September 7, 2011
In the spotlight
Chair to focus on communication, quality of life as part of full Senate agenda
Morry Levy, professor of biological sciences, knows that there is only one way to be a part of changing policy at Purdue: Get involved. Now, after working on Purdue's Graduate Council and serving as chair of the University Resources Policy Committee, Levy continues to live by this philosophy as the new chair of the University Senate.
Featured News for Employees
New organizational structure in Procurement Services seeks to improve Strategic Sourcing service to customers
A new organization structure in Procurement Services is effective immediately. Improved customer service and deeper product and vendor expertise are the goals of this new structure. Read more...
Risk Management reminds University drivers about Use of Vehicles policy
With the start of a new semester come many new students and employees. Therefore, Risk Management reminds everyone about the Use of Vehicles for University Business policy and to submit the appropriate documents in a timely manner to have drivers authorized. Read more...
Changes planned for Travel Form 17 and International Evacuation and Medical Insurance Program
Effective Oct. 1, the cost of the International Evacuation and Medical Insurance Program will be centrally funded for faculty and staff and no longer directly recharged to a departmental account via the Travel Form 17. Read more...
Purdue United Way campaign to kick off Tuesday
The 2011 Purdue United Way Campaign aims to raise $740,000 for Greater Lafayette agencies beginning with its kickoff Tuesday (Sept. 13). "As a part of Purdue, you can have an impact on one out of every three people in the community, making their lives safer and happier," says Al Diaz, 2011 Purdue United Way chair and executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer. Pledge cards will be delivered to the team captains of each department during the week of Sept. 13, and campus employees will receive them soon after.
October conference to help shape STEM position paper
An international conference Oct. 10-12 at Purdue will focus on developing strategies for the effective transition of STEM educational research to classroom practice across higher education. Read more...
Professor finds BoilerCast lecture-capture system boosts student learning
After using BoilerCast for two years, agricultural economics Professor Larry DeBoer says his students perform better in a course with historically poor attendance and low enough grades to consistently warrant a curve. Employing the lecture-capture technology to record his class presentations creates a portable, easily accessible source of course content for DeBoer's students that also serves as a welcome permanent record of his work. Read more...
A list of obituaries of recent and retired Purdue faculty and staff is available as a PDF file here.
Research News & Special Reports
Innovation is step toward digital graphene transistors
Researchers are making progress in creating digital transistors using a material called graphene, potentially sidestepping an obstacle thought to dramatically limit the material's use in computers and consumer electronics. Read more...
Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals, deadly for insects
The right combination of compounds produced by a beneficial fungus could lead to grasses that require fewer pesticides and are safer for wildlife and grazing animals, according to Purdue scientists. Read more...
Purdue moves up in QS World University Rankings
Purdue rose in the QS World University Rankings, released Monday (Sept. 5). Read more...
Historian Goodwin to keynote Krannert leadership event
Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and TV commentator, will give the keynote address Oct. 20 at Krannert School of Management's 11th annual Leadership Speakers Series event. Read more...
Liberal Arts' Study Abroad Fair coming Friday
The College of Liberal Arts will have its Study Abroad Fair at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9) in Beering Hall lobby and Room 1284. CLA department-led programs will be represented by faculty, providers, and study abroad officials. Pizza and cookies will be available. The CLA study abroad Web pages are here.
Early Childhood Alliance wins Purdue award
Book Buddies, an early literacy program by Early Childhood Alliance that serves six Indiana counties, is the recipient of the 10th annual Purdue University Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award. Read more...
Food prices rise with commodity prices -- eventually
Food prices will continue to rise for the remainder of this year and well into 2012 because processors now are beginning to pass along higher costs of commodities to consumers, a Purdue agricultural economist says. Read more...
18 Boilermakers make NFL season-opening rosters
Rosters of 16 NFL teams contain the names of a total of 18 former Purdue football players as the 2011 season opens this week. Read more...
Men's basketball games on ESPN and CBS revealed
The Purdue men's basketball team will play at least six Big Ten games on the ESPN family of networks this season, and a pair of ESPN/CBS wildcard games are still to be determined. Read more...
For more information on Purdue sports, go to www.purduesports.com.
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