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COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Stephen Smith, Regents professor and research scientist in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, has been named a 2014 Faculty Fellow by Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
The Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. According to the award nomination, Smith is among the top 2 to 5 percent ofanimal scientists in the world, based on his scientific accomplishments, the depth and breadth of his research, and his commitment to disseminating knowledge through high-impact graduate courses and service to the Texas beef industry.
Smith is internationally known for his research on the growth, development and composition of marbling adipose tissue as it relates to sustainable agriculture, according to the award nomination. His numerous scientific articles have been cited more than 6,300 times, and he is sought after as a speaker and mentor.
Smith earned a doctorate in metabolic physiology from the University of California, Davis, in 1980. He began studying adipose tissue development in beef cattle as a postdoctoral researcher at the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. He joined the animal science faculty at Texas A&M in 1983.