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    Jan
    12
    Now accepting nominations for 2017 ASAS National Awards


    ASAS is pleased to announce that the 2017 ASAS National Awards are now open for nominations. Nominations are due March 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM.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:

    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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    Jan
    12
    Western Section Young Scholar nominations


    Western Section members: The deadline for nominations for the fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) is quickly approaching. This year WSASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.

    There are numerous Western Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the science of animal agriculture. Some have contributed for many years, whereas others are just beginning their careers. Please nominate your deserving colleagues. The award nominations are to be submitted electronically on the Western Section Meeting web page. Nomination deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on April 14, 2017.

    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome.

    Early meeting registration deadline is June 12, 2017.


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    Jan
    09
    Southern Section: Vote by January 13


    Southern Section members: Don’t wait! Cast your vote in the 2017-2018 Southern Section Elections by Friday, January 13. Cast your vote for Secretary-Treasurer Elect and Graduate Student Representative.

    Vote in the 2017-2018 Southern Section Elections.

    You are encouraged to cast your vote online. To vote you must be a member of the Southern Section. To log in to the election site, please use your ASAS web site user name and password. Please read the instructions for using the site, at the top of the web page before casting your votes. All votes must be cast by January 13, 2017.

    If you have any questions about the election site, contact Jacelyn Hemmelgarn (jacelynh@asas.org, 217-689-2432) or Melissa Burnett (melissab@asas.org, 217-689-2433).


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    Jan
    09
    Judges needed for Midwest student competitions


    Due to an increased number of student (BS, MS, PhD) competition papers, we are in need of more judges for the student oral and poster presentations at the Midwest Meeting in Omaha.

    A total of 76 student presentations (oral and poster presentations) have been accepted for the 2017 meeting. All presentations will be held the afternoon of Monday, March 13. If you are willing to serve as a judge please contact either Paul Walker [pwalker@ilstu.edu; 309 963-4913] or Gretchen Myers Hill [hillgre@msu.edu; 517 355-9676].

    The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held March 13-15 in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit the Midwest Meeting website for registration, housing, and program information.


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    Jan
    09
    Updated draft of Midwest Program now online


    An updated draft of the 2017 Program book for the 2017 Midwest Meeting is now available online. Times, abstract numbers and poster screen numbers have been finalized. The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held March 13-15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Download a draft of the Oral Sessions and Symposia

    Download a draft of the Poster Sessions

    MEETING REGISTRATION
    Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available.


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    Jan
    09
    FFAR funding deadline approaching


    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking your bold, innovative research ideas by January 16, 2017.

    This open funding opportunity is designed to work toward Seeding Solutions to today’s food and agriculture challenges. Prospective grantees are invited to submit pre-proposals for up to $1,000,000 of FFAR funding, and must secure equal or greater matching funding from a non-Federal source before a grant will be awarded. FFAR anticipates funding at least one meritorious, transformative proposal in each of its Challenge Areas.

    Learn more about the FFAR Seeding Solutions Open Funding Opportunity.

     


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    Jan
    09
    Southern Section program and abstracts online


    Both the 2017 Program book and the 2017 Abstract book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science are now available online in .pdf format.

    Download Program Book

    Download Abstract Book

     


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    Jan
    05
    In memory: William H. Oltjen, 86




    Dr. Jim Oltjen is an ASAS Fellow and an ASAS past president (2009-2010).


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    Jan
    05
    Draft of Midwest Program available online


    A rough draft of the 2017 Program book for the 2017 Midwest Meeting is now available online. The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held March 13-15 in Omaha, Nebraska. Please note these are unformatted drafts. There has been no tech editing. Times, screen numbers and abstract numbers have not been finalized and are subject to change.

    Download the rough draft of the Oral Session and Symposia Schedule

    Download the rough draft of the Poster Session Schedule

    If you have any questions or concerns about the time or placement of your abstract, contact Samantha Walker at samwa@asas.org. Please have your Abstract ID ready.


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    Jan
    02
    2017-2018 Southern Section Elections


    Members of the Southern Section of ASAS are encouraged to vote in the 2017-2018 Southern Section Elections. This year members are encouraged to vote for the positions of Secretary-Treasurer Elect and Graduate Student Representative.

    You are encouraged to cast your vote online. To vote you must be a member of the Southern Section. To log in to the election site, please use your ASAS web site user name and password. Please read the instructions for using the site, at the top of the web page before casting your votes. All votes must be cast by January 13, 2017.

    If you have any questions about the election site, contact Jacelyn Hemmelgarn (jacelynh@asas.org, 217-689-2432) or Melissa Burnett (melissab@asas.org, 217-689-2433).


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    Jan
    02
    ASAS member publishes new book


    Drs. Lawrence Longo, Loma Linda University, and Larry Reynolds, North Dakota State University, have recently published a book entitled “Wombs with a View: Illustrations of the Gravid Uterus from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century” (Springer, 2016; ISBN: 978-3-319-23566-0 [hardcover], 978-3-319-23567-7 [eBook]; doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-23567-7).

    Longo, who died in January of 2016 at 89 years old, was Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physiology & Pharmacology, and Biochemistry, and Founding Director of the Center for Perinatal Biology, at the Loma Linda School of Medicine, in Loma Linda CA. Reynolds is University Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, and Founding Director of the Center for Nutrition at North Dakota State in Fargo ND.

    “Dr. Longo fondly referred to the book as his ‘Magnum Opus,’ or Great Work,” said Reynolds. “He was a giant in perinatal research, and in addition a strong advocate for training physician-scientists in Reproductive Biology – for example he played a major role in establishment and success of NIH’s Reproductive Scientist Development Program, serving as PI on the original grant application in 1988, and subsequently as its Director and Co-Director for the next 26 years,” Reynolds added.

