December 2016

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From the Dean

Jay Akridge

It is hard not get a bit reflective as we close out 2016, another exceptional year for the College. Listing highlights of the year always gets me in trouble, because there are just so many of them and not nearly enough column space! That said, a few of the things that made this year exceptional for our College include: 

Welcoming 20 new faculty members along with four new department heads Chris Staiger (Botany and Plant Pathology), Bob Wagner (Forestry and Natural Resources), Stephen Cameron (Entomology) and Maureen Manier (Agricultural Communications).

Seeing 6 faculty members promoted to Associate Professor and 8 faculty members promoted to Full Professor.

Undergraduate enrollment at our highest level since 1982 at 2,736, with placement of our May 2015 graduates at 96%, and more than 150 companies and organizations at our Fall Career Fair.

Distributing more than $2 million in College and Departmental scholarships to undergraduates.

Faculty and staff securing more than $60 million in external funding for their programs.

Moving the Purdue Plant Sciences Initiative forward and watching the potential of this University investment in the College being realized.

Launching Purdue AgOnline with the hiring of Program Manager Jeff Nagle.

Purdue Extension preparing and delivering new programming on critical Indiana issues including farm financial stress, food safety, and community development.

Expanding 4-H STEM programming in robotics, hydraulics, and other STEM areas across the state and especially in urban areas.

Launching “Science of GMOs” web site to share information on genetically modified organisms with the broader public.

Launching the new Purdue Post-Harvest Initiative and the Purdue Initiative for Family Firms.

Our DATA team developing and delivering a terrific 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness week, with another exciting week planned January 16-20, 2017.

Hosting waves of summer visitors: 4-H Academy, 4-H Roundup, Indiana State FFA Convention, Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy (PASA), Borlaug Summer Institute, Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI), and many more.

Opening and dedicating the $14 million Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center, our state-of-the-art phenotyping facility located at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

Completing and dedicating the Beck’s Floor for Agricultural Economics as well as the Beck’s Genetics Lab and Beck’s Crop Resource Center in Agronomy.

Watching the Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences/Land O'Lakes Center for Experiential Learning go up – now 40% complete.

Opening the state-of-the-art Skidmore Food Product Development Lab in Food Science.

Dedicating the Rodibaugh Conference Room and completing the remodel of the AGAD main hallway.

Raising nearly $25 million for professorships, faculty support, scholarships, and facilities, exceeding our Ever True campaign goal of $20 million.

Hosting an Ag Alumni Fish Fry for the ages where coaching legends Gene Keady and Bob Knight entertained 2300 College alumni and friends.

Reporting on many, many faculty, staff, and student awards and recognitions in InFocus

Celebrating the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s #1 ranking in the US by US News and World Report for 8th (graduate) and 6th (undergraduate) straight year.

Feeling the pride of seeing our College ranked number 5 in the US and number 8 in the world in the QS global rankings of Colleges of Agriculture and Forestry

There is so much more that happened this year, big and small, highly visible and not as much. And, the above list does not touch the discoveries by our researchers, the outstanding work in our classrooms, and the high impact educational programming delivered by Purdue Extension. While there was no shortage of challenges and headwinds, and some things that could have moved us off course, you continued to deliver at the highest levels.

My hope as we close the year is that you can take a few minutes and think a bit about the piece of these accomplishments – and so many more – that you own.  Each of you contributed in some important way to the success of the College this year.  I hope you will take some personal satisfaction in the difference you made personally, in a College that is making a difference.

I wish you, your families, and your friends, the very best of the holidays and I look forward to making 2017 an even better year for our College and the people we serve.

All the best,



Purdue Agriculture People


Profiles in Teaching, November: Trevor Stamper

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Diversity Champion Spotlight: Kevin Gibson

Kevin GibsonThe Diversity Champion Spotlight recognizes an individual or group whose efforts help us build a diverse and inclusive community and/or improve the climate in the College of Agriculture. This month’s spotlight is on Kevin Gibson, Botany and Plant Pathology.



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Graduate Research Spotlight: Jay Gilbert

Jay GilbertThe Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. This month's spotlight is on Jay Gilbert, Food Science; advisor, Owen Jones.


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Events set to commemorate 2017 Diversity Awareness Week in CoA

Martin Luther King Jr.The Diversity Action Team in Agriculture (DATA) has organized four days of activities to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week, January 16-20, sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Science. This year's theme is Celebrating Diversity: "Keeping our Past, Present". Following the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on Monday, January 16, faculty and staff are invited to participate in activities each day to educate and raise diversity awareness.

