July 12, 2017

Dr. Steven Washburn named ASAS Fellow

Dr. Steven P. Washburn is a recipient of the 2017 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award —Extension Category. The Fellow Award was presented to seven individuals during the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show held in Baltimore, Maryland, July 8-12.

Dr. Washburn earned degrees from West Virginia University (B.S., 1971; Ph.D., 1985) and University of Wisconsin - Madison (M.S., 1973). Steve joined ASAS in 1972 and started his career with Extension in Wisconsin and West Virginia. Since 1986 he has been an Extension specialist at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Washburn led early studies on the EZ-Breed CIDR, now widely used to synchronize estrus and ovulation in cattle. His leadership of multidisciplinary teams helped establish a pasture-based research dairy at CEFS, leading to funding for multiple projects relevant to pasture-based systems and projects related to conservation, sustainable agriculture, and local foods. The CEFS team received the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2012. Total grant support for Dr. Washburn’s programs exceeds $5,000,000 which has supported 376 Extension and research publications and electronic products in various forms. Dr. Washburn’s publications have been cited over 1,750 times, reflecting the quality and impact of his work. He has been a mentor to many graduate students, undergraduate researchers, international interns, and Dairy Challenge students. Dr. Washburn is active in both ASAS and ADSA and has contributed his expertise to their respective journals. He has received several awards including the DeLaval Dairy Extension Award in 2016, the AFGC Grasslander Award in 2017, and Fellow awards in both ASAS and ADSA in 2017. Steve and his wife Connie have two adult children, Wendy and Andy.

The ASAS Fellow Award recognizes distinguished service to animal science and the livestock industry over an extended period of time.

The ASAS Fellow Award is sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science.

ASAS is a professional organization that serves more than 7,000 students, animal scientists, allied industry and producers around the world.

Media contact:

Kim Schoonmaker

ASAS Scientific Communications Associate