Appointments, honors and activities
- Purdue Extension dairy specialist Mike Schutz is the 2012 recipient of the Steve Atkisson Indiana Dairy Service Award. The award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Indiana dairy industry, was presented at the annual Indiana Milk Quality Conference in Fort Wayne on April 10. The award is sponsored by Indiana Milk Quality Professionals Inc. and is named in honor of the late milk quality specialist and dairy farm and plant survey inspector with the dairy program of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Schutz, a professor of animal sciences, has been at Purdue since 1996. He has developed several key Extension programs in milk quality, including Milker Training Schools and online milker training programs. Schutz co-founded the Indiana Milk Quality Conference. He is president of the national Dairy Practices Council and an adviser to the board of Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, which he helped found. He also advises the boards of directors of Indiana Milk Quality Professionals, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Indiana Dairy Industry Development Board and Indiana State Dairy Association. Schutz is known internationally for his research in genetic selection for milk quality and use of technologies for precision dairy farming.
• Alumni honors:
- Marshall Larsen has been elected to a three-year term as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Larsen, president and CEO of Goodrich Corp., earned a master's degree in industrial administration from Purdue in 1977. The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia.
• Student honors:
- Purdue University doctoral student Abhinav Pathak received a Best Student Paper Award during the EuroSys 2012 conference on April 10-13 in Bern, Switzerland. Pathak co-authored the paper with Y. Charlie Hu, a Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ming Zhang, a researcher at Microsoft Research. The paper detailed research findings showing that popular free smartphone apps spend up to 75 percent of their energy tracking the user's geographical location, sending information about the user to advertisers and downloading ads. The paper was titled "Where is the energy spent inside my app? Fine Grained Energy Accounting on Smartphones with Eprof."