ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Animal Sciences Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon was held in
conjunction with the events of the Celebration of Science Week. The week
included the LOUJA Competition, the ANSC Graduate Student Awards luncheon as
well as speakers from the University of Illinois (Dr. Larry Schook), Monsanto
(Archie Clutter) and our own Department (Dr. Shawn Donkin).
2006 ANSC Graduate Committee
David Gerrard, Chair.
Committee members: Paul Collodi, Zoltan Machaty, Ryan Cabot, Ed Pajor, and
THE LOUJA GRADUATE TRAVEL AWARDS
The LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards were established to provide grants
to Animal Sciences Graduate students, presenting outstanding research papers
based upon original research and excellence of presentation. The LOUJA
Graduate Travel Awards were established in honor of the leadership and
dedication to the animal industry of Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Krider. Dr. Krider
served as Head of Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences from 1963 to 1971
and Professor until his retirement in 1979. Previously he has served on the
staffs of Cornell University and University of Illinois as well as on
administrative assignments with Central Soya. He was very active in many
organizations serving as President of the American society of Animal Science
and as a consultant to several organizations and countries.
Each year, Dr. Jake Krider and his wife, Louise, provide travel funds to a
few Animal Science graduate students to attend scientific meetings. Eligible
students must be the author or a co-author on the abstract and must be the
presenter at the meeting. Meetings can be regional, national, or
international as long as the proceedings are published to public acquisition
or viewing. Students will have 12 min. for the oral presentation followed by
a 3-minute questionnaire period. This time schedule applied to both slide
and poster presentations.
Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.
2006 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS
Rosangela Poletto, Adetayo Adedokun, Jolena Fleming Waddell, Oluyinka
Olukosi, Jessica Williams, Luca Magnani and Lindsay Wilson
BOOK-HARMON LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Book Harmon Leadership Scholarship was established in 2005 by Bob Book
and Bud Harmon in recognition of their efforts to provide and promote
leadership in animal agriculture. Each year, the Book-Harmon Leadership
Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship to reward a graduate student in
Animal Sciences that has displayed outstanding leadership skills and efforts.
Criteria for receiving the scholarship:
- Major in Animal Sciences
- Have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
- Possess good communication and leadership skills
- Be involved with department, university and national organizations
The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Luca Magnani.
In November 2003 he came to John Patterson's lab and worked for 3 months
for part of his MS project in Italy. Luca joined Dr. Cabot's laboratory in
August of 2004 after completing his MS from the Universita' di Bologna
(University of Bologna), Italy. Luca has maintains an outstanding GPA (3.75)
and has been active in several service organizations. Congratulations Luca!
G.W. FRIARS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
The purpose of the Gerry W. Friars Fellowship is to alleviate some of the
monetary stress of foreign students at Purdue University. Dr. Gerry Friars
completed his PhD at Purdue University in 1961, while on leave from the
Ontario Agricultural College; the College later became part of the University
of Guelph. Dr. Friars' career at Guelph from 1951 to 1985 involved teaching
and research in poultry and fish genetics and breeding. From 1985 to 1995 he
was the Chief Scientist at the Atlantic Salmon Federation with a cross
appointment at the University of New Brunswick. His long association with
graduate students cultivated an awareness of the financial needs of these
students. An annual award of $400 is awarded to an international MS or PhD
student studying quantitative poultry or fish genetics in the Department of
Animal Sciences. This year's recipient is: Jesung Moon.
Jesung received his M.S. from the Seoul National University in South Korea
in 2000. He joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2002 and
is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Paul Collodi.
Jesung's research has focused on the development of gene-targeting methods
in fish using embryonic stem ES cells. In addition he has been working to
optimize the zebrafish ES cell culture system by introducing recombinant
zebrafish cytokines and peptide growth factors into the culture medium and
examining the cells for growth and expression of pluripotency markers. This
work will pay an important role in improving the efficiency of the ES
cell-mediated gene targeting system.
