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Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 2013 President's Report

Michael Galyean, PAS

Time flies, doesn’t it? With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and the New Year just ahead, my term as President of ARPAS is reaching the midway point. That makes it a good time to look back on what has been accomplished and to assess what remains to be done.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DUES and CEU’S, A Regular Newsletter Reminder

Hopefully you have already responded to our annual requests for payment of your ARPAS dues. Thank you for your continuing monetary support of national ARPAS and your local chapter.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 2013 Treasurer's Report

Carl Hunt, Treasurer

The year 2013 is coming to a close so it is time to begin to examine our financial performance for the year. This report reflects our financial status as of October 31st so the information will not quite represent the entire calendar year. The last two months of the year typically stay at a fairly even keel so our information to date is a good reflect of what our financial status will be at year-end.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Professional Animal Scientist Update

Wayne Kellogg, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Editor in Chief, PAS

Thank you for the good response to my call for review articles. The articles provide members with excellent updates on topics and enhance the value of the Journal. The manuscripts of papers that were presented at the Symposium in Indianapolis have been received for review and will probably be ready for the April Issue. If you have a suggestion for other reviews, please contact Wayne Kellogg at or Stacey Gunter at

There are a few more pages in the 2013 years compared to the issues in 2012. That is positive, but we would like more research articles for the next year.

It has been a privilege to serve as your Editor-in-Chief this year. I especially appreciate the work of our Associate Editors, Dr. Robert Goodband and Dr. Stacey Gunter, of the Editorial Board members and other reviewers, and of the FASS professional staff. Special thanks are due to Dr. A. Hayden Brown, Dr. Robert Coleman, Dr. Al Kertz, and Dr. Brian Nielson for completion of two terms on the Editorial Board.

Wayne Kellogg

Categories: Updates, December 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Nominations for 2014 ARPAS “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist”

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS that have made significant contributions to the Animal Sciences during their active career and who also served in a leadership position within ARPAS. 

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation from the ARPAS Governing Council. The number of awards each year will not exceed 0.2% of the total ARPAS membership. Please contact any member of the ARPAS Governing Council or send your nomination by email to

Recipients of this award will be recognized in the Newsletter and the PAS Journal and with a tribute at our annual meeting. A suitable award will be presented to them on this occasion. They will also be granted lifetime membership in ARPAS with emeritus privilege.

Our 2013 recipients were Dr. Bill Price, our current Historian and Dr. Wayne Kellogg, the editor of the “PAS” journal.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

California Chapter

Recent California Chapter Activities
Carl Old

Since the national governing council met in July the California ARPAS chapter held the annual “Bang for Your Buck” trap shoot fundraiser. More than 120 participants met at the Kingsburg Gun Club for an afternoon of trap shooting and a steak dinner. This year more than $12,000 was raised to sponsor scholarships and fund research. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Northeast Chapter

Northeast Chapter Updates
Mark S. Wagner, Pres NE ARPAS Chapter

The third meeting of the Northeast Chapter of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. This was held in conjunction with the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop at Grantville, PA. There were 51 ARPAS members in attendance. A short annual meeting was held to nominate candidates for the upcoming year. Annual elections will take place in early 2014 after NE Chapter dues have been tabulated. The officers will propose a list to candidates for respective offices. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Washington DC Chapter

Washington DC Chapter Updates
Padma Pillai, President of the Washington, DC Chapter 

The Washington DC Area Chapter of ARPAS began the 2013/2014 year with two monthly luncheon meetings and the dates, speakers, and titles of their presentations were as follows:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – Dr. Daniel Nelson, Assistant Professor, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, Rockville, Maryland – “Evaluating Bacteriophage-based Strategies for Diagnosis and Treatment of Bacterial Infections” 

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - Dr. Kasey Moyes, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland – “Potential Mechanisms Linking Mastitis to Risk of Subsequent Disease in Lactating Dairy Cows”

Sunday, December 1, 2013

American Dairy Science Association

ADSA Report
Gerald Higginbotham, Ph.D, PAS

ADSA made its $204,000 contribution to the NRC update, JDS is on pace to publish 8,100 pages, and Discover Conferences continue to perform very well, by every measure. The 2013 JAM, hosted by ADSA, turned in a record number of scientist-attendees for a two-society meeting (50 countries represented), and ADSA saw an uptick in valued received on the post-JAM survey. Individual membership is up this year, now above 4,100. If an ARPAS member wants to join ADSA, they can do so from Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2014 now. ADSA created a 15 months option for those in the fall who feel that they need to wait until Jan 1 to joint, to get a full year of benefit.

The semi-annual ADSA newsletter is located here.

As a reminder, ARPAS members can subscribe to S-PAC at the ADSA member rate, and also attend Discover Conferences at the ADSA member rate (graduate students can attend at a special low rate (10 grad students per meeting from all societies, so first come first served), and they can then receive a $250 travel stipend, too.

Categories: Reports, December 2013