This is a very, very big issue of In Focus, but that's a good thing, because this issue is devoted entirely to celebrating all our award winners in the College of Agriculture.
Congratulations to all of our award and recognition recipients, and thanks to all of those who supported our winners in the classroom, put together award nominations, or were involved in the process in some way. And of course, if we missed any award winners, let us know!
As we come to the end of another busy semester, thanks very much to all of you for all you do for Purdue Agriculture. Have a great summer!
All the best,
CIC – Academic Leadership Program Fellows
Provost’s Award for Outstanding Faculty mentor
Faculty Scholars, 2010-15
President, University Faculty Senate
2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy
Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Excellence in Research
Award for Excellence in Distance Learning
Diversity Resource Office “Diversity at Work” Certificate
Senior Fellow, Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow Award (2009-10)
Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award
Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy
2010 Learning Outcomes Assessment Grant, Office of the Provost
Purdue Chapter Gamma Sigma Delta Awards
Agriculture students honored at the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff 35th Annual Academic and Service Award Program
Agriculture students recognized by the Black Graduate Association:
Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Richard L. Kohls Early Career Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor
Outstanding Graduate Educator
Outstanding Service to Students
IAEE Certificate of Distinction
PUCESA Senior Award
College of Agriculture winners at the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium:
College of Agriculture TEAM Award winners:
Janet S. Ayres, Agricultural Economics
AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
Gary Krutz:2009-2010 ABE Outstanding Department Teacher – Engineering
John Lumkes:2009-2010 ABE Outstanding Department Counselor
Indrajeet Chaubey: 2009-2010 ABE Ag Outstanding Graduate Educator
Micky Creech: 2009-2010 ABE AG Outstanding Service to Students Award
Ganesan Narsimhan, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow Award
Don Jones, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: 2009 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Alpha Lambda Chapter Distinguished Service Recognition Award – Don Jones.
Scott Brand and Denise Heath, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: 2009 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Alpha Lambda Chapter Meritorious Support Service Recognition Award –.
Rabi Mohtar, Agricultural and Biological Engineering: 2010 ASABE Kishida International Award
Tim Meier, Erin Rosswurm, Janie Stine and Matt Wolfe, all seniors in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, earned $10,000 with their winning version of a chilidog in the Sara Lee Innovation Award competition.
Kyle Probst, Lindsay Birt, and Jayne Piepenburg, Majdi Abou-Nahjm and Dr. Martin Okos, an interdisciplinary team from the Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Environmental Science departments won the EPA-People, Planet, and Prosperity Honorable Mention award in Washington, D.C. for their research on Reduction of Water Consumption and Pollution in the Corn Masa Production Process.
Carroll County Ag Hall of Fame: Janet Ayres
R. Dean Dyson Scholarship
Jim Hicks and Company Scholarship
Indiana Society of Agri-Bankers Award
Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
Kim Hoeing elected President, Purdue Foundation Student Board
Purdue Soils Team, NACTA Collegiate Soils Contest
Fifth Place Team
Other Purdue Participants
American Society of Animal Sciences (ASAS) Awards:
American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Award:
Society of the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Award:
Layi Adeola, appointed member of National Research Council committee for Nutrient Requirements of Swine
Shihaun Kuang, Visiting Professor, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science
Patricia (Scotti) Hester, NCSU Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Scott Radcliffe, VPI&SU Department of Animal Science Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.
Outstanding Senior: Erin Kischuk
Outstanding Junior: Rachel Schluttenhofer
Outstanding Sophomore: Betheny Moore
Outstanding Freshman: Gabriel Rangel
Recognized as members of the “400 Club” for their excellence in academics: Jeff Dick, Kendra Hedge, Jing Liu, Gabe Rangel, Amanda Smith, Zinan Zhou, Megan Schnur, Xiwei Yan, Lu Zhang and Erin Kischuk.
BOTANY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY
Nick Carpita: Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists
Vince Davis, Ph.D. student with Dr. Bill Johnson (Aug 2009 grad): WSSA Outstanding Graduate Student for 2009.
