July 10, 2017

Highlights from AnimalX talks

The Opening Session of the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show featured five "AnimalX" TED-style talks about animal science. Meet the speakers here and see photos from the event on the ASAS Facebook page.

Dr. Steven Lonergan, Professor of Animal Science (Meat Science and Muscle Biology) at Iowa State University, discussed “Science or Practice – Which Comes First?” He stressed why creating an avenue for learning is so important and that learning is more than just knowing. Learning fuels science and technology. Work toward becoming a learned scholar!

Dr. Gretchen Hill, Michigan State University, shared some of her most memorable -- and amusing -- moments on her career path. Donning a pair of white gloves and a wide-brimmed hat, Dr. Hill gave attendees a glimpse of what she wore during her undergraduate years at the University of Kentucky, while one of only three female animal science students.

Dr. Chantal Farmer, shared some amusing events on her path from "city girl" to animal scientist. She says being passionate in life is the key to achieving your professional and personal goals. She inspired the audience to "Live your passion to the fullest!" Dr. Farmer is Research Scientist in the area of Sow Lactation Biology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Ms. Allison Devitre, Communications Manager on the Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs team within Monsanto, urged audience members to lead the conversation, because "if not you, then who" will be the scientific voice for animal agriculture? No one knows your story better than you do!

Dr. Ronnie Green, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, wrapped up the evening with a call to action: Be authentic animal scientists. Do good science and educate people about science in a new, aggressive way!