ANSC Annual Graduate Student Luncheon
Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Animal Sciences Annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon was held in conjunction with the events of the Celebration of Science. The Celebration of Science included the LOUJA competition, the ANSC Graduate Student Awards luncheon, and keynote speakers Dr. Michael R. Ladisch from Purdue's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Dr. Christopher Knight from Novus International.


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.

2015 LOUJA AWARD WINNERS:

LOUJA Award Winners 2015
Left to right: Xi Chen, Gabriela Morello, Katherine Boesche, Nathan Horn,
Pengcheng Xue, and Dr. Todd Applegate, Graduate Committee Chair

Katherine Boesche - Saturated and unsaturated fatty acid pretreatment regulates [1-14C] C16:0 metabolism in Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells

Xi Chen - Interactive effects of aflatoxin B1 and dietary protein concentration on performance and health in broiler chicks

Nathan Horn - Impact of a garlic product on growth performance, ileal morphology, and ileal cytokine and tight junction gene expression in nursery pigs

Gabriela Morello - Investigating piglet crushing by the sow: Does environment play a role?

Pengcheng Xue - Dietary nigrogen level affects ileal phosphorus digestion in growing pigs


BOOK-HARMON 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 Katherine Boesche.

Katie Boesche receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Katie stated that a good leader is an excellent communicator, a positive and enthusiastic individual, and can influence and support coworkers to accomplish a goal. Communication and listening skills must be equally employed by an effective leader.

Katie has served the Department as an officer in GSA for two years and was the departmental representative on the College of Agriculture's Graduate Advisory Committee. She has also volunteered at several State 4-H and FFA events, including the Superior Young Dairy Producer Contest at the State Fair. Katie has served as an official judge for the Indiana State 4-H and FFA judging contests.

Congratulations, Katie!


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 $1,000 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 Pengcheng Xue.

Pengcheng Xue receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Pengcheng came to Purdue in the Fall of 2011 and is investigating the correlation between phosphorus and nitrogen nutrition in broiler chickens and pigs for his Ph.D. and has completed six studies. He has published three papers and has prepared two other manuscripts that are being reviewed by co-authors.

Pengcheng has been involved in a number of Animal Sciences' service and leadership activities. He has also been involved in leading undergraduate students during industry tours, mentoring ANSC undergraduates about graduate school life and animal science related careers.

Congratulations, Pengcheng!


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.

W.R. FEATHERSTON OFF-CAMPUS TRAINING FELLOWSHIP

The Featherston Off-campus Training Fellowship was established in memory of Professor W.R. Featherston to annually provide financial support for a 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 is Christopher Byrd.

Christopher Byrd receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Chris plans to participate in the 2015 Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization's (PAACO) Poultry Welfare Auditor course, which takes place on May 26-28 in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Courses offered provide stakeholders with training on the minimum standards and criteria for audits in order to ensure that species-specific welfare guidelines are interpreted and applied in the same way across each industry.

Congratulations, Chris!


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 Christopher Byrd.

Christopher Byrd receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Chris joined Dr. Makagon's lab in the Fall of 2013. Chris is an extremely well-balanced student and came to Purdue ready to "hit the ground running." He has taken the lead on every part of his Master's program from experiment design, project management and data collection to data analysis and information dissemination. His ability to coordinate with researchers and staff from across disciplines in order to develop protocols, schedule and conduct data collection speaks to his strong organizational and communication skills.

Congratulations Chris!


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 Caitlin Vonderohe.

Caitlin enrolled in a dual degree program in the Fall of 2013 where she is pursuing her Ph.D. and DVM at Purdue.

Caitlin has taught major sections in Applied Animal Nutrition, Physiology, Horse Evaluation and Horse Management. For the two years, she has served as a TA in Applied Animal Nutrition. In this role, she is responsible for one-two lab sections every week and has taught numerous lectures. Caitlin also serves as a coach to the Horse Judging Team.

Congratulations Caitlin!


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 Christopher Byrd.

Christopher Byrd receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Chris' research has focused on the development of a quantitative method for the assessment and identification of impaired walking ability in Pekin ducks. He is following up on these findings by developing and evaluating a new quantitative tool, which can be used in gait research a treadmill test. He has completed the critical development phase and is using the treadmill test to evaluate the effects of analgesics on walking performance.

Chris has presented components of his research at industry meetings and the North American regional meeting of the International Society for Applied Ethology. He has also received an invitation to present his research findings at the 2016 Maple Leaf Farms Research Workshop.

Congratulations Chris!


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, a 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 is Xi Chen.

Xi Chen receiving the award from Dr. Todd Applegate

Xixi joined Dr. Applegate's lab in August 2012 with an interest in developing quantitative, biological indicators of liver and metabolic dysfunction between different poultry strains (ducks and broilers specifically) when exposed to aflatoxin.

She has been the author or co-author on five peer reviewed articles. She currently represents the graduate students on the Graduate Committee and serves as a regional graduate student representative to the Poultry Science Association.

Congratulations Xixi!


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