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  • Oct
    27
    October JAS now online


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    See what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.

    Visit the JAS Archives.


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  • Oct
    27
    Lighting type affects ground beef color




    By Samantha Kneeskern

    Ground beef is a very popular protein option at the grocery store. In fact, in terms of volume, 64% of total beef purchased is ground beef¹. When choosing a package of ground beef from the retail case, consumers rely heavily on the color of the meat to make their decision. The most desirable color is bright, cherry red. Once the meat changes to a brownish color, consumers tend to leave it, resulting in discounted meat and a total loss to retail stores of over $1 billion dollars annually².

    Is there a way to slow this process of fading of redness? Jade Cooper and colleagues at the University of Missouri recently looked at the effect of retail display lighting on ground beef color. Their research was published in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. The article is freely available (open access). It examines how lighting affects myoglobin (the protein responsible for meat pigmentation) and lipid oxidation.


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  • Oct
    27
    Registration open for Western Section Meeting


    The 2017 Western Section meeting will be held June 20-23, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota at the Fargo Dome. Registration is now open! Don’t miss out on early discounts and register online today! The early registration deadline is June 12, 2017.

    Housing will be open soon. Check the meeting website for updates.

    AWARDS
    There are numerous Western Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions 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 on the Western Section Meeting web page. Nomination Deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on April 14, 2017.

    YOUNG SCHOLAR RECOGNITION PROGRAM
    The Western Section ASAS will host its fifth annual Young Scholar Recognition Program (YSRP) in 2017. The WSASAS will recognize 2 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. Young Scholars. The YSRP nominations deadline is 11:59 PM CDT on February 1, 2017.


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  • Oct
    27
    Department of Homeland Security internship opportunity


     

    Oct. 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

    Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

    10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ●  National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia


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  • Oct
    27
    Southern Section Meeting updates


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Meeting registration and housing are available through the meeting site. Don’t miss the Awards Banquet on Monday evening at The Factory at Franklin.

    Nominations for 2017 Southern Section Awards are now being accepted. There are numerous Southern Section members who deserve to be recognized for their contribution to the science of animal agriculture. Award nominations are to be submitted electronically here.

    Visit the 2017 Southern Section Annual Meeting website often for updates.


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  • Oct
    24
    ASAS hosts Snack & Fact


    October 24, 2016 – ASAS hosted a Snack & Fact today in Washington, D.C. Nearly 40 attendees joined us for a presentation on “Food Animal Production in the Genomics Era.”The briefing was held over the lunch hour in the House Agriculture Committee room, 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. The hour-long briefing included a light lunch and presentations by Dr. Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Riggs gave a “Brief Overview of Genomics and Its Impact on Society.” Dr. Weigel discussed “Successful Application of Genomics Advances for Dairy Cattle.” A recording of the briefing will be available soon on the ASAS website.

    The day also included visits with the legislative assistants for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2).

    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.


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  • Oct
    24
    Call for award nominations


    Nominations for 2017 Southern Section Awards and 2017 Midwestern Section Awards are now being accepted!


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  • Oct
    24
    Registration now open for two sectional meetings


    Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Southern Section.

    Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and the ADSA® Midwest Branch


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  • Oct
    20
    Registration open for Southern Section Meeting


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section, American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Online registration is now open!

    The registration information can be found on the SSASAS website under the registration information tab. A printable registration form is also available. Act by December 1 to take advantage of the early registration discounts.

    HOUSING INFORMATION
    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.

    Visit the 2017 Southern Section Annual Meeting website often for updates:
    https://www.asas.org/membership-services/asas-sections/southern-section/meetings


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  • Oct
    20
    Cover picked for new journal


    Oct. 20, 2016 – The votes are in and the membership has picked the cover shown here for the new Translational Animal Science journal! The journal is still under development, so watch for more details to become available.

    The journal’s name and tagline read: Translational Animal Science: Translate basic science to industry innovation. Information about the cover design and voting process were published in this Taking Stock article.

     




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  • Oct
    20
    Young Scholar nominations due tomorrow


    Oct. 20, 2016 – Tomorrow is the deadline to nominate individuals for the 2017 ADSA® Midwest Branch Young Dairy Scholars and the ASAS Midwestern Section Animal Science Young Scholars! Learn more here.


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  • Oct
    20
    2017 Midwest Meeting registration now open


    Oct. 20, 2016 – The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Branch of ADSA and the Midwestern Section of ASAS will be held in Omaha, Nebraska on March 13 – 15, 2017. Online registration is now open! Registration information can be found on the 2017 Midwest Meeting website under the registration tab. A printable registration form is also available.

    ABSTRACTS
    Abstracts for the 2017 meeting are being accepted through thesubmission site. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm CDT on October 26, 2016.

    Visit the Midwest 2017 Meeting website often for updates:https://www.asas.org/membership-services/asas-sections/midwest-section/meetings

    If you have any questions, please contact the ASAS Business Office at asas@asas.org.


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  • Oct
    20
    D.C. intern applications due tomorrow


    October 20, 2016 – The deadline for students to submit applications for the 2017 ASAS Science Policy (D.C.) Internship is tomorrow, October 21. To see the full details of the internship and intern duties, click here.


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  • Oct
    17
    Deadlines approaching for Midwest Section


    A friendly reminder…

    Midwest Young Scholar nominations are due on or before this Friday, October 21. Continue reading…

    2017 Midwest Meeting abstracts are due October 26. Continue reading…


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  • Oct
    17
    Now accepting Midwest award nominations


    Award nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and the ADSA® Midwestern Branch. The deadline for award nominations is 11:59 PM CDT, Friday, November 18, 2016.

    There are numerous Midwest members who deserve to be recognized for their contributions 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 on the Midwest Meeting web page.


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  • Oct
    13
    CSAS honours award recipients


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    CSAS honoured several members, graduate students and undergraduate students with awards during the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM), held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, July 19-23. Please join us in recognising these individuals for their accomplishments:



    Dr. John McKinnon (University of Saskatchewan)

    2016 sponsor: Alltech Canada, Inc.


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  • Oct
    13
    See the September CJAS online


    The September 2016 issue (Volume 96, Issue 3) of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science is now online.

    Access the September Table of Contents.

    Access the Just-IN articles.

    See the e-First articles.


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  • Oct
    13
    Register for lactation pre-conference at annual meeting


    The Triennial Lactation Symposium and Biology of Lactation of Farm Animals (BOLFA) will occur as a pre-conference to the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Make plans to attend this pre-conference on July 8, 2017! The speaker line up is one of the most impressive in BOLFA history.

     

    “The biology of lactation – from genes to cells to milk”

    Speakers and titles:


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  • Oct
    13
    New features from the Journal of Animal Science


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    The Journal of Animal Science, published by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), now offers a new service called JASEdit, as well as an expanded list of section titles.

    The JASEdit service provides three levels of review for authors and can be accessed pre- or post-submission to JAS. The three levels include:

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

    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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  • Oct
    13
    Recap of EAAP sessions


    The 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) was held in Belfast, Ireland on August 29 – September 2, 2016. More than 1,500 people attended the EAAP annual meeting.

    Links to summaries of some of the presentations are provided here. These summaries are provided by Dr. Deb Hamernik, President of the American Society of Animal Science.

    “The important and often forgotten role of managing genetic diversity”  by Dr. Christian Maltecca

    “Genomic selection in sheep: where to now?” by Dr. John McEwan


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