The head of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Western Section of the American Society for Animal Science.
Doug Hixon, a professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was presented the award during the society's annual meeting in Phoenix, Airz.
"Certainly a person is grateful for this type of recognition," says Hinson, who joined the UW in 1982. "I was very humbled and very appreciative that someone thinks what you've done has had an impact, since it encompasses one' entire career.
"At this stage of one's career, it's not so much about what you've done or haven't done but the relationships you've built over your career that are special."
Hixon, who hails from Donovan, Ill., has been a nationally reported leader involved in bringing animal science research to many in the cattle production industry, notes Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
"As a respected teacher, he has played a critical role in preparing the next generation of agricultural industry producers and leaders," says Magagna, who helped present the award at the annual meeting.
Hixon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, along with his Ph.D in animal science at the University of Illinois. He joined the University of Wyoming staff as an animal science researcher shortly after graduation.
"It was an opportunity to learn about the beef industry in a range environment," he says of his decision to come to Wyoming to teach. "This gave me a different perspective, and we thought Laramie would be a great place to raise a family since we had a young family at the time," he says of the decision made by he and his wife.
Hixon was named head of the department in 2001, overseeing an integrated program in teaching, research and extension.