Bill Johnson, Botany and Plant Pathology:
Paul Marquardt, Ph.D. student with Dr. Bill Johnson: first place paper graduate award at the WSSA in December 2009.
Pattie Quackenbush, M.S. student with Dr. Kevin Gibson: Best Poster Award at the Invasive Plant Network/The Stewardship Network Joint Conference in January 2010. Pattie also recently received the highly competitive and prestigious Andrews Environmental Travel Grant.
Andy Robinson, Ph.D. student with Dr. Bill Johnson: President, Purdue Graduate Student Government. Also named as having “One of the Worst Jobs in Science” by Popular Science Magazine.
Jessica Schafer, M.S. student with Dr. Steve Hallett and Dr. Bill Johnson: second place paper graduate award at the WSSA in December 2009.
Greg Hunt: University Faculty Scholar
Tom Turpin: Educational Video for Youth Award; Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor; Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor
Rick Foster: International IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Excellence Award
Amanda Pendleton: Outstanding Service to Students in Entomology
Vicki Cassens: Lifetime Achievement Award - NPIRS (National Pesticide Information Retrieval System)
Charles Bacon: Outstanding Service Award in Entomology
Marissa McDonough:OVEA 3rd Place - PhD Paper Presentation
Matt Paschen: OVEA 1st Place - MS Paper Presentation
Kapil Raje: OVEA 2nd Place - PhD Paper Presentation; Graduate Teaching Certificate
Janice Van Zee: Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Award
Faith Weeks: OVEA 3rd Place - MS Paper Presentation
Gladys Andino: Preservation of Honey Bees Scholarship
Gloria Giraldo-Calderon: ESA 1st Place - Oral Presentation
Alex Murphy: Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Research Award
Marissa McDonough: Bilsland Fellowship
Philip Morton: International Congress on Insect Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology (ICINN) Student Recognition Award
Steven Smith: Agricultural Research Fund Scholarship
Kevin Norman: Outstanding Junior in Entomology
Rebecca Rose: Outstanding Sophomore in Entomology
Tyler Stewart: Outstanding Freshman in Entomology
Nicole VanDerLaan: Outstanding Senior in Entomology
Mario Ferruzzi – IFT 2010 Samuel Cate Prescott Award (young researcher award)
Bruce Hamaker – College of Agriculture Outstanding Graduate Educator Award; Outstanding Graduate Educator in Food Science
Kevin Keener - Purdue Sharvelle Extension Award; Harold Macy Food Science Award (from Minnesota Section IFT)
Rich Linton – Outstanding Alumnus for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech; appointed to advisory council of the Global Food Safety Institute
Phil Nelson – Selected to serve on FDA Food Advisory Committee
David Nivens – Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in Food Science for 2009
Mark Morgan – Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor in Food Science for 2009
Kallen Hovland – Outstanding Sophomore in Food Science
Stacey Hirt – Outstanding Junior in Food Science
Morgan Goodall – Outstanding Senior in Food Science
Sarah Verkamp – 400 Club Member (4.0 GPA)
Belinda Christina – 400 Club Member (4.0 GPA)
Amanda Bettasso – B.J. Liska Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant for Fall 2009
Elizabeth Sloffer – Outstanding Abstract in Life Science, Undergraduate Poster Competition
FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Kelly Garrett, graduate secretary, is one of the 2010 Mortar Board Rose Award recipients.
