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Professor and Chair, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle...
are this year's recipients of the Maynard Award which were presented at the Cornell Nutrition Conference.
Associate Professor, has recommended ways to reduce contamination of peanuts, a staple crop in the developing world. Jeremy Schwartzbord, PhD Candidate, is currently working on this project in Haiti thanks to a grant from the U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle...
Heather Huson, Assistant Professor
Welcome to our newest faculty member, Heather Huson. Heather comes to us from the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory of the USDA (Beltsville), where she worked as an animal geneticist. Heather obtained her PhD from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, with a dissertation on "Genetic Ancestry Modeling and Performance Association in Alaskan Sled Dogs." While obtaining her PhD, she conducted research within the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Her work identified associations between breed ancestry and performance and proposed the MYH9 gene as influencing heat-tolerance during racing.
At the USDA, Heather led the African Goat Improvement Project, a USAID Feed the Future initiative. She spent several weeks sampling indigenous goats in Kenya and Ethiopia and continues to collect samples from 10 other countries for genetic analysis. This is in an effort to characterize genetically distinct African goat populations for adaptation and production in community based breeding programs.Read more ...
How many cows are you worth? It's a question frequently asked by the girls of the Jane Adeny Memorial School in Muhoroni, Kenya, whose dowries will likely be bovine.
Kirstin Torgerson '15 wants to help make cows even more valuable to the students and their communities by building a safe, sustainable dairy and teaching the girls how to make it successful.
The animal science major recently returned from Chicago, where she started the process of securing $60,000 from Dairies in Developing Communities, a nonprofit affiliated with the investment company, venture | dairy, that aims to increase the efficiency and productivity of small-scale dairy production in emerging markets. The money will be used to construct a 20-25 cow dairy at a private secondary school. Founded by two professors at Northern Illinois University, the school houses 65 students. Read more in the Chronicle...
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For Animal Science Department information, contact:
P.A. Johnson, Chair and Professor
149 Morrison Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: (607) 255-5497