Lerner, Prill receive Larry Corah Graduate Student Awards
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Graduate Students Annie Lerner and Lauren Prill were recognized Thursday, May 23, as recipients of Larry Corah Outstanding Graduate Student Awards.
Lerner, originally from Overland Park, Kan., received the Outstanding PhD Student Award, which includes a $1,500 scholarship. She is a graduate research assistant pursuing a doctoral degree in applied swine nutrition. Lerner’s research projects are related to the application of technology on commercial pig farms, feed safety, and nutrition and management strategies for finishing pigs. She served as the undergraduate research coordinator for the swine nutrition team and oversaw 17 undergraduate research projects. Prill was awarded the Outstanding Masters Student Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. She is a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant pursuing a master’s degree in meat science. Prill’s research efforts have focused on beef degree of doneness, how it is evaluated by consumers, and the impact it has on beef palatability. In her role as a graduate student coach, she has coached the Meat Animal Evaluation Team to two national championships and a reserve national championship, as well as the 2019 Meat Judging Team, Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team and the Kansas 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team. Prill, originally from Wichita, Kan., was nominated for the award by her adviser, Travis O’Quinn. Both the PhD and masters awards are presented in honor of Larry Corah, who served for 25 years as a K-State Animal Science and Industry Department beef extension and research specialist. After retiring from K-State, he went on to work for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as director of production systems and then served 17 years as the Certified Angus Beef LLC vice president of supply. The scholarships are supported from the Larry Corah Graduate Student Enhancement Fund. The award winners are selected based on scholastic achievement, research activity and success, teaching activities, faculty evaluation and overall contributions to the mission of the department.
High Schoolers present range management papers
Colorado high school students Ingrid Hofmeister, Josh Waller and Nathan Shannon were selected by the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management to participate in the High School Youth Forum, an SRM sponsored youth activity held jointly during the 72nd Annual SRM annual meeting. This year’s meeting was held in Minneapolis on Feb. 10-14, 2019, with the theme “Gateway to the Prairie.” Hofmeister and Waller completed their junior year attending Branson and Hoehne High Schools respectively. Shannon is a sophomore at Kim High School. All three students were selected for the HSYF based on their outstanding achievements last year in Colorado FFA range judging and plant identification. In 1966, SRM recognized a need to involve youth with the range-related activities and education provided at this annual meeting. Since that time, the HSYF has been a highlight of the SRM annual meetings. As one of the more important activities, each delegate to the forum participates in a paper presentation competition with the content covering a range-related topic. The title of Hofmeister’s paper was The Desertification of Southeastern Colorado Rangeland. Her paper discussed the factors that contribute and interact leading to soil degradation and potential desertification. She highlighted that, through proper range management and prescribed grazing involving proper stocking and rotational grazing practices, desertification can be reversed. Waller presented his paper titled Improving Water Utilization on Arid Rangeland. He discussed ways to better use the limited water that ranchers receive on their rangeland. His paper focused on the main benefit of improving soil health through implementing proper grazing management. He indicated that improved grazing practices will allow more water to infiltrate, be held in the soil, and used by the plants that provide the many ecosystem services for ranchers and society. Shannon received fourth place honors for his presentation. His paper was titled Water: The Lifeblood of the Range. In his abstract Nathan stated: “The control of grazing is an important part of range management. Before ranchers can graze a pasture efficiently, a good livestock water supply needs to be developed. Many different methods can be used to supply the water. Good water management can benefit cattle as well as wildlife.” Visit http://www.cssrm.org to read all three papers presented by the Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management HSYF delegates. ❖