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2016 Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Michael L. Galyean
Texas Tech University

Dr. Galyean’s many contributions to ruminant nutrition research and graduate education throughout his extraordinary career are too numerous to list within the confines of this citation. The arc of Dr. Galyean’s career has demonstrated a continuous and cumulative path of progress and achievement. Dr. Galyean received his B.S. in Agriculture from New Mexico State University in 1973, and his M.S. in Animal Science (1975) and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition (1977) from Oklahoma State University.  He has held the position of professor of animal science at New Mexico State University, West Texas A&M University/Texas A&M University and at Texas Tech University where he is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and holds the Thornton Distinguished Chair in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.   Since 2012, Dr. Galyean has served as Dean of the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. Dr. Galyean has also contributed his time by serving on the NRC Subcommittee on Beef Cattle Nutrition and the NRC Committee on Animal Nutrition.  He was Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect, and President of the Western Section of ASAS and a member of the Board of Directors of ASAS.  From 2006 to 2009 he served as President-Elect, President, and Past-President of ASAS.  Dr. Galyean also served three terms on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Animal Science, one 3-year term as a Section Editor and as Editor-in-Chief from 2002 to 2005.  Dr. Galyean is currently the Chair of the NRC Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. Dr. Galyean’s many accomplishments reflect his continuing commitment to advancing knowledge through innovative research and support of education so that this knowledge can be applied to make improvements in animal agriculture.

Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr.  Ryan Ashley
New Mexico State University

Dr. Ryan Ashley hails from a cattle ranch in New Mexico. Following his BS and MS in animal science he obtained from New Mexico State University (NMSU), he attended Colorado State University, where he continued research in reproductive physiology for his PhD.  For postdoctoral training, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Thomas (Tod) Hansen where he pioneered research in chemokine signaling during early pregnancy. He began his teaching career in the NMSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences in the fall of 2010. It was here that he immediately established a lab that would serve as a foundation to not only teach his students laboratory techniques in reproduction, but also teach them how to succeed as scientists. As a mentor, Dr. Ashley truly prepares his students to accomplish impactful research. His mentorship reflects highly on his students, with acceptance into programs such as Frontiers in Reproduction, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Miami’s Summer Research Early Identification Program, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Internship Program through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. His exceptional teaching and devotion to advancing the field of animal science shine in the students who he inspires.

With less than six years as an assistant professor, Dr. Ashley has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, including physiology of reproduction, advanced reproductive physiology, molecular techniques in reproductive physiology, hypothalamo-hypophyseal-pineal endocrinology, gonadal and uterine endocrinology, and endocrinology of pregnancy, parturition and lactation. Through these courses he has established an exceptional learning environment for students to continue to grow and accomplish careers in the animal science field. Dr. Ashley is also active in the teaching academy program at NMSU and is currently serving as the faculty advisor for Alpha Gamma Rho.

Extension Award

Dr. Douglas R. Tolleson
University of Arizona

Dr. Doug Tolleson has been an Assistant or Associate Extension Specialist and Research Scientist for Rangeland Management at the University of Arizona from 2008 to 2016. Previous to his employment in Arizona, Dr. Tolleson directed the Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab for Texas A & M University where he supervised daily operations and provided international training to scientists on the use of NIRS technology for nutrition of all classes of grazing animals. He also assisted in developing NUTBAL PRO nutritional support software.

Dr. Tolleson is a member of the Editorial Board for the Ruminant Nutrition Division for the Journal of Animal Science and serves as Liaison to the Society for Range Management for the American Society of Animal Science. He has published 27 refereed journal papers (10 as senior author), 36 other peer reviewed publications (14 as senior author), 116 abstracts (42 as senior author) and 30 popular press or newsletter articles. As principal investigator, co-investigator, or collaborator Dr. Tolleson has secured over $2.5 million in contracts and grants since 1999. He has advised or served on committees for 4 MS, 3 Ph.D., and 1 undergraduate honors student. Dr. Tolleson has delivered 33 invited talks or lectures and 135 extension presentations. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council, Western Center for Risk Management Education and has been a Director for the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth for 7 years. He served as President of the Arizona Section, Society for Range Management and was a co-awardee of the US Forest Service National Rangeland Research and Development Award in 2012. He has been recognized by his peers and administrators in Arizona as the Extension Faculty of Year in 2013. He received a B. S. in Animal Science, a M. S. in Physiology of Reproduction, and a Ph. D. in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Texas A & M University.

