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News on the Animal Improvement Program (AIP) can be found at the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding's web site:
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Awards (2010–present)

2014

Thomson Reuters' The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” in Agricultural Sciences and is included on Thomson Reuters’ highly cited researchers list; this honor was given to authors who ranked in the top 1% for total citations for articles published from 2002 through 2012 in the field of agricultural sciences.
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Badge

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory will be recognized for excellence in research that supports the dairy industry in the fall.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. George R. Wiggans of the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory was recognized as the senior author of The genomic evaluation system in the United States: Past, present, future," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2011 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry.

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' High Impact Research Publication
Dr. John B. Cole was recognized as a coauthor of the high-impact scientific journal article "Discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms in candidate genes associated with fertility and production traits in Holstein cattle," which was published in BMC Genetics in 2013.

2012

American Dairy Science Association's Jay L. Lush Award
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding research in animal breeding with the potential for improvement of dairy cattle.

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as the senior author of the invited review "Reliability of genomic predictions for North American Holstein bulls," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2009 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Fellow Award
Dr. George R. Wiggans of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as a Production Division member who had rendered distinguished service to the dairy industry for over 20 years.

American Society of Animal Science's Award in Animal Growth and Development
Dr. Theodore H. Elasser of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for research excellence in growth and hormone regulation in cattle.

Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award
Dr. Tad S. Sonstegard of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for research focused on identifying and breeding goats that will increase their sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density, thus playing a critical role in alleviating global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

American Jersey Cattle Association–National All-Jersey's Award for Meritorious Service
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory and Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory were recognized for their contributions to the advancement of the Jersey breed and the livelihood of Jersey owners in the United States through research.

2011

American Dairy Science Association's Most Cited Award in Genetics and Breeding (first recipient)
Dr. Paul M. VanRaden of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized as the senior (and sole) author of "Efficient methods to compute genomic predictions," which was published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2008 and has significantly impacted research and the dairy industry.

American Dairy Science Association's Distinguished Service Award
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for outstanding and consistent contributions to the welfare of the national dairy industry.

Northeast American Dairy Science Association–American Society of Animal Science's Distinguished Service Award
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for outstanding contributions and long and distinguished service to dairy science.

World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year
Dr. H. Duane Norman of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was recognized for excellence in research that supports the dairy industry.

Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Natural Resources R&D Round Table's Exemplary Case Selected for Special Recognition
The National Dairy Genetic Evaluation Program of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory was selected as an example of a collaborative research project that had yielded significant impacts for taxpayers through benefits to agriculture.

2010

National Dairy Herd Information Association's Outstanding Service Award
Lillian R. Bacheller and Leigh M. Walton of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory were recognized has having over many years been dedicated to the improvement of and providing notable leadership to the advancement of Dairy Herd Information Associations.

USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Helping America Promote Sustainable Agricultural Production and Biotechnology Exports as America Works to Increase Food Security
Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for excellence by a USDA employee.

Beltsville Area Early Career Scientist
Dr. George E. Liu of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for conducting outstanding research on cattle genome copy number variations associated with economically important health and production traits.

Beltsville Area Technician of the Year
Alicia K. Beavers of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding execution of experiments in cattle genomics research and exceptional dedication and support to ARS programs utilizing genomics instrumentation.

Beltsville Area Preston Tisdale Safety Award
Marsha A. Campbell of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory was recognized for outstanding leadership and personal commitment to employee and environmental safety.




A complete list of AIP-related awards is available at the AIP web site.


ARS News Articles

Analyzing the Sheep Genome for Parasite Resistance
Oct 18, 2011
Test Identifies Red Angus Carriers of Bone Disease
Sep 29, 2011
ARS Announces Scientist of the Year and Other Awards
Jun 15, 2011
USDA Scientists, Cooperators Create the First Genomic Map of the Domesticated Turkey
Sep 08, 2010
ARS Scientists Study Holstein Milk Production, Fertility
Oct 02, 2009
Three Scientists Inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame
Sep 16, 2009
Inventors Win ARS Technology Transfer Honors
Feb 11, 2009
ARS Honors Top Scientists for 2006
Mar 06, 2007
Genetic Evaluations Help Breed Better Bossies
Jan 09, 2007
New Technique to Tap Bulls for Breeding
Aug 24, 2006
New Anti-Mastitis Weapon on Tap for Dairy Cows
Feb 13, 2006
Perchlorate in Milk Examined
Oct 31, 2005
Veneman Announces Top ARS Scientists for 2003
Jan 22, 2004
New Evaluation Traits for Dairy Cattle
Sep 25, 2003
Agency Scientists Win Top Research Awards
Feb 13, 2002
Technology Transfer Honors
Feb 08, 2001
Genetically Improving U.S. Cattle--The Future Builds on the Past
Dec 02, 1999
ARS Animal Improvement Programs Lab Honored by Government Executive
Dec 11, 1998
INTERBULL Helps U.S. Cows Meet World’s Best Bulls
Feb 25, 1998
Nature Versus Nurture: A Formula for Goats
Jan 06, 1997
Last Modified: 8/27/2014