August 27, 2021

Appointments, honors and activities

Appointments and promotions:

The Purdue Autism Research Center (PARC) has announced two leadership appointments: Bridgette Kelleher, associate professor of psychological sciences, has been named the new director while Brandon Keehn, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences, has been named the new associate director. PARC brings together faculty from various colleges to coordinate efforts in understanding, assessing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders.


Faculty and staff honors:

Kenneth Ferraro, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Center on Aging and the Life Course, will be honored in November as the 2021 recipient of the 2021 Robert W. Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America. The honor is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. It was established in 1965 in memory of Robert W. Kleemeier, a former president of the society whose contributions to the quality of life through research in aging were exemplary. The GSA is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Ferraro was announced as the recipient in early August. He will be honored at the Annual Scientific Meeting, set for Nov. 10-13 in Phoenix.



Soham Saha, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Meeting. These annual conventions allow promising student and early-career scientists an opportunity to learn from and network with Nobel laureates.

A book by Leonard Harris, professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, has been published by Bloomsbury. The book is titled “A Philosophy of Struggle: The Leonard Harris Reader,” and was edited by Lee McBride, who earned his doctoral degree from Purdue in 2006. The collection introduces Leonard’s pioneering conceptions of philosophy, ethics, and racism, while also providing fresh insights into modern conceptualizations of race, tradition and insurrection. 

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