'Boiler Bytes 27' segments to explore heritage, future

November 30, 2012  

Strength from the past and strength for the future are themes in the four segments in the newest installment of "Boiler Bytes," Purdue's video news magazine, to appear Sunday (Dec. 2) on the Big Ten Network.

BTN will televise the 30-minute program at 1 p.m. ET, just before the telecast of the Purdue women's basketball game against Central Michigan at 1:30.

This "Boiler Bytes 27" will reach back to the origins of Purdue in the Morrill Act and to the origins of WBAA Public Radio. Other segments will offer news of two current programs making advances in health and nutrition.

* The Morrill Act. The initiative that paved the way for land-grant universities became U.S. law 150 years ago. Purdue is among 110 land-grant universities celebrating the vision that created educational opportunities for a much larger slice of the U.S. population. Today, that heritage extends to everything from designing disease-resistant plants to developing solar and electric vehicles.

* WBAA Public Radio. This year, Purdue's radio station is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and this segment features many historical images as well as commentary on how WBAA became the versatile provider of information and entertainment that it is today. The contributions of students in early years, the educational programming that built air time and the station's community role are all noted, as are technical advancements and the addition of FM and Web-based listening.

* Sports Nutrition Program. Purdue Athletics has two sports dietitians planning and guiding the meals of every student-athlete in every Purdue varsity sport, putting the University among the vanguard nationwide. This program is part of Athletics' advances in sports performance, seeking competitive edges at every opportunity.

* Purdue Student Farm. This recent development just west of campus is a dream fulfilled for a number of faculty and students. In an interdisciplinary effort, students learn to operate a small-scale, forward-looking farm focused on produce rather than cash crops. They develop a budget, create crop groupings and rotations, care for the plants and market the produce.

These and previous "Boiler Bytes" segments are at www.purdue.edu/boilerbytes; previous segments are also on Purdue's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/purdue.

BTN features campus programming from all Big Ten universities, as well as extensive coverage and replays of Big Ten athletics. More including a program schedule is at http://btn.com/shows.

BTN is on Boiler TV at Channel 17. In Lafayette-West Lafayette, it is on Comcast at Channel 67 (Channel 958 for HD); on DirecTV on Channel 610; and on DISH Network on Channel 439.

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