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ARS Visiting Scholar Named Einstein Forum Ambassador
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ARS Visiting Scholar, Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube, Named Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for South Africa

Ms. Keabetswe Tebogo Ncube, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal PhD student conducting her doctoral research at the South African Agriculture Research Council, Biotechnology Platform (ARC-BTP), and currently on a one-year research exchange to the USDA ARS Animal Genomics Improvement Lab in Beltsville, has been named a Next Einstein Forum Ambassador (NEF) for South Africa.  NEF Ambassadors are early-career science and technology champions, one from each African country, who drive partnerships that offer opportunities for mentorship and collaborations with established researchers.  Ms. Ncube’s work with ARS enhances ongoing work by the ARS lab on the USDA – USAID Feed the Future Livestock Improvement Project, as well as advancing ARS cattle genomics research. She is learning state-of-the-art bioinformatics techniques, and has also contributed to the ARS lab’s efforts by providing South African goat samples and data from her master’s work. The study of goats from tropical climates such as South Africa are a key strategy to develop US goat populations more resistant to parasites, and disease.