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    Mar
    15
    A video tribute to Dr. Harlan Ritchie


    The Harlan Ritchie Symposium at the 2017 Midwest Meeting began with a video tribute honoring the late Dr. Harlan Ritchie. The video pays tribute to Dr. Ritchie’s highly respected career, his life, and his renowned contributions to the beef industry.

    The Harlan Ritchie Symposium was held during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, on March 13-15, in Omaha, Nebraska. If you were unable to attend, you can purchase access to the Virtual Meeting. The cost is $200 for Members and $350 for Nonmembers. All Midwest Meeting attendees will be able to access the Virtual Meeting, for free, as part of their registration.

     




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    Mar
    15
    Cardoso receives Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award


    Dr. Felipe (Phil) Cardoso, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Dr. Cardoso received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Cardoso is a rising star in the dairy production community. Phil’s “out-of-the-box” thinking has enabled him to build an innovative interdisciplinary extension program (the “Dairy Focus Team”) combining extension, teaching, and applied research. His application of principles of leadership and entrepreneurship to this blended program constitutes a new approach to the Land Grant mission.

    Dr. Cardoso has developed an excellent rapport with the state’s dairy farms and the industries that serve them. His first graduate students have completed degrees and moved into the industry. Dairy farmers and industry groups recognize Phil’s talents for insight, communication, integrity, and passion. His research in the areas of rumen health, nutrition and reproduction, fungicide effects on corn silage yield and quality, and mycotoxins has direct application to dairy farms, and it forms the basis for much of Dr. Cardoso’s extension programming.

    The Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC.


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    Mar
    15
    Decker receives Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award


    Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Dr. Decker received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Decker is an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, where he majored in Animal Science and graduated with Highest Honors. Jared earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a minor in Statistics. Jared assists stakeholders in the beef industry in understanding rapidly changing genetic technologies.

    Dr. Decker is a trailblazer in the use of social media in extension programming and his blog “A Steak in Genomics” receives approximately 1000 pageviews each month. He is an active member of eBEEF.org, an eXtension Community of Practice. Dr. Decker helps beef producers trust and utilize genomic predictions, and has implemented a genomic testing designation in the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. In addition to presentations across Missouri, Jared is an invited speaker in numerous other states and for many of the national breed associations.

    The Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC.


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    Mar
    15
    Hansen named Outstanding Young Researcher


    Dr. Stephanie Hansen, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award. She received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Hansen is an Associate Professor in Beef Feedlot Nutrition at Iowa State University. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Iowa State and received her advanced degrees from North Carolina State University. She joined the ISU Department of Animal Science in 2009.

    Dr. Hansen teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas of animal nutrition, ruminant digestion and physiology, and vitamin and mineral metabolism. She has an active research program in the areas of micronutrient metabolism, feed efficiency and alternative feedstuffs. Dr. Hansen has garnered over 7.75 million in funding and has assembled an excellent team of researchers, including post docs and graduate students.

    Dr. Hansen has received both the Early Achievement in Teaching and Early Achievement in Research awards from the College of Ag and Life Science and in 2016 was honored for Early Achievement in Research by Iowa State University. In her free time she enjoys writing, travel, hiking and photography.


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    Mar
    15
    Karcher receives Outstanding Young Teacher Award


    Dr. Elizabeth Karcher, Purdue University, is the recipient of the ASAS Midwestern Section’s Outstanding Young Teacher Award. The Awards Ceremony was held during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

    Dr. Karcher is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. She holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and Iowa State University. She joined the Purdue faculty in August 2016 after eight years at Michigan State University.

    Dr. Karcher specializes in undergraduate education and advising. She has taught a variety of courses, including mammary physiology, animal health, and dairy management. She developed a study-abroad program focused on dairy management to the Netherlands and a program on sustainable agriculture to Vietnam. At MSU, she advised the Dairy Club and the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association.

    Dr. Karcher received the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award (2014), the MSU College of Agricultural and Natural Resources (CANR) Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad (2014), and the MSU CANR Excellence in Teaching, New Teacher Award (2012).


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    Mar
    15
    Kellner awarded Outstanding Swine Nutrition Graduate Student


    Trey Kellner, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award.

    Kellner is from Stockton, Kansas and received his B.S. degree at the University of Nebraska. At Iowa State University under the guidance of Dr. John Patience, Kellner earned an M.S. degree in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

    Kellner’s research has focused on more accurately predicting carcass iodine value, on understanding how dietary fat composition influences lipogenesis and lipolysis, how heat stress impacts dietary utilization and how the chemical composition of dietary fat can be used to estimate the ME and NE content of dietary fats.

