Iowa State University Ph.D. student Cassandra Jones will receive the 2012 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award for her continued excellence as a student and researcher. She will be honored at the ASAS national meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Working alongside professor John Patience at Iowa State University, Jones has written three successful grants, totaling in $148,775 research dollars. She has collaborated with multiple animal scientists to apply a systems biology approach to her research on pigs, which will result in management strategies based on differences in nutrient digestion, small intestine integrity and function, health status and gene expression. Her research has also clarified both the stability and efficiency of multiple phytases, a unique feed ingredient. This research was utilized to create an online phytase calculator and was the primary data used to create phytase recommendations and formulation software in the National Swine Nutrition Guide.
Jones earned her Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences and Industry from Kansas State University, where she was employed by the KSU Swine Lab and the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, D.C. While earning her Master’s from KSU, Jones’ thesis research resulted in four manuscripts and helped to shape feeding recommendations regarding the use of specialty proteins in nursery pig diets. While working toward her Ph.D. at ISU, Jones has published four peer-reviewed manuscripts, 11 research abstracts, and nine extension publications—with more to come in the next year. Jones also serves on the ASAS Board of Directors as a Graduate Director.
The ASAS Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award is given to a student currently working towards an advanced degree in Animal Science. The award is sponsored by Agri-King, Inc. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.