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July 2018
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From the Dean
Karen Plaut

New Beginnings.

This is an exciting time of the year on campus for many reasons, including this season of new beginnings. The Office of Academic Programs goes into high gear to enroll the students who will soon make up our next freshman class, one that will be larger than ever. They are on campus during these summer weeks for STAR—Summer Transition, Advising and Registration—when they get a chance to connect to Purdue, other students and their advisors. It’s a full day as our new students and their families attend information sessions and prepare for their first college academic experience. Most importantly, our OAP team engages each student to help them begin to realize their hopes and dreams. This is also a new beginning for parents, guardians and other family members, as they will soon be adjusting to the new dynamic that occurs when a member of the family leaves home to attend college.

This time of year is also a new beginning for many high school students who come to campus to experience college life, learn about agriculture and the science that underlies it, and interact with each other and with our faculty and staff members. The USDA Ag Discovery Camp, Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy and the Molecular Ag Summer Institute, as well as the Summer Science Program (SSP) in Biochemistry, all give high school students the chance to not only learn about agriculture and research, but also do research and discover the many opportunities that studying science can bring. Many of the students describe these summer experiences as “life changing,” “an amazing opportunity,” and say they are “forever grateful” and “sad that it is over.” Many of these high school students will go on to become Boilermakers. Their experiences here on campus this summer help them realize the breadth and depth of opportunities that are available to them for the future, and they may begin to think seriously about a career in agriculture. Again, the parents and families who get to watch the students’ presentations at the end of their campus experience see the transformational impact on the students.

Many of our undergraduates also experience a new beginning in their educational experience. Through opportunities such as Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, Summer Stay, Summer Research Opportunities Program and Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute Research Fellows, our students get to work in a lab, the field or the barn and immerse themselves in research. Many of these students experience a new beginning related to their understanding of how discoveries are made, which can often lead them toward new career paths. Many of the students will present posters or give oral presentations on campus or at a national meeting that lead to a new beginning in research. Students will often continue their research experiences throughout the school year, and that can lead to an interest in graduate school or professional degree programs. 

Another new beginning is happening now in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), but this is a different type of beginning--the beginning of a new home for the department. ABE faculty and staff have moved to temporary homes in Lilly Hall and the demolition on the back portion of the ABE building has begun! By 2020, the department will be housed in a renovated building with new space added to accommodate the entire department in a modern, state-of-the-art home.

New beginnings come in all shapes and sizes, and they give us a chance to reflect and think about things a little differently and look at new oppor-tunities. Every one of us has a chance to have a new beginning!

All the best,
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Purdue Ag People
Dottie Vollmer

Graduate Research Spotlight: Dottie Vollmer

The Graduate Research Spotlight highlights graduate students and their work. The July spotlight is on Dottie Vollmer, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication.

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Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor:  A legacy of extraordinary teaching, mentorship and dedication

Inside and outside the classroom, Dr. Bob Taylor left an impression on tens of thousands students in his 50 years teaching in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The mentor for many generations of Purdue students died at home Tuesday, July 3, 2018. He was 83.

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Chelsea Maupin

Purdue students receive Fulbright grants

Chelsea Maupin, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, is one of six recent Purdue graduates have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants and will spend the 2018-19 academic year in various parts of Asia or Europe to teach or conduct research.

