Purdue Agriculture InFocus
December  2018
Purdue Ag People
Awards/Recognitions
Purdue Ag in the News
Dates and Deadlines
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From the Dean

It has been an exciting year for the College of Agriculture, and I want to thank you for being part of it! Click on the photo to watch my holiday message with some of our biggest moments of 2018. 


Karen Plaut
Purdue Ag People
Marcelo Zimmer Graduate Research Spotlight: Marcelo Zimmer

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. The December spotlight is on Marcelo Zimmer, Botany and Plant Pathology.
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Erik Kurdelak Behind the Research: Erik Kurdelak, Food Science

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. “Behind the Research” profiles six people whose work supports the six strategic themes of Agricultural Research and Graduate Education. In this inaugural column, meet a manager whose work strengthens our commitment to “Enhancing food and health.”
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Purdue Extension Purdue Extension honors educators, specialists at annual Professional Development Conference

More than 350 Purdue Extension educators and extension specialists gathered at the Purdue Memorial Union for the annual Professional Development Conference, an event that recognizes individuals for outstanding service and offers educational and collaborative opportunities.
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Jeff Dukes Jeff Dukes in spotlight for Giant Leaps research

Jeff Dukes, Forestry and Natural Resources, was profiled by Purdue University in its “Giant Leaps Research” feature. He uses science as a tool to help community members, business leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts understand what climate change means for their daily lives or pocketbooks.
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Justice for All Don’t forget to track Civil Rights and Diversity Training 

The College of Agriculture is committed to policies and practices that assure that race, ethnicity and gender are not barriers to success. All Purdue Agriculture faculty and staff members are required to receive training in civil rights (the regulations), diversity awareness or sexual harassment each year. Rather than mandate a specific training, we ask that you attend any training that fits your needs and interests and enhances your knowledge and understanding of diversity, civil rights or sexual harassment. Please use our Qualtrics survey tool to report training activities.
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Awards and Recognitions
Natalie Carroll Zhixiang Chen
Natalie Carroll, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana. Indiana Farm Bureau established the Hovde Award to recognize outstanding educational contributions by a Purdue faculty or staff member to the well-being and progress of rural Indiana. More Zhixiang Chen, Botany and Plant Pathology, was named a Highly-Cited Researcher for 2018 by Clarivate Analytics. This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
Linda Prokopy Meredith Cobb
Linda Prokopy, Forestry and Natural Resources, and her co-authors won the 2018 Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award from the Journal of Soil & Water Conservation The paper focuses on understanding farmer perspectives on climate change. More Meredith Cobb, Agricultural Research and Graduate Education, was honored by the Indiana Farm Bureau for her efforts on the Benton County Farm Bureau’s inaugural Farm to Fork community dinner and fundraiser. More
Book of Great Teachers faculty
Eleven College of Agriculture Faculty members are among 45 Purdue faculty inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers. They are: John Lumkes, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Ken Foster, Agricultural Economics; Paul Preckel, Agricultural Economics; Gerald Shively, Agricultural Economics; Wally Tyner, Agricultural Economics; Allen Talbert, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication; Clint Chapple, Biochemistry; James Forney, Biochemistry; Lisa Mauer, Food Science; Suzanne Nielsen, Food Science; Rod Williams, Forestry and Natural Resources. More
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Purdue Ag in the News
Solar Tray in use Purdue solar device to dry food products and fight waste wins national award

A solar dehydrator developed and commercialized by Klein Ileleji, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was named the winner of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2019 AE50 product design award. The award honors the most innovative engineering products in the food and agriculture industries and helps introduce them to the public. 
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Farm equipment in field Study: Who owns and farms land can create barriers to conservation

As stewards of vast swaths of land, farmers are important allies in U.S. conservation efforts, but a study led by Pranay Ranjan, Forestry and Natural Resources, says there is evidence to suggest those farming on rented land adopt conservation practices at a lower rate.
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Toxic algae Purdue study to answer when and why some algae turn toxic

Jennifer Wisecaver, Biochemistry, received a nearly $2 million National Science Foundation grant to identify the genetic mechanisms associated with toxic algae blooms to better predict these events that are deadly to fish.
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Stephanie Woodcox Purdue Extension project to tackle substance abuse, mental health issues in three states

Stephanie Woodcox, assistant program leader for Purdue Extension in the College of Health and Human Sciences, has received a $320,000 grant to oversee and implement the Multistate Opioid Use Disorder Training and Education Project and will be collaborating with Extension professionals at Michigan State and South Dakota State universities. 
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November Ag Barometer Producer sentiment holds steady, but lack of new farm bill concerns farmers

Agricultural producer sentiment held steady in November with producers remaining optimistic about the state of the agricultural economy, according to results from the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer
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Small Farm Conference logo Urban agriculture, soil biology highlight 2019 Indiana Small Farm Conference

The 2019 Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show will be held from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Ind. Registration for the conference is now open at purdue.ag/sfc.
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Island Deforestation Purdue study: Sustainable palm oil doesn't make the grade

According to a study led by Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Forestry and Natural Resources, deforestation is rising in major oil palm-producing countries. And it’s happening even faster in areas certified as “sustainable.”
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Young Farmers Young, hip farmers: Coming to a city near you

A study led by Andrew Flachs, an environmental anthropologist at Purdue, describes a movement of younger people new to agricultural work who do it for different reasons than the conventional farmer and identifies several hot spots where the movement is taking shape in the United States.
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Dates and Deadlines
December 16: Commencement

December 24-January 2: University closed

January 7: Spring Semester begins

January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22-25: Diversity Week activities and events

February 2: Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

February 28-March 2: Indiana Small Farm Conference

For more dates and deadlines, check the Purdue Agriculture calendar.
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University News
International commercialization, startup expert joins Purdue as chief entrepreneurial officer  

Purdue Research Foundation President Brian Edelman announced Dec. 11 that Scott Henderson, an international commercialization expert, will serve as the foundation’s new chief entrepreneurial officer.
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Trustees OK new unit for system-wide online education

The Purdue University Board of Trustees voted on Dec. 7 to establish Purdue Online, a new organizational unit that will systematically develop a coordinated, unified system-wide portfolio of online course and degree offerings for students of all types.
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2019 events keep rolling for Purdue 150th celebration

After a dazzling opening to Purdue’s 150th celebration and charge to address the world’s greatest challenges, the sesquicentennial momentum continues in 2019 with a lineup of world-renowned experts, innovators and change makers.
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Purdue’s winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 16 to be shown live on webcast

Purdue University’s winter commencement ceremonies will broadcast live on the internet. The commencement exercises at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 16), will be livestreamed at http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/1wd1v. The video will play once broadcasting starts.
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Boiler Up Against Hate and Bias logo Report Hate and Bias

Purdue University is a community where diversity is valued and incidents of hate and bias are not tolerated. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who feel that they have been the victim of a bias related incident (or who have witnessed a bias related incident) are encouraged to report it online at www.purdue.edu/report-hate or to contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 765-494-1250. Your report can remain anonymous if you wish. Remember, if it is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical or emergency services attention, please call the Purdue University Police Department at 911 or 765-494-8221.
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