2015 PSA Award Winners
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Poultry Science Association
Tri Duong, Ph.D. – Hy-Line International Research Award –
This award is given to a member who, in the preceding calendar year, as sole or senior author, published outstanding research in poultry science. Winners must have completed their Ph.D. within the previous 10 years.
Tri Duong (pictured right with Petek Settar, Hy-Line International) earned a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from Penn State University in 2001. He earned a PhD in functional genomics under the direction of Todd Klaenhammer at North Carolina State University, where his research was focused in the genetics and physiology of lactic acid bacteria important to the use of Lactobacillus cultures as probiotics and in the delivery of biotherapeutics. Duong completed postdoctoral training under the direction of Michael Konkel at Washington State University, where his research was focused on mechanisms of Campylobacter jejuni pathogenesis in humans and mechanisms of Lactobacillus competitive exclusion of C. jejuni in the gastrointestinal tract of broiler chickens. Duong joined the faculty in the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University in 2009 and has established a research program investigating host–microbe interactions in the gastrointestinal tract of poultry important in animal health, live production, and microbial food safety. Duong’s research is currently focused on understanding mechanisms important to the probiotic functionality of Lactobacillus in poultry including phytate degradation and gastrointestinal colonization and investigating preslaughter interventions to improve microbial food safety of poultry and poultry products. Duong holds four US patents; has published 18 journal articles and 5 book chapters; appeared in Microwarriors, a documentary film about probiotics; and was a keynote presenter at the 30th Conference of the Indian Poultry Science Association. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in food and gastrointestinal microbiology.
Gregory S. Archer, Ph.D. – PSA Early Achievement Award for Extension
This award is given to recognize the achievements of PSA members in the early stages of their careers in poultry extension.
Gregory Archer (pictured right with Robert Loar II, Award Committee Chair) earned his BS in animal and poultry sciences from Virginia Tech in 2000. He did both his MS (2002) and PhD (2005) at Texas A&M University in the animal science department. His MS thesis investigated the differences in physiology and behavior of litters of cloned pigs when compared with naturally bred pigs. His dissertation focused on the use of a seaweed extract meal to reduce stress during hot-weather transport of sheep. In 2005 he began a postdoc at the University of California–Davis and began his path back to poultry. While at the University of California–Davis he worked on projects studying the behavior and physiology of poultry aimed at improving the welfare of poultry. In 2008 he received a USDA grant to investigate the effects of lighted incubation, an area he is still focused on today. In 2012 he began working as an assistant professor and extension specialist in the poultry science department at Texas A&M. He works with the youth of Texas serving as superintendent at several of Texas’s major youth events. He works directly with the industry and the public to serve the needs of the stakeholders of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee. His research focuses on factors such as lighting and other environmental and housing-design effects on the behavior and welfare of poultry.
Aggie Leadership Council – PSA Student Recruitment Award
This award is given to an individual or group who, through the use of innovative methods, has significantly improved the recruiting program of a respective department, college, or university.
The Aggie Leadership Council (ALC) was developed in 2004 by faculty members in the Poultry Science Department at Texas A&M University. The ALC is a group of 12 to 15 volunteer undergraduate students ranging between sophomores and seniors who are responsible for all departmental recruiting events and activities. Students are selected based on a written application and interview process by departmental faculty members. Current members of the ALC include Brooke Bodle (Jr.), Alex Williamson (Jr.), Austin Jasek (Sr.), Hunter Walters (Sr.), Katie Burt (So.), Alex Jacks (Jr.), Lacee Popham (So.), Katie Bennett (So.), Kolton Page (Jr.), Brittany Rocha (Sr.), and Micah Osburn (Sr.).
Student Research Paper Certificate of Excellence
These certificates are presented in recognition of students who have presented high-quality research papers at the annual meeting. (* Undergraduate)
Akhil M. Alsadwi – Evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy of two free silver carbene complexes against Clostridium perfringens and lactobacillus acidophilus in an in vitro study. Akhil is Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Christopher Bailey.
Kyle D. Brown* – Bioavailability of a zinc butyric acid complex in a broiler chick model as measured by tibia bone zinc content. Kyle completed his undergraduate research project under the direction of Dr. Jason Lee.
Austin T. Jasek* – Effects of mixed-species direct-fed microbial on male broiler growth performance. Austin completed his undergraduate research project under the direction of Dr. Jason Lee.
Rocky E. Latham – Determination of the total sulfur amino acid requirement of the Cobb 500 male broiler between 35 and 49 days of age. Rocky is a Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Jason Lee.
Christine N. Vuong – Peritoneal exudate cells as a potential source of primary dendritic cells. Christine is a Ph.D. student working under the direction of Dr. Luc Berghman.
Hunter G. Walters* – Evaluation of increasing phytase and inositol levels on male broiler growth performance & Evaluation of a protected fatty acid blend on fertility and hatchability in broiler breeder parent stock and progeny performance. Hunter completed his undergraduate research projects under the direction of Dr. Jason Lee.
Student Research Paper Certificate of Participation
These certificates are presented to undergraduate students who present research papers at the annual meeting.
Timothy J. Broderick
Kyle D. Brown
Katie L. Burt
Austin T. Jasek
Hunter G. Walters
Jones-Hamilton Co. Undergraduate Student Travel Award
The Jones-Hamilton Co. Undergraduate Student Travel Award is presented to assist poultry science undergraduate students with travel expenses so that they may attend and present their research findings at the annual Poultry Science Association meeting.
Andrew F. Giesen III Poultry Science Undergraduate Internship
The Giesen Undergraduate Internship program is designed to attract bright young scientists to learn first-hand how science and technology is applied in solving the challenges of meat and egg production in the modern day poultry industry.
The Poultry Science Association is an association committed to research and the dissemination and application of knowledge that supports the poultry industry. PSA is a professional organization consisting of approximately 1,700 members across the globe. For additional information about PSA, visit www.poultryscience.org.
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