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June 14, 2013

Purdue retirees honor Department of Biochemistry

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Department of Biochemistry has won the 2013 Arthur G. Hansen Recognition Award for its relationship with its retirees.

The award, sponsored by the Purdue University Retirees Association and the Office of the President, will be presented June 27 to Jay Akridge, dean of the College of Agriculture, and Clint Chapple, distinguished professor and department head, at the university's annual retirement luncheon.

The Department of Biochemistry will receive a trophy and is listed on a plaque in the corridor of the Purdue Memorial Union. The award also includes $2,500, funded by TIAA-CREF, to be used to help strengthen the department's relationship with its retirees.

The award is named for Arthur Hansen, Purdue's eighth president, who established the retirees' association in 1976. The award is given annually to a Purdue school, department, office or division that cultivates and maintains meaningful relationships with its retirees.

Biochemistry professor emeriti Karl Brandt and Mark Hermodson nominated the biochemistry department for the honor for fostering retirees' involvement in the following ways:

* Making every effort to provide office and laboratory space for retired faculty to continue research alone or in collaboration with other faculty.

* Maintaining contact with retired faculty, who routinely receive all department emails and are kept aware of student and faculty achievements and affairs, as well as information on upcoming events and seminars.

* Playing a pivotal role in alumni relations by keeping retired faculty engaged.

* Serving as archivists for research.

* Welcoming retirees to departmental activities, such as seminars, doctoral thesis defenses, welcoming new students and meeting parents.

* Invitations for retirees to deliver a lecture or series in courses for which they have expertise.

Contact: Sue Hiser, 765-494-2077, landshiser@gmail.com