Dear alumni and friends,

On Sunday, May 12, we conferred more than 800 degrees to graduates in the Class of 2019. The weather for commencement was the coldest since 1960, yet the temperatures did not curtail the joy and excitement of our graduating seniors as they celebrated this milestone.

As we were reflecting on the accomplishments of the past academic year, a chill of a different kind arrived with the news that renowned scientist and distinguished professor Michael Rossmann had died. Among his discoveries was the structure of the common cold virus and the Zika virus.  As Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted, his life was "as rich in personal example as it was in scientific achievement." 

New graduates, scholarly accolades, research accomplishments, the passing of a giant in the field of structural biology. The past month has demonstrated a full range of experiences in the life cycle of our college.  Yet the pervasive sentiment has been one of pride in what we do and the people who do it.  

I hope you'll scroll through the articles below and share that sense of pride knowing that you are an integral and valued part of the Purdue Science community. 

With very best wishes from all of us here in the college,

Patrick J. Wolfe
Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science
Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science

Remembering Michael Rossmann
Revisit this 2017 interview with Professor Rossmann, pictured here with colleague and collaborator Richard Kuhn.
Read the interview 

Scholarship a life-changer for biology student 
The Purdue Promise program helps junior Eryn Sale keep a promise of her own:  to study root causes of mental illness.
How a scholarship made all the difference

A Purdue first
Chemistry graduate student Aristide Gumyusenge won the Graduate Student Gold Award from the Materials Research Society. He is the first Boilermaker to receive a gold award since its inauguration in 2001.
About his award-winning research

Prof. Chris Greene named to National Academy of Sciences
The Albert Overhauser Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy is a pioneer in the field of theoretical, molecular and optical physics. He is one of 6 NAS members at Purdue.
About Chris Greene and the NAS

Mars meteorite returns to campus
Found in a desk drawer in the biology department and displayed in the Field Museum, the Lafayette Meteorite is back home again.
A limited engagement at Purdue

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