Animal Sciences

Candace Croney's cat and dog with her laptop

Managing your “fur-workers”: Supporting your pets while working from home

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

A downside of working from home is that many of my important work conversations are interrupted by what I have begun to refer to as my fur-workers,” said Candace Croney fondly describing her cat, Bernie, and Havanese mix Desi. “They like to help me out by announcing the end of the world is coming because a delivery arrived or walk across my keyboard to end a web conference without my consent.”

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From the lab to the laptop: How College of Agriculture professors are pivoting to virtual classrooms

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

In many ways, attending in-person university lectures is a great equalizer, John “Barny” Dunning, Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) professor observed.

“In the face-to-face format, I get three chances a week to remind students of critical deadlines, upcoming activities and impart crucial information. Of course, students don’t get that information if they don’t come to class, but then it is their fault,” Dunning said.

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Message from the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Dear Purdue Agriculture Community,

Purdue University leaders have made important strategic decisions regarding our campus response to the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus, COVID-19. I invite you to read more about those decisions and how they will be impacting classes on this site, which will be updated daily.

For Purdue Agriculture, these important guidelines have several implications that I want to share with you. We will be updating information regularly on this page and through our Twitter feed @PurdueAg.

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Student learns from two and four legged friends

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

“I didn’t want to come to Purdue. I just wanted to get out of the Midwest,” said Brandon Hunter, who grew up in southern Illinois. “I saw myself moving somewhere far away like California, Georgia or Pennsylvania.”

Hunter first heard about the MANRRS-Purdue chapter through Pamala Morris, assistant dean and director of multicultural programs, and Myron McClure, assistant director of student recruitment and retention.

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New associate dean for academic programs joins Purdue agriculture leadership team

Monday, February 10th, 2020 University News Story

Christine Wilson, a professor and director of undergraduate programs for Kansas State University’s agricultural economics department, has been appointed associate dean and director of academic programs for Purdue University’s College of Agriculture, ef…

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Animal health care receives boost through Elanco, Purdue strategic alliance

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 University News Story

Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) today (Feb. 4) announced a four-year collaborative research agreement with Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation with a goal to collaborate and train talent as they seek solutions to some of the greates…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Derico Setyabrata

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

DERICO SETYABRATA “I personally enjoy food — cooking and eating. Sometimes the dry-aging process can really improve the products. It’s interesting for me to figure out those flavors.” — Derico Setyabrata, PhD student, Animal Science   THE STUDENT When Derico Setyabrata bites into a flavorful steak, he can’t help but wonder why it tastes so…

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National Teaching and Student Engagement award winner explores learning opportunities with students

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

By Chad Campbell From a distance, Elizabeth Karcher kept an interested eye on her dozen students while they explored a bustling market in Ho Chi Minh City. It was “free time,” but opportunities like these were why Karcher encouraged students to travel to Vietnam. Karcher, an assistant professor of animal sciences, was one of two…

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Students are gobbling up this simulation

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  Exams, papers, presentations – these are some of the most common assessments employed by professors. Sometimes, however, the best way to gauge understanding is through more interactive means, finding ways to simulate real-life challenges students could encounter in their post-graduate careers or studies. Marisa Erasmus, assistant professor in animal sciences, put…

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Calving school hosted by Purdue veterinary faculty

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 University News Story

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a calving school for beef and dairy producers on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette. Land O’Lakes sponsors the school, at which producers will l…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Carmen Wickware

Monday, September 16th, 2019

CARMEN WICKWARE “A lot of professors or PIs are interested in the role the microbiomes play. We have a lot of collaborative efforts going on.” — Carmen Wickware, PhD student, Department of Animal Sciences   THE STUDENT Carmen Wickware came from Terre Haute to Purdue as an undergraduate open to any discipline that fit her…

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Barrier-breaking Land O’Lakes Inc. leader to speak at Purdue

Thursday, September 5th, 2019 University News Story

Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes Inc., will take part in an interview-style Q&A session, ‘A Conversation with Beth Ford,’ from 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall at Purdue University. The event is free and open to the pu…

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Meet the College of Agriculture’s newest faculty members

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose As the semester kicks-off hundreds of new faces crop up across the College of Agriculture’s campus. Not all of these unfamiliar faces are freshmen and transfer students, however. Ten faculty members are also joining the college this semester in the departments of agricultural economics, animal sciences, entomology, forestry and natural resources…

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Behind the Research: Patricia Jaynes

Monday, July 15th, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their individual roles. Each academic year, we profile six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s…

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Bacteria get sick, too: Purdue joins international team developing alternatives to antibiotics for global livestock production

Monday, June 24th, 2019 University News Story

To slow down the worldwide development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Purdue University professors Paul Ebner, animal sciences, and Nicole Widmar, agricultural economics, have partnered with professors Zafar Hayat and Shafiq ur Rehman from the Unive…

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Bacteria get sick, too: Purdue joins international team developing alternatives to antibiotics for global livestock production

Monday, June 24th, 2019 University News Story

To slow down the worldwide development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Purdue University professors Paul Ebner, animal sciences, and Nicole Widmar, agricultural economics, have partnered with professors Zafar Hayat and Shafiq ur Rehman from the Unive…

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Jared Forgey in pasture overlooking cattle

Wide-open spaces fuel cowboy dreams

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

by Carley Myers At the Solid Rock Red Angus ranch in Limon, Colorado, Jared Forgey marveled at the sight of 1,200 head of cattle stretching out as far as he could see. Ahead of him were 22,000 acres of ranchland — a world away from the small farm where he grew up. “I was in…

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Ag Class of 2019: Samantha Morris

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Every Purdue student has a story. Each individual brings distinctive experiences, perspectives and skills to the University, and each takes away something different. Commencement is the shared milestone in that process. We’re celebrating the collective achievements of the Class of 2019 by telling the unique stories of some of its outstanding members. Today, meet Samantha…

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