Student Receives National Honor For Research | Agricultural Sciences

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Student Receives National Honor For Research

July 02, 2007


Crystal Doll Welsh, a master's student in animal science, took second place at the Equine Science Society's national graduate competition for research in reproductive physiology in Hunt Valley, Maryland on June 8, 2007. Under the mentoring of Dr. Sheryl King, Welch made a ground-breaking link between ovarian nerves and hormones in the brain that trigger the release of eggs. Dr. King commented, "There is no other laboratory in the world that is involved with the relationship of ovarian nerves to reproductive seasonality in any species ... This kind of mapping has never been done in the horse, and for us to have found a link between the nervous system and the endocrine systems in the ovary is way 'out there' --it's exciting!"