April 29, 2020

ASAS updates in the wake of COVID-19

Dear Animal Scientists and Animal Science Students,

We hope that as you receive this email you are safe and healthy and adjusting to the current conditions being enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked hard to keep both members and non-members informed of updates concerning our Annual Meeting.  Because we will enable presentation of data and scientific dissemination either virtually or as a hybrid of in person and virtual, we encourage you to continue to submit abstracts and register for the meeting.

Over the last 6 weeks, COVID-19 has changed more than just our meeting prep! It has changed almost every aspect of life as an animal scientist and the work within the ASAS office. In particular, the changes in our research, academics, industry – and even within our personal lives – has led to a growing need to increase our virtual connectivity. Here is what ASAS has done for members and non-members to ensure resource availability and make sure animal scientists worldwide continue to feel connected to each other and our work:

Membership:

  • Reduced graduate student membership to $5.00 and undergraduate membership to $0.00 to make sure students could easily access member benefits and the journals from off campus.
  • Initiated fun membership social media pushes,#animalscientistsworkingfromhome

Journals:

  • Created a section within Translational Animal Science(TAS) to accept short communications relating to how classes have moved to online format. This section welcomes both successes and failures and is designed to provide information and to allow teachers scholarship credit for their amazing efforts.
  • Papers submitted to Journal of Animal Science(JAS) or TAS between now and June 1, 2020 that are accepted for publication will receive a 10% discount on publication charges (page charges, APC or open access).
  • JAS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sally Johnson, is specifically soliciting short communications at a discount from assistant professors to give them novel ways to continue publishing.
  • OUP has enabled Google Universal CASA across the Oxford Academic/journals platform. CASA, or Campus Activated Subscriber Access, enables Google Scholar users from subscribing institutions – such as universities and libraries - to access their subscription content even when not on campus. Universal CASA extends this capability beyond Google Scholar to ensure a seamless access journey is possible wherever a user starts their research journey.

Outreach:

  • Junior Animal Science is now free online for the duration of the outbreak to help to provide “homeschoolers” and “hometeachers” with additional content.
  • www.animalsmart.org is being updated daily to provide more content.

Virtual Programming:

  • We are now providing weekly versus monthly webinars with live question and answer sessions to keep members and nonmembers engaged.

We probably do not say it enough, but we want to take a moment to thank our animal science community. Flexibility, endurance and a sense of humor are probably the most important factors right now as we all go about our daily lives, teaching, conducting research, mentoring, running our industries and just keeping animal science and animal ag moving forward. We sincerely hope that these ongoing efforts at ASAS are helping to make a positive difference during this unique time in our lives.  Please feel free to let us know how else we can help our members and the animal agriculture industry.

Sincerely,

Dr. Elizabeth Kegley
ASAS National President