Nejadhashemi and Lock receive CANR Established Mid-Career Researcher Awards

Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Ph.D., and Adam Lock, Ph.D., honored with CANR Established Mid-Career Researcher Awards

Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Ph.D., of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and Adam Lock, Ph.D., of the Department of Animal Science, will be honored with CANR Established Mid-Career Researcher Awards on May 2. During this year’s CANR Faculty and Staff Awards Reception, recipients of both the 2023 and 2024 CANR Excellence in Research Awards will be honored.

The CANR Excellence in Research Award program recognizes the outstanding contributions of CANR researchers to the research mission of Michigan State University (MSU). In particular, the awards focus on the impact that their achievements have had on academic and/or external stakeholder communities. The Established (Mid-Career) Researcher Award recognizes individuals with 5 to 15 years of service and research experience at MSU/CANR.

Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2023 Established Mid-Career Researcher Award. Nejadhashemi is a Michigan State University Foundation Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. Additionally, he serves as director of the Center for Intelligent Water Resources Engineering and is the lead faculty member for the Decision Support and Informatics Unit. An established expert in water resource modeling, Nejadhashemi studies water distribution, movement and quality across various environments, with a goal of evaluating different water quality mitigation strategies to reduce water contamination. Nejadhashemi’s research team has been key to various national and international government agencies, helping foster informed decisions in areas of water resource management and climate change mitigation strategies. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator for various grants totaling over $43 million.

Adam Lock, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Animal Science, is the recipient of the 2024 Established Mid-Career Researcher Award. Originally from a dairy farm in the southwest of the United Kingdom, Lock moved to his current research and extension appointment at Michigan State University in 2009. His recent work has focused on fatty acid absorption, fat supplementation strategies, milk fat depression, and the regulation of milk fat synthesis. His interests and expertise cross several areas, allowing for an integration of disciplines that facilitate the advancement of knowledge in these areas of science. His objectives are to lead a respected research and outreach program, help shape a successful future for the Michigan dairy industry and make significant contributions to animal agriculture and the dairy industry. He is recognized for his ability to communicate to many sectors, from dairy farmers to dietitians and was recently awarded the 2019 American Feed Industry Association Award for his contributions to research of dairy cattle nutrition by the American Dairy Science Association.


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