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June 2011 ABe-Notes — June, 2011

ADM Agricultural Innovation Center

Event Date: June 7, 2011
Ground has been broken on the new ADM Agricultural Innovation Center!

Visit the ADMAIC page to catch the updates.

Alumni News for June

Logan and Nolyn Torsell

Chris (BS AE '06) and Toni (BS AE '06) (Trepanier) Torsell welcomed their second son, Nolyn Jeffrey, on April 26, 2011. Weighing in at 8 lbs, 7 oz, he joins Logan, almost 2,  in one busy household!






Gilliam Family

Tripp and Jerene (Kunkler) Gilliam (MS ASM '04) are the proud parents of Jacob Andrew Gilliam, born January 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm. He weighed in at 7 lb 13 oz, and was 21 1/2 inches long.


Breaking New Ground News for June

Author: Steve Wettschurack
Just a little over a year ago, on June 5, 2010, Breaking New Ground held their first Grain Bin Rescue class.

As of last week, 32 classes have been completed around the state with over 1,000 attending (Firefighters, EMS, lawyers, farmers, commercial grain, alol Purdue farm employees that store grain at their farms, among others). Over 300 different paid and volunteer fire departments have also attended. These are exciting accomplishments and more are planned for the near future. This does not include the Grain Bin Safety presentations, which have become a very hot topic nationwide.

Currently, there are over 15 requests waiting to set dates for upcoming classes; the weather in Indiana has made it difficult to get commitments from the farming communities. Steve Wettschurack, Certified Farm Accident Rescue Instructor, will be travling to Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky to instruct classes. Olds College in Alberta, Canada, has requested assistance with classes in their area as well.

The next planned class will be "Farm Accident Rescue." Steve is living the "Wander Indiana" song these days!

Breaking New Ground will also be recognized for excellence in engagement by the ASABE. Winning Blue Ribbon Awards at the 2011 Annual International Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky are:

  • Paul Jones, Steve Doyle, and William Field for "AgrAbility: It's About Hope" (Publications, Short)
  • Paul Jones, William Field, Dawn Minns, Gail Deboy, and John Smith for "AgrAbility Harvest Newsletter" (Electronic delivery)
  • Paul Jones, Martha Stiles, Liz Semmel, Esmerelda Mandujano, Jenny Rodriguez, Teresa Andrews, and William Field for "Podra ser la Artritis lo que me causa Dolor? (Could Arthritis be what is Causing My Pain?") (Publications, Long)

This is recognition of work well-done. Congratulations to the entire BNG staff.

Faculty/Staff News for June

Congratulations to Paul Jones, Bill Field, Dawn Minns, Gail Deboy, and John Smith for receiving a 2011 Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the ASABE for their "AgrAbility Harvest Newsletter." This competition encourages agricultural engineers in industry and public service (not limited to members) to strive for excellence in extension activities through the interchange of ideas on successful methods and techniques. It also promotes excellence in educational aids, which represent agricultural engineering and through the exchange of ideas and individual recognition, contributes to overall improvement in the use of educational aids.

Also, congratulations to Paul Jones, Steve Doyle, and William Field, for their 2011 Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the ASABE for "AgrAbility: It's About Hope." The two awards will be presented at the General Session Recognition & Keynote Speaker program event at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Louisville, Kentcuky, on Monday, August 8th, at 8:00 am. You make us proud!


Maha Fluid Power Laboratory News for June

The project "Adaptive Control for Oscillation Reduction in Mobile Hydraulic Machines" (PhD student: Davide Cristofori, PI: Andrea Vacca) has received the Purdue Research Fellowship award for the academic year 2011-2012.

The NFPA’s Education Committee, together with the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation Board of Directors, has awarded $5,000.00 to Purdue University for the project Water Hydraulic Test Rig for “Fluid Power in Fluid Mechanics” (PI Andrea Vacca).


The Redbud Report is Back!

We all miss the redbud that sat on the East end of our building. Despite tremendous efforts to save it, it was removed in 2008. Dr. Richard Stroshine had been tracking the bloom periods for that tree for many years. In the face of unprecedented demand, Dr. Stroshine has reworked his famous Redbud Report for this year. In his own words:

"...I used the bloom date and gave the years that it bloomed on the given date.  From 1990 to 2008 I used the tree that was cut down along the east side of the building adjacent to South University street. Then in 1994 I started recording the date for the tree near the southeast entrance of the building. That was usually 1 day earlier than the first tree so I went back and adjusted the bloom dates from 1990 to 1993 by subtracting one day.  In 2009 I started recording the Red Bud on the north side of Hansen. It has been blooming 2 to 5 days before the tree by the SE entrance.  I think this is related to the position of the tree. It gets more direct sunlight in the early spring.

Date          Years in which "the tree" bloomed on this date       

April 12      2010       
April 14      2000       
April 15      1991       
April 18      2001, 2004, 2005, 2007       
April 19      1998, 2003, 2006      
April 22      1999      
April 23      1990, 2009, 2011  
April 24      1995, 2008   
April 25      1994     
April 30      1993    
May 2         1996      
May 3         1997


Thesis Defenses for June

Isaac Serbin, Harvest Logistics and Economics of Sweet Sorghum Crop for Fuel Ethanol, Grian Feed, and Bioproducts Under Midwest Conditions" - rescheduled to May 31, 2011 (MS)

Sandeep P. Ravindranath, Raman Chemical Imaging and Fluorescence Lifetime Microscopy Studies of Chromate Uptake, Localization, and Reduction in remediating bacteria - May 31, 2011 (PhD)

 Wang-Hee Lee, Analysis of Calcium Metabolism in Biological Systems Using Different Model-Based Approaches - June 15, 2011 (PhD)

Mi Hoon Jeong, Spatial Optimization for Managing Surface Runoff from Urbanization: Parameterization and Application of a Spatial Runoff Minimization Model - June 20 (PhD)


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