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    Reynolds awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Larry P. Reynolds was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Research Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Reynolds’ research career has focused on improving both fertility (i.e., the ability to conceive and to establish a pregnancy) and pregnancy outcomes (i.e., healthy offspring) in livestock. These problems have major scientific, socioeconomic, and health implications for humans as well.

    Along with numerous collaborators, Dr. Reynolds helped establish the importance of placental vascular growth and blood flow to placental function. They also developed methods to evaluate the rate of cell turnover in vivo. More recently, Dr. Reynolds and colleagues have shown that altered placental vascular development and function are mediators by which maternal stressors, such as malnutrition, environmental factors, and assisted reproductive technologies, ‘program’ pre- and postnatal well-being and productivity.


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    Hill awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Gretchen Myers Hill was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Teaching Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Hill earned degrees from the University of Kentucky, Purdue University, and Michigan State University (MSU).  She was on the faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri before returning to MSU. She is known as “the professor who never gives up on students.” At MSU, she introduced group learning, developed case studies, wrote on-line texts for students in animal science and writing, and utilized clicker technology.

    Under Dr. Hill’s supervision, undergraduate students have conducted research studies and presented their findings in ASAS competition. She follows students’ careers and stays in contact with them. Dr. Hill has served as advisor to the Block and Bridle Club, and departmental, college, and university curriculum committees.


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    Beermann awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Donald H. Beermann was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Administration Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    For 17 years, Dr. Beermann served as Head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Director of the UNL Institutional Animal Care Program and Research Compliance, Interim Director of the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Interim Associate Dean of the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. He became Chair of the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University (ISU) on January 5, 2015.

    At UNL, Dr. Beermann hired 15 faculty, increased undergraduate enrollment by 35%, and expanded and improved Animal Science programs and facilities. He led efforts to improve animal facilities for the School of Biological Sciences and supervised a three-year, $15 million renovation of a 40,000 sq. ft. research animal facility, which he also managed.


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    Fahey awarded ASAS Morrison Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. George C. Fahey, Jr. is the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Morrison Award, presented to him this week during the ASAS annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Fahey is Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences and Kraft Foods Endowed Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An overarching theme of his research is gastrointestinal tract health and the role of macronutrients in the digestive physiology, microbial ecology, and health of the gut. Dr. Fahey’s early contributions were in the area of ruminant nutrition where he studied plant cell wall biochemistry and its impact on forage utilization by cattle. Since the late 1980’s, Dr. Fahey’s species emphasis has been companion animals.

    As a result of Dr. Fahey’s research, new dietary formulations and feeding strategies have been implemented by health care professionals and pet food manufacturers for animals at various physiological states and for those experiencing health problems. His research is characterized by high standards with respect to concept development, originality of approach, creativity in experimental design, and objective interpretation of data.


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    Chico tops AQ competition


    July 21, 2016 – The 2016 National ASAS Academic Quadrathlon results are in, and top honors go to the team of undergraduates from California State University, Chico! Second place went to Texas A&M University, followed by Purdue University and the University of Rhode Island. Congratulations to all four teams on a close competition and a job well done!

    The competition took place earlier this week at Utah State University in Logan. Results were announced at the ASAS Awards Program in Salt Lake City by Dr. Joel Yelich, Chair of the ASAS Academic Quadrathlon Committee. Here is a breakdown of the results:

     

     


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    JAM Opening BBQ: The place to be


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    July 20, 2016 – The JAM Opening BBQ, held last night at This is the Place Heritage Park near Salt Lake City, gave attendees the chance to enjoy scenic views, great food and fun with colleagues, family, and friends.

    Be sure to visit the ASAS social media sites below, and share your 2016 JAM memories with us!

    Twitter: @CritterChatter

    Facebook


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    2016 JAM convenes in Salt Lake City


    July 20, 2016 – “Animals and Science: Big Solutions for Grand Challenges” was a fitting theme for the Opening Session of the 2016 ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting, held last night at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

    The program began with a welcome message from ASAS President, Dr. Michael Looper. Dr. Looper recognized and thanked our partnering societies and staffs, the JAM Program Committees, and Program Chair Dr. Shawn Archibeque. Please join us in thanking our partnering societies, as well as the many individuals who served on the JAM Program Committees. Please also join us in thanking our many JAM sponsors.

