June 14, 2024

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‘Purdue News Now’

Purdue earns national praise for patents received and adds another strategic initiative, plus a great way for you to experience the U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials in Indianapolis without getting into the pool. We run down the latest Purdue headlines in this week’s “Purdue News Now.” 

Plus, check out five good stories below you may have missed. 

Purdue ranks 4th in U.S. for U.S. patents received in 2023

No matter their area of expertise, Purdue researchers persistently pursue solutions to real-world problems, changing lives every day with innovation and commercialization. A complement to the Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents report, published June 4, turns Purdue researchers’ daily pursuit of innovation into measurable success. Purdue, the only Big Ten university ranked in the top 10, received 201 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the 2023 calendar year.

Media contact: Polly Barks, phbarks@prf.org

Purdue trustees endorse launch of One Health initiative, advancing university strengths in human, animal, plant, environmental health

Advancing a strategy several years in the making, Purdue University trustees endorsed the launch of the One Health initiative. One Health adds to and synergizes with the university's initiatives in Indianapolis, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business and Purdue Computes. The strategic move unifies the strengths of Purdue’s comprehensive, health-focused academic units and research programs while leveraging new investments in health-related institutes, partnerships and disciplines.

Media contact: Tim Doty, doty2@purdue.edu

Purdue, Indiana Sports Corp and USA Swimming to present USA Swimming LIVE during U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming in Indianapolis

Old gold and black will be among the red, white and blue this June as Indianapolis hosts the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming for the first time since 2000. Purdue University is partnering with Indiana Sports Corp and USA Swimming to present USA Swimming LIVE, a nine-day outdoor fan fest and tailgate hub during the trials from June 15-23.

Media contact: Derek Schultz, dcschultz@purdue.edu

Can science make it too costly for hackers to attempt to steal information?

Cryptography, the age-old art of secrecy, has evolved into the science of protecting confidential information in the burgeoning world of bytes, passwords and cloud storage. Jeremiah Blocki, an associate professor of computer science in Purdue’s College of Science, applies his work with passwords and secure systems to stem the ongoing tide of hackers by finding new and better ways to store information as securely as possible. Researchers take several angles to explore password security beyond the logon screen of your favorite website.

Media contact: Brian Huchel, bhuchel@purdue.edu 

AP Video — What do shoppers look for at the grocery store?

Purdue’s May Consumer Food Insights Report focuses on what consumers prioritize when buying food and how shoppers are reacting to higher food prices. When shopping for groceries, respondents were asked to rank what they value most between six categories: taste, affordability, nutrition, availability, environmental impact and social responsibility. Joe 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 taste and affordability were the clear winners, with environmental impact and social responsibility listed as the lowest priority.

Media contact: Derek Schultz, dcschultz@purdue.edu

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