February 23, 2023

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Ukraine Scholars Initiative expands and receives Heritage Group gift

A Purdue University program launched in March to provide Ukrainian scholars an opportunity to continue their academic pursuits here during the ongoing Russian invasion of their home country has received a grant from The Heritage Group to extend the initiative into May 2024. The Indianapolis-based Heritage Group is donating $270,000 to support all nine participants in Purdue’s Ukrainian Scholars Initiative for another academic year.

Media contact: Phillip Fiorini, pfiorini@purdue.edu 

AP Video: Purdue professor, civil engineer travels to Turkey to help after earthquake

Purdue professor Ayhan Irfanolgu, who was born in Turkey, has returned to the country as a researcher specializing in earthquake engineering.

Media contact: Trevor Peters, peter237@purdue.edu

Purdue University receives $21 million donation of Degas sculptures from engineering alum

Chicago businessman Avrum Gray donated the collection, which includes 74 bronze works and features “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen),” one of the artist’s signature creations and most iconic works. With a market value of as much as $52 million, the collection represents the largest gift in the history of Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts.

Media contact: Tim Doty, doty2@purdue.edu

Don-Terry Veal Jr. is a pioneer in the engineering partnership between Morgan State, Purdue universities

The first student to participate in the dual-degree partnership between Purdue and the historically Black university Morgan State, Veal Jr. completed his three-year degree program at Morgan State in 2022, having already satisfied the requirements for an engineering physics degree. He’s now in his second semester of the two-year aerospace engineering program at Purdue and will receive his second bachelor’s degree in Spring 2024, after which he will move on to complete a one-year master’s degree in aerospace at Purdue. 

Media contact: Paige Brown, jacks376@purdue.edu

$10 million USDA grant targets more Midwestern seafood production and consumption

Purdue University has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the production of seafood, also known as “blue food,” which is healthier and more sustainably produced than land-based foods.

Media contact: Maureen Manier, mmanier@purdue.edu


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