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Purdue will be new home for Midwestern Regional Climate Center

April 19, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has named Purdue University as the new host of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC). Beth Hall, Indiana state climatologist, will direct the center for five years with $3.1 million in federal base funding.

Purdue will be new home for Midwestern Regional Climate Center

“Simple question” leads to multi-year research study about effects of alpine glacial meltwater on groundwater in mountainous regions

April 12, 2021

Alpine glaciers are formed high in the mountains and produce meltwaters that flow down the mountain. These meltwaters sustain life in mountain streams, lakes, and rivers. The meltwater from iconic frozen mountaintops is an essential building block to the Earth’s ecosystem, so when Jordyn Miller, PhD Candidate for Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) asked her advisor a “simple” question years ago, she assumed there would be an answer readily available. She asked Dr. Marty Frisbee, EAPS hydrogeology professor, does meltwater from alpine glaciers contribute to mountain-block recharge and deep circulation within a mountain block. As it turns out, the simple question turned into a quest to deliver an answer because there is very little research in this area. In March of 2021, Miller published the first results of a multi-year research project

“Simple question” leads to multi-year research study about effects of alpine glacial meltwater on groundwater in mountainous regions

Teaching data science for smart agriculture

April 8, 2021

Technology is bringing tremendous advances to the practice of agriculture. For example, take the use of sensors and geographic information systems for precision, site-specific crop management, in which data are continuously collected directly in the fields using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or satellite/aerial mounted sensors to monitor variables like soil nutrient status, moisture content, extent of pest infestation, etc.

Teaching data science for smart agriculture

Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High

April 8, 2021

Miles away from the nearest road in Colorado’s Wheeler Geologic Area, the problem of noise pollution hit home for conservation biologist Rachel Buxton. ‘It was a gorgeous, remote valley, and then a plane flew over and you could hear the noise for ages as it reverberated in the valley,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘wow, this is a really pervasive issue.’”

Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain High

Purdue professor tackles bovine respiratory disease with over $1 million in grant support

April 7, 2021

Bovine respiratory disease is the most common and costly disease affecting beef cattle in the world. Mohit Verma, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, recently received multiple awards, totaling $1.4 million, from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to support his groundbreaking work to produce a biosensor-based decision-making tool to manage the disease.

Purdue professor tackles bovine respiratory disease with over $1 million in grant support

Purdue asks livestock producers for help studying losses due to black vultures

April 5, 2021

Vultures play an important role in the ecosystem cleaning up animal carcasses from the landscape. However, although primarily scavengers, some black vultures cause problems for cattle operators in southern Indiana, harassing and even preying on young calves and other livestock.

Purdue asks livestock producers for help studying losses due to black vultures

Two Purdue Doctoral Students Win Prestigious Sloan Post-Doctoral Fellowships to Study the New Carbon Economy

April 1, 2021

Janell Jett (Political Science) and Henry Seeger (Communication) have recently been awarded Sloan Post-doctoral Fellowships to study aspects of the New Carbon Economy through Purdue’s Center of the Environment as supported through a collaboration with the A.E. Sloan Foundation and the multi-university network of the New Carbon Economy Consortium’s (NCEC).

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New approach developed to create thin films for electronics, acoustics

March 29, 2021

During a recent study, a Purdue University innovator developed a new approach to creating popular thin films that are used for devices across a broad range of fields, including optics, acoustics, and electronics.

New approach developed to create thin films for electronics, acoustics

Hi-Tech Indoor Farm in South Bend Taking on Lettuce Market

March 28, 2021

Ariana Torres, an assistant professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, said the timing is right for ventures such as Pure Green because people are consuming more salad and insisting on higher quality produce.

Hi-Tech Indoor Farm in South Bend Taking on Lettuce Market

The World’s First AI-Powered, Virtual Reality-Based Cybersecurity Training for First Responders is Being Developed

March 24, 2021

Researchers from Purdue University and a team from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) are creating the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual reality-based cybersecurity training program for public safety officials. The joint three-year project began in September 2020 after receiving a $1.5M Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP)/Continuing Training Grant (CTG from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

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