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National Swine Improvement Federation Honors Two from Iowa State

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An ISU animal science faculty member and a graduate student are the latest recipients of two prestigious awards from the National Swine Improvement Federation. This release tells about the winners.


A faculty member and a graduate student from Iowa State University's (ISU) animal science department were honored earlier this month at the National Swine Improvement Federation's (NSIF) annual meeting. Max F. Rothschild, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, received the Charles Stanislaw Memorial Distinguished Service Award and Clint Schwab received the Lauren Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award. 


“It is quite an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for having helped the industry move forward with application of molecular tests to genetic improvement,” Rothschild said.

The distinguished service award honors individuals for their record of distinguished service to the pork industry through involvement in implementing, supervising and/or participating in performance testing programs. Rothschild is considered one of the world's foremost animal geneticists, as evidence through his unique and highly productive pig genome research, especially in the application of molecular genetics and immunogenetics to swine breeding. In 1993 he
was named U.S. Pig Genome Coordinator and has since been reappointed twice to five-year terms in that position. At ISU, he heads an extensive research program, teaches in undergraduate and graduate courses, is an undergraduate adviser, assists in organizing industry workshops, and has won two R&D 100 awards.


”The NSIF graduate student award is definitely one of the highlights of my time here at ISU,” Schwab said. “The fact that the award is in the name of Dr. Christian, one whose accomplishments we all would like to emulate, certainly adds to the honor.”


The graduate student award recognizes a graduate student conducting research in the area of swine genetics, meats, nutrition or other disciplines that might have a swine genetic component. The award recipient may be rewarded for commitment to sound genetic principles or for the discovery of new concepts in the field of genetics and/or performance testing. Schwab currently is a lecturer and research assistant in animal science, and also serves as coach for the ISU Livestock Judging Team. His graduate research to date is focused in two main areas: evaluating the effect of long-term selection for reduced backfat and increased loin muscle area on meat and eating quality traits, and selection for intramuscular fat in live pigs using real-time ultrasound.

Contacts :

Max Rothschild, Animal Science, 515-294-6202, mfrothsc@iastate.edu


Clint Schwab, Animal Science, 515-294-5910, crschwab@iastate.edu


Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, 515-294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu