Belated Happy New Year and happy spring semester greetings! We’re kicking off 2007 with a new way of keeping you up to date on what’s going on in Agriculture. “Purdue Agriculture in Focus” will come to you by e-mail every month with information on events, opportunities, deadlines, and news about your colleagues in Purdue Agriculture.
We want this newsletter to be the place to look for departmental happenings, announcements and anything else you need to know about Purdue Agriculture—and we hope it will cut down on the glut of e-mail and paper announcements. Past issues will be available on the Web at http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/in_focus/
We welcome your input! Send your news to Dinah McClure (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NASA pioneers are featured speakers at Fish Fry
Astronaut Jim Lovell and NASA
flight director Gene Kranz were thousands of miles apart when they famously
guided Apollo 13 back from the edge of disaster in 1970. But on Feb. 3,
the aviation pioneers share the stage as guest speakers at the Agricultural
Alumni Fish Fry. The annual event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue
Ribbon Pavilion in
OnePurdue is coming!
finance function of OnePurdue goes live on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The last
day for purchasing through Ariba is Jan. 26. Please plan accordingly,
and consult your departmental business office for emergency purchasing
between these dates.
Purdue Agriculture faculty rank high in productivity
The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index by Academic Analytics
ranks 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354
institutions across the nation. Faculty members are judged on such factors as
publications, grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. Ten Purdue
programs—six in Agriculture—ranked in the survey’s top ten.
International Programs Office names Ragothama new associate director
Kashchandra Ragothama (Ragu), Horticulture, joins the team in International
Programs in Agriculture on Feb. 1 with a focus on building Purdue Agriculture
programs in Asia and the
Horticulture Greenhouse lab selected for renovation
Horticultural Greenhouse 1109 is one of five teaching laboratory projects on campus to receive University R&R funding for 2007. Interim Department Head Robert Joly says this will fund much-needed renovation of this important teaching space. The department plans to tie these improvements to other associated renovation.
Agronomy marks 100 years
marks the 100th anniversary of the Agronomy Department at Purdue,
and they plan to celebrate with a weekend of activities on November 16-17.
The festivities include the inaugural Legends of Agronomy award, which honors
those who have made a major contribution to the establishment, development,
enhancement, and/or improvement of the Agronomy Department. For more
information on the centennial celebration or to nominate someone for the
“Diversity at Work” new series of diversity modules offered
series of diversity modules have been developed and are now being offered to
administrative assistants and other clerical and service staff. It is
recommended that faculty and administrative professionals with programmatic
responsibilities continue to sign up for the Multicultural and Gender Forums.
Faculty: Take advantage of reduced-rate NACTA membership
Purdue Food Science is highlighted in Food Safety Magazine
The Purdue Food Science Food Bio-Security Simulation was referenced in an article in the December/January issue of Food Safety Magazine. The article, “New Thinking on Food Protection,” calls the simulation one of “the most exciting advanced technology developments for food defense . . .” The article’s author, David Park, is a 1972 Purdue Agriculture graduate and president of Food-Defense, LLC, an independent food safety and food defense risk-management consulting service.
