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Champaign, IL (May 9, 2022)—The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) is pleased to announce Laura Hernandez as the 2022 recipient of the Zoetis Physiology Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, during the awards ceremony at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Zoetis Physiology Award was created to recognize outstanding research in dairy cattle physiology. The winner must have research work in any area of animal physiology relating to the dairy animal published in refereed journals in the five years immediately preceding the year of recognition and have been a member of ADSA for at least the last five successive years.

Laura L. Hernandez is a professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hernandez combines basic research from the cell to the whole-animal level in a variety of mammalian species to broaden the focus on the importance of the mammary gland and its contributions to and regulation of a successful lactation. The outcomes of her novel research are aimed at understanding how serotonin controls the cow’s physiology while lactating, particularly during the transition period. Her research has determined that serotonin is an important regulator of the mammary gland and maternal calcium homeostasis during lactation.

It is with great pleasure that ADSA and Zoetis present Laura Hernandez with the 2022 Zoetis Physiology Award.

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.