This is a collection of books, articles, presentations, audio files and videos that are available as a DVD from Internet-First Univeristy Press. This DVD presents a sweeping, century-long history of research into reproduction in animals, with special emphasis upon dairy cattle. Four scientists and their careers are highlighted:

(1) Samuel Leonard (26 November 1905 - ) ... When Samuel Leonard turned 100 on Nov. 26 [2005], few realized that he was a pioneer of one of the most significant medical advances of the 20th century. Leonard played a key role in developing the birth control pill -- which liberated women's attitudes toward sex, galvanized the women's movement and launched the swinging '60s. The Cornell University professor emeritus of zoology, a trailblazer of reproductive endocrinology, is credited with the idea of using estrogen as a contraceptive. He prevented pregnancy in rats with the female sex hormone in a 1931 study, three decades before human birth control pills hit the market. "He is one of the great pioneers in the field of endocrinology," said colleague Ari Van Tienhoven, 83, professor emeritus of animal physiology at Cornell....

(2) Sydney Arthur Asdell (23 August 1897 - 21 February 1987) Sydney Arthur Asdell was a pioneer in the science of reproductive biology, and his fundamental research findings are widely recognized for their contributions to the remarkable development that has occurred in this field. Professor Asdell's early experiments helped to establish the basis for a number of the major advances in the field, including artificial insemination, superovulation, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, and estrous cycle regulation. He established the time of ovulation, the rates of passage of sperm and ova through the reproductive tract, and the important physiological effects of estrogen and progesterone on the reproductive tracts of farm animals. He organized much of the research that eventually led to measurement of blood concentrations of all of the major hormones controlling reproduction in cattle. He carried out a number of experiments to elucidate the hormonal control of lactation....

(3) Glenn Wade Salisbury (2 June 1910 - 3 February 1994) "Early in his career, Glenn Salisbury became the foremost researcher in the world in testing ideas and applying results that revolutionized the breeding of dairy cattle through the development of sound principles and procedures for artificial insemination, with semen from genetically superior sires. This has become the most powerful biotechnology used worldwide for the improvement of cattle. The guiding principles exemplified by Salisbury were good basic research, integrity, and superior accomplishment....

(4) Finally, Robert Hutchinson Foote, himself, whose biography and career are highlighted throughout this collection.

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  • Artifical Insemination: The First Great Animal Biotechnology (1941) 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2005)
    This is a Lecture by Prof. Robert H. Foote on Artificial Insemination which was the first great Animal Biotechnology.
  • Animal Reproduction DVD: Introduction 

    Foote, Robert H. (2006-11-08)
    This is the Introduction to the DVD: "Animal Reproduction: Refelections by Robert H. Foote".
  • Credits for Animal Reproduction DVD 

    Foote, Robert H. (2006-11-08)
    Credits for DVD "Animal Reproduction".
  • A Brief Photo Essay of My Family and Life: The First 81 years 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2004)
    This booklet was prepared to provide a pictorial story of Rober Foote's family and life and give personal glimpses not possible to convey in the autobiography "Born to Live and Living to Learn: Autobiography of a Farm ...
  • Born to Live and Living to Learn: Autobiography of a Farm Boy, Soldier, Parent and Educator 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2003)
    The title of the book gives a synopsis of Robert Foote's life. On page 157 a list of 64 Thank You slides tells the story of a fine dairy farm family life in the depression, University of Connecticut classmates, and on to ...
  • Historical Perspective in Principles of Cloning 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2002)
    Cloning, or asexual reproduction, is the typical way that simple organisms reproduce. However, mammals normally cannot reproduce asexually. This chapter is part of a book that traces the development of a limited understanding ...
  • Birth Control Pill Pioneer Turns 100 

    Leonard, Samuel L. (Internet-First University Press, 2005-12-15)
    This is a slide show [and PDF] of an interview with Sam Leonard conducted on his birthday, November 26, 2005. The conversation with friends was spirited as Sam recounted that in 1931, at 26 years of age, he published two ...
  • As I Remember How It Was (Autobiography of Sam Leonard) 

    Leonard, Samuel L. (Internet-First University Press, 1990-05)
    This is an account of a remarkable endocrinologist and a fun-loving, ethical human being. The autobiography combines serious accounts of research with the joys of living, both avidly pursued by Samuel L. Leonard. The ...
  • Reminiscence in the Field of Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology 

    Leonard, Samuel L. (Internet-First University Press, 1979-02-27)
    Professor Emeritus Sam Leonard modestly recounts some of his illustrious career starting in the 1920s. Most of the seminar was devoted to early research on the various endocrine glands and their secretions by pioneering ...
  • Biography of Sydney Asdell 

    Foote, Robert H.; Butler, W. Ronald (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    Dr. Sydney A. Asdell was the first Ph.D. student of F.H.A. Marshall at Cambridge University. Dr. Asdell had an encyclopedic memory. This served him well in teaching and research, and especially in compiling and organizing ...
  • Glenn W. Salisbury: Biographical Memoir 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2005)
    Glenn Salisbury graduated from Ohio State University in 1931 and then he continued at Cornell University where he received his Ph.D. in 1934. He was a pioneer in developing the artificial insemination program in dairy ...
  • A.I. from the Origins Up to Today 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 1999)
    This review of artificial insemination (AI) includes the discoveries and applications from 1677 until 1999. Emphasis is on domestic animals, documented by a selected list of 352 references. Use of AI with multiple ...
  • Summary of Oral History Interviews 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    A project to record the histories of the development of dairy cattle artificial insemination (AI) in the United States was undertaken by Drs. Robert Bratton and Gould P. Colman. From the oral interviews of 14 people, ...
  • Highlights in Dairy Cattle Reproduction in the Last 100 Years 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2005)
    The booklet is written in two parts. Part I is a general overview of the important discoveries in reproduction and reproductive biotechnologies applied to dairy cattle, written for a general audience. Part II is a technical ...
  • Reflections on the History of Reproductive Physiology Research in Dairy Cattle 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2006-06-21)
    This Power Point presentation contains an overview of more detailed documentation of research published in "Highlights in Dairy Cattle Reproduction in the Last 100 Years" published by the author on June 1, 2005. It includes ...
  • Pre-electronic Age References on Reproductive Physiology Across Many Species of Mammals and Birds 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 2006)
    As a graduate student in the late 1940s, Robert Foote wanted to expand his knowledge of comparative reproductive physiology, nutrition and genetics for professional improvement and to assist hundreds of undergraduate ...
  • Artificial Insemination to Cloning: Tracing 50 years of Research 

    Foote, Robert H. (Internet-First University Press, 1998)
    Tremendous changes in reproductive biotechnologies of animals and humans have occurred during the past 50 years, more than occurred in the previous millenium. The book is prefaced with a short chapter emphasizing what ...
  • A Connecticut Yankee in Nisei King Company's Court: With the Japanese American 442nd RCT in World War II 

    Foote, Robert H. (2005-04-04)
    This is the story of a country boy raised on a dairy farm in Gilead, CT who, like many others, was caught up in the struggle to stop the onslaught led by the tyrannical dictators who started World War II. It is a story of ...


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