Dimensions of Discovery – December 2021


December 2021


Featured Research Stories


FDA approves pioneering drug for ovarian cancer surgery
A new drug just approved by the FDA will allow physicians to identify additional cancerous lesions, which otherwise would have been left behind, in up to 27% more patients during ovarian cancer surgery.
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Purdue partners with the state to improve post-pandemic public health through I-HOPE initiative
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the toll it has taken on our communities, has underscored for public health the devastating social and racial inequities that exist within the state of Indiana and has made clear the need to remove obstacles to health for all Hoosiers.
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Anvil supercomputer to forge a new scientific frontier
Purdue University’s powerful new Anvil supercomputer will enable new discoveries in fields ranging from hypersonics and deep learning to archeological reconstruction and bone biomechanics.
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Electric vehicles could fully recharge in under 5 minutes with new charging station cable design
Purdue University engineers have invented a new, patent-pending charging station cable that would fully recharge certain electric vehicles in under five minutes – about the same amount of time it takes to fill up a gas tank.
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Purdue researchers create ‘self-aware’ algorithm to ward off hacking attempts
Purdue University’s Hany Abdel-Khalik has come up with a powerful response to IT attacks: making the computer models that run these cyberphysical systems both self-aware and self-healing.
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Gov. Holcomb joins Purdue officials to celebrate high-paying, high-tech jobs and international security impact of Saab advanced manufacturing facility
Purdue University’s economic impact on the state continues to grow. That’s why Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and state officials joined those from Purdue on October 13 to celebrate the grand opening of Saab’s West Lafayette facility.
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Service innovation keeps ‘human touch’ alive while balancing efficiency amid labor shortage
From large retailers to small businesses, restaurants, hotels and more, there are few areas that haven’t been hit by the current labor shortage in the United States, and it’s left many employers scrambling for solutions. Some businesses are using service technology, such as robots, self-service machines and mobile apps, to help supplement their workforce and avoid closing their doors.
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Researchers study the link between vitamin D and inflammation
Scientists recently gained insights into how vitamin D functions to reduce inflammation caused by immune cells that might be relevant to the responses during severe COVID-19. In a study jointly published by Purdue University and the National Institutes of Health, scientists do just that.
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Heidi Arola,
Director of Global Partnerships, Purdue-India Partnership Director
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John H. Mott,
Associate Professor and Head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology
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Susan E. Swithers, 
Senior Director for Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs of the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS)
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Showalter Trust honors three new scholars, funds 11 early career faculty
Three Purdue faculty members – Mingji Dai, Haley Oliver and Yuan Yao – have been appointed as Showalter Faculty Scholars. As of July, they joined 11 additional Showalter Scholars appointed in prior years at Purdue West Lafayette.
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Three professors to receive Purdue’s most prestigious research awards
Three Purdue professors advancing quantum science and work-life and work-life family research policy have been chosen to receive the university’s most prestigious research and scholarship awards. Each recognizes recent accomplishments of high significance and impact.

  • Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management in the Krannert School of Management, is the recipient of the 2021 Lu Ann Aday Award.
    Watch the 2021 Lu Ann Aday Distinguished Lecture 
  • Michael Manfra is the Bill and Dee O’Brian Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and professor of materials engineering and of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering. He serves as the scientific director of Microsoft Quantum Lab West Lafayette and is an important contributor to the Quantum Science Center, a Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Center.
    Watch the 2021 Arden L. Bement Jr. Distinguished Lecture 
  • Yong Chen is the Karl Lark-Horovitz Professor of Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute. He also serves as a member of the Governance Advisory Board for Quantum Science Center.
    Watch the 2021 Herbert Newby McCoy Distinguished Lecture

Purdue professor honored by Crop Science Society of America
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has announced that Purdue professor Jianxin Ma is its 2021 Fellow Award recipient. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service and research.
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Professor Cooks elected to Indian National Science Academy
R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was elected in October 2021 as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). The academy was founded in 1935 and has 900 National Fellows as well as 92 Foreign Fellows, four of whom were elected this year.
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Darryl Granger elected 2021 AGU Fellow
Darryl Granger, Purdue University Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) professor, was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow.  He joins 59 other individuals in the 2021 Class of Fellows.
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Issam Mudawar honored by ASME
Issam Mudawar, the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Allan Krauss Thermal Management Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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Maggie O’Haire receives the 2021 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
The Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence recognizes researchers whose innovative studies have advanced the scientific standing of veterinary medicine.
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Purdue Engineering’s Badesha, Malshe, Wang named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
This year’s selections bring the number of Purdue Engineering NAI Fellows to 12; as a whole, Purdue has a total of 17 fellows.
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Guillermo Paniagua receives Humboldt Research Award to share expertise in Germany
Guillermo Paniagua, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, and will move to Germany for six months to research at Technical University of Darmstadt.
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Call for Proposal: Women’s Health Research Pilot Grant
December 20, 2021
Women’s Global Health Institute
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CERIAS Security Seminar: Building the Next Generation Cybersecurity Workforce: Progress and Challenges

January 12, 2022
The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)
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CERIAS Security Seminar: Open
January 19, 2022
The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)
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CERIAS Security Seminar: Critical Infrastructure Resilience Hinges on Cyber-Physical Convergence
January 26, 2022
The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

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  • NIH Changes Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022 – Significant changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support documents as stated in NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110 will be required for all applications, Just-In-Time (JIT) responses, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) beginning January 25, 2022.  Revised formats as provided by NIH will be required for these documents.
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  • Sponsored Program Services Moving Off-Campus – Effective January 3, 2022, Sponsored Program Services (SPS) is moving from Young Hall to the 2550 Facility, Suite 1900.
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  • Sponsored Programs Services On Twitter – Sponsored Program Services (SPS) now has a Twitter account.  Follow them for helpful information related to services provided by SPS, upcoming sponsor deadlines, and news related to research administration at Purdue. https://twitter.com/Purdue_SPS