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Champaign, IL (May 9, 2022)—The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA®) is pleased to announce that Karen Schmidt has been named Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 20, 2022, during the opening session at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

The purpose of the ADSA Fellow Award is to recognize Dairy Foods division and Production division members of ADSA who have rendered distinguished service to the dairy industry over 20 years or more. The recipients must have made exceptional contributions to the dairy industry, to a dairy-related discipline, or to ADSA; in addition, the recipients must be and have been a member of ADSA for a minimum of 20 years.

Karen Schmidt is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University. She received her BS degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota in food science. She has been a member of ADSA since 1983 and has served in several leadership positions, including the presidency in 2017 to 2018. She has been active in the Institute of Food Technologists at the local, regional, and national levels, serving on the Education Committee and as chair of the Kansas City section. She began her academic career at the University of Georgia in 1990 with a research and instruction appointment and developed a research program that focused on dairy foods processing. She joined Kansas State University in 1994 in an instruction–research position as well. She continued a research program in dairy foods quality to support the food industry, both nationally and internationally. She has distinguished herself as an advocate for dairy foods education and received the Milk Industry Foundation Teaching Award in Dairy Manufacturing in 2011.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA presents Karen Schmidt with the 2022 Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association distinction.

About the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)

The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. It provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services. Together, ADSA members have discovered new methods and technologies that have revolutionized the dairy industry.