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    Oct
    13
    We're starting a new journal!


    Oct. 13, 2016 – ASAS is pleased to announce the creation and launch of a new journal: Translational Animal Science: Translate basic science to industry innovation. This new journal will join the ASAS journal portfolio, increasing publications options for our members and moving ASAS further into the open-access arena. It will revolutionize the review process by introducing open review to our members. As our first step in launching, we would like the membership to vote on the cover design.

    If you’re an ASAS member, you should have received an email on October 7, asking you to vote for your favorite cover design for the new Translational Animal Science journal. Please check your email for this opportunity to vote.

    Thank you in advance for your feedback. ASAS will keep you informed as our new Translational Animal Science journal develops.


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    Oct
    07
    Help us update AnimalSmart.org


    Help ASAS update content at the AnimalSmart.org website! We need experts to review the following content areas at the website. They are considered hot topics in animal science and production.  If you can help provide credible science-based information to update these areas, please email kims@asas.org

    Antibiotic use in livestock production

    Welfare concerns for animal housing

    Humane types of animal slaughter


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    Oct
    06
    Nominations open for Midwest Young Scholars


    Oct. 6, 2016 – Midwest Young Scholar nominations now open!

    Here are guidelines for the ADSA Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholars and ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholars. Young Scholar nominations are due Oct. 21, 2016. Midwestern Section Department Heads are asked to canvas faculty to determine all eligible students.

    The purpose of these programs is to recognize and feature the research accomplishments of recent Ph.D. graduates or current Ph.D. students in the advanced stages of their program (i.e. within 12 months of degree completion) at the annual Midwestern ADSA/ASAS meetings. Both ADSA and ASAS recognize promising individuals separately as either an ADSA Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholar or an ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholar.

    These programs provide promising scholars within the Midwest Branch ADSA and Midwestern Section ASAS with opportunities to present timely research findings to an audience of academic and industry professionals in a forum that allows in-depth discussion of contemporary research techniques and findings. Invited participants in each program will present a 30-minute presentation on their dissertation topic at the Midwest ADSA/ASAS annual meeting. Inclusion of such presentations bolsters the quality and scope of graduate student research that is reported at Midwest ADSA/ASAS meetings and allows our associations to highlight the next generation of scientists who will be serving the Societies in the future. The intent of the Young Scholars Program is to recognize accomplishments of students in many disciplines through an invited presentation format; it is not intended as a competition.


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    Oct
    06
    Southern Section award nominations now open


    Oct. 6, 2016 – Nominations for 2017 Southern Section Awards are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 pm CDT on Friday, November 4, 2016.

    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.

    The deadline for award nominations is 11:59 pm CDT on Friday, November 4, 2016.

     


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    Oct
    06
    ASAS office closed on Columbus Day


    Oct. 6, 2016 – The ASAS office will be closed on Mon., Oct. 10, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Taking Stock also will not be published on Mon., Oct. 10. Normal office hours will resume on Tues., Oct. 11 at 8:00 a.m. (CST). Taking Stock will resume publication on Thurs., Oct. 13.


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    Oct
    03
    Constitution and Bylaws updated


    Oct. 3, 2016 – The ASAS Constitution and Bylaws have been updated to reflect results of membership votes on changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. Access to the updated ASAS Constitution and Bylaws is available here. The revisions also are provided here.


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    Oct
    03
    Registration open for National Block & Bridle Convention


    Oct. 3, 2016 – The 97th National Block & Bridle Convention will be held March 31-April 2, 2017, in Arlington, Va. The convention will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington. The meeting theme is “Scientific Voice in Agriculture.” Registration is now open!

    The convention is co-hosted by the University of Connecticut and the American Society of Animal Science.

    Housing information is available here.  Learn more about local attractions and transportation.

    Here is the preliminary meeting schedule:


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    Sep
    30
    Southern Section - Abstract collection ends tomorrow


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, TN on February 4 through February 7, 2017.
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

    Members are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers for oral presentation.The deadline to submit an abstract for this meeting is October 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT. Abstracts not meeting this deadline will be rejected. All abstracts must be submitted electronically. Other criteria for acceptance or rejection will include those outlined on the Call for Papers page.

    Presenters will be expected to submit PowerPoint presentations to the respective committee chair in advance of the meeting (more details will be provided by the respective chair). Committee chairs will provide a computer with all presentations pre-loaded and a video projector for their session. Any other video presentation equipment must be provided by the presenter.
    Visit the 2017 Southern Section, ASAS Annual Meeting website often for updates:

    https://www.asas.org/membership-services/asas-sections/southern-section/meetings
    If you have any questions, please contact the ASAS Program Director, Samantha Walker, at samwa@asas.org.


