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Purdue Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Rakesh Agrawal speaks on UNSA'S first International Seminar of Chemical Engineering, Science and Technology 

November 30, 2020

Purdue Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Rakesh Agrawal, was the keynote speaker on UNSA'S first International Seminar of Chemical Engineering, Science and Technology on November 25 from 6:30-7:00 PM. He discussed the importance of sustainable sources of energy, and how to transition from a fossil fuel economy to an economy in solar energy.   The Arequipa-Nexus Institute suggested Dr. Agrawal for this event due to his expertise and passion in energy production issues from renewable sources.

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Arequipanexus researchers William Hutzel, Travis Horton, & Mark Zimpfer presented a paper at the virtual Peruvian Symposium on Solar Energy

November 19, 2020

Arequipanexus researchers William Hutzel, Travis Horton, & Mark Zimpfer presented a paper on solar thermal collector laboratories this week at the virtual Peruvian Symposium on Solar Energy, held by the Peruvian Association of Solar Energy and the Environment & UNSA.  The paper “Remotely Accessible Laboratory for Teaching and Research on Solar Thermal Collectors” discusses the test platform recently constructed at Purdue for evaluating the performance of solar thermal collectors.

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Nexus Program Manager Victor Maqque Discusses the Importance of Research and the New UNSA Technology Park in Panel

November 16, 2020

A panel discussed the importance of research for UNSA and its new Tech Park. Dr. Rohel Sanchez, Rector of UNSA; MS. Jean-Louis Gelot, from Arequipa's Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Victor Maqque, Program Manager of the Nexus institute; proposed key factors for promoting society impact oriented academic research at UNSA. Tech transfer in order to address fundamental problems of the region, ways to better integrate different actors capable of contributing, and the importance of a well-designed sustainable ecosystem for research with long-term impact, were discussed as critical in order to support UNSA’s goal to become a flagship public university in Latin America.

Nexus Program Manager Victor Maqque Discusses the Importance of Research and the New UNSA Technology Park in Panel

Peruvian congresswoman visited UNSA to discuss food security and industry in Arequipa

November 12, 2020

Peruvian congresswoman Rosario Paredes visited UNSA Rector, Dr. Rohel Sanchez, last week to discuss food security and industry. Mrs. Paredes, who is a member of the Agriculture Commission, highlighted the importance of The National University of San Agustín de Arequipa (UNSA) academic expertise in policy making regarding food safety and security. The effort to establish a Center for Food Security at UNSA, is the result of the UNSA - Purdue partnership for research and development to improve the quality of lives in Arequipa, Peru. Dr. Sanchez stated that UNSA is responding to local, regional and national needs with the school of food industries, nutrition, strategic allies such as Purdue and that will need the cooperation of the local and national government.

Peruvian congresswoman visited UNSA to discuss food security and industry in Arequipa

Capacity Strengthening for Postharvest Handling and Storage (CAST-PH) in Arequipa, Peru Team  publishes paper

November 11, 2020

The Nexus Institute’s Purdue-UNSA researchers from the project: “Capacity Strengthening for Postharvest Handling and Storage (CAST-PH) in Arequipa, Peru” just published a paper titled: “Postharvest practices, challenges and opportunities for grain producers in Arequipa, Peru” in PLOS ONE journal.   Dieudonne Baributsa, associate professor of entomology at Purdue and Jaqueline Zanabria from the Universidad Nacional de San Augustin de Arequipa (UNSA) are the Principal investigators. They are the co-authors of the article, along with Professor Charles Woloshuk and Postdoctoral researcher Jorge Diaz-Valderrama from Purdue and Dennis Macedo, Nacy Orihuela, Victor Casa, and Nelly Ramirez from UNSA. In this international collaborative research, they surveyed Arequipa farmers, in the lowland and the highland regions, to examine local views and practices on drying and storage of crops during postharvest. 

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Food Safety and Food Security virtual workshop : Arequipa Nexus 3rd Annual Workshop Series 

November 10, 2020

Drs. Amanda Deering, Haley Oliver, Oscar Galagarza, and Alejandra Ramirez from the Nexus project: "Development of Good Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices Trainings for Growers and Food Processors in Arequipa, Peru", are hosting the “Food Safety and Food Security sessions as part of the virtual Arequipa Nexus 3rd Annual Workshop Series with their UNSA colleagues: Mariel Alvarez and Maria del Carme Ortiz.   The modules focus on training UNSA participants on safe food production, processing practices to minimize bacterial contamination and on the use of traditional and molecular detection techniques to evaluate bacterial contamination in foods. The participants watch the recorded lectures and complete an assignment on the following topics: agriculture and manufacture practices, lab techniques in food microbiology.  

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PICS Technology in Arequipa, Peru via Nexus Partnership

November 6, 2020

Recently, PICS made forays into Central and South America, mainly Peru, with the work of C4E Affiliate Dieudonne Baributsa.

PICS Technology in Arequipa, Peru via Nexus Partnership

Arequipa Nexus News: Techno Park receives Congressional Backing

November 4, 2020

In October, the Peruvian National Congress unanimously approved the creation of the Parque Cientifico Tecnológico de Arequipa, the first such institution in the country. This techno park, once constructed, will be the administrative home for the Arequipa Nexus Institute—underlining the continued impact and long-term nature of this collaborative project.

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Environmental Justice Film Series

October 26, 2020

The Nexus Institute is co-organizing the 2020-2021 Environmental Justice Film Series with the Purdue Center for the Environment (C4E). The films in this series focus on the native communities in the South American Andes, the environmental injustices they face and the resilience they demonstrate as an inspiration for the world. The series include: Hija de la Laguna (Daughter of the Lake), Y Tambien la Lluvia (Even the rain), Return to the Andes, and Sembradoras de Vida (Mothers of the Land).  

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The Nexus Institute’s 3rd Annual Workshop on Sustainable Food, Energy, Water, and the Environment for the Region of Arequipa

October 26, 2020

The Arequipa Nexus Institute will host its Third Annual Technical Workshop Series from October 26 to November 30. The workshop sessions will be held on an asynchronous virtual format with a combination of video recorded presentations, prepared content, and assignments. The main objectives of the workshops are to deepen our commitment of tech and knowledge transfer and capacity building. We aim to contribute to the development of scientific research for the faculty and students from our partner university, the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA), and examine solutions to critical issues of natural resource utilization with minimal tradeoffs to the environment of Arequipa. The series of modules in the workshops will cover a full range of technical aspects such as research techniques, development and applications of environmental sensors, food safety agricultural practices, food security, soil health monitoring and remediation, metals analysis in water and water management, Water origins, and high-performance computing.

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Contact

Lori Hoagland

Lori Hoagland
Professor, Purdue University
Horticulture And Landscape Architecture
Nexus Institute Co-Director
E-mail: c4e-nexus@purdue.edu


Walter Daniel Leon-Salas

Walter Daniel Leon-Salas
Associate Professor, Purdue University
Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Nexus Institute Co-Director
E-mail: c4e-nexus@purdue.edu


Dennis Macedo

Dennis Macedo
Associate Professor, UNSA
Agronomy
Nexus Institute Co-Director
E-mail: dmacedov@unsa.edu.pe

Purdue University
UNSA