        Ian J. Lean's general interests are in improving the profitability of ruminant production. He has extensively published on the interactions of nutrition, reproduction, and health and has been a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences, presenting on ruminant production, efficient study design, and the use of meta-analysis to define complex problems. Lean has been recognized for leadership and excellence in meta-analytic research and works with public and private research organizations. He has a deep knowledge of factors influencing farm profit from a biological and economic perspective and has presented nationally and internationally on these. He and his colleagues published an original work on body condition scoring that has been one of the most highly cited papers (more than 2,000 citations) in Journal of Dairy Science (JDS) and, more importantly, forever bettered the genetic selection and nutritional management of dairy cattle. The recognition that management of body composition is a critically important factor in overall productive efficiency and longevity of the dairy cow and dairy farm has been one of the major impacts of dairy research in the last 50 years. Very few scientists have had as much impact on basic reproductive physiology, nutritional metabolism, and health and simultaneously on practical decision-making metrics and management as Lean. His continued work on meta-analysis and data mining have led the world in the understanding of the complex biology of the dairy cow and kept us moving forward away from the simple, narrow studies of the past. Lean recently has published three Editor's Choice papers in JDS, including the highly downloaded review in regards to study design of reproductive studies. In addition, Lean was awarded the Gilruth Prize (the Australian veterinary profession's highest honor) and in 2010 was awarded the Australian Dairy Science Award. He was also awarded a DVSc (the equivalent of a Doctor of Science and the highest academic award in Australia and the United Kingdom) from the University of Sydney in 2012 for excellence of published works. Lean's work on the causes of subpar performance of dairy cattle span veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, and nutrition and reflect a consistent investigation of the pathophysiology of the high-producing dairy cow with a view to improving the production, health, well-being, and profitability of these animals. In doing so, he has identified successful strategies and treatments and has advocated strongly for the dairy industry while mentoring a cadre of successful colleagues. His contributions to ADSA are particularly strong for one living outside the United States and reflect his deep commitment to the organization. The dollar impact of his work in saving lost production, improved animal genetics, and longevity is among the top contributions of dairy scientists.
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        Ian Lean (right) receives the 2018 American Feed Industry Association Award from Ryan Ordway (left).
        Michael A. Steele Recipient of the 2018 Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award
        Michael A. Steele was born and raised on a dairy farm in Ontario, Canada, and developed an interest in dairy cattle nutrition and management from this experience. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Guelph. Steele then spent a year in China working as a consultant to the dairy industry (2003–2004). After this, Steele spent two years as head nutritionist for Masterfeeds. His responsibilities included technical training, support, and product research and development. He then returned to the University of Guelph to obtain a PhD under the guidance of Brian McBride. His doctoral research focused on how the rumen epithelium adapts to grain-induced ruminal acidosis in cattle. He also developed a nutritional model to induce rumen acidosis. This work incorporated nutrition, genomics, and microscopy to better understand the physiology associated with rumen acidosis. This work produced more than 20 peer-reviewed journal papers. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph, Steele spent two years as a research scientist and technology transfer specialist for Nutreco Canada Agresearch (2012–2014). As part of his work at Nutreco, he had the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. This experience stimulated his interest in pursuing an academic career. Steele accepted a position in ruminant physiology and nutrition at the University of Alberta in 2014. This position contains research, teaching, and extension responsibilities. His research focus is on early life nutritional and microbial programming and the effect on gastrointestinal function, development, and metabolism of dairy calves. In developing his program, Steele sought input from dairy producers and is committed to providing research results that can be used to improve calf nutrition and management on dairy farms. Since 2014, his research program has obtained more than $4 million, and six MS, four PhD, and six postdoctoral fellows have worked in his program. Steele has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers from this program since 2014. He has also presented more than 50 invited talks at nutrition and dairy producer meetings in Canada, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands. An integral component of his program is collaborations with more than 15 calf research groups throughout the world. Steele received the Lallemand Animal Nutrition Award for Scientific Excellence in Dairy Nutrition from ADSA in 2016. He also received the Canadian Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award in 2016. Steele is the 2017–2018 president of the Canadian Society of Animal Science.
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        Michael Steele (right) receives the 2018 Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award from Mike Messman (left).
        Marina von Keyserlingk Recipient of the 2018 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award
        Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk received her BSc (Honors) in agriculture from the University of British Columbia, her MSc in animal science from the University of Alberta, and her PhD in animal science from the University of British Columbia. von Keyserlingk has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of dairy cattle welfare as a member of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. Currently, she serves as professor, NSERC industrial research (senior chair), and associate dean of graduate studies for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. von Keyserlingk has won teaching awards from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and from the North American Colleges of Agriculture. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Canadian Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service awarded by the Canadian Society of Animal Science. von Keyserlingk was the co-recipient of the 2016 award for outstanding contributions to the field of ruminant well-being by the World Buiatrics Association and the 2013 co-recipient of the award for outstanding contributions to the field of cattle welfare. She currently teaches four courses annually, has mentored 23 graduate students, and is the principal supervisor of nine graduate students. von Keyserlingk has also served as the principal supervisor to 15 postdoctoral fellows. She has presented 20 invited academic lectures at universities in North and South America and Europe and has more than 80 media references to research conducted in her laboratory. She has published more than 200 refereed scientific journal articles. Her commitment to service is outstanding, with more than 200 invited presentations to academics, industry professionals, animal industry groups, and the public in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. She has been involved in the organizing of three ADSA DiscoverSM Conferences, including Issues of Sustainability in Dairy Production (2010), Transition Cow Biology and Management (2010), and Dairy Cattle Welfare (2014). von Keyserlingk served on the Production Executive Scientific Advisory Committee (Dairy Farmers of Canada), Dairy Cluster Scientific Advisory Committee (Dairy Farmers of Canada), and the Canadian Council on Animal Care. She served on the Guidelines Committee of the Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine that reviewed new and existing guidelines for animal use in research and teaching and is a member of the subcommittee responsible for drafting new guidelines for farm animals used in research and teaching. von Keyserlingk also serves on the Dean Foods Inc. Animal Welfare Advisory Council and is the scientific advisor to the Dairy Well Audit Committee. She serves as animal welfare scientific advisor to the FASS Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Care. Previous committee memberships include the British Columbia Farm Animal Care Committee, Beef Quality Assurance, and Animal Welfare Advisory Group, and she has served as scientific advisor to the Farm Animal Welfare Subcommittee—Organic Standards Development. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Dairy Science from the ADSA.
