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  • May
    16
    New articles in JAS First Look


    Several new articles have been added to the First Look section of the Journal of Animal Science.

    First Look articles are posted immediately following acceptance to provide faster publication and better access to the newest research.

    These articles are posted prior to technical editing, author proofing, and formatting.

    The articles below were added to First Look between May 8 and May 11. Access the full text of each article in First Look. To view articles, you must have a current subscription to the Journal of Animal Science.


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  • May
    15
    Important deadlines for Annual Meeting


    Some important deadlines are approaching for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show, July 8-12, in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Registration rates increase after May 26!

    Housing is filling up. Please make your reservations by June 19!

    Access more important deadlines, as well as the Draft Schedule and Abstracts.


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  • May
    15
    AFIA to host consumer communications webinar


    The American Feed Industry Association is hosting a webinar series, beginning May 18.

    The first webinar in the series will focus on “How to Communicate with Consumers.” The webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 18. It will take a look at the latest Center for Food Integrity research to uncover what information consumers are seeking, specifically about GMOs, antibiotic use and animal well-being.

    Register for the consumer communications webinar!

     


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  • May
    15
    At Annual: Small Ruminants as Biomedical Models of Human Health and Disease





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  • May
    12
    Vote: 2017-2018 ASAS National Elections


    As a member of the American Society of Animal Science, you have the opportunity to vote for President-Elect and three Directors-at-Large to serve on the Board of Directors of ASAS. The term of office for each will be three years. You also have the opportunity to vote for a Graduate Director to serve on the ASAS Board for a two-year term. Terms for these offices begin at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

    Click here to Vote

    For the 2017-2018 election cycle, the ASAS National Board seeks to fill the following positions:

    President-Elect:


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  • May
    12
    Recording of teaching webinar available


    A recording of the Western Section ASAS (WSASAS) Teaching Webinar is now available online. Hear the audio and view the slides at your leisure!

    During the webinar, guest speaker Loren Baranko, lecturer and internship coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University, discussed:


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  • May
    12
    Made your hotel reservation yet?





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  • May
    12
    In Memory: Dr. Alvin Warnick


    Dr. Alvin Warnick, a longtime ASAS member and pioneer in beef cattle reproduction, died Sunday, May 7, at the age of 96.

    Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, paid tribute to Dr. Warnick in the Florida Cattleman & Livestock Journal upon Dr. Warnick’s induction into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. That tribute is as follows:

    Alvin Warnick was rousted out of his bunk at 2 a.m. and summoned to a tarmac to check radio equipment on planes.

    The planes participated in the D-Day invasion. Warnick remembered that every single one of his planes and pilots returned to base in England safely.


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  • May
    12
    Image of the Week:


    How many cells are in this bovine embryo? The answer lies in the Animal Science Image Gallery.

    If you need to know now… This is a bovine embryo with about 16 cells, as it would appear in the uterus of a cow about 4 days after ovulation. The diameter of this embryo (about 0.1 mm) likely changed little from that immediately after fertilization. Credit for this image goes to Dr. Harold Hafs and Hoard’s Dairyman. Dr. Hafs has been a longtime advocate of the Gallery and played an integral role in the development of the Gallery several years ago.

    Search the many categories available in the Gallery and download or submit images today!

    Photo Credit: Harold Hafs


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  • May
    12
    In the news...


    A team of researchers in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources is working to reduce the effects of social, environmental and nutritional stressors on young piglets by showing how the anti-inflammatory drug cortisol and its analogs can regulate a pig’s immune system, allowing it to grow normally.

    To that end, assistant professor Anoosh Rakhshandeh and his collaborators, professor John McGlone and research assistant professor Arlene Garcia-Marquez, all from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, received a grant for $296,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

    The funded research proposal focuses on the use of cortisol analogs (CA) as an alternative to antibiotics. “We hypothesized that cortisol analogs mitigate the negative effects of immunological stress and improve digestive physiology and overall productivity and robustness of the newly weaned pigs,” Rakhshandeh said in this press release. “In addition, we will explore the underlying mechanism through which cortisol analogs improve the productivity and welfare of piglets.”

