Dr. Adam Lock recognizes the significance of translating research results into practical language for the producer and industry audiences to understand. He prescribes to the philosophy that research and sharing what we learn are inseparable and work in tandem. Dr. Lock’s inherent enthusiasm for science, agriculture and teaching help to advance the level of knowledge held about dairy science and nutrition among myriad audiences. He continually seeks new and innovative ways and forums to effectively communicate research findings to the scientific community, government, industry, students and academia, and the general public.

Dr. Lock works with the dairy industry on defining the impact that milk fat – in particular trans fatty acids – has on human health. Over the past two years, he has been invited to speak about this issue at six international dairy/human health-oriented conferences. Dr. Lock developed a series of posters that were used at eight “Breakfast on the Farm” events in 2011. These consumer-geared events held on dairy farms across the state of Michigan provided more than 10,000 people with a first-hand look at dairy farm management practices and the role these practices play in producing safe and nutritious milk. The posters were also used at the Great Dairy Adventure, a consumer education day held at Michigan State University (MSU) in conjunction with the Michigan Dairy Expo every summer. Dr. Lock is currently working with MSU dietitians to update the educational resource material on milk and dairy products for the statewide and federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Dr. Lock has been invited to participate on a number of regional, national and international committees. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Action Team on Fats and Oils for the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Nutrition and Health. In 2011, he was co-chairperson of the highly successful American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Discover Conference, “Milk Components: Opportunities for Maximizing Farm Gate Returns and Meeting Manufacturing Needs.”  Dr. Lock has also served as the Chairperson of the ADSA Production Graduate Student Competition Committee.