College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Awards and Honors

2017 Cosmos Scholar

 

Tricia Rowlison, graduate student of Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, has been selected for the 2017 Cosmos Scholars Award in the amount of $1,500 for her research proposal entitled “The sperm centrosome: a potential source of infertility in endangered, wild cat species.”

The aim of her project is to characterize mechanisms involving the sperm’s centrosome development and identify related sources of male infertility in the domestic cat as a model for wild felids. She is completing her project at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute of the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Tricia received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Master of Science at Mississippi State University in conjunction with the Memphis Zoo.

Success at SETAC

 

Tyler Frankel, ANSC graduate student, was awarded the 2016 Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Travel Award at the SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, November 6-10. His poster was entitled, “Exposure to the Progestin, Levonorgestrel, Disrupts Reproductive Behavior, Fecundity, and Morphology in the Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas).”

ANSC undergraduate, Grace DeWitt was awarded 2nd place in the undergraduate poster competition at the same SETAC meeting.  Her poster was entitled “Exposure Effects of the Cyprinid Progestogen Pheromone, DHP, on the Reproductive Behavior and Sperm Characteristics of the Male Fathead Minnow.”

Neal A. Jorgenson Genome Travel Grant

 

Jicai Jiang has been awarded the NEAL A. JORGENSON GENOME TRAVEL GRANT in Livestock Bioinformatics for the Plant and Animal Genome XXV meeting in San Diego, California, January 14-18, 2017. The award provides up to $1,000 for travel expenses and registration for a graduate student to travel to and attend PAG XXV. Jicai  will attend the PAG XXV meeting to present a poster, entitled “A fast and flexible method for improving genomic prediction with biological information.”

Jicai is a third year Ph.D. student studying Statistical Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Cattle Genomics under the mentorship of Dr. Li Ma. Before attending UMD, he received his Master’s degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the China Agricultural University. Jicai Jiang has been a highly productive researcher since coming to Maryland and has made significant progress on several projects. He has coauthored 16 peer reviewed publications, five of which he was the first or co-first author. Jicai’s long term career goal is to become an independent researcher in academia.

2016 Young Scientist- Research Award

 

Dr. Kasey Moyes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist – Research Award by the Northeast Section, American Society of Animal Science, and the Northeast Section of the American Dairy Science Association®.

Dr. Moyes has developed an active and vibrant research program including numerous collaborative efforts with scientists all over the world. In support of her developing research program at Maryland, Dr. Moyes has secured more than $250,000 in external and intramural funding. Dr. Moyes currently has two Ph.D. students and one postdoctoral associate working under her direction. Moreover, numerous undergraduate students work in her laboratory. Dr. Moyes has given 15 invited presentations at national and international conferences. The results of her research have been published in 35 refereed journal articles, 40 abstracts, and 6 extension publications. Dr. Moyes is a member of the American Dairy Science Association and the National Mastitis Council, currently serves as a director-at-large for the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and is an assistant editor for the Journal of Dairy Science.

Pat Concannon Award

 

Tricia Rowlison, graduate student of Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, has been awarded the Pat Concannon Award at the 8th International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction which was held in Paris, France.

Tricia was selected as the best young, emerging scientist within basic reproduction research. She is completing her project with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoo and is focused on assisted reproductive techniques for wild felid species. 

 

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship

 

Ankita Shah, graduate student in Dr. Lisa Taneyhill’s lab has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-2017.

These one-semester awards provide support to outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus a candidacy Graduate School Tuition Award for the semester in which the fellowship is taken. The Graduate School awards only 45 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year. Ankita’s thesis is titled “Role of Annexin A6 in sensory neurons during early chick cranial ganglia development.” She has been a student here since May 2012 and has had two papers published.

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships

 

The Graduate School has awarded Tyler Frankel one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. (Scholarship, Teaching, Administration, Research) Fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017.  

