Summer installment of 'Boiler Bytes' offers inside look at Purdue

July 30, 2015  

The summer installment in the video news series "Boiler Bytes" provides fresh glimpses into student life, Purdue research and athletics. The videos are available on the Boiler Bytes Web page and on Purdue's YouTube site.

The four segments, each about three to six minutes in length, are:

* Emily Mishler: As a student at Purdue, Emily Mishler launched a startup called Get Involved - Be the Change Inc. that raises funds for nonprofits by designing scarves and selling them online. Mishler, who graduated in May, also served as Miss Purdue University and was featured in Purdue's "5 Students Who …" series.

* Purdue Stuttering Project: In 2013, Purdue professors Christine Weber-Fox and Anne Smith received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why some children grow out of stuttering. Through the Purdue Stuttering Project, they will use their findings to develop a speech therapy screening tool to better identify which preschool children are not likely to recover and should receive therapy immediately.

* Handheld Sensing Tool: R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and his research team are making huge strides in the chemical analysis of plant and animal products. By combining a miniature mass spectrometer instrument with a technique known as desorption electrospray ionization, or DESI, this technology may one day allow consumers to analyze food and other products instantly for bacteria or pesticides.

* Purdue Baseball and Softball Diamonds: In recent years, Intercollegiate Athletics has been focused on improving and upgrading the University's athletic facilities. Two years ago, the first pitch was thrown out at the new baseball stadium, Alexander Field. This past March, Purdue softball fans also saw the opening of a new stadium. 

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