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    May
    06
    Resources at your fingertips


    May 5, 2016– Lab equipment getting old? Find the equipment, services and supplies you need at the Animal Science Resource Directory! There are more than a dozen categories to browse — find suppliers for everything from animal-handling to x-ray equipment.

    Categories include:

    Animal Handling Equipment

    Animal Health/Monitoring


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    May
    06
    Agriculture and public health focus of IIAD annual meeting


    From the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD)

    May 5, 2016 – Industry leaders, researchers and partners from around the globe gathered last month for the 2016 Annual Meeting for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence. The meeting, held at the Grand Hyatt DFW in Dallas, Texas, was an opportunity for the Institute to provide an update on recent initiatives, discuss the challenges that the agriculture and public health sectors are facing and explore how to combat those challenges through partnership and collaboration.


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    May
    06
    Northeast award nominations due May 6


    May 6, 2016 – The ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section is accepting award nominations for the 2016 awards. The nominations submission deadline for the following Northeast awards is Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    View the award descriptions.

     


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    May
    02
    White paper addresses role of livestock in greenhouse gas emissions


    May 2, 2016 – A white paper, defining the role that animal agriculture and other sectors of society play in their respective contribution of greenhouse gases, has been released. Authored by Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, the paper examines “Livestock’s Contributions to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.” 

    Dr. Mitloehner writes: “One certainly cannot neglect emissions from the livestock sector but to compare them to the main emission sources would put us on a wrong path to solutions, namely to significantly reduce our anthropogenic carbon footprint to reduce climate change.”


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    May
    02
    New issue of Taking Stock Australia


    May 2, 2016 – A new issue of Taking Stock Australia has been distributed to members of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP).  The newsletter includes an article on the history of ASAP, new research findings, profiles of upcoming Animal Production 2016 conference speakers, and more.ASAP collaborated with ASAS to bring the newsletter to the ASAP membership and to demonstrate that animal science is a global industry with growing opportunities.

    Our recent ASAP-sponsored communications interns, Chloe Mitchell and Holly Webb, have included a recap of their 10-week internship in the U.S. in the newsletter. Visit the Taking Stock Australia website to see the latest articles!


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    May
    02
    In memory: Dr. Harlan Ritchie


    May 2, 2016 – Dr. Harlan Don Ritchie, 81, a Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, died April 27, 2016.

    Harlan graduated from Iowa State University in Animal Husbandry, and began a 47-year career at Michigan State University.

    According to an article in Michigan Farm News, Dr. Ritchie was “widely regarded as the man who led beef’s transformation in composition, size and growth potential.”

    His leadership resulted in an industry shift from small-framed, lighter-weight cattle to cattle with “more growth, more lean tissue and red meat, and not as much fat,” said colleague and business partner, Ken Geuns, in the Michigan Farm News. 


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    May
    02
    A history of the Journal of Animal Science


    By Holly Webb

    May 2, 2016

    Editor’s Note: Holly Webb, one of our recent ASAS/ASAP communications interns, compiled a history of the Journal of Animal Science during her 10-week internship in the U.S. Webb’s summary takes you from the Journal’s early roots, including the influence of World War II on publishing of the Journal and adoption of the Metric System by the Journal, to its growth from quarterly to monthly publication, as well as the development of sections in the table of contents. Follow the Journal as it enters the digital age, and learn about its most recent successes.

    The Journal of Animal Science (JAS) publishes more than 600 fully reviewed research articles, invited reviews, technical notes, and letters to the editor each year. In 2014, JAS had an Impact Factor of 2.108, and according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), JAS consistently ranks as one of the top animal science journals.


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    Apr
    28
    Grazing Livestock Nutrition Early Investigator Travel Award


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    Here are the details:

    Nature of Award: $600 toward expenses for attending the 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference in Park City, Utah, July 17-19, 2016.

    Purpose: To promote professional development in young scientists in the area of Grazing Livestock Nutrition.


