The frigid weather of January has created challenges for many Indiana residents, and for several of Purdue’s buildings (e.g., BCHM). Most of you are probably unaware of the potential catastrophe that was averted at the Wright Center during the subzero cold from 3-6 January when the building’s heat ran out and roads were treacherous. You didn’t read about it because of the quick thinking and hard work of your colleagues. As noted by Brian Beheler, farm manager, several individuals were instrumental in braving the cold and snow to make sure that the Wright Center escaped with only minor damage. Please thank those who stepped up under extremely difficult conditions!
Dr. Rob Swihart, Professor and Head
I wanted to make sure you knew how much Andy Meier, forest project coordinator/Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), did to help and probably save Wright Center from major water damage. He contacted the right people and kept Liz and I very informed of the situation. Liz was a huge help too. Also Michael Loesch-Fries, farm assistant, was able to make it in Tuesday to really help with clean up and assessments as well as get snow moved.
Matt Krausher, research assistant, and Michael also were able to get frozen pipes at FNR farm thawed with no bursts.
Ryan Hensley, assistant property manager, checked Cunningham on Saturday then again on Tuesday. There were frozen pipes as well and he managed to unthaw them with no bursts.
The last person I need to acknowledge is Bob Rode, aqualculture research lab manager/Aquacutlure Research Lab (ARL), and family. Jessica Yorzinski’s peafowl at PWA were saved by their efforts to feed and water during the storm. All this happened while I was helplessly stuck at home. It is great working with such dedicated, hardworking folks.
- Chen S, McKinney GJ, Nichols KM, Sepúlveda MS. (2013) In silico prediction and in vivo validation of Daphnia pulex microRNAs. PLOS ONE. In Press.
- Huang, Z.; Zhao, P.; Medina, J.; Meilan, R.; Woeste, K. 2013. Roles of JnRAP2.6-like from the transition zone of black walnut in hormone signaling. PLoSOne 8(11): e75857. Published online 2013 November 12. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075857
- Katzner, T.E., Jackson, D. S., Ivy, J., Bragin, E. A., & DeWoody, J.A. (2014) Variation in offspring sex ratio of a sexually dimorphic long-lived raptor, the Eastern Imperial Eagle. Ibis, in press.
- Kellner, K.F., J. Riegel, and R.K. Swihart. 2014. Effects of silvicultural disturbance on acorn infestation and removal. New Forests, in press.
- Lichti, N.I., M.A. Steele, H. Zhang, and R.K. Swihart. 2014. Mast species composition alters seed fate in North American rodent-dispersed hardwoods. Ecology, in press.
- Smyser, T.J., and R.K. Swihart. 2014. Husbandry practices for the captive propagation of Allegheny woodrats. Zoo Biology, in press.
- Zenobio JE, Sanchez BC, Archuleta L, Sepúlveda MS. (2013). Effects of triclocarban, DEET, and a mixture of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In Press.
Two FNR faculty on panel for special White House event in Carmel.
Jeff Dukes and Reuben Goforth served on a panel for a roundtable discussion with Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and David Agnew, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs regarding the work of the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The discussion took place on Thursday, December 19 at the Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana. Panel members included a group of prominent business, environmental and academic leaders from across the state of Indiana.
Graduate Student News
- Rita Blythe has scheduled her masters thesis defense for January 31st.
- Brad Graham has scheduled his preliminary exam for May 2nd.
Graduate Student Honors
- Congratulations to Bhagya Wijayawardena, a Ph.D. student studying with Andrew DeWoody and Dennis Minchella for receiving a $500 Grant-in-Aid of Research on “The role of genomic stress in the new world invasion by Schistosoma mansoni.”
- Oriana Rueda Krauss successfully defended her masters thesis on January 23rd. Congratulations, Oriana!
- Amy Miller successfully defended her masters on January 27th. Congratulations, Amy!
- Congratulations to Ken Kellner on passing his preliminary exam on December 17th!
Theresa Baker at the service anniversary luncheon (image provided by Jennifer Spitznagle)
- Congratulations to one of our graduates students, Noman Siddiqui, and his wife on the birth of their son on January 8th at 9:16 a.m. Both are doing well!
