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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.

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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.

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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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  • Nov
    14
    Part I: Brand influences steak palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    We all have our favorite brands of clothing, electronics, furniture, and many other everyday items. At the grocery store, branding sways consumers’ purchasing decisions, and as it turns out, beef is no exception.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently conducted two trials to determine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks. The results of these trials — the first of their kind to demonstrate the influence of branding on palatability ratings — can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. Access The effect of branding on consumer palatability ratings of beef strip loin steaks and Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties. An interpretive summary of the ground beef trial is available in this Taking Stock article.

    During the strip loin trial, consumer panelists participated in two rounds on the same day. During the first round, consumers were “blind” to the brand and were not given product information prior to sampling the beef. During the second round, consumers were informed of brand and USDA quality grade before they ate the beef. Consumers were asked to evaluate their beef strip loin samples based on tenderness, juiciness, flavor liking, and overall liking, and then rate each palatability trait as either acceptable or unacceptable. The results were quite remarkable.


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  • Nov
    14
    Part II: Brand influences ground beef palatability ratings


    By Samantha Kneeskern

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on the influence of retail brands on consumer palatability ratings of strip loin steaks and ground beef.

    Researchers at Kansas State University and the Angus Foundation recently reported results of two trials that examine the effect of branding (using “Certified Angus Beef” and “Angus”) on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef and strip loin steaks.

    A summary of the results of the first trial involving strip loin steaks can be found in this Taking Stock article. Results of the second trial involving ground beef can be found in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science in an article entitled Determination of the effect of brand and product identification on consumer palatability ratings of ground beef patties.


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  • Nov
    10
    Nominate AnimalX speakers


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    The first ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show will kick off with AnimalX: a series of TED-style talks. Nominate potential AnimalX speakers by selecting “Begin a Submission” underneath the AnimalX section on the Abstract Submission Page.

    We are looking for dynamic presentations that 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.

    Nominations are due December 1, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time).


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  • Nov
    10
    Submit abstracts for Annual Meeting


    Abstract submission for the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is now open.

    Members are encouraged to submit original research, teaching, and extension papers. Abstracts should consist of original, completed work that has not been accepted for publication in a journal. Authors need to be aware of patent considerations before submitting abstracts for publication.

    Criteria for acceptance or rejection will include those outlined on the Call for Papers page, as well as originality, clarity, and merit. Consolidation of results into one combined paper is urged whenever possible.

    There is a required $30 technology fee per abstract due upon submission. This fee helps mitigate the cost of e-Posters and the Virtual Meeting.


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  • Nov
    10
    Need lab equipment?


    Lab equipment getting old? Find the equipment, services and supplies you need at the ASAS Animal Science Resource Directory! Browse more than a dozen categories, or search the site for a specific product or service.

    Categories include:

    Animal Handling Equipment

    Animal Health/Monitoring


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  • Nov
    07
    Give the gift of Jr. Animal Scientist


    Looking for a Christmas gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for child? Give a gift subscription to Jr. Animal Scientist. The magazine is ideal for ages 5-9, so sign up those K-3rd graders!

    You also may want to give a local elementary school classroom a classroom subscription. The cost is just $5 per student.

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

    We always welcome your ideas for upcoming issues. The magazine is published in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Thank you to those who have already suggested ideas for our 2017 issues. Keep the ideas coming! Email kims@asas.org


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  • Nov
    07
    Visit the Image Gallery today!


    Have you been to the ASAS Animal Science Image Gallery lately? The gallery, housed at animalimagegallery.org, provides images, animations, and short videos for classroom and outreach learning.

    To supplement the visual information, each file has a description and metadata, including the origin and ownership of the image. Downloading any image within the gallery is free for ASAS members and only $5 per image for non-members. Each file in the gallery has had at least two peer reviews to optimize the image and its metadata, and to ensure that the information is sufficient and accurate.

    Submitting an image to the gallery is easy! There is no submission fee for ASAS members and only a $25 fee (per image) for non-members.

    There are more than 45 searchable categories in the gallery, and more than 600 images, so be sure to stop by the site and submit or download images today!


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  • Nov
    07
    2017 Southern Section Meeting: Important dates


    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will be held in Franklin, Tennessee on February 4-7, 2017, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Register today! Discounted rates end December 1.

    Early Registration Deadline – Discounted rates end December 1, 2016.


    Housing Deadline is January 13, 2017.

    Franklin Marriott Cool Springs


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