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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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    Apr
    18
    NAHMS seeks input for Beef 2017 study


    April 18, 2016 – The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is preparing for its 4th national study of the cow-calf segment of the beef industry.  NAHMS is an APHIS program that collects information on health and management of the nation’s livestock and poultry populations. NAHMS is currently soliciting stakeholder input regarding the highest priority issues for the cow-calf segment of the beef industry to set the objectives for the next study. The Beef 2017 study will begin data collection in late 2017 and continues into 2018. Producers will be randomly selected to enroll in 20+ states. Data will be collected through personal interviews guided by questionnaires. Individual producer data are not disclosed and are only reported in summary form.

    The NAHMS Beef 2017 Study Needs Assessment Survey is web-based and was established to gather input for the study objectives.  Please provide your input and share this survey with others in the beef industry. This 10 question survey is meant to help identify and prioritize key issues that could be addressed by the 2017 study. The survey must be completed by May 6.

    Reports from previous cow-calf studies and studies of other segments of the beef industry and other production systems are located on the NAHMS web site.

    Contact Dr. David A. Dargatz, Epidemiologist, USDA-APHIS, Veterinary Services, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, 2150 Center Ave., Building B, Fort Collins, Colo. 80526; Telephone: 970-494-7231, for more information or questions.


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    Apr
    18
    Perinatal Biology Symposium is August 27-30


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    April 18, 2016 – The 2016 Perinatal Biology Symposium is scheduled for August 27-30, 2016, in picturesque Snowmass, Colorado.

    The symposium will focus on “Interconnecting Animal and Human Systems to Understand Life-Long Disease.” There is a strong tradition of perinatal research and supporting conferences. This has been heightened by the explosive growth of interest in and information coming from exploration of the theory of the Developmental Origins of Health and Adult Disease (DOHAD).

    Please join us for the exciting and informative sessions, posters and networking opportunities at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass.

     


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    Apr
    14
    Registration open for online course on pharmaceutical use in cattle


    April 14, 2016 – Registration is now open for “Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle,” an online course presented by West Texas A&M University. The course runs June 6 through July 12, 2016. Registration closes the first week of class. 

    The course is designed to equip persons involved in the management, administration, distribution or sale of pharmaceuticals used in cattle to maximize therapeutic outcomes, prevent drug-related problems and protect the wholesomeness of the food supply chain.

    The 3-credit hour online course is ideal for students majoring in animal science, dairy science, feedyard/ranch management, ag education, ag communication, meat science, veterinary technology, and pre-veterinary medicine. Students are welcome to take the course on an individual basis and transfer the elective credit back to their home school.

    Graduate and undergraduate students throughout the country can access the web-based course to gain up-to-date information and training in veterinary labeled drugs, animal disease states, regulatory issues and public health topics.


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    Apr
    14
    GLNC 2016 abstract deadline is Friday


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    April 14, 2016 – The 5th Grazing Livestock Nutrition Conference is scheduled for July 17-19, 2016 in picturesque Park City, Utah. Time is running out to submit an abstract for the meeting. The deadline for abstract submissions is this Friday, April 15.  View the abstract submission site and instructions.

    The meeting 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
    14
    2016 JAM pre-conference to focus on gut microbiome


    April 14, 2016 – Plans are underway for the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting to kick off with a pre-conference symposium on “Gut Microbiota, Diet, and Health.” The all-day symposium will take place on Tues., July 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It will be hosted by ASAS and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN).

    The goal of the symposium is to provide the latest science regarding the interplay of nutrition and the microbiome by bringing together experts in nutrition science, animal science, microbiology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, and metabolism.

    The gastrointestinal microbiome plays a crucial role in metabolic health in humans and animals. The diversity and composition of the gut microbiota is influenced by nutrients and other components of the diet. These microbes, in turn, influence the host’s metabolic response to the diet and impact health and disease development.

    Topics in this symposium will address: (1) the role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and gut health, (2) the role of the gut microbiota and host energy homeostasis and metabolism, (3) the effects of early antibiotic exposure on host metabolism, (4) dietary oligosaccharides, establishment of the gut microbiota, and gut development, (5) the intestinal microbiota as a modulator of the immune response, (6) impact of gut microbiota on brain and behavior, (7) methane production, novel feed sources, and the rumen microbiome, (8) dietary fiber, the microbiome, and metabolic health, (9) dietary manipulation of the gut microbiome in companion animals, and (10) gut bacteria, animal health, and food safety.


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    Apr
    14
    FASS-AFIA award nominations due May 1


    April 14, 2016 – Please submit nominations for the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award. Nominations are due May 1, 2016, 11:59 pm CDT.

    Subject: Call for Nominations for FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award


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    Apr
    12
    AnimalX TED-style talks


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    April 11, 2016 – The 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) overall program committee is looking for a handful of people to share their stories at the Opening Session on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Traditionally, JAM starts off with a 45-minute presentation relating to that year’s theme. This year, AnimalX will replace the keynote speaker at the Opening Session. AnimalX is a series of 3-5 minute TED-style talks about a broad range of animal science topics. These talks should tie back to the meeting theme: “Animals and Science: Big Solutions for Grand Challenges.”

    If you want to share your story or know someone who should, email nominations to asas@asas.org by April 29, 2016.

    Nominations should include the name of the speaker, contact information, topic of talk and a short description/justification paragraph.


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    Apr
    11
    In memory: Dr. Line Estergreen


    April 11, 2016 – Dr. V. Lineˊ Estergreen died on March 30, 2016 in Pullman, Wash. A physiologist, Dr. Estergreen studied dairy reproductive and lactation physiology in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University from 1961 until his retirement in 1988.

    Lineˊ earned a B.S. degree and M.S. degree from Washington State College, served in the Navy, and then obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in reproductive physiology. While on the faculty at WSU, Lineˊ served the Washington livestock industries as a researcher, teacher and dairy management specialist. He was very proud of all of his graduate students and their successful careers in academics and private industry.

    In addition to his extensive contributions to the animal sciences field, Dr. Estergreen will be remembered most as a gentleman in every sense of the word. His kindness, humility, interest in other people and sense of humor will be his true legacy. Dr. Estergreen was preceded in death by his son, Marty, and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ellene, his brother and sisters, his daughter-in-law and his two grandchildren.

    Services will be Saturday, April 16, 2016. The full obituary can be found here.


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