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2019 Southern Section Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award

Jeff Carroll, USDA-ARS

Dr. Jeff Carroll completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Animal Science from Texas A&M in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. Upon completing his Ph.D., he joined the USDA-ARS Animal Physiology Research Unit in Columbia, MO, for eight years. He moved to Lubbock, TX, in 2004, where he now serves as the Research Leader for ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit. His work focuses on improving livestock performance and well-being by elucidating interactions between growth, stress, nutrition, and immune regulation. His research program has benefitted from his close relations and collaborations with scientists from industry and from numerous universities. Dr. Carroll has served on 47 M.S./Ph.D. graduate committees and currently holds adjunct professor/graduate faculty appointments at nine universities. He has authored/co-authored 168 scientific journal articles, six book chapters, 354 abstracts, and 89 technical articles. He has received 113 invitations to present his research, including 18 international presentations.

Emerging Scholar Award

Ashley Fowler, University of Kentucky

A native of California, Ashley Fowler received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky (UK). While at UK, Ashley received the Graduate School Academic Fellowship, the Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship, and the Karri Casner Environmental Sciences Fellowship. Her research focuses on phosphorus digestion, metabolism and excretion by horses. Her innovative studies have shaped new concepts about the dietary phosphorus requirements of horses that will lead to more effective use of phosphorus in horse feeds and reduce the amount of phosphorus excreted into the environment. During her graduate program, she authored or co-authored two book chapters, seven refereed publications, and numerous abstracts. She has also completed her Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning. She taught courses at Midway College, volunteered as a teaching assistant for ASC 378 (Animal Nutrition) and served as coach for the UK Forage Bowl Team. She has also  presented guest lectures to college and high school students at Asbury College, Lexington Catholic High School, and Locust Trace Agriscience Farm. She has served in leadership positions for the Animal and Food Sciences Graduate Student Organization and on the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Curriculum Committee.  

Extension Award

Gregg Rentfrow, University of Kentucky

Dr. Gregg Rentfrow grew up in the farming community of Shelbyville, IL, where he was active in 4-H and FFA and learned to cut meat at a local grocery store. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and Meat Science, respectively from the University of Illinois. At the University of Missouri, he earned his Ph.D. in Meat Science and Muscle Biology, while coaching the meats judging team and serving as the interim meat lab manager and as meat specialist for the Commercial Ag Program. He joined the University of Kentucky as the Extension Meats Specialist in 2006, with an extension/teaching appointment. Dr. Rentfrow received the university’s highest extension award, the M.D. Whiteker Award for Extension Excellence, in 2017. He lives in northern Madison County, Kentucky with his wife, Sheila, and their daughter, Brooke.

Young Animal Scientist Award

Blake Wilson, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Blake Wilson received his PhD from Oklahoma State University in 2014 and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University since 2015. Before serving in his current position, he worked as the Research Coordinator for the Willard Sparks Beef Research Center and as a Lecturer for the Department. Dr. Wilson has taught Applied Animal Nutrition to over 950 undergraduates, co-teaches Stocker and Feedlot Cattle Management, and advises many students and multiple student organizations within the Department and College. Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on both fundamental and applied aspects of beef cattle nutrition, management, and health. Dr. Wilson has secured in excess of $2.2 million in extramural funding as a PI and Co-PI. In addition, he has published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles, 53 refereed abstracts, and one book chapter. 

Young Scientist Award

Philipe Moriel, University of Florida

Dr. Philipe Moriel is as an Assistant Professor at the Range Cattle Research & Education Center, University of Florida. Dr. Moriel earned his Bachelor of Animal Science in 2008 from São Paulo State University, Brazil, MS degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2010 from University of Wyoming, and Ph.D. degree in Ruminant Nutrition in 2013 from the University of Florida. Dr. Moriel worked as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina  State University from October 2013 to May 2016. Dr. Moriel’s research program focuses on pre- and post-weaning nutritional strategies for stressed beef calves, fetal-programming effects on Bos indicus-influenced cattle, and early-postnatal nutritional modulation of calf metabolism and subsequent impacts on growth, health, and reproductive success. Dr. Moriel has published 53 peer-reviewed articles (with an additional six in press), 51 abstracts, and has secured a total of $2,500,775 as PI and Co-PI from federal agencies, industries, and commodity groups.

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