November 16, 2023

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AP Video — How much will your Thanksgiving dinner cost?

Purdue’s October Consumer Food Insights Report, which focused on food costs and consumer trends around the holidays, measured food price inflation at 3.7% this past month, the lowest reading in two years. Joseph Balagtas, a professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics and director of the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability at Purdue University, says that although inflation is cooling, prices are still 3.7% higher than last year and 15% higher than two years ago. Due largely to the lower price of turkey, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner will be about 9% lower than the cost last year.

Media contact: Trevor Peters,

How AI could help instrumentalists make beautiful music

Purdue University is putting artificial intelligence center stage with novel research examining the technology’s potential to improve musical performance, both on an individual and group level. The multidisciplinary project takes the lead on innovating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and art through AI. The project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. This project will develop and integrate techniques from computer vision, natural language processing and audio analysis to create two AI-enabled tools for string music performers.

Media contact: Brian Huchel,

Purdue-led national summit issues call to action for resilient U.S. supply chains

More than 250 representatives from industry, government, academia and professional societies gathered in person and online Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C., for Purdue University’s inaugural national summit focusing on resilience through excellence in manufacturing and operations. Hosted by Purdue’s recently launched eXcellence in Manufacturing and Operations Purdue Engineering Initiative, or XMO PEI, the summit had the goal of gathering a dynamic coalition of partners to discuss building resilient U.S. infrastructure for and with digital, physical and sustainable manufacturing and operations.

Media contact: Wes Mills,

Science enabling heat and air conditioning for long-term space habitats is almost fully available

To live on the moon or Mars, humans will need heat and air conditioning that can operate long term in reduced gravity and temperatures hundreds of degrees above or below what we experience on Earth. Building these systems requires knowing how reduced gravity affects boiling and condensation, which all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems use to operate in Earth’s gravity. A Purdue University experiment that arrived Aug. 4 to the International Space Station aims to collect data scientists need to answer decades-old questions about how boiling and condensation work in reduced gravity.

Media contact: Kayla Albert,

Report ranks Purdue among top 10 universities for international student enrollment

Purdue University is among the top 10 institutions in the U.S. for attracting international students, and climbed one position higher over last year, according to a new national ranking. The 2023 Open Doors Report, issued Tuesday (Nov. 14) by the Institute of International Education, shows Purdue is ranked No. 8 among 4,500-plus public and private universities.

Media contact: Wes Mills,

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