    The goal is to minimize the impact stress has on newly weaned pigs, which could lead to the production of a more robust and resilient pig. Read more about the research.


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  • May
    12
    WSASAS Elections


    Western Section Members:

    For the 2017-2018 election cycle, the Western Section must fill positions for Secretary-Treasurer and Western Section Graduate Director. The election ballots will close at 11:59 pm CDT on June 1, 2017.

    This year’s candidates are:

    Secretary -Treasurer – Dr. Reinaldo Cooke (to serve a four-year term, which includes one year as Secretary-Treasurer, one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past President)
    Western Section Graduate Director – Kathryn Smith and Maggie Weinroth (one candidate to serve a two-year term)


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  • May
    09
    May issue of JAS now online


    The May 2017 issue of the Journal of Animal Science is now available online. Access the Table of Contents of the May issue (Volume 95, Issue 5).



    Also, see what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.


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  • May
    09
    PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium


    The PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium: All About Appetite Regulation will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017, from 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM, in the Baltimore Convention Center.


    The symposium is chaired by Dr. Yanhong Liu, University of California, Davis.

    Invited speakers include:


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  • May
    09
    Help review TAS


    There are recent additions to the Open Review and First Look sections of Translational Animal Science. Here’s one: “Comparative Study on the Relations Between Backfat Thickness in Late-Pregnant Gilts, Mammary Development and Piglet Growth.” Add your comments online today!

    Comment on articles in Open Review!

    Get the First Look.

    Read the Table of Contents of the latest issue.


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  • May
    08
    No fee for Graduate Student Symposium at Annual


    It was incorrectly listed in this Taking Stock article that there is a $10 fee for the Graduate Student Symposium at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. This event is free. It is scheduled for Monday, July 10, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
    However, there is a $10 cost to attend the ASAS Graduate Student Mixer on Sunday, July 9, and $10 to attend the ASAS Graduate Student Networking Lunch on Monday, July 10.

    Please be sure to carve out time to attend the symposium and add the Graduate Student Mixer and the Graduate Student Networking Lunch to your registration today!


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  • May
    08
    Photo caption correction


    A photo caption in a recent Taking Stock article entitled “Animal Scientist in the News” has been corrected. The people pictured in the photo are Chris Calkins and Govindarajan Konda Naganathan, and not Jeyam Subbiah as previously listed. We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.


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  • May
    05
    An evening at the National Aquarium


    Inside Aquarium
    Baltimore’s National Aquarium offers an underwater world of beautiful and unusual animals and habitats.

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  • May
    05
    Now accepting WSASAS Grad Student Director nominations


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    This is a 2-year appointment that will require 5 – 20 hours per month (time will vary depending upon the time of the year).

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  • May
    04
    Animal scientist in the news


    (Photo caption updated May 5, 2017)

    Dr. Chris Calkins, professor of animal science, and Dr. Jeyam Subbiah, professor of biological systems engineering, received the Innovation Business of the Year award from the Nebraska Business Development Center for their faculty startup company Goldfinch Solutions. The company is pioneering multispectral imaging technology to identify tender beef at the packing stage of production. According to this press release the technology “is capable of predicting whether a piece of meat will be tender, intermediate or tough with very high accuracy.”

    “We feel cattle that rate ‘Choice’ also merit a tenderness guarantee,” Calkins said in the press release. “If we can screen those cattle and provide that guarantee, we believe consumers would pay a premium for that meat.”

    Photo: Nebraska Business Development Center


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  • May
    04
    Judges needed at Annual


    We are in need of judges for student poster presentations at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This is a great way to connect with and mentor our undergraduate and graduate members!

    A total of 70 student presentations (poster presentations only) have been accepted for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The Ph.D. poster competition takes place on Sunday, July 9, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The M.S. poster competition is Monday, July 10, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The undergraduate poster competition is scheduled for Tues., July 11, between 7:15-9:15 a.m.

    If you are willing to serve as a judge please contact Dr. Mike Tokach [mtokach@ksu.edu; 785-532-2032].

    The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is July 8-12, in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the 2017 Annual Meeting website for registration, housing, and program information. A draft schedule also is available.


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