- Congratulations to Theresa Baker, business office, for her 25 years of service to Purdue. Other FNR staff celebrating service anniversaries this past year were: Jewel Yeager, located at the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center (SIPAC), (15 years) and Marsha Stultz, office of student services, (35 years). Congratulations everyone for this accomplishment and thank you for your service to FNR!
Dr. William Hoover Retires
Dr. Bill Hoover retired from Purdue effective 31 December 2013. All who have interacted with Bill over the years have their own memories of Bill to cherish, and we wish him all the best in retirement. Below are remarks shared at Bill’s retirement reception last month:
Bill arrived as a young pup to interview at Purdue in 1974. One faculty member at the time noted that Bill couldn’t spell “latrine”; but since he wasn’t interviewing for a wildlife position, he was hired despite this shortcoming. Indeed, Bill’s letters of reference described him as “an excellent young man” and “one of the finest young men that it has been my privilege to know”, an individual who “has talent in making complex matters readily understandable without losing the essential relationships” and who “is a self-starter…with the capacity to take only the essence of an idea and work it through to a logical conclusion.”
In his 39+ years at Purdue, Bill has lived up to the praise from his letter writers:
- He has developed a nationally recognized program in timber tax management.
- His timber price report has become a staple market analysis used by the hardwood industry.
- He has provided valued advice on land use issues to the Indiana Land Use Team.
- We all hope that our efforts have some lasting impact, and Bill’s certainly have. For his professional contributions, he has been recognized as a fellow of SAF and a recipient of the Career Award from PUCESA.
- He also has had an impact on students. Dr. Jim Ringe, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kentucky, wrote:
“I want you to know how much I have appreciated your help and guidance as my doctoral major professor 30+ years ago…I truly believe I was blessed…The multi-disciplinary nature of the course work and research you put together for me taught me to understand the interconnectedness of the big picture while still concentrating on the details of the task at hand, [which] has made me a much more effective forestry instructor… Again, many thanks.”
Aside from his professional accomplishments, Bill has been the epitome of a team player. His willingness to shoulder more than his share of the service responsibilities in FNR, whether on committees, in an administrative capacity, or by organizing social events, has allowed his colleagues to do more in the realms of teaching, research, and extension than would otherwise have been possible. In recognition of this selfless attitude, Bill was the inaugural recipient of the Exemplary Faculty Service Award in FNR. To ensure that current and future faculty members recognize the standard by which recipients will be judged, the award from this point forward will be called the William L. Hoover Exemplary Faculty Service Award.
- Congratulations to Sean Rock who was promoted to sales arborist in the Chicago TCOT residential/commercial office. Sean received his BS in Forestry from Purdue in May 2009. He began his career in the Davey Tree Expert Company Northwest Chicago office 5 years ago, holding several job titles including PHC technician, municipal inventory arborist and utility arborist in Chicago and the eastern U.S. Sean attended DITS in 2013 and is a certified arborist. Sean is also a member of the United States Coast Guarding reserve serving as a third class petty officer.
- Bryan Daniel, a 2009 wildlife alum, recently caught up with Barny Dunning. Bryan has a job as a Life Coach at The Excel Center in Indianapolis. As a Life Coach he is responsible for the academic success of over 70 students (ranging in age from 17-70). He serves as their trained academic advisor, social worker, teacher and counselor all in one. Bryan says about his job, “This job grants me the necessary access to tear down the heavily guarded walls that many of our students have been building ever since they were children on the streets. It has been quite a journey mentoring to over 70 adults who come from all different creeds, races, religions and viewpoints on life. Over 50 percent of the students that are served at The Excel Center have some form of mental disability. It has been a grand challenge in discovering the patience needed to serve students who struggle with disabilities such as A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Bipolarism, Paranoid Schizophrenia, and other mental and physical illnesses that inhibit our students from being productive members of society. These students have broadened my understanding of what it means to be a dedicated listener and a rapid responder. I am currently studying Counseling in IUPUI’s graduate program for the Department of Education in hopes to better serve the struggling members of my community. With this degree I hope to rise in a working position at The Excel Center towards being a full-time counselor. I do not yet envision my end goal as to where I will end up or who I will be counseling 5-10 years down the road but I am on my way towards improving the life of not only myself but others that God has placed before me.”
