ANSC Annual Graduate Student Luncheon
Friday, May 14, 2010

The Animal Sciences Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon was held in conjunction with the events of the Celebration of Science Week. The week included the LOUJA Competition, the ANSC Graduate Student Awards luncheon as well as speakers from the North Carolina State University (Dr. John G. Vanderbergh), and our own Department (Dr. Joe Garner).

2010 ANSC Graduate Committee
Paul Collodi, Chair.
Committee members: Layi Adeola, Shihaun Kuang, Amy Lossie, Zoltan Machaty and Brian Richert.


THE LOUJA GRADUATE TRAVEL AWARDS were established to provide grants to Animal Sciences Graduate students, presenting outstanding research papers based upon original research and excellence of presentation. The LOUJA Graduate Travel Awards were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to the animal industry of Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Krider. Dr. Krider served as Head of Purdue's Department of Animal Sciences from 1963 to 1971 and Professor until his retirement in 1979. Previously he had served on the staffs of Cornell University and University of Illinois as well as on administrative assignments with Central Soya. He was very active in many organizations serving as President of the American society of Animal Science and as a consultant to several organizations and countries.

Each year, Dr. Jake Krider and his wife, Louise, provide travel funds to a few Animal Science graduate students to attend scientific meetings. Eligible students must be the author or a co-author on the abstract and must be the presenter at the meeting. Meetings can be regional, national, or international as long as the proceedings are published to public acquisition or viewing. Students will have 12 min. for the oral presentation followed by a 3-minute questionnaire period. This time schedule applied to both slide and poster presentations.

Mrs. Krider passed in October, 2000 and Dr. Krider passed in June, 2005.

LOUJA Award Winners

2010 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS
Left to Right: Dr. Alan Sutton, Interim Department Head, Meliza Cruz Ward (Dr. Ajuwon), Yaqin 'Kathy' Liu (Dr. Kuang), Alison Angione (Dr. Kuang), Emily Arentson (Dr. Donkin), and Dr. Paul Collodi, Chair of the Animal Sciences Graduate Committee

Presentation titles were:
Alison Angione - The role of PPARd in satellite cells and muscle development.
Yaqin Liu - Molecular characterization of heterogeneous populations of adipogenic progenitors
Meliza Cruz Ward - Dynamic changes in extracellular matrix gene regulation in adipose tissue and impact on preadipocyte proliferation and apoptosis
Emily Arentson - Maternal fructose consumption programs gene expression pattern in intestine of male offspring


2010 PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK-HARMAN LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

The Book Harmon Leadership Scholarship was established in 2005 by Bob Book and Bud Harmon in recognition of their efforts to provide and promote leadership in animal agriculture. Each year, the Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship provides a $1,000 scholarship to reward a graduate student in Animal Sciences that has displayed outstanding leadership skills and efforts.

Criteria for receiving the scholarship:

The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Heather White.

The Book-Harmon Leadership Scholarship is presented to Heather White

Heather joined Dr. Donkin's laboratory in August of 2007 after completing her M.S. at Purdue University with Dr. Latour and Dr. Donkin. She has maintains an outstanding GPA (3.42) and has been a member of the ANSC Graduate Student Association and has served on the Graduate Committee as Student Representative for 2 years. Heather has helped with numerous departmental activities such as Junior Pork Day, Career 4-H Agriculture Campus Visits, and Boiler Barnyard. She has been Captain of the Department of Animal Sciences Tippecanoe County Relay for Life team since 2006, served as Graduate Student Representative to Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences Distinguished Alumni, Life Long Career Category in 2009, as well as serving as the American Society of Animal Science Graduate Student Director (2009-2011).

Heather states in a scholarship letter "... There are many great leaders surrounding us here at Purdue University and we can all learn something different from each of them. Though each leader possess different key characteristics, to me, being actively involved, leading by example, being available and approachable, and being enthusiastic and passionate are absolutely critical to being a successful and influential leader. Every leader possesses a dedication and passion for what they do and if successful, they will inspire us to reach our full potential."

She volunteers as a mentor to 4-H members in Morgan County as well as serves as a College mentor through the Lebanon School Corporation. In summary, Heather has been actively involved and engaged in the Department of Animal Sciences whether she is assisting new graduate students in the lab, being an outstanding Teaching Assistant or representing the University on a national level Heather has demonstrated outstanding leadership. There is no doubt that Heather is destined for great things.

Congratulations, Heather!


G.W. FRIARS INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP

The purpose of the Gerry W. Friars Fellowship is to alleviate some of the monetary stress of foreign students at Purdue University. Dr. Gerry Friars completed his Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1961, while on leave from the Ontario Agricultural College; the College later became part of the University of Guelph. Dr. Friars' career at Guelph from 1951 to 1985 involved teaching and research in poultry and fish genetics and breeding. From 1985 to 1995 he was the Chief Scientist at the Atlantic Salmon Federation with a cross appointment at the University of New Brunswick. His long association with graduate students cultivated an awareness of the financial needs of these students. An annual award of $400 is awarded to an international M.S. or Ph.D. student studying quantitative poultry or fish genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences. This year's recipient is: Zhengyu Jiang.

