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    Jul
    06
    Image of the Week: Academic Quadrathlon


    The annual Academic Quadrathlon brings together undergraduate teams from the four ASAS sections for a two-day competition involving a lab practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl. The Animal Science Image Gallery contains several images from the 2016 AQ.

    Search the Gallery for and download more images like the one shown here of members of the 2016 Purdue University Academic Quadrathlon team demonstrating sheep hoof trimming during the lab practicum portion of the competition.

    The 2017 AQ kicks off Friday, July 7, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Teams from the four ASAS sections include Penn State University, Texas Tech University, Kansas State University, and California State University, Chico.

    Download or submit images to the Gallery at: www.animalimagegallery.org. There is no charge to download or submit images if you are an ASAS member.


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    Jul
    03
    Join us for Networking Lunch at Annual


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    Join us for a Networking Lunch on Monday, July 10, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting! The Networking Lunch is a great way to invest in your future, engage with fellow ASAS members and catalyze connections within Animal Science!

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    Jul
    03
    New First Look content!


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    A new article has been posted to First Look in Translational Animal Science.

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    Jul
    03
    Heritage Lunch is July 10


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    Join the American Society of Animal Science, friends and colleagues as we honor the contributions of Dr. Donald Mahan of The Ohio State University and Dr. Cornelis (Kees) de Lange of the University of Guelph at this year’s Foundation Heritage Lunch.

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    Jul
    03
    ASAS announces new board members


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    The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Board of Directors is excited to announce new board members for 2017-2018!

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    Jun
    30
    Northeast elections


    Northeast members: For the 2017-2018 election, the Northeast Section must fill the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Graduate Director.

    The nominees for Secretary-Treasurer are Dr. Tara Felix and Dr. Maria Hoffman.

    The nominee for Graduate Director is Dominique Martin.

    The deadline to vote in the election is July 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.


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    Jun
    30
    Updates from FFAR


    By Dr. Cassie Welch, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has been busy over the past few months! Below is a summary of their most recent activities, and to stay in the loop, you can sign up for the FFAR newsletter or follow them on Twitter @FoundationFAR.

    In the News

    Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing


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    Jun
    30
    Annual Meeting App is here!


    We’ve built a mobile app for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show! It has all the important information you’ll need for the event and features to enhance your event experience. You can view a video tutorial on how to download and use the mobile app on the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show website.

    There’s still time to register online and save yourself time in the on-site registration line!

    There is also still time to book your hotel room. Rooms are still available at the beautiful Holiday Inn – Inner Harbor. You can reserve your room online or by phone at 1-877-505-0680 or 1-801-505-4618.




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    Jun
    30
    $20 in '17 Campaign launches


    ASAS has launched a new campaign to support our Public Policy program. It is called the $20 in ’17 Campaign. ASAS is asking each professional member to donate an extra $20 in 2017! Please read this letter to learn more about this important effort.

    Dear ASAS Members,

    As many of you know, Public Policy has been an ASAS passion for the last 25 years. Our public policy program has undergone a number of changes and has weathered a few storms. Today, we keep our public policy program alive through a combination of strategic partnerships (i.e., NAAAS, ACSESS, FASS, CAST and The Randel Group) and our own individual programs. As part of our strategic plan launch in July, we will begin to more fully develop our plan, and in particular, we will work on developing a business model to provide enhanced long term support of ASAS public policy programs.

    The following are some of our most visible public policy programs:


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    Jun
    29
    Changes in D.C. will be felt in rural America


    By Dr. Casey L. Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    In the last few months, President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order for Agriculture, and we have seen Sonny Purdue confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture.

    President Trump’s Executive Order confirmed his intentions of continued economic prosperity in America. Within the order, he created a Task Force with a minimum of 21 members and the ability of the President or Secretary of Agriculture to designate other members.

    The main purpose of the Task Force is to identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life in rural America. Ten areas of interest were highlighted:


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    Jun
    29
    ASAS-ASN food security symposium is July 8




    The pre-conference is a ticketed event, so please make sure to add it to your meeting registration. Cost is $150 for professionals and $35 for students.

    Conference co-chair, Dr. Teresa Davis, will kick off the symposium with a presentation on the Nutritional and social importance of animal sourced proteins.


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    Jun
    29
    Animal Frontiers focuses on GMO crops


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    By Dr. Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee


    The theme of the April 2017 issue of Animal Frontiers was “GMO Crops in Animal Nutrition.” Articles in this issue provide an excellent update and review of the history and future of GM crops, a review of studies where GM crops have been fed to livestock and the methods of assessing their safety, the potential for use of gene editing technology in livestock, and the politicization of food security.

    The editorial entitled “Human needs and future challenges,” by Zaheer and Reuter highlights the need for increased crop yields to support a greater human population, but also the expected increased demand for livestock products and the impact that climate change could have on production.

    In “The future of genetically engineered plants to stabilize yield and improve feed,” Dhariwal and Laroche outline potential crop modifications that can lead to improved digestibility in livestock or enhance biofuel production from plants.


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    Jun
    29
    What is the ASAS Public Policy Committee?


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    The ASAS Public Policy Committee (PPC) was formed in 2009 to help ASAS shape public policy and public opinion related to all aspects of food animals and companion animals by engaging policy makers. The committee has been actively involved in a variety of activities!

