| Ken McMillin, professor of animal sciences and food science at the LSU AgCenter and at LSU, has been awarded the 2009 American Meat Science Association Signal Service Award. This award recognizes members for devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry. McMillin is only the second recipient from Louisiana to receive this award, which is the association’s oldest award, having been established in 1956. The other LSU recipient was J.B. Francioni Jr., now deceased. Francioni Hall on the LSU campus, where animal sciences professors and labs are housed, was named in his honor. McMillin holds degrees from Purdue University and Iowa State University and is a former Fulbright Senior Specialist to Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa. He is known for developing a live animal selection classification system and carcass evaluation guides for the meat goat industry. He led the development of the Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications for fresh goat in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Southern University. During his career, McMillin has participated in collaborative research with five universities, served as publication reviewer for 12 scientific journals and three USDA granting agencies and has numerous publications to his credit. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Meat Science Association, a professional society that provides a forum to address the needs of the processing and marketing segments of the meat industry, consumers and others in the biological and nutritional sciences.