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September 6, 2011

In the spotlight

Nick Giordano

Purdue Profile:
Nicholas Giordano

Nicholas Giordano plays the piano -- all 19 of the pianos that fill his recreation room. For Giordano, the Hubert James Distinguished Professor of Physics and head of the physics department, the piano is both a musical hobby and the focus of professional study. As a researcher, he has used Newton's laws to explore the physics of why the piano sounds like a piano, and the fruit of years of exploration was published in Giordano's book "The Physics of the Piano." Read more...


Featured News for Employees

President's Forum schedule opens this month

The President's Forum dates for the academic year, starting with Sept. 21, are listed in a memo here.

Preferred name can help Purdue students, faculty and staff feel at home

Students can create a "preferred name" through the Academic tab of myPurdue, which allows a student who generally goes by a middle name, for example, to be referred to by that name while attending Purdue. Read more...

Presentations to offer insight into 2012 Purdue medical plan possibilities

Faculty and staff can learn more about factors influencing medical plan decisions for 2012 at presentations being offered by Human Resources. The presentations also will cover components of each current medical plan's design, plus tips for being a good health care consumer. Read more...

WorkLife offerings focus on chronic conditions, tobacco cessation and stress

Checking out the WorkLife Programs classes coming up in the next few weeks, then registering and attending, can lead to some valuable information for one's total well-being. Read more...

IMPACT workshop Thursday, other sessions on teaching offered by CIE

A workshop Thursday (Sept. 8) focused on Purdue's IMPACT course design initiative will lead off a fall workshop series and help faculty discern whether to be involved in IMPACT now. Read more...

Reminder: Reportable outside activities and individual financial conflicts

Faculty and staff are reminded once again that they are required to report outside activities and financial interests in accordance with University policy. The policies on Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest (X.2.3) and Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities (X.2.4) are posted on the University Policies website. Links to the necessary forms are provided in each policy’s Related Documents, Forms and Tools section.

Update: Traffic, parking disruptions

Here are notes on some current and upcoming disruptions on the West Lafayette campus. Read more...

This week's 'Thumbs Up' recipients

"Thumbs Up" gives faculty and staff the chance to recognize others on campus for a job well done. Read more...

* Purdue Today would like to hear about those people whose hard work and commitment contribute to the success of the University as well as make Purdue a wonderful environment within which to work. To submit an item for "Thumbs Up," click here.



Appointments, honors and activities

Here is a list of recent appointments and honors for faculty, staff and students. Read more...


General News

WBAA to present town forum broadcast on suicide prevention

WBAA Public Radio at Purdue will host a town forum on suicide prevention awareness Sept. 8. Read more...

Energy Center, John Zink Co. collaborate on research fellowships

Purdue's Energy Center and John Zink Co. in Oklahoma are collaborating to create three $5,000 interdisciplinary research fellowships focusing on the area of combustion and open to graduate students across campus. Read more...


Purdue Sports

Caleb TerBush in Purdue vs. MTSU

Photo gallery:
A day of football, Boilermaker spirit

Warm weather and warm relationships blended Saturday as Purdue crowds gathered for the season's first football game. The day saw victory on the gridiron, lots of good tailgating and music, and a salute to the U.S. armed forces. A photo gallery is here.

'Boilermaker Fridays' to help fans get ready for the weekend

As a way to "get ready" for the weekend and support Purdue teams, the University is promoting "Boilermaker Fridays" and encouraging all fans to wear their gold and black apparel and to attend many of the activities that are being planned for Fridays. Read more...

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