May 10, 2012

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Purdue zipTrips wins Ag's TEAM Award

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Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell
Tecumseh Junior High School students in Lafayette, Ind., watch the "It's a Gene Thing!" zipTrip. As part of the program, they could ask questions in real time through the online chat board HotSeat.

The Purdue zipTrips educational program, which takes "field trips" to the classrooms of thousands of elementary and middle school students across the country, is the winner of the 2012 Purdue Agriculture TEAM Award.

TEAM is an acronym for Together Everybody Achieves More. The award recognizes interdisciplinary achievements of Purdue faculty and staff. A ceremony honoring the zipTrips team was held Wednesday (May 9) in Pfendler Hall’s Deans Auditorium. 

The team makes a difference by creating virtual field trips that connect students in hundreds of classrooms nationwide, said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. 

"Using a novel combination of materials and media, zipTrips are an innovative way to provide students with fun, and engaging and memorable educational experiences in science," he said.

Assessment studies have shown that zipTrips programs effectively increase students' interest in science and science careers. Content meets state and national science standards in comparative biology. 

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The zipTrips effort began in 2007 with a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to J. Paul Robinson in Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine. The team develops and delivers electronic field trips to students in Indiana and dozens of other states as well as to a few schools abroad. The programs connect pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students to Purdue scientists through interactive videoconferencing and Web-streaming technology. 

The latest zipTrips program is "It's a Gene Thing!" It has reached more than 5,000 students at 127 schools in 30 states. Other programs were viewed in Austria and Dubai. 

The zipTrips team is composed of faculty and staff from the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture, Discovery Learning Research Center, College of Science, College of Engineering, Information Technology at Purdue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The team will receive $10,000 to use for the program. 

Team members are: 

• Agricultural Communication: Dan Annarino, Tom Campbell, Joan Crow, Steven Doyle, Rebecca Goetz, Sharon Katz, Steve Leer, Jamie Loizzo, Carolyn McGrew, Robert Snorek, Tim Thompson, Cindy Verhey.

• Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory: Ching Ching Wu. 

• Animal Sciences: Amy Lossie, Terry Stewart. 

• Basic Medical Sciences: Sophie Lelièvre, J. Paul Robinson.  

• Biochemisty: James Clemens. 

• Biomedical Engineering: Brad Duerstock, Alyssa Panitch. 

• Biological Sciences: Krista Nichols 

• Botany and Plant Pathology: Kiersten Wise 

• Center for Paralysis Research: Lisa Hilliard 

• Discovery Learning Research Center: Omolola Adedokun, Julianne Bell, Wilella Burgess, Loran Carleton Parker. 

• Entomology: Jeff Grabowski, Catherine Hill, Tom Turpin. 

• Food Science: Kevin Keener. 

• Forestry and Natural Resources: Andrew DeWoody, Brian MacGowan, Rod Williams, Marisol Sepúlveda. 

• Information Technology-Video and Multimedia Production Services: Edward Dunn. 

• U.S. Department of Agriculture: Elizabeth Pappas. 

• Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Laurent Couëtil, Steven Thompson. 

• Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital: Lorraine Corriveau. 

• Youth Development and Agricultural Education: Richard Fox.


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