    The book presents more than two hundred historical illustrations of the pregnant uterus, which includes the fetus and placenta, and describes the background of each of the 127 authors and their contributions. “The goal of the project was to put these illustrations into historical context and highlight their important contributions to advances in obstetrics and gynecology through the centuries,” said Reynolds. “The initial impetus was that both of us realized, independently, that the vast majority of these illustrations of the fetus (Longo’s area of specialization) and placenta (Reynolds’ expertise) were ‘lost.’ That is, few copies of the books containing these illustrations exist, and therefore few have ever seen them. Even those more famous illustrations that are reproduced are almost always second generation copies, and therefore are of poor quality.”


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    Jan
    02
    2017 Southern Section Program now online


    The 2017 Program book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science is now available online in .pdf format.

    Download the Program Book

    The 2017 Southern Section Meeting will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

    The 2017 Abstract book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section is also available online in .pdf format.


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    Jan
    02
    TAS open review now open


    Translational Animal Science, the new ASAS journal, uses a hybrid review system in an attempt to have a rapid turn around and to embrace new and evolving peer review systems. Three new papers are up and ready for Open Review!

    As papers are submitted, they will go out for traditional review and placed online for Open Review. They remain in Open Review for approximately 30 days. At the end of review, the authors receive a decision, as well as the closed and open peer reviews to revise for publication.

    Add a review comment online!

    We are also excited to announce there are 9 accepted papers available for viewing in First Look. These papers comprise the inaugural issue of TAS:


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    Jan
    02
    Midwest Meeting welcome reception


    The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on March 13 – 15, 2017. Join us for a welcome reception the evening of Sunday, March 12 at The Durham Museum. The museum is in the historic Union Station building, which first opened its doors to the public on January 15, 1931, as one of the finest of Art Deco architecture in the United States. This magnificent facility served millions of rail travelers and was well-known for its “modern” amenities and lavish style.

    MEETING REGISTRATION

    Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available. The early registration deadline is February 13, 2017.

    HOUSING
    Rooms are going fast, reserve your room online through the hotel links on the meeting website.  Special meeting rates available at the Hilton Omaha and Courtyard by Marriott Omaha-Downtown. Housing deadline is February 20, 2017.


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    Dec
    22
    Public funding of U.S. ag R&D falls, along with U.S. ag research productivity


    By Dr. Larry Reynolds, Taking Stock Contributor

    An article appearing in the November 10, 2016 issue of Amber Waves (the monthly online magazine from the USDA’s Economic Research Service) documents and examines the recent decline in U.S. public sector funding of agricultural research and development (Ag R&D) (Clancy et al., 2016).

    Between 1970 and 2008 the percentage of total Ag R&D funded by the public sector was relatively stable at approximately 50%. By 2013, however, that percentage, even when adjusted for inflation, had fallen to 17% (Fig. 1). In contrast, non-government, private funding increased dramatically, and currently accounts for 76% of Ag R&D (Fig. 1).

    At the same time that U.S. public sector investment in Ag R&D was declining, public sector funding in other countries remained stable or increased. The net result was that the percentage of global R&D funded by the U.S. public sector fell from 20-23% between 1990 and 2006 to just 13% by 2013. In fact, by 2011 U.S. public sector spending on Ag R&D was less than that of China, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific (including Canada) and just ahead of India and Brazil (Fig. 2).


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    Dec
    22
    ASAS releases new Grand Challenge


    The ASAS Public Policy Committee and ASAS Board of Directors have released a new “Grand Challenges” document on science communication. The paper discusses the challenge of effectively communicating sound science to the general public and policy creators. There are seven other Grand Challenges documents, all of which address animal science research priorities and animal-based food challenges. Read each Grand Challenges document:

    Science communication

    Animal Health

    Agricultural Animals and Climate Change


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    Dec
    22
    New science communication report and webcast


    The National Academies Press has released a new report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda, and will host a public discussion on January 10, 2017. Communicating Science Effectively proposes a research agenda to help science communicators and researchers identify effective methods of communicating science, particularly when the issues are contentious.

    The report is available to download or pre-order.

    The public discussion for Communicating Science Effectively will be held on January 10, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, D.C.

    Register to attend in person, or watch live via the webcast.


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    Dec
    22
    USDA releases final report of USMARC audit


    The USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a final report regarding an audit of animal care at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb.

    OIG also states that “Although we found the article did not always accurately present animal welfare at USMARC, we did find that ARS could improve its oversight of animal welfare at the facility and take steps to make its research more transparent to the public.”

    An article in the Lincoln Journal Star also discusses the report’s findings.


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    Dec
    22
    UN includes livestock production in sustainable ag report


    By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    In October 2014, the United Nations Committee on World Food Security requested the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition committee to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock. The report, Proposed Draft Recommendations on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition, Including the Role of Livestock, was released in July 2016 and discussed at a meeting in Rome in October, during which a set of recommendations were endorsed.

    Endorsed recommendations specific to the livestock sector included:

    The above recommendations, as well as the 7 other recommendations of the report that target agriculture, in general, center on the principles of improving resource efficiency, strengthening resilience and improving social equity and responsibility outcomes. While the target audience for the recommendations is government for the purpose of public policy development, they are relevant to all stakeholders with a role in achieving good food security and nutrition.


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    Dec
    19
    New articles in TAS First Look


    New articles have recently been added to the First Look section of Translational Animal Science. The inaugural issue is scheduled for January 1, 2017. New articles added to TAS First Look include the following:

    Dustin Boler
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0009; Date posted: December 14, 2016
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    Nicole Burdick Sanchez
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0008; Date posted: December 14, 2016
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    Janet Donaldson
    doi: 10.2527/tas2016-0007; Date posted: December 14, 2016
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