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    Jun
    29
    Meet D.C. intern Ben Rietmann


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    We are pleased to introduce you to Ben Rietmann, Oregon State University. Ben is one of six ASAS Science Policy interns currently in Washington, D.C. Ben is interning with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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    Jun
    29
    $20 in ’17 Campaign launches


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    ASAS has launched a new campaign to support our Public Policy program. It is called the $20 in ’17 Campaign. ASAS is asking each professional member to donate an extra $20 in 2017! Please read this letter to learn more about this important effort.

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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Jack Whittier honored at Western Section Meeting


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jack C. Whittier has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Whittier was raised on a diversified livestock and crop farm in northeastern Utah, and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from Utah State University in 1979 and 1981, respectively. Dr. Whittier completed a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition in 1985 from the University of Nebraska. Since 2014, Dr. Whittier has been Director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle District Panhandle Research and Extension Center and Professor of Animal Science.

    He has fulfilled significant leadership roles in WSASAS. Most recently, Dr. Whittier served on the ASAS Board of Directors as Western Section Director for two 3-year terms (2010 to 2016). His applied research has focused on range beef cow nutrition and reproduction management. He has helped generate over $2.2 million in extramural funds as PI or Co-I, participated in training 37 graduate students, and authored or co-authored 49 refereed publications and numerous non-refereed and Extension papers. Currently, Dr. Whittier supervises 12 Ph.D. Research and Extension Specialists and 22 Extension Educators.

    Dr. Whittier has contributed as an active leader with Boy Scouts of America, in numerous leadership roles with his church, and with the Scottsbluff/Gering Rotary Club. Dr. Whittier and his wife, Robynn, have 2 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. They also own a small-scale Simmental-Angus seedstock beef herd.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Russell Hovey named WSASAS Distinguished Teacher


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Russell Hovey has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hovey is Professor of Animal Science and Mammary Gland Biologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California-Davis. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Sciences) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and then a Ph.D. in Animal Science from Massey University.

    Since arriving at the University of California-Davis in 2007, Dr. Hovey’s laboratory has focused on the endocrine regulation of mammary gland growth and function, as well as cancer. His contributions to lactation were recognized by the American Society of Animal Science where he received the H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Award in 2011.

    Dr. Hovey has taught several classes and strives to build an exceptional learning environment outside of the classroom. He is dedicated to undergraduate learning and committed to the development of strategies that improve the overall educational experience and give tools for life-long learning.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Reinaldo Cooke receives WSASAS Extension Award


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Reinaldo Cooke has been named the recipient of the Extension Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. He is stationed at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns. His faculty appointment is split between Extension and research responsibilities in beef cattle management and nutrition.

    As the principle State Beef Specialist, Dr. Cooke has developed several Extension activities to serve the Oregon beef industry, which has also extended to national and international audiences. Dr. Cooke co-chairs the Western Beef Resource Committee. To date, Dr. Cooke has published 111 Extension articles, and has given more than 162 Extension talks to over 12,000 attendees. Dr. Cooke works closely with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Beef Council, serving as liaison between these institutions and Oregon State University.

    In 2014, Dr. Cooke received the Oregon Beef Council Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his service to the Oregon Beef Council and Oregon’s Beef Industry. In 2016, he received the WSASAS Young Scientist Award, and was the first Extension specialist to receive the OSU/College of Ag – F. E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. Reinaldo and his wife Flavia are the proud parents of three children, Victor, Lucas, and Isabella.


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    Jun
    26
    Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford named Western Section Young Scientist


    June 22, 2017 – Dr. Jennifer Hernandez Gifford has been named the recipient of the Young Scientist Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting this week in Fargo, North Dakota.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU). She completed her Ph.D. at Washington State University (WSU) in Animal Science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at WSU.

    Currently, Dr. Hernandez Gifford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at NMSU where she leads an active research program. A main focus of her research program is elucidating the role that the WNT/beta-catenin signaling pathway plays in follicular growth, development, and estradiol production. The long-term goal of her research program is to provide fundamental knowledge about the physiological role and mechanism of action of ovarian WNT signaling molecules in follicular development in the adult ovary.

    Dr. Hernandez Gifford has authored/coauthored 19 articles in refereed journals, one book chapter, 17 proceedings papers and 43 research abstracts. She has served as major advisor for 5 M.S. students, 2 PhD students, and on 9 additional graduate student committees. Research from her lab is moving the field forward and will enable reproductive physiologists to provide novel and innovative methods to ensure economic success for livestock producers concurrent with feeding the world’s growing population.


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    Jun
    26
    New issue of Translational Animal Science


    A new issue of Translational Animal Science is now live! New Just Published content is now live as well, and a preview can be found below the Table of Contents preview in this post.

    Here is a preview of the Table of Contents, or you can access the Table of Contents of the latest issue of TAS at: https://www.animalsciencepublications.org/publications/tas/tocs/1/2

    C. F. Huang, H. H. Stein, L. Y. Zhang, Defa Li and C. H. Lai
    Concentrations of minerals in pig feed ingredients commonly used in China
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0013
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:126-136

    N. McHugh, T. Pabiou, K. McDermott, E. Wall and D. P. Berry
    Impact of birth and rearing type, as well as inaccuracy of recording, on pre-weaning lamb phenotypic and genetic merit for live weight
    doi:10.2527/tas2017.0015
    Translational Animal Science 2017 1:137-145


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