April 20, 2023

Purdue researchers featured on multiple major national broadcasts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University is coming off a 10-day stretch in which researchers were featured on major national broadcasts, including “60 Minutes,” the “Today” show, CBS’ “Money Watch,” “PBS NewsHour” and MSNBC.

On April 9, CBS’ “60 Minutes featured Danny Milisavljevic, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, for his collaborative work on the James Webb Space Telescope. In the interview, which took place in Washington, D.C., Milisavljevic and veteran news anchor Scott Pelley discussed how the telescope is providing never-before-seen photos of supernova explosions. The story also includes a clip of Milisavljevic  seeing a detailed photo of the Cassiopeia A supernova for the first time. The broadcast received an extra bump in national viewers as it was preceded by the final round of the Masters tournament.

As many Americans were in the final days of finishing their taxes before this week’s deadline, Thomas Godwin, an assistant professor of accounting in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, wrote a piece for The Conversation on the history of Tax Day and why it was set for April 18 this year. The story was picked up by “PBS NewsHour and also led to a four-minute live interview on CBS News

NBC News visited campus Monday (April 17) for an interview with Carlo Scalo, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and aeronautics and astronautics (by courtesy), on air turbulence and climate change. The interview, recorded at the Purdue Airport and featuring the Holleman-Niswonger Simulator Center, first aired Wednesday (April 19) on the “Today” show and later aired on MSNBC and “NBC News Now” with transportation correspondent Tom Costello.

Writer/Media contact: Trevor Peters

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