Champaign, IL – ASAS member Dr. Lee Shell is a 2016 recipient of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists’ (ARPAS) Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award. The award was announced on Thursday, July 21, 2016, during the ARPAS annual business meeting at the ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award recognizes an emeritus or retired member of the society that has been active in the society for at least 10 years prior to retirement, has served in a leadership role in ARPAS during that period, and has made a significant contribution to the animal sciences during his or her career.
Dr. Shell received a biology degree from Pittsburg State College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona. He joined the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis in 1979 as a research and consulting nutritionist under the direction of Dean Hodge. Shell spent two years in the St. Louis research and technical services area before transferring to the Omaha and Sioux City divisions of Ralston Purina. He worked with the sales force in training and client support for 15 years in these divisions. In 1998, Shell started a private consulting service, Omaha Nutritional Services Inc., for feedlot and ranch enterprises. Shell’s career in ARPAS started after joining Ralston Purina at the urging of Dean Hodge. Shell has served in various positions on the ARPAS Board and was President from 1997–1998. He was an ardent supporter of hiring an executive director to help bring continuity to the board and its revolving directors. Agriculture has been a developing force in Shell’s life. Research, training, and personal relationships with clients and industry personnel have shaped his career.
It was with great pleasure that ARPAS presented Dr. Lee Shell with the 2016 Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award.
The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists provides certification of animal scientists through examination, continuing education, and commitment to a code of ethics. Continual improvement of individual members is catalyzed through publications (including the PAS journal) and by providing information on educational opportunities.