September 7, 2012
Appointments, honors and activities
• Faculty and staff honors:
- Representatives from Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute will be featured at the CTO Forum dinner on Sept. 13 in San Francisco. This event is being co-hosted by chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees Keith Krach and his wife, Metta. Arden Bement, director of the institute and Purdue's chief global affairs officer, and Gebisa Ejeta, director of Purdue's Center for Global Food Security and distinguished professor of agronomy who received the World Food Prize in 2009, also will participate in a fireside chat on, "Food Security - Humanity's Foremost Challenge of the 21st Century." The CTO Forum enables technology and business leaders at the highest levels to network, explore topics of mutual interest, share knowledge and forge solutions that are critical to the industry.
The Global Policy Research Institute also will be highlighted at the Sept. 14 Legacy Venture Luncheon at its office Palo Alto, Calif. Ejeta will present a talk "Food Security is Humanity's Biggest Challenge." John Boyle, director of engagement for the Purdue West Coast Partnership Center and a Legacy Venture partner, helped arrange this event and will be introducing Ejeta. Legacy Venture is a unique organization tapping into the financial power of venture capital and combining it with an extensive philanthropic community.
- The American Chemical Society announced Fred Regnier, the John .H. Law Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will receive its 2013 Separations Science and Technology award. The award recognizes the development of novel applications with major impacts and the practical implementations of modern advancements in the field of separation science and technology. Regnier's work in chromatography has led to the development of many life-saving biopharmaceuticals including human growth hormone and tissue plasminogen activator, a protein that can dissolve blood clots. He also is accomplished in the field of proteomics and has developed diagnostic technologies for animal and human health care. Regnier developed a way to place multiple mini-labs on a single silicon chip and helped develop a technology for detecting proteins by spinning disc interferometry. He has helped start five companies, and his more than 40 patents and technologies have led to the creation of more than 700 jobs. The Separations Science and Technology award is sponsored by Waters Corp.