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        Marina von Keyserlingk (right) receives the 2018 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award from Mario Lopez (left)
        Herman Barkema Recipient of the 2018 Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science
        Herman Barkema completed his DVM degree at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1988. After managing a large dairy and beef herd in Costa Rica, he returned to Utrecht University for graduate studies and received his PhD in 1998. In 2001, Barkema moved to Prince Edward Island to become associate professor of epidemiology and farm service. He is currently professor in epidemiology of infectious diseases in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Barkema is a world-renowned researcher in veterinary epidemiology and is recognized as a scientific leader in two of the most important infectious diseases of dairy cattle, mastitis and Johne's disease. Barkema has published more than 270 scientific manuscripts and book chapters supported by more than $35 million from grants and contract research as principal or co-investigator. His projects consistently include student training and involve collaborations with researchers who have complementary knowledge. He excels at bridging the intellectual gaps among molecular biologists and epidemiologists, mathematical and molecular epidemiologists, and researchers and extension specialist. Barkema leads internationally in mastitis control, with participation in numerous organizations and committees devoted to improving milk quality and mammary health. He was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network and currently serves on the executive committee. Barkema has also been an active and enthusiastic member of the National Mastitis Council, serving on the board of directors, as a member of the Research Committee, and as chair of the International Advisory Committee. Barkema's second research priority is prevention and control of Johne's disease. He co-leads the Technical Committee of the Canadian Voluntary Johne's Disease Program. In addition, he coordinates the Alberta Johne's Disease Initiative and annual Canadian Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis meeting, which brings together medical and veterinary researchers to discuss research on this bacterium. Furthermore, he led development of a Canadian Johne's Disease Initiative. Barkema has a keen interest in educating DVM and graduate students. He has taught milk quality and mastitis courses to DVM and graduate students as well as continuing education courses for veterinarians. Barkema has supervised or co-supervised 44 graduate students, three postgraduate fellows, and more than 100 undergraduate and summer students. Key aspects of Barkema's leadership are his consistent ability to gain the trust and support of industry and to engage numerous graduate students and collaborators in his research. That most of his studies are field-based necessitates exceptional skills in planning and conducting research, motivating all participants, and communicating results. His ability to identify key research topics and to assemble and organize resources necessary to conduct the work and communicate findings underpins his success. Barkema's momentous contributions, international reputation for novel and insightful research, ability to translate findings into field applications, and outstanding leadership in udder health and Johne's disease collectively render him a worthy recipient of the Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science.
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        Herman Barkema (right) receives the 2018 Elanco Award for Excellence in Dairy Science from David Carlson (left).
        Gene McCoy Recipient of the 2018 Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award
        Gene McCoy has dedicated himself to training, challenging, advising, and counseling dairy youth. At all times, he has demonstrated professionalism and outstanding performance that has brought honor to his students. He obtained a BS degree from Western Illinois University and an MS degree from Southern Illinois University. McCoy is recognized nationally for his teaching of dairy cattle judging and practical dairy cattle management. For the past 38 years, he has been a highly successful coach of the dairy cattle judging teams at the University of Illinois. His 1999 team placed first in the National Collegiate Contest. For 36 years, he has coordinated the Illinois state 4-H and FFA dairy cattle judging contests. Furthermore, he has been an official for the National FFA dairy cattle evaluation competition for the past seven years. At the University of Illinois, he has been an adviser of the Illini Dairy Club for the past 25 years. He assisted the club in hosting the first Midwest Regional ADSA-SAD meeting in 1982 at the University of Illinois, and he was the lead adviser for hosting the Midwest Regional ADSA-SAD meeting again in 1995 and 2001. From 1979 until his retirement from full-time employment in 2002, he managed the Dairy Research and Teaching Herd at the University of Illinois. He was a co-investigator of more than $1.7 million for research and authored or co-authored more than 200 articles, publications, and proceedings. He has continued to teach undergraduate courses on a part-time basis since his retirement from full-time employment. His students have especially appreciated his role as the coordinator for the spring break trips since 1998 that allow students to observe management techniques and new technologies used for agricultural industries. The spring break trips have been to 13 US states and 9 other countries, and the participating students indicate that they learn how to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. The Illinois Purebred Dairy Cattle Association awarded him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He also received the Outstanding Service Award twice, in 1989 and in 2002, from the Illinois Holstein Association and the Outstanding Service Award from the Illinois Ayrshire Association in 2010. In 2003, he received the National ADSA-SAD Outstanding Adviser Award. He has been a member of ADSA since 1964, is a member of National Dairy Shrine, and has served as the secretary/treasurer for the Illinois Purebred Dairy Cattle Association since 1985. McCoy is knowledgeable, creative, ethical, and willing to accept responsibility for educating youth. He has a unique ability to relate to students in order for them to develop life skills that they apply in their careers. Many of his students have used these skills to become leaders among dairy producers or to earn MS, PhD, and DVM degrees in order to become teachers, researchers, extension educators, lawyers, nutritionists, and managers of AI organizations. McCoy has had a tremendous impact by mentoring dairy youth to become contributors to, and leaders for, the dairy industry.
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        Gene McCoy (right) receives the 2018 Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award from Corey Geiger (left).
        Paul Kindstedt Recipient of the 2018 International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing
        Paul Kindstedt received his BS and MS degrees in dairy technology and animal sciences, respectively, from the University of Vermont and his PhD degree in food science from Cornell University. As a professor of food science at the University of Vermont, Kindstedt has made outstanding contributions to the dairy foods industry over the past 32 years. His most recent work includes novel applications of X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and polarized light microscopy to identify crystals in a wide range of cheeses and to elucidate their complex roles in the development of cheese texture and other sensory attributes. In the United States, visible crystals that form at the surface of some cheeses, such as calcium lactate pentahydrate crystals on Cheddar cheese, are generally considered a defect because consumers often mistake surface crystals for yeast or mold spoilage. Therefore, prevention of such crystals has been a high priority in some segments of the cheese industry; however, preventative efforts have been met with mixed success. Using powder XRD, Kindstedt's research group developed a novel method to differentiate between the two enantiomeric forms of calcium lactate that occur in cheese. Knowing the specific enantiomeric form, in turn, provides the cheesemaker with valuable diagnostic information about potential causes of crystal formation and possible preventative strategies. Cheese companies in the United States and Europe now use this novel application of XRD as a diagnostic tool for definitive identification of calcium lactate pentahydrate crystals in Cheddar and other cheeses. Kindstedt's group also determined the identity of leucine crystals, which sometimes form an objectionable white haze at the surface of Parmesan-type cheeses. Definitive identification of troublesome crystals is an important first step toward pinpointing their cause and informing strategies to prevent their occurrence. In the rapidly growing artisanal and specialty cheese sector, crystals are often considered to be desirable—even essential—quality attributes of ripened cheeses. Kindstedt's use of XRD and polarized light microscopy has significantly expanded our knowledge of previously unrecognized or poorly characterized cheese crystals. For example, in long-aged Parmesan-type cheeses, crystals of the amino acid leucine, which form inside of large spherical features known as “pearls” that often occur throughout the cheese body, contribute to cheese granularity and fracture properties. In white mold surface ripened cheeses, crystals of brushite, the dihydrate form of calcium phosphate, precipitate at the cheese surface. Calcium phosphate crystallization, in turn, drives dramatic radial softening and liquefaction that characterizes these cheeses during ripening. In contrast, Kindstedt's work demonstrated that an analogous process of radial softening and liquefaction occurs during the ripening of soft smear ripened cheeses, triggered by crystallization of ikaite (calcium carbonate hexahydrate), struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate hexahydrate), and calcite (calcium carbonate), with only minor crystallization of brushite. The extreme abundance of ikaite and struvite crystals observed in cheese smears by polarized light microscopy and powder XRD implicates carbon dioxide and ammonia in the ripening room atmosphere as major drivers of radial softening. This, in turn, opens the door to new approaches for controlling radial softening through modulation of the ripening room atmosphere.
