June 20, 2014
Texas Tech University’s Meat Science Academic Quiz Bowl Team earned the title of National Champions at the 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Red Raiders entered two teams in the contest, sponsored by Hormel, finishing first and third against 27 other teams from the top meat science programs at 19 universities. Colorado State University finished second.
“The students who competed are extremely intelligent,” said Mark Miller, professor and San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo Distinguished Chairman in Meat Science. “Their performance at RMC was a great reflection of the high academic standards of Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.”
RMC is an annual conference sponsored by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA), which brings together meat scientists and students from academia, industry and government. There were 850 registered attendees at the conference from 19 countries.
Texas Tech also won the competition in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
The 2014 team members included:
Undergraduate Scholastic Awards
Additionally, two Texas Tech students were also honored by the AMSA for their outstanding academic achievement and leadership in the meat science industry. Heather Rode received an AMSA Scholastic Achievement Award while Austin Langemeier earned honorable mention.
At the awards banquet, Deidrea Mabry was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry.
Mabry, the Director of Scientific Communications and Technical Programs for AMSA, earned her bachelor’s of science from Texas Tech in Agricultural Communications in 2003 and her master’s of science degree in Animal Science in 2006.
Iron Chef Competition
Another Texas Tech student, Bo Hutto, competed on the Iron Chef first-place team which was composed of 10 students from various universities. The team was given a mystery protein when they arrived at the conference and were asked to develop a product using a secret ingredient. Hutto’s team developed a chicken pot pie in a bowl made of weaved bacon. The competition was sponsored by Kraft Foods and the recipe will be featured on their company website.
Additionally, Texas Tech students displayed 19 research posters at the conference. Loni Woolley, a meat science graduate student, was inducted as the AMSA Student Board President, and Hutto was recognized as the South Region Director.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:
The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.