ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 10, 2013
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 a speaker from
the Ohio State University (Dr. Wondwossen A. Gebreyes), Dr. Haley Oliver from the
Department of Food Science, Drs. Marcos Rostagno and Paul Ebner from our own
2013 ANSC Graduate Committee
Todd Applegate, Chair
Committee members: Layi Adeola, Ryan Cabot, Paul Ebner,
Shihuan Kuang, Maja Makagon, Jeremy Marchant-Forde, and Scott Radcliffe
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.
2013 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Dr. Todd Applegate, Graduate Committee Chair, Katherine Boesche, Tana Dennis, Nathan Horn, Xin Yang, and Chunmin Wang
Katherine Boesche - Regulation of pyravate carboxylase expression by fatty acid
cocktails in Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells.
Tana Dennis - Impact of increased dietary grain inclusion of growth performance
of prepubertal dairy heifers.
Nathan Horn - Impact of acute water and feed deprivation event on mucin,
cytokine, and tight junction gene expression in weaned pigs.
Chunmin Wang - Store-operated calcium entry is required to sustain the
fertilization calcium signal in pig oocytes.
Xin Yang - Does brown fat regenerate?
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 Nathan Horn.
Nathan stated that there are many characteristics that are necessary for effective
leadership, but it all begins with a good attitude. Characteristics of a good attitude
might include a positive outlook even in bad circumstances, contagious passion for issues
at hand, and an ability to provide an attitude that builds up a team. Other
characteristics include: good work ethic, being a team player, good communication skills,
flexibility, responsibility, and accountability. An effective leader is flexible and
willing to deviate from the original plan of action.
Nathan and Meliza Ward have been involved in the development of an Animal Sciences
Junior Scholars program. The goal of this program is to provide mentoring opportunities
for graduate students while providing an introductory research experience for high school
or undergraduate students considering advanced study in Animal Sciences. The program has
recently received departmental approval and will begin the Summer of 2013.
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
Feifei has a B.S. degree in Veterinary Medicine and is completing a M.S. in Animal
Welfare with Drs. Cheng and Hester. In 2010, she was elected the Outstanding Graduate of
Zhejiang University. Her Bachelor research thesis, "The effects of IGF-I on avian
prehuerarchy ovary follicles development," was one of the top 100 graduate theses at
Feifei has dedicated herself to animal science and desires to assist small farming
practices in maximizing their efficiency, which meets up well for studying animal
behavior and well-being. Her M.S. program is "The effect of perch access on
physiological homeostasis during the life cycle of White Leghorns." Feifei will
continue on here for a Ph.D. Her Ph.D. program will be "Neuronal plasticity and perch
access on well-being in laying hens."
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 Hui Yu.
Hui started her Ph.D. in August 2009 in Dr. Bidwell's laboratory. Hui received her
M.S. from the Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China and her B.S. is from the
Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, China.
Hui will travel to the University of California, Davis in September to obtain
Bioinformatics training for the analysis of short read high throughput DNA sequence
analysis. This workshop will enable her to become familiar with some of the basic tools
that are available through open source software. The Bioinformatics Core can also provide
help and advice that will enable her to build upon what she learns in the workshop.
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 Gabriela Morello.
Gabriela joined Dr. Marchant-Forde's lab in August 2011 and is in the second year of
her Ph.D. studies.
Gabriela has devised, coordinated and completed a complex pilot project, with multiple
components, investigating the effects of microclimate on piglet mortality and sow
behavior. These data have given tantalizing evidence that all farrowing crates within a
room are not created equal and that the subtle differences in environmental parameters,
such as temperature, humidity, air-flow, sound and light intensity can impact overall pig
mortality and also important behaviors of the sow that contribute to crushing mortality.
These data will be presented at an international congress (I.S.A.E.) in Brazil this
So far in her career, she has produced 24 abstracts, given oral presentations at
national and international meetings and has 6 manuscripts published, 1 under revision and
1 more in preparation. She has lectured for ANSC 40400 and been a teaching assistant
twice for ANSC 40400. She has helped with the Animal Sciences Quadrathlon. Outside of the
Department, she was chosen one of only 30 graduate fellows from universities across the
U.S. at the 2012 Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.
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 Emily Taylor.
Emily is pursuing a M.S. in nutrition and is working with Dr. Lemenager. Emily was a
TA her first semester for ANSC 32400. Her second semester, she was a TA for ANSC 43500.
Currently, Emily is a TA for ANSC 32400. She is responsible for two lab sections and has
been instrumental in presenting lectures when Dr. Radcliffe is out of town.
One of her nominators stated that a majority of the laboratories for ANSC 43500 were
hands-on, such as cattle and swine insemination, semen collection, semen evaluation and
storage techniques. Emily was very adept at providing assistance to students in learning
these new skills. Emily presented two excellent lectures during the semester, one on
Bovine Estrous Synchronization and the other on Parturition and Dystocia in Cattle. The
content, organization, handouts and presentation were right on target.
Another nominator stated that Emily clearly likes to teach and is good at it. She
knows that you can always improve and readily seeks out feedback on her teaching. It is
this desire to continually improve and drive to seek out advice and input that clearly
sets her apart from most of her peers.
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. 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
Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award is presented to Feifei Yan.
Feifei completed her undergraduate career at the College of Animal Science of Zhejiang
University in China. She started her M.S. program in Spring 2011 and will graduate in
May. Feifei will continue in Animal Sciences for her Ph.D.
Feifei has been very productive in her time here with an overwhelming enthusiasm for
the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Her academic input has merited first authorship on
three manuscripts under preparation and two abstracts presented during the Poultry
Science Association annual meeting.
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 Heather Tucker.
Heather entered the graduate program in Fall 2009 after completing a M.S. at Virginia
Tech. She successfully defended her dissertation in February and will officially graduate
in May. Heather has been extremely active in research, teaching, and leadership
activities. She has been a teaching assistant and a valuable asset for ANSC 44400. She
has a solid knowledge of applied nutrition principles and was able to help students
understand the issues related to nutrition and the practical importance of a deeper
understanding of nutritional science.
Heather's Ph.D. research focused on protein and amino acid nutrition in early
lactation dairy cows with particular emphasis on lysine supply in diets that contain
considerable quantities of biofuels co-products.
Heather selflessly gave service to her fellow graduate students as a member of the
ANSC Graduate Student Association, as president of the Association, and as a member of
the College of Agriculture's Graduate Programs Advisory Council. She was active in
promoting Animal Sciences through outreach activities including campus visits by students
and through participation in the annual 4-H Workshop for Youth. Regardless of her
obligations, Heather was always willing to take on one more service challenge and always
did so with delight.
Heather has accepted a postdoctoral position with the William H. Miner Agricultural
Research Institute where basic and applied science is used to provide solutions to
contemporary problems confronting the dairy and equine industries. The opportunity will
serve to enhance her teaching, research, and outreach effectiveness.