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National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released

By Casey L. Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee

previous issue of Taking Stock D.C. discussed President Obama’s Executive Order on policies regarding antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Executive Order called for the formation of a Task Force and Advisory Council, and in March of 2015, the Advisory Council released its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Faculty Scholars Program: Funding opportunity for early career scientists

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

In March, three leading philanthropic groups announced a new competitive grant program, the Faculty Scholars Program. Faculty Scholars are early career researchers with impressive accomplishments and strong potential to make groundbreaking contributions. Scholars will apply molecular, genetic, computational and theoretical approaches to fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology. Those conducting research at the interface of the biological and physical sciences are especially encouraged to apply as are others studying biological questions emerging from and applicable to global human health problems. Read more


FASS hosts webinar on role of Ag Guide in animal care

By Lowell Randel, FASS Washington, D.C. representative

April 23, 2015 – The issue of farm animal care in research is currently the subject of much discussion and debate in Washington, D.C. and around the country. To help clarify policies and procedures related to farm animal care and available resources, the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS), publisher of the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (FASS Ag Guide), hosted a webinar entitled “The Role of the FASS Ag Guide in Farm Animal Research.” Read more

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Global Food Security Act of 2015 reintroduced

By Clint Krehbiel, ASAS Public Policy Committee

It’s an exciting time to be a scientist working in an area related to the production of food. Recently, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) joined forces across political lines to reintroduce the Global Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1567). Congresswoman McCollum released the following statement regarding the legislation: Read more »


Public meeting on U.S. MARC animal care report

By Lowell Randel, FASS Washington D.C. representative

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEE Board) held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, to hear the summary of findings and recommendations on the review of animal handling, care, and welfare at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (U.S. MARC). Read more »


CSAS program available online

April 23, 2015 – The final program for the joint annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Meat Council is now available online. The meeting will be held May 6-7 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Read more »


2015 Innovate program now online

April 23, 2015 - The 2015 Innovate conference is just a few short weeks away. There are many great speakers that you will not want to miss. Check out the program today! Read more »


Harry the pig makes history

April 23, 2015 - A pig named Harry may be destined for more than bacon. He made biomedical history recently as the first patient to be surgically implanted with a laboratory-built lung.  Read more »