Christine Ladisch

It's hard to believe that the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is well into its sixth year. The solid foundation we've built since we began in July 2010 positions us well for the future, along with significant and continued progress to support student success, hire incredibly talented faculty, and conduct research that directly improves the lives of people every day.

We have big plans for this year, including 25 HHS-specific study abroad programs, the launch of our expanded Public Health Graduate Program and acquisition of a 3T MRI scanner. The MRI scanner will support research programs led by 21 scientists from the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Engineering, Science, and Veterinary Medicine as well as from the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. HHS research utilizing the MRI scanner includes studies on the effects of metal toxicity on the brain, causes and treatments related to speech disorders and hearing loss, and dietary effects in tissue and bone, to name just a few. The project, funded in part by a $2 million NIH instrumentation grant awarded to a team led by Ulrike Dydak, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, distinguishes HHS as a campus leader in neuroscience.

By now you've likely heard about Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University that was formally announced by Purdue President Mitch Daniels on October 9. The College of Health and Human Sciences seeks to increase support for both undergraduate and graduate students, grow endowments for HHS research, add more professorships, enhance facilities, introduce new programs and expand current ones. You can read more about the campaign EverTrue and about HHS campaign initiatives.

In this issue of Life 360, Growing Business features inspiring stories about HHS faculty, students and alumni who caught the entrepreneurial spirit and turned their business ideas into commercial operations. Our Money Talks story highlights a new course in personal finance designed to prepare students with practical, relevant skills to help them navigate a lifetime of financial decisions. And the Degrees of Difference series (placed throughout this issue) profiles HHS alumni who have achieved success in careers beyond their primary field of study and used their achievements to give back while moving others forward.

This is an exciting time for the College of Health and Human Sciences. We are truly making lives better and changing the world!

Hail Purdue!


Christine Ladisch

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