Purdue Agriculture InFocus

December 2022

Purdue Ag People
Awards/Recognitions
Purdue Ag in the News
Dates and Deadlines
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From the Dean 

It has been another exciting and eventful year for the College of Agriculture, and I want to thank you for being part of it. Click on the photo to watch our holiday message for 2022.





Happy Holidays

Akridge Named Trustees Chair

Celebrating Jay Akridge

Jay Akridge, who has served Purdue as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity since 2017, will step down at the end of December. Akridge served as dean of the College of Agriculture prior to his role as provost and will return to the college as a professor of Agricultural Economics. The Board of Trustees recently approved designating Akridge as Trustees Chair Professor of Teaching and Learning. 

As a college, we thank Provost Akridge for his leadership over the last five years and his unwavering support of agriculture. We look forward to welcoming him back to the college in 2023. 

Purdue Ag People

Riley Seavers Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Riley Seavers

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. The November spotlight is on Riley Seavers, MS student, Agronomy. The December spotlight is on Jeanine Arana, PhD student, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.
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Becky Stevenson Behind the Research: Becky Stevenson

Many people are involved in the range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. This month’s spotlight is on Becky Stevenson, building deputy in Whistler/Laboratory Operations Specialist, LEAD.
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Andy Mesecar Mesecar appointed Distinguished Professor

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees has approved Andrew Mesecar’s nomination to the position of Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry.
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College of Agriculture Logo 7 Purdue Agriculture faculty & staff recognized for teaching excellence

The Office of Academic Programs recently announced the recipients of the 2022-2023 College of Agriculture Faculty and Staff teaching awards.
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Bob Nielsen The Corn Guy moves on

Bob Nielsen, professor of Agronomy and Extension corn specialist, is retiring in December after 40 years at the university. 
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John Leuck Jon Leuck Named PAC Director

John Leuck was recently named Purdue Ag Centers (PAC) director following a national search. Leuck served as interim director for the PACs since August 2022.
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Mung Chiang President-elect Chiang to keynote Fish Fry

The annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry returns to Tippecanoe County in 2023 and features a conversation with Purdue University President-elect Mung Chiang.
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Awards and Recognitions

Aaron Patton Haley Oliver Christian Butzke
Aaron Patton, Horticulture
& Landscape Architecture,
received the 2022 Fellow
Award
from the Crop
Science Society of America.
Haley Oliver, Food Science,
has been named a regional
recipient of the Association
of Public and Land Grant
(APLU) 2022 teaching
award
.
Christian Butzke, Food
Science, received the 2022
APLU North Central Region
Excellence in Extension
Award
.
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Purdue Ag in the News

Frog at Martell Forest New study to examine how plants transport water from soil to atmosphere

Ellin Jacobs, Forestry & Natural Resources, has received a three-year, $911,000 grant to explore how tree roots help redistribute water in the soil.
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Kurt Ristroph lab Ag faculty member working to combat citrus greening disease

Kurt Ristroph, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, has received a $1 million grant to develop nanocarriers as an antibiotic delivery system to help plants fend off citrus greening disease.
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Pardoned Turkeys Pardoned turkeys live a luxurious life at Purdue

Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences continues to care for the 2021 National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate at its farm near campus. The Indianapolis Star recently visited the turkeys to get an update.
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College of Agriculture Logo 6 Purdue Agriculture faculty receive patents

Six Purdue Agriculture faculty recently received patents on their intellectual property from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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honeybee Purdue research buzzing about construction lessons taken from bees, honeycombs

Brock Harpur, Entomology, is part of a research team looking at how honeybees build and structure their honeycombs, which could lead to new fabrication techniques.
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Dates and Deadlines


December 23-January 2: Winter Recess

January 9: Spring 2023 Semester begins

January 23-24. 2023: Indiana Horticulture Conference and Expo

February 4, 2023:
Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

March 2-3, 2023: 
Small Farm Conference


 
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University News

Man's best friend leads the way to early cancer detection

A canine cancer scientist at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to take the first steps to make a serious form of cancer in dogs — one with analogues to human health — easier to detect and treat before it has become more advanced.  
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