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        Paul Kindstedt (right) receives the 2018 International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing from Bill Graves (left).
        Sanjeev Anand Recipient of the 2018 International Dairy Foods Association Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing
        Sanjeev Anand is a well-recognized and highly respected dairy science professional, specialized in microbiological quality and safety of dairy foods, with about 34 years of teaching and research experience. He obtained his MS and PhD degrees in dairy microbiology from the National Dairy Research Institute, India. He was also a visiting professor at the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (2001–2002), where he specialized in the application of quorum signals and bioreporters in studying bacterial virulence markers with Mansel Griffiths. Anand worked for the Agricultural Research Services, Indian Council of Agricultural Research from 1985 to 2006 and rose through the ranks of scientist to principal scientist. He joined South Dakota State University (SDSU) in 2006 as an assistant professor of dairy manufacturing. Since 2014, he has held the rank of professor in the Dairy and Food Science Department within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. Since 2006, Anand has taught two undergraduate-level courses, Dairy Microbiology and Food Microbiology, and a graduate-level course, Advanced Dairy and Food Microbiology. He has mentored 26 undergraduate student research projects and has served as a major advisor to 17 MS and 6 PhD students. Several of his advisees received prestigious awards, such as the MS Thesis Academic Excellence Award (SDSU), 3-minute Graduate Thesis Award (ADSA and SDSU), Graduate Poster Competition Award (ADSA), J. F. Nelson Graduate Scholarship Award (SDSU), Honors Undergraduate Research Award (SDSU), and Griffith Undergraduate Research Award (SDSU). Ten of his graduate advisees are already serving in the US dairy industry in various capacities. Anand has authored or co-authored 118 peer-reviewed research publications and reviews and 80 conference posters and presentations and has 84 invited lectures to his credit. Anand oversees research projects related to dairy processing, product safety, food pathogens, preservation, quality assurance, and food safety education. Some of his current areas of research, supported by several grants from NDC and MDA, are whey protein hydrolysates and probiotics–based formulations, Listeria control in the dairy processing environment, development and control of bacterial biofilms on dairy processing membranes and dairy processing equipment, thermoduric sporeformers and spores in cheese, skim milk powder and whey products, and nonthermal techniques to reduce thermoduric thermophiles and their spores. He has also contributed in the area of food safety education, supported by four AFRI/USDA Higher Education Challenge grants.
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        Sanjeev Anand (right) receives the 2018 International Dairy Foods Association Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing from Bill Graves (left).
        Flávio S. Schenkel Recipient of the 2018 J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding
        Flávio S. Schenkel, professor and director of the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) at the University of Guelph, Canada, is the recipient of the 2018 J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding, given in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of dairy cattle breeding. Born in Brazil, Schenkel earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and his PhD degree from University of Guelph in 1998. His research spans many areas, from theoretical to applied animal breeding, genetics, and genomics in livestock breeding. In October 2013, Schenkel was appointed director of the CGIL, which currently comprises seven faculty, 10 adjunct faculty, 47 researchers, and graduate students. Schenkel contributed significantly to pioneering the development of dairy cattle genomic evaluation, which improved breeding decisions and provided a more rapid rate of genetic improvement in dairy cattle. Schenkel is well known internationally, and his reputation has had a positive impact on CGIL, with many visiting scientists and students coming to work with him directly. Schenkel has developed an internationally renowned research program. Through collaborative research with the dairy industry, software packages such as QMSim, GEBV, and Fimpute were developed and have had a significant effect on research programs and genetic evaluations in Canada and around the world. Schenkel has been involved in a number of international projects, with a close connection to Brazil and collaborations in the United States, France, and China. Schenkel was instrumental in the implementation of the national dairy genomic evaluations in Canada. He was responsible for the initial research project that led to implementation of genomic selection in 2009 by the Canadian Dairy Network. Many other countries have now followed this accomplishment, underlining the wide-reaching impact of Schenkel's work. More recently, Schenkel's research has concentrated on further development of genomic evaluation methods and on sequence genotype imputation in a large cow population. His interest in computing hardware for big data storage and analysis has allowed for state-of-the-art updates in CGIL's computing facilities. Currently, Schenkel leads a project on breeding livestock for climate resilience and is co-applicant in a project on increasing feed efficiency and reducing methane emissions through genomics. Schenkel's leadership has created strong interest in and support for genomics research in the Canadian dairy cattle industry, ranging from individual breeders to AI companies. Schenkel has successfully advised to completion 16 graduate students, four of whom have landed academic positions and seven of whom are working for the livestock industry. Schenkel has also advised 12 postdoctoral researchers and 15 international students, eight of whom landed academic positions in Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, and Brazil. In his career, Schenkel has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers (28 in Journal of Dairy Science) and more than 342 scientific and technical articles. In recognition of his remarkable contributions to dairy cattle breeding and genomics, Schenkel is undoubtedly a most worthy recipient for the J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding.
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        Flávio Schenkel (right) accepts the 2018 J. L. Lush Award in Animal Breeding from João Dürr (left).
