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Benjamin Corl named interim head of Department of Dairy Science

Benjamin Corl, associate professor of dairy science, has been named interim head of the Department of Dairy Science in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Corl follows Mike Akers, the Horace E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor of Dairy Science, who recently stepped down after 12 years as department head to focus on research.

“This is an opportunity to build upon the foundation laid by those who have gone before me and try to build on the robust legacy in the department,” said Corl. “I look forward to working with the college leadership to advance the department and the college.”

No stranger to Virginia Tech, Corl received his B.S. in biochemistry in 1997 from the Department of Biochemistry, located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Science. He received his Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University in 2003. Corl returned to Virginia Tech in 2005 as a faculty member after a two-year post-doctoral appointment at North Carolina State University.

Corl’s research focuses on milk synthesis in the mammary gland of dairy cows. Currently his lab studies the local regulation of milk production by studying factors that influence the number and activity of mammary epithelial cells in glands. He examines how this local control can be used to increase the efficiency of milk production, and how it is mediated within the mammary gland.

Corl received the Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award for outstanding research in the area of Dairy Cattle Production at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in 2012.

He is a member of the American Dairy Science Association.

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Call for nominations for Andy Swiger Award

The CALS Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award recognizes faculty whose creative accomplishments help fulfill the Land-Grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and extension.

This award is made possible by an endowment established in honor of former Dean Andy Swiger. The award includes $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds for the winner.

All full- and part-time, regular and restricted appointments, academic- and calendar-year faculty with teaching, research, or Extension appointments (including Extension agents) in the college are eligible.

A committee of faculty and agribusiness representatives will review nominations. The winner will be selected based on his or her creative accomplishments and impacts.

Nomination Guidelines

Please include a copy of the nominee’s CV. The nomination letter should be no more than five pages and include a:

  • Description of the nominee’s activities that emphasizes creative accomplishments in applied or basic research, teaching, and extension.
  • Description of the impact that the nominee has made toward solving practical problems and how this impact has enhanced production and profit in the industry.
  • Clear identification of the time period and who has benefited from the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • Short summary of the nominee’s education, experience, and responsibilities.

Colleagues, department heads, staff, or members of the community who are familiar with the nominee’s work are encouraged to submit nomination letters. You can resubmit an updated nomination letter for a previous year’s nominee.

A certificate will be presented to the selected individual. The award winner will be recognized during the CALS faculty and staff picnic in early August.

Each nominee will be considered by the award committee for two additional years, if not selected the first year of consideration, for a total of three years.

Please send a copy of the CV and nomination letter and direct questions to Robin Williams. All nominations must be received by June 3, 2016.

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