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People: Novus honours Drs Coon and McDaniel at PSA

At the Poultry Science Association (PSA) annual meeting held this week in Athens, Georgia, Novus International presented the Outstanding Scholar Award to Dr Craig N. Coon and the Teaching Award to Dr Christopher D. McDaniel.

The recipients of each award were recognised for their exceptional work both within and outside the classroom, along with their contributions to the poultry industry. Honoured this year are two leading professors of poultry science and nutrition; Dr Craig N. Coon and Dr Christopher D. McDaniel, respectively.

Outstanding Scholar Award
Novus collaborates with university research scientists to further nutrition research. As a means to formally recognize the value of these collaborative efforts, Novus established the Outstanding Scholar Award.

Dr Coon was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Scholar for his accomplishments during a remarkable 40-year career serving the Poultry Industry. Dr. Coon is a professor and poultry nutritionist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Dr Coon teaches Principles of Nutrition to undergraduates, and teaches graduate-level courses in Biochemical Nutrition and Amino Acid and Protein Nutrition and Metabolism. His published work includes more than 250 refereed papers and nine book chapters. Dr Coon is often invited to speak at national and international poultry meetings; he's delivered more than 300 presentations in 43 different countries.

"I'm humbled by this recognition," said Dr Coon. "The University of Arkansas has fully supported my work and allowed me the opportunity to travel throughout the world to work with poultry producers; to help them solve their nutritional needs. I'd also like to thank Novus for sponsoring this award – it's a huge honour."

Teaching Award
The poultry industry is fortunate to have a wealth of talented research scientists and nutritionists who are dedicated to furthering advancements in poultry nutrition and production. The PSA has a peer-review committee established to honour an exceptional academic each year for the totality of their contributions toward research and student instruction.

Dr Christopher D. McDaniel was presented with the 2012 Novus International Teaching Award during an awards banquet at the PSA Meeting in Athens, Georgia. Dr McDaniel is a professor and poultry scientist in the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

Dr McDaniel designs and teaches courses in avian reproduction, management of commercial layers and commercial poultry production. He is extensively involved in both undergraduate and graduate research training, along with direct supervisory instruction of graduate students. His illustrious accomplishments extend far beyond the classroom. Dr McDaniel's service includes recognition as a Bettersworth Leadership Lecturer for Mississippi State University, Subject Editor for the Journal of Applied Poultry Research,  and presenting research findings at scientific and industry meetings.

"I'm deeply honored to receive this award," said Dr McDaniel. "To be recognized by my peers for doing the very things that I enjoy and am passionate about means a great deal.  I'm grateful for Mississippi State's support, the wonderful and talented students that I'm fortunate to work with, the support and encouragement of my fellow research poultry scientists, and Novus for sponsoring the award."

For more information go to Novus International 
 

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