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July 12, 2012


Córdova closing term of distinguished service

President France A. Córdova, who will end her five-year term as president on Sunday, received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Mitch Daniels during a farewell dinner in June. The honorary award -- among the highest honors which the governor of Indiana bestows -- demonstrates a personal tribute and is usually given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Also pictured is First Gentleman Chris Foster.

During her presidency, Córdova has led Purdue to record levels of research funding, reputational rankings, and student retention rates; championed diversity among students, staff and University leadership; and promoted student success, faculty excellence, and programmatic innovation. Highlights from Córdova's administration are available at a presidential retrospective website.

Additional resources

Purdue donations of nearly $300 million second highest in University history
Retrospective video
Photo slideshow
President Córdova's "Last Lecture" (Windows Media archive)
Leadership magazine story on Córdova
President Córdova's website

In the spotlight

Castlight health care shopping tool launches today

Castlight health care shopping tool
launches today

Purdue employees now can easily compare prices and read patient reviews for doctors and medical services through Castlight, a robust health care shopping tool launching today (July 12) at Purdue. Read more...


Featured News for Employees

Lechtenberg named Purdue's acting provost

Victor Lechtenberg, who has held several key leadership positions over four decades at Purdue, will be the University's acting provost, officials announced today (July 12). Read more...

CityBus 19 Inner Loop route to begin on campus Monday

On Monday (July 16), the new CityBus 19 Inner Loop route will begin to serve the Purdue community. Read more...

Change made to Employee Self Service provides additional security

When Purdue employees access their personal bank information in Employee Self Service, their account numbers now will be partially masked on the Main Bank Overview Screen. Read more...

WorkLife Programs providing financial services, classes to employees

Through a partnership between Human Resources WorkLife Programs and Purdue Federal Credit Union, all employees have access to free, confidential credit counseling services. Read more...

Information Literacy symposium coming Aug. 13

Purdue's 2012 Information Literacy Research Symposium on Aug. 13 will feature an afternoon of exploring Six Frames for Informed Learning, guided by an expert from Australia. Read more...


Research News & Special Reports

New Purdue Research Park-based firm helps surgeons see cancer cells

Surgeons may benefit from technology developed to target cancer cells one-thousandth of a millimeter in size and make them easier to see during surgery. Read more...

Caterpillar gets more from its food when predator is on the prowl

Animals that choose to eat in the presence of a predator run the risk of being eaten themselves, so they often go into a defensive mode and pay a physical penalty for the lack of nutrients. Read more...

Mind over matter: Quench summer thirst, but measure beverage calories

People need to stay hydrated as summer temperatures soar, but consumers should be aware that calories can quickly add up when you drink to cool down, says a Purdue nutrition science expert. Read more...

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

Here is a list of research studies that currently are looking for participants. Read more...


General News

New Purdue efforts focus on Brazil

Purdue's Global Engineering Program has launched an initiative to form collaborations with academia and industry in Brazil. Read more...

Students to design, build experiment to fly on space station

NASA has selected a team of students from Purdue and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State universities to design and build an experiment to be operated on the International Space Station. Read more...

'Boiler Bytes 25' premiering on BTN's Purdue day

A new installment of a Purdue's news magazine on the Big Ten Network will premiere today (July 12) as BTN celebrates a full day plus of Purdue-related programs. Read more...

Applications being taken for disabled veterans' program

Applications are being accepted for the next class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Read more...

Experts chill at cooling, advanced buildings conferences at Purdue

Researchers from 30 countries will converge on Purdue for a trio of conferences focused on creating advanced technologies for air conditioning, refrigeration and buildings that would be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Read more...


Purdue Sports

Thirty-one Purdue student-athletes earn Distinguished Scholar Award

Thirty-one Purdue student-athletes were honored as Distinguished Scholar Award recipients by the Big Ten Conference Wednesday (July 11), including seven who earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2011-12. Read more...

Matt Light named keynote speaker for football kickoff luncheon

Former Boilermaker offensive lineman and NFL standout Matt Light will be the keynote speaker for the 69th annual Purdue Football Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 17 in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Read more...

Coaches set for inaugural men's basketball alumni game

Former Purdue men's basketball head coach Gene Keady once again will stalk the Mackey Arena sidelines on Aug. 4 when he leads one of the teams in the Boilermakers' inaugural alumni game. Current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter will head the other squad in the precursor to the 2012-13 Purdue team's intrasquad scrimmage. Read more...
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