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$100 Billion National Research Bank?

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Chair

At the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in March, some physicists began conversations around a new idea for funding basic research: Congress should create a $100 billion national endowment (e.g., the National Research Bank) to help fund basic research. The National Research Bank would not be subject to Congressional actions or the budget realities in Washington, DC. Read more


Protecting animals in research

By the ASAS Public Policy Committee

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part article focusing on animal welfare laws and the role of institutional animal care and use committees (IACUC) in animal research. The first article discusses how research with animals is guided by a complex set of federal laws, regulations and guidelines. Part two discusses the role of IACUC.

The following is an excerpt, copied verbatim from A Handbook for Science Professionals: Public Outreach & Communications:

“The future of animal research in the U.S. depends on public acceptance for the practice. For without public acceptance, there can be no political, legislative, legal, or financial support for it. If public approval dwindles, animal research will be stigmatized and become more difficult to conduct. And should public support for animal research ever dissolve completely, the American research enterprise would simply be driven off-shore to a country where public opinion is irrelevant to those who preside over animal welfare laws, if, in fact, there are any such laws, and academic science would quickly diminish.” Read more

Piglets keep warm thanks to heat lamps. While this set-up can keep piglets healthy, Carroll explained that it is also important not to overheat the sow.

Understanding the role of IACUC

By the ASAS Public Policy Committee

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part article focusing on animal welfare laws and the role of IACUC in animal research. The article below discusses the role of IACUC. Part one discusses how research with animals is guided by a complex set of federal laws, regulations and guidelines.

Institutions that use animals in research, teaching, or testing are required to have an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC). In general, the IACUC is responsible for ensuring that the use of animals is ethically and scientifically justified and that animals are treated responsibly and humanely. Read more

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Comments requested on dietary guidelines report

By Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee

The public comment period for response to the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) has been extended through May 8, 2015. Comments on the report can be submitted online to Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Animal Science community is encouraged to participate in this process. Read more »


New report lets the science speak on GM crops

By Mike Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently issued a 29-page report entitled, “A Policymaker’s Guide to the GMO Controversies.”

The report summarizes the adoption rate of GM crops in the U.S., the economic benefits that have been realized, the current labeling movement and the sustainability of these innovations. Read more »

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Survey shows opinions differ between scientists and the public

By Michael Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

The Pew Research Center in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) released a survey that highlights the difference of opinions on science-related topics between the general public and scientists. The survey was conducted by phone interviews of the general public (2,002 U.S. adults) and an online survey of members of AAAS (3,478 U.S. scientists). The participants in the general public group were a representative sample of the age, gender, race, and education level distribution of adults in the country. The survey of scientists included members from all scientific fields, with about half of the respondents being in the biomedical sciences. Read more »


Foundation active at Midwest

March 26, 2015 - The ASAS Foundation helped make many events, awards and scientific symposia possible during the 2015 ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here is a snapshot of Foundation-funded activities:

Student Events and Awards

Read more about student competition results.

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Creating the classroom of the future

March 26, 2015 - The ASAS Foundation is an active supporter of Innovate 2015, to be held May 31-June 2 in Braselton, Ga. The theme of this year’s program is “Innovations in Education: An Animal Science Curriculum for the 21st Century.” The Foundation provides financial assistance, making it possible for attendees to gain new ideas for improving the classroom environment of animal science students. Read more »