Deadline Extension: Emerging Scholar Award Submissions are now due November 23, 2016

The ANS has extended the deadline for the Emerging Scholar Award to November 23, 2016.

Presenters for the 2017 ANS Conference who are eligible for and interested in applying for the ANS Emerging Scholar Award (ESA) should have received all pertinent information.

The information is also available here: ESA Application Invitation

Please send submissions to both ANS President Dr.

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Invented Baby Names: 84 awesome choices and 2 big winners!

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Quiz: popular dog name or popular baby name?

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Abstract Concepts International Symposium 2016, Amsterdam, November 18, 2016

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Most popular and unusual Australian dog names and breeds revealed

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Call for Papers: Onomastica Canadiana

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What’s in a Brand Name?

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