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August 2017

Purdue Polytechnic High School IndianapolisPurdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis opens

Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis welcomed its first incoming class of 150 ninth-grade students on July 31. The STEM-focused charter high school in downtown Indianapolis will offer a strong foundation in personalized learning, project- and problem-based design thinking, rigorous academic preparation for careers and college, career pathways through industry partnerships, and supportive relationships with staff and industry mentors. A photo gallery of the first day is here.

Trustees approve major WL, PNW facilities; other projects

Purdue trustees on Aug. 4 gave approvals to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for a new large animal/equine hospital and a renovation and addition to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus. Trustees also provided approval to finance, construct and award a construction contract for a new Bioscience Innovation Building at Purdue Northwest’s Hammond campus. More ...

Surgical assessment tool could rapidly analyze cancerous tissue samples, improve patient outcomes

Purdue precision innovation developed for brain tumor surgery is being expanded to provide medical professionals with a rapid, robust supplemental assessment tool to more efficiently preserve, analyze and remove identified cancerous tissue and increase patient survival rates. More ...

Purdue offers new undergraduate major in data science

Purdue will begin offering a major in data science, beginning in the fall semester of 2017. The new major is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Statistics, and is also a part of the university-wide Purdue Moves initiative, which was launched by President Mitch Daniels in 2013. One of the goals of Purdue Moves is to strengthen and expand the Department of Computer Science, furthering the University's preeminent reputation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More ...

Purdue researchers revolutionizing control of vector-borne diseases

Purdue entomology professor Catherine Hill is researching a way to respond to new and reemerging vector-borne diseases, specifically without wiping out the mosquito population. Arthropod vectors include insects such as mosquitoes, sandflies, blackflies and ticks. These insects transmit diseases through biting a host; and many of these diseases are on the rise due to human population growth, climate change, and habitat destruction, Hill says. More ...

new surgical glueNon-toxic underwater adhesive could bring new surgical glue

A non-toxic glue modeled after adhesive proteins produced by mussels and other creatures has been found to out-perform commercially available products, pointing toward potential surgical glues to replace sutures and staples. More ...

Materials emitted by a water pipe-repair method may pose health risks; new safeguards and research needed

New research is calling for immediate safeguards and the study of a widely used method for repairing sewer-, storm-water and drinking-water pipes to understand the potential health and environmental concerns for workers and the public. More ...

Purdue scientists identify link between plant nitrogen uptake and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Purdue scientists released research findings that indicate corn management processes contributing to optimal levels of plant nitrogen uptake could result in fewer nitrous oxide emissions, long identified as one of the most potent greenhouse gases. The research, which revealed a strong relationship between actual nitrogen recovery and nitrous oxide emissions, was recently published in Frontiers in Plant Science. More ...

Purdue researchers combining data and technology to make agriculture more sustainable

Due to the large usage of water in agriculture, many California communities no longer have running water, and collapsing aquifers have caused roads and buildings to sink several feet. David Ebert, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is using data collected from agricultural sites to respond to these problems. More ...

Surface view of common cold virusNew mechanism to destroy viruses could lead to future therapies

Researchers at Purdue have uncovered the way some antibodies neutralize infections caused by viruses. Bacterial and viral infections are similar in many ways and often cause comparable symptoms in humans. However, bacterial infections can frequently be treated with antibiotics, whereas viral infections are often not so easily cured. More ...

Purdue School of Nursing receives grant to fund mental health nurse practitioner program

The Purdue University School of Nursing has received a grant from North Central Health Services to fund the creation and implementation of a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program. The program is expected to help to alleviate the mental health-care provider shortage in both Tippecanoe County and the state. More ...

Purdue, Indy partners update hands-on spaces at JA BizTown

New and updated hands-on educational experience at JA BizTown in Indianapolis will soon help ensure young students understand the importance of advanced manufacturing to the Indiana economy and that they are inspired to explore careers with those employers. More ...

Circle Up! tailgate will turn Indy gold and black on Sept. 1

The Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis invites Purdue fans to put on their gold and black and kick off the 2017 football season in style at the Circle Up! Boiler Tailgate 2.0 on Indianapolis’ Monument Circle on Sept. 1. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Purdue Northwest approved for year two of NCAA membership process

Purdue University Northwest made another big step to full NCAA Division II membership with the NCAA's approval of the athletic department's advancement to year two of the three-year process. More ...

Purdue in the News

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Indianapolis Star: How Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler, other Indiana schools stack up in 'Best Colleges for your Money' list

Deccan (Indian) Chronicle: An AI system that can create 3D models from photos

WGN: Purdue professor's quest brings names from the bible to life

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