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Professor Dan Rule of the Department of Animal Science at UW, received an Outstanding Educator award during the recent UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Staff Recognition Program. Nominations are peer-reviewed by a committee composed of a dean’s office representative, an academic department head and a previous award recipient. Students and colleagues of Dr. Rule’s provided the committee with in-sight into the type of educator Dr. Rule is.
Heather Hamilton, Freelance Writer, owner of Double H Photo and former student of Dr. Rule’s says, “Dr. Rule is great teacher and resource with an immense understanding of animal nutrition. His ability to clearly present difficult material in an understandable format is to be commended. This award would exemplify his devotion to his students and the industry. I highly support the nomination of Dr. Dan Rule for the CANR 2012 Outstanding Educator Award.”
According to former student, Katie Kessler, “Without teachers like Dr. Rule, the interest in this field of study would be greatly inhibited. I could not express more how effective, enthusiastic, and beneficial to animal science education Dr. Rule has been at the University of Wyoming.”
Dr. Rule has been on the faculty since the fall of 1987 and according to Dr. Doug Hixon, head of the Department of Animal Science, “has excelled at teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses during this time. He has always found time for students and epitomizes the motto coined by our former Associate Dean of Resident Instruction, ‘Students, the reason we are here!’ ” Former student, Terrill Weston of Hubbard Feeds, confirms this sentiment by sharing this with the committee: “He (Dr. Rule) never turned a student away and would go out of his way to provide assistance.”
Dr. Hixon also shared Dr. Rule’s dedication to research at UW. “Dan’s research involves lipid analysis, lipid biochemistry, and nutritional biochemistry and has benefited from his ability to obtain extramural funding. Current projects involve dietary effects on fatty acid composition of grass-fed beef; lipid compositional analyses using colorimetric and chromatographic techniques; investigations on regulation of adipocyte lipid turnover with emphasis on de novo lipogenesis, lipolysis, glycerolipid biosynthesis and lipoprotein lipase in ruminants. Dr. Rule has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers in refereed journals and ten book chapters and given numerous invited presentations.”
We give our thanks to Dr. Rule for his hard work and dedication to the University of Wyoming and its student’s!