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Stakeholder listening session

A stakeholder listening session webinar was co-hosted by the AGIL and the Dairy Forage Research Center (Madison, WI) on May 9, 2016. To view the presentation, go to USDFRC and AGIL Overview NP101 Dairy Stakeholders. The presentation includes a series of questions related to research, education, and extension priorities in food animal production. You may send your responses to caird.rexroadiii@ars.usda.gov with the subject "Feedback for Dairy Research."

Animal Improvement Program

News on the Animal Improvement Program (AIP) related to U.S. genomic evaluations for dairy cattle can be found at the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding's web site: https://www.cdcb.us/News/News.htm.


Awards (2010–present)

2016

American Dairy Science Association's Fellow Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 Featured Article of the Month in Physiology
Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard, Dr. Paul M. VanRaden, Daniel J. Null, and Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory were recognized as coauthors of "Identification of a nonsense mutation in APAF1 that is likely causal for a decrease in reproductive efficiency in Holstein dairy cattle," which was selected as a featured article for the August issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Production: Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics section.

2015

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

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Washington DC Chapter, Dr. Vernon G. Pursel Memorial Distinguished Service Award
Dr. George R. Wiggans of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 of the Journal of Dairy Science, Genetics and Breeding section; Dr. Paul M. VanRaden and Tabatha A. Cooper were AGIL coauthors.

USDA-ARS 26th Annual Beltsville Poster Day Competition, 1st place
Dr. Yang Zhou, a Visiting Scientist at the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory has been listed as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" in Agricultural Sciences and is 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.
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Badge

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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 of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory was recognized for his significant contribution to the furtherance of the artificial-insemination industry during the last 5 years.

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Our Industry Today
Dr. John B. Cole of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory was recognized as a coauthor of "Development of a Lifetime Merit-based selection index for US dairy grazing systems," which was selected as a featured article for the July issue of the Journal of Dairy Science, Our Industry Today section.

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' High Impact Research Publication
Dr. John B. Cole of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory 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.

2013

Journal of Dairy Science Featured Article of the Month in Genetics and Breeding

2012

American Dairy Science Association's Jay L. Lush Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding research in animal breeding with the potential for improvement of dairy cattle.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as the senior author of the invited review "Reliability of genomic predictions for North American Holstein bulls," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2009 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Fellow Award
Dr. George R. Wiggans of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as a Production Division member who had rendered distinguished service to the dairy industry for over 20 years.

American Society of Animal Science's Award in Animal Growth and Development
Dr. Theodore H. Elasser of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for research excellence in growth and hormone regulation in cattle.

Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award
Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for research focused on identifying and breeding goats that will increase their sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density, thus playing a critical role in alleviating global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

American Jersey Cattle Association–National All-Jersey's Award for Meritorious Service
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory and Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory were recognized for their contributions to the advancement of the Jersey breed and the livelihood of Jersey owners in the United States through research.

2011

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding (first recipient)
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as the senior (and sole) author of "Efficient methods to compute genomic predictions," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2008 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Distinguished Service Award
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for outstanding and consistent contributions to the welfare of the national dairy industry.

Northeast American Dairy Science Association–American Society of Animal Science's Distinguished Service Award
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for outstanding contributions and long and distinguished service to dairy science.

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for excellence in research that supports the dairy industry.

Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Natural Resources R&D Round Table's Exemplary Case Selected for Special Recognition
The National Dairy Genetic Evaluation Program of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was selected as an example of a collaborative research project that had yielded significant impacts for taxpayers through benefits to agriculture.

2010

National Dairy Herd Information Association's Outstanding Service Award
Lillian R. Bacheller and Leigh M. Walton of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory were recognized has having over many years been dedicated to the improvement of and providing notable leadership to the advancement of Dairy Herd Information Associations.

USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Helping America Promote Sustainable Agricultural Production and Biotechnology Exports as America Works to Increase Food Security
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for excellence by a USDA employee.

Beltsville Area Early Career Scientist
Dr. George E. Liu of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for conducting outstanding research on cattle genome copy number variations associated with economically important health and production traits.

Beltsville Area Technician of the Year
Alicia K. Beavers of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding execution of experiments in cattle genomics research and exceptional dedication and support to ARS programs utilizing genomics instrumentation.

Beltsville Area Preston Tisdale Safety Award
Marsha A. Campbell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding leadership and personal commitment to employee and environmental safety.

 



A complete list of AIP-related awards is available at the AIP web site.



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