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Professor to receive American Meat Science Association award


The American Meat Science Association has announced Eric Berg, NDSU professor and associate head of the Department of Animal Sciences, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. He will be honored at an awards banquet during the association’s 69th Reciprocal Meat Conference Tuesday, June 21, in San Angelo, Texas.

The award, sponsored by Kraft Heinz Co., was established to recognize excellence in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate meat science courses and positively impacting lives of students.

Berg has taught Introduction to Animal Science, Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation, Physiology and Biochemistry of Muscle as Food, Livestock Muscle Physiology and Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture. He also is active in undergraduate and graduate student advising. He advises four master’s degree students and one doctoral student, and has completed eight master’s degree and nine doctoral students.

Berg has been an active American Meat Science Association professional member, served as director of the organization from 2006 to 2008 and was the Reciprocal Meat Conference chair in 2007-08.

He has 70 journal publications; 132 society presentations and abstracts; 15 manuals, booklets and book chapters; 51 invited presentations; and 75 popular press features. Berg received the 2009 NDSU Extension Service Program of Excellence Award, 2003 AMSA Achievement Award and the 2001 National Pork Producers Council Swine Industry Award for Innovation: Education Category.

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