October 24, 2017

ASAS Fellow to speak at Kunkle Beef Symposium

The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will hold its Annual Meeting February 3–6, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The scientific program will include the popular Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium. The symposium will focus on "Recent Advances in Replacement Heifer Development" and will be held the morning of Monday, February 5.

One of the invited speakers for this symposium is Dr. Gary Williams. Dr. Williams was named an ASAS Fellow at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. He will discuss "Nutritional Programming of Puberty in Heifers: Developmental, Genomic and Functional Implications."


Dr. Williams is Regents Fellow, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow, and Professor in the Animal Reproduction Laboratory, Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Beeville and Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University-College Station. He serves as a member of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology and the graduate faculty at Texas A&M.

Dr. Williams’ current research focuses on the impact of perinatal nutrition on neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling puberty in the heifer and on reproductive seasonality in the mare. His applied research emphasizes nutritional and pharmacological approaches for controlled breeding systems.

In addition to receiving the ASAS Fellow Award in 2017, Dr. Williams is a previous recipient of the ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award (2004). He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Science, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Domestic Animal Endocrinology.

Dr. David Lalman also will be speaking at the Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium. Meet Dr. Lalman in this Taking Stock article.

Watch for more speaker profiles soon!

Register online for the 2018 Southern Section Meeting. The early registration deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the PDF Registration Form.

For more information about the meeting, including the preliminary schedule, visit the 2018 Southern Section Meeting website.