Purdue Agriculture InFocus

May 2022, Part 1

From the Dean

Karen Plaut
This issue of Purdue Agriculture InFocus is devoted entirely to celebrating all our award winners in the College of Agriculture throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

This issue features select national, international, university, and college awards. The second issue, which you’ll see soon, will contain all the awards from our units and departments. 

We recently learned that Dr. Clint Chapple, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, was elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which is one of the highest honors a scientist can received. In fact, only two other Purdue faculty are active members of the NAS. We are elated Dr. Chapple has been recognized for his distinguished and continuing achievements in research. 

Congratulations to all of our award and recognition recipients at all levels, and thanks to all of those who supported our winners in the classroom, put together award nominations, or were involved in the recognition process in some way. We work hard to make sure everything is included in these issues, but if we missed any award winners, please let us know!

Thanks very much for all you do to make Purdue Agriculture great. Have a great summer!

All the best,
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Fellows and Select National/International Awards

Kingsly Ambrose
Kingsly Ambrose, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar
Mary Catherine Aime
Mary Catherine Aime, Botany & Plant Pathology: 2021 Mycological Society of America (MSA) Weston Teaching Award; Elected MSA Vice-President
Laura Bowling
Laura Bowling, Agronomy and NRES: 2021 Outstanding Mentoring Award, Agronomy, Crops and Soils Science Societies

Sylvie Brouder
Sylvie Brouder, Agronomy: Appointee to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board
Clint Chapple Clint Chapple, Biochemistry: Elected into the National Academy of Sciences
Melba Crawford
Melba Crawford, Agronomy: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing David Landgrebe Award
Yaohua Feng
Yaohua Feng
, Food Science: USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award, International Association for Food Protection

Liz Flaherty
Elizabeth Flaherty, Forestry and Natural Resources: The Wildlife Society's 2021 Excellence in Wildlife Education Award
Tom Hertel
Thomas Hertel, Agricultural Economics: Alexander von Humboldt Lifetime Achievement Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Honorary Lifetime Member (Fellow) International Association of Agricultural Economists
Sarah LaRose
Sarah LaRose, Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication: 2022 NACTE Postsecondary Professional of the Year
Jianxin Ma
Jianxin Ma, Agronomy: Crop Science Society of America Fellow
Lisa Mauer
Lisa Mauer, Food Science: Institute of Food Technologists Fellow
Haley Oliver
Haley Oliver, Food Science: USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; James M. May Diversity in Food Safety Award, International Association for Food Protection
Kathryn Orvis
Kathryn Orvis, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture: NACTA Teaching Scholar Award; 2021 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Educator Award
Aaron Patton
Aaron Patton, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture: American Society of Agronomy Fellow
Sean Rotar
Sean Rotar, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow
Shweta Singh
Shweta Singh, Agricultural & Biological Engineering: National Academy of Engineering Early-Career Engineer; AIChe Environmental Division Early Career Award
Dominque van der Mensbrugghe
Dominque van der Mensbrugghe
, Agricultural Economics: 
Appointee to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board
Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez
Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication: National Jefferson Award
Andrew Oppy
Andrew Oppy, Agricultural Economics: NACADA Outstanding Advising Award - Primary Advising Role
Elysia Rodgers
Elysia Rodgers, Extension: 2021 Volunteer of the Year, USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program
Jodie Thomas
Jodie Thomas, Agricultural Economics: NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Award - Primary Advising Role

University Awards and Recognitions

Kingsly Ambrose
Kingsly Ambrose, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University Faculty Scholar
Yaohua Feng
Yaohua Feng
, Food Science: 2021-22 Societal Impact Fellow, Office of Engagement

Liz Flaherty
Elizabeth Flaherty, Forestry and Natural Resources: 2021-22 Societal Impact Mentor, Office of Engagement
Liz Karcher
Liz Karcher, Animal Sciences: Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Steve Lindemann
Steve Lindemann, Food Science, University Faculty Scholar
Andrew Mesecar
Andrew Mesecar, Biochemistry: Provost's Outstanding Graduate Educator Award
Krishna Nemali
Krishna Nemali, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture: 2021-22 Societal Impact Fellow, Office of Engagement
Haley Oliver
Haley Oliver, Food Science: 150th Anniversary Professor; Showalter Faculty Scholar
Senay Simsek
Senay Simsek, Food Science: 2021 Distinguished Women Scholars Award
Darcy Telenko
Darcy Telenko, Botany & Plant Pathology, 2022 University Faculty Engagement Scholar Award
Nicole Widmar
Nicole Widmar, Agricultural Economics, University Faculty Scholar
Yuan Yao
Yuan Yao, Food Science: Showalter Faculty Scholar
Patrick Zollner
Patrick Zollner, Forestry & Natural Resources, University Faculty Scholar
Jackie Boudreaux
Jackie Boudreaux, Animal Sciences: 2021 Leadership in Action Award, Susan Bulkeley Center for Leadership Excellence
Kar Hartman
Kara Hartman, International Programs in Agriculture: 2022 Outstanding Leadership in Globalization Award
Ashley York
Ashley York, Animal Sciences: PACADA Outstanding Academic Advisor Award 
Graduate Students
Mark Gee
Mark Gee, Agricultural & Biological Engineering: Purdue Board of Trustees, student trustee
Undergraduate Students
Ogechukwu Ezenwa
Ogechukwu Ezenwa, Biochemistry: Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award (2021)
Grace Hasler
Grace Hasler, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Science Education and Communication: Spring Commencement Responder
Clayton Hicks
Clayton Hicks, Biochemistry: France S. Cordova Leadership in Action Award
Abigail Sipes
Abigail Sipes, Biochemistry: 2021 Astronaut Scholar