        Antonio Faciola Recipient of the 2018 Lallemand Forward Award for Scientific Excellence in Dairy Nutrition
        Antonio Faciola grew up on a ranch in the Brazilian Amazon, where his family has raised water buffaloes and beef cattle for more than 100 years. He received BSc and MSc degrees in animal science from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, and a PhD in dairy science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison under Glen Broderick's supervision. Faciola has been an assistant professor at the University of Florida since July 2017, which followed his assistant professorship at the University of Nevada (UNR) that began in June 2013. The overarching goal of his research program is to improve the efficiency of nutrient utilization in dairy cows to enhance production and minimize the environmental impact of dairy operations. Faciola has already built the foundations of an outstanding research program, and, in recognition of these efforts, he was awarded both the 2016 Researcher of the Year Award in the College of Agriculture at UNR (the first assistant professor to receive this honor) and the 2017 Early Career Innovator Award—the most prestigious campus-wide early career award at UNR. In a short time, Faciola has built a strong research team and publication record. Since 2013, Faciola has published 24 peer-reviewed articles, including a Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice article in 2014. To further disseminate findings from his work, directly benefitting dairy producers and other stakeholders, Faciola regularly publishes articles in the popular press and social media. To support and grow his research program, Faciola has secured more than $2.7 million in competitive grants. These include USDA-NIFA, USAID, Hatch, and institutional, foundation, and industry contracts. Among these, he is the lead principal investigator on a project that evaluated canola meal as a protein supplement for dairy cows. This work demonstrated that canola meal can improve milk production by about 1 kg/d per cow when it replaces soybean meal in the diet of dairy cows, which has had a significant effect on dairy production and has contributed to the widespread adoption of canola meal in the diets of dairy cows throughout the United States and beyond. Moreover, he is a co-principal investigator in a newly awarded $0.5 million five-year USDA-NIFA project aiming at evaluating ruminal microbial energy utilization in vitro, in a dual-flow continuous culture system, and in vivo using omasal sampling methodology. Faciola has demonstrated that he can adapt his research goals to local priorities and needs. Furthermore, his growing international reputation and collaborations demonstrate his commitment to building a truly international research program. Since 2013, Faciola has established outstanding international collaborations with scientists in Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. He has presented 16 invited talks, including 10 with an international scope. These included one at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting, two in Brazil, one in Canada, one in Croatia, one in South Africa, one in Uzbekistan, one in Turkmenistan, and two online webinars. Since 2013, Faciola has mentored one MSc student, six PhD students, 13 visiting scholars, two postdocs, and more than 30 undergrads in his research group.
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        Antonio Faciola (right) receives the 2018 Lallemand Forward Award for Scientific Excellence in Dairy Nutrition from Pascal Drouin (left).
        Zheng Zhou Recipient of the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award
        Zheng Zhou is originally from China, where he earned his BS and MS in animal science from Huazhong Agricultural University. Since his sophomore year in college, Zheng has been actively involved in animal nutrition research projects aimed at improving growth performance and health in swine and poultry. As an undergraduate student, he published two peer-reviewed research papers, including one as lead author in Animal Feed Science and Technology. Zheng's MS degree studies focused on stem cell biology in domestic animals. Apart from publishing several additional publications, his MS studies allowed Zheng to acquire a diverse array of molecular and cellular techniques prior to beginning his PhD studies, utilizing basic science methods to uncover mechanisms of applied problems in the dairy industry. Upon completion of his MS degree, Zheng joined Juan J. Loor's laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to study dairy nutrition. His primary doctoral research project assessed the efficacy of supplementing rumen-protected methionine or choline to transition dairy cows on performance, immune metabolism, and health. From a practical standpoint, he evaluated the overall performance of more than 100 transition dairy cows by coordinating a 15-month on-farm study. The improvement in dry matter intake, milk yield, immunometabolic status, and health in cows supplemented with methionine (compared with choline) resolved the long-standing doubt of whether methionine or choline are similarly beneficial to transition cows. Another focus of Zheng's doctoral research revolved around using composite indices to assess metabolic health of dairy herds. Zheng's doctoral research validated the credibility of utilizing a composite index to obtain comparable evaluation of successful transition from gestation to lactation in dairy cows. Zheng's research is underscored by his 31 published peer-reviewed manuscripts (eight as first author), with four manuscripts under review and another five drafts in the final stages of preparation for submission. He was also named Midwest ADSA Young Dairy Scholar in 2016. After completion of his PhD, Zheng joined the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University as assistant professor of nutrigenomics. As part of his research program, Zheng continues to study the role of nutritional management in improving dairy cattle health and productivity. A long-term goal is to advance understanding of in vivo mechanisms underpinning nutrient metabolism using both classical methods in nutrition and molecular and cellular biology. Furthermore, he intends to utilize omics approaches to identify biomarkers that alone or in combination can quantitatively characterize immune, inflammation, and metabolic status to help livestock producers make more informed decisions.
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        Zheng Zhou (right) receives the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award from Beth Briczinski (left).
        Mary Beth Hall Recipient of the 2018 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award
        Mary Beth Hall brings a varied background to her work on dairy cattle nutrition. She grew up riding and working with horses and ponies in the livestock-dense environment of Flushing, New York. Prior to starting her bachelor's degree in animal science at Cornell University, she had only twice acquainted herself with an animal that forever captured her interest: first milking dairy cows on the family farm in Spain and later on a dairy farm in Sharon, Connecticut. She continued to work on commercial and research dairy farms throughout her undergraduate career. Upon completion of her BS in 1982, she earned an MS in animal science at Virginia Tech the following year. After graduation, Hall dedicated seven years to working for industry and cooperative extension on nutrition and management practices with commercial dairy herds in New York State. She then returned to Cornell University, receiving a PhD in animal science in 1996. Her first faculty appointment (1996) was at the University of Florida Department of Dairy and Poultry Sciences as an assistant professor of dairy cattle nutrition in extension and research. In 2002, she was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. In 2004, Hall joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the US Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as a research scientist, where she serves today. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Throughout her research and extension career, Hall's primary focus has been on nonfiber carbohydrates (NFC) in feeds and their best utilization within the diets of lactating dairy cows. To her, NFC seemed to be the most poorly characterized, consequential part of the diet; it could support excellent lactation performance or impair the animals, the farm, and the human food supply. Hall thought that there must be a better way to work with these carbohydrates in diets. Her unremitting research and outreach emphasis on NFC has led to improved analysis and quantification of specific fractions such as starch, water-soluble carbohydrates, and soluble fiber; assessing the effects of dietary NFC and their interaction with protein on rumen microbes and their products of metabolism and utilization that serve as nutrients to the cow; practical on-farm applications of knowledge gained for the development of dairy rations; and rapid assessments of ration formulation and herd health, focusing on visual evaluation of manure and its relationship to dietary effects on rumen function. Hall's work has spanned the very basic to very applied ends of the spectrum. More recently, she has collaborated on demonstrating the ruminal microbiome–related factors that affect the partitioning of nutrients toward milk and away from manure and greenhouse gas emission. Hall's research and development in feed analysis have resulted in an AOAC official method for dietary starch analysis of animal feeds and nutritionally relevant partitioning of NFC for use in ration formulation. She has served on ADSA, ASAS, NRC, and other industry-related committees and initiatives. She has authored 57 peer-reviewed publications and seven book chapters in addition to preparing 94 conference proceedings, three extension fact sheets, 17 newsletters, and 13 trade journal articles. To date, she has given 265 presentations to international, national, state, and local audiences of feed analysis, nutrition, and dairy industry stakeholders.
