Appointments, honors and activities

June 6, 2014  

• Campus activities:

- Researchers from around the world will give presentations during the 4th Summer Workshop on Label-Free Spectroscopic Imaging, July 10-11, at Purdue University. The workshop will include talks by research experts and industrial leaders on innovative imaging technologies and applications in areas including cancer, obesity, neurological disorders and heart disease. Sessions will be held on July 10 at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Poster exhibits will be set up outside the lecture halls. The workshop also will include laboratory training on July 11 in the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering, provided by the research group of Ji-Xin Cheng, a professor in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry. Registration is due by June 13 and can be completed online at The registration fees range from $90 to $360 and cover meals, program materials and a portion of travel cost for the invited speaker. More registration information is available at 866-515-0023, More information about the program is available by contacting Cheng, the workshop organizer, at, or Kathryn Cooper, the coordinator, at

Student honors:

- Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation in recognition of her leadership capabilities and scientific talents. The fellowship supports women scientists from developing countries through one-year grants of up to $50,000 to enable them to pursue doctoral and post doctoral studies in scientific and engineering disciplines at leading universities. After completion of their studies, fellows return to their home countries to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement through further research, teaching and serving as role models for other women, according to the foundation. Venkatraman, who is from Chennai, India, is a part of professor Yuk Fai Leung's research team at Purdue University. She is working with a zebrafish model to find new ways to improve vision and treat retinal degeneration. She is among 84 Faculty for the Future Fellows selected this year. More information is available at

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