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2014 JAM

Keynote speaker recognizes global need

Written by: Laci Jones

The 2014 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting began with Monday night’s Opening Session in the Music Hall Theater in Kansas City.

The Opening Session included a keynote speaker, presentation of the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award, and recognition of committees, sponsors and attendees.

Keynote speaker Dr. William Weldon, Vice President of Global Research and Development at Elanco Animal Health, presented on meeting the global demands of 2050.

Weldon said there is a global need for a balanced diet, not just calories. He said a balanced diet could help combat diseases in food deserts and other food insecure locations. Read more


JAM 2014 preview: Joint Growth & Development and Meat Science & Muscle Biology

Written by Jacquelyn Prestegaard

A powerful technology called proteomics helps researchers characterize the tens of thousands of proteins from a sample of cells, tissues or fluids. Its use helps scientists form new hypothesis and discoveries between protein expression and cellular processes.

JAM 2014 will host the Joint Growth & Development and Meat Science & Muscle Biology Symposium called, “Applications of proteomics in animal production.” It will cover innovative new studies of proteomic technology in livestock and poultry production. Read more

2014 JAM

Committee updates

Written by: Animal Science Staff

One of the best parts about getting ready for the meetings is reviewing society accomplishments over the last year. ASAS has a large number of committees that engage more than 400 individuals within our membership per year. Committee workloads vary from year to year. However, we have several standing committees that meet monthly – and wow their dedication and engagement show. See some highlights below. To hear from all of our major committees, members should attend the 2014 ASAS Business Meeting on July 23 at 9:30 am in room 2104A of the convention center. Read more


JAM 2014 preview: Ruminant nutrition symposium: microbial flora in the rumen

Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

The rumen is the largest component of cattle’s digestive tract, playing host to a plethora of bacteria essential to feed digestion.  Ruminant Nutrition Symposium titled, “The Rumen Microbiome and Nutritional Health and Production,” will focus on how to use bacterial data for study of the rumen microbiome, impacts of microbes on health and production, and methods of decreasing methanogenesis in ruminants. The symposium will take place next week at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting.

To kick off the symposium, Dr. Gregory Penner, assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, will give a presentation about the symbiotic relationship between the ruminal microbiome and animal health. He will elaborate on methods used to better understand the relationship between microbial phyla and animal wellness. Read more

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Ligia Prezotto receives the Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award

Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

prezotto_photoLigia Prezotto has life experience with livestock of all sorts. She plans to use that knowledge for a career she is passionate about.

Prezotto is the winner of the 2014 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award. The honor is given to recognize the achievement of an outstanding graduate student working toward ASAS’s mission to foster the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being. She was recognized at the ASAS-ADSA-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City on July 21.

Prezotto grew up in Brazil helping on ranches that operated on both sides of her family. Read more »


Extension Specialist Alison Van Eenennaam at the forefront of biotechnology education

Written by: Jacquelyn Prestegaard

VanEenennaamAgricultural biotechnology is one of the most discussed topics of today. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is one of the world’s premier voices in the field.

She is the winner of the 2014 ASAS Extension Award, an honor given to individuals who stimulate outstanding achievements in animal science extension. Van Eenennaam was recognized at the 2014 ASAS-ADSA-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting in Kansas City on July 21.

Researchers had not yet begun the initial sequencing of the bovine genome when Van Eenennaam began her research. In fact, biotechnology was just emerging as a science when she began her education. Read more »


CSU Director receives ASAS award

Written By Laci Jones

hansen_photoDr. Thomas Hansen, Director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory at Colorado State University will receive the American Society of Animal Science Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21.

Since joining Colorado State University, Hansen became Director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. His current research includes evaluating gene expression in the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus.

His research interests also include Bovine Viral Diarrhea infection effects during pregnancy. He studies fetal heart gene expression in connection with maternal undernutrition during pregnancy.

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Goodband to receive Animal Management Award

Written by: Anne Zinn

Goodband_photoDr. Robert “Bob” Goodband, Professor of Animal Science at Kansas State University, will receive the Animal Management Award the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21.

Goodband is receiving this award for his excellence in research in production management. He is part of a progressive swine extension team that focuses on developing, evaluating and disseminating the latest research to increase the profitability of pork producers and has played an important role in developing an intensive applied research program that has conducted numerous on-farm trials in several states.

Along with his dedication to research, Goodband is a trusted advisor to many graduate and undergraduate students. Read more »


Calkins to receive Animal Industry Service Award

Written by: Anne Zinn

calkins_photoDr. Chris Calkins, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, will recieve the Animal Industry Service Award, at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 21.

Calkins receives this award for his dedication and contribution to the animal industry and his scholarly approach to meat science and muscle biochemistry. He aims to generate original ideas to address real world problems, and the American Meat Science Association has suggested that his research could be considered the most industry-accepted work performed by any member of their organization during the past 25 years.

Calkins received his BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and his MS from the University of Tennessee Food Technology & Science before moving on to complete his PhD in Meat Sciences at Texas A&M. Read more »