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Metagenomic analysis of rumen populations in week-old calves as altered by maternal late gestational nutrition and mode of delivery

12 Jun 2019
Thomas A. Christensen II Kathy J. Austin Kristi M. Cammack Hannah C. Cunningham-Hollinger

Early colonization of the rumen microbiome is critical to host health and long term performance. Factors that influence early colonization include maternal factors such as gestational nutrition and mode of delivery. Therefore, we hypothesized that late gestational nutrition and mode of delivery would influence the calf rumen microbiome. Our objectives were to determine if nutrient restriction during late gestation alters the calf rumen microbiome and determine if ruminal microbiome composition differs in calves born vaginally versus caesarean. Read more »

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The ChemE Car that Cud: AIChE ChemE Car Engineering Design Proposal

14 May 2019
Thomas A. Christensen II

The ChemE Car That Cud showcases Wyoming’s dominant industries of agriculture and mining by utilizing rumen fluid from a cannulated beef cow to generate hydrogen to be used in a hydrogen fuel cell and radioactive cesium, a byproduct of uranium that is often obtained from Wyoming’s mines, to time the car’s stop. The concentration of cesium-137 source is measured using the radioactive decay of cesium shielded by aluminum. The painted aluminum chassis was obtained from a previous team at UW, and modified using plastic k’nex toys to adapt to the current power source and stopping mechanism. Read more »