Lasher Fellowship for Graduate Students

November 2, 2012 under CANR News

The family of Dr. Hiram Lasher—a pioneer in poultry vaccine research, development, and commercialization, and a generous benefactor of the University of Delaware—has announced the establishment of the Hiram Lasher Fellowship Award at the University of Delaware.

“We are honored that Dr. Lasher’s family has established the Hiram Lasher Fellowship award to benefit graduate students pursuing studies in poultry health at UD,” says Jack Gelb, professor and chair of animal and food sciences, and the director of the Avian Biosciences Center at UD. “Dr. Lasher directly influenced many, many people from all walks of life directly through his support, his knowledge and generosity.  It is fitting that Dr. Lasher’s family has established this fellowship so that his legacy can live on.”

The family’s announcement of the scholarship is available on

Dr. Lasher, 92, died Oct. 7 after a short illness. In 1997, the University dedicated the Lasher Laboratory in Dr. Lasher’s honor in Georgetown, Del. The laboratory, formerly owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was transferred to UD when the USDA decided to close it. A $250,000 gift from Dr. Lasher allowed the University to update and renovate the lab.

In 2008, Dr. Lasher was awarded the University of Delaware Medal of Distinction. Robin Morgan, then dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, read a citation that noted his importance to the poultry industry worldwide and also noted his extraordinary contributions in Delaware to education, youth development and public service. “Hiram Lasher is a scientist, businessman, public servant, educational advocate and philanthropist who contributed significantly to the lives of many Delawareans.,” she said.

Donations to the Hiram Lasher Fellowship Award should be directed to the attention of Robert Rudd, University of Delaware, Office of University Development, 83 E Main St., Newark, DE 19716-0701 with a notation that the donation is to be assigned to the Lasher Fellowship. Alternatively, donations may be made online on the University of Delaware’s Giving webpage.    Please enter “Lasher Fellowship” in the “Other” box on the web form.


UDairy Creamery Construction to Start Nov. 1

October 21, 2010 under CANR News

Construction of the UDairy Creamery facility will begin soon. The Creamery will be located between Townsend Hall and the Rust Ice Arena and will serve as both an ice cream processing facility and a storefront for this student-centered enterprise. Site preparation will get underway during the last week in October and actual construction activities will begin on November 1. The anticipated completion date is early spring of 2011.

Please note that during construction the two rows of parking spaces in the Townsend Hall parking lot closest to the Rust Ice Arena will be closed off for use by Nowland Associates, the Creamery building firm.

The UDairy Creamery has been a major CANR initiative for nearly two years. During this time our students, faculty, staff, alumni and many others at UD and in our supporting communities have made major contributions to our efforts to make the Creamery a success. We are very appreciative to all who have helped so far and to those who will support the Creamery in the years to come.

If you would like more information on the Creamery, our Creamery Student Management Team, or even how to order UDairy ice cream, please visit the Creamery website.