Tyler is a third year Ph.D. candidate studying the effects of progestins on the reproductive behavior, morphology, and fecundity of multiple freshwater fish species under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Orlando.Over the past three years, he has presented at eight scientific conferences and has served as graduate mentor for seven undergraduates, several of which have completed independent research projects and successfully presented at professional meetings.His accolades include a 2015 and 2016 CPRC-SETAC 1st Place Poster Competition Award, the 2015 UMD-ANSC Annual Symposium 1st Place Poster Contest Award, a CRPC-SETAC Student Travel Award, a SETAC Student travel award, a Joseph Soares travel award, and a COSMOS Scholars Grant. He has served as a TA for ANSC255 and ANSC455, and has given guest lectures in several other courses.He has served as the graduate representative on the UMD Search Committee for the AGNR Dean and secretary for the UMD Gamma Sigma Delta honors society.Tyler’s research has been successfully published in Environmental Science and Technology and General and Comparative Endocrinology. 

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

 

Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. candidate in Animal and Avian Sciences is the recipient of an Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for 2016 from the Graduate School for his achievements during his graduate studies.

The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year. Serajus received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science both in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, he is working with Dr. Debabrata Biswas carrying out research on Pathobiology of Zoonotic Infections. Serajus has a number of published research articles in reputed journals, presentations at both national and international conferences, an invention disclosure, and invitations to review articles for five international journals. 

Cosmos Scholars Grant

 

Serajus Salaheen, Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Biswas’ lab was awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant in the amount of $3,000 for his research proposal entitled “Natural phenolic antimicrobials from berry byproducts replacing synthetic antibiotics in farm animal production.”

This project will focus on the effect of natural phenolic antimicrobials on gut microbial composition of host. Findings from this research will provide significant insights on the role of phenolics-modulated microbial communities on host health. Serajus received his Bachelor of Science and his Masters of Science both in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

DFG Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Dr. Nicole Rietzschel, postdoctoral scholar in the Hamza laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years of funding.

The long-term objectives of the fellowship are to define the competing mechanisms for iron and heme uptake between the intracellular parasite Leishmania and its host cell, the macrophage. Dr. Rietzschel grew up in Germany and studied biology at the University of Bonn (2005-2010.) In 2014, she received her Ph.D. at the Institute of Cytobiology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, in Marburg Germany, working with Dr. Roland Lill. Dr. Rietzschel joined Dr. Hamza’s laboratory at the beginning of this year.

NDPRB Scholarship

 

The department is proud to announce that ANSC undergraduate, Sal Millington, has been selected as a winner of a $1,500 National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) Scholarship for 2015-2016. 

Sal is a senior Animal Sciences major in the pre-vet option with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. He is a member of Block and Bridle and serves on the department’s Campus Farm Oversight Committee.  This is his second year as a Guided Study Session Leader for ANSC211 Anatomy of Domestic Animals. Sal is also the President of the Agricultural fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho.

Recipients of the Soares Travel Award

 

Each year Dr. Joseph Soares, Professor Emeritus, makes it possible for graduate students to travel to national scientific meetings through his generous donations.

Dr. Soares believes that graduate students benefit from such experiences and the exposure of presenting at a national scientific meeting, makes them more visible and well known to the scientific community. Many deserving applications were submitted and two graduate students, Tracy Catterton and Haarin Chun, were selected to receive the $900 prizes. Tracy Catterton is a Masters student in Dr. Richard Erdman’s laboratory. She will use her award to attend the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) that is hosted by the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science July 12-16 in Orlando, Florida. Haarin Chun is a student in Ph.D. in Dr. Byung Kim’s laboratory. With the prize, he will travel to the Cell Biology of Metals - Gordon Research Conference July 26-31 at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vermont.

 All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

 

The Graduate School has awarded Megan Brown one of sixteen Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. (Scholarship, Teaching, Administration, Research) Fellowships for the academic year 2015-2016.

The Fellowships award $10,000 stipends to support and honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants at University of Maryland. Megan is the third ANSC graduate student to receive this prestigious award following in the footsteps of Jose Carrillo in 2014 and Lindsey Vansandt in 2013. Megan is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Carol Keefer.

NRC Committee Chair

 

Dr. Richard Erdman has been named to chair the committee for the National Research Council (NRC) Update of the Nutrient Requirement of Dairy Cattle report.

