James Kinder, interim director of the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI), has been elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), honored by his peers as a significant contributor to the scientific community.
Kinder was recognized for his distinguished contributions in reproductive endocrinology research and as an administrator in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Ohio State ATI, located in Wooster, is the college’s associate degree-granting unit.
In all, six Ohio State faculty and 388 AAAS members have been elected Fellows this year in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be welcomed in a ceremony at the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago in February.
“The consistent recognition of Ohio State scientists at this level speaks to the exceptional quality of our faculty and their important contributions in their disciplines,” said Ohio State Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. “Their talent and expertise in the classroom and their research endeavors directly benefit our students, the state of Ohio and beyond.”
Including this year’s class, Ohio State has approximately 200 AAAS Fellows — a sign of the depth and breadth of scientific expertise on the university faculty, according to Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research.
“We celebrate the recognition of these individuals by their peers and applaud the scholarship and creativity they bring to their respective fields,” Whitacre said. “From awards received, to students inspired and global challenges addressed, these Ohio State researchers are leading discovery, advancing knowledge and finding creative and collaborative ways to transform lives across the globe.”
Kinder began his career with Ohio State in 1975 as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science. After three years, he moved to the University of Nebraska, where he rose to the rank of professor and served as associate director for the Center of Biotechnology.
At Nebraska, Kinder established a nationally recognized research program in reproductive physiology and endocrinology, with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He trained numerous graduate students, who in turn went on to successful careers in the academic, government and private sectors. He also served as editor-in-chief of Animal Reproduction Science, the second-ranked journal based on impact factor in the Agriculture, Dairy and Animal area. During his tenure in Nebraska, he also served as a visiting professor at James Cook University in Australia.
Kinder returned to Ohio State in 1999 as professor and chair of the renamed Department of Animal Sciences. During his tenure, he facilitated more than a 10-fold increase in competitive extramural funding, and, according to one of his nominators, “led the restoration of the animal sciences program at Ohio State to a highly productive, visible and respected unit on campus, in the state, nationally and internationally.”
Kinder has also served as chair of Ohio State’s Department of Human Nutrition and as interim director of the university’s School of Physical Activity and Education Services. He was appointed Ohio State ATI’s interim director in August 2012.