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Nielsen in lab coat

The best laid plans lead to incredible career

November 30, 2021

Suzanne Nielsen grew up on a farm in central Nebraska, where she started her education in a one-room schoolhouse with an inspiring teacher. “Mrs. Betty Kind was the first of many great teachers who influenced my career path and my teaching style,” Nielsen says. “One of my earliest childhood memories is lining up my dolls on a sofa and teaching them like I was being taught.”


Purdue colleges collaborate in pursuing diversity opportunity

September 15, 2021

A Purdue team is seeking to increase diversity within the graduate programs in the colleges of agriculture, pharmacy and science by visiting University of Puerto Rico (UPR) campuses. Elizabeth Tran, professor of biochemistry, leads the project and a team that includes Mark C. Hall (Biochemistry), Andrea Kasinsky (Biology), Tony Hazbun (Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology), and graduate student Zulaida Soto Vargas (Biology).

ABE’s Soil and Water Resource Engineering class

Purdue Agricultural Biological Engineering Program Ranked #1

September 13, 2021

Purdue University’s Agricultural Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program has earned the number one ranking in its category in the annual U.S. News & World Report undergraduate program rankings for the eleventh consecutive year. U.S. News also ranked Purdue’s ABE graduate program number one earlier this year. The department includes 382 undergraduate and 191 graduate students.


Purdue Agricultural Biological Engineering program ranked No. 1

September 13, 2021

Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program has earned the No. 1 ranking in its category in the annual U.S. News and World Report undergraduate program rankings for the 11th consecutive year.


PWL instructor saves time, trouble using Variate for personalized math-based assessments

September 9, 2021

Creating new versions of math-based problems can be time-consuming. Katy Rainey, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics in the Department of Agronomy at the Purdue West Lafayette campus, was looking for a sustainable way to generate unique versions of genetics problems for her course — something she previously did manually every semester.


The College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall

August 12, 2021

Purdue accepting nominations for 2021 Hovde Award

August 4, 2021

Purdue University is accepting nominations for the 2021 Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, which is given annually to a Purdue faculty or staff member who has displayed outstanding educational service to rural Indiana.


Purdue agricultural economics advisors receive national awards

June 9, 2021

Andrew “Andy” Oppy and Jodie “Jo” Thomas, advisors in the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics, have been selected by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising to receive prestigious annual awards.


To reach global audiences, think smaller — screens, that is

May 20, 2021

Scientists around the world develop new technologies and information that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. Getting that knowledge into their hands, however, often proves difficult.

6 Winning Teachers and Faculty

Top teachers and mentors recognized for exceptional work with students

May 13, 2021

During the annual Spring Awards Banquet, the College of Agriculture honored students, faculty and staff. The virtual event was a collaborative effort between the Purdue Agricultural Council and the Office of Academic Programs. The following faculty and staff were honored during the event.


Not your typical assignment: Honors project a model for future students, Hoosiers

May 10, 2021

Purdue launches Next Moves initiatives

April 9, 2021

Purdue University on Friday (April 9) officially launched Purdue’s Next Moves – five new distinct strategic initiatives designed to advance the university’s competitive advantage in its continuing quest for leadership among the world’s top research and…

ABE Grad student

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.


Affordable online course from Purdue is a compact but comprehensive package of essential knowledge for winemakers

February 8, 2021

Professional winemakers and wine industry employees wanting to enhance their knowledge, skills, business and careers, and serious noncommercial winemakers looking to take their pastime to the professional startup level, can get the technical knowledge …

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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.”


Non-tenured and female faculty feeling COVID burdens, study says

December 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many faculty scientists to come in from field work and leave their labs for makeshift home workspaces. Those disruptions have affected faculty differently.

Chris Hurt

Retiring professor reflects on decades of opportunities, changes and constants

November 30, 2020

As retiring professor of agricultural economics Chris Hurt reflects on his 40-year career at Purdue, he talked about the people for whom he has worked through Extension and as a professor.

“Growing up on the farm, my neighbors and our community, they were wonderful people. I think of the people I have worked for in my job to be just like those neighbors—strong family people, hardworking and appreciative people. To think that I could bring the information to them to make better decisions, that’s been my contribution to society.”

Widmar in empty classroom

Research hits home for professor caught in the digital divide

November 2, 2020

As a professor of agricultural economics at a major research institution, Nicole Olynk Widmar relies on Purdue’s high-speed internet. But once she leaves campus and arrives home about 15 minutes later, Widmar counts herself lucky to even connect to the internet. Zoom can, at times, be a pipe dream.

Food Science Officers

Purdue food science video scavenger hunt welcomes new majors

October 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented large hurdles to overcome, particularly for Purdue’s new incoming students. Allie Kingery, the department’s undergraduate academic adviser, approached the food science club officers with the idea of making a Philip E. Nelson Hall Scavenger Hunt video for the department’s freshmen seminar class. Purdue’s Food Science Club jumped at the opportunity to help. The club members remembered having the scavenger hunt in the beginning weeks of their freshmen year and how fun it was to explore the building.


Here’s a wine tour you can take, or give as a gift, anytime, anywhere (virus or no virus)

October 14, 2020

Wine tours out the window in the wake of COVID-19? There’s a way you can still take a tour of one or more notable wine-producing regions around the world – without even leaving home.


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