John B. Dunning, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Gene Rhodes, Outstanding Graduate Educator Award
Linda L. Hawkins, Outstanding Service to Students Award
Rod N. Williams, Outstanding Counselor Award
Jessica Rodkey, Outstanding Freshman Award
Randy Knapik, Outstanding Sophomore Award
Gary M. Hoover, Outstanding Junior Award
Keith Norris, Outstanding Senior Award
Preston Sipe, Gary Hoover, Zach Arnold, FAS Academic Merit Awards
Scott Sorensen, Lexis Butler, Amanda Smith, David Steen, Forestry Academic Merit Awards
Kara Osborne, Chad Shoultz, Rita Blythe, Wildlife Academic Merit Awards
Jenna Saltanovitz, James Plourde, NRPDM Academic Merit Awards
Ben Parker, WPMT Leadership Award
Jessica Rodkey, Cody Rhoden, Glenn R. Allison Scholarship
Grant Tryon, Anthony Sipes, Chad Shoultz, Holwager Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Miller, Rachel Eckart, Seth Harden, Ewbank-Bishop Scholarship
Amanda Smith, Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship
Andy Ritter, Pike Lumber Company Scholarship
Val Clarkston, Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship
Shaneka Lawson, Charles H. Michler Scholarship
Michelle Dudley, Bill and Helen Swain Forest Products Award
Andy Ritter, Seth Harden, Burton F. Swain Forestry Achievement Award
David Steen, Indiana SAF Senior Award
Alicia Aldridge, Vine & Branch, Inc. Excellence in Urban Forestry Award
Sarah Tuttle, Durward Allen Memorial Award
Jim Beasley, Kirkpatrick Memorial Graduate Student Award
Margo Wagner, L. David Mech Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award
Keith Norris, William A. Rafferty Award
Keith Norris, Wildlife Leadership Award
Keith Norris, Stanley Coulter Leadership Award
Andrew Bagnara, Grant Tryon, 400 Club Members (4.0 GPA)
Kristin Bahleda, Seth Harden, Keith Norris, Leadership Development Certificate Awards
Awards from the FNR Research Symposium:
HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Norman Best, undergraduate: 2nd Place, Undergraduate Poster Competition, American Society of Plant Biologists, Midwest Meeting, April 2010 for his poster “ A pharmacological approach to isolate brassinosteroid biosynthesis and signaling mutants in maize”
Ryan Cambridge, undergraduate: 2009 Purdue University Frederick Law Olmsted Scholar, Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholars Program
Chris Currey, graduate student, selected as one of six OFA Scholars in 2010. The OFA Association of Horticulture Professionals provides an enrichment experience for graduate students in floriculture that includes professional development activities, educational experiences, and mentorship by industry leaders.
Michael Dana: 2009 Teaching Award from the American Horticultural Society
Natalia Dudareva: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Ryan Jacobson, undergraduate: 2010 Purdue University Frederick Law Olmsted Scholar, Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholars Program
Jules Janick: Hall of Fame, American Society for Horticultural Science
Matthew Jenks: Fulbright Scholar for 2009-10
Michael Long, graduate student: 2010 Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, HLA
Marshall Porterfield: President-Elect of American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) for 2010-11
David Salt: The science education game Genomics Digital Lab: Plant Cells (GDL), co-developed with Tommy Sors and Jon Bricker in collaboration with subcontractor Spongelab Interactive, won First Place in the National Science Foundation / AAAS Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in the category of Interactive Media in 2009. The GDL also was the winner of the 2010 World Summit Awards (a global initiative to select and promote the world's best e-Content and innovative educational applications).
Burkhard Schulz (and his students from HORT 301): Recognized by ChloroFilms.org for creation of two award-winning plant biology videos. Their video “PSI-Are my soybeans wearing different genes?” won first prize while their video “Pigment” received Honorable Mention in a competition organized by American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB). Both videos were scripted, produced, and acted by students in HORT 301 (Plant Physiology).
Jacob Smoker: 1st Place ($20,000), Undergraduate Student Division of the 23rd Annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition for a concept plan by their company, TerraSolutions LLC, for developing a biodegradable, cork-like material for flooring, insulation and other uses from the waste and byproducts of ethanol production. Award announced February 23, 2010.
2010 Certificates of Merit, American Society of Landscape Architects
2010 Certificates of Honor, American Society of Landscape Architects
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND AG EDUCATION
Rachel Demaree, Sophomore: 2010 Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess.
Robert Hays, Junior: elected as the College of Agriculture's student government senator.
College of Agriculture Points Plus Award – ACT 2nd place
2nd Runner Up Innovative Poster Session, American Association for Agricultural Education – North Central Region. Talbert, B. A., Balschweid, M. A., & Gottschalk, D. (2009, September). Jamaica: Dawn of a new beginning. Poster presentation in Proceedings of the 2009 North Central Agricultural Education Research Conference. Lincoln, NE.