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January 2017

Annual open letter from President Daniels

President Mitch Daniels discusses in his annual open letter to the Purdue community the challenges facing higher education and the calculated risks the University is taking to deliver new dimensions of value. Daniels highlights Purdue's commitment to academic rigor and integrity, student success and cost control; the viability and importance of the residential model; and the establishment of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis. More ...

Purdue room and board rates to remain flat at WL, PNW campuses; IPFW weighted average rates also flat

Purdue students at the West Lafayette campus will see no increase in room and board rates for the fifth consecutive year. At Purdue Northwest's Hammond campus, rates will remain flat for a second consecutive year, while the overall weighted average at the Fort Wayne campus is expected to remain flat for a second year as well. More ...

Purdue elementary teacher prep ranks among best

Purdue's undergraduate teacher prep program in elementary education has been ranked among the nation's best. The National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Purdue's program in the 99th percentile. Only 11 other universities were ranked as high as Purdue. More ...

New findings detail structure of immature Zika virus

Researchers at Purdue University have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, a step toward better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads. More ...

NSF grant funds Purdue research into STEM student success

A team of researchers based at Purdue has received a $973,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study aimed at helping students of low socioeconomic status succeed in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields. More ...

Purdue partnering with Balfour Beatty, Browning on student mixed-use housing complex on campus

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions is moving forward on a $75 million project for Purdue to design, build, finance and operate Innovation Place Apartments, an on-campus, mixed-use housing, academic and retail development through a public-private partnership. The endeavor is the first major component of the University's recently announced Purdue Innovation District, a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate development encompassing several million square feet with a total investment of more than $1 billion. More ...

Professor Riyi ShiStudy points to potential monitoring approach for personalized treatment of spinal cord injuries

Researchers have developed a urine test revealing the presence of a neurotoxin that likely worsens the severity and pain of spinal cord injuries, suggesting a new tool to treat the injuries. More ...

Nutrition program improves food stamp family's food security

Food stamp participants who participated in a supplemental nutrition education program were able to improve their food security by 25 percent, according to a study by Purdue. More ...

Purdue professor Weiner elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Andrew M. Weiner, the Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The National Academy of Inventors recognizes researchers at universities and nonprofit institutes who translate their research findings into inventions that may benefit society. More ...

Purdue's 'Corn Guy' Bob Nielsen receives Hovde Award for service to rural Indiana

Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist and professor of agronomy, was presented the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana on Dec. 9.  Known simply as the "Corn Guy," Nielsen is widely recognized as the foremost expert on Indiana corn production, a key driver in the state's $25-billion-a-year agricultural industry. 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 ...

Low-cost paper-based skin patch monitors dehydration by changing color from sweat

Researchers have developed a low-cost skin patch that changes color to indicate different levels of hydration, representing a potential new medical technology. Such an innovation might be used by marathon runners, military personnel and others to help prevent dehydration. More ...

Nutrition data review shows red meat has neutral effect on cardiovascular risk factors

Consuming red meat in amounts above what is typically recommended does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol, according to a new review of clinical trials from Purdue. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue University Northwest sign placementPurdue University Northwest 2016 year in review highlights

The Higher Learning Commission's approval of the historic establishment of Purdue University Northwest and the subsequent initiation of PNW operations during the fall highlighted 2016 for Northwest Indiana's largest university. More ...

IPFW selected as experimental site for U.S. Department of Education Loan Counseling Initiative

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has been named an experimental site for the Loan Counseling Initiative by the United States Department of Education. Fifty-one postsecondary institutions across the nation were invited to participate in the experiment, which rigorously tests the effectiveness of requiring loan counseling more often than the current statutorily required one-time entrance and one-time exit counseling, along with different counseling tools and approaches. More ...

PNW appoints academic administrator

Purdue University Northwest has appointed Tara Sullivan executive director of academic success and transition. Sullivan will have a key role in enhancing academic advising, supplemental instruction, tutoring and other initiatives that will enhance PNW student success. More ...

Purdue in the News

NPR: Students who get better career guidance remember college fondly

CNN: Listening for the amphibian apocalypse

Big Ten Network: Purdue startup wants to put concussion detection on your phone

Inside INdiana Business: Purdue M-STEM3 program adds partner

WLFI: Initiative aims to help small businesses succeed

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