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2018 PASA Summer Camp
The Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy (PASA) and Ag Discovery programs bring high school students to Purdue for a two-week experience that is equal parts science, personal growth and fun.
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Awards and Recognitions
Brad Kim
Brad Kim, Animal Sciences, received the Distinguished Achieve-ment Award at the 2018 American Meat Science Association’s Reciprocal Meat Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Business Office Service Award winners
Lora White, Business Assistant in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Angie Cook, Account Clerk in the Ag Field Office; and Abby Snodgrass, Strategic Data Manager in Ag Administration, are the winners of the 2018 Business Office Service Award.
2018 Meat Science Team
The Purdue Meat Science program had an exceptional showing at the American Meat Science Association’s Reciprocal Meat Conference. Student accomplishments include: Research Poster Competition: Jacob Tuell, Undergraduate Division 1st Place; Derico Setybrata, Ph.D Division 3rd Place. Meat Science Quiz Bowl Competition: 3rd Place Team and 7th place team out of 27 teams. Team members: Yufei Guo, Kallie Knott, Morgan McKinney, Mariah Nondorf, Jada Rance, Hannah Remole, Sarah Thayer, and Jacob Tuell. Coaches: Melissa Davis and Derico Setyabrata. Processed Meat Judging Contest, Graduate Division: 1st place individual Melissa Davis, and 3rd place team: Melissa Davis, Emily Ford, Derico Setyabrata, and Siwen Xue. Undergradate Division: 1st place individual Jacob Tuell, and 4th place team: Yufei Guo, Kallie Knott, Mariah Nondorf, Jada Rance, Hannah Remole, Sarah Thayer, and Jacob Tuell. Coaches: Melissa Davis and Derico Setyabrata. Iron Chef Competition: Yufei Guo, 2nd place team member. Mariah Nondorf, People’s Choice Award team member.
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Purdue Agriculture in the News
Joe Ogas

Plants have unique lock to control expression of genes, study finds

A study led by Joe Ogas, Biochemistry, discovered evidence that the repressive structures that plants use to keep genes turned off are built with a potential self-destruct switch. The findings offer insight into ways to control gene expression to alter plants’ characteristics.

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Jayson Lusk

Labeling decreases opposition to genetically engineered food

Jayson Lusk, Agricultural Economics, co-authored a study showing that after a law in Vermont required labels for food products containing genetically engineered ingredients, opposition to GE foods dropped 19 percent.

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Brianna Gaskill

Purdue research promotes benefits of 'tickling' rats

Brianna Gaskill, Animal Sciences, a member of Purdue’s Center for Animal Welfare Science, champions so-called rat “tickling” as a way to improve the quality of life for laboratory rats. Gaskill says the goal is to get lab animal personnel to create a lower-stress environment and for the rats to express more positive emotions, especially when handled by humans.

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June Ag Barometer

Producer sentiment inches up despite commodity price decline and continued trade war concerns

Agricultural producer sentiment rose slightly in June according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The increase was unexpected given unresolved trade war concerns and sharp price declines for key commodities, including corn, wheat and, especially, soybeans during the month.

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AgrAbility honored by National Black Farmers Association

The National Black Farmers Association presented its Partner of the Year Award to the National AgrAbility Project, based at Purdue and led by Bill Field, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Chuck Baldwin, special populations outreach coordinator for AgrAbility, attended the 27th Annual NBFA Conference in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to accept the award.

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Colombia Delegation

Purdue delegation meets key Colombian officials to advance sustainable development

As the peace process continues to unfold in Colombia and the country begins transi-tioning to a new president, Suresh Garimella, executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University, and Ken Foster, president’s fellow for Colombia-Purdue Partnerships and a professor of agricultural economics, visited the capital city of Bogotá in June to advance sustainable development in the Orinoquía region.

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Dates and Deadlines

August 3-19: Indiana State Fair

August 8-9: New Faculty Tour

August 13: Academic Council Summer Retreat

August 13-17: Boiler Gold Rush

August 20: Fall Semester begins

October 2: College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair
For more dates and deadlines, check the Purdue Agriculture calendar.
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University News

Purdue sets records for research funding and giving

Purdue University announced record totals in both giving to Purdue and in sponsored research funding for the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30. Giving to Purdue hit a record $451.5 million. Sponsored research programs also set a record for the 2018 fiscal year with $454.5 million, which was an increase of $36 million over the previous year.

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Old Masters announces returning alumni

Ten Old Masters will be returning to campus Nov. 4-6 to celebrate their professional success and inspire current students. While on campus, Old Masters will participate in classroom talks, student organization receptions and a community-wide panel discussion to create relationships with students.

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Center for Healthy Living introduces CHIP, a new intensive lifestyle program

As part of the University's initiative to improve overall health and wellness, the Center for Healthy Living in conjunction with Lifestyle Medicine Institute is introducing a new video-based lifestyle intervention program to its offerings. The Complete Health Improvement Program -- CHIP -- is designed to help participants make changes to their lifestyles through education, practical experience and reinforcement with a focus on behavior change. Participation in CHIP will qualify as a Healthy Boiler wellness activity.

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