Three K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry professors were presented awards by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) on July 9 at the 2019 ASAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Robert Goodband received the 2019 AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research, Cassie Jones received the 2019 ASAS Early Career Achievement Award, and KC Olson received the 2019 ASAS Animal Management Award.

Goodband’s award for nonruminant nutrition research recognizes an individual who has contributed to and published outstanding work in the last 10 years in the field.

Originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, Goodband graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees in swine nutrition at K-State, and joined the faculty in 1989. Goodband and his co-workers have played an important role in developing an intensive on-farm research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials across the U.S. His work has resulted in 310 refereed journal papers, six book chapters, more than 1,000 research reports and extension publications, eight patents and $13.9 million in grants and gifts to K-State.

Goodband also teaches swine science and swine nutrition courses and serves as an academic adviser to more than 35 undergraduate students each year. Goodband has served as the major professor for 22 master’s and doctorate students and on committees of an additional 113 students.

Jones’ early career achievement award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding achievement as a young scholar and is working toward the mission of ASAS.

An associate professor, Jones earned her bachelor’s and master’s from K-State and her doctorate in swine nutrition from Iowa State University in 2012. As the department’s Undergraduate Research coordinator, Jones oversees more than 100 undergraduates conducting research annually. She teaches more than 250 students in seven different classes and advises approximately 60 students. Outside of teaching, Jones is an accomplished researcher in the area of animal feed safety, with more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, 100 abstracts, and $6.5 million in awarded grants, gifts and contracts during her seven-year career. Jones and her husband, Spencer, raise Angus cattle near Wamego, Kansas, and have three young children — Ty, Hayden and Hadley.

Olson’s animal management award recognizes an individual who has contributed to excellent research in the biological or production management of livestock.

Olson’s graduate training at North Dakota State and K-State preceded his eight-year appointment in extension and research at the University of Missouri. In 2006, he joined the K-State faculty and is now a professor of animal science in a research and teaching role. In 2011, he was awarded the W.M. and F.A. Lewis Distinguished Chair in Animal Sciences & Industry. His research has attracted collaboration with more than 40 K-State scientists and 25 scientists from other academic institutions. These projects supported degree requirements for 17 master’s, eight doctorate and seven undergraduate students under his mentorship. Over the last decade, Olson has published 62 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, 48 proceedings papers and more than 100 abstracts. He has delivered numerous presentations around the globe. Olson’s previous honors include K-State Advisor of the Year, Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Excellence in Extension.

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