Foundation puts science into young hands:
Dr. David Ames, Foundation Trustee and Donor
March 26, 2015 - A new issue of Jr. Animal Scientist is arriving in the mailboxes of Jr. Animal Scientist members across the country. Jr. Animal Scientist membership currently stands at about 500! The Foundation provides key support dollars for this program.
The March 2015 issue is all about "The sound of music," and how animals respond to it. One of the articles takes a look at the impact of sounds, like orchestra music, on the digestive responses of sheep. Current Foundation Trustee and Foundation Donor Dr. Dave Ames conducted this research 40 years ago, so it came as a bit of a surprise to be asked about it recently.
He recalls, "I was studying environmental stressors so (we) looked at sound type and intensity." At the time, sonic booms were a perceived problem, Ames says.
The subject matter also made for some "adult" humor. Ames recalls comments like, "A ram killed himself when we played 'There Will Never Be Another You' (Ewe)." And, he said, "when we altered endocrine response with high intensity sound we were asked if sound could be used for birth control!" (Editor's note: These jokes do not appear in Jr. Animal Scientist.)
Despite being the target of several jokes, Ames describes the research as "fun and interesting," and in all seriousness, it found that acclimation to certain noises basically eliminated their impact on parameters like digestibility and rumen motility.
Watch for more information soon about how you can help get Jr. Animal Scientist into elementary school classrooms!
Passion for educating future animal scientists:
Dr. Jim Sartin, Foundation Donor
Plans are taking shape for a collaborative effort between Jr. Animal Scientist and the Society for Range Management. Initiatives like this wouldn't be possible without the support and outreach efforts of ASAS Foundation donors.
Recently, Dr. Jim Sartin, a past ASAS president and current Editor-in-Chief of Animal Frontiers, shared the message and goals of Jr. Animal Scientist and AnimalSmart.org with the Society for Range Management (SRM) during a symposium at its 2015 annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. He talked about the need for and evolution of a consumer-friendly web site like AnimalSmart.org, as well as the challenges associated with maintaining it. Attendees also learned how the site and magazine are funded and the success of the program.
Seeing interest from the group, Dr. Sartin invited the Society to contribute to a future issue of Jr. Animal Scientist. "They seemed very interested," he said. In fact, the topic of "animals and land use" is tentatively scheduled to run in the September 2015 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist.
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Passion for Animal Science:
Dr. Greg Lardy, Foundation Trustee and Donor
On Sept. 6, 2014, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Animal Sciences hosted its 5th annual "Moos, Ewes and More." The family-friendly event, which attracted more than 1,500 people, showcases animal agriculture through demonstrations and interactive activities.
Activities during the event included sheep shearing, wool spinning, bottle feeding calves, cow milking, showing livestock and hoof trimming. Attendees could "Ask the Animal Scientist" questions and see research in action and the procedures that are necessary before research is done. NDSU farm managers were on hand to talk about the animals that call NDSU home.
Dr. Kimberly Vonnahme, associate professor of animal sciences at NDSU, said the event is truly a group effort, with the majority of NDSU Animal Sciences faculty and staff participating in the project.
"Our graduate students also play a big role in the success of this event," she says. It is a great teaching tool for students as they learn how to advance animal science. It also helps them gain experience in educating and serving the information needs of the state's non-agricultural citizens.
"It is a pleasure to demonstrate how many wonderful things that animals contribute to our lives—from wool for clothes to how animals are used for biomedical research," Vonnahme said.
During the event NDSU staff also distributed copies of Jr. Animal Scientist, published by ASAS and sponsored by the ASAS Foundation, to attendees.
No event is complete without food, and this one was no exception. Attendees could sample food from NDSU BBQ Bootcamp and enjoy ice cream.
An event like this gives animal science faculty and students the chance to interact with the community and share their passion for science, animals and the agricultural production systems that provide a safe, plentiful food supply.
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