Awards and Honors

Posted: June 15, 2009

Faculty, staff, and student recognitions...
  • Five Animal Sciences students graduated with distinction in May: Shannon Boone and Megan Hensel graduated with distinction; Jennifer Morrissey, Callihan Schillaci, and Jamie Skebeck graduated with High Distinction. A total of 46 Animal Science majors graduated. 
  • Megan Gerber, an M.S. advisee of Ann Swinker, took first place in the Health and Life Sciences category of the 2009 Graduate Exhibition in March. Megan’s project, "Health factors associated with microchip insertion in horses," characterized the inflammatory response and migration of microchips inserted into horses and is part of Ann’s National Animal Identification Project. 
  • Hillary Grube received an Honorable Mention for her poster presentation in the 2009 University Libraries Award for Information Literacy competition. Her research project, conducted with Burt Staniar, was titled “Evaluation of animal factors contributing to the variation in glycemic and insulinemic response”. The project was conducted in the summer of 2008, and Hillary will be writing her Schreyer Honors thesis on the topic as part of her graduation requirements.

    Megan and Hillary will be reporting on their work this summer at the Equine Science Society Meetings in Keystone, CO.
  • Eleven students in College of Ag Sciences, including seven Animal Sciences majors, were among 23 who were awarded scholarships by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 93rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to young people who are registered in a post-secondary educational institution and who have exhibited livestock at the Farm Show. To be chosen, students must exhibit leadership qualities and excellent academic performance. The College matches the Farm Show scholarship award for students enrolled in the College.

    Animal Sciences majors receiving the awards were Benjamin Cashell of Chambersburg, Courtney Cowden of Prosperity, Joshua Ebert of Blairsville, Christiana Graver of Lehighton, Brianna Isenberg of Indiana, Lacey Murray of Garrett, and Kyler Myers of Bedford
  • Pat Comerford received the Gamma Sigma Delta Extension award at the chapter’s annual awards program in April.
  • Dale Olver received the 2009 Club Adviser Award from the College. 
  • Mike O'Connor received the Dairy Industry Service award from The Penn State Dairymen's Club. 
  • Jon Oatley, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, has identified a critical growth factor that stimulates the stem cells that produce sperm to thrive and renew themselves. The full story is available on Live: 
  • Penn State has been selected to host the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. This will be the first meeting held by the Society at a university campus for several years
  • The Penn State Dairy Challenge team of Amanda Koons, Michael Phelps, Jennifer Rassler and David Wilson received a second place platinum award at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in Syracuse.
  • Gabriella Varga received the College Advising award at spring commencement.
  • The annual College of Agricultural Sciences Staff Laureate Awards were presented in May. The Spirit Award was presented to Ann (Magliaro) Macrina. The 2009 Otto J. and Opal I.Hill Seminar speaker was Thomas Spencer, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University. His topic was Endogenous Retroviruses: From Infectious Elements to Essential Genes.
  • Four new Animal Sciences graduates will be attending veterinary school in the fall; one at Cornell; three at University of Pennsylvania. Four new graduates will be attending graduate school.