2017 ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproduction Symposium

Looking Back and Moving Forward—How Reproductive Physiology Has Evolved

Supported by the American Society of Animal Sciences Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Animal Science (through a grant from USDA-NIFA)

In honor of SSR's 50th Anniversary, a joint Triennial Reproduction Symposium will be on Thursday, 13 July 2017, from 8:00 am – 3:20 pm, hosted by SSR and ASAS. The ASAS annual meeting in Baltimore precedes SSR's annual meeting. The Triennial Reproduction Symposium is focused on large animal/domestic livestock (USDA-related species) reproduction. The Co-Chairs of this special joint session are Andrea Cupp, Ph.D., and Debora Hamernik, Ph.D. 

Registration for this special event is open. The cost is $50 and includes busing from the ASAS to SSR meeting site if needed. Note: to attend the joint ASAS–SSR Triennial Reproduction Symposium, one must register for either, or both, the ASAS and/or SSR annual meetings. Register here for the SSR annual meeting, making sure to include registering for the Joint Symposium. See here for ASAS annual meeting registration.

The Symposium will be held on the site of the SSR Meeting, in Marriott Salon 1 and the Mezzanine Level Foyer of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Those attending the Symposium will receive a full program onsite.

Preliminary information only. Dates, times, titles, and speakers are subject to change.

Schedule and Speakers

8:00–8:45 am

Invited Talk: Michael F. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri and 2015 Casida Awardee). "Reproduction in Domestic Ruminants During the Past 50 Years: Discovery to Application."

8:45–9:20 am

Invited Talk: Marc-Andre Sirard, Ph.D., V.M.D. (Universite Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada). "Prime Eggs from Prime Cows."

9:20–9:55 am

Invited Talk: Jennifer A. Hernandez Gifford, Ph.D. (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA). "Wnt’s Role in Folliculogenesis."

9:55–10:15 am


10:15–11:30 am

Trainee Flash Talk Competition (see below for details).

11:30 am–1:00 pm

Posters (with "walking" lunch).

1:00–1:35 pm

Invited Talk: Brenda M. Alexander, Ph.D. (University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming). "Male Reproductive Behavior: Pathways and Messengers."

1:35 pm–2:10 pm

Invited Talk: Dustin Tyler Yates, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska). "Fetal Origins of Impaired Muscle Growth and Metabolic Dysfunction: Lessons from Heat-Stressed Pregnant Ewes."

2:10–2:45 pm

Invited Talk: Kazuhiko Imakawa, Ph.D. (University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan). "Integration of Molecules to Construct the Processes of Conceptus Implantation to the Maternal Endometrium."

2:45–3:10 pm

Annouce 2017 Casida Awardee and Award Presentation.

3:10–3:20 pm

Announce Trainee Competition Award Winners.


Types of Presentations

  • Invited Talks
  • Poster Flash Talks 
  • Posters 

Slide Presentations

Presentations for invited and poster flash talks may be uploaded beginning 9 June 2017, at which time instructions for uploading will be displayed on the submission site. Presentations not uploaded by 7 July 2017 must be uploaded at the meeting in the Slide Preview Room (see below).

Upon arrival at the Marriott Wardman Park, please pick up your registration materials and proceed to the Slide Preview Room (Park Tower Room 8206) where all invited speakers and poster flash talk presenters are required to check in and review their presentations. This room will have computers and trained personnel available for assistance should technical difficulties arise. Speakers may modify their presentations up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. A timed rehearsal is recommended. The Slide Preview Room will be open during the following hours:



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

1:00 pm–7:30 pm*

Thursday, 13 July 2017

7:00 am–7:00 pm


*It will not be possible to upload or edit your presentations after 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 12 July. Please check your talk between 1:00 and 7:30 pm to ensure that your presentations can be uploaded before 7:30 pm.


Creating and Uploading PowerPoint Presentations


  1. Only PowerPoint presentations will be accommodated (i.e., no slides, no overheads, no alternative programs allowed).
  2. Movies and image files can be included directly in the file. Only one file may be uploaded, but there is no file size limit. If your university of institution server times-out during upload, please contact us at 608.256.2777 or abstracts@ssr.org
  3. All session rooms will have Master PCs running Microsoft Office 2010 in Windows 7.
  4. Individual laptops may not be connected at the podiums in the session room.
  5. All presentations must be uploaded by Thursday, 7 July, to allow time for staff to preflight presentations and create appropriate back-up files. Presentations must be reviewed and may be modified in the Slide Preview Room no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled session.

SLIDE SIZE: Please set your slide size to Widescreen/On-Screen Show (16:9). In PowerPoint 2010, go to Design, select Page Setup, and then choose On-screen Show (16:9) from the dropdown menu for “Slides sized for.” In PowerPoint 2013 and higher, go to Design, select Slide Size, and then choose Widescreen (16:9):

FONTS: A presentation created on a computer that uses one set of fonts may not look the same on another computer that has different fonts. To avoid this problem, embed the fonts in the presentation. Please check your version of PowerPoint for instructions on embedding fonts. If you are still unsure if your presentation will appear as you intend when it is projected, choose only fonts that are easily substituted by any program or format, such as Helvetica, Arial, or Times Roman.

