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Michael L. Thonney, sheep management expert, dies at 71
Michael L. Thonney, professor in the Department of Animal Science and director of graduate studies in the field of animal science, died April 23 in Ithaca. He was 71. Over a Cornell career that spanned more than 45 years, Thonney made numerous...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
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Big Red Bun inspires community, promotes well-being
When Finn hopped into the life of Erin Scannell ’21 in February 2019, she found herself taking a lot of photos of the lovable Holland Lop bunny. With floppy ears, long whiskers and distinctive orange fur, Finn quickly captured the hearts of Scannell’s friends and classmates, too — inspiring Scannell to create the Big Red Bun Instagram account. Two years later, Finn’s account has surpassed 10,000 followers and has become a source for Cornellians worldwide to follow his adventures on campus and find messages in support of COVID-19 safety and mental health and well-being.
  • Animal Science
  • Animals

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Pioneering animal scientist Van Soest dies at 91

Van Soest’s pioneering work permanently changed the chemical and in vitro analysis of feeds and the understanding of herbivore nutrition. His novel and revolutionary methods of analysis created the standard for how researchers measure the...

  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
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Animal Science alum Laura Rubinate ‘01’s involvement with equestrian comes full circle
Animal Science alumna, Laura Rubinate '01, talks about her experience on the equestrian team, medical school and wanting to give back to Big Red athletics.
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
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USDA grant seeks to enhance milk production and cow health
Joseph McFadden, associate professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will use the funds to identify mechanisms that control insulin resistance in lactating cows. Under normal circumstances, insulin resistance...
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy