Animal Science Department


Date of this Version



J. Anim. Sci. 2018.96:2949–2951


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doi: 10.1093/jas/sky148


In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), a Triennial Reproduction Symposium was cosponsored by SSR and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS). The Society for the Study of Reproduction was formed in 1967 when a group of reproductive biologists that were members of ASAS met with physician scientists and decided to organize a new scientific society. The goal of SSR was to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies. Today after its 50th anniversary, the mission for SSR is to harness the science of reproduction, fertility, and development for a healthy world. The American Society of Animal Science began as the American Society of Animal Nutrition in 1908 and was broadened to include additional disciplines in 1912. The society changed its name to the American Society of Animal Production in 1915 and in 1961 the name of the society was changed to ASAS. Today, ASAS is a membership society that supports the careers of scientists and animal producers in the United States and internationally. The Society fosters the discovery, sharing, and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.