PURA News - May 2018
Purdue Global Education Benefit Available for Official Retirees
Professor Emeritus Sam Postlethwait Celebrates 100 Years
Congratulations, Kiana Bowen, PURA’s Jischke Scholar
Purposeful Living in Retirement Conference a Big Success!
PURA Visits Purdue CEPF and Greenhouses
April MCL Speaker Discusses Purdue Explosives
Benefits/Campus Services News:
Parking Facilities Has Relocated
Parking Via License Plate Recognition Available To Retirees
Boilermaker Butcher Block Has Relocated
Technology Help Available from TCPL
To view Purdue Global programs offered, visit the Purdue Global website. For program of study assistance call 844-787-3834.
In April, Samuel Postlethwait celebrated his 100-year milestone at a reception at the Celery Bog park’s Lilly Nature Center. Sam is a retired professor emeritus from the Department of Biology (now Biological Sciences).
A World War II veteran and Navy submarine officer, Sam earned his PhD in Botany from the University of Iowa in 1949. He taught public school in West Virginia and was an instructor at the State University of Iowa before coming to Purdue.
Many of his teaching strategies are in the forefront of learning today: including individualizing and making instruction interactive in large classes of students with diverse educational backgrounds; using peer leaders in small group workshops; developing multimedia to engage students in more active learning; developing learning centers where students can interact with course resources and peer leaders outside lecture periods; and integrating labs and lectures to teach students about how scientists “do science.”
Also active in community service, for 25 years he served as Chair of the Youth Services Committee for Kiwanis International (an organization that serves the needs of children in communities through local service projects and fundraising).
He’s a long-time supporter and volunteer at the Celery Bog and Lilly Nature Center, in West Lafayette. He led a trail walk every Tuesday for 10 years, has produced poster displays and DVDs detailing the history of the bog and nature center, and developed a trail plant identification book of plant photos.
PURA's Jischke Scholar, Kiana Bowen, was on the Dean's List again this semester. Kiana is studying computer graphics design and animation in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. She is excited about her major and is a determined and dedicated student and young woman. How many of us when we were students got up at 5:30 in the morning to work out at the Co-Rec?
This summer she plans to go home to Columbus, Indiana to be with her family and work. She hopes she will be able to use some of the new skills she has learned at Purdue.
The PURA Purposeful Living in Retirement (PLIR) Conference was held on April 18 at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. There was a record attendance of 238! Members and guests enjoyed presentations from 8 speakers plus humor and arm chair exercise breaks, over 22 vendors, a continental breakfast and box lunch. There were 30 lucky door prize winners.
The program included sessions on “Staying Independent,” “Securing Your Home, Cell phones, and Protecting Your Tech,” “What Older Adults Need to Know about Dietary Supplements,” “Empathy: Cues and Clues,” the “Indiana Caregivers Act,” and an “Update on Health Insurance and other PURA Membership Benefits.” Interested members were able to register for the License Plate Recognition system being instituted on campus. Purdue Holiday ornament sales brought in $390 to be deposited in the PURA Student Scholarship Endowment fund.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 2019 PLIR Conference will be held April 17, 2019. This conference is the best bargain in town!
In March, PURA members toured Purdue’s new Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility (CEPF) and Lilly Hall greenhouses, and learned how they are used for research and teaching.
The phenotyping facility had just completed construction and initial testing, and the facility manager/tour guide, Chris Hoagland, has high hopes about it’s potential to foster and enhance research.
The facility’s growth house can reproduce any environment in the world, precisely controlling nutrients, temperature, humidity, water, and light. Automated conveyors move plants in and out of the growth house, past multiple imaging stations, where height, top view, and side view images may be captured. Biomass (size), color, pigmentation, chlorophyll fluorescence, and multispectral imaging can be captured and analyzed by the Zegami Plant Phenomics Suite software, which can select, sort and analyze data visually. Scientists will be able to generate and interrogate complex graphs using this software.
The greenhouses date from the 1950’s and provide about 50,000 sq. ft. of growth space under glass. Faculty have dedicated spaces to perform and support research, for instance, growing seeds for field testing, or testing the efficacy of herbicides and pesticides.
Additionally, several greenhouses are dedicated to plant collections used in teaching, including a “desert biome” with a 40+ year old agave, and a carnivorous plant collection. The greenhouses also grow plants to order, providing faculty with specimens for use in classes.
Parking Facilities has relocated to the Materials Management and Distribution Center (MMDC), 700 Ahlers Drive, near the intersection of South Russell Street and Ahlers Drive in West Lafayette.
Phone numbers and email addresses for staff remain the same. Parking Facilities can be reached by phone at 765-494-9497 or via email at email@example.com from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
1. To complete the registration, you will need to have the following information available:
b) Registration Expiration Month and Year
c) Vehicle Make, Model, Year and Color
The Animal Sciences’ department’s Butcher Block has relocated its facility to the Land O’ Lakes Inc. Center for Experiential Learning, Rm. 1222, at 720 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette. The new building is on Harrison Street, to the west of the Harrison Street parking garage.
There is convenient parking in front of the building, or you may park in the Harrison Street garage with your A parking permit.
The Boilermaker Butcher Block is a state inspected meat plant and all products are BOAH inspected and passed.
Hours: Wed., Thur., Fri. 11:00 am—4:30 pm
Web page, with product list and prices: www.ag.purdue.edu/ansc/ButcherBlock
Phone: (765) 494-8285
The Tippecanoe County Public Library offers one-on-one technology help sessions. Customers can learn how to get free library downloads such as eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and movies. You can also get help with digitizing photos and slides, social media, and using your phone or tablet. Other topics may be available on request depending on staff expertise. Sessions are held regularly on Mondays
and Wednesdays at the Downtown Library, and Tuesdays at the Klondike Branch. You can make a reservation at the library or by calling 765-429-0113. Drop-in sessions are occasionally held evenings or weekends.
Clayton Higbee, Reference Librarian is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding any of the above-listed services.
May 5—Spring Semester Ends
May 11-13—Commencement exercises.
May 14—Summer Module I begins.
May 28—Memorial Day, no classes.
June 11—Summer Module II begins.
June 18-July 13—STAR new student orientation program.
July 4—Independence Day, no classes.
July 9—Summer Module III begins.
August 4—Summer commencement exercises.
April through July—”The Sixties”. Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, fourth floor, Stewart Center (enter from HSSE Library). Semester hours (through May 4) 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Summer hours (May 7-Aug. 17): 1-4:30 p.m. Monday.
The library also has online exhibits; go to https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/exhibits
”Experience Color: Algorithm & Expression,” by Petronio Bendito, associate professor of visual and performing arts.
”The Intersection of Art and Science,” curated by Bendito and Tim Korb, retired assistant head of the Department of Computer Science. Third floor:
Topic: Cyber Forensics
Speaker: Mark Rogers, Purdue Engineering Computer Network
Topic: Food Safety
Speaker: Charles Santerre, Purdue Professor of Food Science
Topic: Purdue University Global
Speaker: Jon Harbor, Purdue Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Associate Vice Provost/Director Digital Education