August 4, 2020

Today's Top 5 From Purdue University

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You will want to read these good stories that you may have missed.

Purdue scientist plays a critical role in 2020 NASA Mars rover mission

The NASA Mars rover Perseverance launched July 30, and it is heading to a location on Mars that Briony Horgan, an associate professor of planetary science at Purdue, played a key role in selecting.

Media Contact: Steve Tally,

Diagnostic startup sees growing interest, funding for disease detection tests

A Purdue-affiliated life science diagnostic startup is seeing growing interest and support for its innovations focused on detecting and pre-empting the risks of debilitating diseases such as certain cancers.

Media Contact: Chris Adam,

Purdue Global graduate honored by Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group

Purdue Global graduate Megan MacKellar has won the Marian Breland Bailey Award, which recognizes and promotes research and scholarly activity by students in the applied analysis of animal behavior.

Media Contact: Tom Schott,

New explosive materials to bring nontoxic ammunition

A scientific advancement by Purdue researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, could provide a comparable replacement for lead-based explosive materials found in ammunition, protecting soldiers and the environment from potential toxic effects.

Media Contact: Kayla Wiles,

New online course preps students from anywhere for Purdue’s professional pharmacy program

Purdue is offering an online course to prepare students to apply to Purdue’s professional pharmacy program and pique their interest in the pharmacy profession.

Media Contact: Greg Kline,

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