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College names Distinguished Agriculture Alumni for 2017

Eight individuals been chosen to receive 2017 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Awards. The Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award was created in 1992 to recognize mid-career alumni of the College of Agriculture. Recipients will be recognized in a convocation on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The 2017 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni:

  • George Abide, Founder and President, Abide Idea Company (PhD Food Science 1992)
  • Anthony Davis, Professor of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management and Associate Dean for Research, Oregon State University (MS 2003, PhD 2006, Forestry & Natural Resources)
  • Robert Deschenes, Fred Wright Professor of Cancer Biology and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida (PhD 1984, Biochemistry)
  • Amy Kelsay, Tour and Education Director, Kelsay Farms (BS 1998, Animal Sciences)
  • Jane Lavey, Food Safety and Compliance Specialist, Nestlé (BS 1992, Agricultural and Biological Engineering)
  • Douglas Needham, Director of Education, Longwood Gardens (MS 1984, PhD 1989, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture)
  • Scot Ortman, President and CEO, Kokomo Grain Co., Inc. (BS 1985, Agricultural Economics)
  • Christopher Voglewede, Global R&D Director North and South America, Dow AgroSciences  (BS 1987, MS 1991, PhD 1999, Entomology)


College thanks University Senate members

The University Senate is the governing body of the Purdue University faculty. It has the power and responsibility to propose or to adopt policies, regulations, and procedures intended to achieve the educational objectives of Purdue University and the general welfare of those involved in these educational processes. The faculties through their representatives in the University Senate have the power and responsibility to: fix the academic calendar and the general policies for scheduling classes; establish policies for the University and student participation in athletic affairs; and review and approve the academic degree titles conferred by the University and the general requirements for the several curricula of the University leading towards academic degrees and nominate all candidates for such degrees.” The University Senate also advises the President and Board of Trustees on a variety of issues.

It has been a busy and sometimes contentious year for the University Senate, and the College of Agriculture recognizes our University Senate members and thanks them for their service:
Jody Banks, Botany and Plant Pathology
Steven Broyles, Biochemistry
Christian Butzke, Food Science
Ryan Cabot, Animal Sciences
Natalie Carroll, Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Larry DeBoer, Agricultural Economics
Pete Dunn, Entomology
Levon Esters, Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Monika Ivantysynova, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Jianxin Ma, Agronomy
Linda Prokopy, Forestry and Natural Resources
Sean Rotar, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Jerry Shively, Agricultural Economics



Faculty warned about "predatory journals"

Marianne Bracke Stowell, Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist in Purdue Libraries, advises faculty to be aware of and avoid "predatory journals" when looking for places to publish their work. There has been a rise in the number predatory journals; many are Open Access (OA), but not always. It may not always be readily apparent that these journals are suspect. A general definition of predatory publishing is: “In academic publishing, predatory open access publishing describes an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services [e.g., legitimate peer review, steady or permanent access] associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).” Purdue Libraries is concerned with this, and like many institutions, uses Jeffrey Beall’s list of Predatory Journals (2016) at when investigating a title.

This is just one aspect of concern in the current, complicated system of Scholarly Communication.  Other issues include, but are not limited, to: significant annual subscription increases; the proliferation of new journal titles; strains on publishers, editors, and reviewers to maintain the rigor of the peer-review process while publishing in a timely manner; access to journals for developing countries or underserved populations due to high costs; the decrease in society publishers and the purchase of the titles by a handful of commercial publishers, creating monopolies; restrictive subscription packages by large commercial publishers that make smaller titles more vulnerable for cancellation; and questionable publishing structures that can let error-filled or simply less rigorously reviewed articles be published ( is a good source to get a snapshot of these issues).

If individuals have concerns about a particular title, or departments would like to know more about any of this, please contact Marianne Bracke Stowell, Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist, Donna Ferullo, Director of the University Copyright Office, or Nina Collins, Scholarly Communications Specialist,


College participates in Bravo Awards Program

Bravo AwardPurdue Agriculture will participate in the Bravo Award program again this year. The Bravo Award is intended to highlight the excellence found across all areas and job functions at Purdue by recognizing and rewarding extraordinary achievements on every scale. The Bravo Award is a one-time cash award to employees at all levels in recognition of substantial accomplishments that extend well beyond regular work responsibilities. Acknowledging employee accomplishments that help Purdue make a difference with our students and in our state and help us move the world forward is vital to the University's mission and the morale of our faculty and staff. Click here for more information and FAQs about the Bravo Award. You can find the Bravo Award nomination form here. Please use this form—not any older versions. If you have questions, please contact your business manager.


