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Agademics, October 2011

Agademics, October 2011

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Ag Appreciation 2011 | High Plains Ranch Practicum expands into Nebraska, Colorado | Animal science graduate students place first, second | Application deadline November 11 for Barrasso internships | Applying for a grant? Consider this | Powell associate receives Frances Freese Secretary of Year Award | ESCAPE 2011 photo gallery | Graduate student connects coursework at UW with Nicaraguan fieldwork | Equine specialist integrates donated horses, adopted burros into courses
Ag Appreciation 2011 | High Plains Ranch Practicum expands into Nebraska, Colorado | Animal science graduate students place first, second | Application deadline November 11 for Barrasso internships | Applying for a grant? Consider this | Powell associate receives Frances Freese Secretary of Year Award | ESCAPE 2011 photo gallery | Graduate student connects coursework at UW with Nicaraguan fieldwork | Equine specialist integrates donated horses, adopted burros into courses

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ore than 500 people were served during the Ag Appreciation Day barbecue prior to the UW-Texas State football game September 10. Honored during the halftime ceremonies were Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Gary Darnall and Angus McColl, Legacy Award recipient Tim Mellon, and Pete Forster representing Syngenta, the Outstanding Research Partner Award honoree. A gallery of photos is at http://bit.ly/mRzLxY


The 2011 Ag Appreciation Weekend honorees with Dean Frank Galey were, from left, Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Gary Darnall, Legacy Award recipient Tim Mellon, Galey, Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Angus McColl, and Pete Forster representing Syngenta, the Research Partner of the Year.


Organizations that helped with the barbecue received a portion of the proceeds.

Whitney Jenkins of Wheatland, left, and Betsy Stephenson of Laramie pace Cowboy Joe across the end zone after a first quarter Cowboys score.

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Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Angus McColl visits with students following a panel discussion with fellow award recipient Gary Darnall.

Pete Forster represented Syngenta.

Angus McColl and Gary Darnall have been friends since college.

The barbecue raised about $5,000. A repeat lunch was the following Tuesday in front of the Agriculture Building.

Barbecue sponsors were printed on the T-shirts.

Sarah Kaver of Durango, Colorado, sports the UW brand.

Sarah Weliever, an agricultural business major from Riverton, takes another bowl of beans into the barbecue with help from animal science major Justin Palm of Elk Mountain.

From left, Pete Forster of Syngenta, Tim Mellon, Angus McColl, and Gary Darnall wait to enter the football field.


High Plains Ranch Practicum expands into Nebraska, Colorado
Grants totaling more than $671,000 will expand into Nebraska and Colorado an eastern Wyoming ranch management skills development program. Four ranch practicums will be offered per year: two in Wyoming, one in Nebraska, and one in Colorado, says Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator based in Platte County and grant recipient. The High Plains Ranch Practicum, already established in eastern Wyoming, is a hands-on program designed to build ranch management skills and tools. Mount, who started the practicum with Aaron Berger of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, notes the schools will be eight full days spread over several months. The new schools will be offered beginning spring 2012. “They will cover what we see as four focus areas for successful ranching: range and forage management, nutrition and reproduction, financial management, and family and employee working sity are co-authors of the grant and are co-project directors. The $670,890 grant is through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program will also have $167,722 in cost-share funds. Program partners are the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition. The partner organizations will distribute scholarships to attend schools, train rancher mentors to work with targeted beginning ranchers, and provide information/education to beginning ranchers at annual meetings and through quarterly publications. “The High Plains Ranch Practicum has been successful in training beginning and experienced ranchers since it began in 2005,” says Mount. “This grant program seemed to us to be an excellent fit with the ranch practicum, and the team that came together around this proposal was unique and greatly strengthened the proposal.”

Dallas Mount relationships,” says Mount. A beginning rancher supplemental program will be offered for beginning ranchers from any of the four ranch practicums. UNL and Colorado State Univer-

Animal science graduate students place first, second
Department of Animal Science students placed first and second in graduate poster competition at the Colorado Nutrition Roundtable September 9 at Colorado State University. Katherine Kessler of Lander won the competition with her poster entitled “Changes in performance and liver gene expression in feedlot steers consuming high-S water and supplemented with molybdenum.” She is advised by Assistant Professor Kristi Cammack. Desiree Shasa of Rockaway, New Jersey, placed second with “The im-

pact of maternal obesity on eliminating the postnatal leptin spike and increasing adiposity of offspring across generation in the sheep.” Her adviser is Professor and Rochelle Chair Stephen Ford. The department contributed five of the 15 posters presented, notes Professor Doug Hixon, head of the department. Others participating were Amanda Jons of Cedar Park, Texas, Rebecca Cockrum of Beebe, Arkansas, and Ricardo Arias, of Danli, Honduras.

