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  • Jul
    25
    JAM Virtual Meeting still available for purchase


    July 25, 2016 – Didn’t make it to the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM)?

    You can still register for the 2016 Virtual ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting!  At a cost of $575, the Virtual Meeting gives you the opportunity to view the JAM presentations when and where you want.

    Recordings of symposia and all other presentations will be available. Posters, with the exception of student poster competitions, are not included in the Virtual Meeting package.

    View the JAM Program online to see all that took place this year. The Abstract Book also is available online.


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  • Jul
    22
    Boyd receives AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 22, 2016 – Dr. R. Dean Boyd was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Boyd is the Technical Director for The Hanor Company and Triumph Foods Group, and is an adjunct professor in animal nutrition at North Carolina State and Iowa State Universities. Dr. Boyd’s research has led to a better understanding of energy and amino acid nutrition, ingredient mitigation of disease stress on growth, and the profound life-time effects of low weaning age. His team proved that seasonal infertility can be alleviated by specific amounts of essential fatty acids and his growth assay for calibrating ingredient net energy facilitated wide adoption of the net energy system in pigs.

    Dr. Boyd has published 338 scientific papers in scholarly journals, book chapters, conference papers, and abstracts during his 35 years in academia and the private sector. He earned over $6 million in support of research over the last 10 years.


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  • Jul
    22
    Krehbiel awarded AFIA Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 22, 2016 – Dr. Clint R. Krehbiel has been named the recipient of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Krehbiel was raised on a diversified farm near McPherson, Kansas. He holds B.S. (1988) and M.S. (1990) degrees from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Krehbiel was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center, NE. He then spent 3.5 years on the faculty at New Mexico State University before joining the faculty at Oklahoma State University in January 2000. Dr. Krehbiel holds a split appointment between administration (50%), research (40%), and teaching (10%). He is a Regents Professor, the Dennis and Marta White Endowed Chair in Ruminant Nutrition and Health, and the Assistant Department Head of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.

    Dr. Krehbiel’s research interests include understanding relationships involving ruminal fermentation, gut metabolism, and nutrient absorption to improve health, growth, feed efficiency, and end-product quality of beef cattle. He also studies the impact of bovine respiratory disease on immune function, gene expression, nutrient metabolism, animal performance, and carcass merit.


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  • Jul
    22
    Visit the remodeled ASAS Image Gallery


    July 22, 2016 – The newly renovated ASAS Animal Science Image Gallery was introduced last night during a special preview at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

    The gallery is now housed at: animalimagegallery.org

    The site is designed to provide 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.


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  • Jul
    22
    Powers awarded Extension Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 22, 2016 – Dr. Wendy J. Powers was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Extension Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Powers is the Associate Vice President of Ag and Natural Resources at the University of California Office of the President and holds dual titles of Associate Director-Agriculture Experiment Station and Associate Director-Cooperative Extension. Prior to assuming this position in July 2016, Dr. Powers was a Professor of Animal Science and Biosystems & Agriculture Engineering and Director of Environmental Stewardship for Animal Agriculture at Michigan State University. Her research focused on diet modification to alter odor and gaseous emissions and manure nutrient excretion working in a multispecies capacity. Extension efforts focused on implementation of management practices to reduce environmental impact. Dr. Powers joined Michigan State University in 2006 after almost 10 years on faculty at Iowa State University.

    The ASAS Extension Award stimulates outstanding achievements in animal science extension. The ASAS Extension Award is sponsored by Zoetis.


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  • Jul
    22
    Johnson awarded Distinguished Teacher Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 22, 2016 – Dr. Kristen A. Johnson was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Distinguished Teacher Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Johnson is an accomplished academician known for her commitment to student learning and the preparation of career-ready graduates. A tireless teacher, mentor, and advisor, her pedagogy extends far beyond the classroom where she motivates students while setting high, yet attainable goals. She challenges students to integrate knowledge to solve problems. Dr. Johnson is not the professor from whom an easy A is received, but is the professor that delivers a challenging course that leaves a student with an earned feeling of accomplishment. Her students engage with allied and livestock industries and have a reputation as well-trained and career-ready.

