AMSA Member since:

  • 1988– present

Current AMSA Committees:

  • ICoMST 2020 Planning Committee, 2015 - 2019
  • Award Selection - Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, 2019
  • Nominations and Recognition Committee, 2016 - 2019 

Previous AMSA Committees

  •   Board of Directors, 2013 - 2016
  •    Graduate Student Poster Competition Committee, 2000 - 2003, 2006, 2009 - 2011
    • Chair, 2002 - 2003
  • Award Selection Committee
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, 2012 - 2015
    • Chair, 2012 - 2013
    • Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement, 2008 - 2011
      • Meat Processing, 2000-2001
  • Abstract and Student Research Competition Committee, 2008 - 2011
  • Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • PORK 101 Curriculum and Host Committee, 2015 - 2018
    • Chair, 2017 - 2018
  • PORK 101 Canada Planning Committee, 2015 - 2017
  • National 4-H Meat Judging Advisory, 2016 - 2018
  • Meat Science Lexicon Task Force, 2016 - 2018

RMC Participation in past five years

  • RMC Chair, 2014 - 2015
  • Program Committee, 2013 - 2017
  • Chair, Muscle Physiology/Biochemistry Concurrent Session, 2014 
  • Reciprocation Moderator, Beef Cattle Ultrasound, 2015
  • Reciprocation Speaker, Ultrasound Applications in Pork, 2015
  • Reciprocation Speaker, Meat Science Lexicon Update, 2017

Other Committees/Organizations you are involved with

  •  American Society of Animal Science
    • Meats Program Committee, 2006 - 2008
    • Chair, 2007 - 2008
    • Session Chair, Pork Quality, 2008
    • Session Chair, Beef Quality and Tenderness, 2008
    • Session Chair, Meat Science, Past, Present, and Future, 2008
  • Ultrasound Guidelines Council
    • Board Member, 2006 - present
    • Systems Review Committee, 2008 - present
  • National Association of College Teachers of Agriculture
    • NACTA Planning Committee, 2014 - 2015

What do you see as a) the most challenging area of improvement for AMSA in the next 3 years:

The most challenging area and the area of greatest opportunity for AMSA is in the continued expansion of our organization’s influence, from a national to a global level. Looking forward from the AMSA that existed in the early 1990s to the AMSA that exists today, there has been tremendous positive advancements. We have evolved from an organization focused primarily on the academic community and scientific inquiry to one that now includes a much broader footprint and greater influence on the meat industry. In the past 10 to 15 years our focus on industry partnerships and the development of future industry leaders through our ever expanding graduate and undergraduate student programming are producing greater impact for AMSA on important meat-related issues. Whether it is our Past President, Dr. Rhonda Miller, speaking into the national debate on lab-cultured meat; or the Meat Science Lexicon Taskforce providing clarity on issues related to the 2015 IARC report on the safety of red meat and processed meat consumption; or the development of a new peer-reviewed, scientific journal, Meat and Muscle Biology, our association is stretching and increasing our relevance in the global field of meat science.  Leadership as an unbiased, science-based source of knowledge on national and global food-related topics will be a great opportunity for AMSA. Managing this growth in influence while maintaining a focus on the current strengths of our organization will be a grand challenge, but one that we can and will meet through our collective experience, knowledge, and dedication to all issues related to meat science.

and b) what is the highest priority goal AMSA needs to have for 2020? 

I believe our highest priority goal for 2020 must be to showcase the U.S. meat industry and our scientific community to the world through the upcoming meeting of the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology that will be hosted by AMSA in Orlando, FL. This will be a tremendous opportunity to build global credibility for our organization and to develop global partnerships amongst our membership. Enormous effort has already been invested into the success of this meeting and my goal would be to “finish the drill”. Together we can make the 2020 ICoMST meeting the best that has ever been hosted by AMSA.

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