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NMSU names Gerald Thomas Chair

Date: 09/28/2010

New Mexico State University faculty member Milton Thomas was recently named the Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.


Faculty member Milton Thomas was recently named the Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Thomas is a professor of beef cattle physiology and genetics in the department of animal and range sciences. As Gerald Thomas Chair, he will continue his research of fertility issues in New Mexico in beef and dairy cattle.

He began researching this area about nine years ago and leads a team of researchers from across the United States studying cattle fertility. This effort is coordinated through the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thomas will travel to Australia in the summer of 2011 under the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization McMasters Fellowship to work with a genetics research team. This collaboration also will provide funds for a doctoral student exchange between Australia and NMSU.

"Whole genome research has given us unbelievable tools to help find important genes that regulate fertility in cattle," Thomas said. "Genome information such as this cuts time and money out of breeding and production."

Thomas also plans to present talks, as well bring in guest speakers such as Jim Reecy, professor of animal science at Iowa State University, and David Daley, of California State University, Chico.

More than 250 of Thomas' articles have appeared in journals, research reports and other publications. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Animal Science and has contributed to NMSU's molecular biology program. Thomas received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

The Gerald W. Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources was established in honor of President Emeritus Thomas. When Thomas retired in 1984, the college endowed the $1 million chair - the first in university history.

Written by Margaret Kovar.



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