"Chris was a remarkably talented and hard-working individual with so much career promise," Head of Dairy and Animal Science Terry Etherton said in the release. "His untimely loss is so tragic for his colleagues, friends and family -- we will miss him greatly."
I found this old news story from Penn State Live while scanning thru some of Chris's favorite tweets and I thought it was worth sharing. Chris used a unique combination of wit, charm, and hard science to get the message across to the rest of use in the Twitterverse and beyond that "meat is neat".
Chris Raines' contributions to meat science in his short career at Penn State University will have long term effects on the discipline. He was a pioneer in the application of social networking technologies for communication within the meat science community and with consumers. His passion for agriculture and his willingness to confront misperceptions while listening to other positions made him an uncommon advocate for animal agriculture. Proceeds for this fund will be used to support programs of the American Meat Science Association (additional information will be available in January, 2012).
"Chris’ legacy is readily apparent in our social world and amongst the community that knew him virtually." Jan Hoadley, a small farmer in Alabama, said “Chris had a means of getting people to think no matter how much they thought they knew – and challenged the why of the view without being insulting about it."