Awards and Accolades

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Faculty Engagement Scholar Award - Darrin Karcher

As an associate professor of animal sciences and a poultry management expert, Darrin Karcher built an Extension program integrated with his research that meets industry needs.  Known on a national scale as a laying hen expert, Karcher brought attention to hen wellbeing, housing systems and food quality and safety.  Karcher also facilitated the adoption of "cage-free" standards by bringing together industry and government stakeholders to agree on definitions and practices in 2017.  Karcher routinely engages with youth in the state, sparking interest in poultry-related careers and developing life skills through agriculture.

Faculty Promotions - Marisa Erasmus

Congratulations to Dr. Marisa Erasmus on her promotion from assistant to associate professor! Marisa’s applied research focuses on developing animal-based measures of welfare for laying hens, turkeys and ducks and examining the effects of environmental and management factors on poultry welfare. In addition to her involvement with the commercial poultry industry, her extension and outreach activities are aimed at educating the public about animal welfare.

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