ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 12, 2016
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.
Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.
2016 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Hui Yan, Pengcheng Xue, Chao Wang, Elizabeth Petrosus, Nicholas
Lancaster, and Nichole Chapel
Nichole Chapel - Slow doesn't win the race: Reduced energy diets did not
improve sow articular cartilage
Nicholas Lancaster - Effects of ruminal alkalinizing and/or buffering
agents fed to feedlot steers on performance and carcass characteristics
Elizabeth Petrosus - The influence of orally administered norepinephrine
and cortisol on the microbiome of weaned piglets
Chao Wang - A novel muscle-specific methyltransferase confers systemic
resistance to high fat diet-induced obesity
Pengcheng Xue - Influence of dietary crude protein and phosphorus levels
on the utilization of crude protein and phosphorus in growing pigs
Hui Yan - Butyrate increases tight junction protein expression and
enhances tight junction integrity in porcine IPEC-J2 cells stimulated with LPS
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 Brittany Casperson.
Brittany believes that a good leader is one who continues to learn as they lead. They
are one that people can look up to when they need direction because they communicate
effectively, one who motivates their peers to work together in accomplishing tasks, is
enthusiastic even when things go astray, and never turns down an opportunity to help the
While at Purdue, Brittany has had the opportunity to serve as an officer on the ANSC
Graduate Student Association for three years, has served as the graduate student advisor
for the Dairy Club and serves as the treasurer for the graduate student division of ADSA.
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 $1,000 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 Fengrui Zhang.
Fengrui joined Dr. Adeola's lab in Fall 2013. His Ph.D. dissertation research seeks to
identify an appropriate digestibility to measure Ca utilization in pigs and chickens,
determine the digestibility of Ca in a variety of ingredients for pigs and chickens, and
use the determined digestibility values to estimate digestible Ca requirements. He has
submitted one manuscript to Poultry Science and is preparing a second.
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 Yan.
Hui joined Dr. Ajuwon's lab in Fall 2011 to work on his Ph.D. He is currently
conducting studies on the role of short chain fatty acids in the regulation of tight
junction integrity in the IPEC cell model of intestinal epithelium. As part of this work,
he is required to conduct a detailed energy phenotype and metabolic potential of the
cells using the Seahorse XF system. To do this, his has partnered with Dr. Nicholas
Gabler from Iowa State University. Hui will travel over the summer to learn how to use
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 Tingting Wang.
Tingting started her Ph.D. in Dr. Adeola's lab in Fall 2014. She has taken on a
project examining some of the assumptions made in the use of digestibility markers for
nutrient utilization measurements in pigs and chickens. She is working on an abstract for
presentation at a national meeting this summer.
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 Nichole Chapel.
Nichole started in August 2014 and immediately began asking about opportunities to
teach. Her first class to TA was Animal Behavior (ANSC 30300) in Spring 2015 where she
provided regular instruction to approximately 20 students, coordinated the semester long
group projects, and gave guest lectures on the domestication of animals. Also in Spring
2015, Nichole assisted Dr. Neary in planning the Animal Industry Travel Course (ANSC
39300). Nichole had roles in lecture and presentation of material, organizing student
groups, helping arrange industry stops and other logistics. Nichole spent a week on the
road with 30 undergraduates, developed evaluation techniques, analyzed data, and
presented the results of using social media as a tool to increase student involvement at
the ASAS Innovate Conference.
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 Elizabeth Petrosus.
Elizabeth began working with Dr. Eicher in January 2015. During the year, she has
worked on two projects. The first is her major project where she delivered cortisol and
nor-epinephrine to piglets after weaning. She has learned to isolate and count bacteria,
DNA extraction of bacteria of DGGE analysis, and is currently analyzing the behavior data
that she recorded. For the second project, she isolated Lactobacillus from an earlier
project, grew them, and tested the supernatant for several neurotransmitters that may be
modulating behavior. She is submitting abstracts to the International Society of Applied
Ethology and to the Joint Annual Meeting. Those data will each result in a submitted
Elizabeth has also volunteered at the Columbian Park Zoo assisting with behavioral
observations and participated in Habitat for Humanity during the summer.
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 Feifei Yan.
Feifei completed her undergraduate career at Zhejiang University and her M.S. in ANSC
with Dr. Cheng and stayed to work on her Ph.D. with Dr. Cheng. Her academic input has
merited an authorship in nine peer-reviewed scientific publications, five of which have
been published. Feifei has dedicated herself to animal science and desires to assist
small farming practices in maximizing their efficiency. Her Ph.D. project is the "Effect
of dietary supplementation of probiotics on skeletal health of poultry." The goals of her
study are to examine perch access associates with the changes of physiological
homeostatis; determine the development of osteoporosis and its associated pain; develop
biomarkers for evaluating skeletal health in laying hens; and develop an alternative for
controlling osteoporosis in laying hens.