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November 2017
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From the Dean
Karen Plaut

Seeds for Success – That is the name of the annual award ceremony where we celebrate the accomplishments of investigators who have obtained a single grant of $1 million or more.  This year, the University recognized 14 individual grants and 28 faculty members from the College of Agriculture who received a Seeds for Success award. In the current funding climate, where most agencies fund only about 5% of the grant proposals they receive, it is truly impressive to receive a grant of $1 million.  Faculty members in eight of our eleven depart-ments received grants of $1 million or more on topics ranging from studying the basic biochem-istry of disease to educating minorities in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, to bee breeding and conservation, to understanding basic plant cell wall structure.

In addition to those who were recognized with a Seeds for Success award, there are scientists throughout our college who are working on innovative research every day. While it may sound like a cliché, it is true that our scientists are making new discoveries that can change the world. It is exciting to talk to them and hear their passion about the work they do and the discoveries they make.  

For example, I’m sure most of you are aware of the decline of bees and other pollinators around the world. Honeybees pollinate 80% of our crops and without them, agriculture could not survive. Dr. Greg Hunt, Entomology, who won a Seed for Success Award, has bred a honeybee that can kill mites. Why is that important? Mites attach themselves to honeybees and weaken them so they die easily. The bees that Dr. Hunt bred will kill the mites and thus will survive in circumstances where the commercial honeybee will die. The current project is designed to decrease the impact of mites and increase colony survival by increasing availability and adoption of mite tolerant strains  and to build capacity for bee breeding in the Midwest so the queens can be grown locally. Dr. Hunt will also conduct molecular studies that may make it easier to select bees based on their mite-biting behavior. In another project, Dr. Lisa Mauer, Food Science and the Director of Center for Food Safety Engineering, leads a team interested in developing new methods to keep our food safe. The team is made up of investigators from the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering who are working to develop new technologies to detect food borne pathogens before they get to the store shelf, thus prevent-ing major outbreaks of food poisoning. While the US has the safest food supply in the world, Dr. Mauer and her colleagues are working to make it even better. 

I could easily describe many more examples of the innovative and exciting research work going on in our college. Our faculty scholars, whether they receive million-dollar grants or smaller grants, have a passion for looking at problems as new challenges and working to solve those problems, whether they solve a basic biological question or are directly impacting people’s lives.  Thank you to all those faculty and staff members who support our research enterprise. We appreciate and value what you do for our college, our university, and the world.

All the best,
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Purdue Ag People
Jay Akridge
Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, has been named the Purdue’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. He has served in the position in an interim capacity since July 1. 
World Food Prize banners
At the 2017 World Food Prize celebration in October, Purdue Agriculture alumnus Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina received the World Food Prize and Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the  Department of Agricultural Economics, presented with the Borlaug CAST Communication Award.
Yang Yang
Yang Yang, a Dow AgroSciences research scientist specializing in plant sensing technology, has been named director of digital phenomics in the Institute for Plant Sciences at Purdue. Yang will start at Purdue on Jan. 3, 2018.
Stephen Boyer
New Superintendent at NEPAC
Stephen Boyer joined Purdue Agriculture on October 2 as Superintendent of the Northeast Purdue Ag Center (NEPAC). He succeeds Phil Walker, who retired June 30.
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Purdue Extension
Purdue Extension honors outstanding service to Indiana
John Baugh, director of Agricultural Services and Regulations in the College of Agriculture, and two Purdue Extension professionals were honored for outstanding service to the state as part of Extension’s annual Professional Development Conference.
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World Food Prize Laureates
Ag Comm gallery documents World Food Prize celebrations
Purdue Agriculture photographer Tom Campbell traveled to Des Moines, Iowa for the World Food Prize celebrations in October, where we celebrated our three World Food Prize Laureates as well as Dr. Jayson Lusk, who received the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. A collection of photos from the World Food Prize ceremonies is available here. The World Food Prize gallery also features an essay by Purdue Agriculture student Mark Gee on how his exposure to the World Food Prize has shaped his aspirations.
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Awards and Recognitions
Jozef Kokini
Peter Hirst, Horticulture and Landscape Archi-tecture, has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences. He was recognized at the group’s 2017 meeting in September.
Maria Marshall
Maria Marshall, Agricultural Economics, is the winner of the 2017 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land- Grant Mission Award for her work to  strengthen the liveli-hoods of small and family businesses. She will receive the award and present a lecture, “The Ties that Bind” on Nov 17.  More 
Suzanne Nielsen
Suzanne Nielsen,  Food Science, was honored as one of two recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences for 2017. Full story
Jozef Kokini
Mitch Tuinstra, Agronomy, scientific director of the Institute for Plant Sciences, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Full story
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Purdue Extension's 2016 annual report received a bronze award for best annual report and the first issue of Envision, the Purdue Agriculture magazine, received honorable for best unit-level magazine from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V. 

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Purdue Agriculture in the News
Lisa Mauer
Mauer thiamin work featured as agriculture research success story
Work done by Lisa Mauer, Food Science, was highlighted as successful research funded by the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The recognition was included in a report released by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation.
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Farmers can significantly cut their energy costs - anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent, in many cases, under an audit offered by Purdue Extension. Purdue Extension conducts these audits for farmers in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.
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Nature of Teaching
‘Let’s go outside’ is gaining popularity as a part of Indiana teachers’ curriculum
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Hirst Apples
Apple trees bear more fruit when surrounded by good neighbors
Apple growers want to get the most out of their high-value cultivars, and a study led by Peter Hirst, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, shows they might want to focus on the types of apples they plant near those cash crops.
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Purdue leads climate change initiative to help Hoosiers better understand risks
Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center is leading a statewide initiative to compile the latest scientific research into a series of reports designed to provide Indiana decision makers with accessible, understandable and timely information about climate change impacts. Data from the impacts assessment will help communities in Indiana and the Midwest find solutions that will increase their resilience to changing weather patterns. 
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Purdue Ag scientist develops method to identify thousands of protein complexes and their location, in one shot
Research by Dan Szymanski, Botany and Plant Pathology, has led to a method for getting at harder-to-reach proteins and identifying thousands of them at one time. The discovery may speed up the ability to understand complex protein interactions and how they control functions such as growth, tolerance to heat and drought, and yield.
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Zhao Ma
Conservation and development groups have much to learn from each other
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Diagnostic Crop Center competition
Competition gives high school students insights into agronomy challenges
The Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center hosted high school students for crop scouting competitions to help them understand what agronomists do to help assess and minimize risk. The crop scouting event pitted teams of students against each other as they moved from station to station around the farm, taking on various challenges like identifying signs of disease in various plants.
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Dates and Deadlines

October 31-December 8: MANRRS Purdue Clothing Drive (drop off in AGAD 106)

November 17: Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award event: Dr. Maria Marshall. 3:30 pm, Pfendler Hall Deans Auditorium

November 20: College of Agriculture Area Promotions Committee meeting

November 23-24: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 7: College of Agriculture Faculty Meeting

December 16: Fall Semester ends

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