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January 2007

From the Dean


Belated Happy New Year and happy spring semester greetings! We’re kicking off 2007 with a new way of keeping you up to date on what’s going on in Agriculture. “Purdue Agriculture in Focus” will come to you by e-mail every month with information on events, opportunities, deadlines, and news about your colleagues in Purdue Agriculture.

We want this newsletter to be the place to look for departmental happenings, announcements and anything else you need to know about Purdue Agriculture—and we hope it will cut down on the glut of e-mail and paper announcements. Past issues will be available on the Web at http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/in_focus/  

We welcome your input! Send your news to Dinah McClure (dmcclure@purdue.edu).



News around Purdue Agriculture

NASA pioneers are featured speakers at Fish Fry

Astronaut Jim Lovell and NASA flight director Gene Kranz were thousands of miles apart when they famously guided Apollo 13 back from the edge of disaster in 1970. But on Feb. 3, the aviation pioneers share the stage as guest speakers at the Agricultural Alumni Fish Fry. The annual event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion in Indianapolis starts at 11:30 a.m.
Full story:

OnePurdue is coming!

The finance function of OnePurdue goes live on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The last day for purchasing through Ariba is Jan. 26. Please plan accordingly, and consult your departmental business office for emergency purchasing between these dates.
More information on OnePurdue:

Purdue Agriculture faculty rank high in productivity

The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index by Academic Analytics ranks 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions across the nation. Faculty members are judged on such factors as publications, grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. Ten Purdue programs—six in Agriculture—ranked in the survey’s top ten.
More information:

International Programs Office names Ragothama new associate director

Dr. Kashchandra Ragothama (Ragu), Horticulture, joins the team in International Programs in Agriculture on Feb. 1 with a focus on building Purdue Agriculture programs in Asia and the Middle East.

Horticulture Greenhouse lab selected for renovation

Horticultural Greenhouse 1109 is one of five teaching laboratory projects on campus to receive University R&R funding for 2007. Interim Department Head Robert Joly says this will fund much-needed renovation of this important teaching space. The department plans to tie these improvements to other associated renovation.

Agronomy marks 100 years

2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the Agronomy Department at Purdue, and they plan to celebrate with a weekend of activities on November 16-17. The festivities include the inaugural Legends of Agronomy award, which honors those who have made a major contribution to the establishment, development, enhancement, and/or improvement of the Agronomy Department. For more information on the centennial celebration or to nominate someone for the award, visit:

“Diversity at Work” new series of diversity modules offered

A new series of diversity modules have been developed and are now being offered to administrative assistants and other clerical and service staff. It is recommended that faculty and administrative professionals with programmatic responsibilities continue to sign up for the Multicultural and Gender Forums.
A description of the 90 minute modules can be found here: http://www.purdue.edu/humanrel/dro/DiversityatWork.shtml

Faculty: Take advantage of reduced-rate NACTA membership

The College of Agriculture is an institutional member of the North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), which entitles faculty to join at a reduced rate.
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Purdue Food Science is highlighted in Food Safety Magazine

The Purdue Food Science Food Bio-Security Simulation was referenced in an article in the December/January issue of Food Safety Magazine. The article, “New Thinking on Food Protection,” calls the simulation one of “the most exciting advanced technology developments for food defense . . .” The article’s author, David Park, is a 1972 Purdue Agriculture graduate and president of Food-Defense, LLC, an independent food safety and food defense risk-management consulting service.

Ag Econ’s Patrick teaches tax professionals

Agricultural Economics’ 11 two-day 2006 Purdue Income Tax School programs enrolled nearly 1,000 tax professionals. Coordinated by George Patrick, the program is conducted in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Revenue. Three additional half-day programs on Agricultural Tax Issues enrolled about 110 tax professionals.

OAP matches Community Service Student Grants

The Office of Academic Programs (OAP) will match Community Service Student Grants from the Office of Engagement up to $250 per funded project. To be eligible, the funded student group must by a College of Agriculture option club or associated with a College of Agriculture class. The students must submit to Dr. Dale Whittaker their award letter from Dr. Vic Lechtenberg along with a plan for use of the additional $250 from OAP.
More information: http://www.purdue.edu/engagement/docs/service_learning/engagement_grant_program_2006_07.doc

Undergrad program trains future leaders

The College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program, now in its second year, has approximately 65 undergraduate participants working towards leadership certificates. College of Agriculture faculty and staff serve as coaches and meet with participants to review their Personal Development Plans and monitor their progress toward leadership goals they have established. Several second-year participants will complete their requirements this spring and receive their Leadership Certificates at a reception April 26 in Pfendler Hall.
More information:

Ethanol policy the focus for Ag Forecast

Agricultural Economics Prof. Wally Tyner will discuss our nation's energy predicament and the role of biofuels on Feb. 3 during the Ag Forecast in Indianapolis prior to the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry. His talk, "Energy Security and Biofuels: Policy Alternatives for the Future," will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Old National Bank Grand Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
More information:

Women in Agriculture gather at Conner Prairie in 2007

Midwestern women with careers in agriculture will network and gain information to help improve their business operations on Feb. 7-8 during the 2007 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference.
Read more: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html3month/2006/061130EasterdayWIA.html


Reminder:  Monday, Feb. 5 is the deadline for submissions to the ITaP, TLT Digital Content Development Grants opportunity. The goal of this program is to “…select and help implement projects that increase instructional effectiveness through the use of digital and online technology. The TLT department seeks to cultivate instructional excellence through experimentation with new ideas, teaching methods, and technologies.” Proposals can be submitted electronically using the web form https://www.itap.purdue.edu/login/?location=/tlt/idc/grants/index.cfm on the TLT site.  For more information contact the Instructional Development Center (IDC) by phone (49-63257) or email (tlt-grants@purdue.edu) or browse the TLT Website. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/idc/grants.cfm

Nominations are due to the Office of Academic Programs for:

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award: Feb. 9

Outstanding Counselor Award: Feb. 9

Outstanding Service to Students Award: Feb. 9

Mark your calendar

Purdue University Multicultural and Gender Forums have been scheduled for 2007.  All faculty and staff who have not yet attended are encouraged to do so.  You must have attended a Multicultural forum in order to attend a Gender forum. 
Schedule:  http://www.science.purdue.edu/DiversityForums/dates.html

Feb. 6: PCARET Legislative Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis. Contact Teresa Rogers (rogerstk@purdue.edu) for more information.

