Penn State honors Delaware professor
May 11, 2009 by University of Delaware
May 11, 2009 – William W. Saylor, professor of poultry nutrition in the
Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware,
was recently selected as the 2009 distinguished animal science alumnus
from the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State.
May 11, 2009 – William W. Saylor, professor of poultry nutrition in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware, was recently selected as the 2009 distinguished animal science alumnus from the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State.
Saylor has directed broiler nutrition research focused on mineral metabolism, and for the past 10 years his research has focused on exploring nutritional strategies for reducing nutrient emissions, especially phosphorus, to the environment through improved nutrient utilization. Much of that work centered on optimizing the use of phytase in commercial poultry diets, and was the focus of a collaborative effort funded by an $820,000 multi-disciplinary, multi-state USDA-IFAFS grant with colleagues at Delaware, the University of Maryland, Purdue University, and Iowa State University.
Saylor and his collaborators have been recognized for the impact that this “feed to field” approach to nutrient management has had on the environmental footprint of the poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. He received the 2008 Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Medal of Achievement in recognition for his research and service to the industry.
Saylor received his bachelor’s degree in animal industry in 1970, his master’s degree in animal nutrition in 1973 and his doctorate in animal nutrition in 1978 after working as a research associate. He has worked at the University of Delaware since then, first as a professor, then as associate dean for research and associate director of the Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station. He returned to his full time faculty position in the Department of Animal And Food Sciences in 1999.