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Presenting Our Photo Contest Winners!
The results are in for the 2016 Animal Science Monitor photo contest. In other words, we have selected the winners!
The top three winners all earned prize money: $150 for first prize, $75 for second price, and $50 for third price. And the first-place winner in our contest is . . .
A. Joey Brown of The Ohio State University!
In addition, the same person won both second and third place. That person is Kelsie Hinds. So congratulations to the both of you for winning our contest and for the prize money you earned!
We'd also like to recognize those who earned honorable mention status for the photos they submitted. Our honorable mention selections are Susan Burton and Karmella Dolecheck.
Other participants in our photo contest included the following individuals. We'd like thank them for their contributions!
  • Kathryn Anderson
  • Patricia Tyler
  • Carly Lukas
  • Camille Janssen
  • Wilson Wimberley
  • Deborah Lejeune
  • Julie Smith
As per contest rules, the winning photos, plus other entrants' photos, will be used by Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc. on associated websites and social media accounts. From everybody at the Animal Science Monitor. we'd like to thank everybody who participated in this year's contest.
Why do we say "this year's contest"? Because we might have it again next year!
Click here to see all the entries
In Focus: the Equine Microbiome Project
(By Matt Deutsch)
The Equine Microbiome Project at the University of Delaware is the first of its kind.
With this project, the Biddle Lab in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware, has launched the first large-scale survey designed to discover the fundamental questions behind the role of bacteria in a horse's gut in terms of health and disease.
The basis of the project is simple: the Biddle Lab sends out sample test kits to equine owners across the country. The kit contains a link to survey about your horses' health status and diet, which you complete online, along with sending back fecal sample.
"This will help us to establish potential trends and particular questions of interest, whether dietary or breed-related trends," said Amy Biddle, head of the Biddle Lab and director of the project. "We're looking to establish definite patterns in the data. There have been studies related to equine microbiomes, but there's never been a long-term, large-scale survey like this one."
Biddle joined the University of Delaware as a new faculty member in July of 2015. In October, she started the Equine Microbiome Project, with the help of student participation and contributions. The project has been successful since its inception. In fact, Biddle has set a new goal of raising $9,000 for 100 equine sample kits.
"We want to gather as many samples as possible from horses all over the country and perhaps the world," said Biddle. "We want to get metadata about what they're eating and what their activity level is, their breed, their weight, their gender, those sorts of things. We've already received samples from states like Nevada, California, Maine, and Vermont. We're getting interest from all over the country. It's really fun to talk with people and hear what they're concerned about."
As any horse owner will tell you, the equine gut is especially sensitive to outside factors, including diet, stress, and weather. As a result, that makes horses susceptible to diseases such as colic and laminitis. The costs associated with preventing these diseases (or treating them after the fact) can be sizeable.
The ultimate goal of this project is to amass data, analyze that data using DNA sequencing technology, and devise theories and hypotheses regarding the equine gut, with an emphasis on improved health and well-being. While the science associated with such a project is undoubtedly complex, Biddle has promoted this project by focusing on a question to which everybody in the equine world can relate.
"Sometimes science is kind of hard to translate for people," said Biddle. "When you say that you're working on the structure of a protein or a binding site or a cofactor mechanism, that doesn't grab them. But when you ask, 'Would you like to understand how and why horses get sick?' that makes it personal and easier for them to understand."
A breakdown of the sample kit costs for the Equine Microbiome Project is as follows:
  • $45 will cover half of the cost of one (1) sample kit and analysis
  • $90 will cover the full cost of one (1) sample kit and analysis
  • $180 will cover the full cost of two (2) sample kits and analysis
  • $270 will cover the full cost of three (3) sample kits and analysis
"We're very grateful for the overwhelming interest people have in this project," said Biddle. "We're also thankful for the patience and support of the equine community in terms of providing samples and information. It's just been fantastic."
Click here for more information about the Biddle Lab's Equine Microbiome Project.
The Most Important Bit of Career Advice I Give Out
(Author - Dan Simmons, CPC)
The The secret to forging a successful career is not really that complicated, in fact it's quite simple, so basic that people usually miss it, unable to see the significance.
Helping people set a career path that can lead to success is a very satisfying part of my job. In guiding people who seem a bit confused about where they're headed and in helping them set clear-cut goals to achieve their career objectives, I am changing lives.
The most valuable piece of career advice I can give is this: "You must know where you're headed before you can forge a path."
