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Purdue Today

July 31, 2014

In the Spotlight

Phage invasion

Research team pits foodborne bacteria against own worst enemies

For the past seven years, animal scientist Paul Ebner and his lab have been pelting some of the most infamous pathogens in the food system with a surprising weapon: viruses. Foodborne bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli can cause serious, even deadly, illnesses. But pathogens can get sick, too -- infected by viruses known as bacteriophages, or phages for short.

Ebner discusses how he uses bacteriophages to tackle key foodborne pathogens in the summer 2014 issue of Agricultures magazine.

Faculty and staff news

Retirement investment help available

Faculty and staff looking for guidance on how to save and invest for their retirement have expert service available to them through Fidelity as part of Purdue's retirement program.

Harrison Street Parking Garage to open Friday

The Harrison Street Parking Garage, located at the corner of Harrison Street and South University Street, is opening on Friday (Aug. 1).

Office of Institutional Equity names Web Accessibility Award recipients

The Office of Institutional Equity has announced the 2014 Web Accessibility Award recipients: the Purdue University Calumet home page and the Purdue Extended Campus Web Accessibility Scanner.

United Way letters to retirees, Vanguards to be mailed

Next week, Purdue's retirees and Vanguard donors will receive mailed pledge packets at their home addresses as part of pacesetter efforts for this year's United Way of Greater Lafayette Campaign.

Nominees sought for Purdue's Hovde Award

Nominations are now being accepted for this year's Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence, given annually to a member of Purdue's faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding educational service to rural Indiana. The nomination deadline is 8 a.m. ET on Sept. 22.

Research news

Study: Boosting neural pathway from gut to brain could play part in weight control

A Purdue study found that an increase in sensory nerve fibers that send signals from the gut to the brain reduces the time spent eating a meal, which could help regulate body weight.

Researchers in various studies looking for participants

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

General news

Julio Ramirez

Ramirez urges Congress to fund research for securing seismically vulnerable aging infrastructure

Purdue earthquake engineer Julio Ramirez testified before Congress on Tuesday (July 29) as it debates reauthorizing legislation to reinstate federal research funding devoted to mitigating earthquake damage to the nation's infrastructure. Ramirez, director of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), headquartered at Purdue, emphasized the crucial value of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, the federal agency dedicated to reducing fatalities, injury and property loss due to earthquakes.

AAU, Purdue's Discovery Learning Research Center partner to launch HUBzero-based website for STEM education initiative

The Association of American Universities has partnered with Discovery Learning Research Center's STEM-Ed Hub, powered by Purdue's HUBzero, to create a website focused on the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at its member institutions.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Ellspermann to keynote summer commencement

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann will return to Purdue on Aug. 9 to deliver the keynote address at her alma mater's summer commencement.

Purdue students develop safe-water system for Dominican Republic community

A group of Purdue students and faculty members have completed work on a system that makes safe drinking water available to a community in the Dominican Republic sickened by poor water.

Registration open for Technical Management Institute

The College of Engineering and Krannert School of Management have announced that registration is open for the Technical Management Institute on Oct. 7-10.


Diana Hardy

Purdue celebrates
firefighter's 32-year career

Diana Hardy, one of the first female firefighters in Indiana and the first at Purdue, stands with State Rep. Sheila Klinker and State Sen. Ron Alting during her retirement reception on Tuesday (July 29) at the Clayton DeMent Fire Station. Hardy joined the Purdue University Fire Department in 1981 and is the longest-serving female firefighter in the state.
Alting presented Hardy with the state’s highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. Klinker read a proclamation from the Indiana General Assembly along with a letter from State Rep. Randy Truitt. Also at the reception, Hardy donated her gear to Purdue University Libraries' Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives.

Purdue sports

Volleyball announces 2014 promotional schedule

The Boilermakers will play 16 home matches in 2014, facing 10 NCAA Tournament teams from 2013 as well as seven teams that finished the season in the AVCA Top 25. Promotions include double dips with football tickets and a date with Notre Dame in Mackey Arena.

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Purdue in the News

Here is a sampling of recent news reports about Purdue by media across the nation and world.

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