Ag Econ’s Patrick teaches tax professionals
Agricultural Economics’ 11 two-day 2006
OAP matches Community Service Student Grants
Office of Academic Programs (OAP) will match Community Service Student Grants
from the Office of Engagement up to $250 per funded project. To be eligible,
the funded student group must by a
Undergrad program trains future leaders
Ethanol policy the focus for Ag Forecast
Agricultural Economics Prof. Wally Tyner will discuss our nation's
energy predicament and the role of biofuels on Feb. 3 during the Ag Forecast
Women in Agriculture gather at Conner Prairie in 2007
Midwestern women with careers in
agriculture will network and gain information to help improve their business
operations on Feb. 7-8 during the 2007 Midwest Women in Agriculture
Reminder: Monday, Feb. 5 is the deadline for submissions to the ITaP, TLT Digital Content Development Grants opportunity. The goal of this program is to “…select and help implement projects that increase instructional effectiveness through the use of digital and online technology. The TLT department seeks to cultivate instructional excellence through experimentation with new ideas, teaching methods, and technologies.” Proposals can be submitted electronically using the web form https://www.itap.purdue.edu/login/?location=/tlt/idc/grants/index.cfm on the TLT site. For more information contact the Instructional Development Center (IDC) by phone (49-63257) or email (email@example.com) or browse the TLT Website. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/idc/grants.cfm
Nominations are due to the Office of Academic Programs for:
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award: Feb. 9
Outstanding Counselor Award: Feb. 9
Outstanding Service to Students Award: Feb. 9
Feb. 6: PCARET Legislative Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Feb. 7-9: HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.) at the Indiana Convention Center Exhibit Hall D. Contact Danica Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Feb. 14-17: National Farm Machinery Show and Tractor Pull at the
Feb. 27: Reception honoring the D.C. area alumni and recent graduates of the Indiana Ag Leadership Institute. Contact Courtney Schmidt (email@example.com) for more information.
March 2: Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Awards Reception and
Convocation in the Purdue Memorial
March 2: Regional Science Fair on Purdue campus. Contact Jane Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
March 3: Dean’s Advisory Council Spring meeting on campus. Contact Dinah McClure (email@example.com) for more information.
Willette Crawford, Food Science, won the Liska Graduate Student Teaching Award for Fall 2006. She was chosen by undergraduate students for her excellence in service as a teaching assistant for the Food Microbiology Laboratory course.
Ellie Butz received the Department of Food Science's Outstanding Service Award.
Science, received a professional development grant from the Purdue
Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee. The grant will
fund his training on complying with
Carol Rizkalla, Forestry and Natural Resources, was selected to join the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) Class of 2007-08. The class comprises twenty up-and-coming leaders from the wildlife conservation field.
Jim Beasley, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Frederick N. Andrews Environmental Travel Grant, which provides $2,000 toward research relating to the world environment.
Adam Baumgart-Getz, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Russell O. Blosser Environmental Travel Grant, which provides $2,000 toward research relating to the world environment.
Jenna Rickus, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will give the
junior investigator technology talk at the National Institutes of Health
Curing Epilepsy 2007 meeting in March. She is one of only four junior
investigators invited to give a presentation. The talks will be webcast
around the world on the NIH Web site.
Andy Tao, Biochemistry, received a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) award for his project, Soluble Nanopolymers for Targeted Proteomics in vitro and in Living Cells.
Congratulations to the
staff and students of the Agronomy Department raked in the awards at
the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science of America/Soil Science Society
of America international meetings held in November.
Two Purdue Agronomy Soils
Teams competed in the Region 3 soils contest in October. The
Purdue “A” Team won first-place team overall and first place in
the team judging competition. The Purdue “B” Team was named
third-place team overall, and earned second place in the team judging
Agronomy’s Crops Judging Team took 6th place this year in the National Crop Judging
Outstanding Graduate Faculty
Nominations from colleges/schools are due in the
Summer undergrad research opportunity at the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program invites undergraduates (juniors
and seniors) to apply for a new, faculty-mentored summer research program at
MIT in biotechnology and other areas of science.
Kinley Trust grant competition
The Kinley Trust is an endowment
established to fund research that uses a social
science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition.
Descriptions should be sent to Rhonda Hostetter, VPR Office, HOVD, no
later than Jan. 31. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent to
selected faculty in mid-February. Full proposals will then be due in
mid-April with final award decisions by the mid June.
Showalter Trust grant competition
Pre-proposals are due by Jan. 31. Areas of research priority include
More information: http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/funding/showalter.html
The WERC in
USDA Conservation Innovation Grants for 2007
$20 million is available for
grants in three categories: Natural Resource Concerns, Chesapeake Bay
Watershed, and Technology.