Written by: Harold Hafs
Looking for images showing embryonic and fetal development? Then check out the Animal Science Image Gallery ZIP file image folder #3549 which contains 10 examples of the remarkable photography of Dr. T. Y. Tanabe, mostly at Pennsylvania State University. Over 60 of his images can be found in the Image Gallery. Read more
By Deb Hamernik and Penny Riggs, ASAS Public Policy Committee
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones or “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAV) have received much publicity in recent years and have even been called by some as “the next big thing for agriculture.” Advocates suggest that as farms get larger in size and have fewer employees, UAS may be useful to scan large pastures for sick or injured cattle, or survey fields for plant health or soil and water conditions. UAS may also be used to ward off birds from crops, pollinate trees, monitor the snow pack, or forecast water supplies. More and better information may allow farmers and ranchers to make better management decisions and enhance the efficiency of food production. In practice, UAS have not yet been proven as cost effective alternatives to existing agricultural practices, but interest in testing the potential application of UAS on the farm remains high across the country. 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
by Penny Riggs / ASAS Public Policy Committee
The Senate version of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S2757) was introduced on July 31. The bill would increase budgets for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology over the next five years. The bill also promotes participation in STEM fields, as well as research efforts at agencies including NASA and NOAA.
On July 22 the House passed portions of the hotly debated Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act (HR 4186; previously described in Taking Stock), and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 (HR 4159). Read more