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
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
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
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
- Midwest Academic Quadrathlon. Read Hats off to Midwest AQ winners
- Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award. Read about the Tim S. Stahly & Ernie Peo Memorial and Tribute Fund.
- Graduate Student Dinner and Learn.
Read more about student competition results.
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