Appointments, honors and activities

July 25, 2014  

Appointments and promotions:

- J. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, professor of small animal internal medicine, will be head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Willie Reed, dean of the college, announced the appointment last week. Scott-Moncrieff succeeds Peter Constable, who became dean of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in January. Steve Adams, professor of large animal surgery, has served as the interim head during the search process.

- Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, which Congress authorized in the 2014 farm bill. Ladisch, who also is director of Purdue's Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and holds a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, is one of 15 board members appointed by U.S. agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 23. The foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy. The foundation will operate as a nonprofit corporation seeking and accepting private donations to fund research focusing on problems of national and international significance. Congress provided the foundation with $200 million, which must be matched by nonfederal funds as the foundation identifies and approves projects. The research funded by the foundation will address issues including plant and animal health; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources and environment; agricultural and food security; and agriculture systems and technology.

Faculty and staff honors:

- Seven Purdue faculty members have been selected to the New York-based Thomson Reuters Corp's. list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014" The honor recognizes  researchers around the world who have earned distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among the most frequently cited by fellow researchers, according to Thomson Reuters. Purdue scientists on the list include David J. Love, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Mark S. Lundstrom, the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Kinam Park, the Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Zhixiang Chen, professor of botany and plant pathology; R. Graham Cooks, the Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry; Jian-Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology and professor of biochemistry; and Angus S. Murphy, professor of horticulture who is now at the University of Maryland.

- Darren Henry, director of diversity initiatives for the Krannert School of Management, received a University Partner Award from INROADS, a program that develops and places underserved youth in business and industry. The award was presented at an INROADS Great Lakes Region ceremony in Chicago. As managing director of Purdue's Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program, Henry has helped recruit top students for INROADS, giving them access to assistance and training prior to job interviews. Henry received his own first corporate assignment with Indianapolis Power & Light through an INROADS internship.

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