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Paul Ebner with students making yogurt

Award recognizes Ebner’s success delivering high impact global programs

May 6, 2022

Throughout his career, Animal Sciences Professor Paul Ebner has demonstrated his commitment to global agriculture and food systems in his research and teaching. His path started at Kalamazoo College where he pursued a degree in political science. He went on to complete graduate degrees in animal sciences from the University of Tennessee, a postdoctoral fellowship at Louisiana State University in molecular biology and joined the Peace Corps.

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New equipment for animal science prepares students for careers

May 5, 2022

A collaborative effort among five animal science professors has created opportunities for hands-on learning for undergraduate students.
Alex Pasternak, assistant professor of animal sciences, along with department faculty colleagues Scott Radcliffe, Kara Stewart, Ryan Cabot and Greg Fraley, submitted a $100K grant through the Office of the Provost’s Instructional Equipment Program. The initiative supports high quality and state-of-the-art equipment in the West Lafayette campus’ instructional facilities.

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College of AG recognizes top students during Spring Awards Banquet

April 28, 2022

On April 27, the College of Agriculture honored students during the annual Spring Awards Banquet. The in-person event was a collaborative effort between the Purdue Agricultural Council and the Office of Academic Programs.

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Purdue Agriculture experts suggest thinking twice before purchasing Easter pets

April 11, 2022

Dating back centuries as a sign of fertility and new life, chicks and rabbits have been identified with Easter and spring décor, making their seasonal arrival in most farm supply stores a tempting purchase.

baby chicks

Through the hen’s eyes: $1 million grant to improve cage-free housing for egg laying

March 17, 2022

Just over one third of the United States egg laying industry currently produces in cage-free environments, while companies pledge to use more ethically sourced ingredients in their production processes.

Shihuan Kuang

Cancer Center supports Kuang appointment to stem cell biology chair at Purdue

February 4, 2022

Shihuan Kuang, professor of animal sciences at Purdue University, has been appointed to an endowed chair designed to strengthen Purdue’s program in stem cell biology. As Cancer Center Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Kuang will bring together researchers across stem cell biology to better understand their role in cancer development, resistance to therapy and cancer progression.

Kuang and diagram

Fat’s unexpected role in muscle stem cell fate

January 21, 2022
Jun Wu in lab

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.

Verma at computer

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.

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.


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.


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.

Beckett with cow

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.


The College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall

August 12, 2021
Boilermakers sign crowd

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.


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

July 1, 2021

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.


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.

Cheng receives award from Dean Plaut

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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