Fall 2017

Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017​ – Archive

Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017 — Archive

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Researcher cleans up in soybean contest Xuan Luo can often be found in the lab. In her white coat and goggles, she stirs up new ideas for soybeans. Testing new ideas and achieving success are what excite Luo most about working in a lab. Read more. Applied learning pops into fundraising Joseph King became a food…

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Travel inspires sophomore to pursue international development career

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Alivia Roberts Erica Timmons wants to make a difference in the world. She has a passion for learning about the systemic issues of poverty in developing countries, and she is pursuing a career to find solutions to help address agricultural concerns in those countries. “The effects of systematic poverty are affecting real people’s lives…

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Biochemistry serves strong options for tennis player

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Mikaela Wieland Early every morning, before the sun ever comes up, Andjela Djokovic’s alarm clock blares. “How did that happen so fast?” she often wonders. “It seems like I just went to bed.” And while the senior biochemistry major from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, shakes off sleep, she knows that the long workout and even…

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Owl research allows junior to soar

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Like a lot of travelers, Ashley Higdon fell in love during a trip. She fell for tropical birds while studying in Costa Rica. She was so smitten, she decided to get involved with songbird research. But that love was fleeting, and she soon fell for another bird: owls. “Owls are really cool,”…

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Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017​ – Archive

Job involves reaching out with a lot of exotic insects

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Kevin Miller Catherine Terrell has thought a lot about the dream job she has at Purdue. Sometimes, her work involves managing a terrarium full of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and showing someone the proper way to handle a tarantula. “It’s thrilling for me when I see the look on a child’s face as they interact…

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Junior tuned in to radio experiences

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cheyenne Hoffa With his friends standing beside him, Jacob Klaybor stood back and took in the hillside covered with students who were enjoying the band playing on a warm spring night. More than 1,500 students enjoyed the annual Rock the Quad. And Klaybor was at the center of it all. “I barely remember the…

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Senior builds on international adventures

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Abigail Bender Jordan Paine has been on many adventures, but one of her most memorable was in 2013. That was the year she traveled to Haiti and helped build houses. Emotions were high when a woman prepared to enter her new home. “We had a translator there, but it didn’t take a translator to…

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Alum driven to help developing farmers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cameron Mann David Wilson once watched an Ethiopian farmer thresh his barley harvest using three oxen. Wilson was amazed at the hard work the farmer poured into working on his crop that hot August day. “It was so eye-opening seeing this farmer and talking to him about the struggles he faces,” Wilson said. “Seeing…

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Biochemistry major mixes science with outreach

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Mikaela Wieland Most days, Austin Dixon can be found in the dimly lit basement of the Biochemistry Building, surrounded by expensive, high-tech equipment studying proteins for his undergraduate research project. On other days, he can be found in a bright classroom, demonstrating how to make a rudimentary lava lamp out of Alka-Seltzer tablets to…

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Rebekah Lumkes

Senior goes wild over otter research

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Every weekend for two years Rebekah Lumkes has been getting ready for research by putting on a pair of muck boots. Sometimes she sweated through 90-degree heat in hip waders, other times she bundled up against 10-below-zero blasts. Whatever the weather, Lumkes brought her boots, a keen eye, and a positive attitude….

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Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017​ – Archive

The Destination Purdue Staff: Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The Destination Purdue staff for Volume 22, Number 2 were the Spring 2017 students of YDAE 460 (Agricultural Publishing): (Front, from left) Maurina Baker, managing editor; Mikaela Wieland, staff writer; Cameron Mann, staff writer; Alivia Roberts, staff writer; Kevin Miller, staff writer; (back) Taylor Rexing, staff writer; Abigail Bender, staff writer; Regan Holtsclaw, staff writer;…

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A Word from the Editor

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Maurina Baker As I come to the end of my time at Purdue, I look back on how I started this journey. I was raised in Indianapolis, a predominantly urban environment, so I did not think much about agriculture and plants. I knew I wanted to help educate people, so I went to Purdue…

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Volume 22, Number 2, Fall 2017​ – Archive

Students on the Street

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

What is the one item you need most while studying? “Food and music. Studying is so much energy, so music helps me focus.” Brandon Hunter Biochemistry, freshman, O’Fallon, Illinois “Flash cards! I can remember anything I put on a flash card and have used more than 1,200 this year alone.” McKenna Clifford Agribusiness management, sophomore,…

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Volunteer combines love of horses with helping those with disabilities

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cheyenne Hoffa If you meet Taylor Blanford at work, you’ll see a typical horse riding center. There’s a tack and feed store, stalls full of horses, and people riding horses with their instructors. But Blanford does more than teach people how to ride. She helps them heal. “Just seeing people come through the barn…

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Intern states Purdue’s case to lawmakers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Abigail Bender Gabrielle Reese does not go to classes every day. On some days, the sophomore agricultural education major from Lebanon, Indiana, finds herself at the Indiana Statehouse attending a committee hearing to learn about new bills that could affect Purdue University. “Every day is different,” Reese said. “Some days I just have emails…

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Global hunger bugs entrepreneurial senior

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Kevin Miller Ashlyn Burns is developing a business likely to make most people’s skin crawl. Her business, named Bugbite, produces a product that closely resembles the wheat flour you’ll find in any typical pantry; the catch is her flour is made from mealworms, the brown insect larvae usually found stocked as pet food. Burns…

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Agribusiness grad ensuring a sweet future

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Alivia Roberts Olivia Luse looked forward to the day she would walk across the stage to accept her degree and begin her career in the agriculture industry. But what Luse didn’t anticipate was that she would also pursue a dream and start a second business career. Earning her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness: agribusiness management…

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Applied learning pops into fundraising

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Taylor Rexing Joseph King became a food science major because he loves food. The junior from Jeffersonville, Indiana, is mixing that love with his newfound food science skills to cook up a winning recipe to benefit a student organization he also loves. King helped conceptualize, create, and sell a popcorn snack as a fundraiser…

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Researcher cleans up in soybean contest

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cameron Mann Xuan Luo can often be found in the lab. In her white coat and goggles, she stirs up new ideas for soybeans. Testing new ideas and achieving success are what excite Luo most about working in a lab. In fact, Luo has discovered her passion for innovation in a Purdue lab. “I…

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