ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Friday, May 16, 2014
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 talks by Beth
Forbes, Department Head of Agricultural Communication, and keynote speaker Michele
Payne-Knoper of Cause Matters Corp.
2014 ANSC Graduate Committee
Todd Applegate, Chair
Committee members: Kola Ajuwon, Ryan Cabot, Paul Ebner,
Zoltan Machaty, and Maja Makagon
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.
2014 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Dr. Todd Applegate, Graduate Committee Chair, Hui Yan, Pengcheng Xue, Katie Boesche, and Qian Zhang
Left to right: Dr. Todd Applegate, Graduate Committee Chair, and Nathan Horn
Katherine Boesche - Fatty acid chain length and degree of saturation regulate expression of pyruvate carboxylase in Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells.
Nathan Horn - Impact of allicin on enzyme activity, cytokine secretion, and gene expression dynamics in oxidative- and endotoxin-stressed porcine intestinal epithelial cells.
Pengcheng Xue - Determination of additivity of apparent and standard ileal digestibility of amino acids in different ingredients for mixed diets fed to growing pigs.
Hui Yan - The role of SCFAs in regulating lipid metabolism in peripheral tissues.
Qian Zhang - Proprionate regulates its own metabolic fate in liver of dairy cattle.
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 Bradley Cotten.
Brad stated that he firmly believes that leadership is a personal quality that cannot
be masked by showy jesters, and something that anyone and everybody can possess. When he
thinks of key attributes of a good leader, the following three traits come to mind: the
ability to problem solve, the discernment to identify personal passion, and the desire to
be completely selfless.
In the last year a team of individuals, including Brad, 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 at the same time providing an
introductory research experience for high school or undergraduate students considering
advanced study in Animal Sciences. The program has recently received department approval
and, beginning in Summer 2015, the first Junior Scholars Program will in initiated.
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
Xixi joined our laboratory in August 2012 with an interest in developing quantitative,
biological indicators of liver and metabolic dysfunction between different poultry
strains when exposed to aflatoxin. She has elucidated intriguing differences in
metabolism of aflatoxin to its most toxic metabolite as well as functional differences in
their antioxidant systems as part of these responses between her two model species.
To convey some of her recent findings, Xixi will be presenting one paper at the
Poultry Science Association annual meeting this July.
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 Chao Wang.
Chao joined Dr. Kuang's lab after rigorous screening based on his excellent B.Sc. and
M.Sc. training background and outstanding publication track record. He had published four
first author papers prior to coming to Purdue. In addition, Chao received a scholarship
to study rudimental bioinformatics as part of a program offered by the University of
Washington last summer. He received three certificates in "Introduction to R," "Advanced
R Programming for Bioinformatics," and "Gene Expression Profiling."
Chao will attend the "Analyzing Next-Generation Sequencing Data Summer Course 2014"
supported by NIH. The training will provide a tremendous opportunity to become familiar
with bioinformatics analysis techniques/tools that are not available here.
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 Xin Yang.
Cindy joined Dr. Kuang's lab in August 2012 and is in the second year of her M.S.
Cindy excels in her research performance and has spent time in Dr. Kuang's lab
conducting a couple of research projects. In Cindy's second project, she attempted to
characterize the progenitor cells that give rise to brown adipocytes. Given the global
epidemics of obesity and diabetes, understanding the differentiation of adipogenic
progenitor and how adipose mass is regulated has a huge impact to therapeutic strategies.
Cindy's research in this direction is pioneering and a manuscript is in preparation.
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 Shalyse Tindell.
Shalyse is pursuing a M.S. and joined Dr. Donkin's lab in Fall 2012. Shalyse has
served as a teaching assistant for two very different courses: AGR 201 (Communicating
Across Cultures) and ANSC 33300 (Physiology of Reproduction).
Shalyse holds a unique graduate appointment in our Department. Rather than being
supported as a graduate research assistant, she is supported directly of the College of
Agriculture as a teaching assistant. Dr. Pamela Morris stated that Shalyse is not a
mediocre teaching assistant; she is an impeccable one. She has the capacity to persuade
and the courage to direct. She understands people, relates to them well and has a clear
vision of the direction which education in the 21st century should move.
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 Xin Yang.
Cindy began her M.S. study in August 2012 after receiving her B.S. from both Purdue
and the China Agriculture University. Cindy's outstanding academic performance is
manifested by her near perfect GPA.
In addition to her academic excellence, Cindy also excels in her research performance.
She has contributed to and was a co-author in two published studies. In both cases, she
carried out cell culture studies on adipogenic progenitors. Technique wise, she has
learnt and is proficient in mouse handing, dissection and genotyping techniques. Last
summer, Cindy presented a talk at the International Conference on Animal and Dairy
Sciences. Cindy has great potential to become a future leader as an independent
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 Pengpeng Bi.
Pengpeng joined Dr. Kuang's lab in August 2010 after receiving his B.S. degree from
the China Ocean University.
Pengpeng's research focuses on the regulation of muscle and adipose mass by "Notch"
signaling – an evolutionary conserved signaling pathway that regulates development and
many biological processes. A manuscript is in preparation.
Pengpeng has served as a co-author in seven papers. He is the co-first author in a
recent study showing how a microRNA regulates brown adipocytes published in Plos
Genetics. Dr. Kuang expects Pengpeng to graduate with at least 10 publications.