    Dr. Archibeque welcomed international attendees to JAM. This year, 37 countries are represented at JAM.

    The evening included presentation of the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award. This year’s recipient is Dr. Donald Mahan, The Ohio State University. Dr. Gretchen Hill, Michigan State University, accepted the award on Dr. Mahan’s behalf.


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    Brat and ice cream entries battle it out


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    July 20, 2016 – In addition to great BBQ, sides, and dessert, JAM attendees at last night’s Opening BBQ, held at This is the Place Heritage Park, had the chance to sample 14 brats entered in the Battle of the Brats competition.

    Gallons and gallons of ice cream also were on hand for attendees to sample and vote for their favorite entry in the Big Scoop Competition. The winners will be announced soon!


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    Register for Virtual JAM


    July 20, 2016 – Didn’t make it to JAM this year?

    You can still register for the 2016 Virtual ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting!  At a cost of $575, this webinar gives you the opportunity to view the meeting when and where you want.

    Recordings of symposia will be available within 48 hours, and all other presentations will be available in 30 days.

    View the JAM Program online to see all that is taking place this year. The Abstract Book also is available online.


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    AQ teams shine


    July 20, 2016 – The Academic Quadrathlon teams got a chance to relax today after two days of competition. Teams wrapped up oral presentations and quiz bowl competitions yesterday at Utah State University in Logan. Tonight they find out how they did and who will take home top honors!


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    JAM Abstract Book online


    July 19, 2016 – The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) Abstract Book can be found online only. It is currently available as a pdf. In 30 days, it will be available in fully formatted, searchable form on the Journal of Animal Science web site.

    Access the pdf of the Abstract Book.


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    AQ teams tackle lab practicum stations


    July 19, 2016 – Utah State University welcomed four ASAS Academic Quadrathlon teams yesterday. Students competed in nine lab practicum stations and a written exam. After a day of intense competition, students got to relax and mingle with the ASAS Board of Directors during a bowling and pizza mixer.

    The competition culminates today with the four teams (representing Chico State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Rhode Island) competing in oral presentations and a quiz bowl.

    The overall winner will be announced on Wednesday evening during the ASAS Awards Program.

    The AQ program is a platform to integrate more undergraduate involvement at our meetings. Please join ASAS in supporting these young animal scientists!


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    2016 JAM Virtual Meeting available


    July 19, 2016 – Are you unable to attend JAM this year?

    Don’t worry, register for the 2016 Virtual ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting today!  At a cost of $575, this webinar gives you the opportunity to view the meeting when and where you want.

    Recordings of symposia will be available within 48 hours, and all other presentations will be available in 30 days.

    View the JAM Program online to see all that is taking place this year. The Abstract Book also is available online.


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    19
    GLNC highlights feeding global population


    July 19, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC) comes to a close this morning after a successful three days discussing solutions for enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes. With around 140 attendees, it has been a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and generate new ones. Attending talks discussing similar research is great way for graduate students to confirm that they are on the right track.

    These talks have been focused especially on efficiently raising meat to feed the growing world population. An emphasis has been placed on doing this in an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable manner.

    Joyce Turk, retired from the US Agency for International Development, discussed the issue of world hunger and how beef and dairy products can be a solution. As developing countries are projected to consume more milk and meat than developed countries by 2050, it is important to find ways to increase production and supply to feed the increasing demand. Ms. Turk recommend education for developing countries on nutrition and health to help reduce the issue of hunger and malnutrition.

    Dr. Kim Stackhouse from JBS USA discussed the meaning of global sustainability. She pointed out that sustainability requires profitability, and therefore it is important to consider sustainability from a multi-faceted standpoint. Dr. Stackhouse acknowledges that consumers of younger generations desire sustainable foods, yet this can create issues for production systems that have proven to be sustainable and efficient for years. She contends that what is needed is not knowledge of how to be sustainable, but rather how to be more sustainable. Organizations such as the US Round Table for Sustainable Beef have been working at ways to measure and increase sustainability in beef production.


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    2016 JAM begins tomorrow


    July 18, 2016 – The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®), the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) convenes tomorrow in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 3,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend, making the meeting a major scientific hub for individuals in the global animal science community.

