Microbiologist Robin Anderson Is Named a
Scientist of the Year By
February 12, 2003
BELTSVILLE, Md., Feb. 12Research microbiologist
Robin C. Anderson has been named the Southern Plains Area Early Career
Scientist of the Year by the Agricultural Research Service. ARS, the
chief scientific research agency for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, will present Anderson with the award at a
ceremony today at the agency's headquarters in Beltsville, Md. ARS' Southern
Plains Area includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
Anderson's citation is for accomplishments in the development of
a preharvest feed or water supplement that reduces Salmonella and E.
coli O157:H7 in food animals. He has been responsible for conceiving and
leading research exploiting physiological differences existing between
pathogenic bacteriasuch as Salmonella and E. coli
O157:H7and the host's beneficial flora.
His development of a low-cost, patented chlorate supplementation
strategy has received attention among the scientific community and among
industry leaders, as evidenced by more than 50 scientific and media contacts
(including Science, Discovery and the Associated Press).
Anderson works at ARS' Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in
College Station, Texas. He has been invited to speak at prestigious scientific
forums, such as annual meetings of the American Society for Microbiology and
the International Association for Food Protection.
Anderson began his work as a research associate at ARS'
National Animal Disease Center in
Ames, Iowa, from 1995 to 1996. He has worked at College Stationfirst as a
research associate and then as a research microbiologistsince 1996.
Anderson received his B.S. in animal science in 1989 from
Colorado State University. He earned his M.S. in microbiology in 1991 and Ph.D.
in microbiology and animal nutrition in 1995, both from Iowa State University.