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    Apr
    28
    AMSA adds PORK 101 courses


    April 28, 2016 – The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has added two PORK 101 courses this year, in addition to those previously scheduled at Texas A&M University and Iowa State University. Additional courses will take place at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, July 12-14; and Oklahoma State University, September 13-15.

    ASAS members will receive a discounted member rate to attend the program.

    Register for the University of Guelph PORK 101 course.

    Register for the Oklahoma State University PORK 101 course.


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    Apr
    25
    2016 D.C. interns accept placements





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    Apr
    25
    GMO food labeling set to take effect


    By Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    April 25, 2016 – The Vermont GMO Labeling Law is set to take effect on July 1, 2016. This law, signed by the governor of Vermont in 2014, requires that all human food items containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled. There are exemptions for meat and dairy products in the law. The approaching implementation date has created concern in the food industry.

    Since it is not practical for food companies to develop labels for products sold in each state, the Vermont law will result in all foods being labeled, irrespective of the state in which they are marketed. A national effort to circumvent the Vermont law, sponsored by Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, failed to pass the Senate in March of this year.

    The Senate bill would have created national, voluntary labeling rules developed by the USDA. In addition, it would have prohibited individual states from imposing their own GMO labeling laws. The Senate bill had support from the food industry, including AFIA and various commodity groups. The industry concern with the labeling law is that it can be confusing to consumers and implies a safety issue with GM foods. In addition, the potential for individual states to implement similar laws with different requirements suggests that a federal law with more uniform labeling requirements would be more appropriate.


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    Apr
    25
    Final Lincoln Project report released


    By Kris Johnson, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

    April 25, 2016 – The Lincoln Project, an initiative of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, released its fifth and final report recently. This report, Public Research Universities: Recommitting to Lincoln’s Vision: An Educational Compact for the 21st Century, presents recommendations for maintaining and strengthening our public research universities. These recommendations draw upon the previous four reports; Public Research Universities: Why they Matter; Changes in State Funding; Understanding the Financial Model; Serving the Public Good.

    The conclusions and recommendations of the fifth report focus on the need for public universities to develop new partnerships with state and federal governments, businesses and philanthropic entities that will result in betterment of the American educational system. The document has recommendations for each participant. Broadly, the committee recommended that public research institutions initiate and follow performance metrics, work with the business community and work toward changing the culture to include alternate funding models. Recommendations to state and federal governments include a proactive approach to funding higher education rather than using higher education budgets to balance a budget, enhancing the availability of education to low-income state residents, supporting the nation’s “intellectual infrastructure,” and reducing unfunded mandates that are barriers to education. The private sector is encouraged to support the public research universities through monetary means, participate and promote partnerships with foundations, work to create pathways for knowledge transfer and advocate for public research universities at state and federal levels.

    The document’s appendix includes examples of successful programs to create cost efficiencies and generate new revenue streams.


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    Apr
    25
    Should ORCID ID be required for publication?


    By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee

    April 25, 2016 – If you are a scientist and you have a common last name (such as Smith, Johnson, or Wang) you may face the challenge of distinguishing your publications from publications by others with similar names. A system is needed to easily and uniquely attach one’s identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. In addition, as scientists collaborate across disciplines, institutions and borders, they must interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating.

    ORCID provides a digital name, or ID, that uniquely and persistently identifies researchers. By connecting this ID to different research activities and affiliations across multiple research platforms, ORCID helps enable recognition and reduce the reporting burdens for researchers.

    ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.


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    Apr
    25
    Climate change, food security, and national security


    April 25, 2016 – Between 2006 and 2011 more than half of Syria suffered the worst drought in recorded history. As a result, over 1 million Syrians were declared food insecure1 and 3 million fell into extreme poverty2. In the northeastern part of the country, over 85% of the livestock were lost. We have since observed some impacts of this extreme climatic event through its contribution to the current migrant crises as people seek out new living areas. Some reports suggest that up to 150 million people will be displaced globally due to extreme climate disruptions by the later part of the century.

