ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, US — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Poultry Science Association (PSA) honored Woo Kyun Kim, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, with the 2020 AFIA-PSA Poultry Nutrition Award.

“Dr. Kim’s breadth of experience and research in the area of gut health make him an excellent recipient of this award,” said Paul Davis, director of quality, animal food safety and education at the AFIA. “The field of poultry nutrition is better off thanks to his passion and dedication.”

Kim, an associate professor and poultry nutritionist in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia, teaches feed and feeding, poultry nutrition and vitamins in animal nutrition. He also is a section editor for Poultry Science.

He is recognized for his work focusing on the roles of pre- and probiotics, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes on growth/laying performance, nutrient digestibility of feed ingredients, feed nutrient utilization, intestinal development, gut health, immunity and bone health in poultry.

Kim has published 124 peer-reviewed papers, 17 proceedings and symposium papers and 123 abstracts and obtained over $12 million in extramural funding from a wide variety of organizations.

He has a doctorate and master’s degree in nutritional science and poultry science, respectively, from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from KonKuk University in South Korea.

Kim also was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University and the University of California - Los Angeles.

The recognition is sponsored by the AFIA as part of its ongoing awards program that began in 1948. To date, 69 people have been awarded the poultry science nutrition award.