Hello Fellow ASAS Midwest Section members and animal science enthusiasts.
As we approach the 2021 Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 8 – 10, 2021, I would like to invite you, your colleagues, graduate students, and/or undergraduate student populations you may serve to register for this important scientific meeting. While we are not able to meet in-person for 2021, you can be assured that the virtual delivery will offer the high quality, impactful science that the Midwest Section is known to provide. Abstract submission and symposia offered in 2021 nearly match the numbers offered in 2020, and advances in our knowledge of distance delivery offer great opportunities to watch, participate, and learn from individuals who are prepared and ready to present their studies through the virtual venue.
Our ASAS staff and the Board of Directors have developed opportunities for breakout rooms for friends and colleagues to meet virtually and discuss topics, subjects, and disciplines of interest throughout the duration of the meeting. Perhaps for some not the same as an in-person meeting, but surely a great opportunity to extend oneself and catch up while staying safe.
The awards program will highlight excellence in early career achievements and each awardee will provide a 30-minute presentation that will highlight keys to success and advice to future scientists. Graduate student events are in place to allow education, socialization, and offer the opportunity to support a designated food bank charity. The Quadrathlon will be virtual as well and you can join the final rounds of the quiz bowl to see how our excellent young scholars perform.
To engage our undergraduate populations, instructors and mentors are encouraged to consider linking classroom or seminar sessions to the meeting to expose students to the society and timely research supporting course materials. Contact the ASAS business office for special classroom access pricing.
As a final note, even if you are not able to attend, please send a short note of thanks to our sponsors who have stuck with us, supported us in so many ways, and continue to bridge the gaps between academia and industry that keep us all active in the world of food animal production. Thank you all for your support and I hope to see many faces and names throughout the meeting.
Steven J. Moeller, Past-President