Dear ASAS Southern Section Members,
I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether our work is primarily teaching, research, extension, or industry, it is likely that each of us have been affected emotionally and physically. To those members that teach or have an extension appointment, I hope that your semester is off to a good start as you use innovative ways to reach your students and clients. For those in research labs, keep generating the data that will make us more proficient as animal scientists in the future.
I am reaching out to you as, the senior member of the ASAS Southern Section Board of Directors to keep you informed concerning our 2021 Southern Section Meeting. I have been and remain cautiously optimistic, about seeing everyone in Raleigh in January 2021. Don’t get me wrong, I have been doing my part to keep my family and my colleagues safe with my own personal actions, as I know that COVID-19 can be a very serious illness, but my preference as I am sure is yours is to get back to business and to see everyone in person! I had envisioned having the best registration ever because we were going to be the first meeting face to face since March 2020. I expected that everyone was going to be excited about sharing their data and networking in person and that we would have so many people we didn’t know what to do with them.
I am still hoping and working towards an in-person meeting, but because of the nature of the global pandemic, we are looking at several scenarios for the meeting in January 2021. Specifically, we are monitoring the pandemic situation in North Carolina and trying to stay in tune with University and Industry COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Please be patient as we work through the options to make sure we can have a safe, effective, high quality scientific meeting. If we are forced to move the in-person meeting or go all virtual, our current options include:
- All virtual over the same dates
- Combine Western and Southern Section in June (Ft. Collins)
- Combine Southern and Annual in July (Louisville)
Please be assured, the Southern Section has an excellent leadership team in place that is looking at data daily to guide our decisions. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through this very difficult decision making process.
President, Southern Section – American Society of Animal Science