    Dr. Johnson is a valued leader in all areas of our land grant mission. Her service to the Animal Sciences Department, Washington State University, ASAS, and other professional and community organizations prove her to be a dedicated team player with a passion for teaching and students.


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  • Jul
    22
    Galyean receives WSASAS Distinguished Service Award


    July 22, 2016 – Dr. Michael Galyean is the recipient of the 2016 Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes those members of the Western Section ASAS who have made the most outstanding contributions to animal agriculture in the western region. As such, this award is the most prestigious honor that the Western Section ASAS bestows upon its members. Dr. Galyean was honored for this award at the WSASAS Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Galyean’s many contributions to ruminant nutrition research and graduate education throughout his extraordinary career are too numerous to list within the confines of this citation.   The arc of Dr. Galyean’s career has demonstrated a continuous and cumulative path of progress and achievement. Dr. Galyean received his B.S. in Agriculture from New Mexico State University in 1973, and his M.S. in Animal Science (1975) and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition (1977) from Oklahoma State University.  He has held the position of professor of animal science at New Mexico State University, West Texas A&M University/Texas A&M University and at Texas Tech University where he is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and holds the Thornton Distinguished Chair in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

    Since 2012, Dr. Galyean has served as Dean of the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.  In addition to his other duties, Dr. Galyean continues to be involved beef cattle nutrition and management research.  During his career, Dr. Galyean and his students have authored 242 peer-reviewed journal articles, 59 invited papers and book chapters, 83 published proceedings and experiment station articles, 72 published progress reports, and 194 published abstracts.  According to Science Citation Index, Dr. Galyean’s published works have been cited 4,855 times as of March 2016.  Twenty-nine M.S. students, 33 Ph.D. students, and 9 post-doctoral research associates have worked under his guidance, and his research has been supported by more than $2.6 million in grant funds.

    Dr. Galyean has also contributed his time by serving on the NRC Subcommittee on Beef Cattle Nutrition and the NRC Committee on Animal Nutrition.  He was Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect, and President of the Western Section of ASAS and a member of the Board of Directors of ASAS.  From 2006 to 2009 he served as President-Elect, President, and Past-President of ASAS.  Dr. Galyean also served three terms on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Animal Science, one 3-year term as a Section Editor and as Editor-in-Chief from 2002 to 2005.  Dr. Galyean is currently the Chair of the NRC Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle.  Dr. Galyean has been previously recognized for his contributions by being the recipient of numerous awards which include Young Scientist Award, Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (1988); American Feed Industry Association Ruminant Nutrition Research Award, American Society of Animal Science (1999); President’s Academic Achievement Award, Texas Tech Univ. (2005); Animal Management Award, American Society of Animal Science (2006); Fellow, American Society of Animal Science (2010); Morrison Award, American Society of Animal Science (2012); and FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award, Federation of Animal Science Societies (2013) to name only a few.


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  • Jul
    22
    ASAS names 2016 Fellows


    July 21, 2016 – Five individuals were named recipients of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award in the areas of administration, research, and teaching. Award recipients were honored this week during the ASAS Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please join us in applauding these individuals:

    Administration Category: Dr. Donald H. Beermann

    Research Category: Dr. Larry P. Reynolds

    Research Category: Dr. Evan Titgemeyer


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  • Jul
    22
    Battle of the Brats and Big Scoop winners announced


    July 21, 2016 – Winners of the 2016 Battle of the Brats and Big Scoop ice cream Competition were announced last night at the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Awards Ceremony. Attendees at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) Opening BBQ were able to sample brats from fourteen different schools and ice cream from three different schools. They could then vote for their favorite product. After the votes were tallied, University of Nebraska was determined to have the best brat and Washington State University’s Apple Crisp Ice Cream was chosen for best ice cream.

