Madeline McCurry-Schmidt, ASAS Scientific Communications Associate for the past 2.5 years, has announced her plans to resign on August 30, 2013 and pursue new professional opportunities. On behalf of ASAS, I reluctantly accepted her letter of resignation.
Madeline has played a key role in our efforts to address the Directives described in the ASAS Strategic Plan, particularly those focused on enhancing communications with ASAS members and external groups. During her tenure at ASAS, Madeline has made major contributions to the establishment of Taking Stock, Junior Animal Scientist, and AnimalSmart.org; and she has been responsible for preparing numerous press releases, Board of Directors statements, and various other communications that are released regularly to ASAS members and to targeted regional, national, and international media outlets.
The following list includes some of Madeline’s accomplishments at ASAS:
- Formalized Taking Stock, contributing approximately 85% of the content in the last 2 years, and ensured that Taking Stock was published twice weekly
- Helped establish Taking Stock as a flagship program for ASAS
- Created and maintained the ASAS Podcast program
- Helped create and launch the Jr. Animal Scientist magazine
- Helped create, launch, and maintain AnimalSmart.org
- Helped elevate ASAS and contributions of our members in the national and international press
- Reported on numerous meetings, journal articles, and ASAS activities
- Represented ASAS at many conferences and forums, including a workshop at the 2013 JAM entitled, “Communicating Animal Science in the Popular Media”
Please join me in thanking Madeline for her service to ASAS and wishing her the best in her future endeavors.