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May 2017

Mitch DanielsPurdue to acquire Kaplan University, increase access for millions

Purdue announced April 27 the creation of a new public university that will further expand access to higher education. The initiative is meant to address two striking new realities: the need for postsecondary education for working adults and others unsuited to traditional campus study, and the explosive growth of online technologies as a means of delivering education to students of all types. Coverage of the new initiative appeared in many media outlets, including the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Wall Street Journal. More ...

Purdue Day of Giving soars to new $28.2 million record

With "All Together" as its rallying theme, Purdue's fourth annual Day of Giving on April 26 inspired supporters around the country and the world to raise a record $28.2 million from 15,181 donations in 24 hours. The total, more than 54 percent higher than last year's $18.3 million, sets the record — for the third consecutive year — for most dollars raised for higher education through a single-day campaign. More ...

Purdue projecting largest, most diverse incoming class in years

Purdue expects its incoming beginning class in 2017 to be the largest in recent years, including the most Indiana residents in a freshman class since 2008. The projections are based on the number of admitted students who paid their admissions deposit by the May 1 commitment date. More ...

Research leader tapped as College of Engineering dean

Purdue has chosen Mung Chiang, an award-winning researcher in networks engineering and a leader in educational innovations from Princeton University, as the next John A. Edwardson Dean of  Engineering. Chiang, Princeton's Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, was selected from a group of three finalists following a national search. He will assume the position July 1. More ...

Purdue featured in national council's leadership report

Purdue is featured in a report released Thursday (May 4) by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The report is titled "Bold Leadership, Real Reform 2.0: Improving Efficiency, Cutting Costs and Expanding College Opportunity." More ...

Professor to join prestigious ranks of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and associate dean in the College of Engineering, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. More ...

Nine Purdue faculty receive 2017 NSF CAREER awards

Six faculty members in the College of Science and three faculty members in the College of Engineering have received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation. CAREER Awards are considered one of the most prestigious for promising researchers in science and engineering.

Purdue students earn national honors

Purdue students have been recognized with the following prestigious national grants and scholarships for their efforts in research, leadership and public service: Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, Goldwater Scholar and Truman Scholar.

Dedication ceremony held for new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital

The new Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital in Shelbyville, Indiana, was dedicated during a ceremony April 25, in conjunction with the beginning of the racing season. The hospital is a satellite facility of Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine and is staffed by a team of specialists who will work with horse owners and trainers to provide the most current diagnostic tests and most effective therapeutics. More ...

Libai HuangCrystalline material could replace silicon to double efficiency of solar cells

A new material has been shown to have the capability to double the efficiency of solar cells by researchers at Purdue and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Libai Huang, assistant professor of chemistry, says the new material, called a hybrid perovskites, would create solar cells thinner than conventional silicon solar cells, and is also flexible, cheap and easy to make. More ...

New drug compounds could provide non-toxic, effective way to inhibit enzymes that cause cancers

Drug compounds being developed at Purdue could effectively target and inhibit protein kinase enzymes and secondary mutated versions that drive multiple types of cancers. The compounds are non-toxic compared with conventional drugs, potentially eliminating adverse patient side effects. More ...

Virtual hyperspectral images could determine plant health, assist in crop management, grocery shopping

Purdue researchers are developing technology that could allow users to quickly determine the health of plants in the field and of fruits and vegetables in groceries through the translation of digital images on smartphones into virtual hyperspectral images. More ...

'Volumetric' imaging method might lead to systems that eliminate need to draw blood for lab tests

A "chemical imaging" system that uses a special type of laser beam to penetrate deep into tissue might lead to technologies that eliminate the need to draw blood for analyses including drug testing and early detection of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. More ...

Purdue research teamDevice meant to feed astronauts on Mars may first make debut in Africa

The same piece of Purdue-developed technology that may one day feed astronauts on Mars is being adapted to improve production of instant porridges and other ready-to-use products in several African countries. More ...

Purdue, Ford Motor Co. form research and development alliance, expanding on past research collaborations

Ford Motor Co. and Purdue have inaugurated a research and development alliance designed to develop a wide array of technologies for automobiles, and more broadly for mobility solutions and transportation services. The alliance allows Purdue and Ford to collaborate on research projects that will best utilize the expertise of each organization. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Search committee appointed for Fort Wayne chancellor

A search committee has been formed to identify the next chancellor for Purdue's Fort Wayne campus. Gary Lehman, a member of Purdue's Board of Trustees, will chair the committee and on April 18 announced the members, who will be asked to provide a slate of candidates to Purdue President Mitch Daniels by July 1. More ...

Trustees approve new name for Fort Wayne campus

Purdue's Board of Trustees on April 21 approved a resolution to designate Purdue University Fort Wayne as the new name for the campus that will arise from the planned realignment process. The name change is pending approval of the realignment by the Higher Learning Commission. Assuming HLC approval, the new name will officially take effect on the proposed realignment effective date of July 1, 2018. More ...

PNW students turn auto racing into real-world learning

Burning the midnight oil is mere child's play to a group of Purdue University Northwest students who have spent the wee hours of many mornings on the Hammond campus fueling their passion of designing and building a Formula One race car. Their PNW student organization, Formula SAE, on May 10-13 will bring the car they've designed and assembled to compete in Formula SAE Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway. More ...

Purdue in the News

Journal & Courier: Op-Ed: Focus at Purdue always on #ScienceForYou

Futurity: Silicon wafers could take heat of solar 'power plants'

Phys.org: Nontoxic, biodegradable orthopedic implant could provide superior support to damaged bones

Wireless Design Magazine: 'Data driven' design could lead to improved lithium-ion batteries

Post-Tribune: Purdue Northwest students learning through engagement, discovery

Herald Bulletin: Boiler Bang! gives boost to STEM education

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