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        Mary Beth Hall (right) receives the 2018 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award from Steve Woodford (left).
        Elizabeth Karcher Recipient of the 2018 Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production
        Elizabeth Karcher received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MS from Purdue University, and her PhD from Iowa State University. Karcher is an assistant professor and undergraduate programs coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. She joined the department in 2016 after serving as an academic specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University for eight years. As an educator, Karcher's goal is to motivate students and continually challenge them with new concepts and experiences. She accomplishes this through the classroom, academic and club advising, and providing international opportunities to her students. Karcher has developed seven new courses ranging from study abroad programming to animal health management. By utilizing case studies, group discussion, and interactive laboratories, she strives in all of her courses to create a student-centered learning environment. This is accomplished by providing hands-on, real-world application of science-based materials. Since 2008, she has taught more than 1,000 students across 11 courses. Providing international opportunities for her students is also a goal for Karcher. She conducts research focused on study abroad programming and how these experiences can be structured to quantifiably improve students' intercultural competencies. Since 2010, she has developed four new study abroad programs in Southeast Asia and Europe. Most recently, Karcher organized a program for 11 undergraduate students and four extension educators to study food security and environmental challenges in Vietnam. Karcher is also able to translate her research experience to provide experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research. She uses her research program as a means of engaging students in the discovery process. Since 2010, Karcher has mentored eight undergraduate students on research projects. As a testament to the students' involvement, 22 published abstracts and 3 peer-reviewed articles have been authored by students in her laboratory. Several of Karcher's activities provide learning opportunities within the dairy industry. Since 2017, Karcher has organized a two-day undergraduate program in conjunction with the annual Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference. This program provides students with the opportunity to network with key members of the dairy industry. Since 2008, Karcher has worked with students to prepare them for the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Karcher co-advised the MSU Dairy Club from 2008 to 2012 and encourages students to attend the national SAD-ADSA meetings. In 2009, Karcher was elected by the undergraduate student members of SAD to serve a three-year term as faculty advisor. Additionally, she co-advised the MSU Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association from 2010 to 2015. Karcher is a principal investigator on a USDA NIFA SPECA (Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in K-12 Classroom) Challenge grant focused on enhancing the future poultry workforce through STEM-based industry exposure and engagement. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the NACTA Teacher Scholar Award (2018), the ASAS Midwest Outstanding Young Teacher Award (2017), NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (2014), the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources (CANR) Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad (2014), and the MSU CANR Excellence in Teaching, New Teacher Award (2012). She and her husband have five children and live in West Lafayette, Indiana.
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        Elizabeth Karcher (right) accepts the 2018 Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production from Olivia Genther-Schroeder (left).
        Sarne De Vliegher Recipient of the 2018 West Agro Inc. Award
        Sarne De Vliegher graduated as a veterinarian from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1998, after which he started working in the university's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics, and Herd Health. He defended his PhD thesis on heifer mastitis in 2004 after having worked at the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, for some months. In that same year, he finished an MSc in veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and obtained a degree as a judicial expert from Ghent University. In 2006 he became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. In the meantime, he worked in the University bovine veterinary practice for seven years. Since 2005, De Vliegher has taught veterinary legislation, deontology, and practice management at Ghent University. He has been the manager of the university's bovine veterinary practice for 10 years and currently has nine PhD students and three post docs on his team working in the area of mastitis and milk quality with a focus on the role of the non-aureus staphylococci for bovine udder health and antimicrobial consumption on dairy farms. He also heads M-team UGent, working with veterinarians, farmers, and the industry on mastitis and milk quality issues, and is cofounder and coowner of MEX, a spinoff company focusing on tools and concepts to make mastitis management easy around the world. For years he has been an active member of the European Mastitis Panel (MSD Animal Health) and the Global Milk Quality Expert Forum (Boehringer Ingelheim). De Vliegher has been a keynote speaker at multiple international conferences and meetings around the world, was involved in mastitis and milk quality research in Ethiopia, and is an author of more than 140 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, including 52 papers in the Journal of Dairy Science. With his team, he organized the Heifer Mastitis Conference in 2007, an international workshop on coagulase-negative staphylococci in 2010 and 2017, and the National Mastitis Council regional meeting in 2014 (all in Ghent, Belgium). He is currently second vice president of the National Mastitis Council after having served multiple years as a board member, and he is co-editor-in-chief and co-product manager of M2 magazine, an international magazine on mastitis and milk quality for the dairy professional. He recently published a handbook on bovine udder health together with Theo Lam. Between 2013 and 2016, De Vliegher served as the president of the Flemish Regional Council of the Belgian Board of Veterinarians and as vice president of the Belgian Board of Veterinarians after having been a board member of both organizations between 2010 and 2013, illustrating his keen interest in the different aspects of the veterinary profession. He is married to Sofie Bhatti, a clinical professor in veterinary neurology at Ghent University, and is father and biggest fan of two keen soccer players, Tuur (12) and Juul (9).
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        On behalf of Same De Vliegher, Leo Timms (right) accepts the 2018 West Agro Inc. Award from Mario Lopez (left).
