PHOTO: Matt Barton, UK Ag. Communications
Debra Aaron, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will be named a fellow in the teaching category of the American Society of Animal Science. Aaron will receive the award at the society’s annual meeting in July in Phoenix.
Aaron is known for her devotion to animal science education. In 1994, she developed a capstone course in animal science at UK. She has also taught Applications of Animal Sciences and a course in animal genetics. She works to keep students updated on the latest science and technology they will encounter during animal production and research.
In addition to her strong teaching commitment, Aaron has maintained a significant presence in the animal breeding and production/management research arenas. Her pioneering research on the regulation of ewe milk production with bovine somatotrophin and methscopolamine bromide is nationally recognized. She is part of a team that has developed a nationally recognized White Dorper sheep flock at UK by incorporating hair sheep genetic resources into a flock of Polypay ewes. Currently, she is a member of a team of scientists working to alleviate the toxicity encountered when beef cattle graze endophyte-infected tall fescue.
The fellow award in the teaching category is granted to American Society of Animal Science members who have rendered distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the American Society of Animal Science and who have had continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.
Debra Aaron, 859-257-7553