ADSA elects new vice president and board members

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The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the international organisation of educators, scientists, and industry representatives committed to advancing the dairy industry, recently elected new leaders for the organisation’s 2020–2021 term that begins in late June.

Dr Paul Kindstedt (left in featured image) has been elected to the office of vice president for a one-year term. Kindstedt is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. He received his BS in dairy technology (1979) and MS in animal science (1981) from the University of Vermont, and his PhD in food science (1986) from Cornell University. In 1986, Kindstedt joined the faculty at the University of Vermont and rose through the ranks to become full professor in 1995. Kindstedt has authored or co-authored two books, numerous book chapters and conference proceedings, and over 90 refereed publications, primarily in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Since joining ADSA as a graduate student in 1979, Kindstedt has served the association in many roles, most recently as a member of the ADSA board of directors, member of the annual meeting’s overall program committee, founder and chair of the Dairy Foods division International Partnership Program, and chair of the board of trustees of the ADSA Foundation. He has received two awards from the association for his group’s research in 1993 and 2018, as well as an award for teaching in 2008. In 2019, Kindstedt disbanded his research program to focus on professional service and other forms of scholarship.

Dr Rohit Kapoor (centre in featured image) has been elected ADSA Dairy Foods division director and will serve a three-year term. Kapoor received his BS in dairy technology from the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India, and his MS and PhD degrees in food science with an emphasis on dairy science and technology from the University of Minnesota.

He currently serves as vice president of product research at Dairy Management Inc. Kapoor leads National Dairy Council research programs in important areas such as milk powders, whey and milk protein ingredients, and dairy co-products at major universities; these programs are designed to drive dairy innovation and sales on behalf of America’s dairy farmers. Kapoor also holds an adjunct professor appointment at the Dairy and Food Science Department, South Dakota State University, which is one of the nation’s premier universities in dairy research and education.

Dr Xin Zhao (right in featured image) has been elected Production Division director and will also serve a three-year term. Zhao is a lactation physiologist. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in animal science in 1982 and 1985, respectively, from Nanjing Agricultural University, China. He was awarded his PhD in animal science from Cornell University in 1989. After completing his PhD studies, he moved to Canada for postdoctoral studies, first at the University of Guelph and then at the University of Toronto. Zhao was hired as an assistant professor in McGill University’s Department of Animal Science in 1993, was promoted to full professor in 2006, and has held a James McGill Professorship since 2007.

Zhao works in the field of mammary gland biology, where his studies have focused on bovine mammary functions during normal and pathological states. He continues to lead a group that has adopted a multidisciplinary approach to studying lactation physiology, complex host–pathogen interactions during mastitis, and antibiotic resistance in bacteria from mastitic milk. The overarching goal of Zhao’s research programme has been to significantly advance current knowledge in those three areas in order to sustain dairy production, reduce costs associated with mastitis, and mitigate the impact of antibiotic resistance on animal and human health.

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