June 29th, 2022 | 1:00 PM ET
With the U.S. on high alert for outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, livestock and poultry producers know how high the stakes are in controlling these diseases and others. This webinar will give an update on the current status and risk of foreign animal disease in the U.S., and potential impacts for both livestock and meat production. The speakers will cover current mitigation and sanitation strategies and the role that meat processing plants play when managing the risks, as well as the specialized approaches for control along the supply chain.
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Chief Science Officer
Dr. Mark D. Tucker recently retired from a 35-year career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM where he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. While at Sandia, his research was focused on the development of innovative technologies for the decontamination of chemical and biological warfare agents and other toxic chemical and biological materials. He is a co-inventor of the original Sandia Decontamination Foam technology and the inventor of the modified and enhanced D7 formulation. Mark currently holds eighteen U.S. patents related to decontamination and other technologies. While at Sandia, Dr. Tucker also led or was a primary technical contributor on several large projects funded by the US Department of Homeland Security and/or the US Department of Defense that focused on the development and implementation of processes, procedures and technologies to rapidly restore critical infrastructure, critical assets, and urban areas following the release of a chemical or biological warfare agent or other highly toxic materials. Dr. Tucker was also the project lead and/or primary technical contributor for the development of several software-based modeling and simulation applications focused on the analysis of recovery options and resource requirements following the release of chemical, biological, or radiological agents. Dr. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1997), a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1993), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (1983) and a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University (1980).
North American Meat Institute
Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. KatieRose McCullough serves as a director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the North American Meat Institute where she provides expertise on a variety of topics including: meat science, meat quality and composition, sensory, spoilage, food safety, pathogen control and detection, intervention technologies, microbial ecology, public health, diet and health, epidemiology and more.
As the meat scientist for NAMI, McCullough works to ensure policies are created on a sound science-based foundation. McCullough also collaborates with other associations and represents the Meat Institute in different scientific forums. McCullough also serves as the Senior Science Advisor to the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, working with industry to fund projects and develop research priorities related to food safety, product quality and nutritional sciences. She also acts as the staff liaison for the Scientific Affairs Committee and assists in managing the NAMI Scholarship Foundation which funds multiple scholarships for undergraduate students each year.
Prior to joining the Meat Institute, McCullough designed and conducted research studies related to pathogen reduction, system validation, molecular pathogen identification, shelf-life, sensory, and carcass optimization. McCullough also has experience in public health epidemiology, and foodborne outbreaks investigation.
McCullough received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas Tech University, her Master of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University with research focusing on meat quality and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Animal Science from Colorado State University with her research focusing on food safety. McCullough also holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health focusing on Animals, People and the Environment.
Manager and Program Analyst
Ashley Glosson works for the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services’ National Preparedness and Incident Coordination Staff. In her current role, she provides program guidance, develops processes, procedures, and recommendations supporting the overarching Veterinary Services national preparedness and response policy for a foreign or domestic animal health disease. Prior to joining USDA, Ashley was a Global Senior Program Manager for the bioinformatics arm of an information technology company. In that capacity she managed cross-functional teams contributing to the successful development and launch of a bioinformatics platform focused on next-generation, short- and long-read sequencing, single-cell profiling, library design, and nucleic acid protocols designed to extract biologic and mechanistic insights for pharma discovery. She also worked for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative as a Researcher and Operations Program Manager focused on the discovery and development of vaccines and biologics for viral hemorrhagic fevers. In this role, Ashley conducted comprehensive analyses of vaccine and therapeutic candidates for efficacy and target efficiency including the review of research findings in non-human primate large animal model clinical trials. Ashley is a double alumnus of Northeastern University where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. She also has a Master of Public Health from New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice, and is a current Doctor of Health Sciences Candidate at the A.T. Still University College of Graduate Health Studies.