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    14
    ASAS Foundation Heritage Lunch


    July 14, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Foundation is sponsoring the Foundation Heritage Lunch at the annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Each year the ASAS Foundation Heritage Lunch fundraiser honors notable animal scientists for their achievements. In 2016, ASAS is partnering with Equine Science Society to honor a recent loss to animal science, Dr. Josie Coverdale of Texas A&M.

    The program will consist of a special tribute to honor the many contributions of Dr. Coverdale. There will be a short presentation with ample opportunity for former students and colleagues to provide comments relative to their association with Dr. Coverdale.

    Dr. Coverdale was an associate professor at Texas A&M and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition. She also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest in forage utilization and hindgut fermentation. She was sought internationally for her expertise in equine nutrition and taught classes around the globe, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama and Dubai.

    The Foundation Heritage Lunch will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 21 in the Canyon A/B room of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.


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    Jul
    14
    Methane matters: an interpretive summary


    By Lucy Schroeder, ASAS Science Communications Intern

    July 14, 2016 – The growing concerns posed by climate change have fueled animal science research into reducing methane emissions from livestock. Currently, some studies report that emissions from ruminant livestock are estimated to be as great as 20 percent of global annual methane emissions. Considering the demand for milk and meat, (estimated to increase by 60 percent within the next 35 years) experts believe it is vital that approaches be taken to manage ruminant livestock emissions.



    A key factor in understanding methane emissions comes from studying the gut microbiome. Ph.D. candidate Emily Hoedt of the University of Queensland and colleagues have examined the prevalence of the lesser studied genus, Methanosphaera, and the resulting methane emissions in species across the animal kingdom. From studies of dairy cows to kangaroos to human beings, the presence of Methanosphaera was consistent with animals considered to be low emitters. Hoedt and colleagues Dr. Páraic Ó Cuív and Professor Mark Morrison discuss this research in the July 2016 issue of Animal Frontiers.


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    Jul
    13
    2016 JAM convention center amenities


    July 14, 2016 – Heading to the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)? Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the various amenities provided at the Salt Palace Convention Center during the conference.

    Media Check-In & Media Room

    A media room will be available in room 150 D of the convention center throughout the meeting to provide a space for media representatives to work. Meeting press releases will be available there. Complimentary registration is available for members of the media. For more information, please contact: asas@asas.org.

    Speaker Ready Room


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    Jul
    13
    Transportation at 2016 JAM


    July 14, 2016 – Worried about how to get around Salt Lake City while at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)? There are a number of transportation options for your convenience, whether you prefer to travel by train, bus, or car!

    To get from the airport to one of the JAM conference hotels, we have partnered with All Resort Express shuttle service. Discounted rates to the JAM conference hotels is $16.16 round trip and can be booked online or by phone at 1-800-457-9457 ext 2 by mentioning Group Code 11627. Complete details on the All Resort Express offerings, including private car service can be found here.

    Public transportation is also provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), with transport to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The TRAX/light rail Green Line leaves the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.  The TRAX stop is located at the south end of Terminal One. To locate the TRAX stop, visit our Airport Terminal Map. Public transportation for passengers with disabilities is provided by UTA’s Paratransit program. To make arrangements, contact UTA at (801) 287-7433 and visit the UTA Paratransit Services page for more information.

    TRAX Hours of Operation (departing SLC)


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    Jul
    13
    Locating the correct e-poster at JAM


    July 14, 2016 – For the first time ever, all posters at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) will be displayed using electronic screens provided through the company ePosterBoards®. The electronic format enables diversified media usage, such as videos and animations.

    Wondering how to locate the poster you would like to view? Find the posters you want to view in the back of the program and identify the screen number (second number to the left of the abstract title). Then locate the corresponding screen in the back of the Exhibit Hall. During Poster Sessions only the poster scheduled for presentation will be available for viewing. At all other times, all posters presented throughout the week will be available for viewing on their assigned screens. E-poster technicians are available on-site if you need help finding a poster.

    When viewing a poster, you will be able to zoom in on the content of the poster, as well as manually advance the poster.

    Presenters will be able to advance a poster presentation manually using navigation buttons embedded in the presentation. A mouse device will be provided with each electronic poster so that presenters can advance their presentation at their own pace.