Friars International Graduate Student Fellowship presented to Zhengyu Jiang

Zhengyu received his M.S. from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2006. He joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue in the Fall 2007 and is pursuing his Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Todd Applegate.

Zhengyu's nominator stated: "Jiang has been one of the most hardworking and brightest students that I have ever had in my laboratory thus far. As outline in his CV, he has been author or co-author on 6 peer-reviewed articles in English and 11 in Chinese, and 8 abstracts."

"... Jiang has set out on a very interesting and ambitious research program for his dissertation research. His goal has been to fully sequence a secretory mucin gene for the chicken. In doing so, has found that it is transcriptional elements herein there are regions that have alternate splicing which are regulated by diet, essential oils, and plausibly disease status..."

"To convey some of his recent finding, Jiang will be presenting two papers the European Poultry Conference in France this August…as well as a paper during the joint ADSA/ASAS/PSA meeting in Denver..."

Congratulations, Zhengyu!


PRESENTATION OF THE W.R. FEATHERSTON AWARDS

The W.R. Featherston Awards were established to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences. These awards were established in honor of the leadership and dedication to graduate students exhibited by Professor W.R. Featherston. Professor Featherston was on the staff from July 1962 to June 3, 1980, the date of his untimely death. Professor Featherston's teaching and research activities were a source of guidance, encouragement and inspiration to the graduate students.


2010 W.R. FEATHERSTON OFF-CAMPUS TRAINING GRADUATE AWARD

The Featherston Off-campus Training Graduate Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually provide financial support for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree student in the Department of Animal Sciences to attend a formal career development training program, organized workshop, or course off campus. The recipient will be given a check for reimbursement of the expenses, certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient of this award: Chunmin Wang.

Featherston Off-Campus Training Fellowship Awarded to Chunmin Wang

Chunmin (who will receive up to $1000 in reimbursements) joined the ANSC Graduate Program at Purdue University in the Fall 2006. He received his M.S. from Purdue University in May 2008 and is currently pursuing his PhD under the direction of Dr. Zoltan Machaty.

The goal of Chunmin's Ph.D. research is to study the Oocyte and Preimplantation Embryo Molecular Biology laboratory training course organized by the Primate Embryo Gene Expression Resource at Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia.

"... Because the training course that is organized by the Primate Embryo Gene Expression Resource provides hands-on training in all of these areas as they are applied in preimplantation development, it will be a tremendous help for our work and particularly for Chunmin’s project... "

The object of this course is to provide training in a great number of techniques applicable to oocytes and early embryos of any mammalian species. These are techniques that are crucial for Chunmin’s research. This course will provide participants with board exposure to state-of-the-art methods and techniques on cellular, molecular and immunological approaches currently being use to advance our knowledge in reproductive biology..."

"... For his continued improvement he needs additional education in molecular techniques and their applications in reproductive biology; this requires him to seek off-campus training because this technical expertise is not readily available in our department..."

Congratulations, Chunmin!


2010 W.R. FEATHERSTON EARLY GRADUATE CAREER AWARD

The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding M.S. or Ph.D. student within his/her first two years of graduate study. The award consists of $650, plus a certificate of award, individual plaque and her/his name will be added to the permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is Blaire Aldridge.

Featherston Early Graduate Career Award presented to Blaire Aldridge

Blaire joined Dr. Radcliffe's laboratory in August of 2006 after completing her B.S. from Earlham College. Blaire is in her second year of her Ph.D. program with Dr. Radcliffe.

Blaire's nominator states: "Along with her research efforts, Blaire has been actively involved as a Teaching Assistant in ANSC 324 and has helped mentor several undergraduate projects in my laboratory ... Blaire has taken on these responsibilities with enthusiasm and has needed very little guidance."

"Her research focuses on differentiating modes of absorption and action of copper between dietary copper sources... To Accomplish her research Blaire is evaluating gene expression form intestinal, kidney, and liver samples obtained form pigs fed 2 dietary Cu sources at 3 different dietary concentrations. She is evaluating gene expression using microarray chips coupled with qRT-PCR. In addition, she is working with David Salt's lab to obtain a complete ionomics profile…Blaire is very driven and motivated in her research efforts and this results in her being very productive."

Congratulations Blaire!


2010 W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING AWARD

The Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding teaching by an M.S. or Ph.D. student within the department. The award consists of $850, plus a Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and their name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient is Monica Elmore.

