Donald Lay, Jr.

 

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Background

Dr. Lay has proven to be a valuable and productive scientist since obtaining his Ph.D. in 1995. During this time, he has been the principle investigator on funded grants totaling $778,551; and a Co-PI on an additional $2,001,631. Dr. Lay has authored and co-authored 1 text book, 2 book chapters, 55 refereed articles, 105 abstracts, and 19 extension publications. In team research, Dr. Lay and five others won the Iowa State University, College of Ag. Team Award in 2002 and won the ARS Area Early Career Research Scientist award in 2003. His peers have recognized his excellent performance in research as evidenced by his invitation to speak at: 1) the International Conference on the Biology of Animal Stress, in Davis CA; 2) the European Assoc. for Animal Production meeting in Budapest, Hungary; 3) the First International Symposium on Animal Welfare, Nanjing China, 4) the International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare in Manhattan, KS, 5) five Universities; and 6) four American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) meetings. He was honored as the Key Note speaker at the International Society of Psychophysiology meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. The incumbent took on further responsibility in 2004 when he was asked to be the Location Coordinator for all three ARS units stationed in West Lafayette. The incumbent has chaired the Midwest section ASAS, Environment and Behavior committee, the national ASAS Animal Behavior and Well-Being section, as well as the NCR-131, Animal Care and Behavior committee. His reputation as an ethologist led to him being appointed to chair the first Animal Behavior, Housing, and Well-Being section at the Midwest Animal Science meetings held in 2001. His knowledge in the fields of ethology and stress physiology has led to him being on the editorial board for four journals, a reviewer for five more journals and the USDA-NRI grants program.