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Cellular Research, Feed Efficiency Studies Earn UW Awards

March 4, 2013
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Department of Animal Science faculty members Kristi Cammack received an Early Career Research Achievement Award and Bill Murdoch earned the Outstanding Research Award. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) recently presented outstanding research awards to two scientists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Department of Animal Science Professor Bill Murdoch received the Outstanding Research Award, and Assistant Professor Kristi Cammack was presented the Early Career Research Achievement Award.

“The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station is proud to honor both professors Cammack and Murdoch for their tremendous efforts,” says Bret Hess, AES director and associate dean of research in the college. “It is a pleasure to recognize these two very productive researchers for their accomplishments.”

The outstanding research award recognizes accomplishments of established scientists in the college.

Murdoch’s program has focused on mechanisms that regulate ovarian function and has evolved into the investigation and discovery of methods to regulate cell growth, says Doug Hixon, professor and head of the animal science department.

Murdoch has attracted $4.9 million in funding during his 30 years at UW and wrote or co-wrote 152 journal manuscripts, review articles and book chapters. His teaching has been recognized by numerous awards, says Hixon, and he has directed 18 theses and dissertations, and trained three post-doctoral fellows.

The Early Career Achievement Award recognizes achievements by junior scientists in the college.

Cammack researched changes in gene expression induced by toxins in the diet and is examining feed efficiency in ruminant livestock.

She is collaborating with scientists in the United States and in New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa. She has received $4.1 million in funding and has, either as the primary or collaborating author, written 23 journal articles.

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