It is a new beginning for Katelyn Hamlow, as well, as she begins a full-time position as a lecturer in Meat Science and a coordinator of recruiting efforts of the Department of Animal Science. Katelyn will continue to coach the collegiate Meat Judging team, as well as assist in coaching the Meat Animal Evaluation Team. Congratulations Katelyn!
Katelyn successfully defended her MS thesis entitled "Effect of immunological castration on color stability, shelf life and sensory characteristics of fresh and further processed pork". We wish Katelyn good luck as she continues to coach the meat judging team this fall!
Each year, the Department of Animal Sciences awards a graduate fellowship endowed by David and Norraine Baker to a current graduate student, and for the second year in a row, the winner was a member of our Meat Science and Muscle Biologu group. Marcos Tavarez, orginally from Santiago, Domincan Republic, joined our group in 2008 to complete his MS degree while on a Fulbright Fellowship. His MS thesis, completed in 2011 under the direction of Dr. John Killefer, focused on the effect of ractopamine in pork shoulder yield and quality including further processed product quality. His work completed a set of studies in which we characterized the yield and futher processed quality of various pork primals subsequent to ractopamine treatment. Marcos is currently completing his PhD under the direction of Dr. Anna Dilger focusing on belly and bacon quality especially of immunogically castrated pigs. He expects to complete his PhD in 2014 and return to the Domincan Republic. Congratulations Marcos!
Brad sucessfully defended his thesis entitled "Effects of Feeding Ractopamine (Paylean) to Immunologically Castrated (Improvest) Pigs on Growth Performance, Carcass Yields, and Further Processing Characteristics". Brad has joined Smithfield Foods in Clinton, North Carolina.