- Brown, P.B. 2013. Nutritional needs of bass and perch. China-US Forum on the Innovation in Perch and Bass Production. Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.
- Brown, P.B. 2013. Application of metabolomics and proteomics in aquaculture nutrition. Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science, Wuhan, China.
- Brown, P.B. 2013. Nutrigenomics: A theoretical framework for studying nutrition, reproduction and health of wild and cultured fish. Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Science. Wuhan, China.
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), is celebrating 2014 as the Year of the Salamander to energize salamander education, research, and conservation. This is a worldwide effort, leveraged through the actions of numerous partner organizations and individuals – from the general public to professional wildlife conservation. Please check out their Year of the Salamander website!
As the Year of the Salamander unfolds, PARC and its collaborators will be working to raise awareness about:
- the importance of salamanders in natural systems and to humankind;
- diverse ongoing research pathways aimed at better understanding salamanders, their role in ecosystems, and threats to their existence;
- actions being implemented around the world to conserve salamander populations and their habitats; and
- education and outreach efforts through a kaleidoscope of individual and group involvement.
At their website, you can view or download the State of the Salamander document, the January newsletter and the January downloadable salamander calendar, which features the winning monthly photo contest image of a beautiful Long-tailed Salamander by Andrew Burmester! A page dedicated to Year of the Salamander outreach and education activities and links to other resources will be added soon. They will continue to have newsletters and downloadable monthly calendars each month in 2014, so be sure to check back. Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter by mail by contacting them at at email@example.com.
Become a Year of the Salamander partner! If you or your organization are implementing salamander conservation efforts or just plain love salamanders and want to help spread the word, they want to hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org! Check out our Partners Page - they will be adding more throughout the year!
Don’t forget to get your Year of the Salamander 2014 gear at the PARCStore. The merchandise features the Year of the Salamander winning logo (designed by Sheri Sanders) and a 2014 print wall calendar (chock full of amazing photos).
Like them on Facebook! Follow them on Twitter! Participate in their ongoing monthly photo contest for a chance at having your photo selected for their month-by-month downloadable calendar, or just share your photos with them at email@example.com – you might see your photo in one of their many conservation products!
Rod Williams, associate professor of wildlife science, is a member of the PARC Executive Planning Committee for the Year of the Salamander and is chair of the O/E committee. Many FNR students are working on populating the Outreach and Education webpages.
Allies and Advocates
Allies and Advocates is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and the ADVANCE-Purdue Center for Faculty Success. ADVANCE is a NSF program designed to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers. ADVANCE-Purdue targets recruitment, retention, and advancement of women STEM faculty at Purdue. Goals include increasing the number of women of color in STEM tenure-track faculty positions, improving the success of all women STEM tenure-track faculty, and engaging all faculty in transforming the institution. The College of Agriculture has formed an Allies and Advocates group to partner with ADVANCE to support its goals at a local level. This male faculty group is led by Mark Tucker, professor of youth development and agricultural education, and Levon Esters, associate professor of youth development and agricultural education and includes representatives who were nominated by female colleagues. FNR is represented by Andrew DeWoody, FNR professor of genetics. Rob Swihart, FNR professor and department head, serves on the group as its liaison to department heads in the college. The group has held a kickoff meeting with Chris Sahley, Director of the Center for Faculty Success, and Jay Akridge, dean of Agriculture. Mark and Levon are exploring ways in which the group can serve as a vehicle to enhance awareness among all faculty of gender equity issues and support the professional growth and success of female faculty.
Along those lines, the following article in The Chronicle should be of interest…
Upcoming Dates for Your Calendar
- Monday, January 27, 2014, 3:30-5 pm, Department meeting
- Monday, February 24, 3:30-5 pm, Department meeting
- Wednesday, February 26, 10 am-12 pm, Dean’s annual visit to FNR
- Monday through Friday, March 17-21, Spring Break, no classes
- Monday, March 31, 3:30-5 pm, Department meeting
- Monday, April 28, 3:30-5 pm, Department meeting
- Saturday, May 3, Spring classes end
- Monday-Saturday, May 5-10, Final exam week
- Saturday, May 17, College of Agriculture commencement
- Thursday, August 21, 2014 FNR Retreat, Wright Center
- Monday, August 25, Fall 2014 semester begins