College mourns the loss of meat scientist Chris Raines

Posted: December 19, 2011

The College of Agricultural Sciences is mourning the loss of a valued friend and colleague, Dr. Christopher Raines, who was killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 18.
Christopher Raines

Christopher Raines

Raines, 29, was an assistant professor of meat science and technology in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science.

"Chris was a remarkably talented and hard-working individual with so much career promise," said Terry Etherton, head of Dairy and Animal Science. "His untimely loss is so tragic for his colleagues, friends and family -- we will miss him greatly."

Raines' academic interests included meat color chemistry; meat product display and packaging systems; consumer demand and trends for red meat products; sustainability and meat production; and meat safety.

As an extension meat specialist, he provided educational programs and information covering meat quality, safety and compliance topics for small meat processors.

As one of the college's pioneers in the use of social media as educational and communication tools, Raines had built a growing national reputation as an important voice in the agricultural community.

Through his Twitter feed (under the handle @ITweetMeat) he had sent more than 15,000 tweets that reached nearly 3,800 followers and countless other readers. He also offered a popular blog,, where he posted his experiences and thoughts about meat as food -- where it comes from, how it's produced, how people consume it and its health implications.

A native of Ohio, Raines joined the Penn State faculty in 2008 after earning his doctorate in food science from Kansas State University. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University in 2004 and his master's degree in animal science from Kansas State in 2006.