Director of Science and Education, The American Simmental Association
Dr. Atkins is a native of Mandan, ND, and grew up working at her family’s veterinary clinic and commercial cow-calf operation. In 2002, Jackie graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology from Montana State University.
Atkins attended the University of Missouri, earning a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology in Beef cattle under Dr. Michael F. Smith. After graduate school, Jackie worked as an embryologist for Dr. Chuck Gue at Progenesis Embryo Transfer, based in Belgrade, MT. In 2013, Dr. Atkins joined the team at the American Simmental Association as the Director of
Science and Education.
In her role as Director of Science and Education at ASA, Jackie contributes science articles to the ASA publication and emedia, coordinates research projects, is involved in the Carcass Merit Program, oversees the genetic condition reporting.
Lead Geneticist, International Genetic Solutions
Lauren Hyde earned a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1981; and, several years later she returned to the university system to pursue a Master’s of Science and a Ph.D. in animal breeding from Colorado State University (CSU), graduating
During her graduate studies, Hyde worked as a research assistant at CSU’s Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock (CGEL). Her experience at CGEL running national cattle evaluations positioned her for roles as Director of Performance Programs at the North American Limousin Foundation, Genetic Evaluation Specialist at the American Simmental Association (ASA) and currently as Lead Geneticist at International Genetic Solutions (IGS). As one of the members of the ASA/IGS genetic evaluation team, Lauren has helped develop and implement multi-breed calving ease and genomically enhanced EPDs and is currently assisting in the development and testing of a state-of-the-art genetic evaluation computer system.
Dr. Hyde is very active in the beef industry, having served as a reviewer for the Journal of Animal Science, as chair of a cooperative extension research group on national beef cattle genetic evaluation, and as a board member of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). In 2013, Hyde received the BIF Continuing Service Award in recognition for her significant contributions.