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  • Jul
    26
    ASAS Science Policy Intern: Olivia Woods


    By: Olivia Woods, ASAS Science Policy Summer Intern



    July 28, 2016 – Coming directly from a quiet college town in Western Oregon, the pace and intensity of Washington D.C. initially took me by surprise. During my first week on Capitol Hill, I learned the basics of working in a congressional office very rapidly. This is where my previous professional and administrative skills came in handy. On any given day in the office, I am expected to read and file incoming emails, field phone calls, or voicemails from hundreds of constituents, then tally their various opinions for the office’s daily report.

    In addition to these administrative tasks, I am trained to give guided tours of the Capitol building to interested constituents.  Although an intimidating prospect at first, these tours quickly became one of my favorite parts of the job because they provide the opportunity for me to get out of the office, stretch my legs, and meet some new people.


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  • Jul
    26
    ASAS Science Policy Intern: Alexandra Cantrell


    By: Alexandra Cantrell, ASAS Science Policy Summer Intern

    July 28, 2016 – After spending two months in Washington D.C. I have come to love the rich history of the city itself and the impact that the people living in this district can have on the world. I always knew that Capitol Hill dictated the way our country is run, but it did not truly resonate with me until I started touring the halls of our government buildings. I now understand that our nation’s capital has a profound effect on our culture and the way our society thinks. My first realization of this was in the Supreme Court building, which showcases the history of our past justices. To portray the development of law, throughout the building there are friezes of different philosophers and great lawgivers of history such as Moses, Aristotle, and Chief Justice John Marshall.

    Another exhibit that caught my eye was the showcase of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. I had the opportunity to meet her once when she attended the opening of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. It was great to have a chance to learn about her in more detail. As a fellow Texan, rancher, and woman, she inspired me with her dedication to the law. Even though she was probably not an Animal Science major, I consider her a role model for what people in agriculture can accomplish in government and policy.

    Under the checks and balances within our government, the legislative branch is intended to make the laws, the executive branch is meant to enforce the laws, and the judicial branch must interpret the laws set by the government. Many of the cases heard by the Supreme Court over the course of our history have shaped who we are as a nation today and it humbled me to walk through the displays within the building.


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  • Jul
    26
    ASAS Science Policy Internship: Morgan Jones


    By: Morgan Jones, ASAS Science Policy Summer Intern

    July 28, 2016 – Hello! My name is Morgan Jones and I am currently in the ASAS Summer Policy Internship Program interning under South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem and South Dakota Senator John Thune in Washington D.C. My legislatures have gone above and beyond for the farmers and ranchers of my state, which is important when your state has four cows for every one person.

    Being born and raised in Milbank, South Dakota, agriculture has had a large impact on my life. It is my hope that one day I can contribute to this industry. I currently attend the University of Minnesota and am working towards a major in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis and minors in Political Science and Public Health. Although my ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian, I have always been curious about the policies and laws affecting animal science. This interest led me to shadow Dr. Oedekoven, South Dakota’s State Veterinarian, to see how these two passions could be combined.

    My experience in Washington D.C. has gone above and beyond my expectations. My first week at the capitol I attended a House Agricultural Committee hearing and ended up sitting next to a lobbyist from the American Veterinary Medical Association. I have also gained valuable legislative knowledge, in addition to connecting with South Dakota constituents. I look forward  to what the rest of my internship entails!


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  • Jul
    25
    Rosa awarded Rockefeller Prentice Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 25,2016 – Dr. Guilherme J. M. Rosa was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Dr. Rosa is a Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, and has previously served as faculty in the Department of Biostatistics at São Paulo State University, Brazil, and in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University. He has a B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Animal Breeding and Genetics from São Paulo State University, Brazil. In addition, he has a Ph.D. degree in Statistics and Agricultural Experimentation from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a post-doctoral training at UW-Madison.

    Dr. Rosa conducts basic research in the areas of experimental design, statistical modeling, and data mining techniques applied to animal breeding and quantitative genetics/genomics. Moreover, Dr. Rosa maintains a very active collaborative research program in genetics and genomics of various species including cattle, pigs, sheep, and chickens.

    The ASAS Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics stimulates research excellence in breeding and genetics. The research upon which the award is based is original and on basic or applied research in breeding and genetics with any class of large or small animals. The ASAS Rockefeller Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics is sponsored by ABS Global, Inc.


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  • Jul
    25
    Crenshaw awarded Cromwell Award for Research in Mineral Nutrition


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 25, 2016 – Dr. Thomas D. Crenshaw was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Gary L. Cromwell Award for Research in Mineral Nutrition by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Crenshaw is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees at the University of Nebraska in Swine Nutrition and a B.S. degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

    Two main themes have persisted throughout Dr. Crenshaw’s research in mineral nutrition related to skeletal growth. These include the roles of cation-anion balance and nutritional factors which enhance bone integrity. His research has allowed strong ties with researchers in academia and the commercial swine industry, and importantly, the projects have provided opportunities to train both graduate and undergraduate students. He has provided major input as mentor for 20 M.S. and 10 Ph.D. degree programs.


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  • Jul
    25
    Welsh awarded Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 25, 2016 – Dr. Thomas H. Welsh, Jr. was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.


    Dr. Welsh was born at Ft. Bragg, NC. He attended Texas A&M University (TAMU), and then transferred to North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. (Animal Science, 1974) and Ph.D. (Physiology/Biochemistry, 1980; mentored by Drs. Bryan Johnson and Lester Ulberg) degrees. From 1980-83, Dr. Welsh was a Reproductive Endocrinology postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Aaron Hsueh’s lab at the University of California-San Diego. In 1983, Dr. Welsh joined the faculty at TAMU where he is now a Professor and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow in the Departments of Animal Science and Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.

    Dr. Welsh and colleagues support their students and projects with funding from intramural and extramural sources. His Endocrine Physiology Laboratory studies how stress and temperament are linked to reproductive, metabolic, and immune functions. He has served on over 130 graduate advisory committees and has been chair/co-chair for 26 M.S. and 11 Ph.D. students. Since 2006, Dr. Welsh has authored or co-authored 4 book chapters, 64 peer-reviewed journal articles, 146 abstracts, 8 position papers and essays, and 51 technical reports. Dr. Welsh is married to Claudia Barton, D.V.M. (TAMU veterinary oncology professor) and they have 2 daughters, Laura (professional equestrian) and Julia (TAMU nursing student).


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  • Jul
    25
    Reynolds awarded ASAS Fellow: Research Category


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    July 25, 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 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
    25
    ASAS staff out of office




    July 25, 2016 – Several of our American Society of Animal Science staff members are still in Salt Lake City facilitating the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) Conference. Please note that this may result in a delay in returning calls and emails to the ASAS office. Thank you for your patience!


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  • Jul
    25
    New board members named at ASAS business meeting


    July 25, 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) announced its new President-Elect, three new Directors-at-Large, and new Graduate Director during the society’s business meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.



    Your new ASAS board members are:

    President-Elect – Dr. Steven A. Zinn, University of Connecticut


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  • Jul
    25
    ASN competition winners




    July 25, 2016 – The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Student Competition was sponsored by Biomin. The competition took place during the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting of the ASAS-ADSA®-CSAS-WSASAS, held last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here are the competition winners.

    1st – Abstract #440 – The Development of a Cecum-Cannulated Gnotobiotic Piglet Model to Study the Human Gut Microbiota, Nirosh Aluthge, University of Nebraska

    2nd – Abstract #814 – Effect of Starch Source in Pelleted Concentrates on Fecal Bacterial Communities in Thoroughbred Mares, Morgan Pyles, University of Kentucky


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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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