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ASAS Animal Growth and Development Award

Min Du

Dr. Min Du earned his B.S. from Zhejiang University, M.S. from China Agricultural University and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral training at University of Alberta, he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. In 2011, he moved to Washington State University as a Professor and Endowed (Funded) Chair. His research focuses on stem cell differentiation and muscle and adipose tissue development, and is well funded by USDA and NIH awards. Dr. Du has trained more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and published 194 peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent speaker for national/international meetings. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Science, and is a reviewer or panel member for more than 40 scientific journals and funding agencies. He was the recipient of the Young Scientist Award, Early Career Achievement Award from ASAS, UW Outstanding Advisor Award, and Distinguished Service Award from Physiological Genomics Group of American Physiological Society.

Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Lawrence Fox

Lawrence K. (Larry) Fox was raised in New York and spent his summers milking and feeding cows, caring for replacement heifers, and putting up hay. After graduating from Cornell University in 1977, Fox worked for a year on a 60-cow dairy in central New York. He completed his MS at Virginia Tech in 1980 and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Hawaii (1982-1985), where he served as the dairy extension specialist in dairy management. ln 1985, Fox left Hawaii for a position at Washington State University (WSU), where he has remained for more than 30 years. ln 1986, Fox developed an Advanced Dairy Management course at WSU. This course was focused on teaching students how data-based management programs and projection and analytical programs could be incorporated into dairy management systems. In addition to the Advanced Dairy Management course, Fox has been the lead instructor for Dairy Cattle Traits and Selection for 15 years, Introductory Dairy Production Laboratory for more than 25 years, and the senior-level Dairy Production class for more than 25 years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fox has advised the WSU Dairy Club for 32 years. The focus of the club’s efforts are service and learning–and having fun. The WSU Dairy Club regularly attends the Student Affiliate Division meeting of the ADSA, has an officer at the national level most years, and is one of only two teams that has won the Quiz Bowl competition more than once. The WSU Dairy Club has also won the Hoard’s Dairyman National Judging Competition. Because of his dedicated service to this successful club, Fox was awarded the ADSA-SAD Advisor of the Year Award in 2012.

WSU Extension Launches Statewide Animal Ag Website

Animal agriculture has an important role in Washington’s economy and communities. WSU Extension faculty and specialists involved in animal agriculture production from across Washington state have launched an updated version of the Washington State University Extension Animal Ag Website (www.ext.wsu.edu/animalag).  Information from the WSU Extension Central Animal Agriculture website (www.animalag.wsu.edu) will be included in the new site and the URL will direct users to the new statewide site.

Relying on traditions of excellence and combining modern technology with current advancements in scientific research, the WSU Extension Animal Ag Team delivers educational programs and resources to aid livestock producers develop practices to respond to new opportunities, challenges, and demands.  This new website feature factsheets, event program details, and resource team member contact information for topics including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep/goats, horses, other minor food animal species, forages/pasture, and water quality.  The website also features resources for youth livestock producers and there is also a section of factsheets available in Spanish.  The goal in developing the new statewide based website was to make it more user friendly, allowing WSU Extension clientele to efficiently and effectively access animal agriculture information.