    The scientific program includes nearly 1,800 abstracts to be presented. View the JAM program to see the multitude of scientific presentations, symposia, poster sessions, and student competitions that make this conference one of the most comprehensive animal science meetings of the year. The Abstract book also is available.

    There are also a multitude of social events and awards ceremonies where participants can catch up with other animal scientists. The JAM Opening Session and Opening BBQ that follows will blend returning JAM favorites like the Battle of the Brats and Big Scoop Competition with new features, including AnimalX TED-style talks and the launch of a JAM Instagram contest. In addition, the respective societies will host award ceremonies to honor scientists making notable contributions to their field of animal science.

    We hope you will be joining us for this week of collaboration and celebration of animal science.


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    18
    5th GLNC taking place in Park City


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    July 18, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference (GLNC) is currently taking place in picturesque Park City, Utah. Meeting presentations focus on enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes. This year, the meeting has taken on an international perspective with the realization that livestock grazing occurs around the globe in extensive grazing scenarios.

    The conference opened Sunday, July 17 with an opening talk from Joyce Turk (US Agency for International Development, retired) discussing the role of grazing livestock in meeting food demands and reducing global hunger and malnutrition. Ron Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) presented his invited poster, “Are plant waxes reliable dietary markers for cattle grazing western rangelands?”

    GLNC continues through Tuesday, July 19. With more than 40 abstract presentations throughout the conference, GLNC facilitates a forum where researchers, practitioners and students can meet, explore advances, and study the science of grazing animal nutrition.

    View the GLNC program here.


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    Academic Quadrathlon 2016 underway


    July 18, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) competition is currently underway at Utah State University. Four undergraduate teams representing the Midwestern, Northeast, Southern, and Western sections are competing in lab practicums, written exams, oral presentations, and a quiz bowl. Teams from Chico State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Rhode Island are competing to be the overall winner.

    This evening the students will have a special opportunity to network with ASAS Board Members during a bowling and pizza mixer. The AQ competition culminates on Tuesday, July 19 with the Quiz Bowl Finals.

    The AQ program is a platform to integrate more undergraduate involvement at our meetings. A special presentation will take place at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) during the ASAS Awards Program on Wednesday night to congratulate the AQ participants. Please join ASAS in supporting these young animal scientists!

    The ASAS National Academic Quadrathlon is sponsored by Elanco Animal Health and National Block and Bridle.


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    2016 JAM Opening Session


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    July 18, 2016 – Five AnimalX TED-Style Talks will take place during the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) Opening Session on Tuesday, July 19. The 3-5 minute presentations replace a keynote speaker. The Opening Session will be preceded by a meet and greet and followed by the Opening BBQ, which includes a Battle of the Brats competition and the Big Scoop Competition.

    The line-up for the AnimalX TED-style Talks includes:

    Dr. Shawn Archibeque, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University

    “Animal Science Comes From Many Roots — We Must Care for All of Them”


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    2016 JAM Instagram launch


    July 18, 2016 – The Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) is increasing its social media presence with the launch of an Instagram account instagram.com/2016jointannualmeeing/, hashtag #2016jam.



    The debut, set for Tuesday, July 19, will coincide with a challenge to those attending the JAM Opening BBQ to post their cutest, silliest pictures using the hashtag #2016jambbq. The Instagrammer whose picture receives the most likes will win a gift bag containing great American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) swag. Voting will end Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 pm. The winner will be announced the following day (Friday, July 22) at the ASAS Business Meeting from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

    Follow the 2016 JAM Instagram account for updates throughout the meeting and to share your pictures.


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    New NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Research




    July 14, 2016 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced the creation of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Research, which will recognize extraordinary contributions to agriculture by scientists up to 20 years since completion of their Ph.D. A $100,000 prize will be awarded annually to one recipient or a group of individuals for a collaborative accomplishment that has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species significant to agriculture or food production. This award has been endowed by FFAR and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Nominations are currently open until October 3, 2016 for the 2017 recipient in fields including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. Click here for more information about submitting nominations.

    Establishing the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences is part of FFAR’s efforts to elevate food and agriculture research in the scientific arena and highlight the critical need for scientists working toward more productive, sustainable agriculture and better health through nutritious food.


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