Spring 2018 Newsletter Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Welcome to the second edition of our departmental newsletter, the “Animal Science Nsider”. As I begin my second year in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, I continue to be amazed at the talent and commitment to excellence of our faculty, staff, and students. We are pleased to share a few of the stories from the many wonderful activities and achievements which have occurred throughout the fall 2017 semester. We also want to make you aware of some upcoming events in the Department of Animal Science and hope that you will be able to participate. Our department has a strong and proud history of excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, and we are striving to become even better in the future. We look forward to engaging you and sharing our vision as we continue to build on our culture of achieving excellence and advancing our animal and allied industries.
Our featured stories include highlights from several summits and symposia that our faculty and students organized during the fall semester. For example, the Beef Industry Scholars Summit was organized and led by our student beef industry scholars. These students invited highly respected leaders from the across the beef cattle industry to speak at the well-attended event. We are proud of these students! Other symposia, including the Beef Leadership Symposium and the Beef Nutrition Conference are featured in this edition. We are pleased to introduce to you Dr. Travis Mulliniks, who joined us in September as a Beef Nutritionist–Range Production Systems Specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Travis came to us from the University of Tennessee and is already having a positive impact on our Beef Cattle Extension and Research programs.
This edition also features a research project aimed at improving land-use efficiency as an opportunity to increase beef cattle production in Nebraska. This project is led by Dr. James MacDonald and is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Dr. Chris Calkins continues to make global connections that are having a major impact on faculty, students, and the Nebraska meat industry. We also have many faculty, staff, and student successes to celebrate with you. Our peer-reviewed publications are listed beginning on page 21. If you have questions or would like a reprint, please let us know and we will provide you with a copy.
Finally, please plan to join us, April 13 and 14, 2018, for our Animal Science Alumni Weekend. We will host our first annual Animal Science Alumni Celebration Weekend here in Lincoln. Registration materials are included on page 67 in this Spring 2018 edition. Registration materials can also be found on our website at https://animalscience.unl.edu/alumni-reunion. I hope to see you in April!