        Lance Baumgard Recipient of the 2018 Zoetis Physiology Award
        Lance Baumgard has contributed relevant and biologically and economically important work toward understanding the physiology of the dairy cow during his career. His ability to address major issues, his successful research projects and teams, and his rapidly adopted technology transfer back to the field and industry and in the university classroom have resulted in a seamless, collaborative, productive, and successful nutritional physiology program for the global dairy industry. Baumgard's overall research program primarily concentrates on nutrient metabolism and partitioning with a focus on energy utilization in lactating dairy cows. His group uses many scientific approaches, including aspects of both applied and basic (metabolic and molecular) biology. This broad base has allowed him to branch out and investigate a variety of issues and conditions related to nutrient partitioning. A major thrust and contribution of Baumgard's research has focused on the transition period. He has studied the use of conjugated linoleic acid to alleviate the negative energy balance and associated diseases of early lactation, adding to our insight into the energy partitioning mechanisms in early-lactating animals. The overall importance of this research is demonstrated by the numerous regional, national, and international meetings to which he has been invited. He and his collaborators have earned more than $4 million in competitive grants to study dairy cattle physiology, including a number-one-ranked USDA-AFRI grant in 2011 through 2015, which the review panel described as the best physicochemico-biological research study they had seen. His areas of research are valued by his scientific peers and the dairy and other animal industries and are leading to better nutritional strategies for transition and lactating cows. His national and international reputation is fostered by impressive productivity as illustrated by the number of publications. Since 2013, he has published or co-published seven invited reviews and book chapters, 72 refereed journal articles (three accepted in 2018), 38 conference or proceedings papers, 105 scientific abstracts, and seven extension papers. Baumgard has given 83 invited presentations in a variety of regional and national industry meetings and has been recognized with several national research awards. Baumgard is a great mentor for future dairy scientists and leaders. He has worked with and trained eight PhD and three MS students (many with national awards) as well as one postdoctoral fellow and one visiting international scientist in the past five years. He has also mentored 17 undergraduate students in research projects. Baumgard has been a leader in the research of dairy cattle metabolic physiology for more than a decade and is a wonderful addition to the list of excellent scientists recognized with the ADSA Zoetis Physiology Award.
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        Lance Baumgard (right) receives the 2018 Zoetis Physiology Award from Tom Meinert (left).
        Justin Rosadiuk Winner of the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production, MS division
        The winner of the National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production, MS Division, was Justin Rosadiuk. Justin is a master's candidate from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He was raised on a beef farm but now studies ruminant nutrition in dairy cattle. Justin hopes to work as a nutritionist one day, while operating a cow-calf operation to fill his spare time. In his current spare time, you can find Justin playing or watching any sport or spending time outside.
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        Justin Rosadiuk (right) receives the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production–MS Division award from Beth Briczinski (left).
        The second-place winner was Sena Field, of University of Florida, and the third-place winner was Rebecca Hiltz, of University of Idaho.
        Russell Pate Winner of the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production, PhD division
        The winner of the National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production, PhD Division, was Russell Pate. Russell is a third-year PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying ruminant nutrition with Phil Cardoso. His research focuses on stressors and their effect on dairy cattle performance and immunological function. He has conducted multiple research projects that evaluated the effects of aflatoxin challenge on dairy cows. He has also been involved in studies that assessed fungicide application on corn silage performance, and he created a calculator that allows farmers to analyze milk quality of their herd.
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        Russell Pate (right) receives the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production–PhD Division award from Beth Briczinski (left).
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        Russell Pate (right) receives the 2018 ADSA/EAAP PhD Student Travel Award from Novus International from Mercedes Vazquez-Anon (left).
        The second-place winner was Amanda Davis of Cornell University, and the third-place winner was Karla Rodriguez-Hernandez of South Dakota State University.
        Russell Pate also received the ADSA/EAAP Student Travel award sponsored by Novus International and given to the winner of the National Milk Producers Federation Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production (PhD division).
        Brittney Riebel Winner of the 2018 National Dairy Council Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research
        The winner of the National Dairy Council Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research was Brittney Riebel. Brittney is in the second year of a master's degree in food science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under the advisement of John Lucey. Additionally, she is a member of the Center for Dairy Research trained sensory panel. She received her bachelor's degree in food science from North Dakota State University. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in New Zealand for a semester, worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Ag and Biosystems Engineering department, and danced ballroom competitively. She has also held various internships in R&D, production, and food safety disciplines.
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        Brittney Riebel (right) receives the 2018 National Dairy Council Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research award from Bill Graves (left).
        The second-place winner was Brandon Carter of North Carolina State University, and the third-place winner was Neha Neha of South Dakota State University.
        Gonzalo Miyagusuku-Cruzado Winner of the 2018 Leprino Foods Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research
        The winner of the Leprino Foods Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research was Gonzalo Miyagusuku-Cruzado. Gonzalo is a graduate researcher and a PhD student in the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. Born in Lima, Peru, Gonzalo has a bachelor's in science from the faculty of Food Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. He received a master's degree in bioscience and biotechnology from Kyushu University, sponsored by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Japan. Currently, he is conducting research on whey protein–anthocyanin interactions under the guidance of Dr. Giusti and with a fellowship from the Peruvian Government.
        The second-place winner was Ben Ma of Kansas State University, and the third-place winner was Karthik Babu, also of Kansas State University.
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        Gonzalo Miyagusuku-Cruzado (right) receives the 2018 Leprino Foods Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest in Dairy Foods Research award from Karen Schmidt (left).
        Sarah Sivinski Winner of the 2018 Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production, MS division
        The winner of the Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production, MS Division, was Sarah Sivinski. Sarah is originally from Atlanta, Georgia; she obtained her bachelor's degree in equine science from the University of Kentucky in 2016. She is currently pursuing her master's degree with Barry Bradford at Kansas State University focusing on dairy nutrition and immunology. She will graduate in early fall of this year.
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        Sarah Sivinski (right) receives the 2018 Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production-MS Division award from Olivia Genther-Schroeder (left).
        The second-place winner was Jacob Hadfield of Utah State University, and the third-place winner was Caroline Knoblock of the University of Alberta.
        Clarissa Strieder-Barboza Winner of the 2018 Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production, PhD division
        The winner of the Purina Animal Nutrition Graduate Student Poster Contest in Dairy Production, PhD Division, was Clarissa Strieder-Barboza of Michigan State University. Clarissa received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil (2009), and a masters in veterinary science from the Universidad Austral de Chile (2011). In 2018, she received her PhD in comparative medicine and integrative biology from Michigan State University under the direction of Andres Contreras; her research focused on the role of fetuin-A on adipose tissue lipid mobilization in periparturient dairy cows. As a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical School of University of Michigan, she is currently developing research on understanding the mechanisms by which obesity influences disease by investigating the association between obesity and inflammation in human adipose tissue.
        The second-place winner was Emmanuel Asiamah of North Carolina A&T State University, and the third-place winner was Fernanda Batistel of the University of Illinois.
        Ariana Negreiro Winner of the 2018 ADSA-SAD Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: Original Research/Independent Study
        Ariana Negreiro, Michigan State University, is this year's Undergraduate Original Research/Independent Study Paper Competition winner. The second-place winner was Sarah Mac, of the University of Kentucky, and the third-place winner was Lauren Engleking, of the University of Alberta.
