Feb. 15, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI – Dr. Paul Harms, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Science, was presented the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science during an awards ceremony held Feb. 7, 2011 in Corpus Christi.
This award recognizes Harms for his outstanding service to the livestock industry.
Harms received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a master of science in physiology of reproduction from the University of Illinois. He earned a doctorate in physiology of reproduction from Purdue University in 1968. Harms served in the United States Air Force as a Captain and Staff Research Physiologist in Aerospace Medicine in 1972. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroendocrinology at the Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas through 1973. In 1974, he has joined the department as an assistant professor, and went on to serve as associate professor, professor, and professor and physiology of reproduction section leader until his retirement in August 2008.
Harms’ contributions to higher education and to reproductive physiology have made a lasting impact on technologies for assisted reproduction in mammals. During his career he and his students have produced 81 refereed journal articles, nine chapters in books (including an obstetrics and gynecology textook chapter that was co-authored with his physician son), 14 invited papers and 150 abstracts presented. He has served as the major advisor to 32 graduate students and as an advisor to more than 170 graduate students.
Through his many officers rolls with the Southern Section, Harms guided the section through a challenging time and helped ensure the success it enjoys today.