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Dr. Bryan PijanowskiDr. Bryan Pijanowski and his research team have developed apps for mobile phones and tablets where people can capture the sounds that surround them. The Soundscape team announced their free apps on Earth Day with the TODAY Show, ABC and BBC sharing where visitors can upload their "sounds" for this Soundscape Ecology research. View the TODAY Show annoucement: "Fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day." As professor of human-environment modeling and analysis laboratory, Dr. Pijanowski's future goals are to fill public spaces, hospitals and other dwellings with sounds that "make us feel good, sounds that are peaceful and restful".
Dr. Rick Meilan, Professor of Genetics Professor Rick Meilan with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, receives 2014 TEAM Award as part of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, Dr. Meilan's active research projects include efforts to insert genes that control flowering, as a means of transgene confinement; insect (Emerald Ash Borer) resistance; herbicide tolerance; and lignin composition. His research also includes the study of determining the viability of poplar species as an ethanol feedstock and cash crop for Indiana farmers.
Dr. Alex Wiedenhoeft, Adjunct Assistant Professor Associate Professor Jeff Dukes with the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in biological sciences, shares his findings of how the impact of climate change could affect crop production, plants, microbes and the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of evidence that crop production will decline; at least production of some crops in some places. That’s one thing that could be important, because many crops have temperature thresholds,” Dukes said.
Dr. Alex Wiedenhoeft, Adjunct Assistant ProfessorPurdue FNR Adjunct Assistant Professor Alex Wiedenhoeft will share his research and expertise of botanical wood anatomy, forensic wood anatomy, wood identification and biocentric wood sciences at the April 16th National Wood Flooring Association Certified Professionals Inspector Symposium. As a research botanist with the USDA Forest Service in the Center for Wood Anatomy Research at the federal Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, and foreign professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Botucatu, Brazil, Dr. Wiedenhoeft continues to share his research around the world.
Purdue FNR Extension aid in aquaculture successSuccessful shrimp business thanks FNR Extension for their shared aquatics expertise. Purdue aquaculture researcher Bob Rode and Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie, aquaculture marketing director, instructs RDM Aquaculture and provides resources to aid in building business. Articles can be seen in Purdue Agricultures, Extreme Makeovers, and The Star Press, "Albany shrimp farm in the works".
frog image, Dr. Jason Hoverman, study: loss of wetland biodiversity increases disease risk in frogsAmphibians in species-poor wetlands have a higher risk of becoming infected with a virulent parasite than those in wetlands with a rich diversity of species, according to a Purdue University finding that sheds light on how biodiversity moderates the transmission of infectious diseases. Dr. Jason Hoverman, an assistant professor of vertebrate ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, shares, "the loss of species diversity has major implications for how harmful and deadly diseases are transmitted in nature."
U2U logoUSDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant for the developed decision tools to help farmers manage variable climate conditions, received by Purdue Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources research team led by Dr. Linda Prokopy, associate professor of natural resource social science.
ForestFNR Alum Connie Cummins appointed as forest manager for the Fremont-Winema National Forest's which covers territory from Oregon to California. Article-Herald and News, Oregan.
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.AgriNews highlights Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), longstanding reputation for quality education in natural resources.
Dr. Jeff Dukes and Dr. Reuben Goforth on Purdue climate change team.Representing Purdue at the Obama task force meeting on climate change included researchers Dr. Jeff Dukes, associate professor bio science, and Dr. Reuben Goforth, assistant professor of aquatic ecosystems, both in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Gina Darnell, 'BS 1976FNR alum Gina Darnell interviewed with Post-Tribune, a CHICAGO publication, shares the damage she is experiencing from the Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado.
On Monday, December 2, Barny Dunning and 67 other Purdue professors were honored as they were inducted into the Book of Great Teachers. The Book honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom. Everyone included in the Book of Great Teachers is listed on a bronze and walnut display in the west foyer of the Union. The book now includes 384 names.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently gave honors to three Ohioans for their work in forestry. One of those honored was an FNR alumni, Wayne Lashbrook who graduated in 1966. A tree was planted honoring his commitment to the promotion of forest land stewardship.
Excellence of Research Awards, Dr. Linda ProkopyTwenty-four Agriculture researchers received the Excellence in Research Awards which includes grants for $1 million or more. Dr. Linda Prokopy's grant “Useful to Usable U2U Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers" was received by the USDA.
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