November 2011 ABe-Notes

Alumni News for November

Morris E. Schroeder
December 13, 1931 – November 5, 2011
Morris E. Schroeder, 79, of State College, died November 5, 2011. He was born December 13, 1931 in Milton, PA son of the late Thomas Allen and Stella Moser Schroeder. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Morris then worked at Penn State as an Ag Engineering Extension Specialist from 1955 to 1956. He received his M.S. in 1958 and Ph.D. in 1965 in Ag Engineering from Purdue University.

He returned to Penn State to resume his professional career in mushroom research, which began his life long interest in the industry. Morris chaired the Mushroom Test Demonstration Facility committee resulting in ground breaking mushroom research accomplishments. He published and presented his research internationally. His mushroom expertise included energy efficiency, carbon dioxide control and computer environmental controls. He retired as
a Professor Emeritus in 1986.

He married Helen Norris on May 29, 1954. They have four children. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He loved to tinker with antique farm machinery and could fix almost anything.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, State College Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity and a Life member of the American Society Agricultural and Biological Engineering and other honorary societies. His activities and volunteer interests include Boy Scout Troop 31 Committee Chairman, BSA Order of the Arrow recognition, Boalsburg Heritage Museum, Pasto Agricultural Museum, Meals On Wheels, Nittany Antique Machinery Association and PSU Hintz Family Alumni Center volunteer.

He was a father and husband who is survived by his wife, Helen Norris Schroeder; son Gary and wife Laurey with grandchildren Zachary, Quintin, his wife Ashley and Wyatt; daughter Joyce and husband Bruce with grandson Alex; son Glenn; daughter Lisa and husband Mark with grandchildren Van and Caroline. He is survived by two sisters; Agnes Noll and Almaretta Hupp.

Memorial service visitations will be at Koch Funeral Home Tuesday, November 8, 2:00 –4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College, PA. A luncheon will be held at the church following services.

In lieu of flowers please send memoriam contributions to Philmont Staff Association, Morris Schroeder Memorial, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.

Faculty News for November

Invited Seminar

Chaubey, I. 2011. Sustainability assessment of bioenergy crop production, landscape changes, and ecosystem response.  Presented as EPA-Office of Research and Development, Las Vegas. October 12, 2011.


Chaubey, I., K. Cherkauer, M. Crawford, and B. Engel. 2011. Multi-scale sensing and modeling framework: integrating field to continental scale.  The Bridge: 41(3): 39-46. Invited Article, Published by the National Academy of Engineering.

Cibin, R., I. Chaubey, and B. Engel. 2011. Watershed scale impacts of corn stover removal for biofuel on hydrology and water quality. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8280.

New Midwest Plan Service publication features ABE professors Don Jones, Bill Field, and Dennis Buckmaster

Cow-Calf Production in the U.S. Corn Belt


This handbook is intended for cow-calf operations in the Corn Belt, but includes topics that are directly applicable to the rest of the U.S.

Contents include:

•Farmstead Planning; including Utilities, Water and Water Systems •Fences and Gates; Lots and Housing •Dealing with Harsh Environments •Handling Facilities •Manure Management •Feeds and Feed Storage •Forage Management •Body Condition Score and Reproduction •Nutritional Management •Breeding Programs •Calving Management •Herd Health •Non-ambulatory (Downer) Animals, Euthanasia, and Proper Disposal •Arthropod and Vertebrate Pests; Predators •Beef Operation, Safety, and Health •Value Added Marketing •Cow Herd Management Calendar

October 2011, 272 pp., 8 1/2 x 11, black & white drawings and photographs., softcover, ISBN 0-89373-107-2 Our Price $40.00

Purdue Sweeps 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the ABE Division of the Chicago Marathon!

The department swept the top three places in the ABE Division of the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 2. Representing ABE were Professors Michael Ladisch, Marshall Porterfield, and Dale Whittaker. With "such a fine stable of runners," it is no wonder! For specific finishing times, feel free to contact them directly...

Thesis Defenses for November

Mark A. Thomas (PhD), "Environmental Implications of Feedstock Production Practices for Bioenergy" - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 8:30 am ABE 301.

Paulo H. Santos (PhD), "Mechanical Characterization and Computational Modeling of Gels" - Monday, November 21, 2011 10:00 am NLSN 2187.


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