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Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences

Dr. Sally K. Williams

Associate Professor
Meat and Poultry Products

Dr. Sally Kathryn Hines Williams, 1993 McKnight graduate, was born and raised in Pelham, GA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Science Education from Albany State University in Albany GA. She was awarded the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Food Microbiology from the University of Florida. She has been employed for the past 26 years by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in the Department of Animal Sciences with the Meat Science Group. She conducts research, teaches and supervises graduate students. Dr. Williams’ area of specialization is the study of sole and synergistic effects (microbiology, food safety, consumer acceptance, and storage stability) of food additives on meat, poultry and related muscle food proteins. One of her most rewarding projects was a USDA Sponsored study to develop a protein source for incorporation into the diets of Haitian children. Dr. Williams developed a turkey sausage as the protein source. Her UF colleagues and she collaborated with the Haitian Health Foundation in Jeremie, Haiti, and visited Gressier and Jeremie, Haiti, as part of the project.  She has published her research in domestic as well as international professional journals.

Programs

  • Research

    Dr. Williams' area of specialization is the study of sole and synergistic effects of food additives on meat, poultry and related animal source food proteins. The focus of Dr. Williams’ research is evaluation of government approved food additives for use in meat and poultry products for antimicrobial and storage stability properties. Natural ingredients are also evaluated as replacements for synthetic ingredients used as antioxidants, curing agents and antimicrobials, and to impart structural characteristics in minimally and further processed meat, poultry and other related food products. In order to assess these properties, microbiology, food safety, consumer acceptance, and storage stability of the products must be determined.

    Graduate Research Courses

    ANS 6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
    ANS 7979 Advanced Research
    ANS 7980 Advanced Research for Doctoral Dissertation

  • Teaching

    Dr. Williams teaches undergraduate on-campus version and on-line versions of a meat processing course, and team teach two graduate courses in meat science. In addition, she supervises undergraduate and graduate students in "Special Problems" independent study classes in the areas of meat and poultry processing and food ingredient technology.

    Courses Taught

    ANS 4635C Meat Processing (100%)
    ANS 4932 Meat Processing (10562/10564), Online (100%)
    ANS 6636 Meat Technology (10568) (Team, 25%)
    ANS 6288 Experimental Techniques & Analytical Procedures in Meat Research (Team, 25%)
    ANS 4905 Problems in Animal Science (Undergraduate)
    ANS 6905 Problems in Animal Science (Graduate)
    ANS 6940 Supervised Teaching

Williams

Contact

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-392-2993

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
wsallyk@ufl.edu

  • Education

    Education

    • 1989-1993 Ph.D. (Food Microbiology), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • 1986-1989 M.S. (Food Microbiology), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • 1967-1971 B.S. (Biology), Albany State College, Albany, NY

    Academic Positions Since Final Degree

    • 1999-present - Associate Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • 1993 - 1999 - Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Summer, 1992 - Assistant Professor Internship, Food Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • 1979-1989 - Product Development Specialist, American Bacteriological and Chemical Research Corporation
    • 1977-1979 - Food Microbiologist, American Bacteriological and Chemical Research Corporation
    • 1973-1974 - Laboratory Technologist,  Pesticide Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards

    Professional Memberships

    • Poultry Science Association
    • Institute of Food Technologists
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Meat Science Association
    • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

    Honors and Awards

    Recognitions

    • Certificates of Appreciation for serving as Mentor for University of Florida Multicultural Mentoring Program
    • Plaques and Certificates of Appreciation for serving as University of Florida Ronald E. McNair Advisory Board Member
    • Certificates of Appreciation for serving as Science and Engineering Fair Judge for Alachua County Public School Students
    • Certificates of Appreciation for serving as Co-Advisor of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

    Honor Societies

    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society
    • Beta Eta Sigma Honor Society

    Scholarships received by Dr. Williams for her graduate education

    • Rockefeller Scholarship Program for Master of Science studies, University of Florida (1977)
    • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship for doctoral studies, University of Florida (1993)

    Awards received by Dr. Williams' Graduate Students

    • UF/IFAS Graduate Minority Alumni Scholarship
    • Graduate Minority Scholarship
    • Department of Animal Sciences Teaching Assistantships
    • Travel Awards (Poultry Science, Florida Association for Food Protection, University of Florida Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, and University of Florida Graduate Council)
    • Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award
    • Graduate Student SAS workshop Scholarship

    University of Florida Committees:

    • Ronald E. McNair Advisory Board
    • Department of Animal Sciences Graduate Committee
    • McKnight Doctoral Fellows Advisory Board
    • University Multicultural Mentoring Program for incoming Freshmen
    • Co-Advisor for University of Florida Student Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
    • Department of Animal Sciences Summer Undergraduate and Graduate Research Program
    • Member of Student Support Services, http://sss.oas.aa.ufl.edu/sally-k-williams/

    Community Service

    • Judge for the annual local and regional Alachua County Science and Engineering Fair
    • Member of Alachua County Parent and Teacher Association