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    May
    12
    In Memory: Dr. Alvin Warnick


    Dr. Alvin Warnick, a longtime ASAS member and pioneer in beef cattle reproduction, died Sunday, May 7, at the age of 96.

    Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, paid tribute to Dr. Warnick in the Florida Cattleman & Livestock Journal upon Dr. Warnick’s induction into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. That tribute is as follows:

    Alvin Warnick was rousted out of his bunk at 2 a.m. and summoned to a tarmac to check radio equipment on planes.

    The planes participated in the D-Day invasion. Warnick remembered that every single one of his planes and pilots returned to base in England safely.


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    May
    12
    Image of the Week:


    How many cells are in this bovine embryo? The answer lies in the Animal Science Image Gallery.

    If you need to know now… This is a bovine embryo with about 16 cells, as it would appear in the uterus of a cow about 4 days after ovulation. The diameter of this embryo (about 0.1 mm) likely changed little from that immediately after fertilization. Credit for this image goes to Dr. Harold Hafs and Hoard’s Dairyman. Dr. Hafs has been a longtime advocate of the Gallery and played an integral role in the development of the Gallery several years ago.

    Search the many categories available in the Gallery and download or submit images today!

    Photo Credit: Harold Hafs


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    May
    12
    In the news...


    A team of researchers in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources is working to reduce the effects of social, environmental and nutritional stressors on young piglets by showing how the anti-inflammatory drug cortisol and its analogs can regulate a pig’s immune system, allowing it to grow normally.

    To that end, assistant professor Anoosh Rakhshandeh and his collaborators, professor John McGlone and research assistant professor Arlene Garcia-Marquez, all from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, received a grant for $296,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

    The funded research proposal focuses on the use of cortisol analogs (CA) as an alternative to antibiotics. “We hypothesized that cortisol analogs mitigate the negative effects of immunological stress and improve digestive physiology and overall productivity and robustness of the newly weaned pigs,” Rakhshandeh said in this press release. “In addition, we will explore the underlying mechanism through which cortisol analogs improve the productivity and welfare of piglets.”

    The goal is to minimize the impact stress has on newly weaned pigs, which could lead to the production of a more robust and resilient pig. Read more about the research.


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    May
    12
    WSASAS Elections


    Western Section Members:

    For the 2017-2018 election cycle, the Western Section must fill positions for Secretary-Treasurer and Western Section Graduate Director. The election ballots will close at 11:59 pm CDT on June 1, 2017.

    This year’s candidates are:

    Secretary -Treasurer – Dr. Reinaldo Cooke (to serve a four-year term, which includes one year as Secretary-Treasurer, one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as Past President)
    Western Section Graduate Director – Kathryn Smith and Maggie Weinroth (one candidate to serve a two-year term)


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    May
    09
    May issue of JAS now online


    The May 2017 issue of the Journal of Animal Science is now available online. Access the Table of Contents of the May issue (Volume 95, Issue 5).



    Also, see what’s Just Published.

    Get the First Look at articles posted immediately following acceptance.


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    May
    09
    PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium


    The PANCOSMA Comparative Gut Physiology Symposium: All About Appetite Regulation will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017, from 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM, in the Baltimore Convention Center.


    The symposium is chaired by Dr. Yanhong Liu, University of California, Davis.

    Invited speakers include:


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    May
    09
    Help review TAS


    There are recent additions to the Open Review and First Look sections of Translational Animal Science. Here’s one: “Comparative Study on the Relations Between Backfat Thickness in Late-Pregnant Gilts, Mammary Development and Piglet Growth.” Add your comments online today!

    Comment on articles in Open Review!

    Get the First Look.

    Read the Table of Contents of the latest issue.


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    May
    08
    No fee for Graduate Student Symposium at Annual


    It was incorrectly listed in this Taking Stock article that there is a $10 fee for the Graduate Student Symposium at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show. This event is free. It is scheduled for Monday, July 10, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
    However, there is a $10 cost to attend the ASAS Graduate Student Mixer on Sunday, July 9, and $10 to attend the ASAS Graduate Student Networking Lunch on Monday, July 10.

    Please be sure to carve out time to attend the symposium and add the Graduate Student Mixer and the Graduate Student Networking Lunch to your registration today!


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    May
    08
    Photo caption correction


    A photo caption in a recent Taking Stock article entitled “Animal Scientist in the News” has been corrected. The people pictured in the photo are Chris Calkins and Govindarajan Konda Naganathan, and not Jeyam Subbiah as previously listed. We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.


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    May
    05
    An evening at the National Aquarium


    Inside Aquarium
    Baltimore’s National Aquarium offers an underwater world of beautiful and unusual animals and habitats.

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    May
    05
    Now accepting WSASAS Grad Student Director nominations


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    This is a 2-year appointment that will require 5 – 20 hours per month (time will vary depending upon the time of the year).

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    May
    04
    Animal scientist in the news


    (Photo caption updated May 5, 2017)

    Dr. Chris Calkins, professor of animal science, and Dr. Jeyam Subbiah, professor of biological systems engineering, received the Innovation Business of the Year award from the Nebraska Business Development Center for their faculty startup company Goldfinch Solutions. The company is pioneering multispectral imaging technology to identify tender beef at the packing stage of production. According to this press release the technology “is capable of predicting whether a piece of meat will be tender, intermediate or tough with very high accuracy.”