        Jaime Uren Winner of the 2018 ADSA-SAD Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: Dairy Production
        Jaime Uren, The Ohio State University, is this year's Undergraduate Production Paper Competition winner. The second-place winner was Courtney Henderson, of Virginia Tech, and the third-place winner was Megan Woodrum, of the University of Kentucky.
        Brittney Davidson Winner of the 2018 ADSA-SAD Undergraduate Student Paper Competition: Dairy Foods
        Brittney Davidson of the University of Florida is this year's Undergraduate Dairy Foods Paper Competition winner. Tied for second place were Lydia Harrison, of Virginia Tech, and Paige Cecil, of the University of Kentucky.
        Olivia Reiff Winner of the 2018 ADSA-SAD Undergraduate Student Poster Competition: Original Research/Independent Study
        Olivia M. Reiff of Cornell University is the winner of this year's Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Competition in Original Research. The second-place winner was Jack Myers, of Iowa State University, and the third-place winner was Kimberly Reuscher, of Tarleton State University.
        Sabrina Portner Recipient of the 2018 The Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award
        Sabrina Portner received her undergraduate degrees in dairy science and international agriculture in three years from Iowa State University in May 2018. She grew up on her family's 250-cow Brown Swiss dairy farm in southern Minnesota. On this farm, her passion for the dairy community and feeding the world began. Nurtured by her heavy involvement in 4-H and FFA, Portner's enthusiasm for agriculture led her to Iowa State, where she quickly became involved in the Dairy Science Club and department. During her freshman year, she was elected to the Dairy Science Club executive team as a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Student Council representative. Through this position she served both the club and the college as a whole. During Portner's two-year term on the CALS council, she was a member of the sponsorship committee and the co-chair of the college's annual new student BBQ. Within the Dairy Science Club, she served the Ames community by teaching children about the dairy industry as the chair of the education committee. Additionally, she headed the banquet committee this year. Mentored by Leo Timms, she developed a fascination for research. Her milk quality research project on her home farm earned her first place in the department's undergraduate poster session during her freshman year. Following the research path, Portner's interest in dairy nutrition led her to work as an undergrad research assistant for Lance Baumgard. She took on a larger leadership role by creating a Science with Practice poster for trials of one of Baumgard's PhD students. She studied the effects of the bioavailability of zinc on immune system response during immunostimulation. Portner joined the Dairy Challenge team, culminating in a first-place finish at the national competition in Visalia, California. Her high scholastic achievement, involvement in the college, and service activities earned her a place in the Iowa State University Alpha Zeta agriculture honorary fraternity. Portner participated in regional ADSA-SAD meetings her freshman and sophomore years. She enjoyed competing in the knowledge bowl competition and was elected as the Midwest region second vice president in 2017. Portner attended her first national ADSA meeting in 2017. Portner's love of learning about new cultures took her to New Zealand for a study abroad program, where she learned about pasture dairy farming and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. She spends her free time leading bible studies, packing coffee, and reading at mass for the St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Through her involvement with the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic community and a service trip to Nicaragua, she has decided to take two years to do volunteer work in Central America following graduation. She has found her greatest joy and passion to be serving others. Portner is excited to immerse herself in the community of those in developing countries. This award is provided to Sabrina Portner by the ADSA Foundation in memory of Genevieve Christen, a dedicated member and leader of ADSA and a beloved mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee.
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        Sabrina Portner (right) receives the 2018 The Genevieve Christen Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award from ADSA Foundation Chair Bob Roberts (left).
        Kevin Harvatine Recipient of the 2018 ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in Dairy Production
        Kevin Harvatine, an associate professor of nutritional physiology in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State University, is the 2018 recipient of the ADSA Foundation Scholar Award for his research contributions on metabolism of dairy cows. He was raised on his family's dairy farm in Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree from Penn State. His master's work, completed under the supervision of Mike Allen at Michigan State University, investigated saturated and unsaturated fat supplements in dairy cows. His PhD and postdoctoral work, completed at Cornell University under the supervision of Dale Bauman and Yves Boisclair, investigated the molecular regulation of milk fat synthesis. He has held a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment in the Department of Animal Science at Penn State since 2009. His primary teaching responsibly is a junior-level principles of animal nutrition course. Harvatine's research is focused on the nutritional regulation of milk synthesis with the goal of identifying nutritional strategies to improve milk production, feed efficiency, and cow health. Harvatine's research spans from applied nutrition to basic biology and provides both real-world applications to the dairy industry and a basic understanding of important biological mechanisms. His current research program focuses on investigating the regulation of milk fat synthesis and circadian regulation of intake and mammary metabolism and integrates nutrition, whole-animal metabolism, and molecular biology. Key work has included investigation of recovery from diet-induced milk fat depression, the effect of a methionine analog on reducing risk for milk fat depression, and the ability of acetate to increase milk fat synthesis. Other key work includes investigation of palmitic and stearic acid fat supplements and metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids by the cow. Harvatine has authored or coauthored 54 peer-reviewed papers and 70 abstracts since 2009. He has also secured more than $2.1 million in funding in this time, including industry funding and competitive federal grants. He has been invited to speak at more than 67 regional, national, and international meetings, including two invited presentations at Joint Annual Meetings and conferences in Europe, Brazil, Australia, and China. Harvatine is an active member of the Penn State faculty and ADSA. He has previously served as president of the Joint Northeast Section of ASAS/ADSA and as the chair of the physiology committee for the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting. Harvatine is also a member of the Journal of Dairy Science editorial board and recently joined the DiscoverSM Conference steering committee.
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        Kevin Harvatine (right) receives the 2018 ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in Production from ADSA Foundation Chair Bob Roberts (left).
        Leo Gaze Recipient of the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Dairy Foods
        The Journal of Dairy Science Most-Cited Award in Dairy Foods is awarded to Leo Gaze and co-authors for their paper titled “Preference mapping of dulce de leche commercialized in Brazilian markets,” which was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.
        Laura Solano Recipient of the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Physiology and Management
        The Journal of Dairy Science Most-Cited Award in Physiology and Management is awarded to Laura Solano and co-authors for their paper titled “Prevalence of lameness and associated risk factors in Canadian Holstein-Friesian cows housed in freestall barns,” which was published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.
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        On behalf of co-author Laura Solano, Herman Barkema (right) accepts the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Physiology and Management from Matt Lucy (left).
