Bratcher Receives Achievement Award

Dr. Christy Bratcher, an AUFSI core faculty member and an assistant professor in the Department of Animals Sciences, has been named a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Meat Science Association (AMSA).

The award, sponsored by Burke Corp., was established in 1992 and is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA.

Bratcher and the two other award recipients were honored at an awards banquet during the AMSA 66th Reciprocal Meat Conference this June in Auburn.

Bratcher joined the faculty in March 2008, teaches three courses per year, and guest lectures in numerous other classes. Her research has focused on meat quality and food safety, with an emphasis on industry-related applied research.

Bratcher has earned more than $7 million in total research funding, has published 17 manuscripts and 33 abstracts and was the recipient of the 2011 Dean’s Award for Advising Excellence. She serves as adviser to the Collegiate Cattlemen & Cattlewomen and is the faculty adviser for the meats lab.

According to AMSA, Bratcher has built a strong graduate student training program and currently mentors more graduate students than any other faculty member in the department.

According to the AMSA release, “Her former graduate students hold key positions in the meat science industry across the country. She engages her students in real world researchable issues in partnership with industry, and takes students out into industry to see first-hand what their careers will be like. Incorporating these experiential learning opportunities in her students’ graduate training set her apart from the routine laboratory researcher.”