You can embed any TrueType font that comes with Windows 7. These include:






Times New Roman

Comic Sans MS

Lucida Console

Trebuchet MS


Microsoft Sans Serif


Courier New

Palatino Linotype


Franklin Gothic Medium




Other TrueType fonts can be embedded only if they have no license restrictions. If a font cannot be embedded (for example, it is not marked as being editable or installable), a message will appear that explains why. Note that saving a presentation with embedded fonts will increase the file size of your presentation. Do not use Unicode or Double-Byte fonts, such as Arial Unicode MS, Batang, SimSun, MS Mincho, and PMingLiu; PowerPoint will not embed them.

Although fonts can be embedded, we recommend using only fonts that come with and are supported by Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 to ensure that slides retain their original look when projected.

IMAGES (MAC USERS): TIFF images compressed with Quicktime will not display in PowerPoint on a Windows computer. If you are unsure about any TIFF images in your PowerPoint file, please bring separate, uncompressed copies of your TIFF images to the meeting, and report to the Slide Preview Room at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled presentation, so that A/V staff can assist you in appropriately formatting the images.

UPLOAD PROCESS: (Read all instructions before beginning.)

  1. Log in to the submission site:  https://www.xcdsystem.com/SSR/abstract/index.cfm?ID=xvTOXm5


  1. Find the submission that has been accepted to present as an invited or poster flash talk.
  2. Click the Presentation Upload button:


  1. Click Attach Presentation Upload Here button:


  1. Browse for the correct file.


  1. Click on the Submit Presentation Upload button: 


  1. You may view your uploaded file by clicking the “View File” link located below the Presentation Upload button that is on every web page of the submission system.


  1. If you need to reupload your file prior to the 7 July deadline, click on the Presentation Upload button and scroll to the bottom of this page to Attach a new file. 


File Naming and Upload Tips

  • Name your PowerPoint file as follows: "P[Your Presentation Number]-[Your Last Name].ppt(x); for example: "P28-Smith.ppt" indicates program number 28, First/Presenting Author, Smith.
  • If your institutional server "times out" the upload, you may need to reduce the overall file size by first reducing the size of your images or by uploading one file at a time.
  • As indicated, please do not close or refresh/reload the browser window until the upload is complete.
  • If you continue to have problems, contact annual meeting staff at ssr-am@ssr.org.

Duration of Talks

The published schedule will be STRICTLY followed. If your presentation exceeds the limit, the time for questions will be shortened accordingly. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to speak for more than the time allowed. Please plan and then rehearse your presentation to ensure that you will stay within these time limits: 

Invited Talk: Your entire presentation is limited to 35 minutes. This includes the questioning period and speaker transition.

Poster Flash Talk: Your entire presentation is limited to 3 minutes and 1 question.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of your fellow presenters and attendees! 

Presentation Tips

Each screen should have a single, clear purpose, tell a unified story, and be understood readily. Each should have a simple, uncluttered format and be free of nonessential information.

To ensure legibility of all figures viewed from the back of a large room, the height of the smallest figure should be no less than 5% of the height of the projected image. Another good rule is that the projected image should be legible when viewed from a distance of 10.5 times its width. Use modern bold type and double spacing. Use a dark-colored background and light-colored type. Avoid using red and green together, as those with red-green color-blindness cannot distinguish between the two. Do not use three-dimensional bar charts unless three-dimensional information is being presented.

As a gauge, the best 10- to 12-minute talks use an average of six to seven screens. Use duplicate screens or hyperlinks if an image is referred to more than once. Timed rehearsals are strongly recommended.

3-Minute Poster Flash Talk2017 Rules

  1. A maximum of two PowerPoint slides are permitted.
  2. One slide must list the title, authors, affiliations and abstract number in a 24 or larger font size.
  4. The 3-minute clock will begin when your first slide is projected, and no more than 3 minutes will be allowed per speaker. 
  5. Please do not use slide transitions, animations, or "movement" of any type nor any sound or video.
  6. Sit in the front rows.
  7. Walk onto the stage immediately after the final slide of previous speaker (screen will go black), and leave immediately after your final slide.

Poster Presentations


The poster session will be held on the Mezzanine Level Foyer of the Marriott Wardman Park (one floor above the main meeting level of the SSR 2017 Annual Meeting). Program numbers will be indicated on the poster boards; there will be two posters per each side of the poster boards.

Posters may be mounted on Wednesday, 12 July, between 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and must remain in place through the end of the poster session on Thursday, 13 July. Posters still in place at 3:00 pm on Thursday will be discarded. 

Poster Sizes and Presentation Tips

Poster must be no larger than 44 inches high by 44 inches wide (111.76 centimeters by 111.76 centimeters). Posters may be mounted either with push pins or Velcro. Push pins will be provided in the poster session room.

Posters should include the title of the abstract and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). Illustrations and tables may be similar to those used in making slides, but with bolder, heavier fonts. They should be readable from distances of 4 feet or more. Use color judiciously to add emphasis. Keep illustrative material simple. Please use large type for all text. When feasible, use graphs to demonstrate qualitative relationships and tables for presenting precise numerical values. Photographs should be on matte, not glossy, paper. Brief "Introduction" and “Conclusions” sections are helpful.