Featured Articles

  • Shadow
    Feb
    23
    Western Section awards information


    February 22, 2016 – It is time for Western Section members to nominate their colleagues for the WSASAS awards! Deadline for award nominations is March 28. 

    The WSASAS awards are:

    As a reminder, there are perks for nominating your peers. The WSASAS will give $50 to the nominators of each award winner! So, if you nominate a colleague for an award and they win, you receive $50 to boost the celebration events or to put in your pocket.

    The WSASAS awards showcase the contributions and accomplishments of Western Section outstanding members. Therefore, you, as a nominator, provide an important service to the WSASAS by nominating worthy colleagues. More importantly, you honor your fellow colleagues by taking time to demonstrate to others their valuable contribution to WSASAS and agriculture.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    23
    Porcine parainfluenza virus 1 identified in U.S. pigs


    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAP/ASAS Intern

    February 22, 2016 – The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has recently published the first identified and characterized cases of porcine parainfluenza virus 1 (PPIV1) in U.S. pigs. Prior to this, the virus had only been seen in Asia.

    The laboratory received samples from across the U.S. from pigs showing respiratory disease symptoms. Researchers developed PCR and diagnostic assays specifically for the porcine parainfluenza virus 1 once the samples tested negative for the usual agents causing respiratory disease, such as influenza and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. They were further surprised to discover the extent of genetic variability of the parainfluenza virus in the samples they collected.

    Of the 300 random nasal, oral and lung samples, six percent were positive for the virus. Other findings from the study highlighted how the virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract, and a serology test for exposure to the virus antibodies returned a positive result in 50 to 60 percent of samples. This indicates that the virus has been in the U.S. for some time and is not isolated to a certain area or areas as samples came from across many states.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    17
    Scientists create male mice with no Y chromosome


    By Chloe Mitchell, ASAP/ASAS Intern

    February 18, 2016 – A recent article in Science highlights new research from reproductive biologists at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, who have produced male mice lacking a Y chromosome. Monika Ward and colleagues developed the engineered males from mice with a single X chromosome via genetic manipulation on the X chromosome and another chromosome. This led to the creation of male mice capable of immature sperm production.

    These results may initially appear to suggest that the Y chromosome is becoming obsolete in regard to reproduction. However, there are conflicting opinions in the scientific community as to what this research means for the Y chromosome. La Trobe University reproductive biologist Jennifer Marshall Graves (Melbourne, Australia) says the work is “a lovely example of how you can lose even a really important gene [and still maintain function].” Read more in an article in ScienceNews.

    Ward maintains that the results cannot be interpreted as the end of the Y chromosome, as engineered males could only produce offspring when assisted: the immature sperm was injected into ova, producing viable offspring.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    17
    Topics wanted for next WIANF


    February 18, 2016 – The next World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding is being planned for 2017, and WIANF is requesting suggestions for topics of special interest in the field of animal nutrition.

    The 1st World Conference on Innovative Animal Nutrition and Feeding was held October 15 – 17, 2015, in Budapest, Hungary. The conference attracted 80 attendees from 23 countries, and included 6 keynote lectures, 17 oral presentations and 22 poster presentations covering the following topics in animal nutrition and feeding:

    Information from the 2015 conference is available online, including a PDF version of the book of abstracts.

    If you have any suggestions regarding topics for the upcoming 2017 WIANF conference, please contact WIANF at wianf-hu@akademiai.hu.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    16
    Midwest officer elections now open


    February 15, 2016 – Officer elections for the ASAS Midwest Section are now open. Voting will remain open until March 11, 2016 at noon Central time.

    For the 2016 election cycle, the ASAS Midwest Section must fill positions for 1) ASAS Midwest President-Elect, 2) Midwest ADSA/ASAS Director-at-Large and 3) Midwest Section Graduate Director. The nominees for ASAS Midwest President-Elect are Dr. Gretchen Hill and Dr. Julie Walker. The nominees for Midwest ADSA/ASAS Director-at-Large are Dr. Hugo Ramirez and Dr. Tim Safranski. The nominees for the ASAS Graduate Student Director are DeMetris Reed, Jr. and Michaela Trudeau.

    To verify ASAS Midwest Section membership, your email address will be required prior to voting.

    Midwest registration, housing and program information is available here.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    16
    Paper retracted after researcher accused of duplicating image


    Goats
    By Holly Webb, ASAP/ASAS Intern

    February 15, 2016 – A retraction notice has appeared in Food and Nutrition Sciences, regarding a paper that demonstrated how genes could be found in the blood and organs of young goats whose mothers ate genetically modified (GM) soybeans. The paper was referenced in an Italian Senate hearing last July, regarding the cultivation of GM crops in the country. It has since been retracted due to the investigation of complaints received against it.

    Federico Infascelli, an animal nutrition researcher at the University of Naples, is accused of manipulating images that suggested GMOs are harmful. The retracted paper, entitled “Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Activity in Kids Born from Goats Fed Genetically Modified Soybean,” contained data that had previously been published in 2010. The retraction notice stated, “The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and we treat all unethical behavior such as plagiarism seriously.”

