WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue College introduced that Dr. Barry Pittendrigh, at the moment a Michigan State College Basis Professor, has agreed to simply accept the place because the Osmun Endowed Chair in City Entomology at Purdue College.
Within the early 2000s, members of the pest management business fashioned the Purdue College Endowed Chair Committee to lift funds for the creation of the John V. Osmun Endowed Chair. Along with the Osmun endowed chair, the college is also dwelling to the O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chair in City Entomology. A named endowed professorship is without doubt one of the highest honors a college can bestow on a member — or previous member — of its school. It’s a tutorial place completely supported with the income from an endowment fund particularly arrange for that objective.
In a communication to the entomology group, Stephen Cameron, head of Purdue’s Entomology Division, wrote:
I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Barry Pittendrigh has agreed to simply accept the place because the Osmun Endowed Chair in City Entomology. The Osmun Endowment honors Dr. John Osmun, former Division Head in Entomology, a specialist in City Entomology & Pest Administration who was liable for constructing the status and scope of most of the signature City packages inside our Division together with the Pest Administration Convention and the Correspondence Programs for Pest Administration Professionals. It was funded by an extended operating marketing campaign of our Alumni and Business Companions, lastly vesting attributable to a untargeted bequest in 2016.
Dr. Pittendrigh, at the moment an MSU Basis Professor at Michigan State College, is a specialist in insect genetics and genomics with a powerful analysis observe document specializing in the genetics of pesticide resistance, with over 180 publications, and has acquired over $30 million in profession aggressive funding. He’s each a graduate of our division (MS 1994) and a former school member (Assistant Professor 200-2004, Affiliate Professor 2004-2008) and was honored with the John V Osmun Award for Skilled Achievement in 2016, our division’s highest alumni award. He leads an revolutionary program in outreach and public training (SAWBo) centered on multi-lingual instruments, and a powerful observe document as an educator and a pupil mentor. Most not too long ago, he has developed important expertise directing giant collaborative tasks and most not too long ago main the USAID Feed the Future, Legume Innovation Lab. Dr. Pittendrigh has, an expansive and compelling imaginative and prescient for taking the Middle for City & Industrial Pest Administration (CUIPM) into the long run, and persevering with our management in City analysis, training and public engagement.
I wish to thank everybody who contributed to the seek for the Osmun Endowed Chair, significantly the tireless work of the search committee, Mr. Matt Dittman, Dr. Ashley Leach, Dr. Laramy Enders, Dr. Ameya Gondhalekar, Dr. Linda Mason and Dr. Doug Richmond (chair). Moreover, I wish to thank Judy Dold, Dave Mueller and Joe Lengthy, who as representatives of the Osmun Donors group, and leaders within the Pest Administration Business performed essential roles each in elevating funds to make the endowment a actuality and in conducting the interviews for this place. Lastly, I wish to thank, Dean Plaut, and Dr. Russell, Division Head in Agricultural Science Training & Communication, for his or her work in direction of a companion school rent for Dr. Pittendrigh’s spouse Dr. Bello-Bravo, a formidable social scientist in her personal proper.
Please be a part of me in welcoming Dr. Pittendrigh again to Purdue, and in thanking everybody who contributed in direction of this nice final result.