Honoring a Legacy: Andrea Rubio Receives First Award in Honor of Dr. John Thomas Brake

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Andrea Rubio at the NC State Feed Mill Education Unit

Andrea Rubio at the NC State Feed Mill Education Unit | photo by Andrea Rubio

In 2018, the Prestage Department of Poultry Science (PDPS) was saddened by the loss of a distinguished researcher, teacher and colleague, when Dr. John Thomas Brake passed away. Former students were especially affected by the loss of a respected and loved teacher and mentor.

Dr. Brake’s family, wife Audrey Ferguson Brake and daughter Alston Brake Cobourn, established the John Thomas Brake Memorial Poultry Science Graduate Endowment to honor his memory and acknowledge his dedication to the poultry industry and devotion to North Carolina State University.

The department is pleased to share that the first recipient of the John Thomas Brake Memorial Poultry Science Graduate Endowment Award is Andrea Rubio, a graduate student who studies how to improve feed efficiency – and reduce costs.

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