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    Jul
    11
    Recordings of beef NRC webinars online


    July 11, 2016 – Recordings of all five webinars in the ASAS webinar series about the revised Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle are available online through the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) webpage.



    The latest webinar, recorded July 11, included presentations by Dr. Andy Cole, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Retired); Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta; and Dr. Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. They discussed new chapters and revisions relating to environmental issues, and byproducts and feed composition.

    The fourth webinar featured guest speaker Dr. Luis Tedeschi of Texas A&M University in College Station discussing the development and evaluation of the mathematical model.


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    Jul
    11
    2016 JAM abstract book available


    July 11, 2016 –  The abstract book for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) is now available online. With over over 1,000 abstracts from the authors presenting at JAM this year, there will be an abundance of scientific knowledge to be gained by attending the meeting.

    Register for JAM 2016 to be sure to connect with an author whose abstract interests you!



     


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    Jul
    11
    ASAS Foundation Coffee Club at JAM


    July 11, 2016 – Perk up! Coffee will be available at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) for American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Foundation Coffee Club members. Simply bring your ASAS Coffee Club member mug and head over to ASAS booth (#401) at the Salt Lake Convention Center during the designated coffee hours and receive free coffee throughout the whole conference.

    Not an ASAS Coffee Club member? Signing up is easy! Visit the ASAS website to sign up online. If you are not registered yet for JAM, this is also the perfect opportunity to become a Coffee Club member. Check off the box and pay the $40 coffee club fee to enjoy the perks of being Coffee Club member for JAM and other conferences throughout the year. If you only want to join Coffee Club for JAM 2016, the cost is $20 for professionals and $15 for students.

    ASAS Coffee Club members are supporting the ASAS Foundation which sponsors various animal science symposiums, scholarships, and publications.

    See below for the 2016 JAM Coffee Club schedule:


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    Jul
    11
    New interpretive summary from July Animal Frontiers


    By Lucy Schroeder, ASAS Communications Intern



    July 11, 2016 – For over sixty years, it has been known that treating livestock with low doses of antibiotics can increase growth rate. In recent years, using antibiotics in this way has become a controversial topic, with critics concerned about the effect it may have on the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria important in human medicine. As a result, it is important to understand how the microbiota play a role in digestion so we better understand how to achieve efficient weight gain in livestock.

    Dr. Laura M. Cox of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School examined the effects of antibiotic use on gut microbes and weight gain in different species. She has observed that the effectiveness of low-dose antibiotic use in animals can be influenced by what age the animal receives the treatment, the variety of the animal’s diet, and the length of the animal’s growth cycle.


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    Jul
    11
    July 2016 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist published


     July 11, 2016 – The July issue of Jr. Animal Scientist is on the way to our Jr. Animal Scientist members! This month’s issue is all about “Animal Efficiency” and explores different aspects of efficiency in animals including feed conversion ratios, animal products, and edible insects.

    A special thank you goes out to the contributors for this issue: Anna Peterson, North Dakota State University, with guidance from Dr. Kim Vonnahme.

    If you know a child or classroom that would benefit from a subscription, sign them up today! Individual, family and group memberships are available.

    Visit AnimalSmart.org


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    11
    2016 JAM events


    July 11, 2016 – Looking for more fun and interesting things to do at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Salt Lake City? Check out the special events offered for all ages!

    Opening BBQ

    In This is the Place, you can take a step back in time to see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah. In addition to the fascinating historic surroundings to explore, we will have traditional BBQ games that all ages can delight in. As a special treat, you can enjoy our cowboy entertainers singing and performing trick roping, and even have a chance to try some ropin’ of your own! We will also have the Big Scoop ice cream competition along with the Battle of the Brats competition to see who is a true BBQ champ.

    The BBQ will coincide with the launch of the JAM Instagram account instagram.com/2016jointannualmeeing/, hashtag #2016jam and 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) items.


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    Jul
    07
    West Texas A&M research in the spotlight


    July 7, 2016 – Scientists at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) recently announced initial results of research involving cloned cattle and efforts to improve both beef carcass quality and yield simultaneously.

    The following message from Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp summarizes what the findings mean to the beef industry.

