"Mo Saif is inspirational as an internationally known scientist and as a person who cares deeply about the people in his program as well as the welfare of people and programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences," OARDC Director Steve Slack says.
"If you ever needed assistance, Mo would give you his right arm and, as he was leaving, would ask you if you also needed the left arm. He is simply an outstanding person and scientist. I am privileged to call him a friend."
Saif was editor-in-chief of the 11th and 12th editions of the book Diseases of Poultry. He is also the author of 22 book chapters, 163 articles in refereed journals and more than 250 other publications. Additionally, he has given more than 100 presentations and guest lectures all over the United States and the world, and has served on a number of international and national committees on animal health.
"One of the highest honors a professor can achieve is not measured by the number of papers one publishes, or the amount grant dollars one acquires (which, by the way, in Mo's case have been exceptional), but rather by how one is viewed by his students, employees, peers and administrators," LeJeune says.
"In this regard, without question, Mo has been a true hero for science, agriculture and academia. As one colleague noted, 'Mo is a national treasure. He is one of the smartest people I know. And one of the kindest.'"
Not surprisingly, retirement for Saif does not mean an end to his scientific and scholarly activities. "I got me a new job, as editor of the (international) journal Avian Diseases
," Saif says. "You have to keep your mind sharp."