February 09, 2016

Young Scientists honored at Southern Section

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February 9, 2016 – Two Outstanding Young Animal Scientists were honored this week during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Southern Section Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Education Award was given to Dr. Carolyn E. Huntington, Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Lecturer at Auburn University. Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Research was awarded to Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, Beef Cattle Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida.

Dr. Huntington and Dr. DiLorenzo received their awards during the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. DiLorenzo was born in City Bell, Argentina, and he spent most of his childhood in his family-owned beef cattle ranch in Chascomus, Buenos Aires province. He received his degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, in 2002 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010 DiLorenzo worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. In 2010 he joined the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. His primary research and extension interests are in the area of beef cattle nutrition, with the objective of improving the efficiency of use of forages, minimizing the environmental impact. Dr. DiLorenzo has advised or co-advised a total of 4 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. students, and has been a committee member of 12 graduate students, including 2 in Argentina and 2 in Colombia.

Dr. Huntington joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University in January 2015. Huntington2She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Huntington is actively involved in undergraduate teaching and advising where her students learn the importance of leading through service. Her responsibilities include overseeing faculty advising, curriculum and teaching efforts for the department as well as recruiting new students. Prior to joining Auburn, she served Mississippi State University in a similar role for eight years, first as the MSU Undergraduate Coordinator for the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department and later as the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Education Award  is sponsored by Alltech, and the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Research Award is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Huntington and Dr. DiLorenzo.

Top photo: Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo (left) accepts the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award for Research from incoming Southern Section President Dr. Jane Parish (right).

Photo at right: Dr. Carolyn Huntington (left) accepts the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award for Education from incoming Southern Section President Dr. Jane Parish (right).

Media Contact:
Kim Schoonmaker
American Society of Animal Science
Scientific Communications Associate
217-356-9050/kims@asas.org