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Goodband Named DAS Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: April 5, 2016

Kansas State University Professor will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo weekend in April.

Dr. Bob Goodband, Professor of Animal Science/Extension Specialist, Kansas State University, has been selected as the 2016 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State Department of Animal Science's. Dr. Goodband will be honored during the Little I/Dairy Expo weekend on April 22 and 23 at University Park, PA.

Goodband is involved with teaching, extension and research, and serves as part of a swine extension/nutrition team with programs focused on developing, evaluating and disseminating the latest information to increase the profitability of pork producers while maintaining the highest level of animal health and welfare.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "We look forward to welcoming Dr. Goodband to campus and are delighted to recognize his efforts in helping pork producers operate more profitably. His applied research is recognized internationally and has been extremely valuable to the pork industry throughout the country."

Goodband said, "I'm honored to be selected as Distinguished Alumnus. My time at Penn State helped lay the foundation for my career in the animal production industry. I am fortunate to be able to work in a team environment with my colleagues at Kansas State University, and believe that teamwork is the basis of our success."

A native of Massachusetts, he received his B.S. Penn State in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition at Kansas State University, after which he joined the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry as an Assistant Professor in 1989 and attained the rank of full professor in 2001.

As an undergraduate at Penn State, he was active with the Block and Bridle Club and participated in the Little I.

Goodband has provided leadership in developing an intensive applied research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials in several states. He teaches both swine science and swine nutrition and is a trusted advisor to nearly 40 undergraduate students each year and has been the major professor for 14 M.S. and five Ph.D. students.

In 2014, Goodband received the American Society of Animal Science's National Animal Management Award. He is most proud to be recognized by the students across Kansas State's College of Agriculture as the advisor of the year, and has been Faculty of the Semester twice during his tenure.

He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is editor of the Kansas State University Swine Industry Day Report of Progress.

There have been numerous articles in the popular press that summarized or quoted extension, research or teaching projects with which Goodband has been involved. He has been author or co-author of over 200 refereed journal manuscripts and numerous invited papers and abstracts, and has given oral presentations nationally and internationally.

Bob enjoys spending time with his wife Dani, and son Brady on their small farm outside of Randolph, KS.