THE W.R. FEATHERSTON AWARDS
The W.R. Featherston Awards were established to recognize the outstanding
achievements of graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences.
These awards were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to
graduate students exhibited by Professor W.R. Featherston. Professor
Featherston was on the staff from July 1962 to June 3, 1980, the date of his
untimely death. Professor Featherston's teaching and research activities
were a source of guidance, encouragement and inspiration to the graduate
W.R. FEATHERSTON OFF-CAMPUS TRAINING FELLOWSHIP
The Featherston Off-campus Training Fellowship was established in memory
of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually provide financial support for an
M.S. or Ph.D. degree student in the Department of Animal Sciences to attend a
formal career development training program, organized workshop, or course off
campus. The recipient will be given a check for reimbursement of the
expenses, certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be
added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year we
have two recipients of this award: Kiho Lee and Luca Magnani.
Dr. Alan Grant, Luca Magnani, Kiho Lee, and Dr. David Gerrard
Kiho Lee (up to $1500 in reimbursements) joined the ANSC Graduate
Program at Purdue University in the Fall 2003. Kiho received his M.S. from
Purdue University in May 2005 and is currently pursuing his PhD under the
direction of Dr. Zoltan Machaty.
Kiho will be attending the RNA Interference (RNAi): Targeting Gene
Silencing workshop help at Exon-Intron, Inc., on June 5-8, 2006 at Penn
State, York, PA.
The objective of the course Kiho will attend is to teach the different
techniques and aspects of RNA interference including short interfering RNA
approaches (siRNA), design strategies and delivery methods.
Luca Magnani (up to $1000 in reimbursements) joined Dr. Cabot's
laboratory in August of 2004 and is pursuing his PhD.
Luca will be attending a workshop held at the European Molecular Biology
Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. This EMBL course entitled,
"Microinjection and Detection of Probes in Living Cells" focuses on technical
approaches to performing microinjection of substances into single cells, a
technique central to Luca's research project.
The information Luca obtains at the EMBL workshop will be helpful to
anyone in the Department interested in performing the technically challenging
techniques of single cell microinjection.
W.R. FEATHERSTON EARLY GRADUATE CAREER AWARD
The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award was established in memory of
Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding M.S. or
Ph.D. student within his/her first two years of graduate study. The award
consists of $650, plus a certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his
name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department.
This year's recipient is Jolena Fleming Waddell.
Jolena joined Dr. Bidwell's laboratory in the fall of 2004 on a Ross
Fellowship. Jolena went to the lab of Dr. Ross Tellam of CSIRO Livestock
Industries in Brisbane Australia in the summer of 2005 to do mircoarray
experiments and work with their bioinformatics staff. She received the Neal
A. Jorgensen Travel Award to present her work at the Plant and Animal Genome
meetings in January 2006.
Nominator's comments include: "Her performance in her course work has
been exemplary while she has taken on a lot of responsibility in for the
callipyge projects both in the lab and at the sheep unit. She has also
completed an international research experience and represented the Department
of Animal Sciences very well. She has been an outstanding citizen in the
department and contributed to our teaching and extension missions. Jolena is
a mature and confident graduate student who is well respected by her peers.
She is a delightful person with her own unique style and grace…She is the
best graduate student that I have ever had the privilege to advise and
certainly one of the best graduate student this department has had since I
joined the faculty almost 16 years age."
W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award was established in
memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding
teaching by an M.S. or Ph.D. student within the department. The award
consists of $850, plus a Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and their
name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department.
This year's recipient is Vanessa Kanaan.
Vanessa joined our graduate program in the fall or 2002. Vanessa is
pursuing a PhD under the direction of Dr. Ed Pajor. She received her B.S.
from Campbellsville University, KY. Vanessa received nominations for the
Graduate Teaching Award for her accomplishments as a teaching assistant for
Animal Sciences, 303, Animal Behavior (1 year); 404, Animal Welfare (2
years); 595 Animal Welfare Judging Team (2 years). Teaching is without
question Vanessa's true passion.
