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July 2016

Purdue Innovation District mapPurdue, Browning partner on $1 billion development district to transform west side of campus

Purdue Research Foundation and Browning Investments LLC have announced a partnership to develop approximately 450 acres at the west end of Purdue's West Lafayette campus called the Purdue Innovation District. Development will total several million square feet with total investment in excess of $1 billion. Browning and Purdue Research Foundation have come together to build a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate development with a long-term plan and vision. More ...

ISM announces $1 million support for Purdue education funding program

Purdue and ISM Education Loans announced June 29 that ISM will participate through a $1 million commitment to Purdue’s Back a Boiler income share agreement initiative, an option to help students pay for higher education. Back a Boiler – ISA Fund, made available through the Purdue Research Foundation, was launched in spring 2016 as an alternative to Federal Plus and private student loans.  More ...

Purdue items picked to go into space in 2017 mission with alumnus

Purdue's newest astronaut will carry his university pride with him when he ventures into outer space next year. Scott Tingle, Purdue's 23rd astronaut, will be aboard International Space Station expeditions 53 and 54 beginning in September 2017. He will carry select Purdue items, including a special medal named after Purdue alumnus Neil A. Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. More ...

Steven CollicottPurdue experiment aboard Blue Origin suborbital rocket a success

An experiment by Steven Collicott, professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ended with success aboard the first suborbital rocket research flight by private company Blue Origin. Collicott is one of three scientists asked by Blue Origin to work with the private company as it tested and perfected its suborbital rocket design. Collicott's experiment tested the physics of liquid movement in zero-gravity situations. More ...

Professor earns international grant to study how traveling cells keep time

A Purdue professor has received a 2016 Human Frontier Science Program grant to uncover how cells measure time. Andrew Mugler, assistant professor of physics, is part of an international team that will study worm cells shown to rely on precise timing. The team is one of 25 worldwide to receive a Human Frontier Science Program grant this year from an applicant pool of more than 800. More ...

Connie WeaverProf receives $8.8 million to study
adolescent nutrition

Connie Weaver, head and distinguished professor of nutrition, has received an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study dietary recommendations and curbing sodium intake for young teenagers. Weaver says few studies have investigated the effect of specific diet recommendations or sodium reduction on blood pressure in adolescents, and knowing these effects could help prevent development of cardiovascular disease in adulthood. More ...

Purdue helps to found Agricultural Data Coalition

Purdue has become a founding member of the Agricultural Data Coalition, a group formed to build a central repository where farmers can safely store and manage their farm's production information. Extracting more value from yield maps, soil tests, remote sensing, equipment sensors and dozens of other sources should help farmers better understand their growing environment and in turn fuel innovation and drive efficiency on the farm. More ...

Research yielding insights into brain's signaling network

Purdue researchers have taken an important step toward deciphering the brain's complex neuroelectric communication system that could underlie sleep disorders and conditions such as Alzheimer's, epilepsy and schizophrenia. More ...

Innovative process produces biodegradable cellulose-based films

Purdue researchers have developed tough, flexible, biodegradable films from cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls. The films could be used for products such as food packaging, agricultural groundcovers, bandages and capsules for medicine or bioactive compounds. More ...

Electronic sensor that tells dead bacteria from live is potential future tool for medicine and food safety

A new type of electronic sensor that might be used to quickly detect and classify bacteria for medical diagnostics and food safety has passed a key hurdle by distinguishing between dead and living bacteria cells. More ...

Purdue bicentennial torchPurdue's bicentennial torch project enters next phase

The role of Purdue in Indiana's bicentennial torch relay has stepped up from designing to assembling the golden components manufactured for the centerpiece torch. The pieces of the first 18 flagship torches designed by the College of Engineering arrived on campus in June. Students are now assembling the pieces, made of ultra-lightweight aluminum-lithium from Alcoa's Lafayette Operations and small interior components formed by 3-D printers. More ...

'Beyond Spaceship Earth' exhibit features Purdue artifacts

Purdue has partnered with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to supply 12 artifacts related to Purdue astronauts for the new "Beyond Spaceship Earth" exhibit, which opened June 25. The exhibit features the story of space exploration from NASA's Project Mercury, which sent the first astronauts into space, to the International Space Station. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue University Northwest leadershipPurdue University Northwest senior leadership in place

Purdue University Northwest officially became a reality July 1, headed by a team of senior leaders Chancellor Thomas L. Keon believes positions Indiana's fifth-largest university well for realizing its vision and effectively building up northern Indiana. More ...

Purdue University Northwest honors staff for job excellence

Thirteen Purdue University Northwest employees have been recognized as 2015-16 Outstanding Employees. More ...

Purdue in the News

New York Times: Students look to loan alternatives to simplify process and ease burden

WIND radio: President Daniels on college affordability

CSO: Corporate and university partnerships aim to close jobs gap

Christian Science Monitor: To save the bees, mind the household bug spray, study says

Anderson Herald-Bulletin: Purdue Polytechnic rising on former GM site

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