Penn State Animal Science Professor Receives Northeast ASAS-ADSA Young Scientist-Research Award

Posted: July 31, 2014

Kevin Harvatine, Ph.D., was recognized at the JAM of ADSA and ASAS in Kansas City for his contributions as a researcher.

Penn State's Department of Animal Science's Kevin Harvatine, Ph.D., was recognized by the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Scientists with their Northeast ADSA-ASAS Young Researcher Award at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the two groups in Kansas City, MO last week. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the broad field of Animal/Dairy Science by a young scientist as a researcher.

Harvatine has been Assistant Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Penn State since 2009. He received his B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State in 2001, his M.S. from Michigan State University in 2003 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2008. He also did post-doctoral work at Cornell. He is a native of Susquehanna County, PA.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Dr. Harvatine is most deserving of this recognition as an outstanding young scientist. His research is having a very positive impact on the dairy industry, and has provided important scientific insights to the field. His enthusiastic leadership also is valued. I offer my sincere congratulations."

Harvatine's research is focused on improving dairy efficiency through nutrition. His research spans from applied dairy nutrition to basic molecular biology experiments and provides both real-world applications to the dairy industry and a basic understanding of biological mechanisms. Harvatine's goal is to identify bioactive factors and nutritional strategies to improve animal production, efficiency, and health.  His current research program focuses on investigating the regulation of milk fat synthesis and circadian regulation of intake and the mammary gland. His work has included novel approaches that provided new insights and he has presented invited talks in Australia, Brazil, and US regional conferences.

At the 2014 JAM, Harvatine presented an invited talk on nutritional genomics in the dairy cow at the Triennial Lactation Symposium.

His research group also presented abstracts investigating the role of a rumen available methionine analog (HMTBa; Alimet, Novus) and lysolecthin (Lysoforte, Kemin) on the risk of milk fat depression.

Harvatine co-authored a review on diet regulation of milk fat synthesis in the cow for the Annual Review of Nutrition, a top tier nutrition journal, and was an ADSA-sponsored speaker at the 3rd International Symposium on Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality in Beijing, China. 

Harvatine is an active member of ADSA and served as the chair of the Physiology Committee for the 2013 JAM, overseeing abstract review, session assignment, and organization of a special symposium. He has served on two award committees, including as chair. Harvatine is an active reviewer for the Journal of Dairy Science and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Animal Science.