Application deadline November 11 for Barrasso internships
Spring internships are available with U.S. Senator John Barrasso. Positions are available in Washington, D.C., and in select Wyoming offices, according to Barrasso’s office. Application deadline for the January 3-April 27 internship is November 11. Application and other information is at http://barrasso.senate.gov/public under the Students link. Interns are provided a monthly stipend to help with living expenses and are responsible for their own housing.


Applying for a grant? Consider this
Fall 2011 Global Perspectives proposals are due electronically in a single PDF file to the Agricultural Experiment Station by Friday, October 14. The request for proposals has been posted under Links at http://www.uwyo.edu/UWEXPSTN/. The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The summer institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location. The 2012 application is now open and will close 5 p.m. proposer’s local time November 9.  Application instructions are available online at www.nsfsi.org. For more information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi or www. nsfsi.org.

Julie Miner, left, of the Park County - Powell office of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service received the Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award presented by Jennifer Barker, last year’s recipient, of Converse County.

Powell associate receives Frances Freese Secretary of Year Award
Julie Miner of the Park County – Powell office of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service received the 2011 Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award. Miner was presented the award by last year’s recipient, Jennifer Barker of Converse County, during Extension Secretary Conference – A Professional Event (ESCAPE) in Sheridan September 19-22. “I feel very honored and humbled to win this award,” says Miner. “I feel so lucky to be part of the UW CES family and truly love serving the people of Park County.” Miner began with UW extension in March 2005. “I have seen her deal with concerned and frustrated clientele with great finesse, helping people understand policies or accept decisions in a caring and helpful manner,” wrote one nominator. Wrote another, “Each time a new 4-H educator joins our staff, (Julie) has taken on a great deal of responsibility to share information, bring the new educator up to speed, make introductions, and assure the new educator is prepared for a successful start.” The Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award recognizes UW CES secretaries for outstanding contributions and accomplishments and is awarded each year during ESCAPE.  Freese worked at the Wind River Indian Reservation extension office then moved to the Fremont County office, where she worked for 25 years.




niversity of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service office associates gathered September 19-22 in Sheridan for their annual Extension Secretary Conference – A Professional Event (ESCAPE). The conference theme was Harvest of Health and included sessions on food preservation, generations in the workplace, handing difficult conversations, balanced living, and self-awareness and self-defense. Representatives of extension’s initiative teams also provided activity updates. The awards banquet was at the Historic Sheridan Inn.

Attending ESCAPE were, back, from left, Priscilla Sims, Sue Golding, Nancy McCrary, Dee Bixby, Vicki Nichols, Cathy Craig, Julie Miner, Donna Nelson, Duane Williams, Tracy Navarro. Next row, Rhonda Bowers, Anna Thornton, Bernie Foulke, Ann Roberson, Sandy Phinney, Chantell Langenderfer, Colleen Renner, Eloise Riley. Next row, Jerene Lanka, Jennifer Barker, Kentz Willis, Marie Hanson, Jacque Helsley, Sue Anderson, Kim Collins, Lorraine Gonzalez. Front, Bev Gorzalka, Carolyn Herman, Priscilla Williams, Janice Schmidlin, Ranae Harris, Kathy Parsons, Jill Hubbard. At front, Teal and Garrett Scheuber. Not pictured, DeeLynn Garman.

Instructional technology specialist Stan Skrabut visits with Ranae Harris of Sublette County about his presentation on using Skype and Dropbox software.

Beverly Gorzalka of Sheridan County learns defense while David Harbour of Empower Wyoming holds the pad during the self-defense session.

Anna Thornton of Platte County visits after educator Scott Hininger’s presentation of the Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems initiative team.

Extension resource center manager Dee Bixby, right, in the Office of Communications and Technology, visits with Teddy Araas of Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Jennifer Baker of Converse County is ready for sessions to begin!

Ann Roberson, left, of the state 4-H office and Jill Hubbard of the Lincoln County extension office converse.

Kim Collins, left, of Fremont County and Mary and Scott Hininger of Sheridan County arrive at the Historic Sheridan Inn for the tour and banquet.

