Welcome New ACBS Faculty and Staff Members

June 21, 2021

Joslyn BeardDr. Joslyn Beard

Assistant Livestock Extension Specialist

Joslyn Beard joined ACBS on May 3, 2021. We are excited to have her working with Arizona livestock producers and look forward to collaborating with her on state-wide projects.

Joslyn grew up with animal agriculture just outside the Las Cruces, New Mexico city limits raising and showing cattle, sheep, and hogs. She graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Joslyn was able to be involved with animal science research working for Dr. Dennis Hallford as the Flock Manager of the West Sheep Unit and as a Lab Technician in Hallford’s endocrinology lab. During this period, she found a new passion for animal research, which led her to continue her Master’s studies at NMSU, where she simultaneously served as the NMSU Wool Judging Coach.

Joslyn’s master’s research focused primarily on nutrition and reproduction interaction, looking at how maternal stimuli during gestation impacted beef progeny performance. Following her masters program she continued her education receiving her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). While at UNL, Joslyn was able to work on a large scope of projects from optimizing fatty acid mobilization from fat tissue, evaluating cow age effects on calf performance, and identifying mechanisms related to adaptation and resiliency in 2 yr old lactating range cows.

Dr. Beard’s future research aspirations focus on the nutrition and reproductive interaction associated with sustainability and resiliency of beef cattle grazing on extensive rangelands.

Joslyn is located at the Agricultural Research Center, N121 and can be reached at joslynbeard@arizona.edu or 520-626-9532.

Robert HartmanRobert Hartman

Chair, Race Track Industry Program

Hartman, a graduate of the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), brings a broad range of experience to the role. For over a decade, he held marketing and management positions at the New York Racing Association, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. His previous experience also includes serving as the Associate Athletic Director at the University of California, Berkeley and CEO of the American Contract Bridge League.

Hartman sees new possibilities for the RTIP students going forward. “A traditional on-campus four-year education experience may not be the right fit for some prospective RTIP students. We need to meet students where they are by developing offerings tailored to fit their needs. We will explore ideas such as additional remote learning opportunities, certificate programs, international programs and continuing education programs.”

“Listening to the needs of racing industry stakeholders will be an important first step as we begin to reshape the Program,” said Hartman. “The Global Symposium on Racing has been the premier industry gathering for the exchange of ideas and best practices. We plan to continue to build on that success.”

Emiliano AlveradoEmiliano Alverado

Administrative Assistant, RTIP

Emiliano Alvarado was born in Rochester Minnesota. He spent his childhood in Tempe, AZ, and went to high school and college in Flagstaff. He rounds out the trifecta with now living in Tucson and considers himself somewhat of an Arizona college town nomad.  

Emiliano began his position with the Race Track Industry Program in early May, where he provides administrative support. A major component of his new position will be coordinating for the success of the annual Global Symposium on Racing, which has traditionally been held in December each year. The conference attracts attendees representing Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse, Greyhound, and Racino interests from across the United States and internationally.

About his new position, Emiliano says, “I am excited to bring my skills to a unique program that has seen a lot of change over the past year. Plus, I am thrilled to work with some great people and students along the way.”
Emiliano brings over 10 years of experience providing support to various organizations in higher learning, technology, and publishing, to his new position, with his prior most position being with the University of Arizona Foundation. He has a BS in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and is currently studying to obtain his professional certificate in Digital Marketing from Arizona State University.

In his free time, he likes to photograph the beautiful, unique, and odd things that make southern Arizona an amazing place to live.

Emiliano is located at the Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg, 158B and can be reached at eia@arizona.edu or (520) 621-5660.

Austin DriscollAustin Driscoll

Systems Administrator

As the new System’s Administrator, Austin Driscoll will support and maintain all of the technology used by ACBS faculty, staff, and students. He comes to the UArizona from Silverado Technologies, where he served as a network technician.

Born and raised in Tucson, he received an Associate’s Degree from Pima Community College and has explored UArizona courses in computer science and journalism.  Austin is excited for the opportunities working in ACBS will bring, as well as, the experience he can apply from his previous positions. In his spare time he recently started playing the guitar, which has quickly become a big part of his life.

Austin is  located in ACBS 230 and can be reached at austindriscoll@arizona.edu or  520-621-4430.