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February 2017

Purdue alumni on NASA missionPurdue alums take on duties for NASA space station mission

Purdue will be well represented on an upcoming NASA mission with three alumni picked for significant duties on a 2018 flight to the International Space Station. The alumni are Drew Feustel, Gary Horlacher and Scott Tingle. More ...

Hirst, Kannan and Pastakia named as Jefferson Science Fellows

Three Purdue faculty members have been selected as Jefferson Science Fellows. Peter Hirst (Horticulture), Karthik Kannan (Management) and Sonak Pastakia (Pharmacy) have been named to the 2017-18 class of Jefferson Science Fellows, an initiative of the Office of Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. Purdue has had nine faculty named as Jefferson Fellows, more than any other institution. More ...

Research work and dedication to public health earn Purdue student a Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States has named Purdue senior Shovik Bandyopadhyay one of 15 Churchill Scholars for 2017. The prestigious award recognizes proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. More ...

Purdue innovator selected for Argonne's first entrepreneurship program

A Purdue graduate student who is developing technology that could turn nuclear waste into energy has been selected as one of five innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations, a newly embedded entrepreneurship program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Also as part of CRI, Argonne announced a partnership with the Purdue Foundry, a startup accelerator in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, which will serve as a mentor organization for the innovators. More ...

Cancer researchPurdue gives keys to Rolls-Royce; facility to open in March

Rolls-Royce formally received the keys to the 55,000-square-foot facility in the Purdue Research Park Aerospace District in West Lafayette on Jan 4. The facility, which is scheduled to open March 24, will house some of Rolls-Royce's R&D activities. More ...

Lipid metabolism is potential 'Achilles' heel' for cancer stem cells

Researchers have discovered a metabolic signature critical for the functioning of "cancer stem cells" that initiate tumor formation. The team also showed how to interfere with this metabolic mechanism in ovarian cancer, inhibiting tumor growth. More ...

Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering finds home at Purdue

Purdue has awarded its first New Horizons grant to a team of researchers proposing to create a program in Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering -- believed to be the first such university program. New Horizons is a competitive program launched by the Provost's Office in 2016 to challenge established senior faculty at Purdue to create new academic areas for the coming decades. More ...

Shellfish chemistry combined with polymer to create new biodegradable adhesive

A new type of adhesive that combines the bonding chemistry of shellfish with a bio-based polymer has been shown to perform as well as commercially available products and can be easily degraded, representing a potential nontoxic alternative. More ...

Reducing vehicle fuel consumptionProject focusing on heavy-duty trucks is part of national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption

Purdue is leading part of a national effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks and the transportation infrastructure using sensors and online cloud technology. More ...

Purdue agreement offers avenue for Vincennes engineering students

A Purdue agreement is extending the educational reach of the College of Engineering to students at Vincennes University. Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, engineering students at the southwestern Indiana university who are pursuing their associate degree can take part in a direct admissions program to obtain their bachelor's degree at Purdue. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

PNW administrator receives prestigious Tibbetts Award for small business innovation

Mont Handley, associate director of Purdue University Northwest's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center, recently received the nationally recognized Tibbets Award for driving small business innovation, research and development. More ...

Purdue alumni on NASA missionPNW receives $150,000 Strosacker Foundation grant

The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation recently extended a partnership with Purdue University Northwest by awarding a $150,000 grant to the Early Childhood Education baccalaureate degree program. The grant will be used to fund such initiatives as an Early Childhood Leadership Symposium to equip community leaders, business persons and legislators with information, tools and strategies to advocate for young children and families, as well as a research project to examine the impact of high quality early learning. More ...

IPFW welcomes several administrators to new positions

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has announced the appointment or promotion of five individuals in high-level administrative positions. More ...

Purdue in the News

WFYI: Purdue aims to cultivate home-grown virtual reality industry

Phys.org: Startup plans to use 3-D printers to create tomorrow's rocket engines

Anderson Herald-Bulletin: Purdue Polytechnic Institute opens in Anderson

WLFI: Former Purdue students named on Forbes 30 under 30 list

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