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March 29, 2013

Appointments, honors and activities

• Campus activities:

- Two Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine scholars along with two other veterinary medical education specialists have co-edited a book addressing the lack of diversity in veterinary medicine. Entitled "Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine," the book is published by Purdue University Press and will be introduced to the Purdue community at a reception and program from 3:30-5 p.m. April 10 at the Purdue Black Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public. Sandra F. San Miguel (Amass), Purdue Veterinary Medicine associate dean for engagement and Kauline Cipriani Davis, the college's director of diversity initiatives, co-edited the book with Lisa M. Greenhill, associate executive director for institutional research and diversity for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and Patricia M. Lowrie, senior adviser to the dean of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and director emeritus of the MSU Women's Resource Center. The team worked with representatives from all aspects of the veterinary profession to compile the book, which begins with the history of diversity in the veterinary profession in the context of historical changes and actions in U.S. society. It also discusses the need for a more diverse scientific workforce to feed the veterinary profession, presents strategies for attracting more students to the profession and includes best practices from other health professions. The book includes a foreword authored by Willie Reed, dean of Purdue Veterinary Medicine.

Faculty and staff honors:

- The African American Studies and Research Center received The Sankore Institutional Award for outstanding contributions to the development of the discipline of Africana Studies. The award presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies in Indianapolis. The center is part of the College of Liberal Arts, and is led by Venetria Patton, the director and associate professor of English.

- Sgt. Song Kang of the Purdue University Police Department received the west central chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving's 2012 Top Cop award on March 27 in Lafayette City Hall. The award goes to police officers who have logged the highest number of drunken driving arrests during the year. Last year, Kang made 27 of the department's 97 drunken driving arrests. The award consists of an inscribed plaque plate that will go on a wall plaque at PUPD's station. Kang has won the local chapter of MADD's Top Cop award every year since 2007.

- Purdue North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin has received the Ned E. Kalb Leadership Award, co-sponsored by the Purdue Extension Office of La Porte County and Leadership La Porte County. The award is presented annually to recognize a quiet, behind-the-scenes leader in La Porte County. In a letter of nomination for the award, Dworkin was described as "committed to improving the leadership skills of PNC students, employees and others in the communities PNC serves." Dworkin serves on a number of boards of directors and encourages PNC employees and students to volunteer in their communities. Since his arrival as PNC chancellor in 2000, Dworkin has worked to enhance higher education in LaPorte County. The campus student population has grown from 3,459 students to 6,048 students. The number of baccalaureate degree programs has increased from six to 22. To date, more than 11,000 PNC alumni have graduated and more than 85 percent of alumni reside in the PNC service area.

Student honors:

- Biomedical engineering students from Purdue University are being recognized for developing the concept for a new type of diagnostic technology to help people suffering from peripheral neuropathy. The condition causes the loss of nerve activity in the extremities and affects 20 million people in the United States. The students call their concept NeurD, for Neuropathy Detector, which they developed as a senior design project. NeurD is envisioned as an automated system for recording measurements to track the progression of a patient's neuropathy. The NeurD concept has been accepted into "stage one" of a new E-Team Program, launched by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to provide support for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. The stage-one designation earned the students $5,000 toward attending a three-day workshop focusing on formulating a sustainable business strategy. Thomas McNamara, a senior in biomedical engineering, leads the team. The other members of the team are Margaret Willenbrink, Adam Willats, Sandra Snyder and Julie DePauw, all juniors in biomedical engineering. The initial concept was introduced last semester during a biomedical engineering senior design course, a that team included McNamara and seniors Andrea Lawrence, Megan Kochert and Jennifer Waite.