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December 2016

Global defense and security institute launched at Purdue

President Mitch Daniels announced Dec. 1 that the University is opening a new Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation in Discovery Park. Dan DeLaurentis (in photo), Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics and President's Fellow for Defense Initiatives, will be the interim director of the new institute. The institute will research areas such as advanced instrumentation, nanotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, big data analytics, and simulations to deliver integrated systems solutions to the nation's security and defense community. More ...

International organization names Purdue top award recipient for its invention to commercialization system

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has named Purdue as a top winner at its 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Designation and Awards Program. The award recognizes association members for demonstrating excellence and leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating programs and initiatives that support regional economic development. More ...

Eight Purdue professors elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Eight Purdue professors have been honored with the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. The professors are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. More ...

Purdue team receives $10 million SPARC grant

Purdue is leading a $10 million study to better understand the stomach's neural circuitry and whether bioelectronics medicine can aid conditions such as diabetes or obesity. The grant is from the National Institutes of Health's SPARC (Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions) program. More ...

Purdue Nursing to double undergraduate enrollment, open Ph.D. program to meet state's job demand

Purdue's School of Nursing is expanding its undergraduate enrollment to help meet the state's growing demand for registered nurses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a demand for 1.1 million new nurses over the next seven years to fill about 575,000 newly created positions and to replace some 550,000 nurses who will retire by 2022. More ...

Purdue opens state-of-the-art food product development laboratory

A classroom in Purdue's Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science has been renovated into a food product development laboratory comparable to those found at leading food manufacturers. The new facility, funded by Skidmore Sales and Distributing, will help prepare students to work with the latest technology used in the industry and serve as a bridge between existing research laboratories and the department's pilot plant. More ...

New crime-scene forensics tech will take high-resolution
3-D images of shoeprints, tire tracks in snow and soil

Researchers are developing a new type of portable crime-scene forensics technology designed to take precise high-resolution 3-D images of shoeprints and tire tread marks in snow and soil. The system will cost around $5,000, which is about one-tenth the cost of systems commercially available, and represents an alternative to the traditional method of plaster casting. More ...

Nanopolymer-modified protein array can pinpoint
hard-to-find cancer biomarker

W. Andy Tao, a Purdue professor of biochemistry, has developed a novel method for detecting certain types of proteins that serve as indicators for cancer and other diseases. More ...

Biomedical 'skin-like bandage' is stretchy, durable and long-lasting

A skin-like biomedical technology that uses a mesh of conducting nanowires and a thin layer of elastic polymer might bring new electronic bandages that monitor biosignals for medical applications and provide therapeutic stimulation through the skin. The biomedical device mimics the human skin's elastic properties and sensory capabilities. More ...

'Programmable materials' showing future potential for industry

New research has shown that honeycomb "cellular" materials made of a shape-memory polymer might be programmed for specific purposes, from shock-absorbing football helmets to biomedical implants. More ...

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

Two Purdue researchers have developed a hydrogenation process that could solidify soybean oil for food processing without creating trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease and stroke. More ...

Purdue professor recognized with one of the state's highest honors

Eugene Spafford, professor in the Department of Computer Science, was honored Nov. 18 with the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of Indiana's highest awards. The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is a tribute to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

PNW names admissions executive director

Jeff Lochowicz, a 20-year higher education enrollment management professional, has been named Purdue University Northwest's new executive director of admissions. Lochowicz has joined the PNW enrollment management unit after previously serving as senior assistant dean of admissions at Marquette University. More ...

IPFW announces Featured Faculty Award winners

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has announced the recipients of its 2016-17 Featured Faculty Award, which recognizes the exemplary efforts of faculty in teaching and librarianship; research, scholarship, and creative endeavors; and engagement with the community. More ...

Purdue in the News

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WLFI: Purdue autism app wins award

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