The American Society of Animal Science’s Southern Section Emerging Scholar Award has been won by Dr. David Rosero, a graduate of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Rosero was presented the award during the annual meeting of the Southern Section, held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga.
Rosero received his doctorate in animal science this past December, under the direction of Dr. Eric van Heugten, from CALS, where he also earned his master’s degree in animal science and nutrition. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in animal science at Zamorano University in Honduras, where he was honored for high academic achievement. Upon graduation, he managed a 2,500- sow farm and conducted research for Murphy Brown LLC.
After two years there, he came to the CALS Department of Animal Science to pursue his graduate degrees. There, he attracted more than $115,000 in grants and published two peer-reviewed journal articles and seven scientific abstracts. His doctoral research was focused on the nutritional value of lipid sources and demonstrated, for the first time in reproducing pigs, that lactation essential fatty acid level is directly related to subsequent reproduction level and that this phenomenon is increasingly important with advancing sow age.
At the annual meeting, Rosero delivered his Emerging Scholar presentation titled “Nutritional value of dietary lipids in lactating sow diets.”
Rosero recently was hired by the Hanor Company of Franklin, Ky., as nutritionist and research scientist. His long-term goal is to make significant and relevant contributions to the field of animal science. – from the American Society of Animal Science’s Taking Stock