The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Chris Calkins is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Research Award. The award was established in 1965 to recognize members with outstanding research contributions to the meat industry and is sponsored by ConAgra Foods, Downers Grove, IL. Calkins, a University of Nebraska professor of animal science, will be honored at a special reception and awards presentation at the AMSA 64th Reciprocal Meat Conference on June 21 in Manhattan, KS.

Calkins was nominated by Steven Lonergan, Iowa State University professor, who says, “Chris Calkins exemplifies that ideal combination of a person who applies a sound scholarly approach toward understanding basic meat science principles; maintains an awareness of practical fresh meat industry concerns, issues and needs; and exhibits enduring motivation and enthusiasm to seek implementation of his research results.”

Lonergan adds, “In his career, he has advanced the understanding of how meat composition and biochemistry impact the quality of fresh meat for retail and for value-added processing.”

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