Spears receives 2012 ASAS Cromwell Award
July 16, 2012 – Jerry W. Spears, professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Carolina State University, received the 2012 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals for his leading research in the areas of mineral nutrition of domestic animals. This award was given at the ASAS national meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Spears is one of the leading scientists in the are of mineral nutrition of domestic animals and has dedicated his career to elucidation of their function, bioavailability and nutritional requirements. Spears contributed greatly to the understanding of the role of trace minerals in immunity and disease resistance. His basic work has led to applied studies that have resulted in the refinement of mineral requirements for cattle and swine.
In the past 10 years, Spears has published 57 referred journal articles, 8 book chapters, 18 conference proceedings, and 60 abstracts addressing basic and applied aspects of mineral nutrition. He has also given 133 invited presentations on minerals in 23 countries, 55 of which were in the past 10 years.
The ASAS Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Minerals is awarded to animal scientists who have shown excellence in research dealing with mineral nutrition of livestock and have published research during their career, with an emphasis on the past 10 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.