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January 2016

Annual open letter from President Daniels

President Mitch Daniels discusses Purdue research, student success, athletics, and diversity and inclusion in his annual open letter to the Purdue community. More ...

Purdue to invest more than $250 million in life sciences over next 5 years

Purdue is investing more than $250 million in the life sciences over the next five years to advance research that both improves lives and supports Indiana’s critical life sciences business sector. More ...

Purdue $2 million fund created to launch plant sciences startups

The College of Agriculture and Purdue Research Foundation officials have announced a $2 million fund to help launch startups based on Purdue plant sciences innovations focused on advancing crop traits and generating higher yields. The plant sciences innovation fund, supported through the Purdue Moves initiative, is called the "Ag-celerator." More ...

Automated plant phenotyping facilityIndiana corn, soybean farmers support new plant phenotyping facility at Purdue

Two groups representing Indiana corn and soybean farmers -- Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council -- are making a $4 million investment in automated plant phenotyping research and education to further Purdue's innovative work in plant sciences. More ...

Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School granted charter

The Indianapolis Charter School Board on Dec. 3 awarded a charter to the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School. The board’s decision was the final step in the school’s application process. Next steps for the STEM-focused high school are hiring a school leader and selecting a location. More ...

Nancy HoPurdue engineer to receive top award from President Obama

Nancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue's School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony on Jan. 22. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president of the United States. More ...

Purdue receives ExxonMobil grant at White House kickoff

Purdue has received one of nine new 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by ExxonMobil to support university partnerships and new study abroad programs. The grants were announced on Dec. 14 by Vice President Joe Biden and the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. More ...

Purdue honored with inaugural 21st Century Scholars award

The state's higher education commission has honored Purdue for its work in helping 21st Century Scholars students. Representatives from Student Success at Purdue and Purdue Promise, which supports 21st Century Scholars, accepted the Champion Award from the 21st Century Scholars program at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's first Student Advocates Conference in Indianapolis. More ...

Study shows Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, alumni ring up $476.9 million economic output statewide

Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine produces an economic impact on the state valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, a study conducted by Purdue Extension's Community Development Program has found. The college and its alumni had a significant impact on the Indiana economy through direct and indirect economic output and by generating good paying jobs, according to the study. More ...

Daniels named honorary co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative

President Mitch Daniels has been named honorary co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative. The yearlong nonpartisan effort aims "to identify concrete ways to strengthen the social contract in the midst of sweeping changes in the 21st century workplace and workforce." More ...

Purdue professors earn national honors

Three Purdue professors have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, which recognize researchers at universities and non-profit institutes who translate their research findings into inventions that may benefit society, and five Purdue faculty members have won 2015 Faculty Early Career Development awards from the National Science Foundation, one of the most prestigious NSF honors for outstanding young researchers.

Purdue named a 2016 'Best College Value' by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Purdue has been named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance's list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. The rankings highlight public colleges, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category. More ...

Indiana bincentennial torchPurdue team creates
high-tech torches for
Indiana bicentennial

An interdisciplinary team of students and faculty at Purdue has designed and built three types of torches that will be central to Indiana’s bicentennial relay. A functional prototype of the flagship torch designed to be used in the 2016 relay to mark Indiana’s bicentennial was given to Gov. Mike Pence as part of Statehood Day events at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Video

'Hydricity' concept uses solar energy to produce power round-the-clock

Researchers are proposing a new "hydricity" concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water for round-the-clock power production. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue University Calumet 2015 year in review highlights

The appointment of its chancellor as administrative leader of the emerging Purdue University Northwest, academic program milestones and wide-ranging student achievements highlighted 2015 for Purdue University Calumet. More ...

Unifying Purdue Northwest campuses select future nickname and mascot

Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central have announced the nickname and athletics mascot for the emerging Purdue University Northwest (PNW). Purdue Northwest athletic teams will be known as the Pride. The mascot will be a bold image of a lion. More ...

Purdue in the News

Chronicle of Higher Education: Purdue students as investments? Here’s how it might work

New York Times: Letter to the Editor -- Reining in college costs

USA Today – College: Purdue exploring new financial aid option for students

Phys.org: Including plant acclimation to temperature change improves climate models

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