By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern
July 21, 2016 – Dr. John P. McNamara was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Teaching Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. McNamara has been training animal scientists for more than 30 years. He has challenged and inspired students to relate classroom learning to knowledge for career success and societal benefit. His teaching extends from classroom, to research lab, farms, and animal shelters. Early on, he initiated courses in companion animal nutrition and management, which have been emulated nationally. He authored a companion animal textbook that helped start several classes and is widely used. His work with the Washington Science Teachers Association has brought accuracy of animal biology and animal production content to K-12 curricula exposing a wide population to the science of animals and agriculture.
In 2007, Dr. McNamara was awarded the ASAS Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award and has been an active member of ASAS for more than 30 years. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and is one of the very few to be named a Fellow of both ADSA and ASAS.
The ASAS Fellow Award: Teaching Category recognizes individuals who have rendered very distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the ASAS, maintained continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years, and who are in good standing in the Society. The Fellow of the ASAS: Teaching Category award is sponsored by the ASAS.
The ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 6,000 students, animal scientists, and producers around the world.