It seems like the semester just began and already it’s time for spring break. If you’re taking a vacation next week, I hope it will be a good one.
Most of you probably heard the news last month that the Purdue-MIT proposal to BP for the Energy Biosciences Institute was not successful. Obviously, we were disappointed to say the least. But I can tell you that we gave it one heck of a shot. As someone once said, I'd much rather be invited to the dance than not. We were invited and the Purdue team did a fantastic job in responding to this opportunity. I want to publicly thank Clint Chapple for his leadership and express to the entire team my deep appreciation for all your efforts. We all learned a great deal about how to assemble large proposals through this process. Our partners at MIT were great and I hope we can continue to build on our growing partnership.
But BP isn’t the only dance. Nick Carpita led an effort to submit another very strong proposal to DOE that continues our partnership with MIT and Harvard. All of your combined work on this project is much appreciated. Finally, the Secretary of Agriculture released USDA's recommendation for the 2007 Farm Bill. It includes a call for $1.9B in funding for biofuels research. There are more dances to come!
Purdue Agriculture honors distinguished alumni
Search begins for CES Director & Associate Dean
With Dr. Dave Petritz’ impending retirement, a search committee has been working diligently on the task of finding the next Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension. Click on the link below to see the position announcement. You are encouraged to share it with interested parties. Nominations are welcome and should be sent to members of the committee:
Randy Woodson (Dean and committee chair)
Craig Beyrouty (Agronomy)
Greg Bossaer (
Sam Cordes (CES and Engagement)
Mark Hilton (Vet Medicine)
Bill Johnson (Botany and Plant Pathology)
Kevin Keener (Food Science)
Mike Manning (Northwest District Director)
Maria Marshall (Ag Economics)
Renee McKee (4-H Youth)
Alan Sutton (Animal Sciences)
Rick Widdows (Consumer Sciences and Retailing)
Karen Zotz (CFS Engagement)
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer (IPIA)
Sonny Ramaswamy (ARP)
Dale Whittaker (OAP)
Position announcement: http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/in_focus/2007/March2007/CESPositionAnnouncement.htm
NRC Surveys are in!
Thanks to all the Agriculture
faculty who took the time to complete the faculty questionnaires related to
the NRC survey of research doctorate programs. Thanks to your efforts, we had
nearly 90% participation across the College.
Special thanks to those in the areas of Biochemistry, Animal Sciences,
and Agronomy-Soils, where we had 100% participation!
Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium
Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium is fast
approaching. The event takes place on the afternoon of Wednesday, April
4 in the PMU Ballrooms. Students from the
Click here to sign up: http://www.science.purdue.edu/current_students/research_day/registration/judges.asp
Program grows new crop of leaders
Congratulations to the newest Purdue graduates of the LEAD 21 program. Pictured left to right are Bob O’Neil, Karen de Zarn, Kashchandra Raghothama, Shawn Donkin and Karen Zotz. LEAD 21 works to meet the future needs for leadership development of faculty, specialists, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, district and regional directors, department heads and chairs, and others in land grant universities' colleges of agricultural, environmental, and human sciences and USDA/CSREES.
Carl Huetteman joins ARP
is the newest face in Ag Research Programs, having recently come on board as
Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs Development. Carl received his bachelor’s degree in
Forestry in 1980 from the
Women faculty sponsor special lecture and workshop
STEM Women Faculty Group will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Abigail Stewart, the
Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University
Professor at the
Tecumseh Project introduces Native American graduate education program
A new Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded program to support Native American graduate education in the STEM disciplines has been initiated through the Tecumseh Project initiative to increase the number of Native American students at Purdue. Beginning this semester, Native American students entering Masters and PhD programs in the STEM disciplines can qualify to receive a stipend directly from the Sloan Foundation, and current Purdue MS students qualify for the program if they decide to enter a PhD program. Qualified Master’s students receive a total stipend of $31,100 and PhD students receive $38,500. Native American students interested in graduate study should contact George Parker ().
