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July 2004

Release Date: July 1, 2004

ASU Ag Grad Wins National Title in Meat Research

Loree Branham, who graduated from Angelo State University in May with a master's degree in agriculture with an emphasis in food safety, won a national championship in agricultural research last month from the Reciprocal Meats Conference in Lexington, Ky.

Branham, a San Angelo resident, took top honors in that competition against 14 other top graduate students from some of the nation's most prestigious graduate and land grant institutions.

Her first-place presentation was based on her ASU thesis research on "E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in white-tailed deer and livestock." Her study, conducted under the direction of Dr. Mandy Carr, investigated the relationship between the two species when they share the same rangeland.

Based upon her ASU work, Branham was identified as one of the top 15 master's degree students nationally and invited to present her research at the conference June 20. Other institutions represented in the competition included Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Colorado State, Ohio State, Auburn, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, South Dakota State, Oklahoma State and University of Nebraska.

In addition to her master's degree, Branham received her bachelor's degree in animal science with a minor in range and wildlife management from ASU in 2002. Later this month she will begin study in the animal and food science doctoral program at Texas Tech.

Branham is the daughter of Mike and Janet Branham of San Angelo. She is the granddaughter of Duane and Lolita Branham of San Angelo and Bill and Iva Dell Huffman of Rochelle.