Category Archives: Teaching

Riley, Skinner receive departmental staff award | Animal Science

By Olivia Norton ’16 COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science held its annual Christmas Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 4 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex. Faculty, staff, retirees, graduate students and student workers gathered for a prime rib and pork tenderloin meal, gift basket giveaways and departmental awards. The 2014 Outstanding Support Staff Award was presented to Ray Riley and Amber Skinner. Riley is the manager of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center. In this position, he is responsible for… Read More →

Clay Eastwood receives Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Clay Eastwood, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, received this year’s Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science at the Department of Animal Science Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Clay is from New Braunfels, Texas, and she received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University. This award is presented annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has contributed significantly to the Meat Science Section’s teaching, research, and extension activities. Clay teaches ANSC 307 laboratories, assists with ANSC… Read More →

Gehring to receive Association of Former Students teaching award

Dr. Kerri Gehring, associate professor of animal science and president of the International HACCP Alliance, has been selected as one of the three recipients of the 2014 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at the College Level. Dr. Bill Dugus, acting Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences and acting Dean of the College of Agriculture, make the surprise announcement in Dr. Gehring’s class on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. In addition to Dr. Dugas, Marty Holmes from the Association of Former Students and Dr. H…. Read More →

Branding Beef, for Certified Angus Beef, it’s all about the flavor | Cowboys and Indians

By José R. Ralat It began with a sad cut of beef. At least that’s the story. The year was 1975 and Ohio rancher Harold Etling was unhappy with his steak dinner. As he put down his knife and fork, he realized things needed to change. The problem, in Etling’s opinion, had to do with labels. At the time, the USDA grading scale was, in descending order, Prime, Choice, and Good (now known as Select). The grades were based on the marbling of the meat, with the general… Read More →

Papers presented at ICoMST 2014 in Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Kerri Gehring, Ashley Arnold, Clay Eastwood, and Jeff Savell participated in and presented papers at the 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), which was held in Punta Del Este, Uruguay on August 17-22, 2014. Gehring and Savell presented their papers during the oral sessions, and Arnold and Eastwood presented their papers during the poster sessions. Approximately 400 attendees from countries around the world were in Uruguay for the 60th ICoMST meetings. Here are the four papers presented at the conference: Arnold, J. L., A. N…. Read More →

Temple Grandin receives honorary degree from Texas A&M University

Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and internationally recognized authority on animal handling and autism, received an honorary degree from Texas A&M University on Friday, August 15, 2014. Dr. Grandin’s contribution to our understanding of animal and human behavior has set new standards for helping people in these diverse areas solve problems. Dr. Grandin has been on campus in the past for the Beef Cattle Shortcourse, the Rosenthal Lecture Series, and for talks on autism. She has collaborated with faculty and students in… Read More →

Gary Smith rejoins Texas A&M animal science faculty | AgriLife Today

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-249-6301, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Gary Smith has rejoined the Texas A&M University department of animal science as a visiting professor in College Station. Smith previously worked at Texas A&M as professor from 1969-1982 and head of the department of animal science from 1982-1990.In addition, effective July 1, Smith also serves as a visiting professor in animal science and advisor to the president at Colorado State University, where he previously served as a university distinguished professor emeritus and occupied the Monfort Endowed Chair in… Read More →

Lindsey Mehall receives Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Lindsey Mehall, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Science, received the Z.L. Carpenter Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Meat Science for 2013. Lindsey is from McKinney, Texas, and she received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas. This award is presented annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has contributed significantly to the Meat Science Section’s teaching, research, and extension activities. Lindsey teaches ANSC 307 laboratories, assists with the ANSC 457 HACCP course, coached the Meat Science Quiz Bowl, participates… Read More →

Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship Recipients, 2014-2015

The Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship, which was begun in 2000 by the SMA Foundation, is the greatest source of scholarship funds for undergraduate and graduate students interested in meat science in the U.S. Bob Ondrusek left a lasting impression and impact on so many people through his business, Columbia Packing Company in Dallas, and through his charitable and personal support of the Southwest Meat Association, FFA, 4-H, and many other association and activities. This year’s Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarships were presented on July 12, 2014 at the Southwest… Read More →

Beef 101 workshop for June 24-26, 2014 completed

The second Beef 101 of the year was completed on June 24-26, 2014. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Beef 101, and another full crowd was in attendance. One of the key features of Beef 101 is the cutting day. Below are some photos showing graduate students and faculty in action leading the groups through the beef fabrication exercise.