August 31, 2010
In the spotlight
This week, Purdue Profiles focuses on Alisha Kuckartz, an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Purdue Bands Goldusters and Twirlers.
Board of Trustees News
Purdue trustees approve lean operating appropriations request
The Board of Trustees on Monday (Aug. 30) approved a scaled down 2011-13 legislative request for operating appropriations based on instructions issued by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Agency. Read more...
Purdue retirement incentives to trim budgets, allow strategic realignment
The Board of Trustees on Monday (Aug. 30) approved a one-time retirement incentive plan for which an estimated 1,644 employees system-wide are eligible. Read more...
Employees eligible for retirement incentive being notified by e-mail
Employees eligible for the retirement incentive will receive an e-mail today (Aug. 31) notifying them of their eligibility. Read more...
Voluntary Early Partial Retirement program to be temporarily suspended
With the rollout of the retirement incentive offering, the University's Voluntary Early Partial Retirement (VEPR) program will be temporarily suspended through Oct. 29. During the retirement incentive window, no new VEPR arrangements will be approved. The program will be fully reinstated Oct. 30.
Purdue trustees approve new buildings to improve University's health research capabilities
The Board of Trustees on Monday (Aug. 30) approved financing and constructing a drug discovery center and a health and human sciences research facility. Read more...
Featured News for Employees
Purchasing prepares University for strategic sourcing change
Purchasing Services is preparing to move its Strategic Sourcing Initiative forward during September when the first of the University's showcase suppliers are introduced and the BOILERMART is made available to Purdue staff for purchasing goods and services. Read more...
Lamp pole installation to disrupt traffic on section of State Street beginning today
The westbound lane of State Street between Grant and University streets will be closed beginning today (Aug. 31) while new lamp poles are being installed. Read more...
Research News & Special Reports
Purdue hits research funding record in 2010
Purdue saw the largest dollar jump in research funding in its history during the 2010 fiscal year -- a $96 million increase -- and faculty won several major centers to further research into areas from reducing earthquake risks to creating more energy-efficient buildings. Read more...
Test finds E. coli in beef faster, could better trace outbreaks
Infrared spectroscopy can detect E. coli faster than current testing methods and can cut days off investigations of outbreaks, according to a study at Purdue. Read more...
Purdue-Stanford team finds radioactive decay rates vary with the sun's rotation
Radioactive decay rates, thought to be unique physical constants and counted on in such fields as medicine and anthropology, may be more variable than once thought. Read more...
Purdue part of national team to pioneer energy-efficient buildings
Purdue is part of a research consortium led by Pennsylvania State University to develop technologies for creating more energy-efficient buildings. Read more...
Purdue TAP to offer energy, environmental training to Steelworkers
Purdue's Technical Assistance Program over the next two months will train up to 100 United Steelworkers in sustainable, environmentally friendly workplace practices. Read more...
SwiftFuel to power Richard 'Smokey' Young's attempt at airspeed record
Richard "Smokey" Young will use an unleaded, high-octane biofuel developed by a Purdue Research Park-based company during his attempt to establish a new 100-kilometer closed course speed record on Sept. 11. Read more...
Cradle of Quarterbacks: Drew Brees
In recognition of its "Cradle of Quarterbacks" heritage and with help from thousands of online voters this spring, Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with Gold & Black Illustrated and the Office of Trademark Licensing, has selected Purdue's top 12 quarterbacks of all-time from a list of 31 multiple-time starters. A different quarterback will be highlighted each week during the 2010 season. This week, the feature focuses on Drew Brees. Read more...
• This week's events
• Events for the next four weeks
• Purdue symposium to focus on politics of comics, animations
• Agricultural center to host farm safety and health meeting