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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


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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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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A student at the University Michigan studies new drug carriers. This research was made possible through funding from the NSF

At risk: The next generation of scientists

By Teresa A. Davis, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

Many young scientists, facing the decline in research funding, have been leaving the academic workforce, placing the future of science at risk, according to a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by Ronald J. Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University. Not only has there been a decline in inflation-adjusted federal spending for research in recent years, but the proportion of research grants awarded to young scientists has also declined. The decline in research awards, coupled with the rise in age when young scientists receive their first grant, are distressing trends for the future of the scientific workforce. Read more »


Food safety under one roof: Good or bad?

By Casey L. Bradley, ASAS Public Policy Committee Member

The House and Senate are back in full swing for 2015, and the Obama Administration has released a proposed 2016 budget. In the budget, President Obama is once again proposing to create a single food-safety agency that would be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. This change would strip the FDA and USDA of their extensive food-safety oversight responsibilities. However, the same proposal occurred last year and did not make it out of Congress.

Is a single food-safety agency a good or bad idea? Read more »

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World population unlikely to stop growing

By Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee Chair

A recent report by the United Nations (Science 346: 234-237) released new projections for the global population through 2100. These data are based on innovative Bayesian probabilistic hierarchical models for the major components of demographic change, including fertility and life expectancy. Based on this analysis, “world population can be expected to increase from the current 7.2 billion people to 9.6 billion in 2050 and 10.9 billion in 2100.” Furthermore, there is a “95% probability that world population in 2100 will be between 9.0 and 13.2 billion people.” Read more »