Dr. Erdman has received several awards for his research that focuses primarily on nutrition of the dairy cow with emphasis on energy metabolism and the effects of nutrition on milk components, including the American Feed Industries Award for Dairy Nutrition Research in 1996. He was a member of the NRC committee that prepared the 2001 report on the Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle.

Service Recognition Awards

 

Animal and Avian Sciences is proud to claim the two winners of this year’s prestigious College of Agriculture and Natural Resources On-Campus Staff Award, Libby Dufour and Jennifer Reynolds as members of our staff.  

Libby is the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Program and responsible for advising students, supporting faculty in their work as advisors, recruiting prospective students and collaborating on curriculum review and revision. Jennifer is the Coordinator Equine-Poultry Extension Activities. She assists Extension faculty all over the state with the planning and execution of equine and poultry educational programming. This includes the University Seminar Series at the Horse World Expo, Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, Introductory to Farriery and Nutrition Clinics, Maryland 4-H Poultry Bowl, Poultry Expos, and pasture management trainings. Libby and Jennifer received their awards on May 5 at the AGNR Convocation at Riggs Alumni Center.   

Service Recognition Awards

 

On May 5, at the AGNR Convocation, four of our department staff members were recognized for their years of service to the University.  They were: Kim Montage-Smith for ten years, Clare Capotosto and Sandra Nola for 20 years, and Sheryl Grey for 30 years. 

Kim Montague-Smith, Program Administrative Specialist, has been the Department Chair’s administrative assistant for ten years. Clare Capotosto, Program Management Specialist, has been with the University for twenty years. She first worked in the Computer Science Department, and then in the Institute for Governmental Services, before joining the department in 2003.  Sandra Nola has also been with the University of Maryland for twenty years.  She was first hired in 1994 as Associate Director of the Michael D. Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and then went to work for the Office of Professional Studies in 1999, first as the Director Administrative Services, then in 2001, as the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations. Sandra has been the department’s Director of Administrative Services since 2010. Sheryl Grey, Business Services Specialist, started working at the University in 1984 in the Department of Dining Services. By 1986 she had moved to the Physical Plant (now called Facilities Management.) In 1989, Sheryl came to work for the Poultry Science department which merged with Animal Science in 1997 to become the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. The department is proud to acknowledge the service milestones of these four outstanding staff members.

Award Winning Student

 

Halli Sigal Weiner, Ph.D. student in Dr. Keefer’s laboratory, was awarded an Animal Science Graduate Student Association (ASGSA) Graduate Student Grant of $700 to cover travel costs associated with presenting her research at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, June 18–22, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Halli was also awarded “Honorable Mention Graduate Student” at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Alumni Association Banquet on April 16, 2015 at the Riggs Alumni Center. During the 2015 celebration of “Maryland Day,” Halli was awarded the H. Palmer Hopkins Scholarship for outstanding teaching at the AGNR Alumni Breakfast, which is given to students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources who intend to pursue a career in agricultural science education.

First Place Poster

 

Tyler Frankel, graduate student in Dr. Edward Orlando’s lab, was awarded 1st place for his poster presentation at the meeting of the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry held April 24, 2015. His poster was entitled, “Exposure effects of a progestin, gestodene, on the reproductive behavior and fitness of the fathead minnow (Pimphales promelas).”  

USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum

 

Department of Animal and Avian Sciences doctoral student and UMD Dean’s Fellow Latisha Judd was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants to attend the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, where she will had the chance to interact with other standout students from across the country, rub elbows with agricultural industry leaders, and gather valuable insight for her future career path. Judd was one of only ten graduate students chosen nationally based on essay submissions entitled “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in such a potentially influential discussion on the impact and future of agriculture,” said Judd. “I am confident I will learn quite a bit at this forum and I’m excited to be a representative of the University of Maryland.”

