August 31, 2023

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Don’t fear generative AI tools in the classroom

Stuart Collins, a faculty member in Purdue Global’s School of Multidisciplinary and Professional Studies, recently focused a class discussion on 2023’s debt ceiling negotiations using a generative artificial intelligence tool, OpenAI’s ChatGPT. This example of a faculty member’s use of generative AI within an academic context might be a glimpse into the classroom of the future.

Media contact: Matt Oates,

Second funding round delivers $19 million to Purdue-led microelectronics workforce development program

Purdue University on Wednesday (Aug. 30) announced that the SCALE (Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle Engagement) microelectronics workforce development program will receive more than $19 million in funding from the Department of Defense to strengthen existing efforts in key research areas and to add new academic partners.

Media contact: Evamarie Socha,

A ‘mini-brain’ traces the link between concussion and Alzheimer’s disease

With a custom-fabricated experimental chamber housing a “mini-brain,” Purdue researcher Riyi Shi is tracing the link between concussions and Alzheimer’s disease. This research could help lead to proper treatments against long-term effects soon after head trauma.

Media contact: Mary Martialay,

Seeing STARS: Purdue trains next generation of semiconductor engineers

Purdue started the Summer Training, Awareness and Readiness for Semiconductors (STARS) program this year to jump-start students’ training for careers in the semiconductor industry. The U.S. needs an estimated 50,000 new semiconductor engineers over the next five years to meet the escalating need for increased computing power. In response to this issue, Purdue has taken a leadership role by introducing the first comprehensive semiconductor degree program in the U.S., forging innovative partnerships with industry partners and foreign governments, and launching ambitious experiential initiatives like STARS.

Media contact: Brian Huchel,

‘This Is Purdue’ podcast: Purdue head coach Ryan Walters

Nearing his debut as the head football coach of the Boilermakers, Ryan Walters describes how he felt when he got the call from Purdue Athletics Director Mike Bobinski and what it’s like to join the ranks of legendary Purdue coaches like Jack Mollenkopf and Joe Tiller — and as one of the youngest collegiate head coaches in the entire country, no less. As we head into a new era of Purdue football on Saturday (Sept. 2), you don’t want to miss this episode as “This Is Purdue” gets to know Coach Walters.

Media contact: Kate Young,

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