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  • Dec
    01
    The gift of animal science


    Jr. Animal Scientist membership is a great gift for the children in your life! The Jr. Animal Scientist magazine features eye-catching animal photos, fun activities and articles about a specific aspect of animal science. For example, the November 2016 issue focuses on animal science jobs.In the issue, kids get an overview of four animal science careers that they may never have thought about. They “meet” a husband and wife who make rumen cannulas, an animal scientist who studies reindeer and musk ox reproduction in Alaska, a zoo endocrinologist, and a man who makes life-like animal models for researchers and veterinary students. Special thanks to Victoria Kennedy, North Dakota State University, for interviewing these people and contributing the content for the issue!

    The magazine is ideal for ages 5-9, so sign up children in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

    Don’t forget the educators on your list! Give a local elementary school classroom or youth program a classroom/group subscription. The cost is just $5 per student. Copies of the magazine will be sent to the classroom or youth program year round. Students also have access to exclusive online resources.

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


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  • Dec
    01
    ASAS to expand Public Policy program


    ASAS has a long history of an active Public Policy Program. It is ranked across the membership as one of our most valued services. The new ASAS strategic plan, to be released in 2017, will specifically call for ASAS to expand the program.

    In any given year, the ASAS Public Policy committee:

    The ASAS Public Policy Program does a great deal on a limited budget. As we expand the program, we will need to generate new funds to help pay for enhanced efforts. We are asking membership that rate ASAS involvement in Public Policy to contribute to the effort. No donations are too big or too small! The dollars will be used to continue to increase and enhance our educational programs geared toward educating policy makers in the U.S. and internationally. All donations to ASAS are tax deductible.


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  • Dec
    01
    New Midwest memorial awards


    During the last 12 months, the Midwest Section lost two of its most dedicated members: Dr. Don Mahan and Dr. Kees de Lange. In their honor, the ASAS Midwest Section and the ADSA Midwest Branch are creating Memorial and Tribute awards.

    Dollars in Dr. Mahan’s name will be used to fund travel expenses of the Midwest Ph.D. oral competition winner, which will allow that person to give a Junior Podium Talk at the ASAS National Meeting. Dollars in Dr. de Lange’s name will be used to give a yearly award for the most innovative modeling abstract submitted to the meeting.

    Please consider a donation in honor of Dr. Mahan or Dr. de Lange.

    Memorials and Tributes are held in the ASAS Foundation and are considered tax deductible donations to the American Society of Animal Science.


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  • Dec
    01
    Last day for AnimalX nominations!


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    Nominations for AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks are due today, December 1, by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).The AnimalX talks will kick off the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. To nominate potential speakers, select “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    Presentations should 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.


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  • Dec
    01
    Last day for early registration discount for Southern Section Meeting


    The Annual Meeting of the ASAS Southern Section will be held in Franklin, Tenn., February 4–7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Early registration discount ends today, December 1st at 11:59 PM CDT.

    Register online now. A printable registration form is also available.  

    Here is some additional meeting information:

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    A block of rooms has been set aside for this meeting. Please see the reservation information below to secure a room for your stay during the meeting. Please make your reservations early, as these rooms will go fast.


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  • Nov
    29
    Giving Tuesday: Donate to the ASAS Foundation


    ASAS Foundation Recognizes Members on Giving Tuesday

    Each year we receive thousands of emails announcing Black Friday Specials, Small Business Saturday Incentives and Cyber Monday Deals, but we receive far fewer advertisements for a day when we can truly make a difference: Giving Tuesday!

    This year the ASAS Foundation asks that you give to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday! An ASAS Foundation gift can have a lifetime impact. Most gifts to the ASAS Foundation are to one of our many Appreciation Clubs – these Clubs are set up to honor and pay tribute to animal scientists who have made great impacts throughout their careers. The clubs serve double duty, first to honor and remind us of their namesakes and second to provide funds to  directly support ASAS members! Visit the ASAS Foundation website to learn about all the clubs.

    Today the Foundation is actively fundraising for the following clubs:


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  • Nov
    28
    What does a Trump presidency mean for science?


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    Everyone is scrambling to understand how the election of Donald J. Trump will impact the science and technology enterprise. In short, we know very little. Science, agriculture, and natural resources were nearly nonexistent topics in the campaign. Having never held elective office there is also no Trump record to serve as a guide.

    Most decisions of funding and research priorities are determined by Congress and the political leadership of science agencies. The people selected to serve in key leadership roles will be key indicators of his priorities. The clearest indication of Trump’s views on federal science funding can be found in answers to the questionnaire developed by ScienceDebate. The answers seem to recognize the importance of federal investments in research, but his responses are short on detail. The Washington Post tries to provide some insight into Trump’s science priorities from previous statements and interviews.

