SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Akridge and Plaut Assume Interim Roles at Purdue SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 4, 2017 Plaut to Interim Ag DeanThere is administrative change happening at Purdue University and it includes the College of Agriculture. With Provost Deba Dutta now the Chancellor of Rutgers University, effective July first the role of interim provost has been handed over to Purdue Ag Dean Jay Akridge.“He reports to directly to the president of the university and kind of oversees the research teaching, extension mission across the whole university.”That is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs Karen Plaut, and she is now serving as interim dean of the College of Agriculture. She shared her thoughts with HAT on her shift in responsibilities at Purdue.“It’s an opportunity and a pleasure to serve the college,” she said. “It’ll be lots of fun working across all the missions of the college. I also still get to work with my old boss, Jay Akridge, so I’m really happy to have him in that role and still get to work with him, so I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to move the college forward and really continue in the tradition that Jay did.”Plaut acknowledges that the popular and effective Akridge leaves big shoes to fill.“Jay has been a wonderful boss and it’s great to be working with him and I’ll do the best I can to fill those shoes. There will be an interim associate dean for research, Shawn Donkin. He’ll do much of the work that I was doing. There are a few pieces that will continue to do just to continue to shepherd those opportunities and move them forward.”She said Purdue will begin a search this fall for the permanent provost position.“At this point I’m pretty sure they’re going to do an internal search, and then people will apply and once that search process is over they’ll appoint a permanent provost.”Plaut added to her diverse background when she arrived at Purdue in 2010 as the associate dean for agriculture research. Facebook Twitter Akridge and Plaut Assume Interim Roles at Purdue Facebook Twitter Previous articleDow AgroSciences Helping Farmers in KenyaNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 5, 2017 Andy Eubank
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Image source: SeadrillOffshore drilling specialist Seadrill Partners has secured a contract with Shell for one of its drillships.The West Capella drillship will work for Shell’s subsidiary Sabah Shell Petroleum Limited, drilling five wells offshore Malaysia.Shell will also have several options to extend the contract.Backlog for the firm portion of the contract is expected to be approximately $32 million and start is expected in October 2018.The West Capella is a 6th generation ultra-deepwater drillship built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2008. Its maximum water depth is 10,000 feet while the maximum drilling depth is around 37,500 feet.The rig is currently being used by Repsol for and exploration well offshore Aruba.Before the Repsol contract, Seadrill’s West Capella worked for the Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas on a three-month contract from October 1, 2017, until December 31, 2017. Offshore Energy Today Staff
Newly crowned Munster Junior League Division 1 champions Clonmel are vying for a place in next season’s Ulster Bank League. Denis Leamy coaches the Tipp side and last weekend they defeated Cobh Pirates to claim the Munster Junior League Division 1 title for the first time in their 123 year history. Dundalk, Clonmel, Instonians and the Connacht qualifiers will battle it out across three weekends in March and April. The fixtures are below: Saturday, March 28Instonians v Dundalk; Clonmel v Connacht qualifiersSaturday, April 11 Connacht qualifiers v Instonians; Dundalk v ClonmelSaturday, April 18 Connacht qualifiers v Dundalk; Instonians v ClonmelSaturday, April 25 Play-off between the Round Robin series winners and the third-from-bottom side in Division 2B. All matches will kick off at 2.30pm.http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34099.php#.VQF-BPmsXK4
But the Clippers, too proud to simply go away, found a way to threaten.The comeback started in the third quarter, just when it looked like the Clippers were ready to pack their suitcases and get on the plane to the next city in this six-game tour across the continental United States.Down 17, the team started to climb back slowly until J.J. Redick and the Clipper offense took off like they were powered by rocket fuel.Redick scored 11 straight near the end of the third quarter — he had 18 in the frame — getting the Clippers in position to pull off the improbable.The Clipper bench, which played so well in the team’s win in Dallas on Wednesday night, finally nudged the Clippers ahead for the first time since early in the game. Raymond Felton’s score put them up 84-82 — a notable moment in the game because of what came next.“We fought. I liked the way we fought back into it,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “We’ve just got to execute better down the stretch.”The Clipper defense stopped getting stops, the offense stopped getting scored and in a matter of minutes, the Clippers were back down 11 points.And, as they tried to make some kind of miracle happen, the Clippers were simply too sloppy, with Redick and Chris Paul committing crucial turnovers.“We made some critical errors,” Griffin said. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. >> The bulky forward with skills couldn’t be guarded. The quick point guard from Wake Forest drove into the paint and threw the ball up for the athletic center to catch and slam home.This was Clipper basketball at its finest. Too bad for them it was the Pistons playing that way Friday night.Tobias Harris torched the Clipper defense, Ish Smith hit big shots and made big passes and Andre Drummond dominated above the rim in the Pistons’ 108-97 win.“They came to play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the Pistons. “They were ready to play. I thought we just kind of showed up.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All five Piston starters scored in double figures.The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Clippers. It’s also the Clippers’ first road loss this season.The Pistons, who were blown out by the Clippers at Staples Center 114-82 earlier this season, looked like they were going to return the favor, jumping out to an 18-point lead midway into the second quarter.They, not the Clippers, forced the turnovers (nine in the first half). They, not the Clippers, won the battles in the paint. They, not the Clippers, got balanced production from almost everyone who stepped on the court.“It’s rough,” Clippers guard Raymond Felton said. “We weren’t our usual selves tonight.”