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Dr. Larry Chase Named as Penn State's Dairy Science 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: October 23, 2019

Cornell University Professor Emeritus will be honored at a ceremony at University Park on Friday, Nov. 1

Cornell University Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry E. Chase will be honored as the 2019 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1 at University Park. Dr. Chase earned his Ph.D. from Penn State, following his M.S. from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. from The Ohio State University. He had been on the faculty of the Department of Animal Science in Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 1975, with extension and research responsibilities, and served as Department Extension Leader from 2008-2014.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of Department of Animal Science at Penn State, said, "We are delighted to recognize Dr. Chase for the outstanding contributions he has made to the dairy industry, both nationally and internationally. He is widely respected for his expertise, passion for the industry and for his ability to communicate effectively with both dairymen and feed industry professionals. His many research and his extension contributions over the years benefited the dairy industry greatly."

Dr. Chase said, "I feel very honored and humbled to receive this award from the Department of Animal Science. I have always viewed this department and the dairy program as one of the best in the U.S. Dr. Bill Baumgardt and Dr. Paul Wangsness were my key mentors and advisors for my Ph.D. degree that was obtained using the employee degree program. My education and interactions at Penn State provided the foundation for my career at Cornell University."

He is well known as chairman of the Cornell Nutrition Conference, which annually draws more than 500 feed industry professionals both nationally and internationally. He has also taught the dairy nutrition short course for feed industry professionals and a dairy industry short course for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Dr. Chase is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society of Animal Science, the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance.

His influence has been felt around the world as he presented lectures, seminars or conference papers. In 2016 he presented a series of seven seminars in Japan regarding dairy nutrition and management, and in 2015 and 2016 he traveled internationally four times per year to speak at nutrition conferences. His impact on the industry has been strongly extended through the publications he has authored: more than 560 extension articles, more than 100 popular press articles, 281 conference proceedings and abstracts and 80 peer reviewed journal papers.

With an emphasis on dairy cattle nutrition and management, Dr. Chase is well-known for his work in improving production practices and his embrace and study of emerging technologies, all with the aim of supporting dairy producers and helping them become more productive. His research helped refine the biology within the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) Model, a dairy ration evaluation and formulation model developed over 35 years by a group of Cornell faculty. Primary users are nutritional consultants and feed companies, and currently more than 40 percent of U.S. dairy cows are being fed rations based on the CNCPS biology.

In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Dr. Chase served as a major professor for 6 Ph.D. students and 14 M.S. students, having a strong impact on industry professionals.

Upon his retirement he was called "not only an excellent dairy scientist but the epitome of a knowledgeable and effective extension educator."

He has received numerous honors and awards throughout his extensive career, including Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach Award from Cornell in 2012, In-House Extension Award, New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents in 2010 and Outstanding Service Award, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance in 2009.