Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1988
James E. Newman, Lafayette, is one of the best known members of the Purdue faculty. His predictions on weather trends – what we may expect for weather trends – what we may expect for weather for the spring or the fall, should we plant early or late, should we hurry with the harvest – are known throughout the country. To farmers, commodity brokers, merchants and processors, Newman is one factor that must be included in all their decisions. Newman, however, is not a meteorologist in the usual definition of the term. He is a highly trained agronomist, a very definitive researcher, an observing statistician and has the ability to study the markeys, the crop reports and the weather trends and make cery comprehensive predictions concerning crop size, yields and projection prices. Newman is an Ohio farm boy. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio State University, and did prosgraduate work at Purdue and the University of Wisconsin. He joined the Purdue agronomy faculty in 1950. He was the leader in the establishment of an agricultural meteorology curriculum at Purdue, and was one of the organizers of the Department of Geosciences. In addition to his research work, Jim is a teacher in the agronomy department and has worked as extension agricultural meteorologist and acting state climatologist. Jim knows how to hit the road, too. He has spoken at extension meetings of all kinds, many Purdue ag chapter meetings, at a wide variety of conferences, and is one of those dedicated individuals who has worked in every county in Indiana. Professionally, Newman is a leader. He has applied as visiting prefessior in California, Alaska, and England. He has published articles in the proceedings of the Indiana Academt of Science, the Agronomy Journal, the Soils and Crops magazine, and in the International Journal of Agricultural Meteorology. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Atmospheric Science, the American Society of Agronomy and the Indiana Academy of Science. He is president-elect of the International Society of Biometeorology. Newman is active in his community, unselfish with his time and talents, and dedicated to his profession. He is an avid bird hunter and a fair shot.