44th Discover ConferenceSM



This Discover Conference will be offered as a hybrid program with both in-person and virtual participation options. Select “Online Registration” below for complete details. We are looking forward to having you participate in our March program in the manner that best suits your needs. We are here to help you however we can with questions and requests for support. Contact conference coordinator Molly Kelley or conference director Larry Miller.

ARPAS has assigned 10 CEU's, based on contact hours and content, for ARPAS members in attendance at this 44th Discover Conference. 

Conference Objective

This ADSA Discover ConferenceSM is working in collaboration with American Cheese Society to inform some of the latest research on the nutritional and health promoting aspects of milk and cheese. The overarching goals of this conference are to provide attendees with the following opportunities:

  • Access to the latest science-based information from dairy science experts
  • Engage with production and dairy foods colleagues in the cheese sector
  • Gain access to evidence-based messaging about dairy

Who Should Attend?

Various stakeholders in the cheese industry including cheesemakers, dairy farmers, cheese retailers, allied organizations, as well as university and industry scientists are encouraged to participate. Graduate students and early career professionals are especially encouraged to attend.


In Person registration postmarked by Tuesday, February 15, 2023, is $375.00 for ADSA-ARPAS members and $475.00 for non-members, which includes sessions and most meals.

ACS members should register as a “non-member” and enter the ACS member discount code when prompted to receive the reduced member registration rate. The ACS member discount code is available on the ACS Member Center

After February 15, the registration fee will be $475.00 member/$575.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis. Virtual registration postmarked by Wednesday, February 15, 2023, is $275.00 for ADSA-ARPAS-ACS members and $375.00 for non-members. After February 15, the registration fee will be $375.00 member/$475.00 non-member and will be accepted on an availability basis.

A Recordings Only registration option ($215.00 member/$315.00 non member) is also offered, giving access to recordings of each speaker's presentation. Recordings Only is ideal for those with time zone differences or schedule conflicts. It does not include recordings of the actual conference or participation during the conference.

ADSA Discover Conferences offers discounted Post Doc Member and Graduate Student Member Registrations for each conference. The Post Doc Member rate is $225 by February 15, 2023 $325 after February 15. Graduate Student Member rate is $195. These discounted offers are available to 10 members each on a first come, first served basis. To register, click the Online Registration link.

Your registration includes 90 days free access to the Searchable Proceedings of Animal Conferences (S-PAC).

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All participants are responsible for making their own housing reservations. The Conference will be held at the NIU Naperville Conference Center. A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville in Naperville, Illinois.

To make a reservation at Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville:

By Phone: Call +1 630-505-1400
When making your reservation, refer to the "ADSA DISCOVER Conference" or Group Code “ADA.” This will bring up our block of rooms with our special rate of $99.00 plus tax per night. No shows are subject to the fee of one night’s lodging plus applicable taxes.

Online: To book a room online, use the following link: ADSA Discover Conference

Arrival Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Departure Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Special conference rate: $99.00 plus tax
Reservation Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023
After this date, reservations will be accepted on a rate and availability basis only.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville

Hotel Phone: +1 630-505-1400
1087 East Diehl Rd Naperville, Illinois 60563, USA


Conveniently located in the western suburbs of Chicago, NIU Naperville Conference Center and nearby Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville are easily accessible from Interstates 88 and 355. Naperville is 26 miles from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 31 miles from Chicago Midway Airport, 4 miles from the Metra train station, 30 miles west of the city, and within reach of the area’s attractions.

Flight options: We suggest you fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The airport is serviced by nearly every major airline. For a complete listing, go to http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/myflight/airlines/pages/default.aspx

You may also consider flying into nearby Midway Airport (MDY). View the list of carriers here: https://www.flychicago.com/midway/myflight/airlines/pages/default.aspx

Ground Transportation: NIU Naperville Conference Center and nearby Hampton Inn are 35 minutes southwest of O’Hare. Several rental car agencies are located in the airport. In addition, there are a number of shuttle and limo services for hire at the airport including A1 Limousine at http://www.a1limousine.com/. Additional options are available at http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/tofrom/pages/default.aspx

Driving Directions: Complete driving directions to Hampton Inn can be found at https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/chinvhx-hampton-chicago-naperville/hotel-location/

Hampton Inn Chicago/Naperville
1087 East Diehl Rd.
Naperville, Illinois 60563, USA

Hotel Phone: +1 630-505-1400

NIU Naperville Conference Center
1120 East Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL 60563, USA
Phone: +1 815-753-8975 or +1 630-413-0044

Attention Graduate Students

Reduced Registration Rates and Scholarship Travel Awards available for ADSA Discover Conferences

In 2009, the ADSA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a special ADSA Discover Conference graduate student ADSA member registration rate of $195, well below the early registration professional member rate of $375. The graduate student member registration rate is available to the first 10 graduate student member (ADSA-ARPAS)* registrants.

In that same year, the Foundation approved travel awards to graduate students. The Discover Conferences Scholarship Travel Award fund makes travel to Discover Conferences for graduate students more affordable by providing up to $250 per registered graduate student member (ADSA-ARPAS) who attends a Discover Conference. Ten travel awards are offered each conference. Following the conference and within 30 days of the conference, students should complete an ADSA expense report (posted on the ADSA Web site under Corporate Documents), attach receipts at least equal to the expense claimed, and send to ADSA Headquarters, 1800 South Oak Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820 Attn: Morgan Montgomery. Eligible expenses include travel, lodging, ground transportation and incidentals, in compliance with the ADSA Expense Reimbursement Policy, which includes receipt requirements. Registration fees are not reimbursable.

*If you are not currently a member of ADSA or ARPAS, graduate students can join for just $10. Click here for membership details and to join.

Conference Details

March 7-9, 2023
Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center in Naperville, IL and presented virtually
Hosted by the American Dairy Science Association
in collaboration with American Cheese Society

Press play to hear from ADSA member Paul Kindstedt and ACS member Jeremy Stephenson on why you should attend, 'Why Cheese From Milk?'

Conference Documents

Program Committee

  • Rafael Jimenez-Flores, The Ohio State University (Co-Chair)
  • Jeremy Stephenson, The Vermont Farm and Cheese Collaborative (Co-Chair)
  • Stephanie Clark, Iowa State University
  • Rani Govindasamy-Lucey, University of Wisconsin
  • Jeff Jirik, Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. (retired)
  • Lance Lynn, Texas A&M University
  • Julia Powers, The Peterson Company