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President featured in PBS documentary "MAKERS: Women Who Make America"

President Córdova is part of a new PBS documentary project featuring prominent women leaders entitled, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." The video on Dr. Córdova's life and work, part of a 3-hour documentary which will air in early 2013, is featured online along with those of other women leaders like Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Africa trip group

Córdova, Ejeta visit Africa, forge education and research relationships

Collaborative research and education relationships were the focus of a recent trip to Africa by President Cordova and other Purdue administrators. Among highlights, the president signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) as well as with an organization of ten Ethiopian public universities.


President France Córdova visits Colombia

Purdue is forging ties with universities and government agencies in Colombia to expand research opportunities and broaden the university’s global impact. President Córdova made an official visit to Colombia in March.

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Córdova participates in groundbreaking for Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

Purdue President France A. Córdova, chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, took part Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.


France Cordova

Purdue University president becomes chairwoman of Smithsonian governing board

Purdue University President France Córdova was installed Monday as chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution's governing board as the museum complex expands with the coming construction of a new black history museum and amid calls for another focused on Latino American heritage.


Science Journalism Laureates program award

Purdue president made honorary Science Journalism Laureate

President France A. Córdova was honored Nov. 9 for her support and vision involving Purdue's Science Journalism Laureates program.

Columbian meeting

Purdue continues to build connections with Colombia

President France A. Córdova on Nov. 4 met with Jaime Restrep Cuartes, the director of Colciencias, the Colombian government's Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, which supports Colombia's fundamental and applied research.

Indy Woman feature

Indianapolis Woman magazine cover feature: Pioneering Spirit

President France A Córdova is featured on the cover of the October 2011 issue of Indianapolis Woman magazine. The article provides an overview of Cordova's life, including the events that sparked her interest in the sciences.

Nobel ceremony

Purdue President reflects on Nobel Prize ceremony

The 2010 Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm is over, marking the end to a week in which ideas and discoveries are celebrated on a global level. For many, the specific concepts advanced by laureates escape our full comprehension, but one thing is clear: the power of ideas to shape and transform the world.

Fall Graduation

Purdue takes steady approach to funding issues

When the fiscal fallout of the economy finally trickled down to higher education state funding, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. was certainly affected. But instead of having a reactionary response, Purdue’s administration adeptly worked with the state legislature as well as its own faculty, staff, and students to find ways to make up the difference and minimize the impact. One thing it would not compromise on, however, was the quality of the Purdue degree. PDF of article



Magazine focuses on Córdova, diversity initiatives

President France A Córdova is featured on the cover of the Aug. 5 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Córdova is featured in an article focusing on Purdue initiatives that have advanced diversity among students, faculty and senior administration.



The 'Pale Red Dot' in our future?

NASA has an aging fleet of space cargo vehicles, an aging workforce and a diffuse dream. While its science missions are achieving more than ever, its human spaceflight program is languishing. Recognizing this ennui, the President asked a committee, chaired by Norm Augustine, a former commercial space administrator and sage government adviser, to assess where NASA's human spaceflight program was and where it should be headed.


To the class of 2010: Begin with the end in mind

For most high school college applicants, decision time is here. You've heard from the universities and now you're weighing the variables of academics, campus life, extracurricular opportunities, future careers and financial aid. Although academic excellence will likely figure prominently in your choice, in times like these, cost is also an important consideration. My two cents for the Freshman Class of 2010: The most expensive college is the one you don't finish.


Healthy Planet

Purdue's Healthy Planet 2010: It's all about taking the right steps

At Purdue, we want you to be healthy, wealthy and wise in the ways of a balanced lifestyle. That's why we've introduced Healthy Planet 2010, a way of focusing attention on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, backed up by the expertise of dozens of Purdue faculty and staff who want to help you live a healthier life.

Amelia Earhart

A woman who reached for the sky helped women reach for the stars

Amelia Earhart has long inspired young women to pursue their dreams, even if they face obstacles to their goals and especially if those dreams will take them beyond traditional careers. Still, in 2006, women held 1.3 million jobs in science and engineering, a third of the 3.7 million held by men. That means plenty of opportunity for women in these fields. Science and engineering careers offer the chance to make new discoveries and to make a difference in the world.


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U.S.News & World Report
July 2009

40 Years After Moon Landing, Time to Launch the Next 'Giant Leap for Mankind'

The Apollo program was a booster rocket for American science. That innovation must be rekindled.


France Cordova

American Executive
March 2008

Purdue University: Discovery Space

"At a time when research dollars are drying up and public universities face growing funding constraints and rising costs, Purdue has established itself as a major regional engine of economic growth, business incubation, and breakthrough research."