    Kellner is outgoing Graduate Director on the ASAS Midwestern Section Board of Directors. He has received numerous awards, including a Miller Fellowship and an IPPA Foundation Fellowship. Upon graduation, he will be a nutritionist for AMVC.


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    Mar
    14
    Young Scholars honored at Midwest


    The ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch honored Young Dairy Scholars and Animal Science Young Scholars last night during a reception at the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

    Follow ASAS on Facebook to see photos from the Reception and Recognition of the Young Scholar winners.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Young Scholar winners!

    Benjamin Bohrer


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    Mar
    14
    Kansas State wins Midwest AQ!


    Congratulations to the undergraduate team from Kansas State University! The team took top honors this week in the Midwest Academic Quadrathlon. Iowa State University placed 2nd overall, followed by University of Missouri in 3rd place. In all, 13 teams competed in the AQ.

    Here are results for each of the AQ events. Follow ASAS on Facebook to see pictures from the competition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as photos from the AQ awards presentation.

    1st – Kansas State University

    2nd – University of Missouri


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    Mar
    14
    Klopfenstein Lectureship debuts


    Dr. Rick Stock, Assistant Vice President of Cargill Corn Processing, delivered the inaugural Dr. Terry Klopfenstein Lectureship last night at the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

    Dr. Stock discussed the influence of Dr. Klopfenstein’s research on the history of corn milling byproducts. Dr. Klopfenstein is a highly respected and productive scientist and teacher who has given the livestock industry outstanding leadership.

    The ASAS Foundation Klopfenstein Student Excellence Scholarship Fund is used to fund the Klopfenstein Lectureship speaker. Speakers are selected from internationally recognized experts in beef cattle nutrition, forage utilization, co-product usage in beef cattle diets, and beef cattle production systems. The Klopfenstein Student Excellence Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Dr. Klopfenstein.


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    Mar
    14
    See what's new in Open Review


    New papers are available in Open Review at Translational Animal Science!

    Help review these articles in Open Review:

     

    Also see the new articles in the First Look section of TAS!


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    Mar
    14
    See articles in TAS First Look


    There are new articles in the First Look section of Translational Animal Science. The most recent issue of TAS also is available. See the Table of Contents here.

    The First Look list includes:

    EFFECTS OF CHROMIUM SUPPLEMENTATION ON PHYSIOLOGY, FEED INTAKE AND INSULIN RELATED METABOLISM IN GROWING PIGS SUBJECTED TO HEAT STRESS – Fan Liu; Jeremy Cottrell; Udani Wijesiriwardana; Fletcher Kelly; Surinder Chauhan; Ruslan Pustovit; Paula A. Gonzalez-Rivas; Kristy DiGiacomo; Brian Leury; Pietro Celi; Frank Dunshea

    CONCENTRATION OF MINERALS IN PIG FEED INGREDIENTS COMMONLY USED IN CHINA – Chengfei Huang; Hans Stein; L. Y. Zhang; Defa Li; Changhua Lai


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    Mar
    13
    Midwest begins!


    The 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch kicked off with a welcome reception on Sunday, March 12, at The Durham Museum in Omaha’s historic Union Station.

    Scientific sessions began today and continue through noon on Wed., March 15. Today’s program includes several symposia and student oral and poster competitions. Special events this evening include the Klopfenstein Opening Lecture, Reception and Recognition of the 2017 Young Scholar Winners, and the Academic Quadrathlon Quiz Bowl Finals and Award Presentation.

    The Program book and Abstract book for the Midwest Meeting are available online in pdf format. The Abstract book will be available as a Journal of Animal Science supplement after the meeting.

    Download 2017 Midwest Program 


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    Mar
    13
    CEO celebrates milestone with ASAS


    By Dr. Debora Hamernik, ASAS President

    At the 2017 Winter ASAS Board of Directors’ meeting in Atlanta, GA, the ASAS Board acknowledged and thanked Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe for more than 10 years of service as the ASAS CEO. The Board presented Meghan with a framed certificate that reads: The American Society of Animal Science Expresses Sincere Gratitude and Much Appreciation to Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe for 10+ years of Leadership, Dedicated Service, and Commitment to Excellence.

    Meghan started working for ASAS as the Executive Director in March 2006. One of her first duties as the ASAS Executive Director was to attend the ASAS-ADSA Midwest Section Meetings in Des Moines, IA.

    What do you remember about ASAS in 2006?


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    Mar
    13
    13 teams compete in Midwest AQ


    The 2017 Midwest Academic Quadrathlon kicked off yesterday at the Animal Science Complex on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thirteen teams competed in a lab practicum and oral presentations. Today, teams complete written exams and participate in a quiz bowl competition in Omaha. The final round of the Quiz Bowl takes place tonight in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

    Follow ASAS on Facebook for final results and more pictures from the competition!

