Appointments, Honors and Awards
Appointed to EPA
Science Advisory Board
Sylvie Brouder, professor of agronomy, has been appointed to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s
(EPA) Science Advisory Board.
Brouder, who is the Wickersham
Chair of Excellence in Agricultural
ing a rigorous selec-
tion process. She
will serve through
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The Science Advisory Board was
established by Congress in 1978 and
provides independent advice on
technical issues to the administrator
of the EPA. It also reviews the quality
and relevance of scientific and technical information used by the agency in
proposing policies and regulations.
Brouder focuses her research on
crop nutrition and soil fertility, and
she provides technical information on plant nutrition, nutrient
management and cropping systems
to farmers, county educators and
industry. She also studies carbon and
nitrogen cycling, soil sequestration,
the relationship between roots and
soil, greenhouse gas emissions and
water quality impacts of intensively
managed agricultural systems.
Purdue Learning Design and Technology
Professor Selected as New Director of
Discovery Learning Research Center
Longtime Purdue learning design and technology professor James Lehman has
been selected as the new Jerry and Rosie Semler Director of the Discovery Learning
Research Center in Discovery Park.
Lehman, who will be phasing out of his role as associate dean for discovery and
faculty development in the College of Education, teaches classes on the educational
applications of computers, technology integration in the classroom, educational soft-
ware design, interactive multimedia and distance learning.
“The DLRC occupies a unique position in Discovery
Park, connecting the innovative research done in the Park
with the fundamental education mission of the univer-
sity,” Lehman says. “I am excited to help the DLRC bring
together internal and external stakeholders to tackle impor-
tant problems of teaching and learning with a special focus
on translating STEM education research into practice at the
university and beyond.”
His research has focused on the integration of personal
computers in education, particularly in the sciences.
Lehman also has examined interactive multimedia design
and computer-mediated distance education, as well as
teacher professional development to equip teachers to use
problem-centered, inquiry-based science in the classroom. James Lehman
Turco appointed new director of Purdue Global
Sustainability Institute in Discovery Park
Agronomy professor Ronald Turco has been selected as the new director of the Purdue
Global Sustainability Institute in Discovery Park. He also has been appointed assistant
dean of agricultural and environmental research for the College of Agriculture.
Turco will serve two years as GSI director, guiding its mission to advance research and
education for supporting the sustainability goals of communities, states and nations.
GSI coordinates research efforts in sustainability challenges such as climate change, energy, food security, the
environment and water. Through his role as director of the
Purdue Water Community, Turco has facilitated water-related
research, teaching and engagement to improve and sustain
human and ecosystem health.
“Over the last 30 years, Purdue has provided me a series of
opportunities to work with a great set of faculty colleagues on
an ever-changing array of important environmental problems,”
Turco says. “As a result, the GSI and its component centers are well-positioned for major
advances in addressing all aspects of environmental sustainability and resilience.”
A faculty member in the College of Agriculture since 1985, Turco has focused his
research on understanding how the behavior of microorganisms and the processes they
control in natural systems is influenced by human activity. As assistant dean for the
College of Agriculture, Turco will work with faculty and a statewide network of exten-
sion educators to address critical challenges for Indiana in water quality and soil health.
Beginning with Turco and moving forward, GSI directors will be selected from
among the existing Discovery Park center directors in GSI — the Energy, Environ-
ment, Water, Climate Change and Global Food Security centers.