May 2019 ABeNotes

May 2019 ABE Gives Back!

ABE wrapped up the 2018-2019 academic year with more service to the community. The annual College of Agriculture Food Drive, coinciding with Ag Week on campus, returned some impressive results: The winning Department with a total of 15,024 meals is Agricultural Economics (Michael Gunderson and Jessica Bonnell)! ABE was responsible for 1,058 meals.

The ABE GSA also stepped up and competed with other clubs and organizations in the college during the food drive. They raised 190 miles, coming in 6th of 13 in the club competition. Big thanks to all who contributed!

For the annual Stamp Out Hunger (Letter carrier's food drive), we did some of the pre-work, folding bags and stapling post cards. We contributed a total of 18 1/2 hours. Thank you to Yvonne (and Brandon!) Hardebeck, Denise Heath, Vanessa Williams, David Wilson,  Nikki Zimmerman, Pam Hancock, Kathy Best, and Carol Weaver.

May 2019 Alumni News

Dr. Bassel Daher (MS ABE '12) received the "2019 Award for Excellence in Research" from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. Daher completed his PhD at Texas A&M with Professor Rabi Mohtar.

We had a large group of alumni (and friends of ABE) back to campus for our 2019 Senior Capstone/Design Experience as judges. We would not be able to offer our seniors this opportunity without your help! Jeff Cannaday, Michael and Dyveke Cox, Michelle Cox, Rebecca Crowl, Suzie Delay, Brad and Brenda Fife, Jordan Garrity, David Gevers, Dale Gick, Jaycey Hardenstein, Ahmed Hashem, Nathan Hedrick, Morgan Jarrett, Dave Koellisch, Larry Loehr, Amy Penner, Steve Riedel, Paul Ruley, Pete Rusche, Lucas Schmit, Scott Strickland, JT Welte, Gabe Wilfong, Mark Zeltwanger, and Jeff Williams. It was a crazy day! If I left you out, please let me know!

May 2019 ABE Student News

The April 18 Awards banquet brought a crowd of 300+ to the Purdue Memorial Union. The student awards include the 2019 Senior Capstone/Design Experience Poster Contest Winners: BE Group 1 - First place, Environmentally Sustainable Soy Supplemented IPA; Second place, Dark Chocolate Production. BE Group 2 - First place, Design of an Herbal Prebiotic Tablet: A Novel Dietary Supplement; Second place, Water Purification Process. BE Group 3 - First place, Hydroponic System for Microgreen Growth; Second place, What's the Scoop? Alcoholic Ice Cream. Environmental and Natural Resources - First place, Residential Drainage Design; Second place, Village of Hope Haiti Kitchen Garden. Vehicle Competitions:First place, miniPUP IV; Second place, NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. Power and Machinery - First place, Skid steer attachment; Second place, Wagon Suspension. Automation - First place, Robotic Leaf Scanning System; Second place, Seed Bag Depalletizer. All of our students had excellent projects and we were proud to highlight them.

The ABE 304: Bioprocess Engineering Lab class went on their annual tour of the Lafayette Tate+Lyle processing facilities. This tour is included in the course to demonstrate the connection between what students learn in class and how those concepts are translated at an industrial scale. The students were impressed with the intricacies of the processes and the logistics required to operate on a daily basis. A big thank you to Tate & Lyle for allowing our students to tour.



Jennifer Stevens received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a 3-year, nationally recognized fellowship. This program "recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Jenny is one of only 2,051 students receiving the award this year. Congratulations!

Sungwuk Choi (Biological Engineering), Eung Baek (Andy) Kim (Biological Engineering), Lauren Oparah (Biological Engineering), Thomas Smith (1st Year Engineering) and Chris Tague (Chemistry) have been awarded the 2019 ASPIRE Internship.

ASPIRE will allow successful competitors from the 2018-19 Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition to continue working on their soy-based products with a paid internship.

ASPIRE students will participate in research and customer delivery activities on campus full-time for 9 weeks during the summer.  Students will conduct research, attend professional development seminars, build their research network, and advance their soy-based prototype towards commercialization and/or a student start-up company.

The ABE Graduate Student Association (ABEGSA) recently held elections for the academic year 2019-2020. We would like to thank everyone in ABE for their support for this year's outgoing ABE-GSA Board. Thank you so much for your help and feedback in helping us to reach our potential. Here is next year's board: President - Diana Ramirez Gutierrez; Vice-President - Tae Sup Lee; Secretary - Jennifer Stevens; Treasurer - Camilo Torres Pardo; Professional Development Chairs - Sneha Jha, Elena Robles Molina; Social Chairs - Samantha Neeno, Mahmoud Nour; Recruitment Chairs - Jonathan Overton, Bilal James Abughali; PSG Senator - Val Schull. Congratulations to all of the new officers! We look forward to another great year ahead!

