ANSC Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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.
2018 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:
Left to right: Chansol Park, Megan LaFollette, Alan Duttlinger, Christopher Byrd, and
Christopher Byrd - Can basline heart rate variability be used as a predictor of
the swine behavioral and febrile response to a sickness challenge?
Alan Duttlinger - Replacing antibiotics with 0.20% L-glutamine in swine diets:
Impact on health and productivity following weaning and transport during different
Megan LaFollette - Determining an efficient and effective rat tickling
Chansol Park - Basal ileal endogenous losses of amino acids in pigs determined
by feeding nitrogen-free diet, low-casein diet, and regression analysis
Derico Setyabrata - Novel purge analysis: Metabolomics profiling of meat
exudate to understand the impact of postmortem aging on oxidative stability of beef
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
- Have an up-to-date Progress Report from their Graduate Advisory Committee
The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Megan LaFollette.
Megan has displayed a focused interest in leading the career development, education
and success of undergraduate students in Animal Sciences. In October 2017, she helped
organize and led the first ever Laboratory Rodent Training Workshop in collaboration with
Covance. This workshop taught the undergraduates the technique of rat tickling.
In 2017, Megan was elected as the graduate student representative for the
International Society for Applied Ethology. She coordinated a networking lunch that
paired 86 students with faculty of similar interested. She will organize this event again
this year and an additional two new events.
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 Chansol Park.
Chansol joined Dr. Adeola's lab in Fall 2015 to pursue a Ph.D. His research seeks to
understand the digestive utilization of amino acid in broiler chickens and pigs,
endogenous losses of amino acids, and evaluation and improvement of the current modeling
approach for maintenance amino acid requirements. Chansol has published one paper in the
Journal of Animal Science and is working on a second manuscript. In addition to his
research, Chansol is active in the Graduate Student Association.
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 Hayly Goebel.
Hayly has been invited to participate in a hands-on human IVF training program under
the direction of Dr. Weihua Wang, Director of IVF Laboratories at Tomball Regional
Hospital and the Houston Fertility Institute. She will have the opportunity to interact
with specialists at all levels of the clinical operation. She will also observe all steps
of an in vitro fertilization cycle and participate in some aspects of specimen handling
of non-human material.
Hayly is pursuing her M.S. degree with Dr. Birgit Cabot. Congratulations, Hayly!
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 Megan LaFollette.
Perhaps the most unique and noteworthy accomplishment Megan has made is to establish
herself as an international expert in the rat tickling technique. Her expertise has been
demonstrated by 9 invited talks or workshops since she began her Ph.D. She received
first place in the oral competition at the ISAE North American Meeting and has 5 articles
either published, in press, or under review.
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 Drew Lugar.
Drew has experience in organizing, creating, and delivering targeted presentations for
youth, undergraduate students, producer groups, and scientific audiences. He has
developed multiple hands-on programs for students from kindergarten through high school
teaching various aspects of swine management and behavior. Drew has served as a teaching
assistant almost every semester of his Ph.D. as well as being a guest lecturer.
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 Rebecca Smith.
Rebecca started working on her M.S. in Summer 2017 with Dr. Lay. She has been working
on a euthanasia project where she helped design a special box necessary to run the
project. She managed the ARS-USDA/Purdue personnel on the project as well as ensured the
procedures were followed. She collected the data herself and analyzed it in SAS. This
project is not research for her M.S. degree. She has been tasked to develop her own
research idea and will work on environmental enrichment for sows in stalls. This type of
work has never been done and may prove to be a significant addition to welfare research.
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 Julie Feldpausch.
Julie works with Dr. Richert and her research is a holistic project that has focused
on the effects of heat stress on animal performance, physiology and product quality. She
used a heat stress model simulating typical summer temperatures with 3-day heat waves
every 21 days during the grow-finish period to evaluate these inter-relationships. Julie
will be presenting her research at the Digestive Physiology of Pigs Conference this
summer. Julie's passion is to one day be a swine nutrition professor.