Featherston Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award presented to Monica Elmore

Monica received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in May of 2005. She joined our graduate M.S. program in the August of 2005. In September 2007 Monica chose the M.S. By-Pass Degree Option to advance to the Ph.D. Program, she was formally under the direction of Dr. Ed Pajor, after his departure from Purdue, Dr. Joe Garner has agreed to become her Major Advisor. She has maintains an outstanding GPA (4.00) and has been active in ANSC Graduate Student Association serving as Ambassador Liaison (2006-2007), Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Senate Representative (2007-2008), PGSG Academic & Professional Development Committee Secretary (2007-2008). She has served on department committees as well: Departmental Newsletter Committee (2008-2010) and Departmental Seminar Committee (2009-2010).

Monica received nominations for the Graduate Teaching Award for her accomplishments as a teaching assistant for Animal Sciences, 303, Applied Animal Behavior (1 semester); 404 Animal Welfare (3 semesters), 495, Animal Welfare Judging Team (2 semesters).

Monica's nominator’s comments include: "... Monica is an exceptional graduate student with a serious commitment to teaching. I have no doubt that she will be an excellent faculty member one day."

Another nominator commented: "... Monica has been a huge asset to the department, in terms or research and extension, but especially teaching ... One of Monica's qualities that I really admire is her drive to critically assess her performance, and strive to improve herself. Despite her considerable achievements in teaching, she nevertheless decided to work for the Graduate Teaching Certificate, and has clearly benefitted from incorporating her experience in this program ... Altogether, Monica is a very impressive student, and is quickly amassing the skills and experience required to excel in academia."

As the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Monica received the Committee for Education of Teaching Assistants (CETA) Teaching Award at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence Banquet in April 2010. Monica was also awarded a Purdue Graduate Teaching Certificate, April 2010.

Congratulations Monica!


2010 W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING M.S. AWARD

The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the Outstanding M.S. student within the department. The award consists of $500, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. The Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award is presented to: Jack Chaille.

Featherston Outstanding M.S. Award presented to Jack Chaille

Jack joined our graduate program in the August of 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Purdue University in May, 2008. Under the direction of Dr. Zoltan Machaty he will complete his M.S. degree in August.

His nominator states, "I have been able to closely observe Jack's intellectual abilities, work ethics, and communication skills in the past one and a half years. I've found that he is a very gifted and motivated individual who is highly dedicated to his studies. He regularly shows initiative and self-sufficiency in the laboratory. Besides, he is also extremely diligent and very reliable in every task that is assigned to him. He always shows genuine interest in everything he does and he is not afraid to ask questions or to engage in discussions about his or other students' projects….In general, Jack possesses a very positive attitude. This enabled him to exhibit a unique ability to work with others and he quickly gained and maintained the respect of his peers. His outstanding communication skills also allow him to interact effortlessly with everyone he comes into contact during his daily activities. He was also able to establish a good working relationship not only with members of his advisory committee but also with other professors in the department."

Congratulations Jack! Jack was unable to attend the Awards presentation today.


2010 W.R. FEATHERSTON OUTSTANDING Ph.D. AWARD

The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually recognize the outstanding Ph.D. student within the department. This award is considered an extremely high honor in the Graduate Program and serves to reward excellence. The award consists of $1,000, Certificate of Award, an Individual plaque and the recipient's name will be added to a permanent plaque maintained within the department. This year's recipient of this award: Heather White.

Featherston Outstanding PhD Award presented to Heather White

Heather received her B.S. at Saint Mary's College in May, 2005, she joined Dr. Donkin's laboratory in August of 2007 after completing her M.S. at Purdue University with Dr. Latour and Dr. Donkin.

Nominator's comments include: "... I have witnessed a large number of graduate students complete their degree program as either my own or serving on graduate committees. I feel strongly, she ranks as one of the best student to come from our department in my tenure at Purdue University. As evidenced, when she was completing her M.S., she took the lead in getting her work in manuscript form and at the same time, she started her Ph.D. program…Within two months of finishing her M.S., she had both manuscripts prepared and submitted…In short, Heather knows how to bring something to an end-point and put the finishing touches on the work, a skill not realized by many in academia."

Another nominator's comments include: "Heather is on of the most dynamic students I have encountered in my 15 years as a faculty member at Purdue University. I cannot fully express in a letter the exceptional potential that she has for success as a teacher, researcher and future faculty member. She is extremely self-motivated and takes advantage of every opportunity she encounters to grow both personally and professionally. She has a solid grasp of both applied nutrition and basic aspects of nutritional physiology, metabolism and molecular biology. She is an excellent writer and verbal communicator. She has developed a cadre of leadership skills through the 'mini MBA program' available through the Krannert School of Business at Purdue... Clearly Heather White is one of the 'best & brightest' graduate students in the Department of Animal Sciences and at Purdue University and perhaps nationally. Through her engagement in departmental activities, excellence in the classroom, her research endeavors, and service to her fellow students Heather White has defined a new standard of excellence for the graduate students in Animal Sciences at Purdue University. In my estimation she truly represents the spirit of the Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award..."

Congratulations, Heather!


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