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Penn State Members Shine at ASDA, ASAS Meetings

Posted: July 11, 2008

Ten members of the Penn State Dairy Science Club recently attended the American Dairy Science Association-American Society of Animal Science annual meetings in Indianapolis. The convention was held July 6-11 and attracted students and professional members from the US, Mexico, Canada, and other areas of the world.
Penn State Dairy Science Club members who attended the meetings included the following:
  • Michael Phelps
  • Jessica Rose
  • Samantha Grieves
  • Robyn Bechtel
  • Elizabeth Cloninger
  • Elizabeth Smith
  • David Wilson
  • Renee Norman
  • Anna Smith
  • Amanda Koons
They were accompanied by club co-advisers Dale Olver and Dr. Michael O’Connor

Ten members of the Penn State Dairy Science Club recently attended the American Dairy Science Association-American Society of Animal Science annual meetings in Indianapolis. The convention was held July 6-11 and attracted students and professional members from the US, Mexico, Canada, and other areas of the world.

During the Student Affiliate Division meetings, the students participated in a dairy quiz bowl, business meetings, undergraduate presentation competitions, a “Leaders in Training” career symposium, and an awards luncheon. Students also attended symposia, oral sessions and poster sessions presented by professional members of the organizations. Social events included a minor league baseball game and a dance.

  • Penn State earned first place in the Outstanding Chapter competition for the second consecutive year. This award is based on an annual report of chapter activities,participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications, and a display.
  • In the undergraduate presentation contests, Amanda Koons earned first place in the Dairy Foods division with her talk, "No Spoon Required: The Changing Face of Yogurt."
  • In the Dairy Production division, David Wilson placed second with his discussion, "Nutrigenomics: A New Direction in Animal Agriculture."
  • Anna Smith placed third in the Original Research category with her speech, “Effects of a Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Prior to Dehorning.” 
  • In other Penn State results, the Dairyman, edited by Emily Caldwell, was named second place yearbook, and the club’s digital electronic yearbook also earned second place.
  • The Penn State Dairy Science Club Web site (www.clubs.psu.edu/up/dairyscienceclub), coordinated by Samantha Greives, placed first, and the club scrapbook, assembled by Robyn Bechtel and Ashley Harshbarger, earned second place.
  • Penn State’s dairy quiz bowl team placed third; members included Elizabeth Cloninger, Elizabeth Smth, Robyn Bechtel, and Anna Smith.
  • Renee Norman completed her term as ADSA-SAD second vice president.

The students attended the meetings as members of the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD). The ADSA-SAD is a division of the parent organization that works to develop leadership and promote scholarship among students interested in the dairy industry, and to encourage students toward careers in dairy science. There are more than 400 undergraduate student members in ADSA.

ADSA was established in 1906 as a scientific and educational association to serve the dairy and dairy-related industries. It facilitates the discovery, application and dissemination of dairy science knowledge and information.