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J. Marcos Fernandez, has been appointed associate dean and director of academic programs. He previously was a professor and associate dean at Pennsylvania State University's College of Agricultural Sciences since 2005.

Fernandez will oversee all academic programs in the college, including curricula, instruction, recruitment and admissions, student services, scholarships, career services, student leadership development and faculty development. He will be involved in strategic planning, recommend allocation of academic resources, and be the primary liaison with the university regarding academic program issues.

John Lumkes Jr. is a 2011 recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Lumkes was inducted into Purdue's Teaching Academy in 2009. He was chosen as the College of Agriculture David C. Pfendler Outstanding Counselor and has received a Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award, among other honors.

A faculty member since 2004, Lumkes is academic adviser to more than 30 undergraduate students. He also serves as faculty adviser for multiple engineering global design teams, student design competition teams and student clubs. He currently advises eight graduate students. By integrating real global design challenges into his courses, Lumkes offers students the opportunity to address and overcome cultural and communication disparities while solving technical problems.

Department staff earned two gold and three silver awards as part of the Association for Communication Excellence annual critique and awards program in Denver in June.

Russ Merzdorf and Kevin Leigh Smith earned a gold award (first place) in the technical publications category for Purdue Extension publication ID–317 (Forage Field Guide, second edition). Dan Annarino, Sharon Katz and Brian Wallheimer also earned a gold award for Science Café, which was awarded for a marketing communications campaign with a budget under $1,000.

Second–place (silver) awards went to Joan Crow, Steven Doyle, Sharon Katz, Jamie Loizzo and Carolyn McGrew for Purdue zipTrips "Disease Detectives" in the electronic media, video: special program, documentary or regularly produced program aired on commercial, noncommercial or cable outlets category, and to Purdue Agriculture Connections (Annarino, Tom Campbell, Cheri Frederick, Gina Price, Megan Madia, Dinah McClure, McGrew, Keith Robinson and Wallheimer) in the newsletters category. Doyle earned a silver award in the electronic media category for "ABE: The Work We Do Here Matters."

A team of nine Purdue students won second place in the annual National Agri–Marketing Association competition for a plan to market a natural and local specialty cheese and salami product. The team competed against 29 other universities from the United States and Canada at the group's national conference in Kansas City, Mo., in April. Scores were based on a written marketing plan and a live presentation. The Purdue students worked for four months in creating a marketing plan for Hoosier Homestead, a fictional joint venture between a dairy cooperative and a swine cooperative. The plan included the story behind the joint venture, market and competitor analysis, promotional strategy, action plan and financial analysis.

The team was composed of Kim Hoeing, Urooj Khan, Jenna Langley, Kyle Maple, Christy Penner, Bailey Perry, Josh Pottschmidt, Addison Sheldon and Michelle Steinbarger. Doctoral student David Ortega was the team's adviser. California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo took first place.

Tony Vyn received the Werner L. Nelson Award from the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation at the Fluid Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made contributions to the development of soil fertility practices and plant nutrition management that have resulted in increased crop yields for North American farmers. Vyn is a researcher and Extension agronomist specializing in cropping systems.

Kelly Delp, BS '03, communications specialist, is the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Service to Students Award in the College of Agriculture. Delp develops and organizes activities in the department and across campus for the Agronomy Ambassador program, teaching students about the department, college and university; speaking to visitors; recruiting high school students; and developing educational programs. Delp provides assistance to all student organizations and judging teams affiliated with the department. Delp has involved students in the development of websites for the department, for which she received a Certificate of Merit from the American Society of Agronomy, and has involved undergraduate and graduate students in various other communications and events.

Cale Bigelow is the College of Agriculture's David C. Pfendler Outstanding Counselor for 2011. A faculty member since 2002, Bigelow is the academic adviser to more than 40 students. He also is adviser to the Purdue Turf Club and is the primary contact for all inquiries regarding turfgrass science studies. Bigelow developed a distance learning version of an agronomy course for students at regional campuses across the state. He also co–developed and administers a turfgrass diagnostics course designed to prepare students for the collegiate Turf Quiz Bowl competitions.

Ryan Cabot associate professor of animal sciences, is the 2011 recipient of the College of Agriculture's Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award. Cabot has been at Purdue since 2004, with his primary teaching responsibility in reproductive physiology.

He is an adviser to Block & Bridle and serves on the department's diversity action team and on several educational programs and curriculum committees. Cabot helps students with their communication and critical thinking by having them investigate science–based articles and by giving them other written assignments. He received a 2010 Teaching for Tomorrow Award. Cabot also received the New Investigator Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction in August 2010 at its national meeting in Milwaukee, Wis.

Kern Hendrix, BS '67, retired Purdue Extension beef specialist, received the Robert C. Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. The award recognizes career contributions to the Indiana beef cattle industry. It is the group's highest award presented to an individual.

Todd Applegate received the BRAIN (BIOMIN Research and Innovation Network) Award at the World Nutrition Forum in Austria. He received the award for "a broader understanding of the immunologic and physiologic impacts of probiotic phytogenic supplementation in poultry."

Three faculty received awards at professional conferences in July in Denver, Colo. Layi Adeola received the Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science given by the Poultry Science Association. The research from Adeola's lab has contributed to the development of cost–effective diet formulation strategies for broiler chickens and pigs that improve the retention of energy, nitrogen, and phosphorus, the three most expensive components in the diets. Shawn Donkin received the Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Award given by the American Dairy Science Association. Donkin was noted for his research on cellular and molecular processes controlling liver function in response to nutritional, hormonal, environmental, and developmental cues and their relationships to dairy cattle productivity and health. Patricia (Scotti) Hester received the Poultry Welfare Research Award given by the Poultry Science Association. Hester led a team of poultry scientists from universities and industry to update welfare guidelines for the care and use of poultry in university research and education. Her research centers on skeletal abnormalities, including osteoporosis.

Andy Tao, PhD '01, has been selected to participate in the 2011–12 Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy at Purdue. The program is supported through a grant to the Burton D. Morgan Center from the Kauffman Foundation. A faculty member since 2005, Tao hopes the program will allow him to further understand commercialization strategies and procedures, examine policies and approaches to involve graduate students in entrepreneurial activities, and identify opportunities to introduce undergraduate students to entrepreneurial projects. Tao will receive $5,000 as seed funding to support a Krannert MBA student to develop projects and to perform market analysis.


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