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The what and why of our food supply

Wednesday, November 29th, 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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Purdue prepares firefighters

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The fall of 2017 was one of the worst wildfire seasons on record, with over 1.3 million acres burned in September alone. With fires burning across Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California, thousands of firefighters were required to extinguish them. But to battle wildfires managed by the federal government and many states, firefighters require special…

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Engaging underrepresented students in STEM

Friday, November 17th, 2017

A research team led by Levon Esters, associate professor of youth development and agricultural education, has received $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to help underrepresented minority students learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Using engineering principles integrated with agricultural and life sciences, approximately 300 fourth through seventh grade students at William…

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Help to go organic

Friday, November 17th, 2017

U.S. growers sold $7.6 billion worth of certified organic commodities in 2016, an increase of 23 percent from the previous year. Hoosier farmers operating on thin margins see opportunity in the fast-growing organic grain market, but there have been few resources in the state to help with the complex transition. A team in the College…

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Plant scientist wins award for early-career innovation

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has received a New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. The award is given to scientists working on creative research projects that address the growing global demand for food by transforming the way food is grown, processed, and distributed.

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Andy Tao

Breakthrough discovery for detecting cancer

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

W. Andy Tao, a professor of biochemistry and member of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, and colleagues have identified a series of proteins in blood plasma that, when elevated, signify that the patient has cancer. Their findings were published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Soundscapes with Bryan Pijanowski

Vanishing Soundscapes Initiative featured on CNN

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The work of Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes, led by Bryan Pijanowski, professor of landscape ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, was featured in CNN’s Vanishing series in “Listening for the amphibian apocalypse.” CNN accompanied Pijanowski and a team of researchers to the Costa Rican rainforest, where they recorded the sounds of amphibians in danger of extinction as part of the Center for Global Soundscapes’ Vanishing Soundscapes initiative.

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New website acts as information hub for Indiana CFOs

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

In response to growing interest in CFOs, the Department of Animal Sciences launched a new website to serve as a portal for information about CFO standards and regulations in Indiana.

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Sculpture honors pioneering entomologists

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The College of Agriculture paid tribute to its entomology program, one of the oldest in the nation, by commissioning “The Entomologist,” a bronze sculpture depicting three scientists who played a major role in promoting the study of insects and the environment.

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1869 Tap Room in Union

Union Tap Room features local brews and science

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The 1869 Tap Room, located east of Pappy’s Sweet Shop in the Purdue Memorial Union, opened in the fall of 2016 for evening hours and on home football weekends. It provides a social space where faculty and staff, patrons at the Union Club Hotel, and alumni and friends visiting campus can gather.

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