Category Archives: Teaching

Lindsey Mehall receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Lindsey N. Mehall received a Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at a ceremony held in the Stark Gallery in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 28, 2015. Lindsey was one of six students to receive a teaching award along with eight doctoral students who received Excellence in Research Awards. Lindsey is from McKinney, Texas, and she received her bachelor’s in animal science in 2008 and master’s in meat science in 2010, both from the University of… Read More →

Scholarship established in memory of long-time Rosenthal Meat Center employee, Don “Pudge” Palmer ’81

Don “Pudge” Palmer ’81, a long-time employee of the Rosenthal Meat Center, passed away March 31, 2015 after a brief illness. He will be missed by all. Don lived a servant’s life where he loved teaching and helping others. He truly cared for students and helped them in whatever they needed done. Don loved to tailgate during football season at the Rosenthal Meat Center, and he always was preparing food for the meat judging team workouts throughout the fall and spring. Food brings people together, and Don’s passion… Read More →

Students participate in American Meat Science Association Student Leadership Conference

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) Student Membership Board of Directors announced that 86 students from 13 universities attended the AMSA 2015 Student Leadership Conference in Springdale, Arkansas on March 13-14, 2015. Texas A&M University students who participated included Michael Berto, Courtney Boykin, Clay Eastwood, Hillary Henderson, Helen Kline, and Michael Yeater. Students began Friday morning, March 13, with tours of the Cryovac and a Tyson poultry processing plant. After the tours, students headed over to the Tyson Discovery Center where Tyson’s food technologists and chefs shared their… Read More →

Eastwood, Olson receive International Livestock Congress travel fellowships

Graduate student Clay Eastwood and undergraduate student Cameron Olson were each chosen to attend the 2015 International Livestock Congress held March 4-5, 2015 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Eastwood and Olson were among 12 students chosen from around the world to attend the international meeting as part of the Travel Fellowship Program. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the ILC, which brought together 175 scientists and agriculturalists from 21 countries.

Savell presents at the Faculty Teaching Academy, January 23, 2015

Jeff Savell, distinguished professor of animal science and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder, gave a presentation to the Faculty Teaching Academy on Friday, January 23, 2015. The title of his talk was “The Power of Story in the Classroom,” which focused on how he uses stories to complement the scientific and technical information he presents to his students. Each year the Faculty Teaching Academy (FTA), a program of the Center for Teaching Excellence, showcases award-winning faculty from a variety of disciplines.  In its 9th year, FTA continues to provide ideas… Read More →

Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team informational meeting, January 29, 2015

Howdy! It’s that time of year! We are seeking ambitious undergraduate students interested in participating in the Intercollegiate Meat Science Quiz Bowl Competition. The event is hosted annually by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) at the Reciprocal Meats Conference (RMC), which will be held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 14-17, 2015. The competition seeks to facilitate interaction among students from different universities, stimulate student’s desire to accumulate and retain knowledge, and to provide a forum for universities to engage in… Read More →

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 →