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March 2017

FutureLearn trainingPurdue partners with FutureLearn to provide faculty, students with new international online learning opportunities

Purdue has entered a partnership with FutureLearn, Europe's largest massive open online course (MOOC) provider, that will take its content onto the global stage and will provide international learning opportunities for professors and students. Through this partnership, Purdue instructors will be able to reach a global audience with online learning content that further strengthens Purdue's action plan for digital education. More ...

Purdue announces philanthropic component to student loan alternative

Purdue has announced the new Pave the Way program, a philanthropic component to complement its Back a Boiler income share agreement initiative. Beginning this fall, Purdue students who apply to take part in Back a Boiler -- designed to offer students and their families an alternative financing option -- may also apply for available funding support from Pave the Way. More ...

Six new Purdue research projects focused on power and energy funded through U.S. Navy partnership

Six interdisciplinary research teams at Purdue have received $2.7 million in grants of $450,000 each through a partnership with the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) was launched by Purdue and the Navy in 2014 to help the military branch reach its goal to convert half of its energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. More ...

New engineering consortium partners with Indiana industry

A new consortium of Purdue Engineering faculty and facilities with expertise in simulation-based engineering of materials and structures is now offering partnerships with Indiana-based manufacturers. The Indiana Consortium for Simulation-Based Engineering of Materials and Structures (ICSEMS) formed in January. More ...

Professor the latest to be honored with NAE membership

Kathleen Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and associate dean for engineering, was announced recently as one of only 100 new national and international members elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The announcement makes Howell the 24th faculty member from the College of Engineering honored with membership to the national academy. More ...

Microbiologist Oliver selected as an AAAS Fellow

Haley Oliver, a Purdue associate professor of food science, was among 15 researchers selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to be a 2017-18 Public Engagement Fellow of the Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. The Leshner Fellowship program, which is in its second year, identified researchers who are specializing in infectious disease research. More ...

Purdue professor named 2017 Sloan Fellow

Purdue mathematics professor Chi Li has been named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow as one of the next generation of scientific leaders. Li, whose focus is in complex geometry, will receive a $60,000 fellowship to further his research. He is among 126 researchers in the United States and Canada selected for 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships. More ...

FutureLearn trainingMonster Martian volcano unlike anything on Earth, scientists say

An unusual meteorite found in Algeria in 2012 has given scientists information about volcanic activity on Mars, and it's not like anything we've ever seen on Earth. Analysis of the 6.9-ounce meteorite, labeled Northwest Africa (NWA) 7635 by an international team of scientists, has helped determine that sometime in its 4.5 billion-year history, Mars had a single volcano that erupted continuously for more than 2 billion years. More ...

Project aims to improve U.S. resilience and disaster preparedness

Purdue will lead research to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and to enhance preparedness. The research team will apply advanced simulations and game-theory algorithms, access millions of social media posts and survey data collected along the New Jersey shore, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The project is funded with a $2.5 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation. More ...

Super-resolution system reveals mechanics of tiny 'DNA walker'

Researchers have introduced a new type of "super-resolution" microscopy and used it to discover the precise walking mechanism behind tiny structures made of DNA that could find biomedical and industrial applications. The researchers also demonstrated how the "DNA walker" is able to release an anticancer drug, representing a potential new biomedical technology. More ...

System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants

A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. The automated approach could help improve the state of the nation's infrastructure, recently given an overall grade of D+ by the American Society of Civil Engineers. More ...

Purdue senior named Gates Cambridge Scholar

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship has named Purdue senior Michael Drakopoulos one of its 2017-18 scholars. Fewer than 40 U.S. students from all disciplines will receive the award this year. It funds a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and recognizes intellectually outstanding students who have a capacity for leadership and commitment to improving the lives of others. Drakopoulos is the second Purdue student to receive the award in two years. More ...

Purdue names top commercialization award winner, recognizes patent recipients

David Nolte, the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue, was named the 2016 Outstanding Commercialization Award winner Feb. 7. He was among more than 100 other Purdue innovators recognized for having received issued patents in the last fiscal year during the 12th annual Inventors Recognition Reception at Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. More ...

Purdue announces temporary home for its Indy STEM-focused high school

Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis on Feb. 16 announced the building that formerly housed Manual and Wood high schools, at 525 S. Meridian St., will serve as the temporary location to welcome its first incoming class of students for the 2017-18 school year. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

IPFW 2016-17 Outstanding Research Award honors associate professor of mechanical engineering

Zhuming Bi, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen to receive the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 2016-17 Outstanding Research Award. The award honors a tenured, full-time faculty member for outstanding performance in the area of research, scholarly activity, or creative endeavor. More ...

Purdue in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Top producers of Fulbright scholars and students, 2016-2017

Indianapolis Business Journal: Purdue helping lead quest to build better roads

WLFI: Flight school status approved for Purdue Aviation

WISH-TV: Purdue students create vehicle for overseas farmers

New Scientist: Blind people 'see' microscope images using touch-feedback device

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