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September 2016

Phenotyping facility dedicationPurdue opens first field phenotyping facility in North America

Dedication ceremonies were held on Aug. 29 for the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center, a 25,500-square-foot facility at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education. The center will support state-of-the-art research in automated field phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics. More ...

Think Summer programs help take heat off students in fall

A record 260 incoming freshmen will be more prepared for the fall semester after participating in summer programs at Purdue in 2016. The total is 219 more than in 2015, largely because of the Summer Start and Early Start Engineering programs. About 74 percent of those taking part in Summer Start are from Indiana. Sixty-four percent of all students attending the summer session were from Indiana. More ...

Study abroad recordAnother record year for Purdue study abroad

More Purdue students studied abroad this past year to gain valuable global experience to help post-graduation. From fall 2015 to summer 2016, some 2,198 undergraduate students studied abroad, compared with 1,964 students in 2014-15 and 1,666 students in 2013-14. The students who participated this past year studied in 52 countries. More ...

Discovery Park head named to National Academies board

Tomás Diáz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Purdue's Discovery Park, has been named a member of a national board to discuss science and technology issues of importance to the nation's intelligence community. More ...

US legislators, NIH director visit West Lafayette campus

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN-5) toured Hockmeyer Hall and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research during an Aug. 29 visit to the West Lafayette campus. Brooks also met with key faculty and student researchers to learn more about Purdue's investment in the life sciences, especially focusing on her growing involvement in biodefense issues. On Sept. 1, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, were briefed on some of the life-changing research at Purdue, toured research laboratories and the Institute for Drug Discovery, and heard an update on Zika virus research.

Purdue entomologist receives NSF grants for collections-based research

The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants totaling more than $3.6 million to help fund collections-based research in the Purdue Department of Entomology. With support from the NSF, Purdue's collections-based data will be made more readily available to researchers, allowing them to trace the history of insect-borne diseases, determine changes in water quality and monitor climate changes in the environment. More ...

Purdue's Gerry McCartney named CTO of the Year

Gerry McCartney, Purdue's chief information officer, has been named Chief Technology Officer of the Year in the category of "not-for-profit/government" by Indianapolis Business Journal and Techpoint. More ...

Purdue Olympians earn four medals, including first female Boilermaker to win gold

Purdue Olympians won four medals in Rio, including alumna Amanda Elmore who won a gold in rowing for the U.S. women’s eight rowing team. Elmore is the first female Purdue Olympian to win a gold, and the fifth Boilermaker to win an Olympic gold medal since 1900. More ...

Olympic champion David Boudia to headline Krannert event in Indianapolis

Fresh off the Rio Olympics, where he captured silver and bronze medals, Purdue alumnus David Boudia will be the featured speaker at the university's 16th annual Krannert Leadership Speakers Series on Sept. 29 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. More ...

Boiler Gold RushPhoto gallery: Boiler Gold Rush

Purdue welcomed about 6,500 new students during its annual Boiler Gold Rush, the University's orientation program. Students participated in a new-student induction ceremony, learned about University and athletic traditions and attended sessions on topics such as academic expectations and integrity, diversity and intercultural awareness, campus safety and freedom of expression. Photos from Boiler Gold Rush are here.

System might detect doctored images and videos for the military

Purdue is leading part of an international effort to develop a system for the military that would detect doctored images and video and determine specifically how they were manipulated. The project is funded over four years with a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). More ...

RetroScope opens doors to the past in smart phone investigations

Purdue researchers are working on a new technique, called RetroScope, that could aid law enforcement in gathering data from smart phones when investigating crimes. The research moves the focus from a smartphone's hard drive, which holds information after the phone is shut down, to the device's RAM, which is volatile memory. More ...

Research suggests new tool for cancer treatment based on cell type

A new tumor model has been shown to predict how certain types of cancer cells react differently to a commonly used chemotherapy drug, a potential tool for "precision medicine," in which drug treatment is tailored to individual patients and certain cancer types. More ...

Hybrid system designed to harvest 'full spectrum' of solar energy

A new concept could bring highly efficient solar power by combining three types of technologies that convert different parts of the light spectrum and also store energy for use after sundown. Combining the technologies could make it possible to harness and store far more of the spectrum of sunlight than is possible using any one of the technologies separately. More ...

Soluble corn fiber can help young women build bone, and older women preserve bone

Supplementing with soluble corn fiber at two critical times in a woman's life -- adolescence and post-menopause -- can help build and retain calcium in bone, according to new research from Purdue. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue Northwest adds new sculpture to Odyssey exhibit

The sculpture "Birdman" by the internationally known abstract artists, The Zhou Brothers, is on display at the Purdue University Northwest campus in Westville as part of the PNW Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series. More ...

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