July 08, 2013

K-State meat scientist mentors next generation

Dr. Michael Dikeman

Dr. Michael Dikeman

Sometimes success is measured by personal achievements, and sometimes success is measured by the impact left behind.

Some are lucky enough to use both measurements to describe their success. Dr. Michael Dikeman is one of those lucky individuals.

With over ten teaching awards already under his belt, Dikeman will soon be honored with the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 9.

“Teaching is a balancing act between providing good information that is useful to students in the future and doing so in an interesting, acceptable and somewhat enjoyable manner,” said Dikeman.

Throughout his 42 years of teaching animal science at Kansas State University, Dikeman has taught over 9,000 students and influenced almost 40 graduate students. These students have gone on to publish more than 424 journal articles, technical reports, abstracts and conference proceeding papers.

Dikeman said the education experience has three components: classwork, extracurricular activities and internships.

“That would be my advice to students–to capitalize on those three components of a complete education,” said Dikeman.

Dikeman encourages his students to seek an education outside of the classroom. He served as a Block & Bridle advisor for 15 years and an Ag Student Council advisor for 7 years.

Not only is Dikeman successful as a teacher, he is also an accomplished researcher. Dikeman’s contributions in a co-investigative study with Dr. John Pollack resulted in three cattle breed associations publishing the first EPDs for tenderness.

The ASAS Fellow is presented to animal scientists who have made excellent contributions to the animal industry and have had continuous membership in the ASAS for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.

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