The annual American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association Midwest Meeting was held in Omaha, Neb., March 11-13. Thirteen undergraduates attended with eight presenting research. Several current and former Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) faculty, undergraduate students and graduate students received awards.

Cassie Jones, K-State ASI associate professor, was awarded the Outstanding Young Teacher Award. The award recognizes young educators who have demonstrated an ability to motivate and stimulate students while showing a genuine interest in the improvement of teaching. Those awarded the Outstanding Young Teacher Award are reviewed based on their diversity of involvement within the university, their extracurricular activities beyond normal teaching activities and their service to agriculture and related industries.

Jones earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from K-State and her doctorate in swine nutrition from Iowa State University. She coordinates the undergraduate research program, and since acquiring that leadership responsibility the program has grown from about 20 students annually conducting research to more than 130 today. In addition, she is an engaging instructor teaching the sophomore-level Fundamentals of Nutrition and graduate-level Monogastric Nutrition courses. She also advises more than 60 undergraduate students and serves as advisor for the K-State Swine Club. Outside of teaching, Jones is an accomplished researcher with 42 peer-reviewed publications, more than 100 abstracts, and more than $6 million in awarded grants, gifts and contracts. Jones and her husband, Spencer, raise Angus cattle near Wamego, Kan., and have three young children, Ty, Hayden and Hadley.

Several K-State undergraduate and graduate students were recognized. Brianna Salgado, KSU ASI senior, was awarded first place in the undergraduate poster competition where she demonstrated her research project titled “Development of Local Kansas E. Coli UTI Antibiograms to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Medicine.” Annie Lerner, KSU ASI graduate student, placed third in the Ph.D. oral competition. Henrique Cemin, KSU ASI graduate student, was recognized as an Animal Science Young Scholar and Caroline Ylioja, KSU ASI graduate student, was recognized as a Young Dairy Scholar.

Three K-State ASI alumni were recognized as well. Brandon Depenbusch was awarded the Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated significant effect on the products and/or services marketed by their employer along with demonstrating leadership relative to scientific matters in the animal science industry beyond their employer. Alan Duttlinger, who received his master’s at K-State, was awarded the Dr. Tim S. Stahly Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award which highlights the achievement of an outstanding swine nutrition graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding research, Extension and teaching efforts in the area of swine nutrition. Clinton Krehbiel was selected to serve as Midwest ASAS president-elect.