Purdue Agriculture InFocus

September 2022

Purdue Ag People
Awards/Recognitions
Purdue Ag in the News
Dates and Deadlines
University News
Purdue Next Moves Updates
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From the Dean 

As many of you know, President Daniels recently announced his retirement and the Board of Trustees named Dean Mung Chiang from the College of Engineering as the next President beginning January 1, 2023. Dr. Chiang stepped down as Dean on July 1, 2022 in order to spend time preparing for his new responsibilities. 

This includes learning about Purdue Extension by visiting all 92 counties. I have had the pleasure of accompanying President-elect Chiang on visits to 14 counties in Indiana to meet with Extension professionals and their stakeholders. These visits revealed that Extension makes a significant impact on communities across the state. I’ve included just a few photos from the first two visits.


Working with county commissioners and county councils, mayors, economic development and county hospital professionals, school administrators, teachers and many others, our Extension educators are delivering programs that are relevant, impactful, collaborative and meet the needs of the community. 

While I know the great work Extension does across the state, I have enjoyed experiencing firsthand the passion our Extension educators and staff have to make a difference and seeing the connections they have within their communities. 
 

Thank you to all the Extension educators and staff across the state who are working to grow their local communities, activate our youth through 4-H, and facilitate opportunities in agriculture, health and human sciences and entrepreneurship.  You make a difference in your communities and around the state.












Purdue Envision Magazine

Envision Summer 2022

Purdue Ag People

Jesse Harmann Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Jesse Haarmann

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. The September spotlight is on Jesse Haarmann, PhD student, Botany and Plant Pathology.

July Spotlight: Bingyu Yan, PhD student, Biochemistry
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Dennis Nowaskie Behind the Research: Dennis Nowaskie

Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they are integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. This spotlight is on Dennis Nowaskie, Superintendent, Southwest Purdue Ag Center.
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Rama Radhakrishna Radahakrishna joins ASEC as department head

Rama Radhakrishna joined the College of Agriculture as head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication on August 15, 2022.
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Andy Mesecar Mesecar named interim director of Purdue Center for Cancer Research

Andrew Mesecar, Biochemistry, will serve as the interim director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research during the national search for a permanent leader.
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Keith Cherkauer Cherkauer appointed IWRRC director

Keith Cherkauer, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will assume the role of director for the Indiana Water Resource Research Center, one of the 54 Water Resources Research Institutes established under the authority of the federal Water Resources Research Act.
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Haley Oliver Oliver named health equity faculty champion

Haley Oliver, Food Science, was one of six faculty members selected as the inaugural West Lafayette campus Faculty Champions for Purdue’s health equity initiatives.
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Zachary Brown Brown elected to NAADA Board of Directors

Zachary Brown, Office of Multicultural Programs, is serving the first year of his two-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA). Brown serves as the Student Professionals Track Representative.
College of Agriculture Logo Three PhD students chosen as FFAR Fellows

The 2022 Rockey FFAR Fellows Program includes three College of Agriculture doctoral students, including Sujata Bogati, Ruth Eunice Centeno Martinez and Rose Mumbi.
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Awards and Recognitions

Sarah LaRose Neil Knobloch Miranda McGuire
Sarah LaRose, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, received the Teacher Educator Award from the North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Neil Knobloch, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, received the Teaching Scholar Award from the North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. Miranda McGuire, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, received the Graduate Student Award from the North America Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
Jianxin Ma Alexa Stern Cade Kane
Jianxin Ma, Agronomy, received the Mid-Career Achievement Award in Soybean Genetics and Genomics during Soy2022 Conference. Alexa Stern, Ag &
Biological Engineering, is
one of seven seniors named a
2022-2023 Purdue
Engineering Fellow.
Cade Kane, Botany and Plant Pathology, will use a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Tasmania.
Ying Li Hui Hui Wang Stephen Lindemann
Ying Li, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, was named a 23 PAIR award winner by Biocrossroads. Hui Hui Wang, Agricultural Sciences Education & Communication, was named a 23 PAIR award winner by Biocrossroads. Stephen Lindemann, Food Science, was named a 23 PAIR fellow by Biocrossroads.
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Purdue Ag in the News

solar panels at acre Can solar panels and row crops coexist

Reporters from the Indianapolis Star spoke with Mitch Tuinstra, Agronomy, about the solar arrays in research fields at ACRE.
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Shweta Singh ABE researcher to explore zero-waste sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing

Purdue researchers, led by Shweta Singh, Ag & Biological Engineering, received a $3 million grant to help the pharmaceutical industry cost-effectively achieve zero waste in its manufacturing operations.
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food science pilot plant image Purdue program helps entrepreneurs, supply chain

WTHR-NBC (Indianapolis) visited the Food Science department to learn more about the new Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute.
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Pam Sari Student Farm Purdue Student Farm collaborates with campus cultural centers

Students and staff at the Purdue Student Farm work with cultural centers to grow on-campus gardens.
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Pijanowski and team Assessing global diversity with ears to the ground, NASA eyes in the sky

Bryan Pijanowski, Forestry and Natural Resources, and his research team will be working in some wild and remote places around the globe, and beyond, in the coming year.
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College of Agriculture logo Purdue and others join CDC Midwest Center for vector-borne diseases

Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame have joined the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.
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Purdue Next Moves: Plant Sciences 2.0

Martell Forest Aerial Photo Purdue to boost climate-smart forestry practices

Purdue University has received $12 million of a $35 million project led by the American Forest Foundation and funded by the USDA to help family forest owners practice climate-smart forestry in Indiana and eight other states.
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Meat Sentiment Dashboard Purdue Ag launches interactive dashboard to track meat sentiment

Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability has added a meat sentiment dashboard to its roster of free-access food system dashboards. 
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Dates and Deadlines

October 10-22: Purdue Fall Break (No Classes for Students)

Check out Purdue's new Events Calendar.
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University News

Purdue partners with leading global chipmaker on Midwest's first semiconductor design center
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