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PSU Dept. Dairy, Animal
UNIVERSITY PARK (Centre
Co.) The Penn State University
Department of Dairy and Animal
Science has announced its reci
pients of two annual recognitions
for distinguished alumnus.
Joseph J. Knapka, of Brookevil
le, Md., and George Shook, of
Madison, lowa, were recognized
respectively as the department’s
distinguished alumnus of animal
science and alumnus of dairy
scientist, earned national acclaim
for his development of open
formula animal diets at the Nation
al Institute of Health (NIH), where
he has worked since 1967. He cur
rently serves as special assistant to
the director of Veterinary Resour
ces at the NlH’s National Center
for Research Resources.
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a number of organizations the
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Science Names Distinguished Alumnus
of Medicine, in the mid-1980s.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in
animal husbandry science in 1958
while at Penn State University. As
a student, he lived and worked at
the beef bam, competed qn judg
ing teams, and belonged to several
organizations, including Block
and Bridle Club. He was the 1956
Champion Angus Showman and
editor of the 1957 Little Interna
Knapka went on to the Universi
ty of Tennessee to earn a master’s
and doctoral degree in animal
Through the Pan American
Health Organization, Knapka also
has worked with scientists interna
tionally to improve the quality of
biomedical research in developing
South American countries and
republics of the former Soviet
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Union. He is scheduled to lecture
in Sweden and Estonia this spring
about the nutrition of animals used
in biomedical research.
He and his wife Dorothy live in
Brookville, while a daughter Cin
dy and family live nearby. A son,
John, 1988 graduate in animal pro
duction, lives in Meadville, Pa.
Knapka said he visits his mother at
the family farm near Benton. He
said that, after he retires from gov
ernment service, he would like to
manage a small herd of Maine-
Anjou cattle with his son.
in Dairy Science
George E. Shook, currently pro
fessor and chair of the University
of Wisconsin-Madison Depart
ment of Dairy Science, grew up on
a Guernsey farm in Clarion Coun-
322 South Wyoming Street
Hazleton, Penna. 18201
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ty. He received a degree in dairy
science from Penn State Universi
ty in 1963.
As an undergraduate, he served
as president of the Dairy Science
Club, and for three years played
baritone hom in the Penn State
Blue Band. He also was a member
of the Coaly Society.
He earned his master’s and doc
toral degrees from University of
Wisconsin and joined the faculty
there in 1967. He became depart
ment chair in 1990.
His studies of somatic cell count
and clinical mastitis led to the
recent publication of national sire
evaluations for somatic cell score.
The scoring system is now being
He has also made important
contributions to the accuracy of
Dairy Herd Improvement Associa
tion production records. He deve
loped test interval adjustment
factors long known as Shook
Factors that are used to esti
mate an animal’s production in the
first and last months of lactation.
Shook also developed AM/PM
adjustment factors which improve
d the accuracy of an estimate of a
cow’s 24-hour production from a
single sampling at a morning or
The AM/PM test program is
becoming the predominant pro
duction test program nationwide
because it allows DHIA personnel
to test more herds at less expense
and more convenience for the herd
Shook and his wife
Nancy celebrated their
25th wedding anniver
sary last year and both
have sung in the Madi
son Symphony Chorus
for 22 years, also per
forming in the chorus in
four productions of the
Madison Opera. The
couple has a 10-year-old
son Kynan, and their
two oldest children,
Karina and Kent, are
at the University of