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    Sep
    29
    In memory: Dr. William Garrett


    September 29, 2016 – Dr. William N. Garrett, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, passed away on September 18, 2016. Dr. Garrett, age 90, was an ASAS Fellow and a Past President of ASAS. He received the ASAS Morrison Award and was a recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award in Nutrition Research.

    Dr. Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, writes: For those of you who did not know Bill, he was a longstanding faculty member in the Department of Animal Science, served as department chair, and received many accolades for his research in nutrition. He was instrumental in developing a comprehensive approach for feed evaluation, the California Net Energy System, served as President of the American Society of Animal Science (1983-1984), and was a leader at the national level for beef and sheep nutrition.

    Beyond those professional attributes, Bill was a great mentor and colleague. From a personal perspective, Bill introduced me to nutrition research, allowing me to intern in his laboratory in Hart Hall as an undergraduate.  I am grateful for his kindness, wit, wisdom, and generosity of spirit.  I am sure many have personal recollections of Bill.

    The family has let me know that there will not be a service but asks that if you would like to remember him at this time, to take a hike or go fishing, which is something Bill would surely appreciate.


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    Sep
    29
    Recording of Snack & Fact available


    Sept. 29, 2016 – A recording of the September 26th Snack & Fact briefing on the microbiome is now available. Five ASAS delegates were in Washington D.C. to present the briefing and meet with stakeholder groups.

    ASAS delegates included guest speakers Kelly Swanson and Juan Loor, both with the University of Illinois. ASAS Public Policy Committee members Teresa Davis and Casey Bradley attended, as well as Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS staff. 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. They helped coordinate the briefing and lunch, as well as a stakeholder meeting with Congressman Rodney Davis’s office. The delegates also met with representatives from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

    The audio recording and PowerPoint presentation from the briefing are available here.

    ASAS representatives head back to D.C. for a Snack & Fact briefing on genomics on Monday, October 24 at noon in the Longworth House Office Building. Please email kims@asas.org if you have suggestions of stakeholder and legislative policy groups that ASAS should meet with that day.


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    Sep
    29
    Rangelands subject of new issue of Jr. Animal Scientist


    Sept. 29, 2016 – The September 2016 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist magazine will soon be in the hands of our Jr. Animal Scientist members. The issue focuses on types of rangeland grazing animals and plants, as well as the different digestive tracts of rangeland animals. The issue also includes a ruminant digestive system maze, and a fun “match-the-animal-to-its-mouth” activity. Kids also can go to AnimalSmart.org to read a fun short story about cud chewing.

    Special thanks to our friends at the Society for Range Management (SRM) for contributing the content and photos for the September issue! This is the second issue made possible with the help of SRM members. Guest contributors included: Lisa Page, Sarah Noelle, Sandra Johnson, Kathleen Delzell, and Theresa Becchetti.

    Be part of our outreach and education efforts by contributing content to our 2017 issues of Jr. Animal Scientist! Contact kims@asas.org with your ideas.

    Jr. Animal Scientist makes a great gift for kids in K-3rd grades. Give an individual, family, or classroom/group subscription today!


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    Sep
    29
    October issue of Animal Frontiers now online


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    Sept. 29, 2016 – The October 2016 issue of Animal Frontiers is now available online. The theme of the issue is “The Use of Performance-Enhancing Technologies in Global Livestock Production.”



    Dr. Anna Dilger and Dr. Dustin Boler, both with the University of Illinois, serve as guest editors of the October issue. In addition to their editorial, the issue includes seven feature articles:

    “Metabolic modifiers as performance-enhancing technologies for livestock production,” by F.R. Dunshea, D.N. D’Souza and H.A. Channon.


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    Sep
    28
    Call for Platform Speakers ends today



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    Sep
    26
    20 Questions - A presidential science debate


    By Penny Riggs, Chair, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    Sept. 26, 2016 – More than 50 of America’s leading non-partisan science and engineering organizations collaborated to pose 20 questions related to science, engineering, technology, health, and environmental issues to major party presidential candidates. Four candidates, Hillary Clinton (Democrat), Donald Trump (Republican), Gary Johnson (Libertarian), and Jill Stein (G) recently responded.

