November 2017 Stories

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The View Ahead – Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As many of you know, Jay Akridge was recently named Purdue’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, and I moved into the role of interim dean of the College of Agriculture. I have been with the college since 2010, serving previously as senior associate dean for research and faculty affairs. I…

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The what and why of our food supply

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Jayson Lusk, who joined Purdue in July as distinguished professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, was awarded the Borlaug CAST Communication Award at the 2017 World Food Prize ceremony. Presented by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, the award honors outstanding contribution to the advancement of science in the public policy…

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Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank Group, stands with crossed arms on top of a stone world map

Alumni Close-Up

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Eye on the Prize In the grand chamber of the Iowa State Capitol, filled with former ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, and leaders of nations, global organizations, industry, and universities, the rhythmic drumming and voices of the Nigerian group Adunni & Nefertiti began. Within seconds, the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina rose to his…

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Sabrina Myoda holds a rutabaga in a field

My Purdue View

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Sabrina Myoda Major Sustainable food and farming systems, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Hometown Wilmington, Delaware What really drew me to Purdue was my major: sustainable food and farming systems. I wanted something with a sustainable focus and an international emphasis, and it is a great fit. Along with my studies, one of the…

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Joe Kelsay holds up a bottle of milk

Alumni Spotlights

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Tell us about someone you know Do you know a Purdue Agriculture alumna/alumus who’s been in the news recently – or done something quirky or interesting? We’d love to hear about it! Online Form – Envision Alumni Referral Web Form Creator Joe Kelsay and Kim Minich Dairy farmers Joe Kelsay (BS ’99, farm management), shown…

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A woman sells seeds in the Kimironko Market in Kigali, Rwanda. Purdue’s Postharvest initiative shares technologies and training that help dry, store, and process these grains important in local diets. Photo courtesy of J.C. Rubyogo.A woman sells seeds in the Kimironko Market in Kigali, Rwanda. Purdue’s Postharvest initiative shares technologies and training that help dry, store, and process these grains important in local diets.

Saving for the Future

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Historically, increasing crop production was the focus of agricultural research to feed the global population. The increased attention to postharvest loss reduction and processing grains into nutritious, value-added food products is relatively new, says Suzanne Nielsen, professor of food science and coordinator of Purdue’s Postharvest Initiative. That increased focus is important, because as the Food…

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The Big Idea: The Internet of Things

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Internet is ubiquitous in our daily lives, but you’re probably also using the Internet of Things — whether you know it or not. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an informal name for the network of devices connected to the Internet. Equipped with embedded sensors, these devices collect and exchange information over the network…

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Three höömei (throat singers) from the Mongolian group Khusugtun ready their instruments, which mimic the sounds of wind, birds, and insects. The group, photographed in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and featured in the film “Global Soundscapes! A Mission to Record the Earth,” is often referred to as the Beatles of Mongolia and performed on the television show “Asia’s Got Talent.”

Reverberations in the Landscape

Monday, November 20th, 2017

New frontiers in science As a pioneer and leader in the field of soundscape ecology, Pijanowski expands the frontiers of environmental research. His work has been covered by global media outlets such as CNN, NPR, and PBS, and was the basis of a feature film, “Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth,” shown at IMAX…

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trees in the forest

Then and Now

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Forestry, wildlife, and fisheries majors in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources attend one five-week summer practicum in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, traveling to Hagerman Lake in Iron River for practical, hands-on experience in the field of natural resources. Alumna Cortney Mycroft, who now coordinates the program, and current student Lexi Eiler share…

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The PhenoRover’s height and width can be adjusted, as can the height of its boom and the number and types of sensors attached to it.

The Big Data Harvest

Friday, November 17th, 2017

“What we’re really developing is an IoT testbed for agriculture,” says Karen Plaut, interim dean of the College of Agriculture. “We want to bring advanced sensors together with weather data, drone data, and data collected by any other type of equipment farmers use in the field, so that they can make smart decisions in real…

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