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The ET York Distinguished Speaker Series from Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will welcome Thomas Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Curators at the University of Missouri, who will deliver a keynote address titled “Impacts of Basic and Translational Research on Health reproduction in humans and animals. ”
The conference will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 10.
Spencer’s research has incredible potential impact on human health and reproductive and developmental biology. Her research program focuses on the biological pathways regulating the development and function of the uterus and placenta to provide fundamental information for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fertility problems and diseases in order to improve the women’s reproductive health. He also investigates how progesterone regulates uterine receptivity, fundamental aspects of conceptus-endometrium interactions, and biological and genetic pathways regulating blastocyst and placenta development. This work uses various animal models including sheep, cattle and mice.
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and later earned his doctorate in reproductive biology from Texas A&M University. Spencer also earned a postdoctoral degree in reproductive biology from Baylor College of Medicine. It has over 325 research articles, reviews and book chapters.
Dean Paul Patterson said he was happy to have Spencer return to the college as a distinguished lecturer.
“Dr. Spencer’s work is a perfect example of an alumnus fulfilling our college’s mission to equip our faculty, staff and students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges in agriculture, food, natural and environmental resources in a way that benefits our world,” he said.
The ET York Distinguished Lecture Series features internationally renowned speakers who address issues related to agriculture, food, the environment and natural resources. It was instituted at Auburn University’s College of Agriculture in 1981 through a gift from ET and VAdm Cardwell York; who are both originally from Alabamians and graduated from Auburn.
York was director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service from 1959 to 1962; he then headed the USDA Federal Extension Service in Washington, D.C. Later served as provost and vice president for agriculture at the University of Florida, then chancellor of the State University System of Florida until his retirement in 1980.
Spencer’s conference will take place in the auditorium of the hotel and conference center. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to https://auburn.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8391092.