LSU College of Agriculture Professor Kayanush “Kai” Aryana Receives ADSA Milk Industry Foundation Teaching Award in Dairy Science
BATON ROUGE – The American Dairy Science Association, or ADSA, recently announced that Kayanush “Kai” Aryana, a dairy science professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Animal Sciences, as the 2013 recipient of the Milk Industry Foundation Teaching Award in Dairy Science. The award was presented on July 10 during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
The Milk Industry Foundation Teaching Award in Dairy Science was created to recognize outstanding teaching of undergraduate students in dairy foods. The winner must have demonstrated outstanding ability as a teacher of undergraduate students in dairy foods at an accredited college or university. The winner must have been an active teacher when nominated with no less than 10 total years of active teaching preceding the year of recognition. The winner must be a member of the ADSA, and be a resident of the U.S., Canada or Mexico.
Over the past 11 years, Aryana has had major accomplishments in training dairy food undergraduates through teaching the undergraduate course Milk and Dairy Foods and split‐level courses Dairy Microbiology and Quality Assurance in the Food Industries. He has mentored undergraduates in writing and obtaining 20 undergraduate research grants, advised undergraduates during their research, helped undergraduates in preparing their 17 presentations at annual meetings and 13 published manuscripts in peer‐reviewed journals, assisted undergraduates to find internships and jobs in dairy food companies and providing the dairy foods industry with a well-rounded undergraduate with not just theoretical, plant and laboratory knowledge, but also practice in obtaining undergraduate research grants and conducting successful research.
“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award,” Aryana said. “What helped me to achieve this was the wonderful people I’ve met along the way – the students, some senior faculty with their great advice – and also making realistic “small” plans towards a “realistic” larger plan, and then following through with the realistic “small” plans, which often took care of the larger plan.
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