        Michael Van Amburgh Recipient of the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Nutrition, Feeding, and Calves
        The Journal of Dairy Science Most-Cited Award in Nutrition, Feeding and Calves is awarded to Michael Van Amburgh and co-authors for their publication titled “The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System: Updates to the model and evaluation of version 6.5,” which was published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.
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        Michael Van Amburgh (right) accepts the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Nutrition, Feeding, and Calves from Matt Lucy (left).
        Nicolas Gengler Recipient of the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
        The Journal of Dairy Science Most-Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding is awarded to Nicolas Gengler and co-authors for their paper titled “Hot topic: Innovative lactation-stage-dependent prediction of methane emissions from milk mid-infrared spectra,” which was published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.
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        Nicolas Gengler (right) accepts the 2018 JDS Most-Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding from Matt Lucy (left).
        Alois Kertz Recipient of the 2018 ADSA Award of Honor
        Alois (Al) Kertz grew up on a small Missouri dairy farm. He was active as an undergraduate student, serving as president of the Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Ag Student Council, and his senior class at the University of Missouri. Kertz was the College of Agriculture's outstanding senior for 1967. In addition, he was a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Army ROTC. He received his MS degree the following year in dairy cattle nutrition. Kertz was awarded an Army commendation medal for meritorious service for managing the food supply for US Air Force and Army bases in Thailand (50,000 military) and as platoon leader for all non-officer Army Sattahip Depot personnel during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he was recipient of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Fellowship for the PhD program at Cornell University in animal nutrition, where he graduated (1973) and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. After completing his PhD, Kertz took a position as dairy nutritionist with the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri. Two years later he became manager of dairy and ruminant research, Purina Mills, which he held for 16 years. He then became the director of dairy applied research, nutritional consulting program, and technical services for nine more years. He was international director of ruminant nutrition with Agribrands International. Kertz spent his career working with the nutrition, feeding, and management of dairy cattle of all ages and stages of lactation. He engaged in research and development of feed products and programs, participating in 559 experiments with calves, heifers, dry cows, lactating cows, and in vitro evaluations. He personally did on-farm consulting and trained on-farm consultants, managing up to 25 PhDs for 10 years throughout the United States. He did the same for more than 15 years outside the United States after he founded his own private consulting business called ANDHIL LLC in 2001, which has had 64 clients in the United States and other countries. Kertz has published 37 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a columnist for 103 Feedstuffs and 55 Hoard's Dairyman articles and reviewer for the 2001 National Research Council publication Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle. He has given 80 invitational presentations, about half international. Kertz has been an active supporter of ADSA. He was vice president and president of the student affiliate division. He has been on the organizing committee for three DiscoverSM Conferences and a presenter at three others. Kertz has provided extensive leadership to ADSA. He chaired the ADSA Foundation and helped develop and launch S-PAC. He served as ADSA's secretary-treasurer, vice president, and president and then served as president of FASS Inc. Kertz maintains a lifetime commitment to Missouri, US and international dairy science, and their industries. Kertz has served as Mizzou's Ag Alumni Association's president and received its Citation of Merit in 2018. His wife Molly and he have three daughters and a son (who largely grew up attending annual ADSA meetings) and nine grandchildren.
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        Alois Kertz (left) receives the 2018 ADSA Award of Honor from ADSA President Karen Schmidt (right).
        Harjinder Singh Recipient of the 2018 ADSA Distinguished Service Award
        Harjinder Singh's outstanding research and professional contributions embody the criteria for the ADSA Distinguished Service Award. He has devoted more than 30 years to furthering dairy science, especially dairy chemistry and food processing, and the output of his research and leadership has greatly contributed to many advances in the dairy industry. Singh received his PhD in dairy science and technology from University College Cork, Ireland, in 1985. He was appointed research scientist at the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, Palmerston North, in 1987. He moved to Massey University as an assistant professor of food chemistry and was appointed to the New Zealand Dairy Industry–sponsored chair (professor) in 1998; later, he became distinguished professor. He currently holds an industry-endowed chair in dairy science and technology and is head of the School of Food and Nutrition at Massey University, New Zealand. He is also the director of the Riddet Institute, a National Centre of Research Excellence in food science. Singh has demonstrated distinguished scholarship and intellectual leadership in the field of milk science and milk products. His research has focused on (1) understanding the colloidal properties and structures of milk components and how they are modified during processing, (2) understanding the functional properties and interactions of milk proteins in food systems, (3) designing novel milk protein–based systems for delivery of bioactive compounds for functional foods, and, more recently, (4) understanding the interface of dairy food structures and in vitro digestion. Singh has published 315 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 39 book chapters, and three edited books. According to ISI Web of Knowledge, he has been cited more than 25,000 times. He has served on the editorial boards of prestigious food and dairy journals and review panels. He has given 109 invited or keynote addresses at international conferences and more than 100 other lectures in professional meetings. He has served on national and international committees and played a key role in strategic development and implementation. He has mentored 32 PhD students and 25 postdoctoral researchers from around the world. Singh has been a member of the ADSA for more than 20 years and has contributed to its symposia and workshops. He received ADSA's Marschall Rhodia International Dairy Science Award and their International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing, plus the William Haines Dairy Science Award from the California Dairy Research Foundation. He was elected fellow in several food science and technology organizations. In 2012, he was co-recipient of the Prime Minister Science Prize, the highest science honor in New Zealand. He has excelled in translating fundamental science discoveries into applied industrial processes. He is co-inventor of 16 patents. His fundamental research on milk and milk properties and their physicochemical basis has allowed these innovations to be commercialized successfully. Singh's research work throughout his career has been characterized by innovation, novelty, and creativity. His work has had a major effect in advancing basic knowledge in the field of dairy foods and in industrial application—a rare combination.
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        Harjinder Singh (left) receives the 2018 ADSA Distinguished Service Award from ADSA President Karen Schmidt (right).
        JDS Club 100: Class of 2018
        Individuals who have authored or coauthored 100 or more papers in the journal were inducted into JDS Club 100 at the 2018 ADSA Awards Program. According to JDS editor-in-chief Matt Lucy, “This award is really a way to recognize those who have made truly significant contributions to the journal. Publishing 100 papers is a great accomplishment, and those who have done so solely within JDS certainly deserve commendation.” The JDS Club 100 class of 2018 included R. M. Bruckmaier, F. Kosikowski, J. J. Loor, and J. E. P. Santos.
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        JDS Club 100 authors (left to right): David Barbano, accepting on behalf of Frank Kosikowski; Juan Loor; and Achilles Vieira-Neto accepting on behalf of José Santos; (not pictured): Rupert Bruckmaier. The JDS Club 100 milk bottles were presented by editor-in-chief Matt Lucy.