March 9, 2023

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Gardeners asked to be vigilant this spring for invasive jumping worms

While earthworms in the spring are a happy sight for gardeners, an invasive worm species is wreaking havoc for landowners and gardeners all over southern Indiana.
Media contact: Jillian Ellison, 

Purdue engineer, IU cardiologist collaborate to offer innovative tool and fresh hope for babies with heart defects

Pavlos Vlachos, the St. Vincent Health Professor of Healthcare Engineering and director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, is working with Mark Payne, pediatric cardiologist with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and professor at IU’s School of Medicine, to help save babies’ lives.
Media contact: Amy Raley,

AP Video: Evaluating the benefits of a four-day work week

Kate Zipay, a professor of organizational behavior and human resources in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University, said a four-day workweek helps remove personal chaos from a worker’s life.
Media contact: Trevor Peters,

Wheelchair prototype safely navigates passengers through airports to aircraft seats

Teams of recent Purdue University graduates have honed a patent-pending, dynamically adjustable wheelchair prototype designed to help users more efficiently and safely navigate airports, board aircraft and move through narrow aisleways to their seats. The FAA award-winning, patent-pending design travels omnidirectionally and has an adjustable base.
Media contact: Steve Martin,

National Institutes of Health grant funds interdisciplinary stem cell research

A team of Purdue University scientists led by Shihuan Kuang has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to define the role of lipid droplets in muscle stem cell function, a study with implications in both humans and livestock.
Media contact: Maureen Manier,
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