Tedeschi receives Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Luis Tedeschi has received a Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in the International Involvement category.

The honor was presented Jan. 8 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference in College Station. The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were established in 1980. This awards program recognizes the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife and provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those honored.

Tedeschi is an associate professor specializing in ruminant nutrition in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University.

In his nomination, Tedeschi was cited for research that has been translated into technology with global application. According to Dr. David Forrest, professor and associate head for academic programs, one example is the mathematical nutrition models web page, which has been accessed by more than 11,000 visitors across the U.S., Australia, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, and the African continent.

When Tedeschi joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2005, “immediately began developing a foundation for world-class international research and teaching in ruminant nutrition,” Forrest said.

“Dr. Tedeschi has chaired the advisory committee for two international master of science students and two international doctoral students. He has also served on the doctoral advisory committee for 11 students pursuing degrees through universities in Brazil and one student enrolled at the University of South Africa.”

Forrest noted four post-doctoral fellows from Italy and Brazil have trained in his laboratory. In addition, he has mentored 23 undergraduate exchange students from universities in Brazil during their tenure at Texas A&M.

Tedeschi He has secured in excess of $2 million in total grants and contracts with $903,929 directly to his research program, according to to the award nomination.

Dr. James Muir, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Regents Professor, wrote in a nomination letter: “His international reputation has attracted many non-U.S. students and visitors to his College Station laboratory and classrooms.

“The vast majority of his undergraduate interns, graduate students and post-docs come from outside North America. This international productivity has been funded by nearly $1 million in grants and contracts to his program in the last 10 years.”

Muir also noted Tedeschi is a leader in the field of international ruminant nutrition.

“What impresses me most is that, as a young researcher, he has already given 34 invited seminars and 25 invited talks in 10 distinct countries on four continents. These alone testify to his international status.”

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