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Please join us in congratulating our faculty, staff, current students and former students on their recent awards and achievements.

Akey selected for Governor’s Executive Development Program

Akey

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Executive Deputy Director Bruce L. Akey, DVM, MS, has been selected to participate in the Governor’s Executive Development Program (GEDP) in 2014. The GEDP program began in 1981, and the charter class was held in 1985. Since then, more than 1,100 participants from more than 100 Texas state agencies have graduated the program.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected for this renowned training,” said Dr. Akey. “I look forward to the opportunity to enhance my management and leadership skills and to network with colleagues from other Texas agencies, both of which help support the vital work of the TVMDL.”
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Kind and Mays promoted in drug testing laboratory

Travis Mays, assistant section head

Al Kind, lead racing chemist

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) elevated two employees in the College Station drug testing laboratory: Al Kind and Travis Mays.

Kind will now serve as lead racing chemist. With TVMDL since 2005, Mays now serves as the assistant section head for the drug testing laboratory. In 1989, the Texas Racing Act gave TVMDL primary responsibility for providing drug-testing services to the pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing industries. The racing industries and the livestock show industry rely on TVMDL to screen for illegal and regulated therapeutic drugs in performance animals. Additionally, the drug testing laboratory works with veterinarians by offering diagnostics testing for companion animals and livestock to ensure animal and public health.

Al Kind has more than 30 years’ experience in veterinary drug forensics. He received a bachelor of arts in chemistry with a computer science minor from Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., and has vast experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry testing as applied to the field of racing chemistry. A fellow in the Association of Official Racing Chemists, Kind has previously served as the program director in the Iowa State University Racing Chemistry Lab, and the technical manager of the Microchemistry Laboratory at the University of Connecticut. Most recently, Kind served as a consultant for TVMDL in the drug testing laboratory.
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Six Texas students win Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships

The poster in the entryway of Scoates Hall at Texas A&M University, College Station, appears to be photo-bombing the award winners of Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships. From left to right, Zackary Skrabanek, Daniel Luehrs, Walter Oosthuizen, Dr. Calvin B. Parnell Jr., Demi Dean, Jordan Grier, David Arthur. (Texas A&M photo by Ashlea Schroeder)

Students winThe poster in the entryway of Scoates Hall at Texas A&M University, College Station, appears to be photo-bombing the award winners of Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships. From left to right, Zackary Skrabanek, Daniel Luehrs, Walter Oosthuizen, Dr. Calvin B. Parnell Jr., Demi Dean, Jordan Grier, David Arthur. (Texas A&M photo by Ashlea Schroeder)

Six graduate and undergraduate students in the Texas A&M University biological and agricultural engineering department were recently awarded Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships.

All the awardees are from Texas, and received from $500 to $1,000 each, according to Dr. Calvin B. Parnell Jr., regents professor in the department.

The scholarship winners, their hometowns and field of study are:

  • Jordan Grier, Grand Saline, recently completed his master’s in agricultural systems management. He will begin work as assistant manager at Oasis Gin and Cotton warehouse in Seminole, beginning Aug. 1.
  • Daniel Luehrs, Corpus Christi, also recently completed his master’s in agricultural systems management and is employed at EdCot Co-op Gin in Odem.
  • Walter Oosthuizen, Lampasas, who recently started work toward a master’s in biological and agricultural engineering.
  • Demi Dean, Conroe, who recently received her bachelor’s in agricultural systems management and plans to attend law school in the fall.
  • David Arthur, Ralls, an undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering student who will graduate in 2015.
  • Zackary Skrabanek, Holland, a student in agricultural systems management, who will be graduating in 2015.

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New head of nutrition and food science department selected for Texas A&M

Chew

Dr. Boon Chew is the new head of the nutrition and food science department, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station.

Chew, who begins July 1, was previously a professor at the School of Food Science at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

Dr. Boon Chew has been selected as the new head of the nutrition and food science department at Texas A&M. Chew,whose start date is July 1, was previously with Washington State University. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Chew)

“We’re very pleased to have someone of Dr. Chew’s experience and academic credentials serve as the next head of the nutrition and food science department,” said Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences and acting dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. “We are confident Dr. Chew will provide visionary leadership and guidance to this very important department for the college. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Gregory Reinhartfor his service as interim department head while we conducted this extensive nationwide search.”
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Texas A&M hires new department head for ecosystem science and management

Dr. Katy Kavanagh

Dr. Katy Kavanagh has been hired as the new Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management department head at College Station. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Katy Kavanagh has been hired as the new Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management department head, moving to College Station from the University of Idaho.

Kavanagh, a professor of forest science, will start on July 1, according to Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She will have a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“Dr. Kavanagh brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of research, Extension and teaching,” Dugas said. “Her leadership will help strengthen our nationally known program and build upon the talents of our faculty and students within the ecosystem science and management department.”
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Grants Allow Collaboration Between Texas A&M And Brazilian Universities

Texas A&M University and a Brazilian federal agency have awarded nearly $300,000 in research grants to six principal investigators at Texas A&M and their project collaborators in Brazil.

The awards come from a program sponsored jointly by Texas A&M and the Brazilian Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). The CAPES program’s aim is to encourage research collaborations between faculty at Texas A&M and faculty at Brazilian universities.

Congratulations to two of our own:

  • Dr. Bradford P. Wilcox, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Antonio Celso Dantas Antonino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco.
  • Dr. Susanne Talcott, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Luciana Azevedo, Universidade Federal de Alfenas.

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