The H. Allen Tucker Fund supports the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award and, in alternating years, a Graduate Student Travel Scholarship.
Dr. H. Allen Tucker was a distinguished professor at Michigan State University for 38 years. He is renowned for scholarly contributions to the endocrine control of lactation, mammogenesis, and body growth in cattle. He investigated basic biological events to create applications for livestock. In 388 scientific publications, he reported virtually all of the data that his group ever generated. In addition, peers awarded him nearly $4.5 million in competitive grants. He was recognized for research with the Cyanamid Physiology Award in 1983 and the Morrison Award in 1997. For Dr. Tucker, research was a venue in which to train students to use the scientific method and to think critically. In seminars to propose research, most students failed the Tucker "so what" test of significance only once. Peer review was encouraged to enhance quality of work. He embellished strengths and reduced weaknesses of individual students in a powerful group atmosphere. In 1987, Dr. Tucker received the L. E. Casida Award for excellence in graduate training. He served on many grant review panels and editorial boards. For the Journal of Animal Science, he served several terms on the editorial board and as section editor for physiology from 1986 to 1989. He had a passionate commitment that animal scientists must be progressive and advance knowledge. Dr. Tucker has expanded biological knowledge, he was a profound and enduring mentor, and his service to ASAS is distinguished.
2021 Recipient of the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award: Juan Loor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 Recipients of the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award: Geoffrey E. Dahl, University of Florida & Rupert Bruckmaier, University of Bern