Young Investigator Award 2018
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 Animals Young Investigator Award is Dr. Jay Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is a Research Animal Scientist of USDA Agricultural Research Service, USA. His work focuses on evaluating the impact of environmental (i.e., heat stress) and production stress on livestock physiology, welfare, and metabolic health to develop mitigation strategies that will improve animal well-being and productivity. He has authored 2 book chapters, 2 invited reviews, 27 refereed articles, 62 abstracts, and 18 other publications. These publications demonstrate his research productivity and diverse research portfolio, as he has published results in swine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry, and rodents, on a range of animal well-being topics, including heat stress, antibiotic alternatives, transport stress, and weaning stress. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johnson for his outstanding achievements.
As the awardee, Dr. Johnson will receive an honorarium of 2000 CHF, an offer to publish a paper free of charge without a fixed deadline in Animals, and an engraved plaque.
We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge another applicant who was highly commended: Dr. Jessica Elisabeth Martin from University of Edinburgh. She will receive a free publication in Animals.
We would like to thank all the applicants in various fields of study for their participation and all the Award Committee members for their evaluation of the excellent applications.
Prof. Dr. Clive J. C. Phillips
Travel Award 2018
This year we launched a Travel Scholarship to be awarded to a PhD student or early career postdoctoral student. It attracted a large number of applicants, 78 in total, of generally very high quality. The applications were assessed by an international team of four Animals editors, Dr. Serdar Izmirli, Prof. Darryl Jones, Prof. John McGlone and myself. The winner of the award is Angie Johnston, a PhD student from Yale University who will receive 800 Swiss Francs towards travel expenses to participate at the Canine Science Forum in Hungary and present her paper entitled: The double-edged sword of domestication: Dogs are less adept than dingoes at independent problem solving.
Two other applicants that were highly commended will receive the opportunity to publish a paper free of charge in Animals; these are Dr. Irene Camerlink of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Dr. Eija Kaukonen from the University of Helsinki. An additional nine short-listed candidates will receive a reduction of half the fee for publication in Animals.
It was a difficult decision with such high quality applications for the awards and we would like to thank all applicants for submitting their diverse and fascinating range of research topics. We congratulate the winners for their accomplishments! Animals is happy to support our young scientists, who represent our future leaders in animal science. We hope that all manage to get to the conferences and meetings that they applied to attend and that they enjoy Animals as a source of inspiration and information about the latest findings in animal science.
Prof. Dr. Clive J. C. Phillips