January 07, 2021

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2021, here is a special message from Dr. Glenn Duff, ASAS President, highlighting 2020 accomplishments and looking forward to 2021.

Happy New Year!

As we kick off 2021, here is a special message from Dr. Glenn Duff, ASAS President, highlighting 2020 accomplishments and looking forward to 2021. American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) survived COVID-19 relatively unscathed.

Membership Initiatives

We reduced the cost of graduate student membership to ensure access to all ASAS materials for grad students as they moved off campus.While elementary classes were held virtually, we released weekly Junior Animal Science communications.Our weekly and monthly webinar series had over 2000 participants.We made the organization aware of pandemic relief dollars, which were available for members and meetings.

Annual Meeting

We moved the 2020 ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show to a total virtual format. Including all symposia, 12 minute talks, and posters originally planned for the Annual Meeting. This resulted in more live presentations than any other Animal Science Meeting in 2020. The Western Section joined the Annual Meeting where we had 1228 registrants.In addition to the science sessions, we managed nightly social and networking sessions on Zoom which were a lot of fun, it was great to network with so many of you virtually.

Journals

We opened up categories and submissions in all journals for COVID-19 teaching, extension, and research changes which allowed reduced rate publication.

We made all viral or COVID-19 related papers open access and published the first video article in TAS.

Journal of Animal Science

The Journal of Animal Science (JAS) continues to be a leading source for publishing current animal science results. JAS received 967 manuscripts in 2020 and published 392.

JAS introduced new Infographics and News and Notes features in 2020. We also  transitioned to a continuous publication model, our time to first decision was 22 days.

Translational Animal Science

In 2020, TAS published 218 articles, an increase of 59 articles over the 159 published in 2019. A 79% acceptance rate was observed for TAS. This marks TAS's largest volume to date. 2021 marks TAS’s 5th volume. 

Meetings 2021

At this time we are hoping to host live meetings in March in Omaha, NE, June in Fort Collins, CO and July in Louisville, KY. We will closely monitor local health and CDC guidelines and will keep you informed as plans evolve.

In closing I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2021. I would like to extend a special thank you to the membership for your continued support as a society, and acknowledge the ASAS staff for their incredible efforts during this difficult time.

Kind Regards,

Glenn Duff, President Board of Directors American Society of Animal Science