Dimensions of Discovery – September 2021


September 2021


Featured Research Stories


New Purdue research building will offer a world’s first in hypersonic testing, materials development

The planned 65,000-square-foot Hypersonic Applied Research Facility (HARF) will house two cutting-edge wind tunnels, enhancing Purdue’s world-leading capabilities in hypersonics evaluation and testing.
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Cybersecurity professor works to close the door on hackers

A computer system’s cybersecurity can be jeopardized by its own software as much as the questionable decisions made by computer users.
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Purdue’s Regenstrief Center and IU Health to lead fight against opioids in two Indiana communities

The isolation and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the opioids epidemic in rural America even worse. In response, a team of university, health care, faith-based and local government entities have banded together to bring help to a part of rural, east-central Indiana hit hard by an exacerbated substance misuse problem.
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Malaria treatment shown to be 100% effective in Phase 2 trial

A cancer drug repurposed to treat malaria has been shown to be nearly 100% effective in helping defeat the disease in just three days, according to the results of a Phase 2 clinical trial.
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Enlisting help from the brain’s own protective system could advance treatment of neurodegenerative conditions

A labyrinthian network of blood vessels helps to maintain normal health by protecting the human brain from foreign contaminants. Unfortunately, this natural protection comes with a cost: While the maze keeps the brain safe, it is also an obstacle when treating brain damage or disease.
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‘Undruggable’ cancer protein becomes druggable, thanks to shrub

A chemist from Purdue University has found a way to synthesize a compound to fight a previously “undruggable” cancer protein with benefits across a myriad of cancer types.
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The whitest paint is here – and it’s the coolest. Literally.

In an effort to curb global warming, Purdue University engineers have created the whitest paint yet. Coating buildings with this paint may one day cool them off enough to reduce the need for air conditioning, the researchers say.
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Mesut Akdere,
Interim Associate Dean for Research, Professor & Director, Purdue HRD VR Lab, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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Andrew Bean,
Senior Director for Financial Planning and Analysis
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Jennifer Freeman,
Interim Director, Center for the Environment
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Diana Harbison,
Managing Director, Purdue Applied Research Institute (PARI)
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Debra Hickman,
Associate Vice President and Attending Veterinarian, Laboratory Animal Resources, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
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Scott Joraanstad,
Director of Finance Administration, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships
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Joe Krok,
Executive Director, Office of Industry Partnerships
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Heather Servaty-Seib,
Associate Vice provost for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Provost
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Rod Williams,
Assistant Provost for Engagement, Office of the Provost
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Purdue physicist earns global recognition with Falling Walls Foundation honor

Michael Manfra has been selected as a finalist and honoree of the Falling Walls Foundation in the Physical Sciences category. In commemoration of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls Conference has developed into a world forum for the most important researchers and thinkers to discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, and business.
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2021 Morrill Award winner announced

Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, has announced Purdue’s Morrill Award winner for 2021.
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2021 Showalter recipients announced

The Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Award Recipients have been announced for 2021.
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2021 Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award: Ann Loomis

When Ann Loomis came to campus on March 16 for a meeting with Purdue School of Nursing and IU School of Medicine faculty and staff members, everything seemed as expected.
That is until the group went to check out a lab in Johnson Hall of Nursing, where nursing students started clapping and expressing congratulations to her, followed by a lively celebration in the front of Johnson Hall.
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Professors honored for midcareer excellence

Two associate professors have received Trailblazer Awards for midcareer excellence and impact in research and scholarship. Sara Schmitt, associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies and Louis Tay, the William C. Byham Associate Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology were announced as the 2021 award winners.
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Purdue receives Amazon Research Award for IoT devices

Purdue University researchers received an Amazon Research Award for their development of a method to perform analytics on streaming video running on small devices linked together in the Internet of Things (IoT).
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Moonshot Pitch Competition Finals
September 30, 2021
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
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2021 Environmental Research Expo

October 6, 2021
Center for the Environment
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CERIAS Security Seminar 2021
October 19-20, 2021
Center for Education Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)
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Courageous Conversations | Global Development

October 20, 2021
Purdue Policy Research Institute
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Neurotrauma and Diseases Fall Seminar Series

October 20, 2021
Bindley Bioscience Center
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  • The latest edition of the Lab Safety newsletter from Radiological and Environmental Management has been released.
  • Sponsored Program Services (SPS) Pre-Award Offers 1:1 Faculty Orientation
  • A series of grantsmanship workshops are hosted throughout the year by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Many of these workshops are particularly useful for new faculty or those new to the research process at Purdue.