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Joint Israeli-U.S. team recognized by Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

In September 2020, the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development (BARD) Fund recognized the case study “Genetic Improvement of Economic Traits in Dairy Cattle,” which included 6 joint research projects between 1985 and 2018, for its outstanding scientific achievement and excellence. Investigators included Paul VanRaden and George Wiggans (USDA–ARS, Beltsville, MD) as well as Joel Weller (lead scientist) and Micha Ron (Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel), Harris Lewin and Daniel Gianola (University of Illinois), and Ignacy Misztal (University of Georgia). As part of BARD’s 40-year research impact assessment, this research was selected as one of the top 3 most successful and economically impactful projects among 1,330 projects. The exceptional outcomes were stellar scientific breakthroughs for research and a perspective on the future of genomic marker-based selection in cattle breeding selection schemes for improved milk production efficiency. An economic evaluation concluded that the net present benefit of BARD’s $1.67 million investment in this research project was estimated to be $1.135 billion (benefits of $534 million to the United States, $2 million to Israel, and $599 million to other countries) for a 264:1 return on investment. The letter of recognition, full case study, and BARD’s 40-year research review are available online.

Recent loss

With great sadness, AGIL announces this passing:

U.S. genetic evaluations for dairy cattle

Recent news on U.S. genetic and genomic evaluations for dairy cattle can be found at the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding's website: https://www.uscdcb.com/news/.


Awards (2014–present)

2020

ARS Science Hall of Fame
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame for development and implementation of genomic prediction methodology that revolutionized animal breeding and advanced genetic progress for economically important traits of animals and plants worldwide.

National Association of Animal Breeders' Research Award
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized for his significant contribution to the furtherance of the artificial-insemination industry during the last 5 years.

American Dairy Science Association's JDS Club 100
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was recognized as a member of JDS Club 100, which includes individuals who have authored or coauthored 100 or more papers in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Journal of Dairy Science Top 100 in 2020
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized as a coauthor of "Invited Review: Genetics and Claw Health: Opportunities to Enhance Claw Health by Genetic Selection," which was one of the top 100 most highly cited articles published from 2017 and later.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month
Jana L. HutchsionDr. John B. Cole, Gary C. Fok, and  Dr. Paul M. VanRaden were recognized as coauthors of "Investigating conception rate for beef service sires bred to dairy cows and heifers," which was selected as a featured article for the November issue, Production: Genetics and Genomics section.

2019

Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researcher 2019
Dr. Curtis P. Van TassellDr. Paul M. VanRaden,, and Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired) were included on Clarivate Analytics' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2008 through 2018 in the field of agricultural sciences or across fields.

American Dairy Science Association's Zinpro Award for Excellence in Dairy Science
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was recognized for outstanding research in dairy production contributing to improvement or dairy cattle and development and improvement of processes, products, equipment, methods, handling, and sanitation.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month

2018

Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researcher 2018
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden, Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired), and Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard (former AGIL research scientist) were included on Clarivate Analytics' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2006 through 2016 in the field of agricultural sciences or across fields.

National Dairy Herd Information Association Outstanding Service Award
Dr. John B. Cole was honored for his outstanding, unselfish service, leadership, and guidance in advancing genetics and management research to benefit dairy herds worldwide.

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Washington DC Chapter, Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was recognized for distinguished service to the animal sciences and for professional character and career accomplishments that serve as a model for professional animal scientists.

2017

Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researcher 2017
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired) were included on Clarivate Analytics' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2005 through 2015 in the field of agricultural sciences.

American Dairy Science Association's JDS Club 100
Dr. Robert H. Miller (retired), Dr. H. Duane Norman (retired), and Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired) were recognized as inaugural members of JDS Club 100, which includes individuals who have authored or coauthored 100 or more papers in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month

2016

Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researcher 2016
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Dr. George R. Wiggans (retired) were included on Thomson Reuters'/Clarivate Analytics' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2004 through 2014 in the field of agricultural sciences.

American Dairy Science Association's Fellow Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized as a Production Division member who had rendered distinguished service to the dairy industry for over 20 years.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was recognized as the senior author of "Genomic imputation and evaluation using high-density Holstein genotypes," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2013 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry; Daniel J. Null, Dr. George R. Wiggans, Melvin E. Tooker, Dr. John B. Cole, Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard, and Dr. Erin E. Connor were AGIL coauthors.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month

2015

Thomson Reuters' The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Dr. George R. Wiggans were listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015" in Agricultural Sciences and were included on Thomson Reuters' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2003 through 2013 in the field of agricultural sciences.

American Dairy Science Association's Jay L. Lush Award
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized for outstanding research in animal breeding with the potential for improvement of dairy cattle.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized as the senior author of "Technical note: Rapid calculation of genomic evaluations for new animals," which was selected as a featured article for the March issue, Genetics and Breeding section; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding Award of Recognition
The staff of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory received a plaque from the board of directors of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding in recognition of their international leadership in the development of genomic predictions for dairy cattle: "Your sustained dedication has improved the lives of U.S. farm families and consumers significantly."

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Washington DC Chapter, Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized for distinguished service to the animal sciences and for professional character and career accomplishments that serve as a model for professional animal scientists.

USDA-ARS 26th Annual Beltsville Poster Day Competition, 1st place
Dr. Yang Zhou, a Visiting Scientist from the College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, China, was recognized for the poster presentation "Genome wide CNV analysis reveals variants associated with growth traits in Bos indicus."

2014

Thomson Reuters' The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden was listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" in Agricultural Sciences and was included on Thomson Reuters' highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2002 through 2012 in the field of agricultural sciences.

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized for excellence in research that supports the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans was recognized as the senior author of The genomic evaluation system in the United States: Past, present, future," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2011 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

National Association of Animal Breeders' Research Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell was recognized for his significant contribution to the furtherance of the artificial-insemination industry during the last 5 years.

Journal of Dairy Science Editor's Choice Article of the Month

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' High Impact Research Publication
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized as a coauthor of the high-impact scientific journal article "Discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms in candidate genes associated with fertility and production traits in Holstein cattle," which was published in BMC Genetics in 2013; Daniel J. Null was an AGIL coauthor.

 



A complete list of awards related to discovery and development of improved methods for genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals (project 8042-31000-002-00-D) is available at the AIP Awards webpage.



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