A reminder about tracking civil rights and diversity training

Civil Rights logoThe College of Agriculture is committed to making ongoing improvements to policies and practices to assure that race, ethnicity and gender are not barriers to success. During our USDA Federal Civil Rights Compliance Audit in 2012, it was brought to our attention that we did not have a formal tracking system in place to verify that all faculty, staff and graduate students received appropriate training. In order to comply with this, individuals are required to receive training in civil rights (the regulations), diversity awareness or sexual harassment each year. Therefore, we created a system utilizing the Qualtrics survey tool to have individuals self-report completion of their training. Rather than mandate a specific training, we are asking you to comply by recording training you have been to already or attend any training that fits your needs and interests and enhances your knowledge/understanding of diversity, civil rights or sexual harassment. 

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Training modules available for faculty and staff

Risk Management, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, announces the availability of the Risk Management Employment Claims Initiative education program. The program helps employees and supervisors understand employment-related issues such as discrimination, harassment, disability awareness and accommodations, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), overtime rates, and other university leave policies. Participants will complete four training modules and corresponding certification quizzes: 1) Equal Opportunity; 2) Americans with Disabilities Act; 3) Wage and Hour Issues for Employees and Supervisors; and 4) Family and Medical Leave Act and University Leave Policies.

The training modules and instructions for accessing the certification quizzes are located on the Purdue Employee Portal. Each training module is approximately 20 to 25 minutes long. Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Opportunity will also fulfill College of Agriculture requirements for civil rights training as required by the USDA. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to complete these training modules. Faculty and staff participation in these training modules impacts the College's share of insurance costs.

Awards and Recognitions


Jay AkridgeDean Jay Akridge was elected to the Board of Directors of Agriculture Future of America (AFA) at its Leaders Conference in November. He will begin his term in March 2017. AFA provides premiere personal and professional development programs to college students and young professionals in agriculture. AFA programs have impacted 13,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996, and the organization has awarded more than $9 million in academic and leader development scholarships.




david downeyDavid Downey, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics and founder and executive director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, was recognized with the Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award by the Agricultural Retailers Association on Nov. 30 at the organization’s annual conference and expo in Orlando, Fla.



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Marcos FernandezMarcos Fernandez, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, has been elected Secretary for the Academic Program Section of the Academic Committee on Policy and Organization of APLU, representing the North Central region. His appointment will begin with the Annual Winter Meetings in March 2017 in Washington, DC. This is a progressive national leadership appointment over four years (Secretary, President-elect, President, Past-President).






linda masonLinda Mason, Entomology, was named the recipient of the 2016 Violet Haas Award from the Purdue Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. The award recognizes individuals, programs or departments that have facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education and salary, or have enhanced a positive professional climate for women at the university.




Bob NielsenBob Nielsen, Agronomy, received the 2016 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana on December 9 at the annual convention of Indiana Farm Bureau. He was honored for his ongoing service and commitment to the state's corn producers. The Hovde award is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who has provided exceptional service to the improvement of rural Indiana.

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AAASThree College of Agriculture faculty members are among eight Purdue professors who were elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in November. The Fellows were recognized for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The fellows from Agriculture are: Andrew DeWoody, Forestry and Natural Resources; Barbara Golden, Biochemistry; and Wally Tyner, Agricultural Economics.





Anderson SmithAnderson Smith, a senior in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, recently received and accepted an invitation to become a part of the Orr Fellowship with KSM Consulting, a strategic management, technology, and data consulting firm, as his host company. The Orr Fellowship, named in honor of former Indiana Governor Robert Orr, is a very competitive two year program to develop the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Accepted candidates are placed with a host company in the Indianapolis area and work as full time employees. They also receive personal and professional development in the form of professional seminars, networking events, a continuing education curriculum, civic engagement opportunities, executive mentorship, and an unrivaled peer network.


Margaret HegwoodMargaret Hegwood, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, is one of two students from Purdue (and 11 students nationally) selected as the 2016-2017 Land O'Lakes Emerging Leaders for Food Security. Emerging Leaders work with a professor or academic mentor to explore critical food security issues and agricultural challenges through the school year as they complete challenge assignments. They receive a stipend and an 11-week paid summer internship to work with industry experts at Land O’Lakes, Inc. To learn about hunger, agriculture and sustainability, they travel to key Land O’Lakes locations, Washington, D.C., and rural African communities.



