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Institute Director inducted into Hall of Fame

March 31, 2020

Dr. Zhang was honored recently.

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Alex Wei receives award

March 30, 2020

Professor Alex Wei was presented Purdue's Presidential Safety Award.

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Creating COVID-19 tests is complicated science, and business

March 30, 2020

The United States faces an ongoing shortage of tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Testing availability varies widely by state. And in New York City, the hardest-hit area of the U.S. so far, doctors are only offering tests to people with severe symptoms. The initial test used in the U.S. was created by the federal Centers for Disease Control, and it wasn’t always accurate. It was also only allowed to be used by state-run health departments.

Creating COVID-19 tests is complicated science, and business

Two-stage ditches reduce nitrogen pollution while draining farm fields

March 30, 2020

Sara McMillan at Purdue University and Jennifer Tank at University of Notre Dame are monitoring nitrogen and phosphorus loads coming from two-stage ditches in farmland waterways to document how effective restored floodplains are at holding nutrients in place. “By restoring mini-floodplains on each side of these formerly channelized ditches, you add the potential for enhanced biology and hydrology to cleanse the water through nutrient and sediment removal,” said Tank, whose primary work is in ecology and environmental biology.

Two-stage ditches reduce nitrogen pollution while draining farm fields

Lobbying effort for ag research funding

March 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Illinois and Indiana university representatives and a Certified Crop Adviser were recently on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to continue agricultural research funding. Todd Steinacher, AgriGold regional agronomist, was part of a four-member team in his role as a Certified Crop Adviser board member. Other team members were Sylvie Brouder, Purdue University agronomy professor and American Society of Agronomy president; Jeff Volenec, Purdue agronomy professor and American Society of Agronomy president-elect; and Neha Chatterjee, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign biogeochemistry doctorate student.

Lobbying effort for ag research funding

New Chancellor Named for Purdue Global

March 27, 2020

Purdue University has selected Frank Dooley as the next chancellor of Purdue University Global. Dooley, who currently serves as senior vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue, will begin his new role in May.

New Chancellor Named for Purdue Global

New technologies aim to make 3D cameras easier to use

March 27, 2020

A 3D camera should be as easy to use as one found on a smartphone. That is the guiding principle for a Purdue University professor with more than two decades of experience in the 3D imaging field, who has developed new technologies aimed at making 3D cameras easier to use.

New technologies aim to make 3D cameras easier to use

How does COVID-19 spread? This is what scientists know about it (so far)

March 26, 2020

There is not yet an ironclad scientific consensus on exactly how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading, but experts are getting a pretty good sense of it.

How does COVID-19 spread? This is what scientists know about it (so far)

Yes, the new coronavirus is mutating—but that’s not a bad thing

March 25, 2020

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing over time. While scientists are still unsure whether viruses are actually alive (they can’t survive or replicate without the help of another lifeform, but inside one they clearly thrive), they do have DNA or RNA and copy it to make more versions of themselves.

Yes, the new coronavirus is mutating—but that’s not a bad thing

What Scientists Know (So Far) About How Covid-19 Spreads

March 25, 2020

There is not yet an ironclad scientific consensus on exactly how the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is spreading, but experts are getting a pretty good sense of it. That understanding needs to be central to our strategy of combatting the virus with minimal collateral damage.

What Scientists Know (So Far) About How Covid-19 Spreads