    A professor from the University of Milan published an open letter in June 2015 expressing concern about the quality of Infascelli’s research. Further examination of other papers authored by Infascelli, which also examined the transfer of GM material to the offspring of goats fed GM soybeans, revealed manipulation of images of electrophoresis gels.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    16
    2016 IACUC Conference coming up


    February 15, 2016 – The Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research PRIM&R’s 2016 IACUC Conference (IACUC16) is coming up on April 1-2, (with pre-conference programs on March 30) in Bellevue, Wash. This event allows attendees to exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and grapple with the complex ethical issues raised by research with animals.

    This year, PRIM&R is pleased to be hosting IACUC16 in conjunction with the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) 2016 Regional IACUC Conference, which will take place on March 31, with a pre-conference site visit program on March 30.

    Attendees can register for one or multiple events at one time, and PRIM&R and NWABR members will receive a discounted rate on these offerings.

    Conference schedule highlights include plenary sessions, workshops, and networking events on topics ranging from animal well-being and the three R’s, protocol review, IACUC administration, program management, and wildlife and field studies.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    16
    Winners of National Bio and Agro-Defense challenge announced


    February 15, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the winners of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Think-and-Do Challenge. The two winners, the Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) and DynaSim Technical Services, Inc., both located in Manhattan, Kan., have developed ideas that will substantively support operations for the NBAF.

    When completed and fully operational in 2022, the $1.25 billion NBAF will be a 570,000 sq.ft, biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten animal agriculture and public health in the United States.

    “The NBAF will be America’s go-to resource for truly innovative animal health research, and will provide huge advances in diagnostic capabilities, vaccines, and other countermeasures that protect America’s livestock, food supply and economy, thus enhancing our overall security posture,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Dr. Reginald Brothers. “The Think-and-Do Challenge was a unique opportunity to develop meaningful partnerships that will enhance the capabilities that the NBAF will provide once fully operational.”

    As winners of the Think-and-Do Challenge:


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    12
    Students star at Southern Section


    February 11, 2016 – Winners of the graduate and undergraduate student competitions held during the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Meeting were announced on February 8 during the Southern Section Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. 

    Here are the results of the competitions:


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    12
    Researchers awarded for innovation in pork industry


    February 11, 2016 – A study by researchers at the USDA-ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit and Texas A&M University was awarded the Swine Industry Award for Innovation during the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Annual Meeting, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas. 

    The award is sponsored by the National Pork Board.

    It was given to Abstract #61: “Sexually dimorphic innate immune responses but not tissue Salmonella translocation patterns in pigs exposed to an oral Salmonella challenge.”

    About the photo: Nicole Burdick Sanchez, USDA-ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit, accepted the Swine Industry Award for Innovation during the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Annual Meeting.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    12
    In memory: Dr. Burk A. Dehority


    February 11, 2016 – Dr. Burk A. Dehority, 85, of Wooster, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

    The following information about Dr. Dehority, a Fellow in the American Society of Animal Science, is excerpted from his obituary:

    (Dr. Dehority) was a Professor at The Ohio State University at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center for over 50 years in the Animal Science Department specializing in Rumen Microbiology.

    An expert in rumen and gastrointestinal microbiology, Burk had worked with scientists around the world to identify and study the microbes that live in herbivores.  During the course of his career he had described and named 21 new species and had two species named after him.  He authored or co-authored 170 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters, and two books.  Burk advised 14 master’s degree students and 10 doctoral students while also attracting many postdoctoral and visiting scientists to his lab.  He also served on the editorial board for Applied and Environmental Microbiology.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    11
    Price receives Fontenot travel scholarship


    February 11, 2016 – Deborah Price from the University of Florida received a student travel scholarship to attend the 2016 American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Annual Meeting, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas.

    The travel award is sponsored by the American Society of Animal Science’s Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club. Since its inception, the Fontenot Appreciation Club has awarded over $15,000 in travel awards. The Fontenot Appreciation Club also supports graduate student travel to the ASAS national meeting in July.

    About the photo: Deborah Price received a travel scholarship to the 2016 Southern Section Annual Meeting from the ASAS Foundation Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club. Price is pictured with incoming Southern Section President Dr. Jane Parish.

     


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    09
    Horn honored with Distinguished Service Award


    February 9, 2016 – Dr. Gerald W. Horn received the Southern Section Distinguished Service Award this week during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Feb. 6-9,  in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. Horn joined the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University in 1975 after 4 years on the faculty at the University of Georgia. Soon after joining OSU, he recognized the unique role of dual-purpose wheat in the southern Great Plains, and has devoted much of his career toward increasing the overall efficiency and profitability of this enterprise.

    Dr. Horn has taught 9 different courses to veterinary, graduate or undergraduate students, and has authored/co-authored 113 refereed journal articles and over 500 other scientific reports. He has served as major advisor and/or graduate committee member to 120+ graduate students. His former students are advancing the science and practice of beef cattle nutrition and management and providing leadership in academia, industry and administrative agencies in the U.S., Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico.