Purdue Agriculture in the News

Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes featured on CNN

Bryan PijanowskiBryan Pijanowski, professor of landscape ecology in Forestry and Natural Resources  and director of the Discovery Park Center for Global Soundscapes, is the focus of an in-depth story now posted on the CNN website. John Sutter, a columnist for CNN Opinion focusing on climate change and social justice, accompanied Pijanowski and a team of researchers to the Costa Rican rainforest, where they recorded the sounds of amphibians in danger of extinction as part of the Center for Global Soundscapes’ Vanishing Soundscapes initiative. Sutter’s account of the expedition, “Listening for the amphibian apocalypse,” is available at

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Christmas tree supply looks strong for 2016 holiday season

christmas treePeople ready for some holiday cheer can celebrate a healthy 2016 Christmas tree supply with plenty of choices in size and species, said Daniel Cassens, professor of forestry and natural resources and Purdue Extension wood products specialist. A dry summer and wet autumn initially caused some worries, said Cassens, who has grown and sold Christmas trees for 38 years at his farm in rural West Lafayette. "Conifers don't like wet feet and we had a wet August," he said. “And the dry June and July were a bit scary, especially for seedlings. But we've seen no lasting effects from weather and no significant insect or fungal problems either. The trees look very healthy."

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Gary students operate urban farm as part of unique business program

Thea BowmanThis year, Purdue selected the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, Indiana as one of two Indiana schools where it started a middle/high school chapter of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Program. MANRRS promots the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive light to ethnic groups that have not been consistently connected to opportunities in the agricultural business fields. Thea Bowman students will work on projects and participate in activities throughout the year at Purdue West Lafayette and be mentored by students and faculty from the Purdue College of Agriculture. Myron McClure, Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Programs, oversees the program.

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Purdue, ARA program aimed at sharpening management skills

CAB logoThe Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business will again partner with the Agricultural Retailers Association to present the ARA Management Academy in early 2017. This workshop-style program, which is Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in West Lafayette, will dive into management, leadership and decision-making through faculty-led presentations, interactive exercises and small-group discussion. Purdue faculty experts Allan Gray, director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business; Scott Downey, associate director of the center; and Michael Gunderson, associate director of research for the center, will facilitate the program. Joining them will be Rodney Vandeveer, professor in Purdue's Polytechnic Institute.

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Purdue receives grant to improve health of Great Lakes basin

turcoThe Department of Agronomy has received a $225,000 grant for one of the first large-scale attempts to directly link in-field soil health parameters with intensive edge-of-field water quality monitoring across the Great Lakes basin. “The boundary between soil and edge-of-field water is challenging but an important area of work. This effort is designed to understand how the soil’s health impacts the retention or release of major plant nutrients such as nitrogen or phosphorus,” said Ron Turco, professor of agronomy. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative awarded the funding as part of a $508,000 grant to improve the health of the Great Lakes basin.

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Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

plasmaTwo Purdue Agriculture researchers have developed a hydrogenation process that could solidify soybean oil for food processing without creating trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease and stroke. Former Purdue professor Kevin Keener, now at Iowa State University, and Food Science doctoral student Ximena Yépez developed a process known as high-voltage atmospheric cold plasma (HVACP) hydrogenation. This process occurs at room temperature, avoiding the high temperatures that cause trans fats to form. "Cold plasma processes are being researched in many different fields," Yépez said. "They're used in things like fluorescent lighting, or in changing material properties, like increasing conductivity. Dr. Keener developed this method in food science to eliminate pathogens. But as far as we know, no one has ever used this technology to hydrogenate oil before."

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2017 Midwest vegetable production guide now available

veggieThe 2017 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is now available for purchase or free download from Purdue Extension's The Education Store. The guide is an annual summary of state-specific information on vegetable varieties, fertility, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control and disease management. Lead author Dan Egel, Extension plant pathologist, said the new edition covers a large portion of the Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and this year, Michigan. "The addition of MSU to the team means additional expertise in vegetable production and pest management," he said.

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Crop futures rally drives large increase in producer sentiment

barometeAgricultural producer sentiment about the industry's economy improved substantially in November, in part because of soybean and corn futures price rallies, according to the December 6 report of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, jumped to 116—the highest reading since October 2015, and up 24 points from the October 2016 reading of 92. "Producer sentiment about the future climbed partly because of a significant rally in futures prices for corn and especially soybeans this fall," said Jim Mintert, barometer principal investigator and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture. "The rally included not just nearby futures contracts, but extended to prices for both the 2017 and, to a lesser extent, 2018 harvests."

