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    Nov
    17
    Midwest award nominations due tomorrow


    Nominations for 2017 Midwest Section awards are due tomorrow, November 18, at 11:59 PM (CDT). Submit award nominations here.

    Midwest ASAS awards include:

    Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award

    Outstanding Young Researcher Award


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    Nov
    17
    TAS now accepting submissions


    The new ASAS journal, Translational Animal Science (TAS) , is now accepting article submissions. The journal is open access and the first animal science journal to offer open review.

    Submit articles to TAS at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/asas-tas

    Read previous Taking Stock articles for more information about TAS:

    ASAS launches new journal


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    Nov
    17
    GLNC abstracts available as JAS supplement


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    Abstracts and full articles from the 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC), held July 17 to 19, 2016, are now available as a supplement to the Journal of Animal Science.

    Visit the Volume 94, Issue supplement 6, November 2016 Table of Contents for more information.

    Access additional ASAS publications, educational tools, and web programming through the ASAS Publications Page.


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    Nov
    14
    ASAS launches new journal


    The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) is excited to add a 4th journal to our growing publications portfolio. The new journal: Translational Animal Science (TAS)  is on the forefront of a changing scientific publication landscape. Not only is it open access, but TAS is the first animal science journal to venture into the realm of open review.

    Papers submitted to TAS will still undergo the rigors associated with peer review but the process will be modified to have one closed (e.g., anonymous or traditional) review followed by a period of online open review (review by public comment). The online open review comments will be monitored to ensure fairness. The closed review, public comments and review will be forwarded with the decision from a section editor to authors. If the paper is accepted, authors will be given time to incorporate closed and open comments. Once the final manuscript is accepted, the open comments and initial submission will be removed from the online publication and replaced by the final published paper. If the paper is rejected, the paper and comments are removed from the website at that time.

    TAS began inviting papers in October; therefore, we already have papers slated for publication on January 1, 2017 available in First Look:

    Fetal and Organ Development at Gestational Days 45, 90, 135 and at Birth of Lambs Exposed to Under- or Over-Nutrition During Gestation1, 2, 3 – Kristen Govoni


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    Nov
    14
    November JAS now online


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    Also, see what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.

    Visit the JAS Archives.


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    Nov
    14
    Part I: Brand influences steak palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    We all have our favorite brands of clothing, electronics, furniture, and many other everyday items. At the grocery store, branding sways consumers’ purchasing decisions, and as it turns out, beef is no exception.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently conducted two trials to determine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks. The results of these trials — the first of their kind to demonstrate the influence of branding on palatability ratings — can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Access The effect of branding on consumer palatability ratings of beef strip loin steaks and Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties. An interpretive summary of the ground beef trial is available in this Taking Stock article.

    During the strip loin trial, consumer panelists participated in two rounds on the same day. During the first round, consumers were “blind” to the brand and were not given product information prior to sampling the beef. During the second round, consumers were informed of brand and USDA quality grade before they ate the beef. Consumers were asked to evaluate their beef strip loin samples based on tenderness, juiciness, flavor liking, and overall liking, and then rate each palatability trait as either acceptable or unacceptable. The results were quite remarkable.


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    Nov
    14
    Part II: Brand influences ground beef palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on the influence of retail brands on consumer palatability ratings of strip loin steaks and ground beef.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently reported results of two trials that examine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks.

    A summary of the results of the first trial involving strip loin steaks can be found in this Taking Stock article. Results of the second trial involving ground beef can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science in an article entitled Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties.


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    Nov
    10
    Nominate AnimalX speakers


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    The first ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show will kick off with AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks. Nominate potential AnimalX speakers by selecting “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    We are looking for dynamic presentations that 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.

    Nominations are due December 1, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).


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    Nov
    10
    Submit abstracts for Annual Meeting


    Abstract submission for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is now open.

    Members are encouraged to submit original research, teaching, and extension papers. Abstracts should consist of original, completed work that has not been accepted for publication in a journal. Authors need to be aware of patent considerations before submitting abstracts for publication.

    Criteria for acceptance or rejection will include those outlined on the Call for Papers page, as well as originality, clarity, and merit. Consolidation of results into one combined paper is urged whenever possible.

    There is a required $30 technology fee per abstract due upon submission. This fee helps mitigate the cost of e-Posters and the Virtual Meeting.


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    Nov
    10
    Need lab equipment?


    Lab equipment getting old? Find the equipment, services and supplies you need at the ASAS Animal Science Resource Directory! Browse more than a dozen categories, or search the site for a specific product or service.

    Categories include:

    Animal Handling Equipment

    Animal Health/Monitoring


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    Nov
    07
    Give the gift of Jr. Animal Scientist


    Looking for a Christmas gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for child? Give a gift subscription to Jr. Animal Scientist. The magazine is ideal for ages 5-9, so sign up those K-3rd graders!

    You also may want to give a local elementary school classroom a classroom subscription. The cost is just $5 per student.

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

    We always welcome your ideas for upcoming issues. The magazine is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Thank you to those who have already suggested ideas for our 2017 issues. Keep the ideas coming! Email kims@asas.org


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    Nov
    07
    Visit the Image Gallery today!


    Have you been to the ASAS Animal Science Image Gallery lately? The gallery, housed at animalimagegallery.org, provides images, animations, and short videos for classroom and outreach learning.