    Dr. Horn is a Charter Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition, a long-time member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, and is widely respected by students, colleagues and stakeholders.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    09
    Lehmkuhler receives Extension Award


    February 9, 2016 – Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler received the Southern Section Extension Award this week during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Feb. 6-9,  in San Antonio, Texas. 

    Dr. Lehmkuhler grew up in Indiana, received a B.S. from Purdue University and M. S. and Ph. D. from the University of Missouri in ruminant nutrition. He began his career at the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2008. His responsibilities include nutritional management of the beef herd and backgrounding/stocker management. At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Lehmkuhler has provided science-based, practical information to approximately 13,000 beef producers in over 350 different county groups focusing on producers making more informed decisions.

    Dr. Lehmkuhler has developed three novel extension programs, authored 11 refereed journal articles, 12 conference proceedings and invited presentations, and 78 extension publications. He has received over $1.9M in extramural funding. He teaches two undergraduate courses and serves as an officer of the Southern Region ASAS Extension group.

    Jeff and wife Gwen have 3 children.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    09
    Young Scientists honored at Southern Section


    February 9, 2016 – Two Outstanding Young Animal Scientists were honored this week during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Southern Section, held Feb. 6-9, in San Antonio, Texas.

    The Southern Section Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Education Award was given to Dr. Carolyn E. Huntington, Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Lecturer at Auburn University. Outstanding Young Animal Scientist – Research was awarded to Dr. Nicolas DiLorenzo, Beef Cattle Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida.

    Dr. Huntington and Dr. DiLorenzo received their awards during the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. DiLorenzo was born in City Bell, Argentina, and he spent most of his childhood in his family-owned beef cattle ranch in Chascomus, Buenos Aires province. He received his degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, in 2002 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010 DiLorenzo worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. In 2010 he joined the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. His primary research and extension interests are in the area of beef cattle nutrition, with the objective of improving the efficiency of use of forages, minimizing the environmental impact. Dr. DiLorenzo has advised or co-advised a total of 4 M.S. and 1 Ph.D. students, and has been a committee member of 12 graduate students, including 2 in Argentina and 2 in Colombia.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    09
    Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium


    February 9, 2016 – The Bill E. Kunkle Interdisciplinary Beef Symposium drew a good crowd yesterday at the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Meeting in San Antonio. Researchers from several institutions discussed mineral and vitamin nutrition of cattle fed forage-based diets and its influence on reproduction, immune function, health, carcass characteristics and meat quality.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    09
    See you next year in Tennessee!


    February 9, 2016 – The 2016 Southern Section Meeting wraps up today in San Antonio. Attendance at this year’s meeting bested last year’s record-setting number. The number of registrants for this year’s meeting was 295. This total includes 63 undergraduates, 85 graduate students and 147 professional members.

    The Southern Section expresses gratitude to the 2016 award sponsors:

    Plans are already underway for the 2017 meeting, so mark your calendar and make plans to join us Feb. 4-7 at the 2017 Southern Section Meeting in Franklin, Tennessee!

    Photo: An evening walk by the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    08
    Southern Section convenes in San Antonio


    February 8, 2016 – The first of the 2016 ASAS sectional meetings kicked off this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Yesterday’s program at the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Meeting included an Academic Quadrathlon (AQ) competition and a standing-room-only cow-calf symposium.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    08
    Texas A&M tops Southern Section AQ


    February 8, 2016 – Congratulations to the undergraduate team from Texas A&M University! The team took top honors at the Southern Section Academic Quadrathlon, held in conjunction with the 2016 ASAS Southern Section Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Winning team members include Sierra Francis, Logan Speck, Erika Wiggs and Madelyn Wilson.

    Second place went to Louisiana State University, followed by the University of Arkansas in third place. Hats off to all 10 teams in this year’s competition!

    Colleges represented at this year’s competition included the University of Tennessee, Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, Auburn University, Tuskegee University, the University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, the University of Arkansas, Texas Tech University, and Berry College.

    The teams completed lab practicum events and written exams at Texas A&M University in College Station on Sat., Feb. 6. The competition moved to San Antonio on Sun., Feb. 7, where the teams gave oral presentations and competed in a quiz bowl competition.


    Read more
  • Shadow
    Feb
    08
    Meet our Australian interns


    February 8, 2016 – ASAS welcomed two communications interns from Australia this month. Please join us in welcoming Holly Webb and Chloe Mitchell! 

    Holly (shown at left in photo) and Chloe (at right in photo) will be working on several communications projects, as well as establishing an electronic newsletter for the membership of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP). Please take a minute to read about their academic backgrounds and plans during their stay in the U.S.

    My name is Holly Webb and I will be an intern at ASAS from February to April 2016. I received a scholarship from the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in a joint initiative with the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) to work as a communications intern at the ASAS headquarters in Champaign, IL.

    I am from Sydney, Australia and completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney. I completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in 2015, graduating with Honours Class 1 after completing an individual research project. I have a range of interests including animal behaviour and welfare, as well as livestock production and wildlife management. I am looking forward to the events ASAS has organised over the next 10 weeks, in particular attending the 2016 Midwest Meeting in Des Moines, IA.


    Read more