Dr. Tom J. Baas is a recipient of the 2017 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award —Teaching 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. Baas is Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University (ISU) with a joint appointment in extension, research, and teaching. He has a B.S. in Animal Science, M.S. in Animal Breeding, and PhD in Animal Breeding with a minor in Statistics, all from ISU. His emphasis in both undergraduate and graduate teaching is to motivate students to understand concepts and principles and apply them to real-world situations. His philosophy is to teach fundamental concepts, promote critical thinking, and help students develop decision-making and problem-solving skills. He describes the importance of the pork industry in the US and the world and emphasizes its role in the field of agriculture.
Tom grew up on a pig farm in northern Iowa and has been part of the pork industry his entire life. He and his wife, Cindy, are very active in church and community activities, and can be found at most Cyclone athletic events. They have three children and four very special grandchildren.
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.
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