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NMSU Animal Science Professor Wins Distinguished Service Award

LAS CRUCES - Dennis Hallford, animal science professor at New Mexico State University, received the Distinguished Service Award at the Western section meeting of the American Society of Animal Science June 19-21 in Fort Collins, Colo.

Dennis Hallford, NMSU animal science professor, is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Western section of the American Society of Animal Science. (06/17/2002) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The award is given in recognition of a member's outstanding contribution to animal agriculture in the West. It is the organization's most prestigious honor for members.

A member since 1975, Hallford has served as president and president-elect of the Western section. He has served on the group's advisory and coordinating, necrology, graduate student competition and finance committees. Hallford prepared a computerized reference retrieval system for the Western section's proceeding papers and served on the board of directors and numerous committees for the national ASAS organization.

Hallford has authored and co-authored 110 refereed journal articles, 160 abstracts and 101 Western section proceeding papers. He currently serves as applied section editor for the Journal of Animal Science.

An NMSU professor for nearly 30 years, he has served as chair of the University Research Council and the Advisory Council on Administrative Policy and member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He has advised several student organizations, including Block and Bridle Club, Aggie Rodeo Association and the Animal and Range Sciences Graduate Student Association. Forty-one masters and doctoral students have completed graduate degrees under his direction.

At NMSU he has received the Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the Gamma Sigma Delta Award for distinguished graduate teaching and advisement, and the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hallford received his bachelor's degree in general agriculture at Tarleton State University in 1970. He earned both a master's degree in animal science in 1973 and a doctorate in reproductive physiology in 1975 from Oklahoma State University.