    “We feel cattle that rate ‘Choice’ also merit a tenderness guarantee,” Calkins said in the press release. “If we can screen those cattle and provide that guarantee, we believe consumers would pay a premium for that meat.”

    Photo: Nebraska Business Development Center


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    May
    04
    Judges needed at Annual


    We are in need of judges for student poster presentations at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. This is a great way to connect with and mentor our undergraduate and graduate members!

    A total of 70 student presentations (poster presentations only) have been accepted for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The Ph.D. poster competition takes place on Sunday, July 9, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The M.S. poster competition is Monday, July 10, between 7:15-9:15 a.m. The undergraduate poster competition is scheduled for Tues., July 11, between 7:15-9:15 a.m.

    If you are willing to serve as a judge please contact Dr. Mike Tokach [mtokach@ksu.edu; 785-532-2032].

    The 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show is July 8-12, in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the 2017 Annual Meeting website for registration, housing, and program information. A draft schedule also is available.


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    May
    04
    Nominations open for Northeast Graduate Student Director


    The Northeast section of ASAS/ADSA is currently accepting Graduate Student Director nominations for the 2017-2018 Northeast Board.

    The Graduate Director position will plan and coordinate all student activities within the section, as well as represent the Northeast Section on National student committees.

    If you know of an individual(s) who would be interested in a graduate leadership role please nominate them by May 18, 2017. Please send your nominations to Dr. Sarah Reed (sarah.reed@uconn.edu). Self-nominations are welcomed and appreciated.

    Sincerely,


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    May
    04
    Free teaching webinar


    Learn more about the value of internships for undergraduate students and how these internships can affect students’ career paths in the first-ever Western Section ASAS (WSASAS) Teaching Webinar. This free webinar is scheduled for 12:00 PM (CDT) on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Please pre-register today. Hope you can join us! Guest speaker Loren Baranko, lecturer in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University, will discuss:




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    May
    01
    Artificial uterus keeps lambs alive


    Here’s a story for all the reproductive physiologists out there — and for those of you interested in cool medical news. According to this article in MIT Technology Review, researchers at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia kept lamb fetuses alive in an artificial womb. The article states that the fetal lambs lived for several weeks in the the fluid-filled sacs and were “born” when researchers removed them from the sacs. The article describes the feat as “a technological leap toward caring for premature infants.”


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    May
    01
    In memory: Dr. T. Wayne Perry


    Dr. Tilden Wayne Perry, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, passed away at the age of 97 on April 11, 2017.

    Dr. Perry’s career at Purdue spanned 43 years where he was renowned for his research, outreach and instruction focused on beef cattle nutrition. He was named an ASAS Fellow in 1982 and received the ASAS Morrison Award in 1991.

    In 2008, Dr. Perry received a Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Award from the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. An Animal Sciences newsletter announcement discusses his achievements and honors, including those associated with ASAS and the Journal of Animal Science. It reads:  Tilden Wayne Perry, of Van Buren, Arkansas, received his master’s degree in 1948 and his doctorate degree in 1950 — both in animal sciences at Purdue. He spent 43 years serving the Purdue University Animal Science Department in research and teaching. Perry’s accomplishments include 150 published abstracts, 161 scientific papers, 323 departmental publications and 4 university text books. Perry served on the National Academy of Science/National Research Council Committee on Animal Nutrition, was active in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the editorial board of the Journal of Animal Science. He served as a charter member and historian of the American Registry of Animal Science. Perry has earned three ASAS awards for his work, including the Gustav Bohstedt Award for Minerals (1978), American Feed Industry Nutrition Research Award (1980) and the F.B. Morrison Award (1990).

    The following obituary also pays tribute to Dr. Perry:


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    May
    01
    Student events at Annual 2017


    By Amanda Jones and Kelsey Phelps

    Numerous student symposia and events will be held at the 2017 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Baltimore, MD. The student theme this year, “Fueling the Future,” will focus on energizing students as they aspire to become independent professionals, while encouraging life-long dedication to animal science.


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    May
    01
    SSR and ASAS to host Triennial Reproduction Symposium


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    In honor of the Society for the Study of Reproduction’s (SSR) 50th Anniversary, a joint Triennial Reproduction Symposium will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, in Washington, D.C. It is co-hosted by SSR and ASAS.

    The Triennial Reproduction Symposium is focused on large animal/domestic livestock (USDA-related species) reproduction. The co-chairs of this special joint session are Andrea Cupp, Ph.D., and Debora Hamernik, Ph.D. During lunch, posters will be available for viewing.

    Invited talks include:

    “Reproduction in Domestic Ruminants During the Past 50 Years: Discovery to Application,” a historical perspective by Former Casida Awardee Michael F. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri).


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    Apr
    27
    Sonny Perdue confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture


    By ASAS Public Policy Committee

    Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, on April 25, 2017. Perdue was confirmed as Secretary by the U.S. Senate following a vote of 87-to-11.

    The American Society of Animal Science congratulates Secretary Perdue, and encourages an emphasis on data-driven science and strong support for research to enable innovation and continued advances in all areas of animal agriculture.

    In an address to USDA employees, Perdue said, “Making sure that Americans who make their livelihoods in the agriculture industry have the ability to thrive will be one of my top priorities. I am committed to serving the customers of USDA, and I will be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.”


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