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Department Notes

Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, was selected to receive the Educator of the Year Award from the Mid America CropLife Association. The award, first presented in 1978, recognizes demonstrated evidence of significant contributions to American agriculture, especially in the MACA region. The award was presented at MACA’s annual meeting Sept. 7 in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Monika Ivantysynova, Maha Professor of Fluid Power Systems, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. Ivantysynova completed her PhD there in 1983 before beginning her work in the fluid power industry. During seven years of industry work, she gained experience in hydraulic systems and component design, and modeling and system simulation, especially in the development of hydraulic pumps and motors.

Thorne

Thorne

Jason Thorne has rejoined the department as a fabricator in the exhibit center. Thorne had worked at the exhibit center as a student before graduating from Purdue with a BS in technology education in 2006. Before returning to Purdue in December, Thorne had been a high school teacher in Indianapolis and worked for communications companies in Indianapolis and Noblesville.

Gloy

Gloy

Brent Gloy, MS ’96, PhD ’99, has returned to Purdue as an associate professor, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and associate director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business. His research focuses on issues related to the supply and demand for credit. Gloy teaches an undergraduate course in agricultural and food business strategy. Gloy previously taught undergraduate courses in agribusiness strategy and agricultural finance and a graduate course in agricultural finance at Cornell University. He also had directed the Cornell Farm Credit Fellows program.

Juan Sesmero is an assistant professor following completion of his PhD at the University of Nebraska. Sesmero’s teaching and research interests primarily are in natural resource and environmental economics. His research includes measurement of environmental and marketing efficiency in the biofuels industry and agricultural productivity growth in China.

Villoria

Villoria

Nelson Villoria has been appointed a research assistant professor. Villoria was previously a postdoctoral research associate with Purdue’s Center for Global Trade Analysis. His research interests are international trade and production economics. Much of his work uses bilateral trade flows to study the transmission of demand and supply stocks across countries. His interests are in the modeling of global land supply and productivity and the interaction between weather fluctuations and trade patterns.

Patton

Patton

Aaron Patton, MS ’03, PhD ’06, has joined the department as an assistant professor after serving on the faculty at the University of Arkansas. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Iowa State University and his master’s degree and doctorate in agronomy from Purdue. Patton’s research interests include planning, implementing and leading projects devoted to managing quality lawn, sod, golf, and sports turf while reducing management inputs. He is teaching integrated turfgrass systems in the department.

Gebisa Ejeta, MS ’76, PhD ’78, has been appointed as one of three new science envoys for the U.S. Department of State. U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., announced the appointment in September. “I am pleased to once again recognize Dr. Ejeta’s work,” said Lugar. “A former World Food Prize recipient, Dr. Ejeta will work diligently to help solve global challenges such as hunger and poverty as our next science envoy.” Ejeta earned the World Food Prize in 2009 for his work in the field of sorghum research.

Jack L. Albright is one of five dairy industry leaders named a 2010 pioneer of the dairy industry by the National Dairy Shrine in Maribel, Wis. A professor emeritus, Albright was honored for a 55-year career that led to many groundbreaking discoveries in the field of dairy cattle behavior. Using results from his research, Albright helped design milking parlor holding pens and crowd gates and barns that limit crowding, use headlocks for cow management and have stalls that optimize cow comfort. Albright’s portrait will be on permanent display at the National Dairy Shrine Visitors’ Center in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Nick Carpita, BS ’72, is serving as president of the American Society of Plant Biologists for the 2010-11 year. Carpita succeeds Tuan-hua David Ho, professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. A member of ASPB for more than 30 years and a Purdue faculty member since 1979, Carpita has served as secretary of the society, as a member of its executive committee and as editorial board member and monitoring editor of Plant Physiology, one of the research journals published by ASPB. He was named a fellow of ASPB in 2009.

Bill Johnson is the recipient of the Sharvelle Award as Purdue Extension’s outstanding specialist for 2010. Johnson received the award Nov. 10 during a luncheon at the annual conference. “Bill Johnson is a nationally recognized weed scientist who provides expert advice to producers and crop consultants on best practices for weed management in agronomic crops,” said Chuck Hibberd, Purdue Extension director. Johnson’s area of expertise is in biology and management of economically important weeds in agronomic crops and in interactions among weed management tactics, insects and diseases.

Johnson also received the 2010 Outstanding Extension Specialist Award from the Weed Science Society of America. The Sharvelle Award is presented in memory of Eric G. Sharvelle, a Purdue professor of botany and plant pathology from 1946 to 1975.

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