Dr. R. J. (Bob) Coleman is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He completed his BSc (Animal Science; 1975) and MS (Animal Science; 1978) degrees at the University of Manitoba and his PhD (Equine Nutrition; 1998) at the University of Alberta. He was the Extension Horse Specialist for Alberta Agriculture from 1980 - 1998. In 1998, Dr. Coleman moved to the University of Kentucky as the Equine Extension Specialist, where he oversees all adult equine extension activities. In addition to his Extension duties, Dr. Coleman teaches and advises in the Equine Science and Management program and is the advisor for the University of Kentucky Equestrian Team. He was awarded the 2019 ASAS Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Coleman serves on the AQHA Research committee, is a board member of the Midwest ARPAS, the Executive Director of the Equine Science Society, and the President-Elect for the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Dr. Mark L. Nelson
Washington State University
Sponsored By: American Society of Animal Science
Prior to his retirement in 2018, Dr. Mark Nelson was a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Washington State University for 34 years. Dr. Nelson trained 22 graduate students (MS and PhD), authored or co-authored over 225 publications and presented over 150 talks. Dr. Nelson taught parts of, or all of, 22 different courses ranging from introductory lecture and laboratory courses to a graduate nutrition course and additionally, numerous Extension short courses, workshops and field days emphasizing critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, scientific and information literacy, communication skills and integration of learning. Additionally, Dr. Nelson was active in the WSU Writing Program and in extracurricular activities included advising Block and Bridle, Ceres Women’s Fraternity and Cougar Cattle Feeders and numerous undergraduate research projects. Numerous awards recognized his proficient integration of teaching, research, advising and Extension programs.