Feb. 7-9: HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.) at the Indiana Convention Center Exhibit Hall D. Contact Danica Kirkpatrick (dkirkpat@purdue.edu) for more information.

Feb. 14-17: National Farm Machinery Show and Tractor Pull at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Purdue Extension in areas I, II, and V will represent the college at this event. Contact Danica Kirkpatrick (dkirkpat@purdue.edu) for more information.

Feb. 27: Reception honoring the D.C. area alumni and recent graduates of the Indiana Ag Leadership Institute. Contact Courtney Schmidt (schmidtc@purdue.edu) for more information.

March 2: Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Awards Reception and Convocation in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. Contact Debbie Claeys (dclaeys@purdue.edu) or Dinah McClure (dmcclure@purdue.edu) for more information.

March 2: Regional Science Fair on Purdue campus. Contact Jane Alexander (jamcanto@purdue.edu) for more information.

March 3: Dean’s Advisory Council Spring meeting on campus. Contact Dinah McClure (dmcclure@purdue.edu) for more information.


Willette Crawford, Food Science, won the Liska Graduate Student Teaching Award for Fall 2006. She was chosen by undergraduate students for her excellence in service as a teaching assistant for the Food Microbiology Laboratory course.

Ellie Butz received the Department of Food Science's Outstanding Service Award.

Mike Reckowsky, Food Science, received a professional development grant from the Purdue Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee. The grant will fund his training on complying with U.S. export controls.

Carol Rizkalla, Forestry and Natural Resources, was selected to join the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) Class of 2007-08. The class comprises twenty up-and-coming leaders from the wildlife conservation field.

Jim Beasley, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Frederick N. Andrews Environmental Travel Grant, which provides $2,000 toward research relating to the world environment.

Adam Baumgart-Getz, Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Russell O. Blosser Environmental Travel Grant, which provides $2,000 toward research relating to the world environment.

Jenna Rickus, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will give the junior investigator technology talk at the National Institutes of Health Curing Epilepsy 2007 meeting in March. She is one of only four junior investigators invited to give a presentation. The talks will be webcast around the world on the NIH Web site.
More information:

Andy Tao, Biochemistry, received a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) award for his project, Soluble Nanopolymers for Targeted Proteomics in vitro and in Living Cells.

Congratulations to the Purdue University Agricultural Ambassadors on winning the National Agriculture Ambassador Conference 2007 Excellence in Service Workshop Award.

Faculty, staff and students of the Agronomy Department raked in the awards at the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science of America/Soil Science Society of America international meetings held in November.
Complete list of awards

Two Purdue Agronomy Soils Teams competed in the Region 3 soils contest in October. The Purdue “A” Team won first-place team overall and first place in the team judging competition. The Purdue “B” Team was named third-place team overall, and earned second place in the team judging competition.
Individual awards: http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/in_focus/2007/SoilsCompetition.htm  

Agronomy’s Crops Judging Team took 6th place this year in the National Crop Judging Contest in Chicago. Team members were Katie Hardy, Roy Cooper, Ben Spencer, Rachel Doctor, and Eric Bahler. Coaches were Shawn Conley, Tom Housley, and Andrew Robinson. Tom Housley was also acknowledged with a plaque for his dedication and efforts in mentoring students and coaches in the contest.

University Announcements

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Nominations from colleges/schools are due in the Graduate School by Feb. 1, 2007. Contact Dr. Dale Whittaker (dwhittak@purdue.edu) for details of the selection process within Agriculture. More information: http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/downloads/Outstanding_Graduate_Faculty_Mentor_Award_Criteria.doc

Summer undergrad research opportunity at the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology

The Amgen Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program invites undergraduates (juniors and seniors) to apply for a new, faculty-mentored summer research program at MIT in biotechnology and other areas of science.
More information:

Kinley Trust grant competition

The Kinley Trust is an endowment established to fund research that uses a social science perspective to explore methods for improving the human condition. Descriptions should be sent to Rhonda Hostetter, VPR Office, HOVD, no later than Jan. 31. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent to selected faculty in mid-February. Full proposals will then be due in mid-April with final award decisions by the mid June.
View guidelines, procedures, and instructions:

Showalter Trust grant competition

Pre-proposals are due by Jan. 31. Areas of research priority include

  • air and water pollution
  • biochemistry
  • control and prevention of disease
  • development of new technologies in food production
  • medical and biophysical instrumentation

More information: http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/funding/showalter.html

Funding Opportunities

USDA Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC)

The WERC in Princeton, W.Va., is accepting applications for cost-share demonstration projects that assist the WERC in meeting its mission of “facilitating interaction and information exchange with the forest products industry that will enhance opportunities for sustained forest products production in the eastern hardwood forest region.”

USDA Conservation Innovation Grants for 2007

$20 million is available for grants in three categories: Natural Resource Concerns, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and Technology.
More information:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig or http://www.grants.gov