What's readily apparent is that this advice applies to all kinds of endeavors, not just to one's job or career path. The wisdom expressed in this statement is very simple; yet fundamentally true in almost everything we set out to do in life.  My favorite question to ask in an interview, whether the person is 21 or 61 is, what do you want to do now that you're all grown up?
The problem many people run into during their job search is that they usually discount that step or completely disregard it. What they do is look ahead before examining their starting point, which should be determined by where they want to go.
To forge a successful career there must be a clearly defined path to follow leading to a specific end point. Once you reach your first destination you can always plot a new course. In figuring all of this out you can also look ahead and decide on one major end point or destination, with a whole lot of little destinations along the way, which would be considered stepping stones.
The main point I'm making is that if you have no clear idea of where you're going, there is no way you're ever going to get there, wherever "there" is. You wouldn't even have any idea of HOW to get there or know if you're "there" when you arrive.
Wherever you are along your career path, it's a good idea to take an inventory of your achievements and to look ahead to see what mountains you'd still like to climb. Determine where you'd like to end up, where your ultimate destination is. Once that's done you would want to decide on a path to follow that will take you there. This is the only way you can realistically reach your destination.
There are so many directions you can go and a lot of different paths to take, but if you haven't yet decided where you're going, then what's the point of starting out?
A 7 - Step Blueprint for Managing Your References Via Social Media
(By Matt Deutsch)
When it comes to references and social media, the first thing that people usually think of are LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements. And really, can you blame them?
After all, LinkedIn is the social media site networking site for professionals. However, an effective strategy for managing your references via social media goes way beyond that. LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements are just one part of the overall picture.
However, it's a mistake to make those the starting point of your strategy. When it comes to references in social media, you should start with the references . . . not the social media.
Our blueprint for managing your references via social media consists of seven steps. Those steps are as follows:
#1 - Identify your references.
Seems logical, right? You should not use social media to identify your references. You should be using it to nurture your references. Compile a list of all the people from which a glowing reference would help you to grow your career.
#2 - Connect with your references on many social media platforms.
Don't just connect with them on LinkedIn. Depending upon your relationship, strive to connect with them on as many platforms as possible. (Some people are more stringent about their friends on Facebook.) This is so you can compile a wealth of information.
#3 - Follow their activity on all accounts.
This should be relatively easy if you already check your accounts on a daily basis. Make it a point to visit the home/profile page of your references on a regular basis and observe their recent activity. When and how you ask for references will often depend upon what is happening in the life of the people you ask. Don't "fly blind."
#4 - Track their accomplishments!
This is the important part of following their activity. What if they change jobs? Get a promotion? Change jobs and get a promotion? You absolutely want to know this information, because this is the information that's most pertinent when the time arrives to use them as a reference.
#5 - Interact with them regularly.
This piggy-backs on #4. They got a promotion? Congratulate them! They changed jobs? Ask them about the change . . . and then congratulate them! Your references want to know that you care as much about their careers as you want them to care about yours, and social media offers an excellent opportunity to let them know that.
#6 - Provide LinkedIn recommendations for them first.
References, even references you've used in the past, are far more likely to talk about you in glowing terms if you've already done so for them. Once you've done this, look for other opportunities to provide positive feedback regarding their job and/or career on the various social media platforms.
#7 - Ask for references, recommendations, and endorsements.
You'll notice that this is the last item on our list. That's because you must provide value first before you can ask for - and expect to receive - value in return. Not only that, but the information you have gathered to this point will also help you to accurately assess the probability of a person providing a reference and also gauge how impactful their reference will be in regards to your job search.
Yes, this approach is time-intensive. View it as an investment in your future. You're spending time, energy, and effort now in the hopes of eventually receiving a return on that investment.
When the time comes, your references could very well mean the difference between receiving an offer of employment and not receiving one.
Submit Your Internship Program Information!
(By Matt Deutsch)
The Animal Science Monitor has offered to promote internships many times during the 11-year existence of our publication. And we want to do it again!
Our goal is to highlight internship programs associated with Animal Science and/or Animal Nutrition each month in the ASM. But of course, we need your help. That's why we're encouraging companies to submit information regarding their internship opportunities.
The process is simple, and the best part is that candidates can apply directly to the employer for the internships in which they're interested. When submitting your internship information, be sure to include the following information:
  • A brief overview of your organization
  • A description of your internship opportunities
  • A summary of required qualifications
  • The time frame and duration of the internship
  • Specific data regarding how to apply for the internship, including physical addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email addresses
Once you submit your information, it will appear in a future issue of the ASM! You can email your internship program information to 
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