• Volume 14    Number 1    Winter 2004


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Steve Cain, BS '76, received the Group Honor Award for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The award recognized Cain's contributions to the Extension Disaster Education Network, which is a team effort of specialists who provided "a university-based database and network for Extension Service professionals as they prepare for and respond to disasters." Cain also received a Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Certificate of Appreciation.

Agricultural Economics

John Connor was appointed to the board of the American Antitrust Institute, an influential U.S. think tank. Connor will consult and, in part, direct the activities of the institute and its 62 members. Connor has been a faculty member since 1982.

Jay Akridge, MS '83, PhD '86, received the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Agricultural Science Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 16 in New Orleans. Akridge, a faculty member since 1986, was one of eight regional award winners.


Ron Turco has received the 2003 Mid-America CropLife Association Water Guardian Award for Indiana. The award honors Turco for his leadership in water quality research and his efforts to inform the public about water quality management and environmental stewardship. A faculty member since 1985, Turco is director of the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute.

Four faculty members were honored at the annual meetings of the Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy. John G. Graveel, BS '76, MS '79, PhD '84, and Eileen Kladivko, BS '75, MS '77, were named Fellows of the Soil Science Society. The society has been selecting outstanding members to the position of Fellow since 1976. Colleagues nominate worthy members, with election made by the organization's executive committee. Linda S. Lee and Tony J. Vyn were named Fellows of the American Society of Agronomy.

Administrative assistant Sandy Spitznagle is the third recipient of the annual Eudoxia Girard Martin Award. (Click here to see story.)

Animal Sciences

Zoltan Machaty has joined the faculty as an assistant professor, specializing in reproductive physiology and developmental biology. Machaty comes to the department from Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Sherburne, N.Y., where he was a senior staff scientist. Prior to that, Machaty was a research assistant professor at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus.

Donald Lay, a faculty member since 2001, received the Early Career Research Scientist of the Year Award (Midwest area) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service. Lay is research leader of the livestock behavior research unit.


James Dill, PhD '79, is the recipient of the 2003 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology. Dill is an associate program Extension professor and cooperating professor of entomology at the University of Maine. Purdue's Department of Entomology has presented the Osmun Award annually for 13 years to recognize outstanding professionalism in the field of entomology. It is named for the man who headed the department from 1956 to 1972.

Catherine Hill has joined the faculty, continuing her research with mosquito and tick genomics. Hill previously worked with Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, where her research focused on ixodid tick genomics and the identification and validation of novel insecticide targets in invertebrate pests.

Bill Kielhorn is the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Service Award, presented annually within the department to recognize performance, contributions, accomplishments and continued outstanding service to the department. Kielhorn has been a computer assistant for the department since 1999.

Image. Phil Nelson and model.
It’s too big for Phil Nelson’s mantle at home, so this 8-foot-long model of the Premium Do Brasil will reside in the main office (second floor) of Purdue’s Food Science Building. The real ship is one of two ocean-going orange juice tankers christened in 2002 by Citrosuco, a Brazilian company utilizing the bulk aseptic storage technique that Nelson perfected in the 1960s. The actual ship has 16 bulk storage tanks with an overall capacity of nearly eight million gallons of juice. The ship delivers juice from Brazil to the United States and Europe. Citrosuco representatives presented Nelson with the model Sept. 23.

Food Science

Roy L. Whistler has been awarded an honorary doctorate of science from Iowa State University. Whistler, professor emeritus of food science and a faculty member from 1940 to 1978, received his PhD from Iowa State in 1938.

Forestry and Natural Resources

Brian MacGowan and Brian Miller have created a Web site called "everything WILDlife" at http://www.purdue.edu/wildlife/. The site contains information for landowners, homeowners and enthusiasts on wildlife management issues, environmental solutions, seasonal topics, land management programs, and wildlife resources. It's full of beautiful photographs and is fun to visit even if you don't have questions.

John W. Moser Jr., PhD '67, has received the United States Forest Service Director's Award for Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) Excellence. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in transitioning the FIA program to the new annualized approach outlined in the 1998 Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act (1998 Farm Bill). Moser has been a Purdue faculty member since 1967.

Burnell C. Fischer, BS '69, MS '71, PhD '74, was elected president of the National Association of State Foresters at the group's annual meeting in Portland, Ore. He has been a faculty member since 1977.

Dan Daugherty received an award from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. The organization annually presents research awards to graduate students to support travel expenses associated with professional development or research.

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Jules Janick received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar award and will fill the Distinguished Chair of Horticulture at the University of Pisa, Italy, beginning March 1. Janick will teach a three-month course on the history of horticulture and will contribute to the university's new crops program. While in Europe this spring, Janick will attend the board of directors meeting of the International Society of Horticultural Science in Crete and will spend a week at Oxford University working with Barrie Juniper on the history of grafting. Janick also will deliver the Tex Frazier Memorial Lecturer at the Centennial Meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Providence, R.I., next fall.

International Programs in Agriculture

Michael Stitsworth and Linda Vallade received the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Youth Development and Agricultural Education

Kimber Nicoletti, Communities Against Rape Initiative (CARe) minority outreach coordinator, has been appointed to a three-year term on the national advisory council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. The center is a national clearinghouse of information and resources pertaining to all areas of sexual violence. It is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and is funded through the federal Centers for Disease Control Division of Violence Prevention.

Mark Balschweid, assistant professor, was recognized as the outstanding young member of the American Association for Agricultural Education at the group's annual meeting in Florida.