News for faculty and staff
February 27, 2009
In the spotlight: Purdue Saves Week
Today's tip: Saving for retirement
If your employer matches retirement savings contributions, be sure to take advantage of that. Some employers match up to 100 percent of your contributions. For more information, go to www.americasaves.org/strategies/investment.asp or stop by the Purdue Saves table, which will be in the main lobby of Stewart Center each day this week between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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FEATURED NEWS FOR EMPLOYEES
New event management system goes live March 2
Purdue is changing its event management system from Astra Schedule to Unitime, which will go live 8 a.m. March 2, announced University Registrar Bob Kubat. More
Purdue focuses on remaining bills as legislative session hits midpoint
The Indiana General Assembly’s 2009 session has reached its midpoint.
Of the more than 1,300 bills introduced in early January, only 440 have survived their house of origin. Most never received a hearing in committees, and others failed their final votes on the floor."This is a chance for us to go back over all the bills we are still tracking, and plot our strategy for the second half," says Tim Sanders, associate vice president for governmental relations. More
Intramural activities available through Recreational Sports Center
Participating in intramural activities at the Recreational Sports Center is a great way to stay active and add variety to the workouts required for the orange self-report apple in Healthy Purdue 2009.
Current issue of Inside Purdue
The Feb. 26 issue of Inside Purdue is available in pdf format here.
RESEARCH NEWS, SPECIAL REPORTS
Prehistoric global cooling caused by CO2, research finds
Ice in Antarctica suddenly appeared — in geologic terms — about 35 million years ago. For the previous 100 million years the continent had been essentially ice-free. The question for science has been, why? What triggered glaciers to form at the South Pole? More
Spun-sugar fibers spawn sweet technique for nerve repair
Scaffold of tiny
Researchers at Purdue have developed a technique using spun-sugar filaments to create a scaffold of tiny synthetic tubes that might serve as conduits to regenerate nerves severed in accidents or blood vessels damaged by disease. The sugar filaments are coated with a corn-based degradable polymer, and then the sugar is dissolved in water, leaving behind bundles of hollow polymer tubes that mimic those found in nerves, said Riyi Shi, an associate professor in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Basic Medical Sciences. More
Study: Soybean oil reduces carbon footprint in swine barns
One of agriculture's most versatile crops could one day play a role in combating climate change, Purdue research shows. More
Registration open for GERI Summer Camps
Registration for GERI Summer Camps, a residential camp for high-ability students, is now open.
Registration for GERI Super Summer Day Camps begins March 20
Registration will open March 20 for GERI Super Summer Day Camps, an enrichment program designed to meet the needs of academically, creatively, or artistically gifted students from age 4 (Pre-K) through fourth grade.
Office of Professional Practice to add international offerings
The Office of Professional Practice is striving to broaden its programs by offering an international component in the College of Engineering.
Publications offer financial advice in a struggling economy
At a time when finances and the economy are on the minds of most, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free financial management curriculum to the public. More
Five Purdue students receive Six Sigma Green Belts
Students from the Purdue University College of Technology locations at Anderson and South Bend recently were certified as Six Sigma Green Belts from the American Society for Quality. More
CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Events today, this weekend
Here is a list of events happening Feb. 27-March 1 at the West Lafayette campus. More
Literary Reading Series to feature alumnus in March reading
The Purdue University Literary Reading Series on March 5 will feature a reading with fiction writer and 1997 alumnus Fred Arroyo. More
8 students to compete in Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant
The 2009 Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday (March 1) in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. More
Speaker talks about the art of appraising art
A curator from the Indianapolis Museum of Art will present "Challenges for a Curator: Acquiring and Analyzing Asian Art" on March 6 at Purdue. More
Purdue offering two summer guitar-making workshops
Purdue will offer two separate workshops this summer for those interested in making their own electric guitars. More
Discovery Park to host environmental entrepreneurship competition
The six finalists have been selected for the regional Idea-to-Product Competition for Environmental and Social Entrepreneurship, scheduled for March 7 at Purdue. More
Women in Leadership Conference to feature speakers, workshops
The 10th annual Women in Leadership Conference on March 7 will focus on the achievements, challenges and working relationships that women face in the work force and in leadership roles. More
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