The Hosts

Co-Host Biographies:

Tim Zweber

Tim grew up on the dairy farm in Elko MN he and his wife Emily now run in partnership with his parents. He is the father of two young boys who love minecraft and legos and a little girl who asks every night at dinner how her favorite cow Hannah is doing. After attending vocational college for automotive technology he decided to continue his education at the University of Minnesota earning a B.S. in Dairy Science before joining his family farm full time. In 2009 he and his wife started using social media tools to engage with people online and share their love of farming and agriculture. This lead to many great discussions online with many different people ultimately culminating in the realization that there needed to be a place people could get in depth knowledge of the interesting science behind what goes on in agriculture. In January of 2014 Tim reached out to a twitter friend and fellow science nerd Stephanie Neal and AgSciToday was born.


Stephanie Neal:

Background: Stephanie Neal grew up in Jackson Township, right outside of Canton, Ohio. Not growing up on a farm, she was first introduced to agriculture when she joined 4-H in grade school. Throughout her 7 years in 4-H, she raised beef steers, dairy feeders, market lambs, and broilers. In addition, she got her crash course in dairy farming while milking cows on the Weisgarber’s dairy farm right outside Massillon, Ohio. It was this experience that cemented her love for dairy cattle and the dairy industry.

Undergrad: After high-school, Stephanie attended The Ohio State University studying Animal Sciences. Initially, she was set on attending veterinary school. However, after completing a research internship in the lab of Dr. Maurice Eastridge, she knew that a career in scientific research was for her.

Masters: After graduating Ohio State with a degree in Animal Sciences, Stephanie joined the Dairy Science Department’s graduate program at Virginia Tech. While there, she completed a research project analyzing the effects of maternal immune cells from colostrum on dairy calf health and immune status.

PhD: After receiving her Masters degree at Virginia Tech, she joined the lab of distinguished Ohio State professor, Dr. Linda Saif, and is now in her first year of her PhD program. During her PhD, Stephanie will research viral intestinal diseases in both humans and livestock with the hope of developing life-saving therapeutics.

Extra-curriculars: In her spare time, Stephanie teaches an after school Animal Science class to both Champion Middle School and Columbus Collegiate Academy West located in inner-city Columbus.

Hobbies: Stephanie’s hobbies include anything to do with science, hiking with her dog, spending time with friends and family, and bow hunting.

Career goals: After her education and training, Stephanie hopes to land a faculty position at a large research university with an agricultural college. She would like to continue research on mucosal and neonatal immunology/virology in both livestock and humans. She hopes that her future career will also allow her to work extensively with students, helping to prepare the next generation of agricultural scholars.