Cosmos Scholars Grant

  Tyler Frankel, graduate student in Dr. Edward Orlando’s lab, has been awarded a Cosmos Scholars Grant for 2015 in the amount of $1,690. The title of his proposal is “Effects of a Human Contraceptive Progestin on Reproduction in the Viviparous Mosquitofish.” Synthetic progestins are components of human contraceptives and enter water bodies from wastewater treatment effluent. Progestins activate human progesterone receptors and some activate androgen receptors, but in fish many progestins appear to activate the androgen receptor and masculinize female minnows at environmentally relevant concentrations. Support from the Cosmos Club Foundation will be used to examine the exposure effects of the progestin, levonorgestrel, on the reproductive health of the mosquitofish. 

Peter W. Farin Memorial Student Travel Scholarship Award

  Tricia Rowlison, graduate student with Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger at UMD, and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli at the National Zoo, was awarded the Peter W. Farin Memorial Student Travel Scholarship Award by the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS.) The award was in the amount of $1,000 to support the presentation of her work at the 41st Annual Conference of the IETS in Versailles, France, January 10-13, 2015. Her poster was entitled, "Progressive incorporation of cenexin is related to sperm maturation during epididymal transit in the domestic cat". 

AAAS Fellows

  Dr. Ian Mather and Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger, both Emeritus Professors from the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, have been elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This prestigious honor is much deserved recognition of their contributions to science. Dr. Mather’s work is in mammary gland biology, especially the characterization of milk proteins and elucidation of basic mechanisms of milk secretion. Dr. Ottinger’s work is in the field of neuroendocrinology, with particular emphasis on regulation and endocrine disruption of reproduction in avian systems. They are the first AAAS fellows from this department or its founding departments.

International Teaching Fellows

  Two ANSC graduate students, Sai Yuan, in Dr. Kim's laboratory, and Yang Qu, in Dr. Moyes' laboratory, have been selected as 2014-2015 TLTC-Graduate School International Teaching Fellows. This program is co-sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC), the Graduate School and Office of Undergraduate Studies and supports the professional development of international graduate teaching assistants as educators. Congratulations Sai and Yang!

ASGSA Grants for Grads 2014 Winners

 

Marie Iwaniuk, a graduate student in Dr. Erdman's laboratory, Megan Brown, a graduate student in Dr. Keefer's laboratory, and Tricia Rowlison, a graduate student in Dr. Ottinger's laboratory, have each been awarded funding through the Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association "Grants for Grads" program. The program was established by ASGSA to allow its members gain experience in applying for and reviewing grants. The grant funding provides support for Marie to attend and present at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association, Megan to attend the Smithsonian-Mason's School of Conservation Course: Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Tricia to attend and present at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society.

Certificates of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta

Two faculty members, Dr. Lisa Taneyhill and Dr. Sarah Balcom received Certificates of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta at the Ag Council/Gamma Sigma Delta Banquet held on May 6, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. The certificates were given for outstanding efforts in teaching, research, administration, advising, and international service in a field related to agriculture.

Excellence in Instruction/2014 Outstanding Faculty Educator Award

Dr. Sarah Balcom received a number of awards this Spring. She was recognized for Excellence in Instruction at the AGNR Alumni Association’s 47th Annual Alumni Celebration on April 10 at the Riggs Alumni Center. She was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Educator Award from the AGNR Graduate Student Council at the annual Ag Council/Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD) Banquet held on May 6 in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. At the AGNR Convocation and Awards Program on May 8 in the Riggs Alumni Center, Dr. Balcom was honored with the Paul R. Poffenberger Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award. She was also recently made a member of the University of Maryland chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

First place awards at the annual UMD Graduate Research Interaction Day

Two of the department's graduate students won first place awards on April 9 at the annual UMD Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID). GRID is an on-campus conference-style venue in which graduate students from all academic backgrounds can share their research, obtain valuable faculty and peer feedback, and hone their conference presentation skills. Anjuli Bhadurihauck from Dr. Xiao's laboratory took first place for poster presentation in Session II - Health. Tricia Rowlison from Dr. Ottinger's laboratory took first place for poster presentation in Session I - Health.

Dr. Joseph Soares's Travel Awards

On February 12, 2014, Dr. Porter announced the recipients of the travel award sponsored by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Joseph Soares. Several deserving applications that were submitted and two graduate students were selected to receive this generous gift from Dr. Soares. His support of our graduate program is much appreciated. 

