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Innovate 2015 keynote speaker announced

The American Society of Animal Science is pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Oakley will serve as keynote speaker for Innovate 2015, to be held May 31-June 2, 2015, in Braselton, Ga. The theme of this year’s program is “Innovations in Education: An Animal Science Curriculum for the 21st Century.”


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Jr. Animal Scientist needs your help!

The next issue of Jr. Animal Scientist will focus on how animals respond to music, and we need your stories, photos, videos and more! Please consider contributing your personal stories, photos and videos with our Jr. Animal Scientist audience. We also welcome research findings that can be understood by children. Examples include research documenting the effects of music on livestock production, video showing the family pet “dancing” to the beat or just a cute photo.

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FASS responds to animal care concerns

Champaign, Illinois – February 23, 2015 – In response to recent concerns raised about the care of farm animals in research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (US MARC), the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on February 19, 2015. In this letter, FASS expressed its support for the use of resources, such as the FASS “Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching” (FASS Ag Guide), in promoting proper farm animal care in research using the latest scientific information. As leading experts in animal science, FASS and the members of its founding societies take seriously the responsibility to provide assistance at the top levels of government regarding animal research.

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FASS seeking Congressional Science Fellowship applicants

February 23, 2015 - The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 FASS Congressional Science Fellowship invitation for applications, with an extended application submission deadline of March 20, 2015. The purpose of the fellowship is to make practical contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical knowledge in government, to demonstrate the value of science-government interaction, and to provide a unique learning experience for the recipient.

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Dr. Greg Lardy begins role with NDSU Agricultural Affairs

Feb. 27, 2015 - Dr. Greg Lardy, immediate past president of ASAS and Head of the Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University, has agreed to serve as part-time Associate Vice President for Agricultural Affairs at NDSU. He will retain his responsibilities as Department Head.

“Dr. Lardy’s specific expertise in livestock agriculture, his overall knowledge of North Dakota Agriculture, and his leadership experience as department Head will greatly assist NDSU Agriculture as it continues to meet its three-part mission of teaching, research, and Extension,” said Dr. Ken Grafton, Vice President for Agricultural Affairs at NDSU. Read more »

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8th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology

The 8th International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology (ICFAE), is set for August 27-29, 2015, in Billund, Denmark.

The meeting venue for the 8th ICFAE is the Hotel Legoland near Billund, which is only 3 km from the International Airport of Billund.

The meeting website provides additional information about accommodations, registration and the scientific program. Read more »

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Calendar of events

Mark your calendars!

Here is a list of upcoming agricultural and animal science events that you may want to attend. Read more »


February an active month for the Foundation

The ASAS Foundation plays an active role in supporting sectional meetings and symposia, as well as awards, travel scholarships and internships. Here is a snapshot of some of the activities that the Foundation has been involved with during the past month and what’s on tap for March.

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Passion for educating future animal scientists

Plans are taking shape for a collaborative effort between Jr. Animal Scientist and the Society for Range Management. Initiatives like this wouldn’t be possible without the support and outreach efforts of ASAS Foundation donors. Read more »