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Researcher Recognition

Purdue physicist earns global recognition with Falling Walls Foundation honor

It is commonly known that two types of fundamental particles make up the universe: bosons and fermions. Bosons and fermions behave very differently due to fundamentally different statistical properties.

Forty years ago, theorists predicted that a new class of particle, anyons, that have distinct statistical properties may exist in nature as well. The problem is that there was no direct observation of an anyon's unique statistical properties. That is until 2020 when a team from Purdue University led Dr. Michael Manfra published findings in Nature Physics which demonstrated concrete evidence of the existence of anyons.

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Purdue researchers receive Amazon Research Award for streaming video analytics method on 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). This method can perform computationally expensive tasks, such as object detection and face recognition, in real time and provide guarantees about the accuracy.

Saurabh Bagchi, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science (by courtesy) at Purdue University, and his team developed the method in collaboration with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work was recently recognized by Amazon Web Services (AWS) through the Amazon Research Awards (ARA) program, one of 18 awardees in the Applied Machine Learning worldwide competition. The program offers unrestricted funds and AWS promotional credits to support research at academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.

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2021 Showalter Scholars selected

Three midcareer faculty members have been chosen to receive funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. Mingji Dai, professor of chemistry, and Haley Oliver and Yuan Yao, both professors of food science, have been named as Showalter Scholars beginning this academic year.

Dai's research efforts in the College of Science strive to innovate in both the strategy and methodology of chemical synthesis to solve some of the problems of biological and medical importance and improve human health. The work includes a focus on both natural and unnatural molecules with particular potential for the treatment of cancer, CNS (central nervous system) disorders and infectious diseases.

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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.

The Morrill Award was initiated in 2012 to honor the Morrill Act of 1862, which allowed for the establishment of land-grant colleges and universities. The award is the highest honor that Purdue confers on a member of its faculty and comes with a $30,000 prize, which may be used as discretionary funds or salary supplement. Each year, the Office of the Provost selects up to three Morrill Award recipients based on the recommendations of a selection committee composed of distinguished members of the Purdue faculty.

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Vilas Pol receives AIChE's 2021 Excellence in Process Research Development Award

Vilas Pol, professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, has received the 2021 Excellence in Process Research Development Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Sponsored by Pfizer Inc., this award acknowledges individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the advancement of process development within the categories of teaching, research or regulatory activities.

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Dr. Chang receives 2021 Career Contributions Award from National Council on Measurement in Education

Dr. Hua-Hua Chang, Professor of Educational Psychology and Research Methodology in Purdue University's College of Education, has received the 2021 Award for Career Contributions from the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement.

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Jewell selected to receive Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program award

Joseph Jewell was selected to receive a highly competitive early-career award program from the Office of Naval Research.

Jewell, an assistant professor, is one of 38 recipients who will share $20 million in funding from ONR's Young Investigator Program to conduct innovative scientific research that will benefit the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, a release said. The final candidates were chosen from more than 260 applicants. Academic achievement and potential for significant scientific breakthrough are key elements of the evaluation criteria, the release said.

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