Tyler Frankel from Dr. Ed Orlando's laboratory will receive $900 to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) to be held January 3-7, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he will be submitting an abstract entitled, "Assortative Mating Based on Coloration in the Freshwater Platyfish, Xiphophorous maculatus," for consideration as an oral presentation. Ankita Shah from Dr. Lisa Taneyhill's laboratory will receive $900 toward the reimbursement of travel expenses to present her abstract titled "Functional role of Annexin A6 in trigeminal ganglia formation" at the 73rd Annual Society for Developmental Biology Meeting to be held July 17-24, 2014 at the University of Washington.

 

Master's Degree Student Poster Competition

Marie Iwaniuk, graduate student in Dr. Rich Erdman's lab, had the first place poster in the Master's Degree Student Poster Competition at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science held July 8-12 in Indianapolis. Her poster was entitled: "Increasing dietary cation-anion difference improves feed efficiency in lactating dairy cows." Marie was recognized with a citation at the ADSA Awards Program during the meeting.

 

International Conference Student Support Award

Tricia Rowlison, graduate student in Dr. Mary Ann Ottinger’s lab was awarded an International Conference Student Support Award by the Graduate School. The award was in the amount of $295 to support the presentation of her work at the Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting July 22-26, 2013 in Montreal Canada.

 

31st New England Endocrine Conference

 

Emily Goodell, a graduate student in Dr. Ed Orlando's lab, attended the 31st New England Endocrine Conference at the University of New Hampshire on September 14, 2013. She was awarded an honorable mention for her poster presentation entitled "Ontogenetic Expression of Nuclear and Membrane Progesterone Receptors in the Fathead Minnow."

 The Michael J. Pelczar Award

Lindsey Vansandt, DVM, Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Carol Keefer's laboratory, has been awarded the Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study for 2013 by the Graduate School. The Pelczar Award provides $1,000 to a doctoral candidate who has served at least one academic year as a teaching assistant with commendable performance, and who has demonstrated excellence beyond his or her course work. Dr. Vansandt was the Teaching Assistant for the Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Lecture Course in 2009 and Experimental Embryology in 2010. She has taught the Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Laboratory as the instructor of record for the past three years and guest lectured in Introduction to Veterinary Medical Science and Practice (2012), Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction Lecture Course (2012), Experimental Embryology (2013), and Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2013). 

Excellence in Extension

Dr. Amy Burk received the award for Excellence in Extension at the AGNR Alumni Celebration held on April 16, 2013 at the Riggs Alumni Center. Dr. Burk coordinates the Equine Extension Program for University of Maryland Extension focusing on three major areas: equine nutrition, horse pasture management and 4-H youth development. Dr. Burk is credited with developing an extensive applied research program to support her Extension efforts in areas including weight gain, diet and exercise on insulin sensitivity and inflammation in Thoroughbred geldings and works with a team of 23 on an equine pasture management program at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center located in Howard County. She also created an “Ask the Experts” column featured in major equine publications, is a regular presenter at the Horse World Expo and coordinates the Maryland 4-H volunteer horse council.

2013 Best Teaching Assistant Award

 

Jose Carrillo, graduate student from Dr. Song's lab, was awarded Best Teaching Assistant 2013 by the Ag. Student Council at their annual banquet on May 8 at Mulligan's Grill, located at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Jose has been the TA for Dr. Black's ANSC211 Anatomy of Domestic Animals for three years. This year he was also the TA for her ANSC260 Laboratory Animal Management as well as been an Invited Lecturer for the class. He also lectured in Dr. Balcom's ANSC 235 Applied Small Ruminant Parturition (Lamb Watch.)

Graduate Student Scholarship Awards

Three graduate students from our department were awarded Graduate Student Scholarship Awards from the University of Maryland – National Capital Area Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (GSD) at their annual banquet on May 8 at Mulligan's Grill, located at the University of Maryland Golf Course. The recipients were Lindsey Vansandt and Megan Brown from Dr. Keefer's lab, and Tyler Frankel from Dr. Wood's lab. This prestigious award is given for outstanding scholarship or research accomplishments in a field related to agriculture. Gamma Sigma Delta is an international Honor Society of Agriculture and its mission is to promote scholarship, research, teaching, and extension in agriculture and related fields. It has deep roots in advancing the agricultural profession in the United States as it was founded in 1905 and has 53 current chapters based in American universities and colleges. Lindsey, Megan, and Tyler were also inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta as new members at the banquet. 

