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Purdue's Garimella elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors

December 12, 2017

Suresh Garimella, Purdue University's executive vice president for research and partnerships and the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Fellows of the NAI are inventors on U.S. patents who have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in patents and licensing, noteworthy discovery, significant effect on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

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Urban heat and cool island effects controlled by agriculture and irrigation

October 25, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As Earth’s climate continues to warm, the urban heat island effect raises concerns that city-dwellers will suffer more heat stress than their rural counterparts. However, new research suggests that some cities actually experience a cooling effect. More than 60 percent of urban areas in India experience a day-time cooling effect, according to the study, which was published in Scientific Reports. The cooling effect has been observed in the past, but this paper is the first to directly identify a cause: lack of moisture and vegetation in non-urban areas surrounding the city. “When the areas around cities are running low on water and they aren’t being irrigated, they turn into hot, dry, barren fields,” said Matthew Huber, a professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences at Purdue University. “When that happens, there’s actually more water available to evaporate in the cities than the surrounding countryside. It’s like the cities are sweating.”

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Spectrometers could improve point-of-care patient diagnosis

September 19, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — PURSPEC Technologies Inc., whose miniature spectrometers may improve medical diagnosis and patient compliance by reducing the time needed to analyze samples, has opened offices in the Purdue Research Park.

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Road Map to modernized production of lifesaving drugs, food preservation identified by Purdue University

September 13, 2017

A new 10-year road map to identify the improvements that are needed in lyophilisation has been published by the Advanced Lyophilization Technology Hub, or LyoHUB, at Purdue University. A consortium of experts is working to modernize a process that is used in making a wide range of products, from freeze-dried space foods to lifesaving wonder drugs. The process, called “lyophilization,” removes water at low temperature and pressure. Lyophilization is needed for products that would be damaged if they were dried by heating, but it can be slow, energy-intensive and expensive.

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Is climate change the culprit behind floods and farming woes?

September 3, 2017

“Cities are not just concrete,” says Dev Niyogi, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “They also have transport and air conditioning and other things.” They store heat during the day and release it at night, creating an urban heat island and making cities hotter by about 3-5 degree Celsius than surrounding areas.

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Self-powered, paper-based device can detect diseases

August 23, 2017

Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have developed a new portable, paper-based device that can identify diseases such as anaemia and can be powered just by rubbing or pressing it. Researchers at Purdue University in the US built self- powered, paper-based electrochemical devices (SPEDs) can provide sensitive diagnostics to patients in regions that have limited access to resources or medical equipments.

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Self-powered, paper-based device can detect diseases

August 23, 2017

Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have developed a new portable, paper-based device that can identify diseases such as anaemia and can be powered just by rubbing or pressing it. Researchers at Purdue University in the US built self- powered, paper-based electrochemical devices (SPEDs) can provide sensitive diagnostics to patients in regions that have limited access to resources or medical equipments.

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Infosys signs US training agreement with Purdue University

August 17, 2017

Infosys has signed a five-year agreement with Purdue University to provide classes and training for many of the 10,000 American employees that the company plans to hire over the next two years. Purdue and Infosys will also conduct joint research and develop course materials in areas such as digital agriculture, cybersecurity, biopharma analytics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

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Research could lead to test strips for early cervical cancer detection

March 28, 2017

Purdue researchers are developing technology that could lead to the early detection of cervical cancer with low-cost, easy-to-use, lateral flow test strips similar to home pregnancy tests. "This field really needs an additional way to test for cervical cancer. A test that can report cervical cancer right away is very instrumental in a lot of low- and middle-income countries where women often get HPV tests and then never come back," said Joseph Irudayaraj, professor of biological engineering in Purdue's School of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. "In higher-income countries, it's important that anything beyond HPV tests have the ability to complement those tests."

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Daniels launches international engagement campaign, announces alumni initiatives

November 7, 2016

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels launched an international engagement campaign as part of Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University during a trip to Bangalore, India, and Taipei, Taiwan. During the trip, which ran from Oct. 22-28, Daniels also announced a new doctoral fellowship program and presented a prestigious Pinnacle Award to TVS Motors for contributions of more than $1 million to Purdue. The trip further served as an opportunity to encourage research partnerships and strengthen ties with international alumni leaders.

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