May 2017

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Special message from the Executive Director

I have very mixed feelings as I write this message. We unexpectedly lost Juan Guillermo Ochoa Sierra, a tremendously important supporter of the Colombia-Purdue community, just a few days ago. With Juan Guillermo in mind, I want to send a special thanks to all of you for your interest and support of efforts that bring Purdue closer to Colombia. Read more >>

In the Spotlight

Cacao for Peace: Examining the Cacao Supply Chain as a Pathway for Peace in Colombia

After more than 50 years of armed conflict, the new post-conflict era in Colombia brings both challenges and opportunities. While the Colombian government reached a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) at the end of 2016, others were working on ways to foster a lasting peace through economic development initiatives. Here, we will discuss a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) led initiative called Cacao for Peace. Read more>>

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Maria Mercedes and Morris Levy

Maria Mercedes (Mechas) and Morris (Morry) Levy are pioneers in the Colombia-Purdue relationship. Anyone who knows them must have perceived their passion for Colombia and commitment to increase the student exchange flow from Colombia to Purdue, and vice versa. Their love-work story emerged as their work paths crossed in Colombia. Read more >>


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Happening Now

Spanish immersion program at Universidad EAFIT 

For more than 15 years, Universidad EAFIT in Medellin has been offering four-week intensive (4 hours per day) and semi-intensive (2 hours per day) Spanish courses for individuals who would like to be immersed in the Colombian culture and language. As of this date, twenty Purdue representatives have participated in the EAFIT Spanish program and they all recommend it to others without reservation. Read more>>

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Honoring Juan Guillermo Ochoa Sierra

Juan Guillermo Ochoa Sierra was the type of person everybody loves: he was modest, sociable, and joyful. Never letting his titles and achievements expand his ego, he would start a conversation with anyone anytime, from professional meetings to dance parties. For the last ten years, Juan Guillermo's contributions to the development of the relationship Purdue-Colombia established new connections and collaborations as he actively participated in important projects. Read more >>


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Purdue projects largest, most diverse incoming class in years.  Read more>>

Body heat could electrically power IoT devices, medical monitors using a woven, thermoelectric flexible fabric. Read more>>


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This newsletter was developed by: 
Natalia Siegert, Clara Vásquez-Mejía, HyungJoo Kim and Maria Uribe