In the past two years Vanessa has accepted more responsibility in leading
the laboratory section in ANSC 404. She contributed significantly to field
trips and developed a course website and instructional material using Web
Vista which was well received by students. Vanessa's has also demonstrated
her commitment to teaching by lecturing to various groups, and has received 2
Vanessa has developed an exciting and original research program. Her
research on co-mingling of piglets was very well received at the ISAE meeting
in Finland in 2003 and she was awarded the best student oral presentation
award at the ISAE regional meeting held at Purdue that same year.
Nominator's comments included: "Vanessa is a remarkable student in many
ways and her commitment to teaching is truly exceptional."
As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Vanessa was
recognized at the University's Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching
Banquet last month.
W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING M.S. AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award was established in memory of
Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the Outstanding M.S. student
within the department. This is the first year for nominations for this award
and like the Outstanding PhD award is considered an extremely high honor in
the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award consists of
$500, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name
will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. The
FIRST Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award is presented
to: Martiana Florenta Sega.
Florenta received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Bucharest
Romania in 1997; she continued her education in Biology as a Post
Baccalaureate at the University of Bucharest. She joined the Animal Science
Graduate Program in January of 2005 to pursue her Masters Degree under the
direction of Dr. Ryan Cabot.
Florenta will complete her Masters degree in July of 2006, only 18 months
after joining Dr. Cabot's lab. She was recently admitted into the graduate
program of the Department of Biochemistry her at Purdue to pursue her Ph.D.
and will begin that program following completion of her Masters.
Florenta has presented some of her data at the International Embryo
Transfer Society (IETS) annual meeting in January 2006 and has recently
submitted a second abstract to present additional data at the annual Society
for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) meeting in July 2006.
Nominator's comments include: "... She has a good work ethic and is very
committed to her research and has done quite well in her coursework, (for
example, she has earned among the TOP GRADES in Biochemistry 561 and 562).
She is very diligent in her lab work and incredibly organized. I have
greatly appreciated the hard work Florenta has put forward while in my
W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING Ph.D. AWARD
The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award was established in memory of
Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding Ph.D. student
within the department. This award is considered an extremely high honor in the
Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award consists of $1000,
Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name will be
added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's
recipient is: Kari Saddoris.
Kari received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of
Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in 2001, her Master of Science from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 and entering the Purdue University Animal Science
graduate program in August of 2003 to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of
Dr. Scott Radcliffe.
Kari's academic record stands for itself, with a strong record of achievement
at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, and now at Purdue
University. Coupled with her strong academics, Kari is very motivated and has a
good work ethic, allowing her to excel in her Ph.D. program.
Historically, research conducted by our laboratory has been of an applied
nature; focusing on whole animal approaches to solve real-world problems.
However, to continue advancing in the field of environmental nutrition, it is
necessary to develop an understanding of the effects of dietary composition at
the cellular and molecular level. Therefore, we are characterizing phosphorus
transport across the intestinal brush border membrane as influenced by diet.
Ms. Saddoris has been instrumental in this effort.
Ms. Saddoris' research has forced her to expand her applied research
background into more basic areas, where she has mastered numerous laboratory
techniques allowing her to measure phosphorus uptake across the brush border
membrane using isolated brush border membrane vesicles and modified Ussing
chambers. In addition, she is determining how the concentration of P
transporter in the brush border membrane of the intestine is affected by dietary
P, Ca, and vitamin D concentrations. To further understand the mechanisms
responsible for regulating active phosphorus transport, Kari has also learned
how to culture two different human intestinal cell lines. She will be
presenting some of her Ph.D. work at the Experimental Biology meetings this
year. In addition to her primary Ph.D. research, Ms. Saddoris has also been
involved with several other research projects within the lab, resulting in two
first-author publications. One paper has already been published and one has
Nominator's comments include, "... Kari is the type of Ph.D. student who we
need to recruit more of. She has an extremely strong academic background,
possesses a plethora of laboratory skills, and has enough applied knowledge and
practical experience to be able to relate molecular and cellular events back to
the whole animal."