UMD Professor Honored with Distinguished Career Award by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Roselina Angel recognized for her ongoing contributions to poultry science, nutrition, and sustainability

Roselina Angel, professor in Animal & Avian Sciences at UMD

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June 3, 2021 The Poultry Site and Samantha Watters

Roselina Angel, professor at the University of Maryland (UMD), was recently recognized with the 2021 Poultry Science Association Distinguished Poultry Industry Career Award, sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). This career award recognizes distinctive, outstanding contributions by an industry leader. In addition to sponsoring the award, USPOULTRY also makes an annual contribution to the Poultry Science Association Foundation on behalf of the award recipient.

“I am greatly honored to receive this award as it validates my most cherished goal in terms of impacts of my team’s research at UMD,” says Angel. “What keeps me going has been a goal of making a difference in the way we produce poultry meat and eggs such that we have a minimum impact on the environment while maintaining or improving productivity at lower costs. Adoption by the industry of tools we have helped to generate, that have helped them continue in their upward trend in productivity while minimizing environmental impacts and possibly improving animal welfare, has been our ultimate goal.”  

Roselina Angel received her PhD in Poultry Nutrition from Iowa State University. She worked as a research manager at Purina Mills for nine years, after which she joined the UMD Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. She served as co-editor of the nutrition section of the Journal of Applied Poultry Research from 2009 to 2011, four two-year terms as an associate editor for the Journal of Poultry Science, and as a member of the Poultry Science Association’s board of directors. She has been a member of the program committee for the Poultry Science’s Informal Nutrition Conference since 1998 and now co-chairs this conference.

“USPOULTRY is pleased to honor industry leaders exemplified by Dr. Roselina Angel,” says John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. “She is widely recognized for her many years of environmental sustainability work and contribution to the poultry industry.

Angel has been a panel member for USDA’s National Research Initiative competitive grants program and an ad hoc reviewer for USDA-NRI, the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, and other funding agencies. Angel has published seven book chapters, 170 articles in refereed journals, and more than 250 abstracts. Since 2000, she has given more than 300 invited presentations, both in the U.S. and internationally.

In 2002, she was named to the Committee on Animal Nutrition (CAN), at that time the only standing committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Angel has been the recipient of several awards, including the National Chicken Council Broiler Research Award, the American Feed Industry Association Poultry Nutrition Award, and the Merrill Scholar Faculty Advisor Award. She was named a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 2016.

Angel’s recent focus has also been on improvement in phosphorus nutrition through optimizing calcium use, as well as optimizing tools to maximize economic nutrient conversion efficiency. Her research has had a direct measurable impact on water and air quality, as well as the environmental and economic sustainability of the poultry industry.

“Being recognized with this Poultry Science Association Industry Award validates that our work for the last 20 years has been of value to the poultry industry in Maryland, nationwide, and internationally,” says Angel. “This work could not have been done without the undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, and visiting scientists that have been part of the ‘Angel Lab’ family. Their hard work, together with the support of the Animal and Avian Sciences Department and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UMD, as well as amazing collaborations with researchers and industry at a state, national, and international level, have been the drivers for the success of this team. I thank you all for helping us achieve work worthy of this award, and to the awards committee for recognizing and thus validating that our hard work has indeed made a difference.”

The original award announcement can be found here at The Poultry Site.