ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Animal Sciences Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon was held in conjunction
with the events of the Celebration of Science. The Celebration of Science included the
LOUJA competition, the ANSC Graduate Student Awards luncheon as well as speakers from the
University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany (Dr. Markus Rodehutscord), and our own
Department (Dr. Layi Adeola).
2011 ANSC Graduate Committee
Paul Collodi, Chair
Committee members: Todd Applegate, Shihuan Kuang, Amy Lossie, Zoltan Machaty, and
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 had 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
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
Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.
2011 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Dr. Alan Mathew, Department Head, Jean-Loup Rault, Brianna Gaskill, Keegan Gay, Laurie Mack, and Dr. Paul Collodi, Graduate Committee Chair
Keegan Gay – Survey of genetic selection practices on pasture-based dairy farms
in the U.S.
Brianna Gaskill – Behavioral and physiological thermoregulation in mice with
Laurie Mack – Alleyway width in a free-access stall system influences gestating
sow behavior and welfare.
Jean-Loup Rault – Effects of oxytocin administration in early life on the
behavioral and physiological stress response of swine.
THE 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 Patrick Gunn.
Patrick's academic performance speaks for itself as he has pursued a M.S. in nutrition
and a Ph.D. in reproduction. He has demonstrated excellent communication skills both on
and off campus. He has won both the M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Student competitions at the
Midwest American Society of Animal Science meetings and his teaching evaluations have
consistently been near 5.0. Patrick has been actively involved in University and national
organizations. He has been an active presenter at the Animal Sciences Workshop for Youth
the last three years and has been involved with the Animal Sciences Preview Days. In
addition, he has served as an official at the State Livestock Judging Contest for three
years and as graduate advisor to Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity for five years. He is
currently serving as the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Graduate
Director Vice-Chair (2010-11). He has served as a teaching assistant for ANSC 32400 three
times, ANSC 43500 two times, and ANSC 30100 once. This fall, he is listed as a
co-instructor for ANSC 43500.
Patrick states in his scholarship letter "To be a leader involves passion for
understanding the big picture, an action plan developed on the needs and expectations of
the group, experience working with people to earn their trust, and helping people be the
best they can be. A leader is not a person, but a mindset, and a way of life."
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 Ph.D. 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 M.S. or Ph.D. student studying quantitative
poultry or fish genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences. This year's recipient is
Changsu received his M.S. from the Seoul National University in South Korea. He joined
the ANSC Graduate Program in Fall 2007 and is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of
Dr. Layi Adeola.
Changsu's nominator stated that "Changsu is one of the most resourceful and
hard-working graduate students I have had the opportunity to work with. He has a bright
and intellectually-curious mind."
"Chansu has research interests in the area of amino acid digestibility in swine and
poultry, and nutrient utilization responses to exogenous dietary enzymes. His latest
publication in Poultry Science was the first paper to report data on ileal digestibility
of amino acids in corn, wheat, corn distillers dried grains with soluble, canola meal,
soybean meal, and meat and bone meal for ducks.
PRESENTATION OF 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 students.
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 a 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's
recipient of this award is Jon Klein.
Jon (who will receive up to $1,000 in reimbursements) joined Dr. Lossie's laboratory
in June 2010, and is an outstanding student in Animal Sciences and the Neuroscience
Training Group in the PULse Interdisciplinary Graduate Program.
An integral component of his Ph.D. research will be designing, conducting and
analyzing a next-generation sequencing project aimed at discovering new DNA methylation
modifications associated with alcohol-seeking behavior and increased tolerance to
alcohol. These studies will use sodium bisulfite sequencing to obtain a global view of
DNA methylation in specific regions of the brain known to be involved with alcohol
seeking behavior and the acquisition of tolerance.
The workshops will take place at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research
in Bordeaux, France. Over six days, experts will demonstrate: 1. Methods for designing
whole genome level epigenetics-based studies; 2. Data acquisition of epigenetics-based
NGS techniques; 3. Bioinformatics methods for analyzing this vast amount of data; and 4.
Practical applications for presenting these types of data.
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 Brianna Gaskill.
Brianna joined Dr. Garner's lab from Kansas State in 2005. She is very committed to
teaching and has sought to improve her teaching skills through a graduate teaching
certificate. Brianna has been a TA for ANSC 30300 and ANSC 40400. Dr. Garner has
delegated the supervision of an ANSC 69100 project and several ANSC 49100 projects to
Brianna. She has done a great job, spending extra time with the students to help them
understand why they are using a particular technique and asking a particular research
question, not simply telling them what to do.
Her nominator states, "Brianna has found time to proficiently mentor several
undergraduate projects. In the case of some of the longer-standing students, this has
given her the opportunity to develop one-on-one long term mentoring skills and
relationships. It is just an absolute pleasure to see her work with these students. She
has a special knack for patiently guiding them through their projects while holding back
enough that the student has both real ownership in the design of their project, and also
gets to experience the joy of discovery that is at the core of real research."
Brianna has developed and demonstrated a great talent for classroom teaching and
mentoring abilities that will serve her well when she has graduate students of her own.
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 $1,000, a 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 of this award is Brianna Gaskill.
The nominator's comments include "Brianna is a truly excellent all-round graduate
student, with great potential to succeed in an academic career. Her publication record
while at Purdue, clearly shows this promise: she has four peer-reviewed papers published,
five more in various stages of preparation, and two papers I expect to come out of her
Brianna's Ph.D. work addresses mouse thermal behavior and ways of practically meeting
their needs in conventional husbandry. She has submitted an excellent Ph.D. studentship
grant to NSF to support this project. Brianna had to design her own series of
experiments, and came up with a very exciting hypothesis led project. She has submitted
grants to AALAS/GLAS and ACLAM to support her Ph.D. experiments and won funding from
Her nominator also states that "she has been essentially self-running and looked much
more like a post-doc than a Ph.D. student. In fact, the NIH post-doc career development
award she wrote her prelim for was so strong that we developed it into a NIH grant, which
was submitted this fall. She is currently looking at post-doc opportunities and is
working towards a faculty career. I look forward to working with her as a colleague for
many years to come."