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Bob Taylor: A legacy of extraordinary teaching, mentorship and dedication

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Inside and outside the classroom, Bob Taylor left an impression on tens of thousands of students in his 50 years teaching in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The mentor for many generations of Purdue students died at home Tuesday, July 3, 2018. He was 83. Taylor, raised on a cattle farm in Lawtons, New York,…

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College of Agriculture Dean Karen Plaut with Shelby Cummings

New dean takes the reins

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Few children receive birthday gifts they remember as adults, much less ones that forecast their future life’s work. But Karen Plaut remembers her 11th birthday gift like it was yesterday, and it was certainly nothing short of prophetic. “I loved science so much as a kid that I wanted a microscope for my birthday. When…

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Remembering the life and legacy of Virginia Ferris

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The College of Agriculture mourns the loss of Professor of Nematology Virginia Ferris, who passed away on August 14. “In her more than 50 years in the Department of Entomology, she was one of the world’s leading experts on the soybean cyst nematode, a destructive plant parasite that has cost producers millions of dollars in…

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