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June 14, 2002

Appointments and promotions; Faculty and staff and student honors

Appointments and promotions:

–Marc Archambault has been appointed the director foundation relations in the Office of Advancement effective July 1. He currently serves as director of advancement and alumni relations in Purdue's Department of Biological Sciences. Previously, Archambault was the associate director of grants and contracts in the research financial services division of research at the University of Houston. He also is an affiliate member of the National Society of Fundraising Executives and is a current representative on APSAC at the university.

Faculty and staff honors:

– Zheko Kounev, avian diagnostician and food safety specialist in Purdue University's Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab, received recognition for fulfilling his two-year term as a National Poultry Improvement Plan general conference committee member. Bill Hawks, U.S. Department of Agriculture's under Secretary for marketing and regulatory service, presented the award during the organization's national meeting in San Antonio.

• Student honors:

Featherston awards presented to students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– Purdue University's Department of Animal Sciences has announced the winners of the 2002 Featherston Awards.

To be eligible for the awards, students must be working toward a master's or doctoral degree in animal sciences.

The Featherston Off-Campus Training Fellowship Award provides financial support for a student to attend a formal career development training program, organized workshop or off-campus course. Three graduate students received this award.

• Jason Herrick began his doctoral degree at Purdue in the fall of 2001. An East Grand Rapids, Mich., native, he is specializing in reproductive physiology under the direction of Rebecca Krisher, Purdue animal sciences assistant professor.

• Rachel Durkin began her doctoral degree at Purdue in the fall of 2001. A native of Chesapeake, Va., she is working under the direction of Krisher.

• Michelle Conover began her doctoral degree at Purdue in the fall of 2001. A native of Castle Rock, Wash., she is currently specializing in reproductive physiology/developmental biology under the direction of Krisher.

The Featherston Early Graduate Career Award is given annually to recognize the outstanding master's or doctoral student within their first two years of graduate study. This year's recipients were:

• Melissa Schreiweis began her doctoral degree at Purdue in the fall of 2000. Schreiweis is from New Albany, Ind., and is specializing in physiological genetics under the direction of Scotti Hester, Purdue professor of animal sciences.

• Jon Townsend joined the doctoral program at Purdue in the spring of 1999. Townsend is from Battleground, Ind., and is specializing in ruminant nutrition with Shawn Donkin, associate professor of animal sciences.

The Featherston Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes the outstanding doctorate student within the department. This year's recipient was:

•Sarah Norberg began her doctoral degree in the fall of 2000. A native of University Place, Wash., she is specializing in non-ruminant nutrition under the direction of Mickey Latour, assistant professor of animal sciences.

The Featherston Outstanding Ph.D. Award honors excellence in the graduate program. The recipient this year was:

• Brian Bowker began his doctoral degree in the spring of 1997. A native of Roanoke, Ind., he is currently undertaking graduate work in the laboratory of David E. Gerrard, professor of animal sciences.

The Featherston Awards were established in remembrance of W.R. Featherston, a Purdue animal science professor. Featherston taught at Purdue from 1962 until his death in 1980. His research activities guided, encouraged and inspired graduate students.

Writer: Andrea Campbell, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Alan Grant, (765) 494-4809,

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