    These 20 questions provide more insight into the candidates’ platforms regarding agriculture and science, which was the subject of a previous Taking Stock article. The questions address many topics important for animal agriculture and agricultural research, including innovation, research, climate change, water, food, and more. Full responses can be found at sciencedebate.org.

    All of the candidates describe their support for the value of scientific discovery and innovation for the benefit of the US economy and overall American well-being – with each offering slightly different specific details (Q1 & Q2).


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    Sep
    26
    ASAS heading back to D.C. in October


    Sept. 26, 2016 – ASAS representatives are in Washington D.C. today to host a Snack & Fact briefing on the microbiome. Next month we’ll host a genomics briefing on Mon., October 24. Plan to join us!The briefing will be held at noon (EST) on Mon., Oct. 24, in the House Agriculture Committee room, 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. The hour-long briefing focuses on the subject of genomics, which was featured in this issue of Animal Frontiers. A light lunch will be provided.

    The goal of the ASAS Snack & Fact briefings is to share information about topics affecting animal agriculture and to serve as a resource for attendees, including congressional staffers and key stakeholders. Guest speakers at the October 24th genomics briefing include Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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    Sep
    26
    You're Invited: FFAR Public Board session


    Sept. 26, 2016 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Board of Directors invites you to attend the Foundation’s second annual Public Board Meeting Session on Wed., Oct. 5. As we celebrate the one year anniversary of our inaugural Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey, it is energizing to reflect on the milestones we have crossed in the past 12 months. We look forward to sharing our recent progress with you, including the latest updates on current programs and the Foundation’s future direction.

    Please register to attend by Monday, September 26. For those unable to join us: A recap of information presented will be posted on the FFAR website immediately following the event.

    Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Public Session

    When: Wednesday, October 5
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m


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    Sep
    22
    Jr. Animal Scientist makes a great gift


    Sept. 22, 2016 – Looking for the perfect kid’s birthday present? 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 subscription!

    We always welcome your ideas for upcoming issues! The magazine is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November.


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    Sep
    19
    Symposium brings together human and animal perinatal experts


    By Dr. Larry Reynolds, Taking Stock Contributor

    The 6th Aspen/Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium was held August 27-30, 2016 at the Viceroy Hotel and Conference Center in Snowmass, CO.

    The topic of the symposium recognized that ‘Developmental Origins of Health and Disease,’ or simply ‘Developmental Programming,’ is critical for life-long health and productivity. Developmental Programming is the concept that ‘developmental insults’ during fetal life or infancy ‘program’ development, such that organ structure or function, or both, are permanently altered. The topic also recognized that although the concept was originally developed using human epidemiological observations, primarily by the research team led by Dr. David Barker working at the University of Southampton, UK, researchers have subsequently confirmed Barker’s observations, and at least some of the mechanisms involved, using animal models.

    Major themes addressed by the twenty-nine invited speakers were:


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    Sep
    19
    USDA recognizes Animal Handling and Welfare Panel with prestigious award


    By Dr. Larry Reynolds, Taking Stock Contributor

    Sept. 19, 2016 – The Agricultural Research Service’s Animal Handling and Welfare Review Panel (ARS-AHWRP) received the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award during ceremonies held September 12-13 in Washington D.C. Members of the Panel, all of whom were present to receive the award, included Aaron Olsen, Chair, Utah State University; Lonny Dixon, University of Missouri; Stephen Ford, University of Wyoming; Mo Salman, Colorado State University; and John Clifford, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, Ex-Officio Member.

    Michele Esch, Executive Director of the USDA’s Research, Education and Economics Advisory Board Office, coordinated the Panel. The ceremonies were held at USDA headquarters in the Jamie L. Whitten building on the National Mall.

    A successor to the Secretary’s Honor Award, the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award was established in 2014 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Secretary of Agriculture. The award recognizes “noteworthy accomplishments that significantly contribute to the advancement of USDA’s strategic goals, mission objectives, and overall management excellence.” The theme for this year’s ceremony was, “USDA – Strong Service and Superior Results.”


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    Sep
    19
    New JAS section titles


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    Sept. 19, 2016 – The Journal of Animal Science has expanded its list of section titles. The publication now offers 40 section titles for authors to choose from when submitting papers to JAS. Dr. Jim Sartin, JAS Editor-in-Chief, says the new section titles increase the choices available to authors and allow them to be more specific when choosing a section that represents their papers. Following is the complete list of section titles for JAS. Section titles will run on an as-needed basis within the table of contents. More information can be found in the Instructions for Authors.

     


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