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Purdue Hammers Down Hunger at home and in Haiti

Friday, May 31st, 2019

“Packing 150,000 meals is no small task, and the Ag Week team couldn’t be happier with the support of the Purdue community,” says Dane Chapman, co-chair of Hammer Down Hunger, part of the annual Purdue Ag Week. “We exceeded our goal of 1,000 volunteers thanks to the Purdue students, faculty and staff who embody the Boilermaker spirit of selflessly serving others.”

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Sustaining passion for teaching

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Natalie Carroll, professor of agricultural sciences education and communication and agricultural and biological engineering, received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana this academic year.

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Plant pathways that help people and planet

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Plants produce phenylalanine, an essential amino acid used in defense, growth and development, as well as to produce the aromatics that attract pollinators. People and animals don’t produce phenylalanine but need it to live, getting it from plants in our diets.

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When toxic blooms thrive

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Algal blooms grow in all 50 states and across the globe, yet they largely remain a mystery. A nearly $2 million National Science Foundation grant gives Jennifer Wisecaver, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, the opportunity to learn what conditions lead to these disruptions in aquatic ecosystems.

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Halting Indiana’s invasive species

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Purdue scientists have long studied “invasive species,” or non-native plants, animals or microbes. Now they’re recruiting Indiana citizens to help protect the state from these species, which often spread aggressively, replace native organisms and pose threats to human health and well-being, the environment and our economy.

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Simplicity by design

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently named the DEHYTRAY one of the year’s 50 best product innovations in agricultural, food and biological systems.

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Ag Alumni leader and friend of Purdue Agriculture retires

Monday, November 5th, 2018

After nearly three decades serving Purdue’s College of Agriculture and its alumni, Donya Lester, executive director of the Agricultural Alumni Association, retired in August. Lester shepherded the alumni association through an era of dynamic growth. She was passionate about establishing ties between students and alumni, creating the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program in 2012. She was…

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Support agriculture students with Ag Alumni Swiss Cheese

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Purdue Ag Alumni Swiss Cheese is now available. The cheese was formulated in the 1950s by a Purdue professor of agriculture and has been a favorite of alumni in the decades since. Proceeds go to the Purdue Ag Alumni Trust and support scholarships and student programs, including the College of Agriculture Public Policy Internship Program…

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MESA program director named National Social Worker of the Year

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Ten years ago, Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez (BA ’96, social sciences) established a program in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication to prevent sexual violence across the life span of farm workers, Latin American immigrants and other marginalized populations. Her ongoing work as director of Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) has earned her…

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Celebrating Giant Leaps in agriculture at the Ag Alumni Fish Fry

Monday, November 5th, 2018

  From Homecoming 2018 to Homecoming 2019, Purdue University marks its sesquicentennial by commemorating 150 Years of Giant Leaps. Purdue and the College of Agriculture will host a variety of events including many focused on four topics: a sustainable economy and planet, health and longevity, space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Purdue will display its impact…

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