COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Jeffrey Savell, a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was recently named university distinguished professor.
The title, which is bestowed in perpetuity, is one of the highest honors given to Texas A&M University System faculty.
Savell is a Regents Professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chairholder in the Department of Animal Science and holder of the Cintron University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Savell became the third member of the animal science faculty to receive this honor. Dr. Fuller Bazer and Dr. Guoyao Wu also are each university distinguished professors.
Savell has been recognized by The American Meat Science Association at the national and international levels, having received the Distinguished Research Award, Distinguished Teaching Award and Signal Service/American Meat Science Association Fellow Award, which is presented to preeminent scientists, educators and professionals in the meat science discipline. He has also received the highest award given by the American Meat Science Association, which is given for “extraordinary and lasting contributions to the meat and livestock Industry.”
In 2001, Savell was recognized by ISI HighlyCited.com as a “Highly Cited Researcher” for being one of the 250 most cited researchers in the world in the field of agricultural science. At the time, there was only one other meat scientist (a distinguished professor) who received this recognition. According to the nomination, using Thomson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge. Savell has an extremely high h-index of 42, which is the highest h-index for an active academic meat scientist in the world. His work has been cited more than 5,725 times, and he has published more than 300 articles in peer-refereed journals, as well as hundreds of Texas A&M AgriLife Research publications, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension presentations, plus 19 book chapters.
According to his nomination, Savell’s research led to the production and marketing of leaner beef, meeting consumer demand for beef with less fat that is now marketed as “Select” beef.
His work also demonstrates the role of beef in a healthy diet and provided an economic incentive for the beef industry to produce leaner beef. In addition, he is considered to be a thought leader in the area of food safety and the implementation of programs to ensure the safety of meat products.
“Dr. Jeffrey Savell is truly an exceptional individual, teacher and scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for seminal contributions to the field of meat science,” Dr. Russell Cross, head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M, wrote in the nomination.
“Accordingly, his peers have recognized him with prestigious honors, awards and invitations for major presentations and key leadership positions in his professional societies. In addition, he has proven to be a tremendous teacher in the classroom, an outstanding mentor to graduate students and a colleague who creates synergies throughout collaborations. Dr. Savell is known globally as being among the top two percent of scientists in the field of meat science and is responsible for having trained many of the leading meat scientists in the world. He is a phenomenal credit to his field of meat science and to Texas A&M University.”
Savell will be recognized along with six other recently selected university distinguished professors at an April 30 reception to be hosted by Texas A&M Interim President Dr. Mark Hussey and the Texas A&M Foundation.