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Beltsville Scientist Wins Regional Award

By David Elstein
February 13, 2002

BELTSVILLE, Md., Feb. 13 -- Agricultural Research Service geneticist Tad S. Sonstegard was honored as the agency's "Beltsville Area Early Career Research Scientist of the Year" in a ceremony Feb. 13 at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.

Sonstegard's research has focused on characterizing the bovine (cattle) genome and identifying genes with economic and biological importance for improving livestock production, specifically reproduction and lactation. His research has led to several major contributions in livestock genome science, including the development of the most extensive genetic "blueprint" for the bovine udder.

In addition to his work in the lab, Sonstegard has found time to be a mentor to students interested in science at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md.

Sonstegard has been with ARS since he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1995. He worked for two years at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., before coming to the Gene Evaluation and Mapping Laboratory in Beltsville. Sonstegard has received three USDA Outstanding Performance Awards and two USDA Certificates of Merit.

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