Spotting Scope - May 2017


Message from Department Head


It is hard to believe that my first academic year as Department Head for FNR has come to a close. It went by in a flash! My first semesters were filled with the exciting challenge of getting to know the people, resources, and procedures associated with running a department as large and complex as FNR. This process will continue. 

I cannot thank the faculty and staff enough for the help, support, and understanding I have received during my first academic year as a “trainee” department head. And more of all three will be required as I finish off one complete cycle of activities through the summer. 

My impression of FNR so far has been amazement at the dedication and excellence of the faculty, staff, and students. I also am very impressed by our college and its leadership. FNR and CoA are special places because of a people-centered focus. During my exit interviews with many undergraduate and graduate students this year, I commonly heard words like “community,” “caring,” “second home,” and “second parents” describing FNR. I sensed this before joining FNR and Purdue, and I have been further impressed with how deep and wide that FNR is in this regard. 

I am humbled and honored by the confidence that such an outstanding group has shown in me. I will continue to do my best to follow your lead and live up to the potential that this department has. There is a lot that I want to get done over the coming months and years, so I will need all of your help in building on the excellence that is FNR. 

This special Annual Awards Edition of the 2016-17 FNR Spotting Scope highlights the many awards and accomplishments of FNR faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Congratulations to you all! I also extend an extra special congratulations to all of those students that have graduated from FNR this year. Thanks again! Have a fun and productive summer field season. 

Bob Wagner
Professor and Department Head

FNR Awards and Honors 2016-2017

Faculty
  • Andrew DeWoody was selected as an AAAS Fellow.
  • Jeff Dukes was named the Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability.
  • Tom​as Hook​ was selected to be a University Faculty Scholar.
  • Linda Prokopy was chosen to receive the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land Grant Award​.
  • Rod Williams was selected to be a Fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy
  • Rick Meilan was aknowledged at the 12th Annual Inventors Recognition Reception for issuance of a patent in which he is listed as inventor
  • Marisol Sepulveda was named as the 2017 Susan Bulkeley Butler Distinguished Lecture speaker.
  • Robert Swihart received the Hoosier Wildlife Award from the Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
  • Shaneka Lawson received a Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) from U.S. Secretary  of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the USDA’s Abraham Lincoln Honor Awards Ceremony.
  • Rod Williams received the Purdue Office of Engagement Service Learning Award.
  • Reuben Goforth won a Bravo Award.
Staff
Graduate Students
  • Chelsea Clyde-Brockway was selected as an award recipient of the D. Woods Thomas Memorial Fund Award to Support International Activities.
  • Jenny Anto​nides​ was invited to participate in the inaugural “Genomics of Disease in Wildlife” workshop to be held June 3-11 at Colorado State University.
  • Jacob Berl was selected as the FNR 2017 Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award winner.
At the FNR Awards banquet, the following awards were given to FNR graduate students:
  • Graham Frank – Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Jon Knott – Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Gabriela Nunez-Mir – Charles H. Michler Scholarship for the Outstanding Graduate Student 
  • Emily Thyroff – Fischer Forestry Fund Graduate Student Scholarship
At the annual FNR Research poster competition, the following awards were given to FNR graduate students:
  • Sarah Abercrombie – FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – 2nd place
  • John Abu-Kpawoh – FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
  • Kristen Bellisario – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
  • Mysha Clarke – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 1st place
  • Amy Godfrey – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 2nd place
  • Skye Greenler – FNR Research Symposium – MS Engagement Poster Award – 1st place
  • Ben Leonhardt – FNR Research Symposium – MS Research Poster Award – 1st place
  • Amy Weber – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Research Poster Award – 2nd place
  • Casey Day – FNR Research Symposium – PhD Engagement Poster Award – 1st

Undergraduate Students
  • Ben McCallister was selected to be the 2016 winner of the Indiana Arborist Association Ramsey Award. Sarah Abercrombie was named the runner up.
The following awards were given to FNR undergrads at the FNR Spring Awards Reception:
  • Sarah Abercrombie – L. David Mech Undergraduate Wildlife Research Award
  • Sam Armstrong – Senior Academic Merit Award in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Sam Armstrong – Outstanding Camper in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Hannah Basham – Outstanding Camper in Forestry
  • Lillie Berger – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Matthew Byrnes – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Katie D’Addato – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Katie D’Addato – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Forestry
  • Jared Deininger – Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship
  • Jared Deininger – ISAF Summer Practicum Scholarship
  • Katherine Dinolfo – Senior Academic Merit Award in Wildlife
  • Kellee Edington – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Kellee Edington – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Kellee Edington – Outstanding Freshman
  • Lexi Eiler – Claude M. Gladen Memorial Fund
  • Lexi Eiler – Junior Academic Merit Award in Wildlife
  • Lexi Eiler – Durward Allen Memorial Award 
  • Bailey Elkins – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
  • Cody Gramlin – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
  • Stewart Hamilton – Junior Academic Merit Award in Forestry
  • Caroline Harms – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship
  • Ashley Higdon – Outstanding Camper in Wildlife
  • Todd Houser – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Kendria Huff – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Rebecca Lumkes – Leadership Award in Wildlife
  • Ben McCallister – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Ben McCallister – Bartlett Tree Foundation Scholarship
  • Ben McCallister – ISAF Summer Practicum Shcolarship 5
  • Victoria Montarsi – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Landon Neuman – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Landon Neumann – Outstanding Sophomore
  • Trevor Nice – Junior Academic Merit Award in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • Jameson Pierce – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Jameson Pierce – Pike Lumber Company Scholarship
  • Jameson Pierce – Coal Creek Habitat Management
  • Kelsey Rearick – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship – Junior Award
  • Karly Rushmore – John Oliver Holwager II Memorial Scholarship
  • Collin Schindler – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Collin Schindler – Sophomore Academic Merit Award in Forestry
  • Sabrina Schuler – Senior Academic Merit Award in Forestry
  • Priyanka Shankar – Junior Academic Merit Award in Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Korbin Smith – Claude M. Gladden, Memorial Fund
  • Morgan Sussman – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Morgan Sussman – Outstanding Junior
  • Emily Tauber – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Nick Uecker – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Alexis Vercauteren – Glenn R. Allison Scholarship
  • Sean Verkamp – Ewbank-Bishop Endowed Scholarship
  • Sean Verkamp – Roy C. Brundage Memorial Scholarship
  • Lucas Voorhees – Claude M. Gladden Memorial Fund
  • Evan Watkins – Leadership Award in Forestry
  • Evan Watkins – Society of American Foresters Senior Award
  • Evan Watkins – Leadership Award in Wood Products Manufacturing Technology/Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Evan Watkins – Undergraduate Engagement Award
  • Paige Weldy – Outstanding Senior
  • Paige Weldy – William A. Rafferty Award
At the annual FNR research poster competition, the following awards were given to FNR undergraduate students:
  • Lexington Eiler – FNR Research Symposium – Undergraduate Research Poster Award – 1st place
  • Laura Estrada – FNR Research Symposium - Undergraduate Research Poster Award – Honorable Mention
  • Paige Weldy – FNR Research Symposium – Undergraduate Research Poster Award – 2nd place  

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