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April 2018
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From the Dean
Karen Plaut

Do April (snow) showers bring May flowers?

Normally at this point in the semester, spring starts to appear on and off campus and we see people outside enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures. Well, this year, that seems much more difficult.  It has snowed several times and temperatures have for the most part stayed about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. While the weather hasn’t been spring-like, the cold and snow have not slowed our students’ normal end-of-semester activities, like participating in and hosting events while getting ready for finals, an internship, a job, or travel.

During April, Purdue Agriculture students participated in Ag Week, the Ag Council Moonlight Pancake breakfast and the Purdue Grand Prix race, and much more.  They presented papers and posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or at professional society meetings. Our Ag Ambassadors escorted the Dean candidates (including me) around campus and took many future Boilermakers and their parents and families on tours of the College. This week, we are looking forward to the College of Agriculture Annual Spring Awards banquet and the MANNRS End of Year Celebration banquet, both of which involve students hosting and as recipients of awards.

Through the clubs and organizations to which our students belong, the events they organize and participate in, and the growth and learning experiences they have outside the classroom, our students develop skills like working as a team, project management, conflict resolution, professionalism, and many more that help them build robust résumés with practical experience that employers value.  The data collected by our Office of Academic Programs tell the bright employment story: ten months after graduation, 97% of our students have jobs or are continuing their education, and they have an average starting annual salary of just over $45,000.  We are proud of the efforts our students make in and out of the classroom. With finals looming and many opportunities not far off, I want to wish all of our students much success over the summer. We look forward to hearing about all your adventures in the Fall!

All the best,
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Purdue Ag People
Blake Russell

Graduate Research Spotlight: Blake Russell

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. This month’s spotlight is on Blake Russell, Agronomy.

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Mauricio Lopes
Purdue Ag Alum to receive Honorary Doctorate
Dr. Mauricio Antonio Lopes, president of the Brazilian Agricultural Resource Corp. (EMBRAPA in Portuguese), will receive an Honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree at Purdue’s Commencement ceremony on May 13. Dr. Lopes earned his master’s degree in plant genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology in 1989 and has made major scientific contributions in maize production.
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Matt Clawson
Matt Clawson (re)joins College
Matt Clawson has been named Director of Financial Affairs for the College of Agriculture.  He replaces Cherise Hall, who became Assistant Provost for Finance and Admini-stration in March. Matt currently serves as the Director of Financial Affairs in Veterinary Medicine.  Before that, he was Assistant Director of Financial Affairs for Operations and Training here in the College of Agriculture.  
New superintendent named for PPAC
Gary Tragesser has been named Superintendent of the Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center (PPAC), replacing Jon Leuck, who is now Assistant Director of Purdue Agricultural Centers. Before joining PPAC, Gary was a Senior Field Biologist and Associate Scientist with DAS based in Fowler, IN. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue.
NRES students in stream
Photo gallery: NRES students learn by jumping right in 

Each Thursday, the students in the environmental hydrology lab go out in nature and develop hands-on skills on hydrologic field techniques and develop knowledge of hydrologic processes by actually getting their hands and feet wet in creeks, streams and ponds around the Purdue University campus.

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Awards and Recognitions
Natalie Carroll
Natalie Carroll, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the University Council on Water Resources. Her term begins in June.
Paul Ebner
Paul Ebner, Animal Sciences, received the 2018 Faculty Engagement Scholar Award from Purdue’s Office of Engagement.
Tim Gibb
Timothy Gibb, Entomology, received the 2018 Faculty Engagement Fellow Award from Purdue’s Office of Engagement.
Pamala Morris
Pamala Morris, Office of Multicultural Programs, received the 2018 On-Campus Vision Award from the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, Research (CILMAR) in Purdue’s Office of International Programs.
University Faculty Scholars
Songlin Fei, Forestry and Natural Resources, Christian Krupke, Entomology, and Elizabeth Tran, Biochemistry, have been named University Faculty Scholars for 2018. The University Faculty Scholars program recognizes those deemed to be on an accelerated path for academic distinction.
Distance Ed Award winners
Bruce Erickson, Agronomy , Debbie Runshe, IT Teaching and Learning Technologies, and Janine Black, Agronomy, received Purdue’s Excellence in Digital Education: Course Design and Teaching (Non-Credit) award for Agronomy e-Learning's Crop Professional Certificate Program.
College of Agriculture Senators
Renae Kramer, Natural Resources and Enviornmental Sciences and Rachel Stoner, Animal Sciences and Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, have been elected as senators representing the College of Agriculture in Purdue Student Government.
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Purdue Agriculture in the News
Climate Report photo

