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The Brian W. Kennedy Memorial Colloquium, as it was named in 1997, actually began in 1982. The colloquium started as a joint meeting of graduate students and faculty in animal breeding from Cornell University and the University of Guelph. Brian Kennedy was a graduate student of Dr. C. R. Henderson at Cornell. From 1979 to 1981 Brian was a faculty member at the University of California, Davis along with Dr. John Pollak who did his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. Brian moved to Guelph in 1981 and John Pollak moved to Cornell University, and together they decided to hold an annual colloquium. The first was held in 1982 in Ithaca, New York. The colloquium is a day and a half of presentations on research projects in animal breeding being conducted by graduate students or faculty at each institution. The meetings are very informal and questions pop up throughout the day, so that presentations turn into very fruitful discussions. There is usually an evening social get-together to become better acquainted with each other, to make contacts, and to continue discussion on the earlier presentations.
Except for 1994, 1995, and 1999, the meetings have alternated between Guelph and Cornell. In the late 1980's Michigan State University was also invited to participate in the colloquium through Ivan Mao, who also was a student of Henderson and did his M.Sc. in Guelph. Also, Rob Tempelman did his M.Sc. at Guelph and is now at Michigan State. In 2000 the colloquium was held in East Lansing, Michigan for the first time. There are now numerous ties between the three institutions with several people that have been to at least two of the three universities as a student or postdoc.
Kennedy Memorial Colloquium will be the 20th colloquium. To celebrate
this tradition and to honour the memory of Brian Kennedy, the 20th colloquium
will be open to anyone that wishes to participate. There has been
a large number of participants in past colloquia (click
here), and it is hoped that as many as possible will attend this special
20th reunion colloquium. The colloquium will be held on May 5, 6,
and 7, 2003 at the University of Guelph. Five sessions have
been planned with an invited speaker for each session. Anyone that
attends the colloquium may give a presentation.