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Sex, Science, and Survival in Academe

A History of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory at Colorado State University​

Written by B.W. Pickett and Colleagues

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The Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory at Colorado State University has been around, in one form or another, since the early 1940’s. In that time, the ARBL has made many ground-breaking discoveries and seen many momentous events. After years of combing the archives, we’re proud to offer Sex, Science, and Survival in Academe, the complete ARBL history book. The book was written by long-time CSU professor, researcher, and administrator, B.W. Pickett, along with several colleagues to document the history of an important phase of animal reproduction research, teaching, outreach, philosophy, and service, and the benefit of those activities to the livestock industries and public that we serve. 

170 pages; over 200 photographs, most in color!

All profits from the sale of this book will be added to the Ray T. Walker scholarship fund.


Testimonials for Sex, Science, and Survival in Academe

An excellent book. An important historical record of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. Detailed, well written, humorous, and inspirational. I would recommend it to anyone interested in laboratory management, animal research, or animal industries.

-- Donald Gay, DVM

It is a very educational book; it is thorough and will appeal to a multitude of people involved in bull, horse, and dog reproduction.

-- J.T. Carr, MD

Readable – even by the lay person, richly illustrated. Documents the changes and improvements in animal reproduction. 

-- William E. Smith, RN, DDS, FAGD and Mildred L. Smith, RNCS, MS

Sex, Science, and Survival in Academe provides a chronological progression of reproductive biology from the earliest experiments to the latest technology. It is a tribute to those dedicated professional and philanthropic spirit of the ranchers and breeders who enabled Colorado State University to hold a position of eminence in the field of animal reproduction. As the father of a veterinarian with a specialty in clinical pathology, I know that she will want to have this book in her professional library.

-- J.J. Snyder, Technical Manager, Instrumentation Development, Polaroid Corp.

The book documents the early building blocks of research involving bull and stallion reproduction and provides a concise description of the vision and hard work by many scientists at Colorado State University. Much of what happens on equine breeding farms today – and is considered “normal procedure” – is due to the persistence of the men and women in the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. Any veterinarian involved with bulls or stallions will want to read this literary work.

-- J. Clyde Johnson, VMD, Past President of AAEP