An Iowa State University emeritus professor of animal science has been inducted into the American Poultry Historical Society Hall of Fame. Jerry Sell, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture, was honored Jan. 28 during the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association award ceremony at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta.
Sell received a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate from Iowa State. He was an ISU animal science faculty member from 1976 until his retirement in 2000.
As a poultry nutritionist, Sell conducted research on both fundamental and applied poultry nutrition. He quantified nutritional requirements and played an important role in developing the National Research Council recommendations for poultry diets. Sell has contributed to more than 150 refereed papers.
Sell taught poultry nutrition in undergraduate and graduate courses and served as an advisor of graduate students in poultry nutrition.
After his retirement, Sell documented the history of poultry science at Iowa State in a book titled A History of Poultry Husbandry/Science at Iowa State University, 1907-2000.
The Hall of Fame honor is conferred on not more than five people every three years. Judges take into consideration participation in relevant societies and organizations, special assignments and appointments, awards, published materials and references. The basis for selection is the effect the candidate's work and accomplishments have had on the North American poultry industry.