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October 2016

WSJ rankings put Purdue among top public institutions

Purdue ranks fourth among public institutions in the United States, based on a new survey announced Sept. 28 by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. The rankings, according to the Wall Street Journal, focus on performance indicators for student success and learning. More ...

Purdue Polytechnic High SchoolPurdue Polytechnic High School moving forward in Indy

Purdue on Oct. 3 announced an agreement with Indianapolis Public Schools and opened applications for Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis, a new STEM-focused charter school scheduled to open in fall 2017. More ...

Purdue sets records for largest enrollment and highest graduation rates ever

Some 40,451 students descended on the Purdue West Lafayette campus this semester, setting the record for the largest enrollment ever. That is 1,042 more than last year and includes 30,043 undergraduates. President Mitch Daniels said, "Our goal is to offer a high-quality education at the highest proven value to as many students as we can. The increase in our enrollment is a testament to this commitment." More ...

Purdue, State of Indiana receive $24.5 million grant to help Hoosier students prepare for college success

A multimillion-dollar federal grant awarded to Purdue and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will help more Indiana students stay on track from middle school to postsecondary education. The statewide effort aims to strengthen academic preparation, college readiness and career guidance with a special focus on students in Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program. More ...

Indiana companies expand Purdue Pathmaker Internship Program

Wabash National, DelMar Software Development, GyanSys, Imaginestics and Social Imposter are the latest Indiana participants in the Purdue Pathmaker Internship Program, a university-private industry partnership that expands students' educational experiences while providing benefits to partnering corporations and organizations. Previous Indiana participants are Interactive Intelligence, Delphi and the State of Indiana. More ...

Faculty receive $2.5 million NSF grant for STEM project

A National Science Foundation grant will fund Purdue research into computational thinking by children. The NSF awarded a $2.5 million grant to principal investigator Alka Harriger, professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, for the project. More ...

Honors College and ResidencesPurdue dedicates $90 million academic residential college

Purdue on Sept. 9 dedicated the $90 million Honors College and Residences, the first of its kind in Indiana and among the nation's most advanced academic residential colleges. The design for the 324,000-square-foot facility is the result of research about how high-ability students learn. It houses more than 800 students and is also home to the college itself, serving as a centralized hub for its administration and academic programs. A photo gallery of the facility is here. More ...

The Washington Center honors Purdue with prestigious Civic Engagement Award

Purdue was among five colleges and universities chosen this year from a hundred nominations to share in the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards presented by The Washington Center. Recipients were chosen based upon their leadership and innovation in civic engagement. More ...

Dedications held for new Beck's spaces in Purdue College of Agriculture

Two newly renovated spaces will provide state-of-the-art learning environments for Purdue students in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy this fall. Gifts from Beck's led to the creation of the premier Beck's Genetic Lab and Beck's Crops Resource Center and the Beck's Floor for Agricultural Economics. More ...

Use of 'large open-ended pipe piles' could lead to lower-cost bridge construction

Civil engineers at Purdue are leading a project with the Indiana Department of Transportation to learn how to use a type of bridge pile often seen in offshore applications, research that could help reduce the cost of bridge building or replacement of aging spans. More ...

Photothermal effectImaging uses 'photothermal effect' to peer into living cells

A new type of imaging technology uses the mid-infrared part of the spectrum and "thermal lensing" to visualize living cells and organisms, an innovation that could bring insights into drug delivery and cancer treatment. More ...

Purdue scientists have bright idea for detecting harmful bacteria in food products

Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method -- turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the dark. Purdue researchers have engineered a bacteriophage called NanoLuc -- a virus that only infects bacteria -- to produce an enzyme that causes E. coli O157:H7 to emit light if infected. The process can shave hours off traditional testing methods, which can be critical when stopping the distribution of tainted foods. More ...

Purdue students develop environmentally friendly soy-based alternative to plastic exfoliating beads in soap

Four Purdue students have created an alternative to the plastic microbeads found in nearly all exfoliating soaps by using soy-based components. Soy-based beads are safe for the environment, unlike the plastic beads that can damage the environment and harm animals. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Keon receives NIPSCO Luminary Award for Education

Thomas Keon, chancellor of Purdue University Northwest, has received the annual Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) Luminary Award for Education. The award recognizes local leaders or organizations for outstanding commitment furthering education to strengthen local communities. More ...

IPFW student receives Gilman Award from U.S. State Department

Austin Mann, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, is one of 14 Indiana students selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program supports students who want to study or intern abroad. More ...

Purdue Northwest wins NCAA appeal, to join Division II

Purdue University Northwest has won an appeal that overturns a July decision denying membership into NCAA Division II. The successful appeal paves the way for Purdue Northwest's 13-team athletic program to begin competition as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II (NCAA II) and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during the 2017-18 athletic year. More ...

Purdue in the News

Journal & Courier: Report: Purdue students graduate quicker, earn more

Phys.org: Research team develops new cooling technology for hybrid and electric vehicles

New York Magazine: There's nothing you can do to make yourself the favorite child

WLFI: Purdue anthropology professor looking to make connections to old societies

Gary Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune: Purdue Northwest students collaborating to feed hungry peers

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