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Five Animal Scientists Honored

By Aces Staff
Jul 21, 2003

July 21, 2003

URBANA—Five members of the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences have been honored by the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science. The awards were presented at a joint meeting of the groups earlier this summer.

George Fahey, a professor in the department, and Neal Merchen, professor and head of Animal Sciences, were awarded the 2003 Jim Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology. The citation noted of their work in companion animal nutrition, “their research has particular relevance to pet populations that are young, aged, stressed, or otherwise health-compromised.”

The Corbin award, sponsored by The Iams Company, is named in honor of retired U of I professor James Corbin, considered the father of the modern companion animal food industry. Corbin was also honored at the joint meeting. He was named a Fellow for Industry by the American Society of Animal Science.

Another retired U of I professor, Stanley Curtis, was named a Fellow At-Large by the American Society of Animal Science in recognition of his contributions to the field. He was on the Department of Animal Sciences faculty from 1970 until 1990, when he began serving as head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University, before returning to Illinois in 1998.

Jimmy Clark, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences who is retiring, was honored as a Fellow by the American Dairy Science Association. The award was in recognition of Clark’s “distinguished service” to the dairy industry for over 20 years. Clark joined the U of I faculty in 1968 and earned an international reputation for his dairy cattle nutrition research.