    Related reading in Taking Stock: Here’s some advice for you, President Trump, from scientists


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  • Nov
    28
    Advice for President-elect Trump


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    The voters have chosen Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. So now it’s time for scientists to share their thoughts with the business tycoon who triumphed over both Democrat Hillary Clinton and much of the Republican party he represented in the election. There’s been almost no interaction between the science community and the campaign over the past 18 months. Most academics didn’t support Trump and never expected him to beat Clinton. Trump operatives didn’t do any outreach to the scientific establishment, and its agenda wasn’t addressed during the campaign. But now that Trump will be occupying the Oval Office for the next 4 years, researchers want him to know what they think it will take to preserve and strengthen the scientific enterprise.

    Read the full article.

    Related reading in Taking Stock: What does a Trump presidency mean for science?


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  • Nov
    28
    Who will hold key science leadership jobs?


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    The U.S. election is over. Come January, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the new president, and dozens of freshly elected lawmakers will join the new Congress (the 115th). What will the election results mean for the leadership of the key agencies and congressional committees that shape U.S. science funding and policy? Here’s a quick guide to who is in, who is out, and who is not going anywhere.

    Read the full article.


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  • Nov
    28
    Nominations open for 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award


    Nominations are open for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers. Application deadline is February 6, 2017.

    Learn more and apply here.


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  • Nov
    28
    Obama: 'Follow the science' on GMOs, antibiotics


    Used with permission from the November 16, 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Science Policy Report

    In assessing the value of GMOs and antibiotics in animal agriculture, policy should “follow the science,” President Barack Obama said in a recent interview with Bill Maher. “It is important to look at the science on this stuff,” Obama said, when asked about the role of nutrition and corporate agriculture in the country’s health. It was one of the few times during his presidency that Obama was asked directly about a thorny food and agriculture issue.

    Read the full article.


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  • Nov
    28
    AnimalX nominations due this week


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    Nominations for AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks are due December 1, by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).The AnimalX talks will kick off the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. To nominate potential speakers, select “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    Presentations should 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.


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  • Nov
    21
    International Stockmen's Educational Foundation offering travel fellowships




    Information regarding the 2017 International Livestock Congress may be found at http://www.theisef.com/.


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  • Nov
    21
    Happy Thanksgiving!


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    The ASAS office will be closed Wed., Nov. 23, Thurs., Nov. 24, and Fri., Nov. 25 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday. Taking Stock also will not be published on Thurs., Nov. 24. Normal office hours, and publication of Taking Stock, will resume on Mon., Nov. 28. Normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST).

    Happy Thanksgiving from ASAS!


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  • Nov
    17
    Ronald D. Randel Appreciation Club formed


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    The Executive Committee (EC) of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) is pleased to announce the establishment of a Southern Section Appreciation Club to honor Dr. Ronald D. Randel. The fund will be used to support and enhance the Physiology program at the annual Southern Section ASAS meetings. The EC initiated the fund to honor Dr. Randel’s outstanding service to SSASAS, his dedication to graduate education, and his scientific contributions. The inaugural invited lecture will occur at the February 2017 SSASAS meeting in Tennessee.

    Dr. Randel accepted an Associate Professorship at Texas A&M University and the Research and Extension Center at Overton, Texas in 1974. He advanced to the rank of Full Professor in 1978 and was named a Faculty Fellow and a Regents Fellow in 1999, a Senior Faculty Fellow in 2005, and an ASAS Fellow in 2007. Dr. Randel was designated an outstanding alumnus of both his B.S. (Washington State University) and Ph.D. (Purdue University) institutions. He received the ASAS Physiology & Endocrinology Award in 1996. He also was the recipient of the 2012 L.E. Casida Award for excellence in Graduate Education in Physiology and Endocrinology. Dr. Randel concluded a term as SSASAS President in 2007.

    Dr. Randel’s contributions to the field of animal physiology and endocrinology have globally benefited animal agriculture. Dedicating his research career to investigating the reproductive physiology of beef cattle, especially for tropically adapted breeds, Dr. Randel evaluated the role of nutrition on reproduction, elucidated the fundamental reproductive biology of Brahman cattle, developed strategies to reduce livestock production risks and resolved practical problems in beef cattle reproduction. He has served as major advisor to over 75 graduate students and 40 undergraduate interns. Dr. Randel is a world-renowned authority on beef cattle reproduction with over 1,000 publications (more than 200 journal articles). He has presented his work on six continents. His receipt of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship Award and numerous other awards and frequent invitations to speak are testimony to his impact. Dr. Randel is the quintessential scientist, researcher, and mentor. Moreover, he has been a staunch supporter of the SSASAS. Therefore, the SSASAS EC seeks your support to recognize Dr. Randel’s significance to the Section by enhancing the impact of the Physiology Section at our annual meetings.

    Visit the Ronald D. Randel Appreciation Club.


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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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