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The Arequipa Nexus Institute welcomes UNSA Professor Sandro Condori to Purdue as a visiting scholar

February 13, 2020

The Arequipa Nexus Institute welcomes Prof. Sandro Condori to Purdue, a visiting scholar from the Universidad Nacional of Saint Augustin de Arequipa (UNSA) in Peru! Prof. Condori is collaborating with Purdue Agronomy and Horticulture faculty and Nexus affiliated, Drs. Cankui Zhang, Mohsen Mohammadi and Jian-Kang Zhu from the “Nexus Crops CRISPR and Phenomics: Individual and Institutional Capacity Building for Crop Science at Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA)” project.

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The Arequipa Nexus Institute welcomes UNSA Professor Hector Novoa to Purdue as a visiting scholar

February 4, 2020

The Arequipa Nexus Institute welcomes Dr. Hector Novoa to Purdue, a visiting scholar from the Universidad Nacional of Saint Augustin de Arequipa (UNSA), Peru, collaborating with Purdue faculty and Nexus affiliated, Dr. Jane Frankenberger, Agricultural Biological Engineering, from the “Sustainable Water Management in the Arequipa Region” (SWM) project.

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UNSA Leadership team visits Purdue

January 23, 2020

Last week, the Arequipa Nexus Institute welcomed an UNSA leadership team to Purdue: Dr. Rohel Sanchez Sanchez, Rector, Dr. Horacio Barreda Tamayo, Vice Rector of Research, and Valeria Chipana Quispe, Director, met with Victor Maqque and Tim Filley to explore the possibility of building a research center like Discovery Park on UNSA’s campus.

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Nexus at the 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

December 10, 2019

The Nexus team presented their latest research and developments at the American Geophysical Union 2019 fall meeting in the Arequipa Region, Peru. The AGU is a nonprofit organization of Earth, atmospheric, ocean, hydrologic, space and planetary scientists. The meeting highlighted the rapid development in earth and planetary science research, including the introduction of new data streams and the discussion of the growing demand for accessible science.

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The EVPR Highlights Nexus Undergrad Research

December 1, 2019

Dimensions of Discovery, The Purdue Office of the Executive Vice President for Research’s magazine, is featuring one of our Purdue undergraduates that took part in the 2019 summer DURI-Nexus projects in Arequipa in the December edition. The article, “Undergraduate internships expose students to trans-disciplinary, cross-cultural research”, highlights Ally Jacoby, a junior in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and her postdoctoral mentor Dr. Erika Foster from EAPS.

The EVPR Highlights Nexus Undergrad Research

The Nexus Institute researcher Haley Oliver, receives the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

November 4, 2019

The Arequipa Nexus Institute researcher and Purdue Associate Professor of food science, Haley Olivier, received this month the 2019 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the land-Grant Mission Award for her innovative work in the food science field. This award was named in honor of Corinne Alexander a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and recognizes faculty members in the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Health and Human Sciences working across all three land-grant mission areas. Dr. Oliver is Co-Pi in the Nexus project: : “Development of training in Good Agricultural Practices and Food Handling for food producers and processors in Arequipa” with Purdue Professor Amanda Deering, College of Agriculture, Peru in partnership with the Universidad of San Augustin (UNSA). The project has the goal to understand the current agricultural and food processing conditions in the Arequipa region and to improve food safety issues through an education program for growers and food processors/handlers. The Purdue and UNSA Nexus group recently conducted a workshop for farmers in the Arequipa region about agricultural and manufacturing practices in crop management, storing and management.