2013 On-Campus Staff Excellence Award

Faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) came together on Wednesday, May 8 for the 2013 Convocation and Awards Ceremony at the Riggs Alumni Center. Sandra Nola, our Director of Administrative Services won On-Campus Staff Excellence Award.

Sandra Nola joined the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences in 2010 as Director of Administrative Services. She was hired to oversee all of our budgets, employee contracts, personnel functions, financial and administrative reporting, resource allocations, facilities planning, and purchasing. Sandra has performed exceptionally well in all of these responsibilities. Her broad background in all areas of administration and her relationships with key university stakeholders make her an outstanding resource to faculty, staff and students. Sandra’s work ethic incorporates a can-do attitude and she actively seeks ways to relieve faculty of administrative burdens wherever possible. Sandra has no problem learning new systems and incorporating new business processes. She has a keen eye for seeing the big picture and ways to improve customer service to the department.

2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Assistant Awards

Four graduate students have been selected by our department to be given 2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Assistant Awards from the Center for Teaching Excellence. The awards will be presented at a reception on May 10 in the Stamp Student Union. The winners are: 

The awards are in recognition of their valuable contributions to undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and to thank them for the outstanding commitment, professionalism, and creativity they bring to their teaching.

2013 Graduate Research Interaction Day Awards

The Graduate Student Government hosted their annual Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID) on April 10, 2013 at the Stamp Student Union. Three of our graduate students, all from Dr. Carol Keefer's lab, won awards this year.

  • Megan Brown – first place oral presentation in Session 2- Addressing Environmental and Energy Issues
  • Lindsey Vansandt – first place in oral presentation in Session 1 - Science of the Cell
  • Halli Sigal – second place in oral presentation in Session 3 - Science of the Cell 

Travel Grant from the Epigenetics Discussion Group (EPI)

Jose Carrillo, graduate student in Dr. John Song's lab, was awarded a travel grant from the Epigenetics discussion group (EPI). The group’s support helps enable students and post docs to present their research at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California. At this meeting January 12-16, 2013, Jose presented “Differentially DNA methylated regions analysis between ILTV (Infectious Laryngo Tracheitis Virus) infected and non-infected chickens.”

This year Jose also presented his research at the Quantitative Genetics & Genomics Gordon Seminar and Conference, February 16-22, 2013. An award from the Gordon Conference covered part of his cost, and another portion was paid by the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award from the Graduate School. The topic there was “Transcriptome analysis reveals an activation of MHC-I and MHC-II pathways in chicken trachea immunized with infectious laryngotracheitis virus vaccine.”

Travel Award Sponsored by Dr. Joseph Soares

On January 30, 2013, Dr. Porter announced the winner of the travel award sponsored by Dr. Joseph Soares, Emeritus Professor of our department. This generous gift from Dr. Soares is a big help to our graduate education program. The competition was greater than in the past, with six solid applications submitted and reviewed by three impartial judges.

This year's winner is Marie Iwaniuk. Marie is a graduate student in Dr. Erdman's laboratory. She will be presenting her research at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society for Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association in Indianapolis this summer. The award will cover up to $900 of Marie's travel costs to present her research at this international meeting.

2013 AAI Trainee Poster Award

Karla Garcia, a graduate student in Dr. Zhengguo Xiao's laboratory, received a 2013 AAI Trainee Poster award ($500) for an exceptional abstract. She will present the abstract at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunologists to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 3-7, 2013.

Travel Grant funded by the USDA

Apratim Mitra, graduate student in Dr. John Song's laboratory, received a travel grant from the Poultry Workshop at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXI held at San Diego, CA from January 11-16, 2013. The award was funded by the USDA and covered up to $1200 in travel assistance. He delivered an oral presentation at the workshop and also presented a poster.

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