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October 2017

Purdue ranked 5th best public university in U.S.

Purdue ranks fifth among public institutions in the United States, based on a survey released Sept. 26 by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. The rankings, according to The Wall Street Journal, focus on performance indicators for student success and learning. More ...

Purdue attributes third straight year of record research funding to faculty, facilities, partnerships

Purdue achieved another record year of sponsored research funding, reaching $418.3 million in fiscal year 2017, topping the previous year's record of $403 million. The total includes funding from federal agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations and industry received during the fiscal year completed on June 30. More ...

U.S. Department of Education acts on Purdue NewU plan to acquire Kaplan

The U.S. Department of Education has given its approval for Purdue to move forward with its previously announced plan to acquire Kaplan University and operate Purdue NewU as Indiana's newest public institution of higher education. More ...

Purdue completes busy weekend of dedications

Two new buildings, the expansion of a propulsion laboratory for research, an all-skills outdoor learning space and the Honor Tracks monument were dedicated by Purdue on Sept. 22 and 23. More ...

$18.5 million Purdue design facility creates 'magnet space' for collaborative creativity, prototyping

The new Bechtel Innovation Design Center is aimed to become a "magnet" where Purdue students, staff and faculty can move their ideas and innovations to real-world products and impact. Innovators will be able to use the facility to advance conceptual designs, execute capstone projects, build prototypes and conduct product testing as well as further develop softer business and life skills such as team building across multiple disciplines and acquire leadership acumen. More ...

Record recruiters to campusPurdue continues to bring record number of recruiters to campus

Last year, a record number of nearly 1,700 unique employers visited Purdue's campus to participate in one or more career fairs and campus interviews. The high number of on-campus recruiters is expected to hold steady for the 2017-18 academic year, according to Timothy Luzader, executive director of the Center for Career Opportunities. More ...

Newly launched philanthropic component to Back a Boiler already impacting Purdue students

The Pave the Way program, which launched this fall as a philanthropic component to complement Purdue's Back a Boiler income share agreement initiative, has already impacted seven undergraduate students. More ...

Breakthrough soybean research by Purdue, Dow AgroSciences could save farmers millions

Through a collaborative project, Purdue and Dow AgroSciences researchers have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to a devastating and costly fungal disease. The research team pinpointed a gene called Rps11 that confers strong resistance to multiple types of Phytophthora sojae, a soil-borne pathogen that causes U.S. soybean farmers to lose approximately $250 million per year due to soybean stem and root rot. More ...

New kinase detection method helps identify targets for developing cancer drugs

Purdue researchers have developed a high-throughput method for matching kinases to the proteins they phosphorylate, speeding the ability to identify multiple potential cancer drug targets. More ...

Move over, Mario: Purdue researchers use Wii games to help Parkinson's patients

A pair of Purdue professors are using the popular Nintendo Wii gaming system to help people with Parkinson's disease. Jessica Huber and Jeff Haddad from the College of Health and Human Sciences are studying how playing specially created games can improve a patient's movement, speech and overall quality of life. More ...

Breast cancer researchPurdue researchers create device to identify risks for breast cancer

Researchers at Purdue are creating a device that they hope will help identify risk factors that cause breast cancer. The device, known as risk-on-a-chip, is a small plastic case with several thin layers and an opening for a piece of paper where researchers can place a portion of tissue. This tiny environment produces risk factors for cancer and mimics what happens in a living organism. More ...

Research seeks to improve electrical system against weather outages

Determining how to improve the resilience of power grid structures in the face of outages from severe weather events is the focus of a multidisciplinary study by Purdue professors. The project received a $468,851 grant from the National Science Foundation. More ...

Purdue Systemwide

Elsenbaumer named chancellor of Purdue's Fort Wayne campus

Ronald Elsenbaumer, special advisor to the president at the University of Texas at Arlington and a Purdue alumnus, has been named the next chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, effective Nov. 1. More ...

Purdue Northwest sets university record for student retention

Purdue Northwest begins its academic year by setting records for retention rates and for full-time student populations. Retention of PNW students has increased to 68.2 percent, up 7.5 percent from last year, and Chancellor Thomas L. Keon notes it is the "highest ever" for the university. More ...

Purdue in the News

Big Ten Network: How a Purdue startup is rethinking the home garden

Futurity: Just a little iodine in the Arctic alters ozone

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Grant to create local Purdue music school

Journal & Courier: Uncovering 'hidden Purdue'

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