By Deb Hamernik and Kris Johnson, ASAS Public Policy Committee
SCIENCE 2034 is a new blog designed to call attention to the need for strong and sustained federal funding of basic research by highlighting exciting possibilities for basic research in the future. The federal government is the single-largest source of funding for basic research in the United States, providing 55 percent of all funding. Unfortunately, federal funding for research and development (R&D) has been on a downward trajectory for the past decade, falling to an historic low of just 3.8 percent of the federal budget in 2013. Read more
ASAS is pleased to announce that applications are due October 27, 2014 for the 2015 ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship program.
The program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the ASAS Foundation through the Appreciation Clubs for Bob Zimbelman, Harold Hafs, Jack Britt, Barb Glenn, and Louis Boyd.
Each intern will receive a total of $3,500 for the 60-90 day internship during the academic summer session in 2015. Read more
Graduate student participation at ASAS Southern Section meetings is a key ingredient to its success. Nearly 25% of annual meeting attendees are graduate students. Therefore, the ASAS Southern Section Executive Committee encourages greater involvement by graduate students, by implementing the position of Graduate Student Representative. Read more
Editor’s Note: The following is a press release about an October 2014 Journal of Animal Science review article on genetically engineered feed in livestock diets. The press release was issued by ASAS in response to the recent popularity of the JAS article in the popular press.
Champaign, Ill. (September 24, 2014)— An article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Animal Science concludes feeding livestock diets that contain genetically engineered (GE) crops has no impact on the health or productivity of those animals. In a thorough review of scientific literature and field data sets, the article documents evidence that the performance and health of food-producing animals fed GE crops are comparable with those of animals fed non-GE crops.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 23, 2014 – Allen Harper of Franklin, Virginia, professor of animal and poultry science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Read more