Summer 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Return of Maryland Day and Ag Day Livestock Show

2022 Maryland Day Livestock Show Winners

After two years of virtual exhibits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland celebrated its first fully on-campus Maryland Day/Ag Day since 2019.


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ANSC Students Present Research, Win Awards

Students presenting research

Student research presentations at this year's Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) and Undergraduate Research Day recognized and awarded.

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Three Charolais Heifers Gifted to ANSC

Three Charolais Heifers in grass

The heifers given to ANSC by Robert and Judy Tibbs of Shadow Springs Farm will be used for new Calf Watch Class in fall 2023 and extension workshops.

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The 35th Annual Symposium – 2022

Research poster presentations

ANSC's 35th Annual Symposium was a day filled with research presentations and enjoyment.


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Two Foals Born on Campus Farm

Foal and two horses in field

ANSC 237 Equine Reproduction Students helped with the birth and care of the foals ‘Roti’ and ‘Cornbread’ born in late April.

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Dr. Andrew Broadbent Elected as Virology Councilor

Foal and two horses in field

Dr. Broadbent will serve a three-year term with the American Society for Virology (AVS) representing the interests of veterinary virologists.

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2022 ANSC Students Graduate with Honors

Graduate at podium giving speech

Students graduating with ANSC degrees and connected ANSC with labs are recognized across the department, college, and university.


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Faculty Student Research Award Grant for Dr. Xiao’s Lab

mouse in gloved hands

The FSRA grant will help fund graduate student Akanksha Hada conducting cancer research in Dr. Xiao’s Lab.

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Also Happening in ANSC:

ARPAS Mini-symposium:

The Washington, DC chapter of ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) held its first annual mini-symposium since 2019 on April 27, via Zoom and some members of the department were among the speakers. The symposium was entitled "Recent Food Safety and Animal Health Research at USDA-ARS and the University of Maryland." Dr. Debabrata Biswas gave a talk on "Non-pathogenic and Auto-lytic Salmonella Vaccine in Reducing Salmonella in Poultry Gut." Dr. Eduardo Rico addressed "Reevaluating the role of ketones in dairy cow nutrition and health: A research perspective" and Arpita Aditya, graduate student in Dr. Biswas' lab, spoke on "Antagonistic mechanism of metabolites from Lactobacillus casei against Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli."

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship:

Congratulations to Caroline Halmi and Anmol Kandel for receiving a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2022. Both ANSC graduate students were nominated by the department and prepared a proposal of their research plans for the summer and how it progresses them towards their degrees.

American Association for Anatomy PostDoc Fellowship:

Dr. Carrie Leonard, a postdoc in the Taneyhill lab, won a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association for Anatomy (AAA). The AAA promotes cutting-edge research, supports a diverse and inclusive membership, and advocates on behalf of biomedical science research.

AGNR Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards:

This year’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Staff Awards were held on May 11, 2022, under a tent in the Animal and Avian Sciences Courtyard. ANSC faculty members Dr. Iqbal Hamza and Dr. Byung-Eun Kim were awarded two of the Dean’s Grantsmanship Awards. Additionally, ANSC staff members Jessica Karunaratne and Racheal Slattery were both recognized for five years of service to AGNR.