Dale Holcombe


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Emeritus Professor

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 202
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775)
Email: daleh@unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office N/A

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EDUCATION
Berry College, Rome, GA., 1979
Mississippi State University, 1982
New Mexico State University, 1988

COURSES & TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

ASC 100 - Livestock Production (3 credits)
ASC 309 - Physiology of Reproduction (3 credits)
ASC 410 - Sheep Management (3 credits)
ASC, BIOL 414/614 - Endocrinology (alt. years, 3 credits)
ASC 791 - Special Topics (2 credits)
VM 328 - Veterinary Physiology and Applied Anatomy (4 credits)

AWARDS, HONORS, & PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College the Agriculture (1992 & 1997)
  • Recipient of the University of Nevada’s Donald Tibbitts Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award (1988)
  • Recipient for the Western Section Distinguished Teaching Award for the American Society of Animal Science
  • Recipient of the Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for the Western Region

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Journals
Kretschmer, E., Holcombe, D. W., Fernandez, G. C., Redelmen, D 2008, Efficacy of the PortaSCC® Milk Test To Estimate Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and Effect of Sampling Day on Consitituents in Sheep Milk, American Society of Animal Science Western Section. vol. 59, pp. Pages 281-284
Bulletin/Reports
Burrows, M., Holcombe, D. W. 2009, Assessing the Potential Interest and Feasibility of Incorporating Agriculture Education that Meets Current Required Standards, into Washoe County Elementary School Curriculum, Cattlemen's Update 2009, vol. 2007, pp. Page 22-258
Technical Publication
Burrows, M., Holcombe, D. W. 2010, Assessing the Potential Interest and Feasibility of Incorporating Agriculture Education that Meets Current Required Standards, into Washoe County Elementary School Curriculum., Cattlemen's Update 2010
Abstracts
Burrows, M., Thain, D. S., Holcombe, D. W. 2011, Incorporating Agriculture into Elementary School Curriculum While, University of Edmonton, Edmonton, Canada: North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), vol. 55, pp. 83
Abstract:

An agriculture literacy internship has been developed which offers University of Nevada Reno undergraduate students, across majors, the opportunity to become engaged in enhancing their own education. In this pilot program students participate in their community, through service learning, to improve the education of and inspire elementary students and teachers in the importance of agriculture in today’s society. In the current educational climate, it is also important that teachers understand the value that education about agriculture holds for their students. It provides vital information as well as brings diversity and variety to the learning environment, all while actively engaging the students.

This internship introduces undergraduates to the needs of the education and agriculture communities. During the first six weeks of the semester they learn to incorporate their previous knowledge and experiences into elementary grade lesson plans that meet the needs of both communities. The lessons used are taken from the Ag in the Classroom Food, Land and People curriculum and delivered by the undergraduates. During the first semester of this internship, 17 undergraduates are visiting 25 elementary classrooms, connecting with more than 500 elementary students and teachers. Participating teachers and their students provide valuable feedback to the university students through an online teacher survey as well as elementary student pre and post tests.  This internship enhances undergraduate education while increasing agriculture literacy among elementary students.