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College recognizes top students during Spring Awards Banquet

April 23, 2021

On April 22, the College of Agriculture honored some of the year’s most outstanding students, faculty and staff during the annual Spring Awards Banquet. The virtual event was a collaborative effort between the Purdue Agricultural Council and the Office of Academic Programs.

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Agricultural entrepreneurship: from labs to markets

April 7, 2021

Purdue University research, often published in scientific journals, became analytical ore that grateful industries mined and refined, profitably.

“We stood back as professors and watched. ‘Ooh, that’s great – they used our stuff!’” says Christian Butzke, a professor and associate head of the Department of Food Science. “A few decades later you think, ‘They took what we developed – and there’s nothing coming back to us other than a pat on the back and a handshake?’”

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Purdue professor tackles bovine respiratory disease with over $1 million in grant support

April 6, 2021

Bovine respiratory disease is the most common and costly disease affecting beef cattle in the world. Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, recently received multiple awards, totaling $1.4 million, from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to support his groundbreaking work to produce a biosensor-based decision-making tool to manage the disease. The innovation will also help reduce and target the use of antibiotics, strengthening public trust in animal agricultural practices of antibiotic stewardship.

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Purdue professor tackles bovine respiratory disease with over $1 million in grant support

April 6, 2021

Bovine respiratory disease is the most common and costly disease affecting beef cattle in the world. Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, recently received multiple awards, totaling $1.4 mill…

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Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program Earns Top Ranking

March 30, 2021

Purdue University’s Agricultural Biological Engineering (ABE) Graduate Program is ranked #1 in its category in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools. The ABE graduate and undergraduate programs have consistently received top ranking over the last decade.

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Student’s research addresses water-related climate change concerns

March 4, 2021

A first-generation college student, Schull double-majored in biological engineering and natural resources at Cornell University, where a professor encouraged them to follow their research interests to Purdue. Schull is a programmer and hydrologist whose research focuses on water resource management using a food-energy-water nexus framework.

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Panel probes relationship between scientists and journalists, highlighting areas for growth

February 15, 2021

Academics, politicians, scientists, members of the public and journalists convened Feb. 11 to attend a virtual panel entitled Journalism, Science, and Policy: Communicating Risk and Relevance. The discussion centered on water quality and the symbiosis of scientific research and journalism.

Andrew Whelton, associate professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, and Caitlin Proctor, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering and environmental and ecological engineering, hosted and moderated the discussion between three prominent science writers.

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2020 grain dust explosions result in zero fatalities

February 12, 2021

Kingsly Ambrose, Purdue University associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, recently released the 2020 annual grain dust explosions report that catalogues the number of deaths and injuries nationwide.

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New ABE professor’s water safety research assumes prominent role during pandemic

January 27, 2021

Starting in a new position during the middle of a pandemic is challenging. For Caitlin Proctor, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and environmental and ecological engineering, it was also in keeping with an already tumultuous year.

Proctor began in her position this semester, after two years as the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Engineering. During her fellowship, Proctor researched drinking water and the ecological and biological interactions that affect its safety.

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ABE sophomore selected as “Emerging Leader”

January 14, 2021
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Five agriculture students named Academic All-Big Ten

January 6, 2021

Five student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the fall 2020 sports season. They were among 96 Purdue student-athletes to earn the title across the university.

To qualify for Academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled full-time. Though cross country, soccer and volleyball were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Ten chose to recognize eligible players.

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Purdue Agriculture’s 20 most-read stories of 2020

January 4, 2021

“2020 was a year unlike any other, with numerous challenges, opportunities and accomplishments across our college,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “Through it all we were proud to share Purdue Agriculture’s stories with the incredible community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and so many other supporters.”

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Behind the Research: Ben Hancock

December 7, 2020

Graduate students and researchers come and go from Purdue, but their computer applications stay behind. Programmer Ben Hancock maintains these legacy applications — greater in number than you might think — by managing servers, responding to users who need help and implementing fixes as needed.

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Grant will help Purdue scientist develop rapid test for produce safety

October 19, 2020

Foodborne illnesses linked to produce make regular news headlines these days. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has investigated outbreaks of Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli related to mushrooms, peaches, onions and clover sprouts just this year. FDA averages more than a dozen similar outbreaks annually.

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Recently appointed ABE endowed chair knows what makes good research run

October 19, 2020

As a machine systems engineering specialist, Andrea Vacca, professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and mechanical engineering, understands what makes a machine tick, including the apparatus of interdisciplinary research as well.

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Purdue Ag alum reflects on her success in master’s program

October 6, 2020

Eager to learn more about her field, Michaela Covington enrolled in Purdue’s Master of Science Biotechnology Innovation & Regulatory Science (BIRS) program six months after graduating from college, becoming the youngest person in the summer 2020 graduating class.

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A century shared in the soybean field

September 29, 2020

“Several years ago, I organized a soybean field day at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE),” recalled Marshall Martin, professor of agricultural economics, the senior associate director of agricultural research and graduate education and assistant dean in the College of Agriculture.

“There were funny-looking plants growing in one of the soybean plots that I didn’t recognize. It looked like some kind of weed or vine on the ground— something that you’d plant as a ground cover around the front of your house. The plants had small pods with only one or two flat, black seeds each. They were soybeans.”

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Big Data, Safe Food conference goes forward virtually

September 23, 2020

Purdue University will host the Big Data, Safe Food Conference online on Oc. 12-15. The conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and academia.

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Top 10 Reasons Purdue ABE has been #1 for 10 Years

September 22, 2020

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges recently announced that Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Biological Engineering (ABE) is the top-ranked undergraduate department in its discipline for the 10th year in a row. Purdue’s graduate ABE program was ranked first by U.S. News and World Report in 2019 for the ninth time in 10 years.

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Purdue fluid power research engineer wins international honor

September 17, 2020

Andrea Vacca, professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and mechanical engineering, has received the 2019 Joseph Bramah Medal, conferred virtually during the Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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