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June 2016

Purdue engineer
receives 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, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony on May 19. The medal is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president of the United States. More ...

Purdue grad receives assignment for space station mission

U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Tingle, Purdue alumnus and the University's 23rd astronaut, will fly on a NASA space mission to the International Space Station, beginning in September 2017. More ...

Purdue represented on commission to tackle global food security

Three agricultural experts from Purdue -- Gebisa Ejeta, Jay Akridge and Vic Lechtenberg -- have been appointed to a newly created Association of Public and Land-grant Universities commission to help ensure universal food security by 2050. The 31-member commission, called The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, is composed of leading scholars in the agricultural, biological, physical and social sciences, as well as development experts, public university administrators and former senior government officials. More ...

Purdue summer enrollment largest on record

Purdue will have the largest enrollment on record for the 2016 summer session. Blake Nemelka, director of summer session, said 2016 will see a 10 percent increase over the 2015 summer enrollment numbers. More than 250 incoming freshmen taking classes will be on campus early, 210 more than in 2015. More ...

More Purdue students studying abroad this summer

Purdue continues to see an increase in study abroad participation, especially during the summer sessions. The Office of Programs for Study Abroad expects approximately 1,223 students to participate in summer study abroad programs compared with 1,144 last year. There were 992 undergraduate participants in 2014 and 751 in 2013. This summer's total will bring the number of Purdue undergraduate students studying abroad to 2,268 for the 2015-16 year. Study abroad is one of the 10 Purdue Moves strategic initiatives. More ...

Purdue Aviation, TECNAM combine resources to bring sales, flight training to Purdue Research Park Aerospace District

Purdue Aviation LLC, Purdue Research Foundation and Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM in May announced a partnership that will support a U.S.-based sales, maintenance and training center in the Purdue Research Park Aerospace District. The agreement includes a sales center focused on TECNAM's certified aircraft fleet including the TECNAM P2006T, flight school integration, flight training and maintenance services. More ...

Professor receives young investigator award from Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Rebecca Kramer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a Young Investigator Research Program grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Kramer's award project focuses on robotic fabrics primarily for two applications: morphing aircraft wings and a "reactive automatic tourniquet" that can sense when the wearer is injured and automatically apply pressure to control blood loss. More ...

Students, alumni win prestigious Fulbright grants

Select Purdue students and alumni have been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2016-17 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. More ...

Research points to a new treatment for pancreatic cancer

Researchers have shown how controlling cholesterol metabolism in pancreatic cancer cells reduces metastasis, pointing to a potential new treatment using drugs previously developed for atherosclerosis. More ...

System harnesses thousands of network cameras for public safety

Purdue researchers have developed a prototype system that could allow law enforcement and public safety agencies to tap into thousands of cameras located in numerous venues including parking garages, college campuses, national parks and highways. In addition to applications in law enforcement, the system can be used to quickly find damage, plan rescues and other operations during natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. More ...

Pesky squeaks and squeals caused by 3 types of 'stick-slip' behavior

Researchers have uncovered key features of the dynamics of a form of jerky motion responsible for phenomena as diverse as squeaks and squeals in door hinges and automotive brakes, joint wear in the human body and the sudden shifting of tectonic plates leading to earthquakes. More ...

High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones

Purdue researchers' new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue Northwest appoints top academic official

Ralph O. Mueller, dean of the University of Hartford's College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions in West Hartford, Conn., will become Purdue University Northwest's vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost on July 15. More ...

IPFW prof receives $294,000 from Department of Defense

Bruce Kingsbury, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of biology, and director of the Environmental Resources Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, received a $294,242 grant from the United States Department of Defense to explore the response of snakes, turtles, and lizards to translocation, which is the purposeful moving of wildlife to new habitats. More ...

Students 'bridge' education, careers in IPFW program

The Bridges to Education and Careers program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is helping students make the transition to college. The federally funded program is for students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school, with a diploma or Certificate of Completion, and are ready to begin college. More ...

Purdue in the News

USA Today: A new way to pay for college: Our view

Inside INdiana Business: Purdue Polytechnic to prep 'adaptable' grads

NPR: For wheelchair users, a RoboDesk for electronic devices

Journal & Courier: Purdue team gives baseball player new foot

Journal & Courier: USDA gives Purdue $500K to aid food security

LaPorte Herald Argus: New PNW complex opens

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