    To supplement the visual information, each file has a description and metadata, including the origin and ownership of the image. Downloading any image within the gallery is free for ASAS members and only $5 per image for non-members. Each file in the gallery has had at least two peer reviews to optimize the image and its metadata, and to ensure that the information is sufficient and accurate.

    Submitting an image to the gallery is easy! There is no submission fee for ASAS members and only a $25 fee (per image) for non-members.

    There are more than 45 searchable categories in the gallery, and more than 600 images, so be sure to stop by the site and submit or download images today!


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    Nov
    07
    2017 Southern Section Meeting: Important dates


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Register today! Discounted rates end December 1.

    Early Registration Deadline – Discounted rates end December 1, 2016.


    Housing Deadline is January 13, 2017.

    Franklin Marriott Cool Springs


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    Nov
    07
    2017 Midwest Meeting: Important dates


    The annual meeting of the Midwestern Section ASAS and Midwest Branch ADSA® will be held in Omaha, NE, on March 13-15, 2017. Discounted registration rates available. Register today!

    Early Registration Deadline – Discounted rates end February 13, 2017

    Housing Deadline is February 20, 2017.


    2017 Award Nominations Deadline – November 18, 2016, 11:59 PM CDT


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    Nov
    03
    Southern Section award nominations


    Southern Section Members: The deadline for award nominations is this Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    There are numerous Southern Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contribution 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 here.

    Also, please note that the Graduate Student Representative Nomination Deadline is this Friday, November 4, 2016.

    Not yet registered for the 2017 meeting? Register online today. Early registration deadline is December 1, 2016. Housing deadline is January 13, 2017.


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    Nov
    03
    Midwest Meeting important dates


    The annual meeting of the Midwestern Section ASAS and Midwest Branch ADSA® will be held in Omaha, NE, on March 13-15, 2017. Additional meeting information may be found at the 2017 Midwest Meeting site.

    Please note these important dates:

    Award Nominations Deadline: November 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM (CDT)

    Abstract Decisions Announced: December 9, 2016


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    Nov
    03
    WSASAS award nominations now being accepted


    Members of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS): Please nominate your colleagues for a WSASAS award. The WSASAS will give $50 to the nominators of each award winner! So, if you nominate a colleague for an award and they win, you receive $50 to boost the celebration events or put in your pocket. The deadline for award nominations is April 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT.

    The WSASAS awards are:

    The WSASAS uses these prestigious awards to showcase the contributions and accomplishments of its outstanding members. Therefore, you, as a nominator, provide an important service to the WSASAS by nominating worthy colleagues. More importantly, you honor your fellow colleagues by taking time to demonstrate to others their valuable contribution to WSASAS and agriculture.

    Unfortunately, the Awards Committee receives only a few nominations each year; sometimes just one nomination per award. Please realize that very generous donors sponsor each award and provide monetary gifts for the winners.


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    Nov
    03
    WSASAS now accepting Young Scholar nominations


    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) in 2017. WSASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. Each recipient will receive a plaque, complimentary meeting registration to the 2017 ASAS Western Section Meeting, waived page charges for Proceedings and a $350.00 monetary award. These recipients will also provide an abstract and proceedings paper and give a 30-minute invited presentation about their graduate program.

    The YSRP nominations can be submitted online until February 1, 2017. Information and guidelines for the YSRP are posted online.

    Young Scholar Recognition Program nominations are due February 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM CDT.


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    Nov
    01
    Recording of genomics Snack & Fact available


    Nov. 1, 2016 – A recording of the October 24th Snack & Fact briefing on “Food Animal Production in the Genomics Era” is now available. Three ASAS delegates were in Washington D.C. to present the briefing and meet with stakeholder groups.

    ASAS delegates included guest speakers Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS staff. Dr. Julie McClure, ACSESS Science Policy Manager, and Karl Anderson, Director of Government Relations for ACSESS (Agronomy, Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies), accompanied the group for the day. After the briefing, the delegates met with the legislative assistants for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2).

    Access the audio recording and PowerPoint presentation from the genomics briefing.

    For a recap of the Oct. 24 Snack & Fact, read ASAS hosts Snack & Fact.


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    Nov
    01
    2016 Borlaug Dialogue


    By Dr. Cassie Welch, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    Nov. 1, 2016 – The World Food Prize hosted its annual Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 12-14. This year’s event focused on the theme “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” and celebrated the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize. The international symposium brought together world leaders, policy makers, business executives, scientists, and farmers to address critical issues surrounding global food security. During the symposium week, the World Food Prize also coordinated a number of side events, including the Global Youth Institute. Exceptional high school students and their teachers from the United States and other countries participated in the institute, whereby student delegates discussed solutions to global food security issues, networked with global food security experts, and toured agricultural industry and research facilities in Iowa.

    The World Food Prize has come to be known as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” because it recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have made a significant impact on human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The 2016 World Food Prize Laureates – Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis – developed and implemented the most successful example of micronutrient and vitamin biofortification – the orange-flesh sweet potato. Their efforts have led to the enhanced nutrition and health of more than 10 million people and the potential to reach millions more with biofortified crops in the coming years.

    To read more about the four distinguished Laureates and their work, click here.


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