Appointments, honors and activities

April 5, 2013  

Appointments and promotions:

- Andrew Takami has been appointed director of the Purdue University College of Technology at New Albany, effective April 4. He will oversee operations for the location, which is based at the Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana. Prior to his appointment, Takami served as executive director of college advancement at Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana in Sellersburg. He also served as manager of alumni affairs and special events for Indiana University Southeast for four years.

- Jeffrey A. Griffin has been appointed director of Purdue University's College of Technology at Kokomo. He will oversee operations at the location, which offers Purdue degrees on the Indiana University-Kokomo campus. Prior to his appointment, he served the Kokomo location as interim director and associate professor of computer and information technology. Griffin joined the College of Technology as an adjunct faculty member in 1994 while working as a systems engineer at EDS. He was hired full-time by Purdue in 1997 and has also taught for the college in South Bend and West Lafayette.

• Campus activities:

- Purdue University in conjunction with its Chinese partner institution, Tsinghua University, and with a number of Purdue groups, will host the sixth "Sino-American Symposium: Comparative Literature, Religions, Society," May 2-4. This will be the first time the symposium will be held at a public U.S. university. In addition to academic talks by 10 Chinese delegates and a number of U.S.-based scholars, the keynote speaker will be Howard Goldblatt, whose talk, titled "Mo Yan's Well-deserved 2012 Nobel Prize," will be from 1-2 p.m. on May 3 at Stewart Center, Room 310. Other daily cultural events include dance and puppet performances by the Confucius Institute Performing Art Troupe, an exhibit of Biblical and Chinese artifacts and a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art's special exhibit on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. There is a free lunch and bus for symposium registrants. Information and registration for this free and public event, is available at

- A new book edited by a team of veterinary scholars, including two Purdue Veterinary Medicine experts, will be introduced to the Purdue community at a reception and program April 10 at the Purdue Black Cultural Center. The program will include a panel discussion related to the book’s title, "Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine." The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Panel members will include Pamella Shaw, associate dean of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Indiana University School of Dentistry; Holly Mason, senior associate dean of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy; and Willie Reed, dean of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Published by Purdue University Press, the book was co-edited by Sandra F. San Miguel (Amass), Purdue Veterinary Medicine associate dean for engagement and Kauline Cipriani Davis, the college's director of diversity initiatives, 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 advisor to the dean of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and director emeritus of the MSU Women's Resource Center. 


- The Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), based in the Research Department of the Purdue Libraries, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries Science and Technology Section (STS) Innovation in Science and Technology Librarianship Award for their work on the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit, American Libraries magazine reported. Purdue's D. Scott Brandt, associate dean for research and professor; Jake Carlson, associate professor and data services specialist; and Michael Witt, assistant professor and interdisciplinary research librarian, coordinate the center. The magazine states the Data Curation Profiles Toolkit is designed to capture requirements for specific data generated by researchers as articulated by the researchers themselves. It enables librarians and others to make informed decisions in working with data of this form, from this research area or sub-discipline. Profiles can be uploaded to the project’s website for public use. American Libraries is the magazine for the American Libraries Association.

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