Chris Calkins Retirement Reception

Chris Calkins Retirement Reception Wednesday, May 4, 2022

photo of Chris Calkins
photo of Chris Calkins

Please join us from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 26 in the East Campus Union to help celebrate the amazing career of Dr. Chris Calkins.

Dr. Calkins was on the Meat Science faculty in the Department of Animal Science from 1981 to 2021. He is an internationally recognized expert on beef quality and was an outstanding student advisor and teacher. His research has been highly influential and his muscle profiling work, which established new cutting procedures for beef, has returned over $1 billion in value to the beef industry. His muscle profiling research team was awarded the International Meat Secretariat World Prize for Meat Science and Technology in 2004, the only time the prize has been awarded to a U.S. scientist.

Dr. Calkins has also been a highly influential mentor and teacher both in the classroom as well as for learners throughout the world. He has provided numerous meat-cutting demonstrations to international audiences. He has mentored 55 graduate students and will be honored with the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Mentorship Recognition in 2022. He and his students have received numerous grants, made discoveries resulting in patents, and have a plethora of publications in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Dr. Calkins has won numerous awards, including highest honors from both AMSA and the American Society of Animal Science, Educator of the Year by the North American Meat Processors Association, and the Distinguished Service Award from ASTM International.

Chris, his wife Ellen, their family, and the department would be honored by your presence at their retirement celebration.

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