Debra Aaron named American Society of Animal Science Fellow in Teaching
July 16, 2012 – Debra Aaron, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Kentucky, will be named a fellow in the teaching category of the American Society of Animal Science. Aaron will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in Phoenix.
Aaron is known for her devotion to animal science education. In 1994, she developed a capstone course in animal science at the University of Kentucky. She has also taught Introduction to Animal Applications and a course in Animal Genetics. She works to keep students updated on the latest science and technology they will encounter during animal production and research.
Aaron has also taught more than 2,500 graduate students from all agriculture disciplines. Her major role of graduate instruction has been the teaching of Basic Statistical Analyses, Regression and Correlation, and Design and Analysis of Experiments courses. A direct result of her statistical instruction has been requested consultations from more than 250 graduate students about experimental design and/or analysis of data collected from their individual agriculture research programs.
In addition to her strong teaching commitment, Aaron has maintained a significant presence in the animal breeding and production/management research arenas. Her pioneering research on the regulation of ewe milk production with bovine somatrophin and methscopolamine bromide is nationally recognized. She has developed a nationally recognized White Dorper sheep flock at the University of Kentucky by incorporating hair sheep germplasm into a flock of Polypay ewes. Currently, she is a valuable member of a team of scientists working to alleviate the toxicity encountered when beef cattle graze endophyte-infected tall fescue.
The fellow award in the teaching category is granted to American Society of Animal Science members who have rendered very distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the American Society of Animal Science and had continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of twenty-five years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more that 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.
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