PULLMAN – The John E. Halver lecture, which features internationally recognized speakers in comparative animal nutrition, will be presented by George C. Fahey, Jr. The lecture starts at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in CUE 203.
This year the lecture will focus on comparative nutritional, microbiological, and immunological responses to prebiotic oligosaccharides.
Fahey is Professor of Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds the Kraft Foods Human Nutrition Endowed Professorship and his area of research is comparative nutrition.
The primary discipline studied is carbohydrate nutrition (including dietary fibers, oligosaccharides, resistant starch, and novel polysaccharides). Species studied include human adults and infants, dogs, cats, swine, and laboratory rats. An overarching theme of the program is gastrointestinal tract health and the role of carbohydrates in improvement of indices of gut health. Glycemic control and its relationship to diabetes is another major area of study.
Fahey has published 265 books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles, along with approximately 350 abstracts, monographs, and popular press articles. Fifty-eight students have completed either the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees under his direction, and he has mentored 14 postdoctoral research associates. He has served on numerous National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees and is active in the American Society of Nutrition and the American Society of Animal Science.
Fahey is also currently serving on several editorial boards, and is a member of the scientific advisory boards of several companies and one research center. His national awards include those from the American Society of Animal Science, the American Dairy Science Association, and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. At Illinois, he holds the distinction of “University Scholar”, the highest recognition awarded to University of Illinois faculty, and is one of 33 ISI Highly Cited Researchers from that institution.
The annual Halver Lecture is funded through an endowment established by John E. Halver.