May 14, 2018

Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards

Three Purdue professors have been chosen to receive the University's most prestigious research awards.

Kenneth Ferraro, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course in the College of Liberal Arts, will receive the 2018 Lu Ann Aday Award for exceptional work in the humanities and social sciences. Ferraro, who is being cited for his innovative work and significant contributions to the fields of sociology and gerontology, will present the Lu Ann Aday Distinguished Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Peide “Peter” Ye, the Richard J. and Mary Jo Schwartz Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, will receive the 2018 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award for significant accomplishments in pure and applied science and engineering. Ye, who is being honored for his field-defining work in synthesizing and applying novel electronic materials to achieve record device performance, will deliver the Arden L. Bement Jr. Distinguished Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Fowler Hall.

Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture in the College of Agriculture, will receive the 2018 Herbert Newby McCoy Award for outstanding work in the natural sciences. Dudareva, who is being recognized for her scientific leadership in plant biochemistry and for repeatedly disrupting conventional wisdom with paradigm-changing discoveries, will deliver the McCoy Distinguished Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Fowler Hall.

Writer: Angela Roberts,
Contact: Pam Burroff-Murr, director of research communications, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, 765-496-3381,

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