Welcome Alessia!

Welcome to Alessia Morato, from the Veterinary Sciences for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Turin, who is joining the lab for several months as part of her PhD project – even if the Costco version of pasta sauce is big, but not so convincingly genuine…

One big duct!

Lab outing to the biggest duct of all – the glory hole spillway at Lake Berryessa west of Davis – a once in a rare-rainfall lifetime chance to see overtopping. This sucker is big – 22 meters diameter at the inlet behind us!! Yet, eerily quiet…..

From Wikipedia: Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway, 72 feet (22 m) in diameter, which is known as the Glory Hole. The pipe has a straight drop of 200 feet (61 m),[3] and the diameter shrinks down to about 28 feet (8.5 m). The spillway has a maximum capacity of 48,000 cfs (1360 m³/s). The spillway operates when there is excess water in the reservoir; in 2017 after heavy rains it started flowing, for the first time since 2006.[4] In 1997 a woman was killed after being pulled inside the spillway.[3]

Cleanest team in town!

Alice and Natanya giving some of our girls a good old sudsing! (for the unacquainted, this is a standard practice to ensure that as few microbes as possible enter the farrowing room where pigs give birth and raise their litters). For the humans it is all just bubbles!

Congratulations Amber!

Congratulations Amber on submission of her Master’s thesis – culminating a tour of force in the lab as an undergraduate intern, Honors student, and Master’s candidate in Animal Biology!

Thesis congratulations!

Congratulations to Grace Berryhill, recent lab alum and now technical scientist at Jackson Laboratories – on May 22nd, Grace received not one, but 2 major awards!

a) the Kinsella Memorial Prize awarded within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for outstanding PhD research, AND

b) the Max Kleiber Memorial Prize awarded for an outstanding dissertation in nutrition and metabolism (for the unacquainted, Dr Kleiber was a former faculty member at UCDavis who is considered to be one of the historical leaders in the field of biochemistry and metabolism: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/alumni/memorial/kleiber-max.html)

Grace’s accomplishments were recognized on May 22nd at a Graduate Studies reception. Congratulations Grace!!

What’s inside the mammary gland – the fast version!

Russ recently was part of the University of Sydney’s Dairy Research Symposium in Wagga Wagga at Charles Sturt University. As part of the meeting we were able to demonstrate to dairy producers and others just what is inside the udder!

Full credit to the folks at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for creating this fast-view version!