Alpha Mu, the Agricultural Systems Management honorary society inducted its latest members in a second Spring initiation and elected next year's officers. Left to right, Will Armand, Jon Neff, Trent Howard, Devine Tracy (Current President),  Henry Terhune (President Elect), Brice Rekewig (Vice President Elect), and Garret Smith (Treasurer Elect), on April 3rd.  President Devine Tracy and Advisor Bob Stwalley conducted the initiation Alpha Mu’s faculty advisors are Dharmendra Saraswat, Bob Stwalley, and Roger Tormoehlen.

Mahmoud Nour was selected to receive the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) Conference Student Award. He will attend the 2019 ISASH Conference June 24-27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Congrats, Mahmoud!

College of Agriculture Awards

Several of our students were honored at the College of Agriculture Spring Awards Banquet on April 24. Daniel Hauersperger, Mark Gee, Val Schull, Chase Gripp, Barb McAnulty, and Emma Keesling were honored, along with Professor John Lumkes.











College of Engineering Awards

Several of our graduate students were also honored at the College of Engineering Awards. Femeena Valappil received the Outstanding Research award, For this ward, faculty in each School nominated a Ph.D. candidate based on his or her demonstrated excellence and leadership in research through publications, participation in professional organizations, and willingness to mentor others. Emma Brace received the Outstanding Service Scholarship Award for her contributions to the quality, reputation, or success of the graduate student community, School, College, and/or University. Stephen Miloro and Zhihang Song received the Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for excellence in teaching. Our students continue to leave their mark on our world!

From a Different Perspective: The Redbud Report 2019

Author: Prof. Emeritus Richard Stroshine
While we resided in the ABE Building, Dr. Stroshine faithfully monitored and reported on the status of our precious redbud trees. Now that those are completely gone (for a good cause, of course), he is watching some in the same area.

As of 2019 I have been keeping the record for 30 years.  For a given year, the bloom date varies slightly with location.  For example, the tree located in the corner of the parking lot just east of Lilly Hall (near our offices) blooms 3 to 5 days sooner than the ABE trees used to bloom. I believe the blooming is affected by the amount of sunlight received plus other microclimate factors.  The tree east of Lilly Hall is in a corner and is sheltered from cold winds.  It may even benefit from a small amount of the heat escaping from Lilly Hall.

There are some trees on the south side of the Biochemistry building that I am guessing receive about the same amount of sunlight as the ABE trees received before they were removed for the ABE construction and renovation project.  So I used them for this year’s bloom date.  The bloom date was April 24th.  That is towards the later bloom date portion of the distribution – but still more than a week earlier than the latest bloom date I recorded in the last 30 years, which was May 3 in 1997. 

There were two trees on the northwest end of the ABE building.  One received more sunlight than the other. The one receiving less sunlight would bloom 2 or three days later than the one that received more sunlight.  (Another illustration of the effect of microclimate.) That tree (less sunlight) also bloomed on May 3 in 2018 which ties the record for latest bloom date.

May 2019 National AgrAbility Project News

The Indiana AgrAbility Project exhibited at the 2019 Indiana Horticulture Congress in Indianapolis February 12-14.  The exhibit included a popup banner, AgrAbility brochures, News Notes, AgrAbility Harvests, FSA flyers, and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation services information.  Over 400 attended the event including vintners, produce farmers, fruit growers, and related industries.

The Indiana AgrAbility Project exhibited at the 7th Annual Indiana Small Farms Conference in Danville, Indiana from February 28 thru March 2.  The exhibit included veteran/beginning farmer information, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Indiana information, AgrAbility brochures and case studies, and arthritis information. 

The National AgrAbility Project exhibited along with Life Essentials at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky February 13-16.  The exhibit included AgrAbility popups, brochures, case studies, and examples of what is possible thru assistive technology.  Life Essentials exhibited a John Deere tractor with a pilot lift, an Action Track power wheelchair, and a Jiffy-Hitch with a PTO connector.

Indiana AgrAbility staff conducted farm visits and assessment throughout the state.  The visits were to veterans, Amish, and other individuals with disabilities returning to the farm to face challenges to continue farming.

Indiana AgrAbility rural rehabilitation specialist Steve Swain spoke to the 2019 Hancock County Master Gardener class one the last night of their training program. The presentation included garden accessibility, body ergonomics, and tools and equipment for easier gardening.  Many questions were asked throughout the presentation.  The tools and equipment were examined after the class was concluded.

Indiana AgrAbility conducted several farm visits throughout Indiana to assist clients to continue farming.  Clients included those dealing with amputations, arthritis, COPD, back impairments, plus combinations of conditions and farm enterprises.


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