Report: Climate change poses health risks for all Hoosiers

Over the coming decades, higher temperatures, more extreme weather events and reduced air quality due to climate change in Indiana will likely pose significant health risks for all Hoosiers – and especially children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and low-income families - according to the latest report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) based at Purdue.

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Farm animals

Purdue researchers among authors of new farm animal welfare report

Five Purdue Agriculture researchers were among the authors of a new report examining the scientific, ethical and economic aspects of farm animal welfare. The report, published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), was released April 23 in Washington, D.C. during a legislators’ briefing hosted by the American Farm Bureau, Animal Agriculture Alliance and National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research.

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Center for Food and AgriBusiness logo

Purdue seminar to bridge the gap between sales and marketing

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business will offer the 2018 Market Planning for Agri-Marketers August 7-9 in West Lafayette. Participants will work with instructors and peers to address specific real-world situations. Topics include how buyers make decisions, how they prefer to communicate and how best to get products and services to them.

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Cover Crops Field Guide

Mobile app now available for cover crop field guide

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) has reformatted its popular field guide to create the Midwest Cover Crops Field Scout mobile app for cellphones and tablets. The app allows farmers, crop advisers and conservation professionals to access vital cover crop information from mobile devices.

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Drone over field

New tool serves as digital logbook for drone users

Dharmendra Saraswat, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, led development of a free, web-based application that will allow those using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to easily log their flight-related data. The UAS User Log is a digital log book available around the world to serve those using UAS, or drones, for research, crop production, spray applications and other activities.

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Researchers find alternate path for Listeria to sicken people

Arun Bhunia, Food Science, and his team have found another pathway that Listeria uses to enter the bloodstream, suggesting that forms of the foodborne bacteria considered benign may be more dangerous than once thought.

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Ag Economy Barometer

Sentiment falls as producers express concerns about ag exports

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell five points in March to 135 as concerns and uncertainty surrounding agricultural exports continued.

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Dates and Deadlines

April 30: Roundtable discussion on Global Food Security with Sen. Richard Lugar, 10:00 a.m., Pfendler Hall Deans Auditorium

April 30-May 5: Finals Week

May 5: Spring Semester Ends

May 11: Graduate School Commencement

May 13: College of Agriculture Undergraduate Commencement

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

Purdue University launches robust, collaborative ‘Integrative Data Science Initiative’

The creation of a “data science for all” ecosystem is the goal of a new initiative at Purdue that will make data science education part of every student’s learning experience on campus while also boosting research and partnerships to help grow the data-driven economy.

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Purdue, Browning announce second major project for Discovery Park District, unveil 30-year master plan

A master plan for the $1 billion Discovery Park District unveiled April 16 outlines a 30-year commitment to transform the west side of the Purdue University campus into a mixed-use gateway for intellectual discourse and commercial partnerships.

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Purdue Global officially launches website, enrollment for Purdue employees

Purdue University Global officially launched on April 2, unveiling a new website and logo and opening enrollment to Purdue employees, who can receive free tuition for most Purdue Global programs and degrees.

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UT Dallas dean to take helm of Purdue’s Health and Human Sciences

Marion K. Underwood, dean of graduate studies and associate provost at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. She was selected from a group of four finalists following a national search. She will join Purdue on Aug. 1.

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