Purdue Agriculture funds research tied to state initiatives
research projects will split more than a quarter of a million dollars in an
effort to find solutions to some key agricultural concerns in
Purdue names director of utility forecasting group
agricultural economics, has been named faculty director for the State Utility
Forecasting Group, a research and technical analysis center based at the
university. The center is affiliated with the
Andy Tao uses nanoparticle to discover disease-causing proteins
A complex molecule and snake venom may provide researchers with a more reliable method of diagnosing human diseases and developing new drugs. Purdue researchers bound a complex nanomolecule, called a dendrimer, with a glowing identification tag that was delivered to specific proteins in living venom cells from a rattlesnake. The Tao lab wants to find a better way to ascertain the presence, concentration and function of proteins involved in disease processes. They also hope the new method will facilitate better, more efficient diagnosis in living cells and patients.
New faces in the Business Office
Beth Siple, former Business Manager for Ag
& Bio Engineering/Food Science, has accepted the newly created
Agricultural Pre-Award Manager position in the Ag. Field Office. She
will assist with proposal development on the front end of the process so the
issues are resolved earlier. Beth is currently located in the Ag.
Adam Knust began his responsibilities as the Business Manager for Ag & Bio Engineering/Food Science on February 13. He is a Purdue graduate from the Krannert School of Management and a welcome addition to the Ag. Business Office family.
Karil Sommers, former Account Clerk for Ag. Communication Services/Youth Development & Ag. Education, has accepted the position of Account Clerk for IPIA. This is a half time position which allows Karil the opportunity to complete her degree.
Sherry Honn has replaced Cathy Rooze as Business Assistant in the Department of
Biochemistry and Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Sherry comes to
the department with 14 years of Purdue experience including the last 5 years
in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as an Account Clerk.
She is married and lives in
Business office vacancies
Account Clerk – Ag & Bio Engineering
Account Clerk – Ag Communication Services/Youth Dev & Ag Ed
Account Clerk – Agronomy
Account Clerk/International Programs– Ag Field Office
Account Clerk – Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Angus Murphy (Horticulture and Landscape Architecture), Shawn Donkin (Animal Sciences) and Osvaldo Campanella (Agricultural and Biological Engineering) have been named 2007 University Faculty Scholars. Select associate and full professors who have been tenured within the last five years are awarded this distinction in recognition of their scholarship. Faculty scholars, who are nominated by committees from their schools and approved by the provost, receive additional funding to support their research. The program was created in 1998.
Jianxin Ma, Agronomy, research is featured on the cover of this month's issue of Trends in Genetics, a premier genetics journal.
Gerald Shively, Agricultural Economics, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Ag Research Award The Ag Research Award Ceremony will be held April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dean’s Auditorium, Pfendler.
Singleton, Professor Emeritus of
Animal Sciences, received the National Pork Board’s Distinguished Service
Award for lifelong contributions to the pork industry. Dr. Singleton is well
known for his pioneering work in advancing swine reproduction techniques. He
was a pioneer in the successful use of swine artificial insemination, which
allowed the extended use of superior sires and significantly improved market
hog and carcass quality. He retired from
Cliff Weil, Agronomy, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
are invited for the 2007
March 30 – April 1: Hoosier Horse Fair at the
April 4: Undergraduate Research and Poster
Symposium featuring students from a number of colleges. South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial
April 13: Celebration for the Center for Student Achievement and Leadership at 2:00 PM in AGAD. Contact Mike Irvin at 494-8672 for more information.
April 14: Animal Sciences 1996-2006 GraduatesYoung Alumni and Family Reunion at the Animal Sciences Boiler Barnyard, 5:00-7:00 p.m.RSVP by March 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15: Agriculture Awards Reception, 2:00 p.m., PMU North Ballroom. Sponsored by the Agricultural Council to honor students and staff for outstanding achievement. Contact Contact Tracie Egger at 494-8470 for more information.
April 15-18: Twelfth Discover
Conference on Food Animal Agriculture: Integrating Nutritional Management
into Environmental Stewardship, Abe Martin Lodge,
Purdue, IU researchers collaborate on life sciences, biomedical initiatives
Ten teams at Purdue and Indiana universities will receive $50,000 each for research ranging from efforts to improve detection of colon cancer to creating precise 3-D models of the molecular structure of viruses. Three projects are part of the second round of the Collaborations in Life Sciences and Informatics Research competition, which is funded by Purdue and IU. Seven other teams were funded through the Collaborations in Biomedical Research program, which supports research between faculty at Purdue and the Indiana University School of Medicine.
knowledge about spinal cord regeneration to