Appointments, honors and activities

March 1, 2013  

• Campus activities:

- The 3rd Annual Workshop - Spectroscopic Imaging: A New Window into the Unseen World, will be May 23 and 24 at Purdue. The workshop is hosted by the university's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry and was organized by Ji-Xin Cheng, a Purdue professor of biomedical engineering. About 70 people from around the world will attend the workshop, which will present the most recent advances in spectroscopic imaging platforms and discuss potentially transformative impacts. The workshop also offers an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to learn through lab training provided by Cheng and his group on May 24. The registration deadline is April 26, and information is available at


Faculty and staff honors:

- Petra Mart, multi-unit manager for Purdue Memorial Union, placed first in the college and university division of the Ripe 'N Ready recipe contest held by Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service. Mart created a recipe for Nutella Pear Muffins. Recipes were graded on the use of canned pears, segment menu fit, ease of preparation and appetite appeal. Grand prize and first-place awards also were given to innovative recipes that included canned peaches in the K-12 school and health care divisions. Mart's recipe is available at

- Kristina Bross, associate professor of English, has been named director of the Honors Program for the College of Liberal Arts. Bross served on the honors College Faculty Governance Committee and taught several honors courses through the College of Liberal Arts, University Honors and the new Honors College. She will begin her role as director March 18. Michael Loeffelman, assistant director of the honors program, served as interim director during the director selection process.

- Adam Wasserman, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders, according to the foundation. The fellowship includes $50,000 to further the fellow's research. Wasserman is among 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers who received the fellowship for 2013. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant-making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then president and CEO of General Motors Corp., the foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. More information is available at


Alumni honors:

- The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association presented awards to three Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine alumni during the association's annual meeting Feb. 2 in Indianapolis:

* Tony Rumschlag of Noblesville, Ind., received the IVMA Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an IVMA member for cumulative service and accomplishments benefiting the profession, organized veterinary medicine and the community. Rumschlag, who received his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1985, is director of technical consultants for Elanco.

* Matt Cantrell of Brownsburg, Ind., received the IVMA Achievement Award, which recognizes an IVMA member who has graduated within the last five years and displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, civic activities, academia and/or organized veterinary medicine. Cantrell, who received his doctor in veterinary medicine in 2010, is a small-animal practitioner at Brownsburg Animal Clinic and is a board member of the animal rescue organization Misty Eyes Animal Shelter and Learning Center.

* Marybeth Feutz of Princeton, Ind., received the IVMA Volunteer Award, which is given to an IVMA member who has provided leadership or service to a particular project or program of the association. A 2003 graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Feutz completed her residency in large-animal internal medicine at Purdue in 2007 and in 2011 earned her doctorate at Purdue.

- Purdue alumnus John Andruch III was chosen as one of National Engineers Week's "New Faces of Engineering 2013." Nominated by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Andruch works at Caterpillar in the Forest Products Division. He received a bachelor's degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue in 2008 and a master's degree in 2010.


Student honors:

- The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association honored several Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine students at its annual convention in Indianapolis. Five students were recognized as IVMA Scholarship winners. Selection was based on the students' written essays describing "where veterinary medicine will be in 10 years." The recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are Stephanie Poulos of the doctor of veterinary medicine class of 2013; Brandon Miller, Sara Ludington and Christie Blatcher of the doctor of veterinary medicine class of 2014; and David Zimmer of the doctor of veterinary medicine class of 2015. Also, two veterinary medicine students were honored as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Indiana Animal Health Foundation, which were awarded on the basis of written essays on the same topic. The recipients of the IAHF scholarship are Shannon Kremer and Christine Inman, both of the doctor of veterinary medicine class of 2014.

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