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Doug Hixon, professor and head of the University of Wyoming Department of Animal Science, is the 2008 University of Wyoming Alumni Association/Wyoming Student Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award recipient.
The award recognizes the critical role he has played in the lives of his students. It honors individuals who have contributed significantly to student learning experiences and have had a positive influence on students' career development. Award recipients are selected from nominations submitted by graduating students.
In the words of his nominator, animal and veterinary sciences student Stacia Berry of Cheyenne, "Dr. Hixon is passionate about student success."
He serves as an adviser and mentor, helps connect students with internship opportunities and assists students who are segueing into the job marketplace. Hixon is characterized as a dedicated faculty member, student learning advocate and trusted adviser.
According to Berry, "His motto for students should be ‘Learn, Lead, and Succeed' because that is what he sets them up to do!"
Known as someone who works long hours to benefit students and his department, Hixon demonstrates his commitment to excellence daily.
"His job never stops and neither does he," says Berry, a popular student who has achieved numerous honors at UW, including recognitions as one of 60 students nationwide listed on USA Today's 2007 All-USA College Academic Team. "I am a testament to the benefits a hard-working, caring faculty member can provide for students."
Hixon received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is in the area of beef cattle production and management, focusing on the interaction between reproduction and nutrition. Specifically, he is interested in the future production effects of heifer development and management on two-year-old, first-calf heifers under range conditions.
A former beef cattle specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service, Hixon applies research to evaluate the effects of management and cow herd winter nutrition programs on production and reproductive efficiency.