Mendonca Named Outstanding Young Extension Specialist; Students Excel at Midwest Animal Science Meeting
KSU ASI faculty member Luis Mendonca was recognized during the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Meeting March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska, and KSU ASI students win six out of eight sections.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dr. Luis Mendonca, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry assistant professor and extension specialist, has been named an American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Outstanding Young Extension Specialist. He was honored during the ASAS Midwest Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mendonca has been a member of the K-State ASI faculty since 2013. He attended the Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil, earning his D.V.M. in 2006. Following graduation, he worked in a private practice across various states of Brazil and Bolivia in 2007. In 2008, he moved to Tulare, California, and was hired in as a postgraduate researcher working in large dairy operations and dairy production research at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center. Wanting to further his knowledge in the dairy industry, he obtained his M.S. degree and completed his residency in Dairy Production Medicine in 2012 at the University of Minnesota.
At K-State, Mendonca serves as the state dairy extension specialist and has a 30% research and 70% extension appointment. He has developed an extension and research program addressing issues facing the Kansas and U.S. dairy industry. He provides expert advice to dairy operations in reproductive management, heat abatement, calving management and benchmarking.
Mendonca developed a successful benchmarking tool for dairy producers, which is available online at DrinkDairy.com. He has been an invited speaker to seven international meetings, has published 20 manuscripts, and 42 conference abstracts, proceedings and extension publications as author or co-author.
"Dr. Mendonca is a trusted advisor to commercial dairies, providing timely information and training to owners, managers and employees," says Joel DeRouchey, K-State animal sciences and industry extension program leader. "He has developed a reputation as a go-to resource; and we could not be prouder of his accomplishments."
Dr. Jon Bergstrom, KSU ASI masters and Ph.D graduate in swine nutrition, was also recognized during the Midwest ASAS meeting with the Outstanding Early Career Agribusiness Award. Dr. Brad Kim, KSU ASI Food Science masters alumnus, won the Outstanding Young Research Award.
Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry faculty and students presented 67 abstracts at Midwest Region ASAS Meeting.
Roger Cochrane, Ph.D. student in feed safety, was named a Midwest Young Scholar. In addition, 23 undergraduates attended the meeting as part of the ASI Undergraduate Research Program, with 12 presenting abstracts.
Graduate and undergraduate students were very successful in the competition, with K-State bringing home first place finishes in six of the eight sections. Winners included:
• Ph.D. Oral Competition — 1st place Mariana Menegat, mentored by the Applied Swine Nutrition Team
• Ph.D. Poster Competition — 1st place Henrique Cemin, mentored by the Applied Swine Nutrition Team
• M.S. Poster Competition — 3rd place Ashton Yoder, mentored by Dr. Cassie Jones
• B.S. Oral Competition — 1st place Katelyn Thomson, mentored by the Applied Swine Nutrition Team
• B.S. Poster Competition — 1st place Abbie Smith, mentored by Dr. Cassie Jones; 3rd place Mikayla Goering, mentored by Dr. Lindsey Hulbert
• B.S. Poster Competition II — 1st place Ethan Sylvester, mentored by Dr. Cassie Jones
• B.S. Poster Competition III — 1st place Haley Wecker, mentored by Dr. Chad Paulk; 3rd place Michaela Braun, mentored by Dr. Chad Paulk