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Fat’s unexpected role in muscle stem cell fate

January 21, 2022

Scientists have shown for the first time that fat inside adult muscle stem cells regulates their fate.

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Fat’s unexpected role in muscle stem cell fate

January 21, 2022
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Behind the Research: Jun Wu

January 10, 2022

When Jun Wu worked for a contractor in Canada, she priced items related to home construction. It’s not unlike her current work, but now she is purchasing reagents, lab supplies and equipment — under more challenging conditions.

Wu spends about 80 percent of her time in the lab of Shihuan Kuang, professor of animal sciences, and her remaining time working on behalf of the department.

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Six agriculture students named Academic All-Big Ten

December 15, 2021

Six student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the fall 2021 sports season.

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Pen-side test for bovine respiratory disease may save cattle industry millions, reduce antibiotic use

December 6, 2021

Sous-vide cooking inspired an idea that took promising technology out of the lab and into the barn. Researchers at Purdue University successfully developed an on-site bovine respiratory disease test that provides results within an hour.

The team of researchers has been steadily advancing the point-of-care technology to address the disease, which is the most common and costly disease affecting cattle in the world.

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Pen-side test for bovine respiratory disease may save cattle industry millions, reduce antibiotic use

December 6, 2021

Sous-vide cooking inspired an idea that took promising technology out of the lab and into the barn. Researchers at Purdue University successfully developed an on-site bovine respiratory disease test that provides results within an hour.

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Turkeys on campus

Purdue community welcomes pardoned turkeys home

November 30, 2021

The Purdue community welcomed the Presidentially pardoned turkeys to the Memorial Mall on Nov. 29 as they posed by the Boilermaker Special. With the opportunity to take photos with Peanut Butter and Jelly in an enclosed pen, attendees saw firsthand what made two Broad Breasted White turkeys worthy of President Biden’s pardon.

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Pardoned national Thanksgiving turkeys to arrive at Purdue

November 24, 2021

Peanut Butter and Jelly, the national Thanksgiving turkeys that President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pardoned on Nov. 19, will be welcomed to their new home at Purdue University 1-2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 29) on Purdue Memorial Mall (weather permitting). There wil…

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Purdue Agriculture home to 2021 National Thanksgiving Turkeys

November 15, 2021

Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture will provide a home and care for the National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate following this week’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. The turk…

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Animal sciences student publishes fantasy but has real-world ambition

October 29, 2021

“When it comes to writing about animals I definitely use my knowledge from school, but my knowledge about elves and fantasy doesn’t help me much with school,” Sara Tonissen, a senior in animal sciences, laughed.

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Two Purdue agriculture students selected for Pillars of Excellency

October 11, 2021

Two College of Agriculture students were recognized during Homecoming for their service, scholarship and leadership with a merit-based scholarships. The Pillars of Excellency price is awarded annually to junior and seniors who exemplify the mission of land-grant universities.

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Student’s research promotes healthier, more profitable cattle

October 7, 2021

“I study the liver of dairy cattle because metabolic disease can lead to the loss of millions of dollars for the dairy industry,” explained Linda Beckett, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Beckett studied animal sciences as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. She had little experience with cattle before college but answered an ad to work on a farm while a student. There, Beckett came to enjoy caring for the calves and milking the cows.

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The College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall

August 12, 2021
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Twelve agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

July 13, 2021

Twelve student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for their academic excellence during the 2020-21 school year. In total, 85 Boilermakers earned the honor, setting a record for the university.

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New feed administrator appointed to the Office of Indiana State Chemist

July 7, 2021

Patricia Dunn, who has served in the Office of the Indiana State Chemist for almost 15 years, has been appointed feed administrator for the state. Among her responsibilities in this position, Dunn oversees the state licensing of commercial animal feed,…

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Get the most bang for your buck during this year’s July 4 cookout

July 1, 2021
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Discovery of new type of stem cells leads to $2.3 million grant

June 3, 2021

When muscle is damaged, resident stem cells mediate the repair of the injured tissue. At the same time, circulating immune cells race to the site to aid the repair. The presence of these infiltrating immune cells at injury sites raises questions about …

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Eight agriculture students named Academic All-Big Ten

June 2, 2021

Eight student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the spring sports season, helping the university reach a record 92 recipients. A total of 256 student-athletes received the honor in 2020-21, another record.

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College of Agriculture faculty and staff receive recognition for efforts in community engagement

May 13, 2021

Purdue’s Office of Engagement presents awards annually to university faculty and staff that highlight excellence in engaged scholarship and education. This year, there are several recipients from the College of Agriculture.

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Unifying senior receives Leadership in Action Award

May 12, 2021

“I started my journey as a nervous high school kid on the other side of the world,” said Johnnie “Junior” Cheng, recalling the first time he e-mailed a Purdue student ambassador. “I remember being scared, thinking this older college student must be the real deal.”

Cheng was considering animal sciences programs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. All were far from his home in Taipei, Taiwan.

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