Eloise Riley, left, is Operation Military Kids coordinator and Tracy Navarro has just joined the Laramie County extension office.


Graduate student connects coursework at UW with Nicaraguan fieldwork
Renewable resources graduate student Alex Wann of Torrington was being pelted by irony while standing on the water well drilling rig this past July. Fresh water – rain – splashed him and the others working with Living Water International (LWI) as they drilled a well for the residents of Lino Arugello, Nicaragua, in need of drinking water. There are photos of Wann in overshoes standing in mud with friends and the drill rig attended to by raincoat-clad volunteers. The recipient of the Willard and Elaine Rhoads Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Water Resources, established to promote water research, loved it. Wann spent July 9-16 in Nicaragua putting to work what he’s learned in his undergraduate and graduate studies. “It was such a blessing in so many ways,” says Wann, who studied environmental science and graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene,

Alex Wann (right) poses in the rain with two other Living Water International team volunteers.

Renewable resources graduate student Alex Wann (on machine) spent time in Nicaragua working with Living Water International to help residents of Lino Arguello get clean drinking water. Using this small drill rig, water was found at about 105 feet that will serve about 50 families via a hand-pumped well.

Texas. A change in political landscape nixed an international research project there, and Wann began searching for an opportunity to increase his knowledge of water and the environment. He found Living Water International. “I really believe in what they were doing and saw they had volunteer opportunities with them,” he says. He decided to pursue water education after leaving Abilene Christian University. Wann eventually came to the University of Wyoming and met Professor K.J. Reddy. “When I saw the opportunity to apply for the Willard and Elaine Rhoads scholarship, I definitely jumped on it,” Wann says. “I was very thankful to be an eventual recipient of one of the scholarships. When I got the notice, it was a green light financially to pursue an opportunity to serve with LWI. Within about a week after the scholarship, I was signed up and ready to go.” He and other volunteers found potable water at about 105 feet. Wann learned about groundwater and water-yielding layer concepts in Pro-

fessor Scott Miller’s wildland hydrology course. “It was fascinating to see that in real life as we took samples of drilling cuttings from the drilling mud every five feet,” he notes. “What we had learned in class was right before our eyes.” Plus, concepts of water quality in Wyoming were relatable to water quality concerns with drilling the well, he adds. “There were many new dynamics we got to learn about – culture, beliefs, community participation, proximity of the well to homes, sustainable well maintenance, and so many more factors that all contribute to the degree of success of the well and its clean water impacting the community.” Knowledge gained on the trip is serving his Wyoming efforts. “It’s already been fascinating to return to Wyoming and interact with landowners in our research project to analyze the quality of the groundwater, interpret the data, and work together toward the best solution for any possible problems – all translating to protecting human health,” he says.

Proposals Submitted:

Equine specialist integrates donated horses, adopted burros into courses
Donated horses and adopted burros will help teach students in equine courses this year. The Jackson Land and Cattle Company donated two horses – Tatoo and Starbuck – which arrived in September, says animal science Assistant Professor Amy McLean, extension equine specialist. Chance Abel, Jackson Land and Cattle Company manager, and also a Department of Animal Science graduate, delivered the horses. McLean says the horses will be integrated into the Equine Behavior and Welfare, Advanced Equine Evaluation and Selection, and Livestock Showing and Fitting courses and into the equine laboratory with the Introduction to Animal Science class. They will not be used in any way that could harm the well-being of either horse, she says. The horses will also likely be used in the new club/ team sport – Ranch Horse Versatility. McLean has also adopted two burros – John Wayne and Billy the Kid – from the Bureau of Land Management to be used in her Equine Behavior and Welfare Classes.

Cammack, Kristi, and Mark Enns: $75,459 to U.S. Department of Agriculture National Sheep Industry Improvement Center for “Genetic Selection Tools to Improve Feed Efficiency in Sheep.” Feuz, Bridger, and Hudson Hill: $11,500 to Washington State University for “2011/2012 Wyoming Master Woolgrowers Program.” Garcia y Garcia, Axel: $50,000 to Dow Chemical for “The Effect of INVINSA (1-methylcyclopropene) on Growth of Corn Grown under Different Levels of Water Stress.” Taylor, David, Chris Bastian and Thomas Foulke: $168,000 to Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites for “A Comprehensive Assessment of the Wyoming State Trails Users including: A) Snowmobiling in Wyoming; B) Off-road Vehicle Use in Wyoming; and C) an Inventory and Economic Assessment of Non-motorized Trails.” Taylor, David, Thomas Foulke and Milton Geiger: $28,300 to enXco for “A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Development in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.” Wade, Christine: $70,750 to National Institutes of Health for “Rural After-school Programs: How Environmental Features Relate to Youth Outcomes.”