    Universities competing in the brat competition included:

    University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of California-Davi,s University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, Texas Tech University, Virginia Tech, West Texas A&M, and University University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Universities competing in the ice cream competition included:


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  • Jul
    22
    ASAS honors its own at JAM



    July 21, 2016 – More than 25 individuals were recognized last night for their exemplary efforts and achievements in animal sciences during the ASAS Awards Ceremony in Salt Lake City. In today’s Taking Stock we recognize recipients of the ASAS Morrison Award and ASAS Fellow Awards.

    Morrison Award:

    Dr. George C. Fahey, Jr.

    Fellows:


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  • Jul
    21
    McNamara awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. John P. McNamara was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Teaching Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. McNamara has been training animal scientists for more than 30 years. He has challenged and inspired students to relate classroom learning to knowledge for career success and societal benefit. His teaching extends from classroom, to research lab, farms, and animal shelters. Early on, he initiated courses in companion animal nutrition and management, which have been emulated nationally. He authored a companion animal textbook that helped start several classes and is widely used. His work with the Washington Science Teachers Association has brought accuracy of animal biology and animal production content to K-12 curricula exposing a wide population to the science of animals and agriculture.

    In 2007, Dr. McNamara was awarded the ASAS Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award and has been an active member of ASAS for more than 30 years. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and is one of the very few to be named a Fellow of both ADSA and ASAS.


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  • Jul
    21
    Titgemeyer awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Evan Titgemeyer was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Research Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.Dr. Titgemeyer earned his B.S. from The Ohio State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1992. His research program has been very productive as evidenced by 145 journal articles and over $2 million in research support. He served as a Division Editor for the Journal of Animal Science from 2006-2009 and currently serves as a Section Editor. He received the American Feed Industry Association Award in Ruminant Nutrition Research in 2007.

    Dr. Titgemeyer’s research program studies amino acid utilization by growing cattle and has demonstrated that the efficiencies of amino acid use for growth differ among the amino acids, and is often much less than predicted by current models. Eleven of his graduate students have been placed as university faculty. He currently serves as Graduate Program Director and Research Coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.

    The ASAS Fellow Award: Research Category recognizes persons who have rendered very distinguished service to the animal industry and/or to the ASAS, maintained continuous membership in the Society for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years, and who are in good standing in the Society. The ASAS Fellow Award: Research Category is sponsored by the ASAS.


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  • Jul
    21
    Reynolds awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Larry P. Reynolds was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Research Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Reynolds’ research career has focused on improving both fertility (i.e., the ability to conceive and to establish a pregnancy) and pregnancy outcomes (i.e., healthy offspring) in livestock. These problems have major scientific, socioeconomic, and health implications for humans as well.

    Along with numerous collaborators, Dr. Reynolds helped establish the importance of placental vascular growth and blood flow to placental function. They also developed methods to evaluate the rate of cell turnover in vivo. More recently, Dr. Reynolds and colleagues have shown that altered placental vascular development and function are mediators by which maternal stressors, such as malnutrition, environmental factors, and assisted reproductive technologies, ‘program’ pre- and postnatal well-being and productivity.


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  • Jul
    21
    Hill awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Gretchen Myers Hill was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Teaching Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Hill earned degrees from the University of Kentucky, Purdue University, and Michigan State University (MSU).  She was on the faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri before returning to MSU. She is known as “the professor who never gives up on students.” At MSU, she introduced group learning, developed case studies, wrote on-line texts for students in animal science and writing, and utilized clicker technology.

    Under Dr. Hill’s supervision, undergraduate students have conducted research studies and presented their findings in ASAS competition. She follows students’ careers and stays in contact with them. Dr. Hill has served as advisor to the Block and Bridle Club, and departmental, college, and university curriculum committees.