College of Agriculture Awards and Recognitions

Colleen Brady
Colleen Brady, Agricultural Science Education and Communication: PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award
Barny Dunning
Barny Dunning, Forestry & Natural Resources: David C. Pfendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award
Paul Ebner
Paul Ebner, Animal Sciences: Lowell S. Hardin Award for Excellence in International Agriculture
Liz Flaherty
Liz Flaherty, Forestry & Natural Resources: Student Choice Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor
Tomas Hook
Tomas Höök, Forestry and Natural Resources: 2021 Agricultural Research Award
Eileen Kladivko
Eileen Kladivko, Agronomy: Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award; Purdue Ag Alumni Certificate of Distinction Award
Sarah LaRose
Sarah LaRose, Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication: Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award
Krishna Nemali
Krishna Nemali, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture: 2022 Faculty Unsung Diversity Hero Award
Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker, Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication: Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award
Nicole Widmar
Nicole Widmar, Agricultural Economics: Outstanding Graduate Mentor/Teacher Award
Mitch Zischke
Mitch Zischke, Forestry & Natural Resources: Outstanding Teacher Award for Clinical Faculty & Continuing Lecturers
Faculty Promotions
To Professor
Kingsly Ambrose, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Michael Delgado, Agricultural Economics
Margaret Gitau, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Juan Sesmero, Agricultural Economics

To Associate
Brady Brewer, Agricultural Economics
Luiz Brito, Animal Sciences
Brady Hardiman, Forestry & Natural Resources  
Jian Jin, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Abdolmajid Kazemian, Biochemistry
JingJing Liang, Forestry & Natural Resources  
Dharmendra Mishra, Food Science
Krishna Nemali, 
Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Sujith Puthiyaveetil, Biochemistry
Lavnaya Reddivari, Food Science
Shweta Singh, 
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Aaron Thompson, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Jennifer Wisecaver, Biochemistry
Yun Zhou, Botany & Plant Pathology

To Clinical Professor
Elizabeth Maynard, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture    

To Clinical Associate Professor
Orla Hart, Biochemistry
Robert Stwalley, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

To Research Associate Professor
Uris Baldos, Agricultural Economics
Staff Awards
John Cavaletto John Cavaletto, Botany & Plant Pathology: Student Choice Spotlight Educator
Amy Cochran Amy Cochran, Agricultural Economics: Outstanding Service to Students Award
Barry Delks Barry Delks, Animal Sciences: Student Choice Outstanding Servant Leadership Award
Annetta Jones Annetta Jones, Extension: PK-12 Excellence Staff Award
Karen Richey Karen Richey, Extension: Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence
College of Agriculture TEAM Award
Purdue Landscape Report Team

Kyle DanielHorticulture and Landscape Architecture
Kirby Kalbaugh
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Lori Jolly-Brown
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Rosie Lerner
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Aaron Patton, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Todd Abrahamson
Botany and Plant Pathology
Janna Beckerman
Botany and Plant Pathology
John Bonkowski
Botany and Plant Pathology
Tom Creswell, Botany and Plant Pathology
Elizabeth Barnes, Entomology
Cliff Sadof, Entomology
Lindsey Purcell, Forestry and Natural Resources.
Graduate Students
Jeanine Arana Jeanine Arana, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture: 2022 Student Unsung Diversity Hero Award
Charlotte Lee Charlotte Lee, Agronomy: Outstanding TA for the College of Agriculture; 2021-2022 Excellence in Teaching Award for the Graduate School
Kelsey Teeple Kelsey Teeple, Animal Sciences: Pathmaker Award (MS)
Carmen Wickware Carmen Wickware, Animal Sciences: Pathmaker Award (PhD)
Undergraduate Students
Clayton Hicks Outstanding Senior: Clayton Hicks, Biochemistry
Halee Fisher Outstanding Junior: Halee Fisher, Agricultural Economics
Tiffany Chang Outstanding Sophomore: Tiffany Chang, Animal Sciences
Sydney Hefty Outstanding Freshman: Sydney Hefty, Agricultural Economics