    Special thanks to these Academic Quadrathlon sponsors:


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    Mar
    13
    Midwest Virtual Meeting available


    Were you unable to attend the 2017 Midwest Meeting in Omaha? If so, you can register to attend the Midwest Virtual Meeting.

    All Midwest symposia presentations will be available through online webinars within 48 hours of the presentation. The talks will all remain online for 30 days after the meeting. This will allow you to view any presentation at the Midwest Meeting when it is convenient for you.

    Access to the Virtual Meeting is $200 for Members and $350 for Nonmembers. All Midwest Meeting attendees will be able to access the Virtual Meeting, for free, as part of their registration.

    All Midwest attendees and Virtual Meeting registrants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Virtual Meeting.


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    Mar
    09
    Midwest Meeting just days away!


    Monday, March 13th marks the start of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS! Join us on the evening of Sunday, March 12th for a special Welcome Reception at the Durham Railroad Museum in Omaha. 

    The program includes several e-Poster sessions, as well as undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster competitions. Use the Midwest app to plan your schedule! Make sure to join us for the following symposia and lectures. View all of the meeting sessions, as well as times and locations, in the 2017 Midwest Meeting Program. Download the Abstract book here.

    View times and locations of the following events in the 2017 Midwest Meeting Program.

    Welcome Reception at the Durham Railroad Museum


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    Mar
    09
    Midwest symposium to honor Dr. Harlan Ritchie


    Each year, the Harlan D. Ritchie Appreciation Club sponsors a symposium addressing issues important to beef cattle extension at the ASAS Midwestern Section Meeting. This year will be a special event to celebrate the life of Dr. Ritchie, who sadly passed away in April 2016.

    Dr. Ritchie is remembered as a kind, humble and passionate educator, who was renowned for his leading role in the transformation of the beef industry, both in America and across the world. He had a strong international profile, having presented in Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Argentina, in addition to his tireless work in America. Often referred to as a “visionary,” Dr. Ritchie was a trailblazer and his leadership drove radical changes in the U.S. cattle industry, helping lead the industry to where it is today. Dr. Ritchie also inspired passion in countless others and passed on his wisdom through his 47-year tenure at Michigan State University.

    This year, the symposium will open with a tribute to Dr. Ritchie, which will be followed by presentations looking at both the history and the future of the beef industry.

    Speakers include:


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    Mar
    09
    Midwest officer elections end tomorrow


    Midwestern Section Members: Midwest Section Officer elections end tomorrow, March 10. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. (CST). Please take a minute to vote for the 2017 ASAS Midwest Section Officers!
    For the 2017 election cycle, the ASAS Midwest Section must fill positions for 1) ASAS Midwest President-Elect, 2) Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large and 3) Midwest Section Graduate Director. The nominees for ASAS Midwest President-Elect are Dr. Richard Coffey and Dr. Steve Moeller. The nominees for Midwest ASAS National Director-at-Large are Dr. Michael Azain and Dr. Ryan Dilger. The nominees for the ASAS Graduate Student Director are Ashley Conway and Jeffrey Wiegert.

    If you are a Midwestern Section member, you should have received an email with a link to the ballot, as well as an Elector ID and password. Please contact ASAS headquarters if you have questions: asas@asas.org


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    Mar
    09
    National awards nominations due today


    Today is your last chance to submit nominations for the 2017 ASAS National Awards. Nominations are due at 11:59 PM (CDT)! 

    The ASAS Awards Program is set up to honor the most significant contributions of our members to Animal Science, Animal Agriculture and to ASAS. The National Awards are one of our favorite programs in the office because the awards honor our history, celebrate our membership and help us to glimpse the future. Here are a few things about the ASAS National Awards Program that you might not know:

    *A new award has been added for 2017: The Wettemann Graduate Scholar in Physiology Award. Each nomination would need to submit a scientific abstract, CV of the nominee, letter of nomination from mentor and if selected will need to do a 30-minute presentation highlighting their work at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

    Please nominate your colleagues for the 2017 ASAS National Awards.
 If you would like to re-nominate a colleague from a previous nomination, please email Melissa at Melissab@asas.org.


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    Mar
    08
    ASAS responds to Executive Order on foreign entry into U.S.


    The following statement has been issued by ASAS in response to a new executive order that temporarily suspends entry of foreign-born travelers from certain countries into the U.S.

    For Immediate Release

    ASAS Responds to March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Foreign Entry into U.S.

    The American Society of Animal Science, in the interest of science and global cooperation to ensure worldwide food security, respectfully encourages the President to open scientific-related travel to citizens of all countries who would journey to the USA to promote scientific interactions.


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