ISU Animal Scientist Presented Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professorship in Physiology

October 13th, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Jason Ross, an Iowa State University associate professor of animal science, was presented the Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professorship in Physiology to recognize his contributions to the field of animal physiology.

The professorship is named for Lloyd Anderson, an emeritus professor of animal science and a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State. Anderson and his wife, JaNelle, along with his students and colleagues contributed to the endowed professorship, which was presented to Ross at a ceremony Oct. 11.

Anderson had a 50-year career in reproductive physiology at Iowa State after earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a doctorate in animal reproduction from the university. During his career Anderson made many pioneering discoveries in reproductive physiology, including the introduction of areas of research that are still being pursued by the scientific community.
He was named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995; presented the Distinguished Scientist Award in 2012 by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine; and was named a Distinguished Iowa Scientist by the Iowa Academy of Science in 2011.

“Lloyd Anderson was a gifted, well-respected and outstanding faculty member in animal science. Some of his greatest contributions have been through the students he mentored and trained who went on to be outstanding scientists themselves,” said Maynard Hogberg, chair of the animal science department.

“Dr. Jason Ross exemplifies Dr. Anderson with many of the same qualities of being an outstanding scientist on the cutting edge, but also how he uses his knowledge to improve reproduction in livestock. This endowed professorship provides Dr. Ross a source of funds to try new approaches in his research program,” Hogberg said.

Ross joined Iowa State in 2008 and teaches several courses in reproductive physiology. He also serves as the director of the Iowa State Animal Gene Transfer Facility. Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2000 from Iowa State; and a master’s degree in animal science and doctorate degree in reproductive physiology from Oklahoma State University in 2003 and 2006. In 2012, he was presented the Early Achievement in Research Award by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Jason Ross, Animal Science, (515) 294-8647,
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314,