The Nexus Institute researcher Haley Oliver, receives the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

NEXUS Institute Researcher Chad Jafvert is honored at the Fourth Annual Distinguished and Named Professorship Ceremony

November 4, 2019

The Arequipa Nexus Institute researcher and Purdue Professor of Civil Engineering, Chad Jafvert, was honored at the Fourth Annual Distinguished and Named Professorship Ceremony last Friday, November 1st. The ceremony celebrates distinguished and named professors for their accomplishments and contribution to Purdue’s commitment to learning and engagement. Dr. Jafvert is a PI in the Nexus project: “Seasonal Heavy Metal Concentrations in Streams in the Arequipa Region” with Purdue Professor Tim Filley, EAPS, in partnership with the Universidad of San Augustin (UNSA). The project is focused on conducting research on the seasonal dynamics of metal species concentrations in the rivers of the Arequipa region over the changes in stream flow and to identify the best management practices to reduce the negative impact caused by metal contamination.

NEXUS Institute Researcher Chad Jafvert is honored at the Fourth Annual Distinguished and Named Professorship Ceremony

UNSA and Purdue University Researchers held training session for farmers in Arequipa

October 17, 2019

Purdue and UNSA researchers from the Nexus Institute project “Development of training in Good Agricultural Practices and Food Handling for food producers and processors in Arequipa” held a training session for farmers in Arequipa. The project members are: Dr. Amanda Deering, Principal Investigator of Purdue; Mg. Mariel Álvarez Rodríguez, Principal Investigator of UNSA; Purdue researchers: Dr. Haley Oliver; Dr. Oscar Galagarza; Dr. Alejandra Ramírez; and UNSA faculty members: Mg. María del Carmen Valdez Ortiz ; Ing. Patricia Camargo Salcedo; Mg. Erika Pachari Vera; Lic. Jackeline Cereceda; and Mg. Yemina Díaz Valencia. The topics addressed in the training sessions will allow rural men to know and apply agricultural and manufacturing protocols that involve crop management, facilities, storage, dosing area, sanitary facilities, equipment, efficient water management, soil management, matter of propagation, plant nutrition, crop protection, and harvest and post-harvest management. Concurrently, the techniques are being implemented in demonstration plots in association with farmer groups in Cayma and Tiabaya. These plots will serve as demonstration and training for students of the Professional Schools of Agronomy, Biology, and food producers and processors in Arequipa.

UNSA and Purdue University Researchers held training session for farmers in Arequipa

Purdue and Peruvian scientists at the nexus of food, water and energy research

October 15, 2019

Purdue is partnering with several public university systems in Peru to research how physical and social sciences could be integrated to help find solutions to the country’s environmental challenges. The collaboration could serve as a model to other developing economies in South America facing similar hardships from climate change, diminishing resources and environmental degradation. One of the largest collaborative international projects in Purdue’s history, the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Water, Energy, and the Environment, located at the Universidad Nacional de San Augustín (UNSA), is the first of several of cooperative agreements with Peruvian universities. Another is the recently established Institute for Human and Ecosystem Health Sustainability at the Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru in the Junin region of the country.

Purdue and Peruvian scientists at the nexus of food, water and energy research

Nexus Institute Researchers presented at the Symposium: “Digital transformation, innovation of processes and products in the food industry” in Arequipa, Peru.

October 14, 2019

The Purdue members of the Nexus project: “Capacity Strengthening for Postharvest Handling and Storage in Peru (CAST-PHS)” Dr. Dieudonné Baributsa, a professor in the Department of Entomology, the project’s principal investigator; Dr. Charlie Woloshuk, a professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology; and Dr. Jorge Diaz-Valderrama, a postdoctoral researcher; presented initial findings of their research on a talk titled: "Reducing Postharvest Loss: Purdue University's Experiences," at the “Digital transformation, innovation of processes and products in the food industry Symposium” in Arequipa, Peru.

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Tim Filley

Timothy Filley
Professor, Purdue University
Nexus Institute Director
Director, C4E
Phone: +1 765 49-46581
E-mail: c4e-nexus@purdue.edu


Gustavo Polanco

Henry Gustavo Polanco Cornejo
Dean, School of Process Engineering, UNSA
Nexus Institute Co-Director
E-mail: hpolancoc@unsa.edu.pe

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