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  • Jul
    21
    Beermann awarded ASAS Fellow Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. Donald H. Beermann was named a recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Fellow Award: Administration Category by the ASAS during its annual meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    For 17 years, Dr. Beermann served as Head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Director of the UNL Institutional Animal Care Program and Research Compliance, Interim Director of the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Interim Associate Dean of the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. He became Chair of the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University (ISU) on January 5, 2015.

    At UNL, Dr. Beermann hired 15 faculty, increased undergraduate enrollment by 35%, and expanded and improved Animal Science programs and facilities. He led efforts to improve animal facilities for the School of Biological Sciences and supervised a three-year, $15 million renovation of a 40,000 sq. ft. research animal facility, which he also managed.


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  • Jul
    21
    Fahey awarded ASAS Morrison Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 21, 2016 – Dr. George C. Fahey, Jr. is the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Morrison Award, presented to him this week during the ASAS annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Fahey is Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences and Kraft Foods Endowed Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An overarching theme of his research is gastrointestinal tract health and the role of macronutrients in the digestive physiology, microbial ecology, and health of the gut. Dr. Fahey’s early contributions were in the area of ruminant nutrition where he studied plant cell wall biochemistry and its impact on forage utilization by cattle. Since the late 1980’s, Dr. Fahey’s species emphasis has been companion animals.

    As a result of Dr. Fahey’s research, new dietary formulations and feeding strategies have been implemented by health care professionals and pet food manufacturers for animals at various physiological states and for those experiencing health problems. His research is characterized by high standards with respect to concept development, originality of approach, creativity in experimental design, and objective interpretation of data.


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  • Jul
    21
    Chico tops AQ competition


    July 21, 2016 – The 2016 National ASAS Academic Quadrathlon results are in, and top honors go to the team of undergraduates from California State University, Chico! Second place went to Texas A&M University, followed by Purdue University and the University of Rhode Island. Congratulations to all four teams on a close competition and a job well done!

    The competition took place earlier this week at Utah State University in Logan. Results were announced at the ASAS Awards Program in Salt Lake City by Dr. Joel Yelich, Chair of the ASAS Academic Quadrathlon Committee. Here is a breakdown of the results:

     

     


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  • Jul
    21
    JAM Opening BBQ: The place to be


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    July 20, 2016 – The JAM Opening BBQ, held last night at This is the Place Heritage Park near Salt Lake City, gave attendees the chance to enjoy scenic views, great food and fun with colleagues, family, and friends.

    Be sure to visit the ASAS social media sites below, and share your 2016 JAM memories with us!

    Twitter: @CritterChatter

    Facebook


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  • Jul
    21
    2016 JAM convenes in Salt Lake City


    July 20, 2016 – “Animals and Science: Big Solutions for Grand Challenges” was a fitting theme for the Opening Session of the 2016 ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting, held last night at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

    The program began with a welcome message from ASAS President, Dr. Michael Looper. Dr. Looper recognized and thanked our partnering societies and staffs, the JAM Program Committees, and Program Chair Dr. Shawn Archibeque. Please join us in thanking our partnering societies, as well as the many individuals who served on the JAM Program Committees. Please also join us in thanking our many JAM sponsors.

    Dr. Archibeque welcomed international attendees to JAM. This year, 37 countries are represented at JAM.

    The evening included presentation of the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award. This year’s recipient is Dr. Donald Mahan, The Ohio State University. Dr. Gretchen Hill, Michigan State University, accepted the award on Dr. Mahan’s behalf.


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  • Jul
    21
    Brat and ice cream entries battle it out


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    July 20, 2016 – In addition to great BBQ, sides, and dessert, JAM attendees at last night’s Opening BBQ, held at This is the Place Heritage Park, had the chance to sample 14 brats entered in the Battle of the Brats competition.

    Gallons and gallons of ice cream also were on hand for attendees to sample and vote for their favorite entry in the Big Scoop Competition. The winners will be announced soon!


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