November/December 2017

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Purdue professor helps to preserve endangered creole on San Andrés island

“What I want to do is work with the community and jointly formulate some projects,” Elena Benedicto says. “How do they feel about their own cultural and linguistic identity? How can we create projects around taking pride in who they are?” Read more >>


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Jaime Pumarejo is a Purdue alumnus with a successful career in Colombian politics. We asked him to share some of his Purdue memories, his career, and advice for students.  This is what he told us:


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Purdue Utility Project expands to Colombia in partnership with Universidad de los Llanos

John Lumkes, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, and two Purdue alumni, traveled to Universidad de los Llanos in Villavicencio, Colombia in July. Once there, they worked at the local university with Los Llanos professor Alvaro Ocampo to train students and build a version of the AgRover, a multipurpose agricultural vehicle.  Read more>>

Open data hacking competition spans continents, from Purdue to Bogotá

For the second year in a row, students at both Purdue and Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) in Bogotá concurrently hacked open data to create a solution, in the form of an app, to a civic problem. Sabine Brunswicker, associate professor of innovation and director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, started IronHacks as a way to bring the concepts of open data, or data that is owned by the public, and civic hacking together at Purdue.  Read more>>

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Purdue part of two winning proposals for Colombia Cientifica grant

Colciencias, Colombia’s version of the National Science Foundation, partnered with the ministries of education and industry and tourism and Icetex to enhance the country’s academic profile by soliciting proposals for education and research in health, sustainable energy, bioeconomy, and society. The two-part program, Colombia Científica, is aimed at producing more robust research and more advanced-degree graduates. Purdue worked with several Colombian universities to submit proposals. Read more >>


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Purdue poised to improve sorghum for millions with $5 million grant.  Read more>>

Purdue ranks 4th for international student population at public universities, places 23rd for study abroad.  Read more>>

Purdue discovery clears way for human body to work as robust communication network for electronic devices. Read more>>


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