Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program Earns Top Ranking

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program Earns Top Ranking Mosier explains that diverse disciplines also create important options for graduate students.“There are opportunities for graduate students to deepen their understanding in their areas of specialization and to broaden that knowledge through collaborations. Finding connections with other research groups leads to insights and breakthroughs to novel approaches,” he observed.Mosier credits incredible teamwork for his department’s ranking.“This achievement reflects the excellent work our faculty do in graduate education and research. And none of this would happen without the contributions and breadth of skills our staff members contribute.” By Purdue University News Service – Mar 30, 2021 Facebook Twitter Purdue’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program Earns Top Ranking Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Graduate Program is ranked #1 in its category in the annual  U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools. The ABE graduate and undergraduate programs have consistently received top ranking over the last decade.“The College of Agriculture celebrates the number one ranking our graduate agricultural and biological engineering program has earned. I thank the dedicated faculty and staff members, led by Nate Mosier, for their commitment to graduate education and for their advancement of innovative and globally-renowned research,” said Karen Plaut, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture.Department head and professor of agricultural and biological engineering Nate Mosier believes that the strength of Purdue’s ABE department is the department’s scope. Previous articleStand Up 4 Grain Safety Celebrates 5th AnniversaryNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 3/30/21 with StoneX’s Arlan Suderman Purdue University News Service SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Aaron Etienne solders a small circuit board as part of a data acquisition project he is working on in Purdue’s new Agricultural and Biological Engineering building. Etienne is working toward completing his Ph.D. (Photo by Purdue’s Tom Campbell)“We have a large and diverse program that spans the breadth of agricultural and biological engineering and that impacts sustainable agriculture, the environment and human health,” Mosier said. “While other programs might have strengths in one or two of these areas, Purdue has them across machine design, data science applications and biological and ecological engineering.”last_img read more

Activist breaks down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

first_imgFollow Yasmeen on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan Ruebner, a former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service and the current national advocacy director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, discussed his book, Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, which analyzes the Obama administration’s current policies on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.Ruebner began the discussion by exploring the recent history of conflict resolution, from the French colonization of Algeria to the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland.“Why do I raise these historical conflicts at the outset of my talk?” Ruebner asked the crowd of approximately 20 students. “I raise them because we hear that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is intrinsically and inherently more complex and difficult to resolve than other conflicts.”Ruebner, however, said he disagreed with this sentiment. “I don’t believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is inherently more difficult to understand or resolve than decolonizing Algeria or ending apartheid in South Africa or arranging for power-sharing in Northern Ireland,” he said.Though the discussion began by recounting the history of the conflict to the presence of more than 5 million Palestinian refugees around the world today, Ruebner ultimately focused on the numerous attempts made by the United States to broker peace in the contested region. He also frequently likened the laws governing the area to apartheid in South Africa.“The reason why this peace process fails, and will continue to fail, is because the peace process has not been about ending Israel’s apartheid policies toward the Palestinians,” Ruebner said. “Rather, it has been about enforcing them.”In comparing the Obama administration’s approach to brokering peace negotiations to those of past administrations, Ruebner highlighted instances in which Obama broke from the United States’ traditional stance on the conflict, including his opposition to Israeli settlement expansion.“There is no doubt that President Barack Obama has had more understanding of and empathy with Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans,” Ruebner said. “Hands down.”Ruebner also noted instances in which Obama’s administration aligned with past administrations, including his decision to increase the amount of military aid to Israel from $2.5 billion to $3.1 billion and pursuing peace negotiations in light of recent Israeli settlement expansion. To Ruebner, however, such policies continue to make the United States a “dishonest broker” in peace negotiations.“Under international law, when you provide weapons to one side of a conflict, you have broken the laws of neutrality,” Ruebner said.In closing, Ruebner compared the United States’ continued policies toward Israel and Palestine to a definition of insanity.“It brings to mind Einstein’s definition of insanity — which is to do the same thing over and over again and expect that somehow you’re going to get a different result,” Ruebner said. “You’re not. That’s why we will have failure this time around as well.”Despite the less than optimistic conclusion to the talk, many students said they appreciated the clear presentation of the contested issue.“I thought it was very informative,” said Sean McGuire, a senior majoring in international relations and economics. “He did a really good job of laying out the policies that each of these administrations have pursued and juxtaposing them with the Obama administration’s policies.”To Students for Justice in Palestine President Ifrah Sheikh, the presentation allowed students to examine the Obama administration from a variety of viewpoints.“I really liked how he broke down in very clear, concise and specific points what Obama has done in the region, both positive and negative,” Sheikh said. “It’s very easy to focus on the negatives and not always look at the positives of what they’ve done.”center_img On Monday afternoon, USC’s Students for Justice in Palestine and the Political Student Assembly co-sponsored an event featuring author and activist Josh Ruebner.Speak out · Josh Ruebner discusses his book Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace Monday at the Campus Center. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Boy Scout completes dog run project at Huron Humane Society

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Saturday will be a day that lives in Boy Scout Michael Buchler’s memory for a long time.He officially completed his Eagle Scout Project, opening the ‘Pawing Around’ Dog Run Park at the Huron Humane Society. The dog run is meant for potential new owners to play with the dogs at the humane society before adopting them. That way, the person can experience the dog to see if it’s a good fit. The project took around two years to complete with plenty of setbacks and rejections along the way.“One of the first ones was that I couldn’t find a place to do it until the humane society,” said Buchler. “The second biggest one was about three inches down below me, it turns into solid limestone so we had to find a way to break that up so then we could put the post down to concrete them.”Over 400 hours went into the project. The future Eagle Scout can now breath a sign of relief after watching his dream come to life.“It felt very relieving and great at the same time because now that it’s finally open, now that it’s all done, all of the dogs in the humane society can use it to the fullest extent,” said Buchler.A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the afternoon where Buchler read the letter he read to community members to gain support for opening the park. The letter touched the hearts of many and focused on his childhood battle with epilepsy.Buchler thanked all of his friends, families, and volunteers. Cookies and punch were provided and folks could bring their dogs to play in the brand new park.The dog run park will be open the same hours as the Huron Humane Society. For those hours, visit their website https://www.huronhumanesocietyinc.org/   AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Boy Scouts, Dog Run Park, Eagle Project, Huron Humane Society, Michael Buchler, Ribbon Cutting, WATZContinue ReadingPrevious Forgotten Eagles of Michigan Stop in AlpenaNext Motorcyclists take to the highways to raise awareness for homelessnesslast_img read more