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Novus International Honours Distinguished Science Fellow

27 November 2014

US - Colleagues, friends and family recently gathered to honour the career and scientific achievements of Dr. Julia J. Dibner, retiring Senior Research Consultant and Distinguished Science Fellow at Novus International, Inc.

With nearly 30 years of experience in poultry research, Dr Julia Dibner is a pillar in the animal agriculture industry. Her formal training is in Cellular and Developmental Biology (PhD. Washington University, 1980).

Her body of research is cutting edge. Known for her expertise and integrity, she has collaborated with scientists from all around the world. Her academic colleagues hold her research capabilities in the highest regard and many relish the opportunity to collaborate with her. Her dedication to animal research has resulted in several patents, as well as the development of groundbreaking products.

Throughout the course of her career, Dr Dibner has been the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to agricultural animal science and to the development of future leaders. As both an advocate and inspiration for women in science, she has inspired many to pursue a career in science.

Kirk C. Klasing, PhD, professor of Animal Sciences at the University of California, commented: “Dr Dibner has been important as a mentor of graduate students and young faculty. Her free-flowing personality and humble presentation make it easy for her to provide gentle guidance and council to those with less knowledge and experience.

“I know that she has been invaluable in the career development of many poultry nutritionists and physiologists, including me.”

Dr Dibner’s record of accomplishments has been an example of a creative and productive agricultural animal scientist, applying her ideas to support many endeavors and pioneering new areas of research. It is clear from the many sentiments expressed by colleagues that she will be missed in the animal science field.

Honouring Juila Dibner

Science is remarkable. Throughout history, its impact on the lives of billions is evident, whether we are talking about the time of Aristotle, Dalton, Newton, Einstein or Dr Julia J. Dibner, says a blog from Novus International.

With nearly 30 years of experience in poultry research, Dr Dibner is a pillar in the animal agriculture industry. Her formal training is in Cellular and Developmental Biology (PhD Washington University, 1980). She takes a different perspective than many animal scientists, focusing less on drugs and products and more on nutrition and health issues.

Dr Dibner champions proper nutrition as the best way to grow healthy animals. Her dedication to animal research has resulted in several patents, as well as the development of groundbreaking products.

In the world of scientific research, it can be easy to forget the joy of the scientific process; the strategic hypothesising and creative investigating that it takes to uncover a new, innovative, and impactful contribution to your field – but not for Julia.

Dr Dibner said the biggest charge she gets from her work is when she views cells or tissues under the microscope and immediately forms a three-word hypothesis: “That isn't right.” She then goes about figuring out how to make it right.

Much like the science greats, many are in awe of Dr Dibner, a woman who has been held in such high regard while working in the industry. She has served as a mentor to many and always made time to offer advice and support. She is brilliant and makes the balance of academia and industry look easy. She has served as a mentor to many and always made time to offer advice and support.

Down-to-earth, fun and honest are just a few words that are often mentioned when others are asked to describe her. Her ability to connect with academia and non-academia, as well as effectively deliver technical information to any audience is what sets her apart.

Dr Dibner's scientific achievements have been repeatedly recognised with nomination to Novus International’s first Distinguished Fellow. Her record of accomplishments has been an example of a creative and productive scientist, applying her ideas to support many endeavours and pioneering new areas of research all around the world.

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