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Interim Chair of Animal Science Department Named
Dr. Janice Swanson was named acting chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU).
Swanson succeeds Dr. Karen Plaut who resigned her position as of May 15 to accept a position at Purdue University. Swanson currently serves as director of Animal Welfare at MSU, where she coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of farm animal behavior and well-being with a focus on social responsibility in the food system. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Swanson received a Ph.D. in applied animal ethology from the University of Maryland and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from the University of Connecticut. Her professional employment includes 5 years with the USDA Animal Welfare Information Center before joining the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.
Swanson was appointed as interim department head at Kansas State in August 2004 and joined the MSU faculty in July 2007.
Powers heads the Ag
Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) named Wendy Powers, Ph.D., director of its new Institute for Enhancing Michigan's First Green Industry: Agriculture and Agribusiness. Powers is a professor in the Departments of Animal Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University and is MSU's director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture.
The new institute is one of four that have emerged from the statewide restructuring of MSUE.
In her new role, Powers will be responsible for directing education efforts across all agriculture and agribusiness opportunities and issues. She will lead a team of MSU Extension educators spread across all 83 Michigan counties and work closely with MSU faculty members to help define the hot-button issues for agriculture throughout the state. In addition, she will remain director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture.
Powers joined Michigan State University in 2006. She has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree and doctorate degree from the University of Florida. Prior to joining MSU, she was an associate professor with Iowa State University.
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