UI Animal Physiologist, Cattle Feed-use Efficiency Expert Rod Hill Selected as AAAS Fellow

Tuesday, November 26 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – Nov. 26, 2013 –– Animal physiologist Rodney A. Hill was among 14 researchers focused on agriculture, food and renewable resources named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Monday.

Hill, whose research focuses on feed-use efficiency in cattle, was honored “for distinguished contributions to field of animal physiology, for service to the scientific community in conveying science broadly, and for editorial and review leadership.

Last year Hill’s book, “Feed Efficiency in the Beef Industry,” was published by Wiley-Blackwell. The book drew on the expertise of 33 co-authors from across the U.S. and internationally to helpproducers and researchers understand the complex factors affecting feed use by cattle and implications for sustainable, efficient and highly-productive cattle management.

Hill noted that his “election as a fellow is a great personal honor. It is humbling to be recognized for the work I care so much about. My focus is to support the $4.3 billion animal industries in Idaho, and much of my work depends upon close ties to industry, in addition to active pursuit of federal funding.”

“Much of my work is highly collaborative,” Hill said. “I have only been able to achieve progress through collaboration and support of colleagues in the Animal and Veterinary Science Department, others across the University of Idaho, and national and international partners.”

“The university is a special place where we also build close connections with our students and provide them with opportunities to learn about cutting edge science, the Idaho way,” Hill said.

Hill will be among this year’s crop of 388 new fellows from all scientific disciplines who will be honored Feb. 15, 2014, in Chicago at the association’s annual meeting. It is the top U.S. gathering focused on general science sponsored by the world’s largest scientific society.

Fellows are nominated by steering groups of the association’s sections or by three fellows who are current AAAS members. The tradition began in 1874.

A professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science since 2001, Hill’s honor is a three-peat for the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty.

School of Food Science microbiologist and E. coli researcher Carolyn Hovde Bohach was honored as a fellow at the AAAS annual meeting in 2012 in Washington, D.C. She directs the National Institutes of Health funded Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence which includes all of Idaho’s higher education institutions.

Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences entomologist Nilsa Bosque Perez was honored as a fellow earlier this year at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston. She directs the National ScienceFoundation-funded Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program with 22 doctoral students in Idaho and Costa Rica.

The AAAS annual meeting in Chicago meeting will feature a symposium Hill organized and will moderate. It will focus on how U.S. agricultural sciences can work with agricultural sciences in the so-called BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China to improve global food security.

Past sessions that Hill organized focused on biotechnology and food supplies and on animal science and meat production in Africa to offset dietary protein deficiencies there.