    A recent statement released by the Center for American Progress and authored by Tom Daschle and Michael Werz describes this situation and other potential impacts of climate change on food security and global stability. This brief points out that, in 2010, the President’s National Security Strategy recognized climate change as a security threat. Agricultural production, food markets, transportation, and water access all become linked to national security policy. Disruptions in these systems can lead to instability and stresses on governments with limited resources.

    Animal scientists need to consider resource use for livestock and animal-source food production in climate-smart ways to provide alternative strategies for maintaining food security under conditions of high climate variability and disseminate this information world-wide. One of the ASAS Grand Challenges is “To ensure that animal scientists develop and disseminate strategies for mitigation and adaptation to increasing climate variability.”

    How are you contributing to meeting this challenge?


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    Apr
    21
    GLNC abstract submission extended


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    April 21, 2016 – The deadline to submit abstracts for the 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference has been extended to Friday, April 22.

    View the abstract submission site and instructions.

    The conference is scheduled for July 17-19, 2016, in picturesque Park City, Utah. It will focus on enhancing management, production and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes.

    Please join us for the exciting and informative plenary sessions, posters and networking opportunities at the Canyons Resort in the mountains of Park City.


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    Apr
    21
    Nominations sought for National Graduate Director


    April 21, 2016 – Nominations are now being accepted for the National ASAS Graduate Director position. The two-year term runs from July 2016 to July 2018. Nominate a graduate student today! Nominations are due May 1.

    Responsibilities: Plan, advertise and implement ASAS graduate and undergraduate student activities at the Joint Annual Meeting, such as the Graduate Student Symposium, Lunch & Learn, Open Forum and Social; serve as a voting member on the national ASAS Board of Directors; attend board meetings in January and July each year (all travel and accommodations covered); serve on various national ASAS committees (Student Activities, Communications, Membership, National Awards, and Agri-King Outstanding Graduate Student Award); recruit and organize National ASAS Graduate Director elections; update the graduate student section of the ASAS website; communicate with members using monthly Facebook/blog postings and updates in the Taking Stock e-newsletter; contribute monthly to the Graduate BULLetin, oversee one of the sectional graduate director committees and facilitate communication; continuously adjust programming activities to meet the needs of a changing and diverse membership

    Time commitment: Varies during the year from 5 to 20 hours per month depending on proximity to JAM. Term is from July 2016 to July 2018. Graduate Directors must be graduate students or post-docs during the duration of their term. While two years is a significant commitment, participation should not interfere with progress toward your degree.

    Application process: If you are interested in serving as a graduate director, or know someone you wish to nominate, please send name of nominee and contact information to Kyle McLean, kyle.j.mclean@ndsu.edu by May 1, 2016.


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    Apr
    21
    Did your 2016 JAM abstract make the cut?


    April 21, 2016 – Watch for an email today that contains information about abstract acceptance/rejection for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM). 




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    Apr
    21
    ASAS moving to new office space


    April 21, 2016 – The ASAS headquarters is moving to a new location! During the transition to the new office space, ASAS headquarters will close at noon (CST) on Friday, April 22, and re-open on Mon., April 25, at 8:00 a.m. (CST).

    The new office will be located at 3007 Village Office Place, Champaign, IL 61822.


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    Apr
    21
    Northeastern Section accepting award nominations


    April 21, 2016 – The ADSA Northeast Branch/ASAS Northeastern Section is accepting award nominations for the 2016 awards. The nominations submission deadline for the following Northeast awards is May 6 at 11:59 pm CDT.

    View the award descriptions.

    We hope that you will go online and submit nominees for these outstanding awards in Animal/Dairy Science.


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    Apr
    18
    ARPAS mini-symposium invitation




    Here are a few details:

    Time/Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (symposium) and 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (reception).

    Location: Building 005, Conference Room (Rm. #21), USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705


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