Brody Memorial Lectures

Establishment of Brody Memorial Lectureship

A committee was appointed by Dean Longwell to consider the possibility of creating a memorial for Samuel Brody. It was the opinion of the committee that a permanent lectureship would be most suitable if sufficient funds were obtained from friends, relatives, organizations, and the University Faculty invited to contribute to this memorial.

Friends, relatives and organizations interested in recognizing Dr. Brody provided the initial funds, which were supplemented by a generous grant from the King Ranch and matching funds from the Alumni Achievement Funds.

The Board of Curators approved the establishment of the Samuel Brody Lectureship Fund in April, 1959. Lectures have been held as often as sufficient income from the interest provided expenses and a small honorarium for a distinguished lecturer.

The present Brody Memorial Lectureship Committee was appointed by Dean Roger Mitchell.
Dr. Donald E. Spiers, Committee Chairperson
Dr. James Spain, Sigma Xi Representative
Dr. Matt Lucy, Gamma Sigma Delta Representative

Previous Brody Lectures

Max Kleiber, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1960

Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Department of Zoology, Duke University, 1961

F. W. Went, Director, Missouri. Botanical Garden, 1963

K. L Blaxter, Department of Nutrition, Hannah Dairy Research Institute, 1964

C. Ladd Prosser, Department of Physiology, University of Illinois, 1965

H. T. Hammel, Physiol. Group, John B. Pierce Foundation Lab. 1966

H. N. Munro, Department of Physiological Chemistry, Mass. Institute Tech., 1967

James D. Hardy, Department of Physiology, Yale University, 1968

Loren D. Carlson, Department of Physiology, University of California - Davis, 1969

R. L. Baldwin, Department of Animal Science, University of California - Davis, 1971

• John R. Brobeck, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1972

Bruce A. Young, Department of Animal Science, University of Alberta, 1974

D. E. Johnson, Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University, 1975

Albert L. Lehniger, Department of Physiological Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, 1976

• Henry A. Lardy, Department of Biological Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1979

H. Allen Tucker, Department of Dairy Science and Dept. Physiology, Michigan State University, 1981

H. Russell Conrad, Department of Dairy Science, The Ohio State University, 1982

David Robertshaw, Department of Physiol./Biophysics, Colorado State University, 1984

Allen Munck, Department of Physiology, Darmouth Medical School, 1986

Lawrence J. Machlin, Dir. Clinical Nutrition, Vitamins and Fine Chemicals Division, Hoffman-La Roche Inc., 1988

Keith W. Kelly, Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois, 1992

Clifton A. Baile, Head Animal Science/Molecular Biology Division, Monsanto Agricultural Company, 1993

David Wolfenson, Department of Animal Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999

• Jean Noblet, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, 2000

Michal Horowitz, Environmental Physiology, The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, 2005

Bioenergetics and Growth Book

• Table of Contents and Index .pdf

• Chapters 1-6 .pdf

• Chapters 7-10 .pdf

• Chapters 11-13 .pdf

• Chapters 14-16 .pdf

• Chapters 17-20 .pdf

• Chapters 21-25 .pdf

Brody Lectures at the 16th International Congress on Biometeorology, 2002

• Slivia E. Valtorta, Conicet, Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentiz, Animal production in a changing climate: Impacts and mitigation.

• G. LeRoy Hahn, USDA/ARS, Clay Center NE, Living with climatic variability and potential global change: Climatological analyses of impacts on livestock performance.

• Matt C. Lucy, University of Missouri - Columbia, Reproductive loss in farm animals during heat stress.

• Robert J. Collier, University of Arizona, The use of genomics in genetic selection programs for environmental stress tolerance in domestic animals.

The Future

Future research interactions will allow for the determination of:

• relationships between the environment and animal performance

• the effects of environmental toxins and procedures for relief

• critical endpoints for production, reproduction and immune functions affected by environmental stress

• animal or species sensitivity to environmental stressors and development of:

• genetic markers that identify environmental stress in livestock

• strategies for stress relief that contribute to animal health and well-being

• nutritional regimes to produce efficient growth and development in different environment

BEC Goals


• Biosensor technology that allow for real-time assessment of health status for domestic animals

• Integrated systems that utilize animals thermal balance, ambient conditions, and predicted weather patterns to operate animal comfort systems

• Animal management and comfort systems that reduce environmental stress to enhance animal health and performance

• Understanding of changes in animal gene expression associated with environmental stress

• Scientists who will develop practical solutions for long-term problems of climate change that are associated with global warming and air quality

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Today's Challenges

Annual impact of environment on health and general well-being of animals in agriculture totals is at least $8 billion.

Summer heat stress reduces milk production rate and reproductive efficiency of dairy cows to produce an annual loss of $5-6 billion.

More than 22 million acres of fescue produced for over 7 million cattle are infected with a fungus. Consumption of infected fescue and exposure to heat stress produces reproductive losses and reduced weight gain that results in a $600 million annual loss to beef cattle producers.

Heat stress depressed profitability of swine production, with reduced feed intake, growth rate, lean tissue accretion, lactation.

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