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Linneen Joins Penn State's Department of Animal Science Faculty

Posted: August 13, 2014

Arizona native, Dr. Linneen brings extensive background in swine nutrition/management.

Sara K. Linneen, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Penn State's Department of Animal Science as assistant professor on August 1. Her faculty position includes 75 percent teaching responsibilities and 25 percent swine and livestock extension.

Linneen earned her B.S. in animal science at the University of Arizona; her M.S. in animal science and swine nutrition at Kansas State University; and her Ph.D. in animal science and ruminant nutrition at Oklahoma State University. She was previously an agricultural instructor at Western Oklahoma State College and sow research coordinator at Swine Graphics Enterprises before returning back to school to pursue her PhD degree.

In addition to teaching undergraduate courses relating to swine nutrition/management and livestock production and management, she will also advise undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "I am excited about Dr. Linneen joining our faculty and look forward to her contributions to Pennsylvania's important swine industry. She brings a wealth of experiences which will be valuable in working with our students and with producers. We are very grateful to the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council for their financial support of this position."

As an active member of the Extension Livestock Team, she will collaborate on developing a productive and externally funded extension program, and she will be part of collaborative and interdisciplinary activities within and outside the Department.

Linneen is a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Alpha Zeta Academic Honorary Fraternity. She serves with the Masters of Beef Advocacy program, the Beef Quality Assurance program, and is certified with the Pork Quality Assurance program.

She was on the 2004 University of Arizona Livestock Judging team.

Linneen has been a United States Masters Swimming Member and Coach since 2008, and actively participates in triathlons.

She has received numerous awards in graduate student oral presentation competitions at scientific meetings, and has published six-peer reviewed journal articles and numerous scientific abstracts.

Linneen grew up on a farm outside of Tucson, Arizona, where she was heavily involved in swine and sheep 4H livestock projects. She was named an Outstanding 4-H Member by the State of Arizona and received the Teen Leadership Award from the University of Arizona.