Early in December 2013, Animal and Poultry Science (APS) became home to two of the newest professors emeriti. Dr. Steve Leeson and Dr. Larry Schaeffer have been selected for this honorary title. Together they make up half of the Ontario Agricultural College's new class of 4 emeriti professors. These distinguished gentlemen should receive their full honours and official status during the upcoming February convocation ceremonies.
Dr. Leeson began as a faculty member in APS in 1977 and quickly began averaging over 10 publications per year, until his semi-retirement in 2011. His very successful research career includes 351 peer evaluated publications, 520 presentations, 82 trade journal articles in multiple languages and 18 book contributions again in multiple languages. His work has focused on areas such as basic nutrition of several poultry species, feeding programs, growth enhancement, feed quality analysis, functional food production (i.e. omega-3 meat incorporation), and water composition effects on nutrient absorption. Dr. Leeson remains one of the poultry nutrition leaders in the world and continues to travel and speak internationally at scientific and industrial meetings on various aspects of poultry nutrition.
Dr. Schaeffer began his faculty career in APS in 1975, with 178 refereed publications, 113 presentations, 24 industry talks and 6 book contributions before his semi-retirement in 2011. During his career he has developed an entirely new approach to analysing extremely large genetic data sets which increased computing efficiency so much the approach was quickly adopted worldwide. He developed a method to combine dairy sire evaluations from different countries into a single evaluation to allow for accurate selection of bulls on a global scale known as MACE. Further, he developed a method for daily milk production information analysis that has become the international gold standard for dairy cattle genetic analysis. His research has been instrumental for infrastructure development of genetic evaluation programs around the world. Dr. Schaeffer continues to conduct animal breeding and genomics research and co-advise graduate students with emphasis on dairy cattle, dairy sheep and fish.
Join your hands together to send these fellows a warm congratulations. Stand proud to be home to half the Professor Emeritus Class of 2013.
APS News Friday January, 10, 2014. By Judy Stryker
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