WBAA series to mark 50th anniversary of Purdue University Press

May 10, 2010

To mark the 50th anniversary of Purdue University Press, WBAA is airing a series of interviews and events highlighting some of the works of authors and editors who have been published by the Press through the years.

Mike Loizzo, WBAA news director, is enthusiastic about the partnership. "It's a way to engage our listeners and create greater awareness of the work done by Purdue University Press," he said.

The anniversary series will begin today (May 10) with an interview featuring Alan Beck, director of the School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for the Human-Animal Bond. His book is "Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship." He also is the editor of "New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond," a book series published by the Press. The interview will air at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on either AM920 or 101.3FM.

The human-animal bond theme will carry over to Wednesday (May 12), when WBAA airs a call-in program with Beck. Hosted by Loizzo, it also will feature A.G. Rud, head of Purdue's Department of Educational Studies, and Nancy Edwards, director of graduate programs for the School of Nursing. Both have done research on the human-animal bond and are editorial board members of the Press's book series on the subject. The program will air at 2-3 p.m. on AM920.

More information about the Purdue University Press 50th anniversary series on WBAA can be found at www.purdue.edu/wbaa/inside_wbaa/pupress.shtml.