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    Dec
    12
    Borlaug CAST Communication Award


    Nominations are open for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers. Application deadline is February 6, 2017.

    Learn more and apply here.


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    Dec
    12
    Inaugural issue to be released January 1


    The January 1, 2017 inaugural issue of Translational Animal Science will feature nine articles. Six of the nine are already available in First Look. Here are the publication stats on the January 1 inaugural issue of TAS:

    Following publication of the first issue we are planning on applying to be accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ serves to help authors vet open access journals.

    Submit a paper to Translational Animal Science.

    Read more about the six First Look articles in this Taking Stock article.


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    Dec
    08
    Southern Section Abstract book now online


    The 2017 Abstract book for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science is now available online in .pdf format. The abstract book will be available in a searchable .html format on the JAS website in a few weeks.

    Download Abstract Book

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

    REGISTRATION
    Register online today! Registration information can be found on the SSASAS website under the registration information tab. A printable registration form is also available.


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    Dec
    08
    WSASAS nominations wanted


    Western Section ASAS members: Please nominate your colleagues for a WSASAS award. Nominations also are being accepted for the WSASAS Young Scholar Recognition Program.

    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 Meeting web page. Nomination Deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on April 14, 2017.

    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) in 2017. The YSRP will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. The YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.

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


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    Dec
    06
    Articles available in First Look


    In early November, ASAS began collecting submissions for our inaugural issue of Translational Animal Science, and we are excited to announce that we already have 6 papers through review and available in First Look.

    The papers include:

    FETAL AND ORGAN DEVELOPMENT AT GESTATIONAL DAYS 45, 90, 135 AND AT BIRTH OF LAMBS EXPOSED TO UNDER- OR OVER-NUTRITION DURING GESTATION

    Kristen Govoni


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    Dec
    06
    WSASAS: Submit Young Scholar nominations


    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome. Nominations for the Young Scholar Recognition Program are now being accepted.

    During the annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) the Western Section ASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. The YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.

    Registration for the Western Section ASAS meeting is open, so take advantage of early discounts and register online today!

    Housing will open soon. Check the meeting website often for updates.


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    Dec
    06
    Submit annual meeting abstracts


    Abstract submission is open for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting, to be held July 8-12, 2017 in Baltimore, Md.

    Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time) on March 1, 2017.

    Submit abstracts and read instructions for abstract submission here.

    Join us July 8-12, 2017 in Baltimore!


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    Dec
    06
    Opportunities to give


    Looking for a way to show financial support for animal science? Here are some options:

    Donate to the new Midwest memorial awards in honor of Dr. Don Mahan and Dr. Kees de Lange. Continue reading…

    Sign up a child, family, or classroom/group for a Jr. Animal Scientist subscription! Continue reading…

    Donate to our newest Appreciation Club: the Ronald D. Randel Appreciation Club. Continue reading…


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    Dec
    01
    The gift of animal science


    Jr. Animal Scientist membership is a great gift for the children in your life! The Jr. Animal Scientist magazine features eye-catching animal photos, fun activities and articles about a specific aspect of animal science. For example, the November 2016 issue focuses on animal science jobs.In the issue, kids get an overview of four animal science careers that they may never have thought about. They “meet” a husband and wife who make rumen cannulas, an animal scientist who studies reindeer and musk ox reproduction in Alaska, a zoo endocrinologist, and a man who makes life-like animal models for researchers and veterinary students. Special thanks to Victoria Kennedy, North Dakota State University, for interviewing these people and contributing the content for the issue!

    The magazine is ideal for ages 5-9, so sign up children in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

    Don’t forget the educators on your list! Give a local elementary school classroom or youth program a classroom/group subscription. The cost is just $5 per student. Copies of the magazine will be sent to the classroom or youth program year round. Students also have access to exclusive online resources.

    Visit AnimalSmart.org today to sign up for an individual, family, or classroom/group subscription!


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    Dec
    01
    ASAS to expand Public Policy program


    ASAS has a long history of an active Public Policy Program. It is ranked across the membership as one of our most valued services. The new ASAS strategic plan, to be released in 2017, will specifically call for ASAS to expand the program.

    In any given year, the ASAS Public Policy committee:

    The ASAS Public Policy Program does a great deal on a limited budget. As we expand the program, we will need to generate new funds to help pay for enhanced efforts. We are asking membership that rate ASAS involvement in Public Policy to contribute to the effort. No donations are too big or too small! The dollars will be used to continue to increase and enhance our educational programs geared toward educating policy makers in the U.S. and internationally. All donations to ASAS are tax deductible.


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    Dec
    01
    New Midwest memorial awards


    During the last 12 months, the Midwest Section lost two of its most dedicated members: Dr. Don Mahan and Dr. Kees de Lange. In their honor, the ASAS Midwest Section and the ADSA Midwest Branch are creating Memorial and Tribute awards.

    Dollars in Dr. Mahan’s name will be used to fund travel expenses of the Midwest Ph.D. oral competition winner, which will allow that person to give a Junior Podium Talk at the ASAS National Meeting. Dollars in Dr. de Lange’s name will be used to give a yearly award for the most innovative modeling abstract submitted to the meeting.

