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February 16, 2001

JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

Mother of murder victim to speak at event

Judy Shepard, whose son, Matthew, was murdered in 1998 because of his homosexuality, will discuss prevention of hate crimes on Wednesday (2/21).

The event will begin with a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. on the Purdue Memorial Union front lawn to remember those affected by hate crimes. The vigil will be followed by Shepard's lecture at 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 535 West State St., West Lafayette.

Shepard is available for phone interviews before she arrives in West Lafayette.

CONTACT: Sara Solloway or Jalyn Travis, Purdue Student Union Board, (765) 494-8976.

Botanicals Center to host open house

The newly formed Botanicals Center for Age-Related Research will introduce itself to the West Lafayette campus during an all-day event Friday, Feb. 23, in Room 214, Stewart Center.

The National Institutes of Health-funded center, led by Purdue with collaboration from the University of Alabama Birmingham, utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examine plants that are touted to prevent age-related diseases. The morning session begins at 9 a.m. and will feature four presentations on research related to green tea and tumor growth, botanicals that inhibit inflammation as it relates to cardiovascular disease, products made from grapes and berries and their potential to prevent loss of cognitive function during aging, and the effectiveness of soy products in preventing bone loss in post-menopausal women.

Presenting researchers, including center director Connie Weaver, Distinguished Professor of Foods and Nutrition, will be available for interviews immediately following their presentations. The afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a poster session in Room 206, Stewart Center. Guided tours of research facilities will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Marlene Troyer, (765) 494-1340;

Walt Disney VP to speak at Krannert

James Lewis, Walt Disney World vice president of multimarketing business development, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Friday (2/23) in the Krannert Auditorium.

The title of Lewis' talk is "Diversity and Leadership."

Lewis' presentation is part of the Krannert Executive Forum series, which has brought top-level executives to campus since 1973.

Because the lecture series' primary purpose is educational, no photographs or videotaping are permitted during the talk. Journalists wishing to cover Lewis can arrange for interviews and photographs by contacting Tim Newton, director of external relations and communications at the Krannert School of Management.

CONTACT: Newton at (765) 494-7271;

Area students compete in Science Olympiad

More than 300 high school and middle school students from central Indiana will visit Purdue University's West Lafayette campus for the 10th annual Science Olympiad on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The future scientists, representing 21 schools, will test their skills in 30-35 scheduled events ranging from anatomy to weather. The competition will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 200, Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry. The awards presentation at 3:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Isidore Julien, Department of Biological Sciences outreach coordinator, (765) 494-4983;


• Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 27-28. "TLT 2001." The Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase is a Purdue-wide event that focuses on the use of technology in instruction. The showcase will include electronic poster sessions, vendor demonstrations and campus support. Faculty and staff will demonstrate their use of instructional technology to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Topics include WebCT in the classroom, online evaluation, Internet-based teleconferencing and others. Apple Computers Inc., Gateway Inc. and WebCT Inc. are vendors that will be on campus. The event is open to media and Purdue faculty and staff. CONTACT: Jacqueline Kaminski, (765) 496-7491.

• Friday, March 2. 11:30 a.m. Rolla Huff, president and chief executive officer of Mpower Communications Corp, will give a talk, "Survivor – Start-Up Style," at the Krannert Executive Forum. Krannert Auditorium, Krannert Building. CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications. (765) 496-7271.

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