    …  our scientists are announcing the initial results of their research involving cloned cattle and efforts to create a herd of cattle that consistently produces the highest quality beef, and more of it per animal.


    About five years ago, one of our WTAMU faculty members spotted two “one-in-a-million” beef carcasses in a packing plant. This gave him an idea, so he bought them and brought them back to his research partners. From the steer carcass, they cloned bulls. From a heifer carcass, they cloned cows. They bred those clones, and last month, for the first time, they harvested seven of the offspring. Industry-wide, fewer than one in 20 carcasses grades Prime, but with these cattle – which may be a whole new breed – WTAMU is currently producing Prime beef at a rate of one in seven! 
    There is more research to be done, but WTAMU researchers have demonstrated that they have a way to revolutionize the beef industry. 


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    Jul
    07
    2016 JAM Program online


    July 7, 2016 – Conference information and the scientific program for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting are at your fingertips in the JAM Program.

    The program has everything you need to plan your time in Salt Lake City, including:

    General meeting information, a transportation schedule, sightseeing options, hotel information, special events, pre- and post-conference events, an exhibit directory, maps, meeting and award sponsors, oral and poster scientific sessions, and more.

    While you’re at JAM, keep up-to-date with the 2016 JAM app! Create a personalized schedule, browse abstracts, view maps of the meeting locations, receive special announcement notifications, and more!


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    Jul
    07
    Next beef cattle nutrient requirements webinar is July 11


    July 7, 2016 – The fifth and final ASAS webinar about the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016) has been scheduled for Mon., July 11 at noon (CDT). Registration is free!

    Guest speakers include Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta; Dr. Andy Cole, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Retired); and Dr. Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. They will discuss revisions relating to environmental issues, and byproducts and feed composition. All three of our guest speakers served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle.

    To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Access recordings of the previous webinars here.


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    Jun
    30
    Next Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle webinar is July 7


    June 30, 2016 – The fourth in a series of ASAS webinars about the Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (2016) has been scheduled for Thurs., July 7 at noon (CDT). Registration is free!

    Guest speaker Dr. Luis Tedeschi will discuss the development and evaluation of the mathematical model. Dr. Tedeschi is professor
 in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University in 
College Station. He served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle.

    To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Access recordings of the first three “beef” webinars here.


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    30
    Stay connected at JAM


    June 30, 2016 – Social media is a very powerful tool that will be employed to increase the reach of the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) and engage attendees. We will be publicizing JAM updates, events, and personalities across multiple social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. In addition, the JAM App will also be used to share information.

    Twitter’s strength lies in it being the ultimate real-time tool. We will use Twitter to broadcast quick updates and reminders throughout JAM.



    Use the Twitter logo or QR code at right to be directed automatically to the 2016jointannualmeeting Twitter account.


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    30
    ASAS announces new JASEdit service


    June 30, 2016 – In order to provide enhanced services to our members and to individuals who submit to the Journal of Animal Science, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) is announcing a new service called JASEdit. The service will provide three levels of review for authors and can be accessed pre- or post-submission to JAS.

    The three levels include:

    The service launches on July 1, 2016. Pricing and details can be found at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jasedit.


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    30
    Strategic Plan focus groups at 2016 JAM


    June 30, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) launched its last major Strategic Plan in 2008. The plan has been wildly successful, and now it is time to build upon that in the next Strategic Plan. The only way for a strategic plan to be successful is to have member involvement in its creation and execution, and consequently, we are holding a number of focus groups at the 2016 JAM in Salt Lake City.

    Please fill out this web form if you are willing to participate in focus groups. After you let us know that you are willing to participate, ASAS staff will contact you directly to schedule the best group and time for your participation. Focus groups will only take an hour, but they go a long way toward helping ASAS incorporate membership feedback into our Strategic Plan.

    Please submit your name and your ASAS sectional affiliation. If you are not associated with a section, just list your country of residence.

    Thanks again and we look forward to speaking with you.


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    JAM launches Instagram account


    June 30, 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 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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    30
    TED-style talks announced


    June 30, 2016 – Speakers and topics for the AnimalX TED-Style Talks at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting have been announced. AnimalX takes place during the Opening Session on Tuesday, July 19. The 3-5 minute presentations replace a keynote speaker. You don’t want to miss this!


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