    Please consider a donation in honor of Dr. Mahan or Dr. de Lange.

    Memorials and Tributes are held in the ASAS Foundation and are considered tax deductible donations to the American Society of Animal Science.


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    Dec
    01
    Last day for AnimalX nominations!


    AnimalX
    Nominations for AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks are due today, December 1, by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).The AnimalX talks will kick off the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. To nominate potential speakers, select “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    Presentations should tie back to the meeting theme: “Animals and Science: Ensuring Food Security.” Presentations are expected to last a maximum of five minutes.

    When nominating a potential speaker, please provide a detailed description of the person, the topic you expect him/her to talk about and why this person should be highlighted in the Opening Ceremony.


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    Dec
    01
    Last day for early registration discount for Southern Section Meeting


    The Annual Meeting of the ASAS Southern Section will be held in Franklin, Tenn., February 4–7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Early registration discount ends today, December 1st at 11:59 PM CDT.

    Register online now. A printable registration form is also available.  

    Here is some additional meeting information:

    Housing
    A block of rooms has been set aside for this meeting. Please see the reservation information below to secure a room for your stay during the meeting. Please make your reservations early, as these rooms will go fast.


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    Nov
    29
    Giving Tuesday: Donate to the ASAS Foundation


    ASAS Foundation Recognizes Members on Giving Tuesday

    Each year we receive thousands of emails announcing Black Friday Specials, Small Business Saturday Incentives and Cyber Monday Deals, but we receive far fewer advertisements for a day when we can truly make a difference: Giving Tuesday!

    This year the ASAS Foundation asks that you give to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday! An ASAS Foundation gift can have a lifetime impact. Most gifts to the ASAS Foundation are to one of our many Appreciation Clubs – these Clubs are set up to honor and pay tribute to animal scientists who have made great impacts throughout their careers. The clubs serve double duty, first to honor and remind us of their namesakes and second to provide funds to  directly support ASAS members! Visit the ASAS Foundation website to learn about all the clubs.

    Today the Foundation is actively fundraising for the following clubs:


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    Nov
    28
    What does a Trump presidency mean for science?


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    Everyone is scrambling to understand how the election of Donald J. Trump will impact the science and technology enterprise. In short, we know very little. Science, agriculture, and natural resources were nearly nonexistent topics in the campaign. Having never held elective office there is also no Trump record to serve as a guide.

    Most decisions of funding and research priorities are determined by Congress and the political leadership of science agencies. The people selected to serve in key leadership roles will be key indicators of his priorities. The clearest indication of Trump’s views on federal science funding can be found in answers to the questionnaire developed by ScienceDebate. The answers seem to recognize the importance of federal investments in research, but his responses are short on detail. The Washington Post tries to provide some insight into Trump’s science priorities from previous statements and interviews.

    Related reading in Taking Stock: Here’s some advice for you, President Trump, from scientists


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    Nov
    28
    Advice for President-elect Trump


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    The voters have chosen Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. So now it’s time for scientists to share their thoughts with the business tycoon who triumphed over both Democrat Hillary Clinton and much of the Republican party he represented in the election. There’s been almost no interaction between the science community and the campaign over the past 18 months. Most academics didn’t support Trump and never expected him to beat Clinton. Trump operatives didn’t do any outreach to the scientific establishment, and its agenda wasn’t addressed during the campaign. But now that Trump will be occupying the Oval Office for the next 4 years, researchers want him to know what they think it will take to preserve and strengthen the scientific enterprise.

    Read the full article.

    Related reading in Taking Stock: What does a Trump presidency mean for science?


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    Nov
    28
    Who will hold key science leadership jobs?


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    The U.S. election is over. Come January, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the new president, and dozens of freshly elected lawmakers will join the new Congress (the 115th). What will the election results mean for the leadership of the key agencies and congressional committees that shape U.S. science funding and policy? Here’s a quick guide to who is in, who is out, and who is not going anywhere.

    Read the full article.


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    Nov
    28
    Nominations open for 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award


    Nominations are open for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers. Application deadline is February 6, 2017.

    Learn more and apply here.


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    Nov
    28
    Obama: 'Follow the science' on GMOs, antibiotics


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    In assessing the value of GMOs and antibiotics in animal agriculture, policy should “follow the science,” President Barack Obama said in a recent interview with Bill Maher. “It is important to look at the science on this stuff,” Obama said, when asked about the role of nutrition and corporate agriculture in the country’s health. It was one of the few times during his presidency that Obama was asked directly about a thorny food and agriculture issue.

    Read the full article.


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    Nov
    28
    AnimalX nominations due this week


    AnimalX
    Nominations for AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks are due December 1, by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).The AnimalX talks will kick off the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. To nominate potential speakers, select “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    Presentations should tie back to the meeting theme: “Animals and Science: Ensuring Food Security.” Presentations are expected to last a maximum of five minutes.

    When nominating a potential speaker, please provide a detailed description of the person, the topic you expect him/her to talk about and why this person should be highlighted in the Opening Ceremony.


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