Young Scientist Award

Dr.  Reinaldo F. Cooke
Oregon State University

Dr. Reinaldo Cooke is an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. He is stationed at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns. 
His faculty appointment is split between extension and research responsibilities in beef cattle management and nutrition.   Dr. Cooke leads an active research program focused on management strategies to improve productivity of forage-based cow-calf operations, including cattle nutrition, health, growth, and reproductive responses. Dr. Cooke’s research findings have resulted in invitations to speak at numerous local, national, and international events. He has authored or coauthored 71 refereed journal articles, 2 book chapters, 44 proceedings papers, 21 peer reviewed extension articles, 80 conference abstracts, 34 station reports, and 35 popular press articles. To date he has mentored 9 M.S. students, 4 Ph.D. students, and 27 interns. He is also the editor of the Oregon Beef Council Research Report, OSU Beef Research Report, OSU Beef Cattle Library, and co-chair of the Western Beef Resource Committee’s Cattle Producer’s Handbook.  Furthermore, Dr. Cooke has secured a total of $3,168,651 ($683,559 as PI, in addition to $420,375 and $2,064,716 as Co-PI in national and international grants, respectively) from private and public, national and international institutions.  Dr. Cooke is extremely active in service to our profession.  He currently serves on the WSASAS Strategic Committee, routinely provides reviews for several prestigious refereed journals, and currently serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science (Animal Production). Dr. Cooke has also served on grant review panels for the USDA-NIFA and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation.   In addition, though he does not hold a formal teaching appointment, Dr. Cooke teaches several undergraduate classes as invited lecturer, co-instructs a graduate level course at Oregon State University, and teaches graduate courses at the São Paulo State University (Brazil).  Reinaldo and his wife Flavia are the proud parents of two boys, Victor and Lucas and a beautiful little girl, Isabella.


Young Scholar Award

Ph.D. Recipient
Rodrigo da Silva Marques, Oregon State University

Rodrigo Marques is originally from Brazil where he received a B.Sc. in Animal Sciences from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP-Dracena). After graduating in Animal Sciences, Rodrigo worked as a manager of a beef cattle feedlot facility with 15.000 head for 2 years. In 2009, Rodrigo started a M.Sc. program in Animal Science at University of Sao Paulo - ESALQ/USP under supervision of Dr. Flavio Augusto Portela Santos, with his research focusing on feedlot nutritional management. Rodrigo graduated in July 2011, and immediately moved to Oregon to start a research internship program under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke. In 2013, Rodrigo started a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University with Dr. Cooke, focusing on nutrition management of gestating beef cows and its effects on offspring performance. Rodrigo has already authored and co-authored 18 published articles, as well as 2 book chapters, 9 proceedings papers, 20 professional meeting abstracts, 9 research reports, and 7 popular press articles. In 2014, Rodrigo received the 1st and second place Applied Animal Research Awards at the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science. In 2015, He received another 2nd place award. Upon graduation, Rodrigo ultimate goal is to work as a professor/research scientist, and apply the knowledge obtained throughout his education carrier to develop technologies that enhance beef production system.

M.S. Recipients

Amy Abrams, University of Wyoming

Amy Abrams is a native of Newcastle, CA.   She earned an A.S. in Agriculture and Technology from Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA, and a B.S. in Animal Science from California State University, Chico.  After briefly working in industry as a laboratory technician, Amy joined the University of Wyoming as a M.S. student in the Department of Animal Science.  Her M.S. research projects have focused on the role of the rumen microbiome in the host response to high sulfate drinking water, a problem frequently encountered by western U.S. livestock producers.  Amy is also an active teaching assistant for courses both within the department and across campus.  Amy has been accepted into a Ph.D. program in Animal Science at South Dakota State University where she will continue her efforts in both teaching and research.  

Stacia Prosser, New Mexico State University

Stacia Prosser is a graduate research and teaching assistant in Dr. Ryan Ashley’s laboratory. She recently completed her MS in Animal Science at New Mexico State University (NMSU), with a minor in Molecular Cell Biology. She is continuing her PhD in Animal Science at NMSU.

During her BS at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), Stacia sought involvement in extracurricular activities and organized the yearly 4-H Poultry Show, represented the CT Poultry Association at the Eastern States Exposition (Big E). At NMSU during her MS, she was proactive in representing the interests and concerns of her peers as Secretary and President of the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association. Additionally, during this last academic year, she served as Farm Tour Coordinator for the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU.