UW Professor Receives Regional Animal Science Distinguished Teacher Award
July 5, 2011 — Dan Rule, University of Wyoming Department of Animal Science professor, received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western Section American Society of Animal Science.
The award, presented during the association's recent meetings in Miles City, Mont., recognizes distinguished teaching accomplishments in the animal sciences.
"The University of Wyoming is truly fortunate to have Professor Rule on our faculty," says Doug Hixon, professor and head of the Department of Animal Science.
Rule, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has taught undergraduate courses in domestic animal metabolism and companion animal nutrition.
"Dan does a tremendous job of teaching organic chemistry principles within the context of the animal. In visiting his classroom, one finds the students totally engaged and interacting with Dan," Hixon says
Rule has developed a study guide and PowerPoint presentation to support his lecture materials and to further explain information in the study guide. He also teaches graduate-level courses.
"Students consistently comment about his ability to explain complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand manner," Hixon adds. "Dan relates these items to real-world production issues so they can understand how even the most basic scientific concepts might have industry application at some point in the future. He also directs graduate students and serves on a plethora of graduate committees."
Rule is adviser to the Block and Bridle Club and served as adviser to the Ag Ambassadors from 1998-2001. He was selected Outstanding Adviser in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Outstanding Teacher, both by Ag Council; and received Top Prof recognition by the Mortar Board Honor Society in 2007 and 2008.
His research projects involve dietary effects on fatty acid composition of grass-fed beef. In addition, his research involves the study of lipid biochemistry.