Alisha Roat of Golden, Colorado, stands with Billy The Kid, one of the burros adopted from the Bureau of Land Management.

Monies Awarded:
Brown, Donna: $300 from various sponsors for “Family and Consumer Sciences Support.” Crawford, Warren, and Kimberly Reaman: $224,000 from Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for “Enhancing Global Perspectives in Youth: American Leadership Program with Mongolia.”
Assistant Professor Amy McLean stands next to Starbuck and Chance Abel stands with Tatoo, horses donated by the Jackson Land and Cattle Company.

Ford, Stephen: $4,491 from various sponsors for “Fetal Programming.”

Lake, Scott: $10,100 from various sponsors for “Research Laboratory Expenses.” Stam, Barton, and Dallas Mount: $26,526 from Washington State University for “High Plains Ranch Practicum.” Stayton, Mark: $1,808 from various sponsors for “COBRE Microscopy.”

October 5-7: Pills, Potions and Profits: The 11th Consumer Issues Conference, Laramie October 7: 2011 Brand of Excellence Scholarship Banquet, Laramie, at the Crane-Hill Banquet Room, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner October 9-13: Epsilon Sigma Phi annual meeting, Syracuse, New York October 14: Timely Topics, noon-1 p.m., Ag C 4021 October 14: Global Perspectives proposals due by 5 p.m. electronically to the Agricultural Experiment Station, aes@uwyo.edu, via department heads/chair/directors October 19: Coffee and Casual Conversation, 9-10:30 a.m., Ag C 137 October 20: Fall College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty meeting, 3-5 p.m., location TBA October 21: State Master Gardener general meeting, Casper October 24-28: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents annual meeting, Omaha, Nebraska November 1-4: EPIC – Extension Professional Improvement Conference, Evanston

Department of Animal Science Seminars:
Fridays, 12:10-1 p.m., Animal Science/ Molecular Biology building, room 103 – Lunch served for $4 beginning at 11:50 a.m. by the Animal Science Graduate Student Association October 7: “Shiga Toxin II Production by Escherichia coli O157:H7,” Shaun Harris, animal science department October 14: “Unraveling the Feed Intake Puzzle,” Merlyn Nielsen, animal science department October 21: “The Global Market,” Mark Gustafson, JBS Swift October 28: “Metabolic Phenomics of the Pre-, Peri-, and Post-parturient Sow,” Lea Rempl, USDA Meat Animal Research Center

For a statewide calendar, please access the ag college Web site at www.uwyo.edu/UWAG/

Department of Molecular Biology Seminars:
Fridays, 2:10-3 p.m., Animal Science/ Molecular Biology building, room 103 – October 7: “Regulation of the Intestinal Immune Response in Gnotobiotic Rodents,” Sue Tonkonogy, North Carolina State University October 14: “Early Events during Prion Infection,” Sue Priola, National Institutes of Health/Rocky Mountain Labs October 21: To be announced, Susan Lynch, University of California-San Francisco October 28: “The Cytoskeleton, Membrane-shaping Proteins and Interorganelle Contacts All Contribute to 3-D ER Shape,” Gia Voeltz, University of Colorado-Boulder

Changing Faces, Changing Places
(effective date in parentheses)

Bercheni, Karyn: Animal science, accounting associate (8/29) Crane, Kelly; UW Cooperative Extension Service (CES), associate director (8/31) Lunde, Kathleen: Ag business office, accounting associate, senior (9/1)



athleen Bertoncelj, above, retired from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Friday, September 30. At right, AES Director Bret Hess relates a story about Kathleen. She was a 38-year UW employee, beginning October 1, 1973, in communications and theatre then moving to the Wyoming Council on Arts July 1, 1975. She was secretary in theatre from April 15, 1976, to September 3, 1988, when she began as administrative secretary for the 4-H Foundation. She was senior administrative secretary in the Agricultural Business Office from June 25, 1990, to October 8, 1995, when she joined the AES office October 9. She worked with directors Jim Jacobs, Steve Miller, and Hess.

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