Dr. Susan J. Lamont, interim director of the Egg Industry Center and Distinguished Professor in Animal Science at Iowa State University, has been recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her distinguished contributions to the fields of poultry genetics and poultry immunology.
Lamont was announced as a 2019 Fellow of AAAS in the area of Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources. The Ames Tribune captured Lamont's feelings regarding the award, “For me, being named a AAAS Fellow is a reflection of the outstanding colleagues, staff and students with whom I have worked over the years.”
Lamont's work focuses on chicken genetics and finding ways to help enhance their natural abilities to fight disease and stress. She joined Iowa State in 1983 as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and from 2001 to 2003 she served as head of the Department. Over the years Lamont has been involved in research projects totaling more than $20 million.
Scientists usually aspire to obtain the level of fellow within their individual disciplines. However, AAAS includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies and serves more than 10 million people. Therefore, AAAS recognition as a fellow is held in very high regard. Prior to this recognition, Lamont was named as a fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 2009, and the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) in 2016.