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Fundamental research – Calls to action

By Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

The new year has begun with releases of new reports that describe the important role of basic research and encourage sustained investment in fundamental research to support American innovation in science, technology, and engineering. Several of these reports are described in this month’s edition of Taking Stock D.C. Read more


NAS study outlines role of animal science in food security

By Lowell Randel, FASS Science Policy Director

On January 7th, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its report entitled “Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability.” The report documents the important contributions that animal science and animal agriculture make to society and finds that current funding levels are not sufficient to meet global demands.  Read more


China poised to surpass U.S. research spending

By Clint Krehbiel, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

Recently, an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education summarized information from a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report, which summarizes the global state of science, technology and industry, predicts China will overtake the European Union and the U. S. in research and development (R&D) spending by the end of the decade. Read more

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FASEB report offers solutions to improve research funding

By Mike Azain, ASAS Public Policy Committee

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released the report: “Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences: A Framework for Discussion” that outlines the dismal state of funding in the biomedical sciences. The report examines funding over the period from 2003 – 2012 and makes some recommendations for improvement. The emphasis of the report is on declining NIH funding, but also indicates that there have been similar declines in NSF and USDA support for biology research. Read more »


Restoring the Foundation – Research’s vital role in the American Dream

By Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

In September 2014, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released a report that urges sustained federal investment in research, and offers recommendations for academe, government agencies, and the private sector to collectively reset the path of American leadership in science, technology, and engineering. Read more »


NAS Report: Furthering America’s Research Enterprise

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

In 2014, the National Academies of Science released a report “Furthering America’s Research Enterprise”. According to the report, Congress asked the National Academies to study measures of the impacts of research on society. The intent of this study was to increase the returns on federal investments in scientific research. Metrics that could serve to increase the translation of research into commercial products and services were of specific interest. Read more »


Southern Section Meeting preview

The 2015 ASAS Southern Section Meeting is less than 10 days away! The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Ga., is the site of this year’s meeting, which is set for January 31 – February 3, 2015. Symposia and oral sessions will take place Sun., Feb. 1 through Tues., Feb. 3. The program also includes an Undergraduate Paper Competition and a Graduate Student Research Abstract Competition. Here is a look at some of the program events. Read more »


Meat scientist in the news

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Texas A&M meat scientist Dr. Jeff Savell was featured during a “CBS This Morning” news segment about the spike in retail beef prices and the impact on brisket prices at BBQ restaurants. According to the segment, which aired this morning, brisket prices have increased 60% in the last year, from $2.21 per pound to $3.52. Despite the increase in cost, demand for brisket is high. Read more »