October 12, 2023

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Purdue launches broadband team, effort to increase high-speed internet access, adoption and use throughout Indiana

Purdue University continues to fulfill its land-grant responsibilities, this time by serving the state in its broadband initiative. Through its presence in every county in Indiana, the university is taking a leading role to help ensure all Indiana families and businesses have access to affordable broadband internet service — which is crucial for success in the 21st century — while also helping to ensure data accuracy that will help the state of Indiana in deploying the $868 million in federal funding from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program for high-speed internet improvements.

Media contact: Wes Mills, wemills@purdue.edu

Predicting prostate cancer recurrence 15 months faster

A Purdue University mechanical engineer and his international collaborators have developed a patent-pending method and algorithm to predict the recurrence of prostate cancer in patients treated by radiation therapy.­ Hector Gomez, a professor in Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, said data indicates the model-based predictors can identify relapsing patients a median of 14.8 months earlier than the current clinical practice.

Media contact: Steve Martin, sgmartin@prf.org 

Purdue Applied Research Institute joins Abt Associates-led team in $49 million USAID climate initiative

The Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI) has partnered with Abt Associates, a global consulting and research firm, on a $49 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to help nations meet the climate commitments they made under the Paris Agreement. The award is part of USAID’s five-year Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative, the agency’s global flagship program to create actionable programs and policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Media contact: Heather Goodwin, hgoodwi@purdue.edu 

Purdue professor foresees AI as catalyst for transformation in manufacturing and workforce

In the midst of rapid artificial intelligence expansion, Purdue engineering professor Karthik Ramani believes AI holds immense potential for bolstering manufacturing competitiveness, revolutionizing product design, democratizing programming and ushering in a workforce revolution. Ramani shared these insights at a congressional briefing held at the Hart Senate Building in Washington, D.C. “Seizing AI opportunities in the coming decade can substantially enhance human capabilities, potentially propelling the U.S. economy to greater heights,” Ramani says.

Media contact: Wes Mills, wemills@purdue.edu

AP Video — Total solar eclipse: What to expect 6 months out

Barrett Caldwell, a professor of industrial engineering and aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University and the director of the NASA Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), shares the “transformative” experience that will come during the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse. That day, the path of totality will pass over a large stretch of the United States, beginning in Texas, crossing Indiana and exiting through Maine.

Media contact: Trevor Peters, peter237@purdue.edu

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