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Purdue Extension to offer farm succession planning workshops

extensionThe Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team is offering a workshop to introduce farmers and their families to the legal, financial and team-building aspects of transferring farm ownership.
The workshop, "Next Steps to Successfully Growing Future Farm Generations" will be presented by attorneys and estate planning. Topics include the timing of succession, communication and team building, insurance, retirement planning, asset transfer and goal setting.
"Farm succession planning is a crucial part of ensuring your family farm business's long-term viability," said Kelly Heckaman, Extension educator in Kosciusko County. "But it can be a daunting process, so if people are uncertain about how to begin or would like some advice, these workshops could be really beneficial."

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Nutrition program improves food stamp family's food security

snapFood stamp participants who participated in a supplemental nutrition education program were able to improve their food security by 25 percent, according to a study by Purdue University. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, serves millions of low-income individuals and families. SNAP is a part of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. The direct education provided through SNAP-Ed programs in Indiana are hands on, and all lessons combine maximizing the food budget while focusing on nutritional components, such as consuming lean meats and vegetables and fruits. These lessons are provided through local Purdue Extension offices.

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Manpreet Singh, Food Science: faculty position, University of Georgia


Dates and Deadlines

December 12-17: Final Exam Week

December 18: Commencement

December 23-January 2: Purdue Winter Recess

January 9: Spring Semester begins

January 10-12: Indiana Horticultural Congress

January 17-20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Awareness Week

February 4: Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

March 3: Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Awards convocation


For more dates and deadlines, check the Purdue Agriculture calendar.


University News

Federal court injunction halts Fair Labor Standards Act implementation

As communicated to leadership campus-wide recently, a temporary injunction granted Nov. 22 in a federal court lawsuit filed by 21 states and more than 55 business groups will block the implementation of changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which were to become effective Dec. 1. Since that ruling, University leadership has consulted heavily with Purdue’s Big Ten peers and others to try to understand what might be logical steps to move forward. As a result, the University has decided to suspend implementation of its FLSA changes until resolution of this issue becomes clear. Based on detailed conversations over the past few days, this position is in line with the majority of Purdue’s Big Ten peers.

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Purdue community: Adverse winter weather procedures

If adverse weather conditions necessitate that a wind chill, snow or ice emergency be declared for the West Lafayette campus, special procedures pertaining to classes, operations, parking, pay and/or attendance will become effective. Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety, describes procedures for adverse winter weather in this memo.  

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New Halstead research supercomputing cluster ready for use by Purdue faculty

ITaP is building Purdue’s ninth research supercomputing system in as many years through the Community Cluster program, which gives Purdue researchers the best collection of high-performance computing resources for use on a single campus in the country. The new supercomputer, named Halstead, will have the same processors as the Rice supercomputing cluster built in 2015, but will be better on all other specifications, including memory per node, network bandwidth and cost to researchers, says Preston Smith, ITaP’s director of research services and support. Like Rice, Halstead will work well for most kinds of science and engineering research. Its scratch storage space is better optimized for smaller files, so users should find going back and forth between numerous small files more efficient. The new cluster features two 10-core Intel Xeon CPUs per node, 128 GB of RAM and Mellanox EDR 100 Gb/s Infiniband interconnects. Halstead is expected to be ready for use in December. Purdue researchers can already buy capacity in it through ITaP Research Computing’s cluster orders website.

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Employee feedback sought on benefits enrollment, wellness offerings

Human Resources-Benefits is seeking employee input and feedback about the recent benefits open enrollment as well as overall health and wellness offerings at the University. Employees on all campuses who are benefits-eligible will receive a brief, two-part survey via email from Human Resources regarding both of these topics. “Open enrollment for benefits is a big event every fall, and we want to make sure we provide tools, communications and support that meet the needs of our faculty and staff,” says Teresa Schnarr, associate director of benefit operations. “We are interested in thoughts about the current online tool, the various communications that are developed and other types of resources that are provided.” Purdue remains dedicated to ensuring convenient access to health care and wellness opportunities. The survey will provide helpful information that will be used for future planning. Watch for the survey to be released early next week via email.

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Report Hate and Bias

report hatePurdue University is a community where diversity is valued and incidents of hate and bias are not tolerated. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who feel that they have been the victim of a bias related incident (or who have witnessed a bias related incident) are encouraged to report it online at or to contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 765-494-1250. Your report can remain anonymous if you wish. Remember, if it is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical or emergency services attention, please call the Purdue University Police Department at 911 or 765-494-8221.